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Patio Happy Hour at Kitchen 208 26 Aug 2014, 4:55 pm
Save the date! On Thursday, October 16th, the crew at Kitchen 208 will be celebrating the cooler weather with a Happy Hour on the Patio. Stroll down to 208 King Street and enjoy beer and wine specials with a few savory bites from Chef John Robertson. Join us from 4:30-7:30 pm for the perfect mix of live music and lively conversation.
2014 Dickens Dinner at Circa 1886 25 Aug 2014, 2:35 pm
This holiday season, Circa 1886 will travel back in time to retell a classic Christmas story. Together, Chef Marc Collins and Storyteller Tim Lowry will transport you to Victorian England. You will enjoy a lively retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” as you feast on a spectacular four-course dinner.
Bring the family and expect a festive and memorable affair that is fun for all ages. This popular dinner will be available on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 and Thursday, December 11, 2014. Enjoy a few photos of last year’s celebration and take a look at look Chef Collins’ English-inspired menu.
First Course: Foie Gras Custard with Fig Gêlee, Candied Walnuts, Frisee, Bliss 9 Vinegar
Second Course: Curried Parsnip Soup with Parsley n’ Pumpkin Seed Pistou
Main Course: Cranberry Braised Lamb Shank with Cornbread Stuffing, Kale, Horseradish Cream
Sweet Finish: Sir Scott’s Christmas Pudding
Join us for one of our most festive holiday traditions. Read more about our 13th Annual Dicken’s Dinner or reserve your seat by calling (843) 853-7828. $85.00 per person (plus tax and 20% gratuity.) Beverages are additional.
Call it a night! Conclude your festive evening with an overnight stay for two in the luxury of the Wentworth Mansion, where your amenities include afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres and hot southern breakfast. December 10 – 11, 2014, from $590 per night.
Circa 1886 September Restaurant Week Menu 12 Aug 2014, 2:28 pm
If you’ve dined with us this summer, you know the special treat that is in store for you come September. Charleston Restaurant Week runs from September 3-13, where Circa 1886 will offer three delicious courses for $40.
Lucky for our guests, Chef Marc Collins will be offering a few items from our summer menu during this week-long special. Chef Collins’ Restaurant Week menu is inventive and exudes the flavors of summer at every bite. Pictured here are a few guest favorites: Rainbow Trout, Heirloom Tomato Salad, and Chicken Fried Halibut.
Restaurant Week Menu
Three Courses for $40 / With Wine Pairings $65
SMOKED SALMON AND TURNIP FLAN - Licorice Lacquer, Marbled Rye Fries, Asparagus, Espelette
ESCARGOT KEBAB - Chorizo Sausage, Mushrooms, Horchata Grits, Mint Chimichurri
HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD - Black Eyed Pea Salad, Radish, Garlic Crunch, Chive Paint, Lemon Pepper Feta
ASHLEY FARMS CHICKEN CRÊPE - Squash Pudding, Butter Beans, Rosemary Ham, Burgundy Red Onion Jam
BABY ICEBERG SALAD - Baby Vegetables, Beet Butter, Blue Cheese Yogurt Dressing, Pumpernickel Soil
CHICKEN FRIED HALIBUT - Buttermilk Laced Carolina Gold Rice, Fennel, Green Pea Mirepoix, Pickled Jalapeño Glacé, Hibiscus Nectar
SOUTH EAST FAMILY FARMS PORK CHOP - Apple Cider Baked Beans, Collard Greens Slaw, Ginger Beer Barbecue Sauce
RAINBOW TROUT - Arugula, Creamed Corn and Fava Bean Succotash, Cauliflower, Duck Prosciutto, Sun Dried Currants, Spicy Pecan Emulsion
“CORNED BEEF” BRAISED SHORT RIBS - Yukon Gold Potatoes, Cornichons, Brussles Sprouts, Carrot, Guinness, Barley, Catsup Aioli
CAST IRON LAMB LOIN - Onion n’ Beluga Lentil Hash, Smoked Paprika, White Cheddar Eggplant Puree, Bell Peppers, Cilantro, Cocoa Demi
PORTOBELLO SOUS VIDE - Quinoa “fried rice” Broccolini Char Siu, Pineapple Coconut Sauce, Cashews, Cucumber, Crispy Glass Noodles
MEXICAN VANILLA CRÈME BRÛLÉE - Brown Butter Financier
FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CHAMABORD CAKE - Raspberry Coulis
PEAR CRISP SOUFFLÉ - Caramel Anglaise
DUET OF ARTISANAL CHEESES
Beat the Heat: Chilled Soups from Kitchen 208 12 Aug 2014, 1:23 pm
From seersucker to sweet tea, Charlestonians have a long history of testing the best ways to cool off in the summer. Southern summers are known for their heat, but Chef John Robertson at Kitchen 208 knows the best way to beat the summer heat is with a bowl of chilled soup.
