Oh, my did we have an amazing time this past weekend at the Charleston Wine and Food Weekend! Charleston knows how to put on a party and she put her best foot forward with a weekend long celebration with some of the top chefs of the South. The food was to die for (even though the weather was a bit cranky at some times). In case you did not know, this was the 13th year of the CW+F weekend. Proceeds go to the local economy with scholarships, internships, fellowships and many other ways to help the local foodways of the area. So, you can eat and drink up and know you are doing it for a good cause!
We only went to Charleston for Friday night, Saturday and left after the brunch (more about that later) but I was able to get some of my tried and true favorites that I never miss when visiting the place of my birth. Of course, I had to stop by Hominy Grill and get the Charleston Nasty biscuit. And Ravenel's Seafood shop always has a place in my heart with their fresh steamed garlic shrimp. On Friday night I had a pepper and onion hamburger steak at my aunt's house because no matter what she has to cook something amazing when we come to visit. And I have 4 words for you...Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream! That woman is a master of flavors. I don't know how she comes up with her combos but I am never disappointed. I had the wildberry lavender (tastes like Fruity Peebles), ricotta toast w/ red berry geranium, lemon buttermilk yogurt (my fav!) and goat cheese with cherries (my fav fav!). Mom decided on the pear Reisling sorbet. SWOON x 1000!
But the main event that I could not wait for was the Harlem + Hominy brunch that we attended on Sunday at Ashley Hall School. The grounds are in downtown Charleston and are beautiful. There were Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bars as well as a full bar of delicious drinks. I had a sparkling blood orange and vodka that hit the spot. There was a afro funk band that was belting out Al Green, Prince, Rick James and Whitney Houston. My mom had a ball singing with the band. And the food! OHH EMM GEE (for lack of a better word/acronym)! Chicken biscuits with bourbon glaze, ox tails with Anson Mills grits, mini waffles topped w/chicken liver mousse, red velvet trifles, fried plantains topped with shot ribs and pimento cheese, duck hash and so much more! There were over 20 stations with food and we were stuffed and happy!
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend. I cannot wait for the day when I am able to get an all access pass to all of the events! Let me know about some of your favorite places to eat in Charleston. And, don't forget that Delish Destinations would be happy to help you plan a Charleston foodie adventure!