Public Domain Dinner Heads to Charleston

Damien Schaefer is cooking up a collaborative culinary feast

Damien Schaefer of the Cooking Channel’s The FourCoursemen, is taking his Public Domain Dinner to Charleston’s Heirloom Book Company on July 17.

Schaefer is teaming up with The Grocery’s Executive Chef Kevin Johnson to create a collaborative seasonal, multi-course meal with ingredients from Lowland and Rebellion Farms paired with Grassroots Wine.

"I am excited to be the inaugural chef for Damien’s new traveling dinner concept,” said Johnson. “From the purveyors to the diners to restaurant staffs, Charleston’s culinary landscape is all about community. This dinner will be a great way to celebrate our local cuisine while also supporting a worthy cause."

Public Domain Dinners expand on Schaefer’s original concept of creating sustainable, five-course dinners, which he has done with the FourCoursemen in a small shotgun house in Athens, Ga. for over six years.

With Public Domain Dinners, Schaefer will visit different cities and with the help of at least one local chef in each locale, create educational dinners that promote seasonal ingredients and the local flavors of each area.

Guest chefs from Athens, Ga. participating in the Charleston dinner include Dean Heff of 5 & 10, Matt Downes of Luna Baking Corp, and Ken Manring of White Tiger Gourmet.

The dinner is $100 per person. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Slow Food Charleston.

Ryan Cousins is a Junior Writer for The Daily Meal.  Follow him on Twitter @ourcuzreborn.