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The BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival will pay tribute to Chef Frank Lee of Slightly North of Broad in a special pre-festival event at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at The Grocery. Chefs who got their start in Lee’s kitchen are now leading successful restaurants around the Holy City — and beyond. Guests will dine on a five-course meal with wine pairings while Chef Lee’s friends and colleagues toast his accomplishments and share stories. Each course will be prepared by teams of guest chefs who began their culinary career in Lee’s kitchen.
Participants paying tribute to Chef Lee include Charleston chefs Chris Stewart, The Glass Onion; Graham Dailey, Peninsula Grill; Kevin Johnson, The Grocery; Robert Berry, Indaco; and Russ Moore; Slightly North of Broad, along with guest chefs Chris Newsome of Ollie Irene in Birmingham, Ala.; Ricky King of Hundred Acres in New York; Sam Goinsalvos of Il Buco Alimentare in New York; Yannick Cam of Bistro Provence in Washington, D.C.; and Malcolm Hudson, formerly of Hudson’s restaurant in Columbia.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the festival’s scholarship programs at the College of Charleston, Art Institute of Charleston and Culinary Institute of Charleston. A limited number of tickets are available for $250 per person. For full event details and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website.
Join Oak Steakhouse Chef Jeremiah Bacon for a five-course dinner served with a selection of wines from Rutherford, Calif., winery Elizabath Spencer Wines. The event is at 7 p.m. Oct. 29. Cost is $100 per person; call 843-4220 for reservations.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Maverick Southern Kitchens’ restaurants are asking guests to “Drink Pink” during October. Maverick Southern Kitchens will donate $1 for each glass of Segura Viudas Sparkling Rosé purchased at any of its restaurants in Charleston — Slightly North of Broad, High Cotton and the Old Village Post House — to support breast cancer research at the Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.
The Hollings Cancer Center is South Carolina’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center and one of fewer than 70 in the country. Founded in 1993 and named for former U.S. senator and Gov. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, the Hollings Cancer Center brings together more than 200 experts in treatment, research, education, prevention and control, and outreach to address South Carolina’s significant cancer problem.
Frank Lee, executive chef of Slightly North of Broad and Old Village Post House, has been selected as a finalist for Sustainer Southeast, a 2013 Chefs Collaborative Sustainability Award. This award will recognize a chef in the Southeast who has been a great mentor and is a model to the culinary community through his or her purchases of seasonal, sustainable ingredients and the transformation of these ingredients into delicious food.
Known as a guiding force in the Lowcountry’s culinary renaissance, Lee has mentored dozens of young chefs. He also helps grow the businesses of local farmers and spreads the gospel of sustainability. Under his direction, Maverick Southern Kitchens chefs are encouraged to source as much produce and meat from regional growers as possible.
On Nov. 5, during the Sustainable Food Summit in Charleston, Chefs Collaborative will announce the recipient of the award. Chefs Collaborative works with chefs and the greater food community to celebrate local foods and foster a more sustainable food supply.
Circa 1886 is hosting a wild game dinner at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6. For this five-course dinner, Chef Marc Collins will showcase some of his winning wild game recipes, including alligator and elk, which were recently profiled in The Wall Street Journal. Cost is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity; or $105 with wine pairings. For reservations, call 843-853-7828.
Kitchen 208 is hosting happy hour on its patio from 4-7 p.m. Friday. Dine on bar snacks while enjoying beer and wine drink specials and blues music from local guitarist Johnny Breeze. Chef Matt Pleasants’ happy hour features a variety of small plates for $4-5 each, including sliders, Caesar salad pops and Buffalo wings.
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is showcasing one of its new park properties during Wine Down Wednesday at Old Towne Creek County Park. Scenic Old Towne Creek County Park is not yet regularly open to the public, but on select dates Lowcountry residents are invited to experience the property along with wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music.
|Wine Down Wednesday at Old Towne Creek County Park. (Photo/Provided)|
Wine Down Wednesday is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday and on Oct. 30. Admission is $15, which includes the cost of wine, snacks and a commemorative wine glass.
Old Towne Creek County Park, formerly Ashem Farm, was home to Charleston preservationist Emily Ravenel Farrow and her St. Andrews Riding Academy. Located in West Ashley, the 67-acre estate is dotted with open fields mixed among groves of live oaks. For more information, visit www.ccprc.com or call 843-795-4386.
Perig Goulet, chef and owner of La Fourchette at 432 King St., announced this week he has sold his iconic French Bistro to Hall Hospitality Group LLC. The restaurant will close this week. In 2011 La Fourchette was named one of the Three Best French Bistros in North America by The Cooking Channel's Unique Eats.
"I always welcome change and, after eight years, it's time for me to relax a bit and take a vacation," Goulet said.
Hall Hospitality Group LLC, owners of Halls Chophouse and Rita's Seaside Grille on Folly Beach, has not formalized plans for the space.