Tag Archives: fine dining

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.


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

We Raised a Barn this weekend. What did you do?!

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December 2010.

A devastating fire claims the barn and over 250 prize animals of Charlie Caldwell, local farmer.  Anyone who has paid attention to the restaurant industry’s shift towards using local, sustainable and seasonal produce knows the value of the local farmer.  The good folks at Patrick Properties reached out to the good folks at Lowcountry Local First and after a lot of time and effort, we skip to…

Sunday, February 20, 2011.

A gorgeous day of sunshine and warm weather, if a bit breezy at times.  Hundreds of Lowcountry residents flock to Lowndes Grove Planation for an afternoon of great food, drink, entertainment…and barn raising?!  Well, we may not have raised the actual barn, but $20,000 was raised for the rebuilding of Ovis Hill Farms’ barn!

Kudos to all the folks at Patrick Properties, Lowcountry Local First, Elise Testone for beautiful music, Fish‘s master Chef Nico Romo, Mike Lata of FIG, Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk, Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca, Frank Lee of S.N.O.B., Jeremiah Bacon of Oak Steakhouse, Craig Deihl of Cypress, Ricky Hacker of EVO, Fred Neuville of Fat Hen, Marc Collins of Circa 1886, Mike Lotz of Triangle Char & Bar, Ben Berryhill of Red Drum, Jacques Larson of Wild Olive, Ashley Swider of yesUmay! cookies, and more.

The food was incredible, the setting was magical and so many people joined together for a goal–that was reached; it was truly inspiring.

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