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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!


It’s Finally Here! BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival begins today!


It’s finally here.  My favorite time of year, besides Spoleto…

The BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival is kicking off tonight.  You can feel it in the air practically.  There are still some tickets available, but you better snap them up while you can.

Make sure you follow all of our shenanigans on Twitter (@chasartmag) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheArtMag) too.

Meanwhile, here are some pics to tantalize your taste buds.

image by Andrew Cebulka


image by Andrew Cebulka


image by Andrew Cebulka


image by Andrew Cebulka


image by Andrew Cebulka


image by Andrew Cebulka

BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival tickets ON SALE!

The dine-arounds ALWAYS sell out and the restaurant you want most definitely will.  So don’t delay, buy your tickets now for the events you really want to attend.  I recommend purchasing one ticket a month if you’re on a budget, and prioritize–meaning buy the can’t-live-without’s now, and save the ones-you-won’t-cry-over-if-you-miss-out for later.

Charleston Wine + Food Festival: The Goodness Should Never End

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Culinary Village & Grand Tasting Tents: a cluster of goodness & goodies

My Faves:

Williamette Valley‘s Estate Pinot Noir

Banfi‘s Rosa Regale, a sweet, sparkling Rose.

Fat and Juicy Bloody Mary Mix

Library at Vendue Inn‘s pate

Rodney Strong‘s Estate Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Lowcountry Local First‘s Local Tent–particularly Bertolini’s gnocchi and Sidi Limehouse’s produce.  INCREDIBLE.

Sonoma-Cutrer‘s Pinot Noir–another Russian River Valley wine

Thornhill Farm‘s organic carrot soup

Spanish Vine‘s Albarino, a clean, delicious white

In short, this is a foodie’s weekend in heaven.  I love this weekend more than most in Charleston, and that says a lot since I truly love Charleston.  There is no lack of interesting events to attend, food to sample, causes to learn about, and wines to taste.  Plan a trip to Charleston especially for this weekend and fast the week before.  Stay downtown and plan to walk or take a pedicab.  Enjoy yourself immensely, you have no excuse not to.


Charleston Wine + Food Festival: Why can’t this be every weekend?!

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Yesterday morning began my favorite way: breakfast at High Cotton, mimosas, local & celebrity chefs…it doesn’t get much better.

Browsing through the Culinary Village & Grand Tasting Tents, we sampled incredible cakes, olive oil, wine & chocolate from local darling Sweeteeth.  Basico Wine‘s Spanish Rojo & Blanco were super enjoyable & easy.  And they are right here in North Charleston!  Daisy Cakes had the best carrot cake I’ve ever sampled, and she ships!  We tasted some incredible olive oil from West Coast Products, that is cold pressed and incredibly smooth.

On the King Street Sip + Stroll, we had a blast bouncing from shop to shop to taste wine and enjoy food from Jim N’ Nicks BBQ.  Most of the winemakers were very friendly and welcomed questions.  The Childress Vineyards and the Chilean winemaker Ken Wright Cellars Malbec particularly stick out in my memory.  Childress Vineyards wine has a meritage, a blend of five grapes, that I loved, and the Solena Pinot Noir Grande Cuvee was superior.

Okay, enough of this.  We are heading back to Marion Square in a few minutes.  We’ll see you there!

Wine + Food Festival Images

While we are little late on this post, mother always said ‘better late, than never,’ yes?  Here are some notes and images from the Charleston Wine + Food Festival 2010 Culinary Village and BBQ, Blues and Brew on Sunday, March 7th.

We sipped wines from across the country and beyond… sampled food from restaurants, mostly near, some a little further.  The Four Moons restaurant in Orangeburg, SC served pork belly that was good enough to make you hop right in the car & drive up there!

We spotted celebrity chefs like Marvin Woods at the Culinary Village, and Matt & Ted Lee graciously signing their Lee Brothers cookbook at Blue Bicycle Books.  There were some of Charleston’s own celebrity chefs like Craig Deihl from Cypress wandering around too.  We spotted Mike Lata of FIG and James Beard award fame dining at Trattoria Lucca later that night, looking like he’d given all he had to the Festival.

BBQ, Blues & Brew featured inventive bbq recipes, new takes on traditional sides, and everyone’s favorite mac & cheese like you’ve never tasted.  The Blue Dogs entertained and people were having a good time.  But you could definitely tell the vendors were tired & it was the end of the festival.  Next year we are saving our pennies for the Thursday night opening party tickets!  See you there!

Inside the tents at the Culinary Village

Looks crowded, I know, but everyone had such a good time it didn't matter!

Festival Attendee Nicole Casanova

Winemakers came from all over to pour their wines...

Festival Attendees got the chance to talk with vendors

Sampling wine from around the world...

getting a taste...

Crosby's Seafood & Aaron Siegel from Home Team BBQ

BBQ, Blues & Brew

Art Mag's own Olivia Pool with Photographer Andrew Cebulka

Fearless Wine + Food Festival Leader Angel Postell on the mike

Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last five years, you have heard of the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival.  Last night was the kickoff for the 5th festival, and we at Art Mag are really excited to experience the culinary adventures that are to come all weekend!

While most of the events are sold out, there are still we hear there are still tickets for Culinary Village & the phenomenal BBQ, Blues & Brew on Sunday.

There’s also a free event on Saturday evening, whose title  holds great promise: “Benne and Bourbon” an Oxford American author meet and greet, at Billy Reid 150 King Street, from 5-7 pm.  Check out the details here.

Meet us at Marion Square this weekend!  Visit the Wine + Food Festival website for tickets.

2010 BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival, March 4, 5, 6 & 7th. www.charlestonwineandfood.com