There is always a lot to do in Charleston but September and October are going to be jam packed with great events.
Here are a few of the ones I think are the can’t miss food events:
Clips Beer and Film Tour by New Belgium Brewing
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Place: Marion Square
7:30 PM-10:30 PM
Film begins at dark
Proceeds from beer sales go to local charities
Food served up by: Roti Rolls, Low Country Creole, Hello, My Name is BBQ, and Mellow Mushroom!
Beer selection: Yuzu Berlinerweiss, Wild Dubbel, FOCOllaboration IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Gruit, Gratzer, Le Terroir, Coconut Curry Hefewiezen, La Folie, Ranger IPA, 1554, Trippel, Abbey, Blue Paddle, Shift, Tour de Fall, Rampant Imperial IPA, and of course, Fat Tire.
Saturday October 4th is going to be an epic day in Charleston. Die hard local foodies will be attending the following 2 events. Go to Hogs for a Cause at lunch. Try a few plates of BBQ then head home, put your white outfit on and go to the PopUp Dinner in white at 5PM.
Hogs for the Cause
Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Place: The Grove at Patriots Point
Admission: $35, $70, $200
I will be going here for lunch at around 11:30AM and buying the $35 ticket. This will get me in the event and then I plan on buying 3-4 plates of BBQ all $7 each. Then I’ll head home to prepare of the PopUp Dinner.
Highlights of the Hogs for a cause will be Rodney Scott of Scott’s BBQ in Hemingway, SC. He will lead the group of pit-masters plating up their BBQ for the crowds. Other pit-masters at the event will include Jimmy Hagood, Conyers Family BBQ, Jim ‘N Nick’s, Sweatman’s, Shulers, and Aaron Siegel of Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ. There will also be a list of bands performing while you eat featuring groups like the Dead 97s and Drive-By Truckers.
The PopUp Dinner
Saturday, October 4th, 2014
You won’t know the location of the event until October 4th. They will email you. Here are the other things you must know:
-All diners must wear all white….shirts, pants, dresses, hats…everything white
-You are bringing your own food and wine to share. Pack a picnic baskets of some bread, cheeses, and other temperature independent foods to eat and share.
-There will be dancing and surprises. The Brooklyn event featured a performance by Ben Folds!
Charleston Southern Ground Music and Food Festival
Saturday-Sunday, October 11th-12th, 2014
Place: Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island, SC
Admission: Currently only one day passes are left and are going for $97-$107
The musical highlights for this event (for me) will be the nightly performances by Zac Brown Band, as well as Blues Traveler, St Paul and the Broken Bones, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Boy & Bear. There will also be tons of great food vendors including Zac Brown’s Executive Chef and food truck run by Chef Rusty Hamlin.
Here are my favorite events taking place for Charleston Beer Week Sept 7-13 2014.
Sunday September 7th:
Carolina Brewery Dinner at Basico $35
Tuesday September 9th:
Allagash/Stone Collaborative Dinner at Home Team BBQ in West Ashley $55.75
Wednesday September 10th:
Jolly Pumpkin Night at Revelry Brewing $25
Tradesman Brewing Beer Dinner at Bohemian Bull $40
Thursday September 11th:
Barrel-Aged Bonanza at Closed for Business (no ticket needed)
Local Beer Blowout at Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer (no ticket needed)
Brooklyn Bier is Bacon Me Crazy! at Bay Street Biergarten (no ticket needed)
Saturday Sept 13th:
Double Cask Breakfast at Homegrown Brewhouse $25
American Homebrewers Association Rally at Holy City Brewing (no ticket needed)
Whole Hog BBQ & Beer at Coast Brewing $50
Euro Dorkery, BYOT* at Edmund’s Oast (no ticket needed)
27 of the events for this event in 2015 are already sold out. However there are still plenty of amazing events still available. The new leaders of this great culinary festival have focused on increasing the number of small interactive events and spreading them out over the course of the week. I think the schedule could be the best in the 10 year history of the event. Here is a short list of my favorite events with tickets still available:
Wednesday March 4th 2015:
Opening Night Gala $150
Friday March 6th 2015:
Distiller for a Day Workshop $125
Laurent-Perrier: The Story of Champagne $100
Classic Charleston Punches $65
Xiao Bao Biscuit Asian Market $100
50 Shades of Earl Grey: High Tea With Nathalie Dupree $125
Brew Hop $85
A Bourbon Affair at the Confederate Home $125
Saturday March 7th 2015:
Rye History of Charleston $65
Southern Betty Brunch $150
The Park Cafe Lunch $100
Tour of Southern Italy $65
Clammer Dave’s Oyster Roast $65
Lana Signature Dinner $175
South Carolina BBQ Tent Revival $175
Head to http://charlestonwineandfood.com/ on Tuesday August 26th, 2013 to see the ticket schedule for the Charleston Wine and Food Festival in March 2015. Then on Wednesday morning August 27th you can start buying tickets. There will be a ticket launch party the night of August 27th. It will feature some of Charleston’s top chefs paired with a local food truck.
