What’s Happening in Charleston: August 2016

From Julia Child's birthday to fresh crab feasts and new openings here's what's going on this month

Slow Food Charleston 

Annual Ark of Taste Dinner organized by Slow Food Charleston showcases heritage ingredients.


Liberate Your Palate Cocktail Tour

Something to do all month is participate in the Liberate Your Palate Cocktail Tour that runs until the end of September. Patrons can purchase a passport for $20 that features special cocktails by participating locations. The passport provides these drinks for $5.

Crab Crack
Two of Charleston’s soul food establishments join forces for a Crab Crack on Sunday, August 7 from 4:00 p.m.-9:00p.m. Nana’s Seafood & Soul and Montgomery’s Grill will cook up a spread for only $10 per person.

Music to Your Mouth On the Road
Lucky for Charlestonians, Music to Your Mouth is taking the show on the road for a special dinner. On Thursday, August 11, the stellar southern event organized by Montage Palmetto Bluff, will host a dinner at The Cedar Room with chefs including Mike Lata of FIG and The Ordinary, Texas Pitmaster John Lewis, and Jeremiah Bacon of The Macintosh.

Julia Child Birthday Celebration Dinner
In honor of what would have been Julia Child’s 104th birthday, The Glass Onion will host their annual three course dinner celebration on Monday, August 15. For $45 per person, guests can select from three different options each course along with a champagne toast.

Little Chef, Big Chef Dinner
A fundraiser everyone should get behind is the Louie’s Kids Little Chef, Big Chef Dinner. This year’s event is set for Monday, September 19 from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at High Cotton and will feature kids part of the Louie’s Kids program paired with chefs including Shawn Kelly of High Cotton, Michelle Weaver of Charleston Grill, Graham Dailey of Peninsula Grill, Jeremiah Bacon of The Macintosh, and Michael Toscano of Le Farfalle.

BevCon Charleston
Even though BevCon Charleston is a beverage industry conference, there are a few events open to the public. On Sunday, August 21, there are two excursions including a foraging trip with The Lee Bros. and Bethany Kocak that ends with guest making and tasting some craft cocktails. A Rum Cruise is also an option with Wayne Curtis, Paul Yellin, and Robert Moss aboard the Schooner Pride. Sunday and Monday nights there are 18 different Bar/Restaurant Takeovers all featuring national bartenders, beverage makers, and more for special Bar Takeovers, free and open to attend.

GrowFood Mushroom Party
It’s always great to get a chance to visit the GrowFood Carolina warehouse to see what all delicious produce they have in stock. On Friday, August 26, they will welcome folks for their annual Mushroom Celebration from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Local farmers and chefs will cook up some dishes featuring mushrooms along with cold, local libations.

2 Nixon’s Collaboration Dinners at Spero
Two of Charleston’s hardest working and talented chefs come together for two nights of collaboration dinners on August 26 and 27. Spero Charleston and 2 Nixon will come together for a 3 and half course dinner for $49. The menu features several bites, amuse-bouches, ramen, and izakaya-style snacks.

Ark of Taste Happy Hour and Dinner
On August 28, Slow Food Charleston will host their annual Ark of Taste dinner with two separate events. From 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., guests can attend a Happy Hour at Home Team BBQ’s downtown location which will feature “slow snacks” from area chefs featuring products on the official Ark of Taste database. Then starting at 6:30p.m. is a more fancy dinner at The Bower at Edmund’s Oast with guest chefs including David Bacroft of Acre in Alabama, John Currence of City Grocery in Mississippi, and Joe Kindred of Kindred in North Carolina to name a few.

Now Open

Caviar & Bananas Airport

The popular gourmet market Caviar & Bananas can now be found in the Charleston International Airport. Patrons going in and out of town can grab specialty coffee, pastries, sandwiches, pre-packaged items and more.

Crust Wood Fired Pizza Summerville
The popular wood fired pizza outlet, Crust Wood Fired Pizza opens a second location in Summerville offering a fresh, seasonal menu of pizzas, pasta, sandwiches, salads and more.

Located in one of the most spectacular boutique hotels to open in Charleston, Henrietta’s is run by executive chef Wes Morton who is bringing his Louisiana roots to the menu. Designed as a brasserie, the menu has classics such as chilled shellfish, steak frites, chicken for two, and spotted skate wing. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Le Farfalle
Chef Michael Toscano has had a stellar career in New York at places like Babbo, Perla, and Manzo and now takes those skills to open a new place in Charleston — Le Farfalle. The menu is influenced by various regions of Italy while using local ingredients includes dishes like octopus carpaccio, handmade pastas, oxtail burgers and more. 

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