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Holy Wine + Food Batman! Plus a sweet little video to ‘Idol’ize

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):

Chef Nico Romo of Fish (thanks @FishCharleston for the photo)

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!

NOM: Wild Game Dinner at Tristan 2/16 to benefit SEWE

Tristan beet restaurant review

Tristan's Beet Salad is to die for.

If you haven’t been to Tristan lately, you have no excuse.

Chef Nate Whiting is a dedicated craftsman of fine cuisine.  They have a fantastic menu nightly.  They serve a great brunch.  There’s even half-priced bottles of wine every Monday and Tuesday nights AND complimentary valet!

For you adventurous meat eaters, their upcoming Wild Game Dinner sounds incredible.  There are dishes that even I don’t know what it is, but I know I want it.  Plus the first course is an heirloom beet salad, and if you read the profile on Chef Nathan Thurston of Ocean Room, you know that I love beets.  Tristan has a fantastic beet salad.

Let me give you a few words to salivate over:

Chef Nate Whiting of Tristan

quail. black truffle. braised kale. lemon ‘caviar.’ risotto. pheasant. roasted boar. smoked grapes.  goat cheese. huckleberry cobbler.

YES PLEASE.

Make your reservations for their February 16th Wild Game Dinner now.  $100 + per person.  All inclusive.  Remember that valet?  ‘I can’t find a parking spot’ is not an issue anymore!  Call 843.534.2155 to make sure you don’t miss a mouth-watering moment.

Tristan is collaborating with local cheese purveyors Goat. Sheep. Cow. and Vidalco Wine will provide the wine pairings.  Dinner is begins at 7 pm.  Five percent of ticket sales will support Southeastern Wildlife Expo, February 17 – 19, 2012.

words: Stacy Huggins