By Robin Gibson
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. -- J. R. R. Tolkien
One thing is certain, Williams Sonoma must have understood what Tolkien meant at their Chefs' Collective Pop-Up held recently on King Street in Charleston. The event which happened during the 2017 Charleston Wine and Food Festival did not disappoint anyone in attendance. What do you get when you add a DJ to a retail space and mix it with chefs, bartenders, and guests? A party and we're glad they did. Cheers!
We love a good party especially in a retail store. When's the last time you partied somewhere unexpected?
Tell us! We'd love to hear your adventures.
By Robin Gibson
Fill with mingled cream and amber,
-- Edgar Allen Poe
The best minds in the culinary and beverage industry came together for a learning and networking opportunity filled with tastings, parties, book signings, takeovers, and a finale at The Windjammer on Isle of Palms. Edgar Allen Poe would have found inspiration among the spirits, wine, beer, and mixers -- as well as experts -- on hand for this multi-day event. Hosted by Hyatt Place in historic downtown Charleston, guests attended learning sessions and tastings in Sterling Hall, bar takeovers along King and Bay Streets, educational excursions, book signings, and various off-site parties including the aforementioned Grand Celebration at The Windjammer. Travel + Leisure's World's Best City is a natural choice given its reputation as a top food destination as recognized in "The 10 best food cities in America, ranked" by The Washington Post's James Beard Foundation award-winning Food Critic Tom Sietsema. Proceeds from this year's conference are slated to benefit various food and beverage-related charities.
The scene above from Tuesday's Spring/Summer Tasting with bites provided by Food for the Southern Soul and The Park Cafe
Above images capturing only part of this year's successful BevCon Charleston
Were you there? Let us know. We'd love to hear all about your experience from this year's BevCon Charleston. Are you a member of the local F&B industry? What's your take on what's happening here in Charleston?
Indeed, Saturday, June 18, 2016, it was. This was the scene from the rooftop bar at Snapper Jacks where Folly Beach tourists and locals were forced to share air space with a few who weren't too shy in pursuit of food. So, what do you do if you find yourself in a similar situation? One that closely resembles a real-life game of Angry Birds?
Well, it turns out, if you're on Folly Beach, nothing. That's right. The city of Folly Beach is a bird sanctuary. That means by local ordinance, birds are protected. All of them. Even the ones that try their best to disrupt your good time. Now you know.
Are you in the habit of feeding them? Don't. It's not healthy, attracts large numbers, and results in aggression by decreasing fear of humans. The Lowcountry is surrounded by seagulls and other beach birds.
Do your part for wildlife and humans alike. Make it enjoyable for everyone.
Don't interfere with nature by feeding wild animals.