Taste of Charleston Southern Living 2012

Southern Living Taste of Charleston Brings Thousands to Indulge

The Taste of Charleston was covered by our Charleston-based Guest Writer, Heidi and we were so happy for her stepping in and attending the event.  She and her husband Mike, who was the videographer, really captured some great images and moments.  Take a look.

She did such an awesome job.  This event proved to be a fabulous time.

A new date and additional events bring huge success to the three day festival

Heidi and Rebecca Lang
Rebecca Lang is author of "Around the Southern Table" which is full of 
Souther favorites and recipes that are tried and true like Beignets and Grits. 

Charleston , SC --- The 32nd Annual Southern Living Taste of Charleston brought new events, new dates, but still the great foodie festival from the past. Charleston Restaurant Association (CRA) and Southern Living Magazine worked closely together for a second year to make the event a success. This year the event went back to one day event for the main event, but the weekend added two new events: Taste Sweet and Southern plus Taste Dine Around. By adding these events, the CRA was able to give more options for the growing attendance each year.

The weekend’s charity fund-raising events involved more than 60 local restaurants as well as many other local businesses. Steve Carroll, President of the CRA, says, “By adding the two new events we were able to incorporate more of the CRA’s members plus give locals and tourists alike more reasons to make the Southern Living Taste of Charleston a weekend getaway versus a one-day event. Overall, all the events were a huge success and everyone who attended had a great time.”

The first event of the weekend was Taste: Iron Chef presented by US Foodservice held Friday, September 28 at the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s (CIC) Palmer Campus in downtown Charleston. The state-of-the-art amphitheater kitchen in the $7 million facility was filled to capacity with excited spectators. CIC students and Duvall Catering worked together to create an elegant, first class reception for all who attended. The competition, modeled after the popular television program, began as two teams of professional chefs were tasked with creating three to five dishes in 45 minutes using the secret ingredients; bronze muscadines and green peanuts. In a close competition, Chef John Ondo of Lana and Chef Michael Karkut of Graze emerged victorious over Chef Eric Huff of Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill and Chef Daniel Doyle of Poogan’s Porch.

The Taste Dine Around, presented by SYSCO, took place on both Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29. Dozens of local restaurants created a 3 course meal and each course was paired with a specialty or craft beer.

Taste: Sweet & Southern on Shem Creek, held on Saturday, September 29 at the Lighthouse on Shem Creek, was a new event to the festival. The event was presented by Restaurant Solutions, Inc. Event-goers enjoyed local cuisine from several of the area's top caterers, live music from singer/songwriter’s Rob Crosby and James Dean Hicks and moonlit harbor cruises provided by Scout Boating. “The setting for this event couldn't have been more perfect. The evening was full of great food, great music and great weather” says Kathy Britzius, Executive Director of the CRA.

The main event was held Sunday, September 30 at Historic Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant. CRA members along with an army of volunteers prepared the back lawn of the historic plantation for the onslaught of people soon to arrive. Attractions included live music from Homemade Wine, Southern Living’s Village and a beer garden featuring craft beers from Lee Distributors. For the first time ever the CRA teamed up with Scout Boats to have a boat giveaway at the event. In the legendary Waiters’ Race presented by SYSCO, 45 local servers and bartenders maneuvered through the obstacle courses carrying a tray of full wine glasses. This year the overall winner was Jason Alderman of 82 Queen and the top finalist was Brandy Malcolm of Queen Anne’s Revenge. The “Best Booth” trophy awarded to the most impressively decorated serving area of a participating restaurant went to Cork Neighborhood Bistro. Our “Boat Winner” was Anne Grizzle who won a Scout Fishing Boat: 151 Sportfish from Scout Boats.

Here is beautiful Heidi in front of the Historic Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston.  Take in the atmosphere.

Have you attended Taste of Charleston?  And is "Taste of Charleston 2013" on your wish Travel List?! I know it's on mine.

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Taste of Charleston. All opinions are authentic and those of our Guest Writers and Carolina Mama. Thank you Heidi! 

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