Charleston Wine and Food Festival 2017 

All the News You Can Eat

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Jonathan Boncek

My pants already feel tight. Each year, as Charleston Wine + Food approaches, I greet it with glee and dread. There’s something so seductive about losing yourself to gluttony in the name of “but it’s my job.” It’s only after the fest, come Monday morning, that I wake up in the deepest depths of self-loathing. Did I really need those chilaquiles post-shots at Proof? Did I have to hang in the Culinary Village’s beer garden that long to really “get” the story? Why are there crumbs in my purse? These are the tough questions I’ll be asking over the next five days.

But let me promise you this: I don’t eat all this shit for me, I do it for you. I do it for Charleston. I do it for America. In covering Charleston Wine + Food I have but one goal: to speak truth to power lunchers. —Kinsey Gidick

Le Farfalle's Signature Dinner was a marathon of Italian/Asian/American-imbued flavors
Le Farfalle's Signature Dinner was a marathon of Italian/Asian/American-imbued flavors Flawless fusion

I’ve done the special occasion night out Le Farfalle experience before. We sat at a marble-topped table in the bar area and ordered cocktails and wine; we dipped the focaccia in the creamy ricotta, went to heaven, then went to heaven squared with the duck agnolotti. — Mary Scott Hardaway


W+F's SFA Dockside Supper gave a long overdue hat tip to Workmen’s Cafe
W+F's SFA Dockside Supper gave a long overdue hat tip to Workmen’s Cafe Bravo, Angie Bellinger!

The many, many events of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival can seem daunting and even exhausting, mostly due to the sheer number of dinners, tastings, book signings, and parties. — Suzanne Cohen


Prohibition signature dinner brings together excellent tastes and local flavors
Prohibition signature dinner brings together excellent tastes and local flavors Garrison, Stoneberger, and LaPietra make appearances

Prohibition’s signature dinner featured chef Bryce Shuman (who has a Michelin star to his name), Brad Kilgore (a 2016 Food and Wine Mag Best New Chef), local 2Nixons ramen wizard Jeffrey Stoneberger, and Prohibition’s own Greg Garrison. — Jonathan Boncek


Hooked offers fire-roasted bites and tequila laced sips on Bowen's Island
Hooked offers fire-roasted bites and tequila laced sips on Bowen's Island Perfect afternoon to get Hooked

Charleston Wine and Food Festival brought back their 'Hooked' event on Bowen's Island this year after being one of the favorites from the ’16 fest. — Sam Spence


Meet Ruth Reichl and more at the FREE and open to the public CHS W+F Retail Tent
Meet Ruth Reichl and more at the FREE and open to the public CHS W+F Retail Tent Buy the book

To get within arms distance of the dozens of celebrity chefs hanging out in Charleston this weekend, you'll likely need to pay, except at one place: Charleston Wine + Food's Retail Tent. The free and open to the public space Blue Bicycle is hosting a cookbook pop-up inside the tent and some of the greatest culinary minds will be signing their books. — Kinsey Gidick


PHOTOS: The champagne was flowing at last night's Charleston Wine + Food opening night party
PHOTOS: The champagne was flowing at last night's Charleston Wine + Food opening night party Get in my belly

The Chandon Champagne and rose flowed freely fueling the festival crowd at last night's Charleston Wine + Food opening night party. Patrons rushed the tables of the touted chefs of Charleston. — Jonathan Boncek


Even more #ChsWFF fringe food events happening this week
Even more #ChsWFF fringe food events happening this week Hungry yet?

Charleston Wine + Food fringe events take place every day during the festival at multiple downtown locations, prices and times vary. — Mary Scott Hardaway


Is Hyman's a tourist trap, a beloved classic, or, perhaps, an institution?
Is Hyman's a tourist trap, a beloved classic, or, perhaps, an institution? It Is What It Is

Is Hyman's the Charleston restaurant version of Nickelback? Inherently uncool despite being so popular that they have packed houses, loyal fans, and rave online reviews? — Stephanie Barna


For six years The Taste of Black Expo has spotlighted minority chefs
For six years The Taste of Black Expo has spotlighted minority chefs The Other Food Festival

The tents are up, the tickets sold, the hype machines humming, Charleston Wine + Food festival is underway. But in a little more than a week another food festival will take place just blocks from the Wine + Food fest's Marion Square tents. The event is The Taste of Black Expo and for six years it's been turning the spotlight on local minority chefs. — Kinsey Gidick


Pancito & Lefty finally unlocks its doors Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Pancito & Lefty finally unlocks its doors Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Bury me in guac

Pancito & Lefty opens Tuesday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m. at 708 King Street. — Mary Scott Hardaway


A Wine + Food fringe event for each day of the fest
A Wine + Food fringe event for each day of the fest Off the eaten path

We hope you have your stretchy pants ready because it's Charleston Wine + Food week and even if you're not participating in the fest, there are so many fringe events happening around town, you're bound to find yourself overeating somewhere.With that in mind, here's where we're looking to post up each day of this week: — Kinsey Gidick


Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. will include a restaurant complete with a Polish smokehouse
Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. will include a restaurant complete with a Polish smokehouse 30 barrels of fun

We don't know how he's done it, but somehow Scott Shor has managed to keep his entire staff mum about the many elements going into his new Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. I mean a Polish smokehouse? How do you not shout that from the rooftops? — Kinsey Gidick


6 Charleston Wine + Food tickets under $100 worth buying
6 Charleston Wine + Food tickets under $100 worth buying It's all about the Benjamins

Here are a few Charleston Wine + Food events we consider worthy of parting with C-note. — Kinsey Gidick


Meet the five new additions to Dish's Top 50 Best Restaurants list
Meet the five new additions to Dish's Top 50 Best Restaurants list It's all about the recommendations

Every six months we publish Dish, our guide to the very best food in the Lowcountry. It's a delicious albeit exhausting project that involves examining every new restaurant, and old standard to see who makes the cut in our guide. And that's just the work that goes into our neighborhood guides. The hardest part, by far, is culling down our list of the 50 Best Restaurants in Charleston. — Kinsey Gidick


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