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Food and Wine 101 and 202 in Charleston 12 Nov 2015, 10:45 am
Every March, the Charleston Wine + Food Festival welcomes chefs, winemakers, and foodies from across the nation for a four-day celebration of Charleston’s culinary excellence and renowned food culture. If you’ve never participated in the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, this is the perfect opportunity to explore the best of Charleston’s amazing culinary offerings.
Choosing which events to attend throughout the festival can be difficult, so The Kings Courtyard Inn and The Fulton Lane Inn have created the Food and Wine 101 Package and the Food and Wine 202 Package to help new festival-goers navigate the weekend with ease.
The Food and Wine 101 Package is a two night (Friday and Saturday) package that includes accommodations for two people in a standard room in one of downtown, historic Charleston’s finest inns. Both the Kings Courtyard Inn and the Fulton Lane Inn are located just a few blocks from Francis Marion Square – the site of the 2016 Wine + Food Festival.
On Friday, Guests will begin their weekend with tickets to SUMO SOMMELIER at Embassy Suites Downtown. Join Charleston’s sommelier heavyweights! Four local sommeliers will compete by pairing their best white and red of the year with two wine-challenging dishes. Taste the pairings, then you be the judge of which local somm takes home the bragging rights of SUMO SOMMELIER. A light-hearted, festive insight into the minds of some of the best palates in town.
On Saturday guests will enjoy the festival’s Culinary Village at Marion Square. The Village ticket gives you access all day between 12noon until 5pm featuring hundreds of chefs, winemakers, taste-makers, artisans and authors, this is an experience not to be missed. With a new and expanded tasting area – plan on a day filled with tastings, demos, book signings, retail, live music and more flavor than your foodie heart can hold.
This two night package has limited availability and is offered at a special rate of $940 (plus 13.5% tax) for two people. A deposit in the amount of $665 will be due at time of reservation. Cancellation is 45 days prior to arrival – any cancellations after this date will forfeit their deposit. Please see our website or call (800)845-6119 for more details of what is included with your stay.
If you are looking to take a bigger bite out of the festival, we recommend the Food and Wine 202 Package. This two night (Friday and Saturday) package also includes accommodations for two people in a standard room at either the Kings Courtyard Inn or the Fulton Lane Inn.
Guests will begin their weekend on Friday evening with tickets to Pecha Kucha from at Sotille Theatre. Charleston’s creative parliament will host a culinary-themed panel in partnership with Charleston Wine and Food. Guests will join an epic lineup of culinary luminaries as they wax poetic about all things gastronomic in an intense and highly inspiring presentation. It’s an experience you’ll want to taste.
On Saturday guests will enjoy the festival’s Culinary Village at Marion Square. The Village ticket gives you access all day between 12noon until 5pm featuring hundreds of chefs, winemakers, tastemakers, artisans and authors, this is an experience not to be missed. With a new and expanded tasting area – plan on a day filled with tastings, demos, book signings, retail, live music and more flavor than your foodie heart can hold.
On Saturday evening, from (8pm – 11pm) guests will head to On the Rocks (‘N roll). A little bit of rock n’ roll never hurt anybody! Nor did a hand-crafted cocktail (or two) stirred up and/or shaken by a band of Charleston’s favorite bar chefs. Join an illustrious line-up of local mixologists and their kitchen counterparts for a menu of delectable and perfectly paired bites. Mix it all up for perfect harmony and a rockin’ Saturday night with the sounds of native rocker and South Carolinian, Nikki Lane. Indulge in the bold flavors, dance alongside the tastemakers, the hipsters, the foodies, the groupies.
This two night package has limited availability and is offered at a special rate of $1020.00 (plus 13.5% tax) for two people. A deposit in the amount of $750 will be due at time of reservation. Cancellation is 45 days prior to arrival – any cancellations after this date will forfeit their deposit. Please see our website or call (800)720-2688 for more details of what is included with your stay.
Our Guide to Charleston Christmas Shopping 28 Oct 2015, 12:04 pm
Whether you are hunting for that perfect Charleston gift, or you are just needing to grab a little something for your favorite hostess, our Guide to Charleston Christmas Shopping will help you navigate the Holy City’s shops around the holidays. Below are our suggestions on where to find something for everyone on your list.
