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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Charleston Wine + Food tickets go on sale tomorrow. Here's what looks good

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Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 10:20 AM

FIG Chef Jason Stanhope greets guests at the 2016 Charleston Wine + Food opening night party - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • FIG Chef Jason Stanhope greets guests at the 2016 Charleston Wine + Food opening night party

At 8 a.m. tomorrow tickets for the 2017 Charleston Wine + Food festival go on sale, but to get your mouth watering, this year's schedule is live online now. There's the usual $175 signature dinners of course, but W+F has added a few more business related events that should interest those who eat, sleep, and breath food.

Here's what we're interested in:

Business of Food $45
Back again after its inaugural go last year, this is a panel talk where bold name chefs and restaurant leaders dish on the industry. Last year Steve Palmer interviewed his idol Danny Meyer and witnessing that candid talk was enough to have us itching to attend this year's event. On the lineup: author and Southern Foodways Alliance director John T. Edge opens the panel followed by discussions with Spoon & Table restaurant's Gavin Kaysen, The Umstead Hotel's Executive Chef Steven Greene, the chef of three-michelin starred Grace, Curtis Duffy; Peruvian Chef Diego Munoz, and Charleston’s Sean Brock.

North Charleston Night Bazaar $75
It's about damn time North Charleston's culinary scene got some love. To celebrate the good eats up the road, the fest is hosting a bazaar night that will shut down streets for pedestrians only and include 20 chef stations, 16 beverage stations and live music.

The Edna Effect $195
If you have some extra coin, this would be the event to spring for. Edna Lewis, the famed African American chef and author, known as the “Julia Child of Southern Cuisine,” who worked at Middleton Place in the '70s, will be honored at this supper. Sara Franklin, Volume Editor of Edna Lewis: Reflection, Remembrance and Repast will discuss the chef before a seated dinner at Alhambra Hall.

Ancient Grain Tasting with Anson Mills $175
If you have any interest in heirloom grains or the foodways of Colonial America, you don't wanna miss this. Glenn Roberts, founder of Anson Mills  leads this Drawing Room dinner where you'll get to eat and learn.

Food in Focus with Hélène Dujardin $175
When everyone is a attempting to be professional photographers, 'gramming meals and tweeting sun-kissed farmers market photos, Charleston Wine + Food is capitalizing on eater's yen for photography. Acclaimed food photographer and stylist Hélène Dujardin will lead participants in a photography class followed by a menu of bites.

Pecha Kucha + Choir! Choir! Choir! $45
Even after years of being a Charleston event staple, Pecha Kucha still manages to keep it fresh and last year's W+F edition was no exception. Which is why we'll go ahead and plug it here. For this event, guests will hear from
John T. Edge – Author, The Potlikker Papers, Food Historian; Contributing Editor, Garden & Gun, Director, Southern Foodways Alliance
Angela DuPree – Operations Director, RISE Program at One80 Place
Scott Crawford – Founder, Ben’s Friends + Chef at Crawford & Son – Raleigh, NC
Femi Oyler – Sommelier, Graft Wine Bar
Emily Phillips + Jeff Lowe + Zach Smith – Owners/Founders, Dalia Sophia
Fanny + Patrick Panella – Owners, Bin 152 + Chez Nous
Tom McFall + Ruchi Mistry – Owners, Huriyali Garden
Trudi Wagner + Patty Floersheimer – Owners, goat.sheep.cow

The festival's ticket hosts a lowkey ticket launch tomorrow at its headquarters at 635 Rutledge Ave, Suite 101 beginning at 8 a.m. and the public is invited to stop by. Food trucks will be onsite from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in addition to a pop-up retail shop with discounted festival merchandise for sale.

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