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So what do I have planned for the weekend? Well, sadly my original plan to attend Amuse Bouche has been dashed as the "first taste" of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival has been cancelled. On the brighter side, the calendar opening offers me the full weekend to recharge my batteries—and fast!—for the opening of the festival next Thursday, March 4.

I will be there to enjoy the Salute to Charleston Chefs and then back to the tents the next day to work the Charleston magazine demo booth. As always, we will be bringing the pages of our magazines to life with nine demonstrations from some of the local wine, culinary, and entertaining experts who have been featured. Take a look at the schedule below, and I hope you'll join us:

Friday, March 5

2:30 PM Blind wine tasting with Charleston Grill sommelier Rick Rubel * Advance reservations required.

4:00 PM Green-tomatillo gazpacho with Charleston Grill chef Michelle Weaver

Saturday, March 6

10:30 AM Spring veggies with Charleston Home food editor Heather Garvin

12:00 PM Southern bouquets with Heather Barrie of gathering-floral + event

3:30 PM Step-by-step gnocchi with Lana chef John Ondo

4:15 PM Chocolate truffles with WildFlour pastry chef Lauren Mitterer

Sunday, March 7

1:15 PM Terrific table settings with Tara of Soirée by Tara Guérard

2:00 PM Heirloom grains with McCrady’s chef Sean Brock

3:00 PM N’Awlins-style comfort food with the chefs of The Glass Onion

Advance registration required
To reserve your spot, you must be a ticket-holder for Friday’s Culinary Village, and RSVP to:, or call (843) 971-9811 ext. 331.
Participants must be at least 21 years of age. Please include name, birth date, address, and phone number. Space will be limited to the first 30 confirmed respondents.