Here’s a few favorites so far: Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Chilled Carrot Ginger, Cucumber Melon, and Watermelon + Strawberry. Chef John features a chilled soup almost every day in the summer. We think this is the perfect way to cool off while enjoying warm weather flavors! We’re sharing our recipe to help you cool down at home this summer.
1 medium red onion, rough chopped
3 cloves of fresh peeled garlic
3 limes, juiced
1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and rough chopped
1 bunch of cilantro, large steps removed
1 Tbsp of Tabasco hot sauce
8-10 large vine ripe tomatoes, cored and rough chopped
1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and rough chopped
1.5 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp ground coriander
Salt to taste
Serves 6-8 people
Place the onion, garlic, jalapeno, and about 1/4 of the tomatoes in to a vita-prep blender. Set the blender to 3 and work the contents with the stick until the consistency of salsa is achieved and there are no large pieces. Poor contents in to a holding container. Place the lime juice, hot sauce, cilantro, cumin, coriander, and 1/4 cup of water in to the blender, set the blender to about 5, and blend until the cilantro is well chopped but not pureed. Add to the holding container. Place the rest of the tomatoes and the cucumber in the blender, working in batches if necessary, adjust the blender to about 8, and blend until nearly smooth. Add this to the holding container and whisk well to combined. Add salt to taste. You can adjust the acidity with additional lime juice or apple cider vinegar, or sweeten with a bit of sugar or honey.
Swing by Kitchen 208 for breakfast, lunch or brunch, but don’t miss one of Chef John Robertson’s refreshing chilled soups. Find our daily soup special online each morning at Kitchen208.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for daily updates.
Shopping in Downtown Charleston 14 Jul 2014, 4:49 pm
Back to School Needs
Blue Bicycle Books – Great for used, rare, and local finds. Finish up your summer reading here.
Apple Store – Looking for a new iPad? This is a can’t miss on tax-free weekend.
Phillips Shoes - Sensible and stylish shoes for the whole family.
Urban Outfitters - Playful and lighthearted housewares, clothing, and accessories.
The Vault – Retro-style collegiate and professional sports attire.
Copper Penny – Designer collections, curated with a Southern eye. Sophisticated, effortless beauty.
V2V – Fashion and lifestyle boutique. The perfect spot to find a dress for a night on the town.
Palm Avenue – Classic styles and bright fun colors. Stop here for Charleston’s take on Lilly Pulitzer.
Finicky Filly – Luxurious clothing that will suit women of any age.
Hampden Clothing – Known for having edgy clothes showcasing the hottest trends.
M. Dumas and Sons – Specializing in preppy attire for the Southern gentleman since 1918.
Grady Ervin - Classic sportswear and formal attire with a uniquely personal touch.
Ben Silver - Upscale clothing with the finest materials. Known for their custom neckwear.
Half Moon Outfitters – This store specializes in outdoor gear for adventure and travel.
Join us in Charleston at one of our Charming Inns, all just steps from King Street. The Kings Courtyard Inn and Fulton Lane Inn are both located on King Street and offer premier views of Charleston’s shopping district. Visit us online, or call 800-845-6119 to book your end of summer trip.
2014 Summer Menu at Circa 1886 17 Jun 2014, 2:08 pm
This week, Executive Chef Marc Collins and Pastry Chef Scott Lovorn debuted a new summer menu with 24 jaw-dropping dishes. Hints of summertime shine through each dish with delicious, mouthwatering flavors. From farm-fresh heirloom tomatoes to honeysuckle and peaches, this menu will have you reminiscing about summers gone by.
