Last night’s Opening Night Party kicked off the 7th BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival. It was more food than you could possibly eat, more to see than you could possibly see…in short, a stellar event in true “Wine + Food” style.
Everyone was in a great mood, from Festival executive director Angel Postell to the chefs and the volunteers. People seemed to really be in the mood to celebrate and that goes a long way to making an event successful.
I can’t really comment on the move to the Aquarium since this was my first year to attend opening night party, but it was a super fun setting. More events are being moved off site this year, to encourage and allow visitors to see more of Charleston. While that can present a logistical challenge, it’s also a great way to really sell the city. Good thinking, guys.
The Food (just some highlights):
Fish Restaurant (@FishCharleston) served up a crab-filled egg roll with a bean salad and some avocado mousse type thing. De-lish.
Tristan‘s Chef Nate Whiting served a lobster and bone marrow tortellini with a foam that was absolutely divine. So divine I ate the whole thing in one giant bite.
Trattoria Lucca served tuna topped with a pickled octopus concoction that was fresh and light as it was delicious. Chef Ken Vedrinski was in the zone, turning out hundreds of plates for hungry guests.
While I missed whatever delicious dish that (my personal favorite) FIG Restaurant (@FIGrestaurant) was serving up, did get a minute to catch up with Chef Mike Lata and hear about his upcoming new venture. In October, or September if all goes well, Lata is opening a new restaurant on upper King, another step in the revitalization/gentrification of Upper King.
Local wine distributor Grass Roots had a stellar pinot noir from Pietra Santa Winery in Cienega Valley, California that was my personal favorite of the evening. You can bet I’ll be looking for that bottle locally.
The band was killing it. Charlton Singleton, Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Mark Sterbank, Tommy Gill, and more gave a great performance. Thankfully you could hear the music in most of the aquarium.
Okay, that’s about all the time I have for now…got to do actual work before heading out for Taco Turf Wars at the beautiful Lowndes Grove Plantation and Shop, Sip + Savor on King Street this afternoon!
and to send you off with a little love, check out this video from our very own Elise Testone, who is killing it on American Idol season 11. Congrats to Elise, she’s made it into the Top 10!