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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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Sommelier Rick Rubel’s Top 5 Wine Tips

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.    
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Impress Your Guests With These Game Day Eats

Take your Super Bowl dishes to the next level with helpful tips from our masterful chef at Meeting at Market. Known for delectable pub fare and an abundance of rotating draft beer, Chef Jorge Soto shares his go-to game day recipes. And for extra indulgence, each dish is paired with a flavorful draft to complement each bite. Lager Beer Cheese SauceBeer Pairing: Two Blokes Publican Ale This comfort food is perfect for dipping and sampling, especially in the colder months. Chef refers to top French fries or warm pretzels with this savory sauce, but you can also opt for a healthier option like broccoli or cauliflower. Then, pour yourself a Publican Ale from the local brewers at Two Blokes. Ingredients Yuengling Lager Heavy Cream Whole Milk Nutmeg Shredded Cheddar Cheese Shredder Pepper Jack Cheese Butter Flour Quantity 4 pints 1 quart 2 quarts ½ tbsp ½ bag ¾ bag ¾ cup ¾ cup Directions: Make a light brown roux then set aside. Reduce beer on high heat for 20 minutes. Then, add heavy cream and milk, and bring up to a simmer. Add roux slowly until liquid starts thickening. When milk has thickened to proper consistency, add in nutmeg and cheese. Let cool and store sauce in an appropriate serving dish. Street CornBeer Pairing: Wicked Weed Hop Cocoa Chef was inspired to create a dish that he grew up enjoying, so he added this Mexican favorite to the menu. Street Corn is the perfect side for any dishes being served at your Super Bowl Sunday feast. Pair it with a dark, nutty, and chocolate-infused porter from Wicked Weed brewery in Asheville, NC. Ingredients Frozen Yellow Corn Red Onion Chili Powder Lime Juice Clarified Butter Cojita Cheese Quantity 2 bags or 24 oz 1 medium 2 tbsp 1 6 oz ½ cup crumbled Directions: In large rondeau pan, bring 3 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add frozen corn to the boiling water. Let the water come back to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Drain corn, then place in a pan. Add diced onion, chili powder, lime juice, butter, and salt. Mix well. Add a splash of heavy cream when heating up. Top with cojita cheese crumbles. As you gear up for the ultimate football showdown, we hope that these game day eats inspire you. Whether you’re cheering for the New England Patriots or Los Angeles Rams, we can all agree that the experience is always better with a decadent Super Bowl Sunday spread.
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