~ Appetizer ~
TORCHED SCALLOP SASHIMI – Watermelon, Truffle, Celery Gelee, Saffron Jícama, Sunflower Tahini
HEIRLOOM TOMATO – Three Bean Salad, Radish, Garlic Crunch, Marjoram Paint, Goat Cheese Crema
CRISPY SWEETBREADS – Spinach, Porcini Catsup, Fuji Apple Sauce, Golden Raisins, Grain Mustard n’ Veal Glacé Vinaigrette
ARTISINAL CHEESE – Pickled Grapes, Pretzel, Whipped Honey, Cashew
BABY ICEBERG SALAD – Ambrose Farms Veggies, Chive and Yogurt Dressing, Carrot Butter, Pumpernickel “Soil”
SEARED LA BELLE FARMS FOIE GRAS – Brioche Bun, Boursin, Chow Chow, Cream Soda Float
~ Main Course ~
CHICKEN FRIED HALIBUT – Buttermilk Laced Carolina Gold Rice, Fennel, Green Pea Mirepoix, Pickled Jalapeño Glacé, Hibiscus Nectar
ASHLEY FARMS CHICKEN BREAST – Lamb Pancetta, Oregano, Vidalia Onion “Noodles”, Rainbow Chard, Beet Ricotta Agnolotti, Muscadine Velouté
RAINBOW TROUT – Arugula, Smoked Salmon Cracklings, Creamed Corn Succotash, Cauliflower, Fig, Spicy Pecan Emulsion
CRAB CAKES – Summer Squash Hash, Curly Fries, Lemon Thyme Bubbles, Cherry Custard Sauce, Cilantro, Grilled Scallion Pesto
SOUTH EAST FAMILY FARMS PORK CHOP – Herbes de Provence, Tangerine Purée, Calvados Baked Peanuts, Wax Bean n’ Roasted Shallot Salad, Carolina Dijon Barbequeg Sauce
BROKEN ARROW RANCH ANTELOPE LOIN – Artichokes, Fava Beans, Broccoli, Pimientos, Black Olive Cous Cous, Mepkin Abbey Mushrooms n’ Coffee Sauce
BLACKENED YELLOW FIN TUNA – Cucumber Sherbet, Ginger Turnip Puree, Duck Prosciutto, Coriander Bamboo Rice, Cantaloupe Relish
HEART OF PALM – Spicy Pineapple Glaze, Twice Fried Plantains, Okinowa Sweet Potato Puree, Collard Green Slaw,
Guava Purée, Coconut Milk
BUTTER BRAISED MONKFISH – Antebellum Grits, Lobster Bisque, Okra Pickles, Popcorn, Pistachio
WAGYU BEEF SHOULDER TENDER – Bliss Potato Link, Fried Egg, Maple Nage, Asparagus, Ruby Grapefruit, Bacon Powder, Sage Oil
~ Sweet Finish ~
TRANSFORMATIONS IN CHOCOLATE – A Nightly Collection of Chocolate Dessert
ANSON MILLS SWEET HEIRLOOM CORNBREAD – Lime-Avocado Sherbet, Prickly Pear Espuma, Agave-Tequilla Caramel, Fleur de Sel
MEXICAN VANILLA BEAN CRÈME BRÛLÉE – Brown Butter Financier
CROISSANT DONUTS - Raspberry Ice Cream, Chocolate Ganache, Raspberry Coulis
STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM SOUFFLÉ – Grand Marnier Anglaise, Honeysuckle Ice Cream
BLUEBERRY LEMON “ICE BOX” – Blueberry Mascarpone Cheesecake, Lemon Curd Mousse, Blueberry Coulis
PAN FRIED ANGELFOOD CAKE – Basil Compressed Peaches, Jam, Toasted Almond Ice Cream
TRIO OF SORBETS – House Made Biscotti
Independence Day in Charleston 16 Jun 2014, 1:19 pm
It’s easy to be patriotic in Charleston. Our city is steeped in history, and we’re always ready to celebrate. We’ve gathered our ideas on the best places to watch fireworks and celebrate our nation’s independence this summer.
