A city that celebrates decadent cuisine and Lowcountry fare, Charleston is at the forefront of one of the most storied culinary scenes in America. From time-tested recipes for generations to bountiful local ingredients, each world-famous chef and award-winning restaurant creates delectable dishes. Each year, locals and visitors come together to celebrate life’s indulgences at Charleston’s Wine & Food Festival. Now in its 14th year, the festival spans across five days, and welcomes top chefs, winemakers, authors, storytellers, artisans, and food enthusiasts from around the globe. Featuring more than 100 unique culinary experiences, our talented chefs are in the center of it all. From Executive Chef Michelle Weaver’s fine dining flare to Executive Chef Steven Manall’s fresh flavors, our Four Diamond chefs are participating in one-of-a-kind events. And to top it all off, Executive Pastry Chef Chris Ryan delivers something sweet on Opening Night. Read more to discover where you can taste our celebrated chef’s finest dishes. Executive Chef Michelle Weaver, Charleston Grill As Executive Chef of Charleston Grill, Weaver’s culinary aesthetic courses through a menu offering four themed options, each one like a tributary beckoning diners to branch out toward new exploits: Social & Shared, Roots & Stems, Waves & Marsh, Field & Pasture. Stick with a single direction or meander from one taste experience to the other – either way, you’re in for an elegant, unforgettable dining adventure. Opening Night—Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:30-10PM Neighborhood Series: On the Wappoo—Friday, March 8, 2019 6-9:30PM Culinary Village, Main Stage—Saturday, March 9, 2019 3-4PM Executive Chef Steven Manall, Palmetto Cafe As the chef of the only Forbes Four Star restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch in the state of South Carolina, Manall never relies simply on portion size to satisfy his guests. Instead, he uses classic dishes as inspiration and adds unique flavors, preparations, and presentations. Blended—Friday, March 8, 2019 4:30-7PM Executive Pastry Chef Chris Ryan As the Executive Pastry Chef since 2008, Ryan has been taking desserts to new heights with a mix of traditional and contemporary approaches. Whether creating desserts for Charleston Grill, The Palmetto Cafe, or concentrating on Belmond Charleston Place’s catered events, he enjoys taking classic desserts and adding a modern twist. Opening Night—Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:30-10PM Whether you’re a local or guest, the Charleston Wine & Food Festival is a great way to explore new tastes and flavors from around the country. From tasty wines to savory dishes, each event is designed to take you on the ultimate culinary journey. If you miss the chance to visit the festival, book a stay with us and explore the same great favors at any of our memorable dining establishments.
While Valentine’s Day has come and gone, there’s another holiday to sip and celebrate in February: National Margarita Day. Though some might argue that this tempting tequila drink tastes better on white sandy beaches, tenured Club Level Server Dan Etherton begs to differ. As a staple of the Club Lounge for nearly a decade, he has perfected the “smoothest Margarita you’ll ever have”. Located on the top two floors of Belmond Charleston Place you’ll find our exclusive Club Level. Boasting 72 rooms and accessible by private access only, this exclusive retreat is the perfect hideaway with stunning city views—the best way to enjoy cocktails and good company. Read on to discover Etherton’s famous recipe. Ingredients Quantity Grand Marnier 1 Dash Triple Sec 1 Dash Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice 1 oz Herradura Tequila 2 oz Lime 1-3 wedges Franco’s Lemon Bar Mix Top Up Directions: Fill a cocktail glass with ice. Add the tequila, triple sec, Grand Marnier, Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice, and juice from one lime wedge. Pour ingredients into a shaker. If salted rim is desired, take the cocktail glass and press into a plate of salt. Pour ingredients back into the cocktail glass, and top off with a touch of Franco’s Lemon Bar Mix. Float a lime with a stir stick. Want to try this smooth margarita for yourself? Known as the best hotel Club Level in Charleston, guests can enjoy all day complimentary food and beverage service, including continental breakfast, afternoon tea, evening hors d’oeuvres and desserts. What makes the experience even more immaculate is the personable and tenured staff that anticipates your every need. Upgrade your stay to enjoy an array of tasty treats and complimentary cocktails and cordials right outside your guestroom.
The experience of fine dining at Charleston Grill shines bright amidst the Southern elegance and refinement of Charleston. Recognized as one of the best restaurants in the nation, decadent fare and soft sounds of nightly jazz are best accompanied by wine. Recently named one of the “100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers in America” via OpenTable, Wine Director and Advanced Sommelier Rick Rubel is the mastermind behind the largest wine selection in Charleston. Boasting 1,250 different labels and 10,000 bottles, Charleston Grill’s wine cellar is estimated to be valued at nearly $550,000. Read on to discover Rubel’s top tips to making the most out of your relationship with wine. Savor the scents “Don’t forget to smell the wine! I can’t tell you how often I see people spend a lot of money on a bottle of wine, and then they never take the time to enjoy the aromas. Your palate simply gives you sweet, sour, bitter, salt, and umami. Your nose gives you everything else. Besides, the wine lasts longer when you only use your nose.” Get outside your comfort zone “The number of choices in the wine world is dizzying. I cannot think of any other product that gives the consumer such an array of choices. Jump in and taste the cultures of the world one sip at a time.” Utilize a professional “It’s nice to have some help selecting your wine. Use the sommelier on staff, and open up to them about your likes and dislikes. They’ll be able to make a personal selection that may open a door to new tastes and smells.” Find a great wine retailer “I encourage everybody to build a relationship with the staff at your local wine store. These people are likely professionals, and over time, will prove to be an invaluable relationship. Once they know your palate, they can help introduce you to new wines and select ones that you’ll love.” Share the love “Wine can be moving, transcending, and otherworldly. When you share these experiences with others, it only increases the appreciation on all sides.” Whether you’re a novice or oenophile, selecting the perfect wine is truly a personal experience. With two sommeliers on staff at Charleston Grill, each dish can be paired to perfection with the most decadent wines. Visit us soon to experience a world of flavors that will delight.