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Our Guide to Thanksgiving Weekend in Charleston 15 Oct 2014, 12:12 pm
What’s not to love about a crisp fall day in the Lowcountry? Thanksgiving in Charleston is full of family-friendly activities. From the minute you wake up on Thanksgiving morning, you will have plenty of options for a weekend of fun. Below are our staff picks on this year’s Thanksgiving weekend events.
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.
Breakfast 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.
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.
Start your Holiday Shopping - Shopping has never been more fun. With hundreds of shops on King Street, you will have plenty of options for all the people 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.
Holiday Progressive Dinner – Dive into the holiday season on Friday or Saturday night with a Holiday Progressive Dinner. Explore Charleston with a festive culinary journey through some of Charleston’s most unique venues. Diners will journey through Charleston’s historic streets by horse drawn carriage to three different locations for a progressive dinner. Start the evening with hors d’oeuvres at Historic Kings Courtyard Inn, travel to Circa 1886 restaurant for a three-course dinner, and wind down at Historic John Rutledge House Inn for coffee and dessert.
Don’t wait until the last minute to plan your Thanksgiving vacation. Take advantage of the great deals at Kings Courtyard Inn and Fulton Lane Inn offering rates starting at just $219 per night. Call 800-845-6119 or secure your reservation here.
Patio Happy Hour at Kitchen 208 30 Sep 2014, 10:43 am
On Thursday, 10/16, you can find us welcoming the cool Charleston weather with a Happy Hour on the Patio at Kitchen 208. From 4:30 to 7:30, happy hour lovers near and far can look forward to live music, savory bites, and drink specials on our King Street patio.
The menu is set – with a few brand new items and a few favorites, such as the Smokey Joe, loaded with our house-smoked brisket, caramelized onions, aged cheddar, pickles, and cracked pepper bbq sauce.
Smokey Joe Brisket Sliders – 3 for $6
Classic Buffalo Wings – 6 for $5
Loaded Nachos with Beef – $5
Loaded Nachos with Chicken – $5
Classic French Fries – $3
Lowcountry Chili Cheese Fries – $5
Wine by the Glass – $3-$6
Wine by the Bottle – $15-30
Champagne by the Glass – $3
Domestic Beer Bottle $3
Domestic Beer Bucket $15
Craft and Local Beer Bottle – $4
Stroll on over to 208 King Street for a relaxed evening with the perfect mix of live music and lively conversation. See you on the patio!
2014 Fall Tour of Homes 9 Sep 2014, 12:21 pm
This October, friends of the Preservation Society of Charleston will welcome guests into their private residences for the 38th Annual Fall Tour of Homes. With balmy days and cool Charleston evenings, it’s the perfect time of year to discover Charleston’s antebellum history and architecture.
The history of these spectacular houses will come to life as you experience the charm and Southern Hospitality of Charleston first hand. Tours will run from October 2 -26, as the Preservation Society showcases a different group of homes each day.
Whether you are interested in discovering Charleston’s Cosmopolitan Legacy, or you are hoping to explore Homes of the American Revolution, be prepared to be blown away by the beauty that lies behind the majestic doors at each property.
This is the perfect occasion to tour some of the most impressive homes in Charleston. Get your tickets here or call (800) 514-3849 for more information. Kings Courtyard Inn and Fulton Lane Inn are both historic properties in downtown Charleston offering rates from $285 through October.
Bourbon and Bacon Dinner at Circa 1886 8 Sep 2014, 4:10 pm
This October, Chef Marc Collins and Circa 1886 will welcome Southern Living cookbook author, Morgan Murphy, for a four-course dinner and book signing event. The party will start as every party should, with Shoo-fly Punch, Loaded Baked Potato Dip, and Vidalia Onion Spread on a Fried Green Tomato.
We will be celebrating Murphy’s new book which features recipes from the South’s favorite food groups – Bourbon and Bacon. At each course you will find one of these delicious flavors making it the perfect dinner for a bacon lover or bourbon enthusiast.
Should you choose to buy a copy of Bourbon & Bacon, Murphy will be close by to chat about the book and sign your copy. From Bacon Ale Soup to Salted Bourbon Caramel, expect fall flavors and come ready for perfectly paired cocktails.
Bacon and Bourbon Dinner – Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Loaded Baked Potato Dip on Waffle Fry
Vidalia Onion Spread on Fried Green Tomato
Paired with Shoo-Fly Punch
Bacon-Brown Sugar Brussels Sprouts n’ Tennessee Cheddar-Bacon Ale Soup
Paired with Apple Restorative Cocktail
Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallop Cauliflower Pudding, Candied Peanuts, Lemon Gastrique, Carrot, Celery
Paired with Tailgate Sipper
“Three Little Pigs” Pork Belly, Cheek and Tenderloin, Sweet Potato, Turnip, Grits, Cherry, Vanilla, Cola, Arugula, Bacon Vinaigrette
Paired with Lot of Ins, Lot of Outs
Spiced Anson Mills Corncake Salted Bourbon Caramel, “Bacon & Egg” Ice Cream
Paired with Nine Pound Hammer
The price of the Circa 1886 Bourbon and Bacon dinner is $85 per person (plus 20% gratuity and 10.5% tax.) Reserve a seat at the October 29th dinner by calling the restaurant – 843-853-7828.
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 3-20, 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 – September 3 – 20, 2014
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