Blue Bicycle Books – This quaint and quirky used book store has a wonderful selection of literary treasures and rare books. With over 50,000 volumes this locally-owned store is a great stop for any new, used, or rare Charleston material.
Croghan’s Jewel Box – This charming family-owned jewelry store has been in operation for over 100 years. With a space that’s chock full of estate and antique finds, stop here for a luxurious gift and a taste of Charleston’s unique history. A gift from Croghan’s is a statement that will make those on your Christmas list very happy.
The Charleston Farmers Market – The Charleston Farmers Market offers the opportunity to speak with local farmers and artisans. If you are looking for a handmade gift, there are plenty of options here. Whether you need to take a pie to dinner, or want to grab a handmade wreath to remember your trip, the Charleston Farmers Market is a great place to explore.
Mac and Murphy – This pint-sized shop on Cannon Street has a wide array of irreverent and hilarious cards; perfect for the stationery lover in your life. From Charleston-made paper goods to art prints reminiscent of the South, Mac & Murphy is a must-stop. Whether you are looking to grab some last-minute Christmas cards, or you are needing to stock up on thank you notes, you’re sure to stumble across some great finds.
Charleston City Market – Should you’re time in Charleston allow for only one shopping stop, head to the Charleston City Market. The market has something for everyone from home décor items such as a sweetgrass baskets and Charleston candles to culinary treasures like benne wafers, local drink mixes, and coffee table books. This is the perfect spot for a unique hostess gift.
Preservation Society of Charleston Shop – From antique maps and artwork to handcrafted wares, there is no store that is more “Charleston” than the Preservation Society of Charleston Shop. Don’t miss the locally made cotton wreaths that are only available during the holiday season.
Charleston Cooks – This bustling shop on East Bay Street is the ultimate kitchen store. Charleston Cooks is perfect for your favorite home cook. From unique tools that would make great stocking stuffers, to large appliances, Charleston Cooks stocks every tool your kitchen could possibly need. Save a little time for yourself, Charleston Cooks is known for their cooking classes.
Bring your friends along for the ultimate Charleston shopping trip. The Charming Inns hotel properties are located steps away from Charleston’s best shopping. From the beautifully restored rooms at the Kings Courtyard Inn, to the personalized service and luxurious amenities at the Wentworth Mansion, you are sure to find your second home in Charleston. Click here for more information.
Top 25 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the US! 15 Oct 2015, 11:32 am
Yesterday, TripAdvisor announced the Top 25 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the United States in their 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards. This award is given as a result of reviews from travelers sharing their experiences at their favorite fine dining restaurants. We are thrilled to be listed as number 13!
We truly enjoy reading reviews from guests who have recently dined with us. From the flavors in your favorite dish to the personalized interaction with our staff, we are excited to hear all the details about your special night out. With our recent recognition in mind, we thought we’d share a few words from our recent guests.
The Best Birthday Ever: “Our son took us to this restaurant for my husband’s birthday. It was an extraordinary meal. We had the chef’s sampler dinner. We had generous samples of every entree on the menu. Everything was delicious, and we all were full and satisfied. My husband said it was the best birthday he’s ever had.”
Making an anniversary even more memorable: “My decision to return to Circa 1886 Restaurant for our anniversary (51st) was an easy one. We have had quiet twosome meals and family gatherings, and all have been particularly rich in memories. The layout of the restaurant lends itself to a quiet, comfortable dining experience. We were warmly greeted by each staff member we met, and our server could not have been more engaging and knowledgeable. The food was superb. We look forward to our next visit to this ambiance-filled location.”
My favorite in Charleston: “My husband and I were in Charleston for a family wedding. We had the pleasure of experiencing the Chef’s Choice 5-course dinner with Wine Pairing! Every course was absolutely delicious, the wine was excellent, and the staff was so knowledgeable and friendly. It was a quiet and relaxing atmosphere – perfect for us. We had a wonderful evening. We are recommending this restaurant to our friends and family, and look forward to a return trip soon!”
We want to hear about your experience. Visit TripAdvisor to see what other guests are saying! If you are due for a special night out, visit Open Table or call 843-853-7828 to make a reservation for truly memorable experience.
Thanksgiving in Charleston 14 Oct 2015, 7:59 am
Whether you are headed to Charleston with the whole family, or you’re looking for a quiet weekend escape, we have the perfect Thanksgiving weekend plan for you. There is of course, no shortage of Thanksgiving Weekend events in Charleston.
