Holiday Progressive Dinner 2018

A much-beloved holiday tradition is back this December.

A much-beloved holiday tradition is back this December. For the 33rd year in a row, Circa 1886 Restaurant and Charming Inns will play host to the “Charleston Holiday Progressive Dinner”, a festive evening where diners journey by carriage. Guests are invited to start the evening with hors-d'oeuvres at Historic Kings Courtyard Inn at 198 King Street, travel by carriage to Circa 1886 Restaurant at 149 Wentworth Street for a three-course dinner, and wind down on a carriage to the Historic John Rutledge House Inn at 116 Broad Street for coffee and dessert. Hors-d'oeuvres start at 5:30 p.m. and the evening wraps up at 8:30 p.m. A carriage will transport guests from one location to the next. The cost is $110.00 per person (Includes carriage, tax, and gratuity. Exclude additional beverages.)


Presented at the Historic Kings Courtyard Inn - 198 King Street

~ Mulled Cider & Bourbon Eggnog~

~Duck Spring Roll~

~Assorted Cheeses and Fruit~

~Petite Beef Wellington~

~Brie Pear Almond Purse~

~Gouda Arancini~

~Shrimp Cocktail~


Presented at Circa 1886 - 149 Wentworth Street

Tasting of Soup


With White Truffle Oil



Lemon Pimento Vinaigrette

Main Course


Garlic Rosemary Whipped Potatoes, Rainbow Chard, Smoked Paprika Hollandaise



Saffron Risotto, Broccoli Rabe, Lobster Bisque Sauce

Dessert Display & Coffee

Service Presented at the Historic John Rutledge House Inn- 116 Broad Street

~Tuxedo Peppermint Cheesecake~

~Bourbon Pecan Brown Butter Financiers~

~Assorted Petit Fours & Cookies~

Time Schedule 

5:30pm Hors d’oeuvres at Kings Courtyard Inn(198 King Street)

6:00pm Leave by carriage to Circa 1886

6:15pm Dinner at Circa 1886

7:30pm Leave by carriage to the John Rutledge House Inn

7:45pm Dessert at John Rutledge House Inn

8:30pm Dinner Ends

– This may vary according to group size 2018 Progressive Dinner Dates: November 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th December 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd at 5:30pm.

The 33rd Annual Progressive Dinner will take place rain or shine. The Kings Courtyard Inn will host the hors-d'oeuvres in an open courtyard environment. Circa 1886 will offer assigned seating for guests at large community tables in the Main Dining Room. The John Rutledge House Inn will host the desserts in the Ballroom on the third floor of the inn. Guests are responsible for their own parking. There is a parking garage conveniently located on the corners of King and Queen Streets. The garage is located halfway between the Kings Courtyard Inn (Start) and the John Rutledge House Inn (Finish). For payment, we accept cash, Master Card, Visa, Discover, or American Express. Your credit card must be recorded when making the reservation and will be charged 7 days prior to the reservation. Cancellation is 7 days prior to the reservation. Suggested dress is Festive Attire. *Please note that the John Rutledge House Inn does not have an elevator and guests must be able to climb three flights of stairs. Additionally, guests must be able to transfer on and off the carriage via stairs.

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