Holiday Progressive Dinner 2019


A much-beloved holiday tradition is back this December. 


A much-beloved holiday tradition is back this December. For the 34th 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. Excludes additional beverages.)



Presented at the Historic Kings Courtyard Inn - 198 King Street

Mulled Cider & Bourbon Eggnog

Duck Spring Roll

Quince Manchego Flowers

Assorted Cheese & Fruit

Three Cheese Arancini

Shrimp Cocktail



Presented at Circa 1886 - 149 Wentworth Street

Sampling of Soup


Toasted Pumpkin Seed Oil



Dried Cranberries, Pecans, Feta, Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Main Course


Lemon Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Mushroom Bordelaise



Truffle Cheese Anson Mill Grits, Grilled Asparagus, Lobster Cognac Sauce


Dessert Display & Coffee

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

Assorted Petit Fours & Cookies

Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Sorghum Glaze

Red Velvet Cake with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Icing

Time Schedule 

2019 Progressive Dinner Dates: November 29th and 30th December 2 nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 23rd 5:30 p.m.

The 34th 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). Guests are responsible for their transportation at the conclusion of the event. 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/approximately 40 stairs. Additionally, guests must be able to transfer on and off the carriage via stairs. Please call (843) 853-7828 for reservations.

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