Between a 5k Turkey Trot run/walk, incredible Thanksgiving Dinner specials at some of Charleston’s best restaurants, and Christmas shopping along King Street, your itinerary will be as full as your belly:
Turkey Trot: Explore downtown Charleston with a jog through the historic district. This year, Charleston will host it’s 38th Annual Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble 5K. Many families have made the Turkey Trot an annual tradition. After the race, participants are invited to enjoy drinks, live music, and kid-friendly activities at Marion Square.
Brunch at Kitchen 208: Enjoy a taste of Charleston’s unique cuisine on Thanksgiving morning at King Street’s Kitchen 208. We can’t think of a better way to finish the race than a hearty breakfast at Kitchen 208. Reward yourself with a perfectly-made mimosa and a big ‘ol plate of Shrimp and Grits.
Tour a plantation: Take your family to one of Charleston’s most scenic attractions with a tour of an antebellum plantation. Magnolia Plantation, Drayton Hall Plantation, Middleton Place, and Boone Hall Plantation are all open for tours on Thanksgiving day.
Thanksgiving Dinner – Many of Charleston’s most popular restaurants are open for Thanksgiving dinner. Take a look at OpenTable’s list of Charleston restaurants offering special menus on Thanksgiving night.
Get started on Christmas shopping: With hundreds of shops on King Street, you will have plenty of options for those on your Christmas list. Hit King Street for the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals and find unique gifts in one of the best shopping districts in the South. Read here for suggestions on our favorite shops in Charleston.
Don’t wait until the last minute to plan your Thanksgiving vacation. Take advantage of the great deals at one of the four Charming Inns properties located in downtown Charleston. From the Fulton Lane Inn offering rates from $219, to the Wentworth Mansion offering rates from $390, Charming Inns has the perfect hotel for your Thanksgiving celebration. Call 800-720-2688 or secure your reservation here.
2015 Fall Menu at Circa 1886 6 Oct 2015, 11:13 am
Fall brings the arrival of cooler weather, warm colors and rich flavors. Chef Marc Collins recently debuted a new fall menu highlighting the flavors of the region and the ingredients of the season.
One of the early favorites on the menu is the Rainbow Trout filled with what Chef Collins describes as a play on dirty rice. The rice is made with pecans, Carolina gold rice, and crab meat. The fish is paired with Brussel sprouts and topped with a grapefruit beurre blanc.
The Orange Peppered Duck Breast features classic fall ingredients with a traditional French preparation. The duck is served with a duck confit jasmine rice cake, haricots verts, and a garlic purée. Your server finishes the dish with a lavender pernod jus lie table-side, adding the perfect finish to this delicious entree.
View the full menu here:
Spinach Salad – Brix Dough, Blueberries, Cucumbers, Carrots, Pine Nuts, Champagne Tondo
Antelope Country Pâté – Grilled Brioche, Jalapeño Bacon Marmalade, Pickle n’ Mustard Aioli, Crispy Cherries
Beet Napoleon – Goat Cheese Panna Cotta, Beetroot Gelée, Basil Avocado Mousse, Spiced Walnuts
“Bacon & Egg” – 62° Egg, Applewood Bacon, Shiitake Mushrooms, Anson Mills Grits, Kale, Red Onions, Honey n’ Sherry Reduction
Carolina Shrimp Polpettes – Mango Sambal, Tequila Lime Frisée Salad, Coconut Milk Béchamel
La Belle Farms Foie Gras – Pumpkin Currant French Toast, Vanilla Salsify Anglaise, Granola, Spiced Pear Cider
Beef Du Jour – Mushroom Leek Pot Pie, Rapini, Foie Gras Butter, Cheddar Chive Tuile, Sauce Bordelaise
Orange Peppered Duck Breast – Duck Confit Rice Cake, Haricots Verts, Garlic Purée, Lavender Pernod Jus Lie
Rainbow Trout – Crab, Pecans, Carolina Gold Rice, Brussels Sprouts, Pancetta, Grapefruit Beurre Blanc
Keegan-Fillion Farms Pork Chop – Char Sui, Ginger Sweet Potato Gratin, Bok Choy, Sake Apple Sauce, Hoisin Paint, Wonton Crunch
Sea Scallops – Lentils, Butternut Squash, Arugula, Passion Fruit Vinaigrette, Smoked Salmon Roe
Bison Short Ribs – Creamed Corn, Barley, Collards, Espelette Crema, Onion Rings, Port Glace
