Sip & Savor

Learn the Secret Behind Chef Michelle Weaver’s Famous Crab Cake

 Nestled off of the lobby of Belmond Charleston Place, Charleston Grill is often praised for its decadent menu items, carefully curated ambiance, and unparalleled wine selection. Commanding the kitchen for nearly two decades, Executive Chef Michelle Weaver’s culinary aesthetic courses through a menu offering four themed options: Social & Shared, Roots & Stems, Waves & Marsh, Field & Pasture. As seasons begin to change, Chef Weaver works local delicacies and seasonal delights into her ever-changing menu. Throughout the years, the menu has seen only a few constants; one being her famous Charleston Grill Crab Cake. The generously packed Crab Cake is filled with fresh crab meat and a fresh blend of herbs and spices. Then, a light sauce is drizzled on top with sweet shrimp and tomato, which amps up the seafood flavor adding a little extra freshness to the dish. So what makes this the long-standing fixture of Charleston Grill’s menu? The only thing holding the cakes together is “lump crab meat and a whole lot of love.” Read on to recreate this legendary recipe in your very own kitchen. Ingredients Crab Cake Quantity Ingredients 1 lb Crab meat 1 Egg white ½ Lemon, zested and juiced 1 tbs Chopped chives 1 tbs Thyme leaves ½ cup Mayonnaise 2 tbs Fresh breadcrumbs   Salt and freshly ground white pepper   Butter or olive oil to cook Sauce Quantity Ingredients ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil 6 Shrimp, peeled and de-veined, cut into thin strips 10 Red pear tomatoes 10 Yellow pear tomatoes 2 Limes, juiced 2 Shallots, finely chopped 2 tbs Fresh dill Preparation For the crab cakes: Mix together the mayo, salt, pepper, egg white, zest, juice, chives and thyme. Fold in the crab meat. Form mixture into patties, dust with breadcrumbs and sear in butter or oil until crisp and golden on both sides For the sauce: 1. Heat shallots in oil, then add shrimp and cook. 2. Add remaining ingredients and heat through. 3. Serve warm over crab cakes.
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Catch Our Chefs at these Charleston Wine & Food Events

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.   
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Sip & Savor

Sip & Celebrate This National Holiday

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.
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