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Celebrate the New Year in Charleston 16 Dec 2014, 1:50 pm
Put your vacation days to good use and spend one last long holiday weekend in Charleston before 2015. With mild coastal weather and celebrations across the city, we’ve made a list of the best ways to celebrate and ring in the New Year in the Holy City.
Holiday Festival of Lights – The James Island Holiday Festival of Lights is a holiday tradition for many families. With over 700 light displays and 200 million lights this is one of Charleston’s most festive traditions. This festival includes a holiday train, handmade gingerbread houses, and a magnificent sand sculpture with over 50 tons of sand.
Dinner at Circa 1886 – Sneak away and indulge with a three-course dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant. Enjoy Chef Marc Collins’ newly released winter dishes with a tasting menu and wine pairings. Circa 1886 was recently named one of the Top 25 Restaurants in the US by TripAdvisor!
Yorktown Countdown – On Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier will kick-off a giant party with the annual Yorktown Countdown, Charleston’s largest New Year’s Celebration. The nation’s premier aircraft carrier ball drop party will provide a festive night with live music performances and premium spirits.
Happy New Year Charleston – The New Years celebration in Marion Square is an occasion that is fun for for all ages. This family-oriented program is an alternative way to celebrate the New Year in Charleston. Enjoy this community event with the whole family beginning at 4pm on December 31.
New Year’s Brunch at Kitchen 208 – It’s no mistake that National Bloody Mary Day falls on New Years Day. After filling up on fun, toast to the New Year with brunch at Kitchen 208. Start the year right with a Quinoa Salad, or sink your teeth into a Cobblestone Egg and Candied Bacon Sandwich, either way, don’t miss the signature Sake Bloody Marys.
Celebrate the new year with last-minute deals at our King Street inns the Fulton Lane Inn and Kings Courtyard Inn. Take advantage of their New Years rates from $269 per night. Click here or call 800-845-6119 to make your reservation.
A Festive Tour of Charleston’s Decor 12 Dec 2014, 11:28 am
The ever-stylish city of Charleston dresses up in high-style every December. This season, enjoy the best of Charleston’s gorgeous decor by exploring the historic district’s homes and neighborhoods decked out in their holiday finery.
Start your day with a festive walking tour through Charleston’s quaint neighborhoods. Bulldog Tours offers their Christmas Strolls Holiday Walking Tour throughout December. This tour leads you through Charleston’s rich history and colorful past while taking your by some of the most charming Christmas decor in the city.
After exploring Charleston’s beautiful exteriors, head over to the Joseph Manigault House to get a glimpse inside the home of one of Charleston’s most notable families. Each year, the Garden Club of Charleston celebrates the holidays by decorating the house with materials found in the 19th century Charleston garden. With this tour you will see magnificent decor and learn the antebellum Christmas traditions of the Manigault family.
Deck your halls with an authentic piece of Charleston decor. Charlestonians are known to decorate their homes with natural wreaths made with elements that are indigenous to the lowcountry. Stop by the Historic Charleston City Market or the Charleston Farmers Market to purchase a Sweetgrass Palmetto Rose or Magnolia Wreath.
Immerse yourself in Charleston’s history and holiday decor with a night at the historic John Rutledge House Inn or the Wentworth Mansion. Take advantage of their December weekday rates starting at $219 and $369 per night. Visit the John Rutledge House Inn or the Wentworth Mansion to make your reservation.
Chef Marc Collins’ Eggnog Recipe 9 Dec 2014, 2:37 pm
‘Tis the season for festive holiday cocktails! Take a tip from Chef Marc Collins and put Eggnog on the menu at your next holiday gathering. At our Progressive Dinner, we start the evening with hors d’oeuvres and holiday beverages at the Historic Kings Courtyard Inn. This year, Chef Collins’ Eggnog has been a huge hit.
Join in the merriment and whip up your own boozy version of the eggnog served at our Progressive Dinner. Whether you’re stocking the bar for a holiday party, or planning a cozy night in by the fire, this recipe will get you in the yuletide spirit.
For the Eggnog:
• 12 large eggs yolks (reserve the whites)
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 1 liter bourbon
• 1 quart (4 cups) whole milk
• 1 cup heavy cream
• 3/4 cup Cognac or brandy
• 1/2 cup Myers’s dark rum
• Pinch fine salt
• 12 reserved egg whites
• 1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
• Freshly grated nutmeg
For the Eggnog:
Leave the whites out until they get to room temp reserving till later in the recipe.
Combine the yolks and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until well blended and creamy. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. You can place it in the refrigerator for at least 1 week and up to 3 weeks if necessary.
Next take the egg whites and place them in a very clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to a larger bowl. Place the cream in the stand mixer bowl (no need to wash the bowl) and whisk on high speed until medium peaks form, about 1 to 2 minutes. Place this in the large bowl. Fold the eggnog base with a rubber spatula to re-combine, and then add it to the punch bowl. Gently whisk the eggnog together until just combined and no large pockets of whites or cream remain (do not over mix or you’ll deflate the eggnog). Garnished with grated nutmeg.
Interested in our Holiday Progressive Dinner? While this year’s Progressive Dinner is sold-out, read more here and mark your calendar so you can book your reservation early in 2015.
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