Phwew! We’re still reminiscing about the amazing whirlwind weekend that was the 8th Annual Wine + Food Festival. Our team has quite a history with the four-day event — Circa 1886’s Executive Chef Marc Collins was a founder of the festival – there’s even an award with his name on it, honoring a chef in the Charleston community who shows leadership, dedication and innovation in his field. Proprietor of the Wentworth Mansion, John Rutledge House and Charming Inns’ two King Street inns, Rick Widman, serves on the festival’s board as immediate past chair. He and wife Linn Lesesne are huge supporters of the festival’s many initiatives, and have been since the beginning.
This is our most cherished event in Charleston – a weekend that we’re thrilled and honored to share with thousands of locals and out-of-towners.
From prepping behind the scenes to enjoying the dinners and parties – the Charming Inns and Circa 1886 team was here, there and everywhere. Here are a few of our favorite memories from the weekend:
A SWEET welcome to our guests at the inns; Chef Marc Collins presenting his award to Chef Mike Lata; Opening Night Party at the South Carolina Aquarium! Plus, scenes from the Culinary Village, where we served up Spicy Tomato Soda with Basil Orange Powder.
On Friday night’s Perfectly Paired Dinner with Recette Restaurant and Stoller Wines, Chef Marc Collins said, “The culinary crew at Circa 1886 thoroughly enjoyed working with our guest chef, Jesse Schenker, and look forward to year 9!! We hope everyone who entered the Culinary Village enjoyed our Tomato Soda as much as we do.” Above are a few snapshots of the weekend through Chef Collins’ eyes.
Lisa, Innkeeper of Kings Courtyard Inn and Fulton Lane Inn, enjoyed Muse’s Wine Lunch- which she calls, “simply delightful.” A few members of the team checked out Sunday’s Rigs, Pigs and Swigs BBQ event under the beautiful Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant and the Opening Night VIP + Sponsor Party.
Festival organizers said “year 8 will be great” – and well, they were so right. Hungry for more? The James Beard Foundation will make its Charleston debut for a historic dinner on Monday, March 18 at Fort Moultrie. The dinner will raise funds for the Beard Foundation and showcases some of the city’s finest chefs with Foundation ties- including Chef Collins. Get your tickets to this epic event here.