1. Fourth of July Blast at Patriot’s Point – Patriot’s Point has become Charleston’s destination for viewing fireworks on Independence Day. Enjoy views of the Holy City across the Cooper River aboard one of the nation’s most historic war ships, the USS Yorktown.
2. The Sizzling Southern Celebration at Circa 1886 – Celebrate underneath stately live oak trees with cold libations, live music, and lawn games. For dinner, you’ll move into the dining room at Circa 1886 as you feast on a grill-inspired menu. As the sun sets, head up to the cupola of the Wentworth Mansion with a glass of Champagne to experience a bird’s-eye view of Charleston’s many fireworks shows.
3. Charleston RiverDogs Game – What’s more American than baseball on the Fourth of July? Join the Charleston RiverDogs for a night of full of baseball, beer, and hotdogs. Root for the home team, look out over the Ashley River, and watch a spectacular fireworks show from your seat at the Mayor Joe Riley Stadium.
4. Waterfront Park – From the Waterfront Park you’ll enjoy expansive views of the Charleston Harbor and the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge. Pack up the whole family and head to the Charleston’s most popular park. Take a blanket or grab a park bench to view the fireworks over the 1,000 feet of coastline.
Come celebrate this 4th of July Weekend at Charleston’s most historic bed and breakfast, the John Rutledge House Inn. Our Fireworks and Family Fun Weekend Package provides three nights with everything necessary to celebrate a family friendly Independence Day. Visit us, or call 1-800-476-9741 for more information.
10 Things To Do in Charleston with Kids 13 Jun 2014, 8:35 am
1. Spend the day at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. Get a glimpse of history and walk in the footsteps of sailors and officers aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier.
2. Visit the only Sea Turtle Hospital in South Carolina. See current patients up close and learn about the remarkable care that is provided for endangered turtles.
3. Catch a fish at the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Run around the open park, stop at the gift shop, and grab a milkshake to celebrate a fun day for the whole family.
4. Explore the first stop for Charleston settlers at Charles Towne Landing. Run under the oak trees and see animals that once inhabited the Charleston area such as bison, puma, and black bear.
6. Jump around at Sky Zone Charleston. Open jump or dodge ball, let the kids get all of their energy out at Charleston’s indoor trampoline park.
7. Discover an uninhabited island. Catch a glimpse of a dolphin when you take the kids to explore one of the best family beaches in South Carolina.
8. Kids can learn how to cook a feast. Charleston Cooks! offers classes for kids of all ages throughout the summer.
9. It’s summer – let ‘em run through the fountain. Waterfront Park is Charleston’s version of running through the sprinkler.
10. Take the kids to the Charleston Children’s Museum. This interactive museum is perfect for toddlers and young children.
Enjoy all of Charleston’s wonders with the Family Fun Package at the Kings Courtyard Inn. The Family Fun Package includes a two night, three day stay, tickets to your choice of the South Carolina Aquarium or Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, a tour of downtown by carriage ride, and a day of exploration at either the Charleston Museum of Children’s Museum. Visit us online, or call 800-845-6119 to book this package.
Midsummer Night’s Wine Tasting at Kitchen 208 30 May 2014, 6:38 am
On the eve of summer solstice you can find us on the patio holding a cool glass of wine. Join us on Friday, June 20 from 5-9 pm as Sommelier Patrick Emerson brings a midsummer night’s wine tasting to the patio at Kitchen 208. From light summer wines to full bodied varietals, come ready to sip great wines, listen to live music by David Higgins, and nosh on a few treats from Kitchen 208. We’ll have a few wraps on hand – the Turkey shoot, the Club 208, and the Shrimp Salad. Patrick is an Advanced Sommelier and the founder of Communion Wine Club. He will bring great wines along with years of expertise to the event. Come for a glass or buy a few bottles, but don’t miss this spectacular one time event.
Birthday Week at Kitchen 208 28 May 2014, 2:14 pm
We like parties. And one day is just not enough. We’re planning on celebrating our first birthday all week starting June 2nd. Answer a few of our questions on social media, and you’ll be eligible to win a Kitchen 208 coffee mug and a $20 gift card to Kitchen 208. We’ll be posting questions on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram each morning starting 6/2. We will pick the person with the most accurate answers on 6/6. The pics in this post are a few clues to get you warmed up. Good luck!