Mad about March

It’s the most maddening time of the year again, Charleston. If you’re looking for somewhere to catch a game with fellow fans, look no further. Make Meeting at Market your go-to March Madness spot this season. With high top tables, 16 flat screen TV’s and more than 20 rotating craft beers, it is the perfect place to stay up to date on non-stop sports coverage.

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Who will make it to the Final Four and take down the net? Only time, determination and a little bit of luck will tell. In the meantime, enjoy the non-stop sports talk by grabbing a beer with friends, and update your bracket at Meeting at Market. Whether you are a big sports fan or watching to be social, enjoy the lively environment overlooking the historic Charleston City Market.

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With everything from samplers and salads to burgers and wings, Meeting at Market offers a tasty menu of pub fare food. The BBQ Burger features an 8oz angus patty topped with Chipotle BBQ, Jalapeno Bacon, Poblano Pepper and Smoked Gouda. With your choice of fries, kettle chips or a side salad garnish, you’re sure to feel in control of something today, even if it isn’t your bracket.

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Meeting at Market is open 4pm to 1am, Monday through Friday, and 11am to 1am Saturday and Sunday. The pub will be open extended hours for special sporting events, like the March Madness games. With varying tip-off times from mid-afternoon to late night games, Meeting at Market’s pub fare and extensive drink list will keep you on your toes for The Big Dance.

 

 

 

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Bake Your Own King Cake


The Big Easy may lay claim to the largest Mardi Gras celebration, but with Executive Pastry Chef Chris Ryan’s Louisiana-style King Cake recipe you’ll feast in true Carnival style.

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Louisiana-style King Cake
For the cake:

Cake flour 2 ¾ cups
Granulated sugar 2 ¼ cups
Canola oil 6 ½ oz.
Baking powder 2 5/8 tsp
Vanilla 1 tsp
Salt ½ tsp
Eggs 5 ea
Yolk 1 ea
Milk 8 ¾ oz
Lemon zest 1 tsp
Cinnamon 1 tsp
Candied orange peel ¼ cup

 

Icing:

Confectionary sugar 2 cups
Lemon juice 2 ½ tbsp.
Salt ½ tsp
Milk 4-6 oz
*colored sugar As needed
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*For a traditional colored King Cake, use purple, green and gold colored sugar. Purple represents justice, green for faith, and gold for power.

Directions:
Sift cake flour. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, salt and oil. Mix in stand mixer with paddle until combined. Scrape down bowl before gradually adding eggs and yolk, scrape down while mixing. Add zest, cinnamon and diced candied peel. Mix on medium speed while gradually adding milk. Scrape down bowl during addition of milk. Turn machine to medium high. Mix for 30 additional seconds. Lightly spray and flour Bundt cake mold, pour batter into mold. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-45 minutes, test with skewer coming out of the cake clean.

Topping:
Combine confectionary sugar, salt and lemon juice. Gradually add milk until desired consistency is achieved. If desired, place “baby king” into almost cooled cake. Pour glaze over cake while still slightly warm and decorate by alternating colored sugars.

The plastic baby in your King Cake will make for a truly traditional sweet treat. Whoever has the baby in the slice is considered lucky for an entire year!

 

 

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Spring Festivals Roundup

The South is a glorious place in springtime, and captivating Charleston, drenched in history and culture is the shining star. The flowers are in brightly-colored bloom, fragrance of mouthwatering cuisine wafts through the air and the temperature hangs in the 80s beneath sunny skies. Here is a list of festivals to help you discover all that Charleston has to offer this spring.

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Charleston Wine + Food
Embark on a culinary journey during the 12th annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Surround yourself with a cornucopia of savory flavors as your experience events, demonstrations and parties, infusing world class cuisine with Southern charm and culture. Enjoy delectable moments with the country’s top chefs, winemakers, beverage experts, storytellers, artisans, and more. With a five-day menu of more than 100 events, Charleston transforms into a cultural buffet sure to please any palate. Feast your sense March 1-5.

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Charleston Fashion Week
Showcasing emerging designer and model talent across the East Coast, Charleston Fashion Week has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America since its founding in 2007. From high-energy runway shows to a stunning see-and-be-seen crowd, you can enjoy five nights of chic apparel and attitude under the tents of Marion Square. Be the first to witness some of the most cutting edge and trendiest styles. CharlestonFashion Week runs March 14-18.

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Festival of Houses and Gardens
Set within the city’s historic district, this series of award-winning tours showcases Charleston’s distinctive architecture, art, gardens and culture. Festival attendees enjoy the rare opportunity to go inside approximately 130 private historic houses as well as distinctive gardens and notable properties. For 70 years, this festival has been educating those who wonder what treasures dwell behind Charleston’s magnificent carved doors and intricate wrought iron gates. Explore Charleston’s rich history and culture from March 16 to April 22.

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Cooper River Bridge Run
Lace up your running shoes for the 40th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run. One of the world’s largest 10,000 meter runs, people of all ages and fitness levels put their strengths to the test. The race course begins in Mt. Pleasant on Coleman Boulevard, crosses the beautiful Cooper River Bridge and finishes in downtown Charleston. Get filled with the feeling of pure adrenaline by participating in this healthy and fun event. The Cooper River Bridge Run will take place on April 1.

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Volvo Car Open
Attracting an average of 90,000 attendees and more than 70 of the world’s top tennis players, the Volvo Car Open is one of the hottest tickets in professional sports. The nine-day event is the largest women’s-only tennis competition in the world, but is more than just a tournament. During the week fans are entertained with a variety of festival-like activities such as a smoothie emporium and evening with happy hour and live music. Game, set, match is April 1-9.

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Spoleto Festival USA
Since 1977, this acclaimed arts festival has illuminated the city of Charleston with performances by talented artists from around the world. For 17 day, participants delve into a wonderland of art, delighting in more than 150 performances of opera, dance, theater, classical music and jazz. Now approaching its 41st season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival. Be thrilled Mar 26 to June 11.

Piccolo Spoleto
Produced by the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs, this companion festival is the perfect complement to Spoleto Festival USA. Running simultaneously as Spoleto, visitors are introduced to artists primarily of the Southeast region. Visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts and film are all to be expected May 26 to June 11.

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Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival
Celebrating the rich Gullah Geechee heritage of the Lowcountry, the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival provides the most extensive showcase of sweetgrass baskets in the area. Event-goers can indulge in an array of fun-fill activities, while soaking up the culture of this unique population through skits, storytelling, gospel music, African drumming and dancing, demonstrations and lectures on the history of sweetgrass basket making – the oldest art form of African origin in the United States. Get up close and personal with traditions and culture on June 3.

Spring is the perfect time to visit Charleston, and with special event packages available, Belmond Charleston Place will place all the many culinary, fashion, and artistic wonders Charleston has to offer, right at your fingertips.

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