The Art of Dining During Spoleto Festival 2013

It's the final weekend of Spoleto Festival 2013 and Circa 1886 Restaurant is pulling out all the stops for a fantastic grand dining finale. summer menu circa 1886 Chef Marc Collins' summer menu made its debut just a few weeks ago, just in time for Spoleto and Charleston's own Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Chef Collins' new dishes are like pieces of art themselves. Each new plate bursts with bright, beautiful colors, fresh ingredients and local flavor, reflective of summers in Charleston. A few runaway hits from the new summer menu are pictured above:

Appetizers like the Foie Gras Au Poivre are stealing the show, delightfully presented alongside a Rosemary and Lemon Biscuit, Blackberry Gastrique, Candied Pistachios and Lavender Chantilly inside a glass jar.

The Cornmeal Crusted Fried Oysters pack a spicy punch, served over Country Ham Ratatouille and dressed up in Roasted Garlic Aioli, Celery, Curry Oil. Perfectly paired with a cold beer at the bar before a Spoleto show. 

Voted the most popular fresh seafood dish thus far, the Blackened Flounder with Buttered Crab 'Dirty Rice' Okra Gumbo, Pepper Trio Sauces, Bermuda Mango Relish is a wonderful feature from Charleston's waterways.

Vegetarians are in love with the Wild Mushroom Pot Pie and all its Purple Potatoes, Fava Beans, Leeks, Baby Carrots, Frisée and a Truffle Demi Glace glory.

The sweetest finish of all? Pastry Chef Scott Lovorn's version of strawberry shortcake. This dessert pairs Lovorn's famous Honeysuckle Ice Cream with Butter Griddled Citrus Pound Cake, Grand Marnier Laced Strawberries, Mascarpone Mousse and  Strawberry Coulis

See the full summer menu here. As has become tradition, Circa 1886's extended Spoleto Festival hours perfectly accommodate a pre-show drink, early meal or after-hours dinner. Circa 1886 Restaurant is off the beaten path on the lawn of the majestic Wentworth Mansion. Parking here is free and easy. Beat the crowds and be our guest during the last week of Spoleto Festival. Just make a reservation and we'll do the rest. Drop in and have a drink before the show. Our bartenders serve up five select wines, martinis and house liquors for $5 during the happy hours of 5-7 pm each afternoon- even Saturdays. Looking for a place to stay in Charleston during Spoleto? There are still a few rooms available at the Wentworth Mansion, just a hop across the lawn from us. For a hotel on King Street, reserve a room at our sister properties at the romantic Fulton Lane Inn or the historic Kings Courtyard Inn. For a touch more history, our bed and breakfast the John Rutledge House Inn on Broad Street is right around the corner from the famed sight of Spoleto's opening ceremonies and within easy walking distance to galleries, venues and the most picturesque, awe-inspiring art in Charleston: homes, gardens and waterfront homes South of Broad.

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