If you want to win free tickets to the launch party and to the festival this year use hashtag #CHSWFX. Tag your pictures that feature a symbol “X”. This is the 10 year anniversary of the Charleston Wine and Food Festival and they are using the theme “X” Marks the Spot (Roman numeral for 10). They will be picking people on all social media platforms periodically between now and the festival that share the best representation of the X.
So you have all seen the big city New York and LA celebrities, fashion experts, and hipsters post pictures holding their favorite coffee on the streets of the cities they live in. The camera is looking down into their coffee and showing their fancy shoes….well here is how we take pictures of shoes on the streets in Charleston. I took this picture with a nice horse in downtown Charleston….it was too hot for coffee…maybe I should have had a sweet tea.
Located at 90 Society Street in downtown Charleston, Christophe Artisan Chocolatier has an amazing selections of coffee, sandwiches, and treats. They are most widely known for their hand painted truffle chocolates but the everyday beauty of this place is in the pastry, pies, drinks and sandwiches. It is one of the true hidden gems in town. I always use them to buy great gifts for friends and family too.
Check them out.
3 steps to prevent any new bar ordinances in Charleston, SC:
I have stayed out of the conversation about the proposed midnight bar ordinance Charleston has been considering recently. I thought there was no way they would seriously close the bars and restaurants at midnight. However after a few months of this idea being kicked around I dislike the new idea of a 3 year ban on new alcohol serving establishments even more. Here is a 3 step alternative approach:
#1) Build a few new parking garages for God’s sake. The days of parking on the empty streets surrounding upper King Street are gone. Tons of new businesses, workers, apartments, hotels, and customers have overwhelmed the area and if there were new parking structures near all the action everyone would be happy except for a few people who like to bitch about parking lots. Build one over in Avondale while you are at it Mayor Riley. All of this new life on upper King Street is exactly what everyone was hoping would happen and has invested in for the past 10 years. It is bringing tons of new tax revenue… let’s support it with a few new job creating and revenue making parking structures.
#2) Let Uber help! The taxi offerings in Charleston suck. It takes about an hour to get a cab in town most of the time and forget about getting one between 11PM -2AM. Uber is the perfect solution. Let a legion of Uber drivers come to life at 10PM and work for 4 hours to help transport people safely home. Instead of colluding with the insufficient current taxi industry, help revolutionize it. We could foster the creation of new income for the drivers and solve several of our cities problems at the same time.
#3) Change our police officers’ work schedules. The empty beer bottles on your sidewalk came from someone’s house party, not a bar or restaurant. Closing the bars at midnight or not opening new ones is going to cause more local residents and students to choose house parties over bars. Announce plans to enforce already on the books laws against drinking on the street, DUI, underage drinking, and noise ordinances. Seriously….for three nights a week for about 5 hours each have a few more cops patrolling the very small area that is downtown and enforce current laws. You don’t have to hire new people. It’s called a work schedule….juggle the schedule. It’s not that hard.
Craft Conundrum in Charleston, SC is now open and has over 150 American craft beers on tap. The menu is a large folder full of information for you to seek out your favorites and discover new ones. The owner, Richard Easterby, says he may have room to go up to 200 kegs in the future. We only know of one other place in the US that has close to this many beers on tap and it is on the West Coast. Richard limits his offering to American craft beer. You can sit at the bar and have a drink or fill up a growler and take it home with you. He also has a large selection of single bottled beers for you to purchase. Swing in and say hi to Richard. Good people, good beer.