Eggplant – Mozzarella Curd, Caper Green Tomato Vinaigrette, Black Olive, Parsnip Purée, Spinach, Rosemary
Salmon Gâteaux – Red Cabbage, Asparagus, Quinoa Hoe Cakes, Maple Hollandaise, Sage Brown Butter
Veal Scallopini – Heirloom Tomato Crudo, Pesto Roasted Potatoes, Shaved Fennel, Demi-Glace Bavarois
Cast Iron Poulet Rouge – Wild Rice Pilaf, Roasted Cauliflower, Truffle Aioli, Buttermilk Chicken Glace
Pluff Mud Pie – Peanut Butter n’ Honey Milkshake
Strawberry Shortcake – Honeysuckle Ice Cream
Pecan Pie Bread Pudding – Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Peaches n’ Cream Soufflé – Dulce de Leche Ice Cream
Pineapple Upside Down Cake – Maraschino Cherry Ice Cream
Tasting of Sorbets – Brown Butter Financier Cake
If you can’t decide what to order, the chef’s five course tasting menu is the perfect opportunity to let Chef Marc Collins take the reins. The tasting menu is available daily for $75. Add wine pairings for $35 more. Call 843-853-7282 or click here to make your reservation.
Charleston by Water 12 Aug 2015, 12:03 pm
From early morning walks along the beach or the battery, to sunset sails through the harbor, this is the perfect time to explore Charleston by water. Below are a few of our favorite ways to discover the city and its waterways.
Walk the Charleston Battery – It’s best to stroll the battery in the calm of the morning. The Charleston Battery and Rainbow Row are not only historic, but by far the most picturesque scenes on the peninsula. From the shade of majestic live oaks, to the breezes from the harbor, this is the perfect way to start your journey through Charleston.
Going to the Beach – Charleston has five pristine beaches, each one with their own personality. While hitting the beach is always a good idea, choosing where to go is another story. Learn more here about our two favorite beaches: Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island.
Paddleboarding and Kayaking Shem Creek – Exploring Shem Creek is a great activity for the whole family. Weave the maze of lowcountry estuaries and encounter Charleston’s active wildlife. From the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins swimming nearby and Pelicans flying overhead, this is a great way to get an up close look at Charleston’s ecosystem.
Sunset Sail through the Harbor – A sunset sail is definitely the most laid-back way to explore Charleston’s waterways. Soak in the seabreezes, glass of wine in hand. Relax and unwind, viewing the incredible sunset and a few more dolphin sightings.
Stay at one of our Charming Inns and take advantage of the many ways to explore Charleston by Water. Discover the lowcountry waterways with the The Kings Courtyard Inn’s Beach Package, the Adventure and Wellness Package at the Wentworth Mansion, or the Fulton Lane Inn Beach Package.
2015 Wild Game Dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant 12 Aug 2015, 10:26 am
This November, Circa 1886 Restaurant and Chef Marc Collins will host the 3rd Annual Wild Game Dinner. Inspired by the harvest season and the flavors of the field, Chef Marc Collins and Pastry Chef Scott Lovorn have created a hearty and delicious four-course menu. The menu highlights four different enticing and exotic game meats paired with unique Southern accompaniments.
From the Camel Country Pate with Onion Mustard Jam and Pickled Okra, to the Elk Chop with Red Currant Grits and Butter Poached Turnips, this menu will surprise and delight the most adventurous palate. View the full menu here.
Feast your eyes on a few photos from last year’s Wild Game Dinner:
Join us on November 12 at 6:30pm for our seasonal Wild Game Dinner. Tickets are $85 per person, or $115 with wine pairings. Reserve your seat today by calling (843) 853-7828 for reservations.
The Perfect Summer Dessert 29 Jul 2015, 3:04 pm
Our Pastry Chef, Scott Lovorn, is a master at his craft and is known for creating the most mouthwatering desserts. The one dessert you can always count on Circa 1886 having on the menu is a light, airy soufflé. From rich chocolaty flavors, to refreshing seasonal fruits, the soufflé is a delicious light dessert, and the perfect end to your evening with us at Circa 1886.
