What’s Happening Charleston: March 2017

The Charleston Wine and Food Festival returns

Meet chef John Currence during his Big Bad Breakfast.


Charleston Wine + Food Festival Fringe Events: Close to 100 official events are scheduled during the annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival, some of which are already sold out. Several restaurants and venues are planning their own fringe events, which are often where the action is. Here are our highlights:


Thursday, March 2

  • SloCuts 4 returns to Elliotborough Mini Bar from 5 to 9 p.m. with Burger Supreme and Unknown Brewing Co. Those interested in going can pre-order a burger combo.
  • Williams-Sonoma has invited chefs from all over the country to come to their Charleston store for a special tasting event. Chefs Gavin Kaysen, Ashley Christensen, Joshua McFadden, and Matt Bolus will be at the store from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event is free to attend but reservations are recommended.
  • Matt Lee will be sharing more about his most recent project, Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook, at Blue Bicycle Books. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes small bites.
  • Matt Licklider of LIOCO Wines will be spinning records while he pours delicious wines at Stems & Skins starting at 9 p.m. Enough said.
  • Home Team BBQ will host a late-night Wings & Rosé Happy Hour featuring rosé from Wölffer Estate Vineyards starting at 9:30 p.m. Guest bartender Freddy Schwenk will be making $5 cocktails and there is a $10 wings/rosé special.


Friday, March 3

  • Best Friends Lounge at the Mills House Hotel will host a Brown Water Pop-Up with Chattanooga Whiskey from 5 to 7 p.m. Bar food and snacks will be provided. If you have not gone to see what bartender Roger Gelis is up to, this is your chance.
  • Chef John Currence is getting some of his friends together to offer a special late night Big Bad Breakfast Pop-Up at Variety Store. Proceeds from the dinner benefit Currence’s Move Up Foundation along with Lowcountry Street Grocery, and tickets are $50.
  • Immediately following the BBB Pop-Up, BevCon will continue the party downstairs at Salty Mike’s starting at 11 p.m. Bartenders Jayce McConnell from Edmund’s Oast, Meghan Deschaine, Jerry Slater from Atlanta, and Gary Crunkleton from The Crunkleton will be making specialty drinks, offered along with a special beer and wine menu. Entrance is $10 and provides bites by Chefs Chris Stewart from The Glass Onion, John Tesar from Dallas’ Knife, and Rebecca Masson from Houston’s Fluff Bake Bar. All proceeds benefit Move Up and Lowcountry Street Grocery.


Saturday, March 4



American Classics at Cypress: Craving a chicken pot pie, chicken and dumplings, or roast prime rib? Then head to Cypress every Monday to celebrate American Classics each week with a special menu. The menu is available from 5 to 7 p.m., and prices range from $8 to $20.

Tacos & Tequila at Home Team BBQ: As a way to raise significant funds for Hogs for the Cause, Home Team BBQ has launched a month-long campaign — Tacos and Tequila. There will be a special taco and cocktail to order all month at any of the Charleston locations, as well as a weekly guest chef who will create a special taco for the downtown location. Each Tuesday at 9 p.m. there will be a special pop-up with the featured chef and a guest bartender.

Oyster Wine Pairing Social: Mercantile & Mash will host an Oyster Wine Pairing Social on Wednesday, March 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. Enjoy four wines paired with oysters for $25 per person.

Divine Art & Wine Night: On March 11, Twenty Six Divine will host a special night with Laura De La Maza of Art & Soul. Guests will create their own pieces of art while enjoying wines and paired bites. The $49 fee includes art supplies, food, and wine.

Frank Lee in the Kitchen at Edmund’s Oast: Beloved Chef Frank Lee will join Reid Henninger at Edmund’s Oast in the kitchen for one night on Thursday, March 16 to offer a special menu. Lee has been a big inspiration to Reid and several of his cooks, and Edmund’s Oast wanted to pay tribute to his culinary contributions. The menu will feature some classic dishes Lee is best known for, including those featured in his new book, The SNOB Experience.



The Granary: Chef Brannon Florie has reopened his popular Mt. Pleasant restaurant — The Granary — in a new location on Coleman Boulevard. The bright, open restaurant features an extensive raw bar and 50-seat bar. Roderick Weaver has joined the team as beverage manager and The Indigo Road has added the restaurant to its extensive portfolio.



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