Talking with Scott, it’s easy to see why classic southern fruits are frequently highlighted on his dessert menu. Peach season in South Carolina only lasts for two months, and it’s currently at its peak. This summer, in celebration of the iconic southern fruit, Scott is featuring a Peaches N’ Cream Soufflé on the seasonal menu.
The Peaches N’ Cream Soufflé is made with a fresh peach puree and Absolut Peach Vodka. In the baking process, the alcohol cooks out which creates a flavor reminiscent of Peach O’s candy. While the original soufflé recipe was made with Gran Marnier, Scott changes the alcohol in his recipe to match the flavor profile he is looking for. The candied peach flavor is then toned down with a creamy, rich crème anglaise that is served alongside the dessert. Guests perforate the pillowy soufflé and pour the creme anglaise on top. To make this delicious dessert even more decadent, Scott pairs the soufflé with a Dulche de Leche ice cream that adds a caramelly, cobbler crumble flavor to the dessert. We can’t think of a more heavenly ending to dinner.
Try the Peaches N’ Cream Souffle or another one of our many decadent desserts the next time you join us for dinner. Click here to view our full seasonal menu.
2015 Blue Jeans Beer Dinner 18 May 2015, 2:17 pm
Circa 1886 is going casual for a night. On June 19th, Circa 1886 Restaurant will host a laid-back affair with the Blue Jeans Beer Dinner featuring Holy City Brewing. Get your weekend started by throwing on your favorite blue jeans and heading to a party with delicious food and ice-cold beer.
The fun and informal evening will begin with live music, cold brews, and hors d’oeuvres on the patio. Guests will then venture inside for a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Marc Collins. The menu throughout the evening will be paired with local beers hand selected by Chef Collins and the team at Holy City Brewing to accompany dishes created for the event. Here’s a look at the menu:
Old Man Helles Lager
First Course – Prosciutto and Carolina
Shrimp Snow Roll
Spicy Peanut Sauce, Chili Glaze, Crispy Brown Beech Mushrooms
Paired with Washout Wheat Hefeweizen
Second Course – “Duck Fingers and
Pretzel Crusted Duck Breast, Honey Mustard Greens, Sweet Potato Home-Fries, Lemon Garlic Aioli, Sharp Cheddar Mornay
Paired with Overly Friendly IPA
Main Course – Coriander Braised “1855” Short
Holy City Root Beer Baked Beans, Grilled Corn & Pickled Okra Salsa, Collard Green Espuma
Paired with Chucktown Follicle Brown Ale
Sweet Finish – Holy City Chocolate
Paired with Half Calf Coffee Milk Stout
If your looking for a fun way to celebrate your dad, the dinner comes just in time for Father’s Day. The Blue Jeans Beer Dinner will start at 6:30p.m. on June 19th. The cost of the event is $60 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Call 843-853-7828 to reserve your seat at the dinner or 843-853-1886 to book an overnight package at the Wentworth Mansion.
A Day at the Beach: Sullivan’s Island 13 May 2015, 12:37 pm
Nothing says summer like a long day at the beach. Escape to Charleston to soak in the warm summer breeze, picturesque coast, and beautiful lowcountry sun. Charleston has five beaches – each with their own distinct personality. Sullivan’s Island is one of our favorite beaches with a rich history, laid back feel, and casual restaurant scene.
Start your day exploring Charleston’s fascinating history at Fort Moultrie. Step back in time at the fort, which suffered an attack before it was even complete in 1776. Today, guests can move through different periods in American history, from the Revolutionary War to World War II.
After exploring Fort Moultrie, head toward Station 22 where you can park your car and enjoy the walk to one of Sullivan’s Island’s many restaurants. Our recommendations: Grab a burger and a beer at Poe’s Tavern, or head to Home Team BBQ for BBQ Nachos and a Game Changer frozen drink.
From the smell of jasmine wafting through the streets, to the seersucker and straw hats on the beach, you will find that you have landed at the perfect Southern beach. Prepare yourself for a day of cool libations, beach games, and sand between your toes.
Don’t have your Charleston vacation on the books? This summer, King Street’s Fulton Lane Inn and Kings Courtyard Inn both have packages for those wanting to explore downtown Charleston and the surrounding beaches. With our Beach Vacation Package, you and a traveling partner will spend two days exploring downtown Charleston and a third day basking in the sun at any of Charleston’s beautiful beaches. Call us at 800-720-2688 to start planning your summer vacation to Charleston.