Junco Partner Live in Charleston

Based out of Charleston, SC, Junco Partner delves into the realm of funky rock jams. The group features Joe Keenan, vocals / guitar, Matt Hastings, bass and Kevin Wadley, and TJ Dildy on guitars, Jack Friel, drums and Alan Brisedine on keys. Spirited vocals and playfully verbed guitar tones are common place with their music and lend to versatile bass melodies and driving drum rhythms. Whether performing original music or covers, Junco Partner draws from each member’s musical experiences to create their own native sound.”

Lowcountry Autism Foundation to host Oysters for Autism

Lowcountry Autism Foundation to host  Oysters for Autism
The Lowcountry Autism Foundation is set to shuck some hot steamy oysters for a cause at their third annual event on Sunday, November 13th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m at Bowens Island. The menu for the event includes oysters, chili and hotdogs and also includes non-alcoholic beverages. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Local artist Jack Triebold local alternative rock band, Bateman’s Stud Farm will provide entertainment. The event will also feature a silent auction with items ranging from generous gift certificates to businesses in the area to golf outings. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online prior to the day of the event at www.lafinc.org.

Sponsors include title sponsor Charleston Golf Carts of Folly Beach, as well as Charleston Rubber and Gasket, no Natz, Advanced Animal Care of Mt. Pleasant, and Atlantic Pest and Termite. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $300 to $1,250.

The Lowcountry Autism Foundation strives to improve the lives of families living with autism and other developmental disabilities. They provide clinical diagnostic assessments and programs to support families throughout the lifespan. With a mostly volunteer, multidisciplinary staff, the Lowcountry Autism Foundation has provided over half a million dollars in free autism services, and all funds raised stay in South Carolina.

More information is available at www.lafinc.org or please call Julia Corey at 843-876-0415 for more details.

EcoPax Introduces Easier, Less Expensive and Greener Way to Move

76612_FB_Banner-2Ecopax was recently formed in an effort to preserve one of Earth’s most valuable natural resources by helping to eliminate cardboard waste and effectively change how Americans move. Designed to maximize storage and greatly minimize packing time, EcoPax simplifies the moving experience by conveniently delivering sustainable crushproof and waterproof green boxes made from 100% recycled durable plastic materials that stack and roll on a custom dolly. Saving up to 50% in the total cost of a move, EcoPax has discovered a much smarter, easier, and greener way to transition to a new home or office.

“With the ever increasing presence of the cardboard box, something needed to be done to curb its use in our daily lives,” said EcoPax founder Courtney Friedman. “We have way too many cardboard boxes that unfortunately end up in landfills in many cases. EcoPax creates a better moving solution by removing some of the major stresses and eliminating the wasteful use of cardboard.”

unnamed (8)Friedman, an outdoor enthusiast and owner of Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners, was searching for a sustainable approach to a cardboard box waste issue that he was noticing in his laundry and dry cleaning business. The EcoPax process makes moving easier and more efficient by using large recycled plastic boxes with folding lids that lock shut and better protect the items inside. Servicing all of Charleston County and parts of Dorchester and Berkeley counties with free delivery and pick up, EcoPax provides pricing packages based on the size of the home or office.  Additionally, EcoPax will be donating a percentage of sales to Charleston County Parks and Recreation, South Carolina State Parks and the National Park Service. EcoPax’s goal is to help customers save money by offering a dramatically easier way to pack and move while simultaneously cutting down on the 6 million tons of cardboard waste that ends up in landfills each year.

More information about EcoPax can be found at www.ecopax.com. For interviews, photos or press kit, contact Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com.

Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners Announces Giving Recipients

396710_339082666121888_306231651_nLow Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners understands the importance of giving back to the Charleston community. Each month it chooses a non-profit to donate a percentage of sales. Upcoming recipients include Courageous Kidz in February and Begin with Books during March. Past non-profits receiving funds include My Sister’s House, Share Our Suzy, Center for Women and Be A Mentor.

“We’ve always enjoyed giving back to the community and it feels great to now have a set giving program in place,” said owner Courtney Friedman. “Non-profit organizations that are interested in being the featured monthly recipient, can fill out the form on our website or email me at info@LowCountryLaundry.com for availability.”

Founded in 2001, Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners is a full service  laundry and dry cleaner with same day cleaning, free pick-up and delivery as well as three convenient Charleston locations. Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners handles everything from draperies and comforters to leather, suede and fur as well as bridal gown pressing, cleaning, preservation and restoration. In addition to servicing 52 hotels, over 20 restaurants, and 6 hospitals, Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners also offers 24/7 LaundryMatic locker systems, a custom delivery based locker system that extends 24/7 service to thousands of customers living in condos or apartments in Charleston. Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners strives to provide the best customer service and overall quality available.

For interviews, photos, press kit or a complimentary media cleaning, please contact Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com. For additional information about Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners, visit www.lowcountrydrycleaners.com.

Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners to Hold Aged Inventory Sale

1531365-dry-cleaning-services-liberty-townshipoh-liberty-drycleanEach year, Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners clean out all of the clothing that has not been picked up by customers in over a year. From July 20 at 7:30am to July 25 at 6:30pm, the unclaimed clothes will be on the racks in the front lobby of the downtown location at 107 Rutledge Avenue in West Ashley at South Windermere Shopping Center. Shoppers simply come in and look at the available clothing that is already cleaned, pressed, bagged and on hangers. To purchase, patrons pay just the cleaning fees originally on the ticket.

“We will hold the sale all week with everything from Prada hand bags from $40 and super nice clothing for just the cleaning cost such as $2.65 for a shirt, $5.65 for pants, sweaters, silk blouses and $10.50 for suits,” said owner Courtney Friedman. “Additionally, we will also be pulling clothing to donate to the ladies at My Sister’s House!”

Founded in 2001, Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners is a full service dry cleaner and laundry service with free pick-up and delivery as well as three convenient Charleston locations. Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners also services 46 hotels, over 20 restaurants, and 6 hospitals plus commercial and residential accounts 6 days a week. In addition to wash/dry/fold and dry cleaning services, Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners handles everything from draperies and comforters to leather, suede and fur as well as bridal gown pressing, cleaning and restoration. Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners strives to provide the best customer service and overall quality available.

For interviews, photos, press kit or a complimentary media cleaning, please contact Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com. For additional information about Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners, visit www.lowcountrydrycleaners.com.

A Culinary Adventure: 72 Hours in Charleston

Planning a culinary adventure in Charleston?  Here’s an itinerary from Charleston Culinary Tours to chew on!

Thursday:

IMG_6797Morning — Chefs’ Kitchen Tour – Start your trip off by visiting the kitchens and meeting the chefs in some of Charleston’s top restaurants.  On this five stop tour your guide, Hoon Calhoun, will educate you on Charleston’s culinary history and orient you with regard to Charleston’s best restaurants today.  The tour starts with coffee and doughnuts at Glazed, Charleston’s gourmet, homemade, delicious, I-can’t-believe-this-is-in-a-doughnut shop, and proceeds to visit two restaurant kitchens, 1 amazing biscuit shop in the form of Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, and finishes at Southern stalwart, Virginia’s on King for some southern staples and storytelling!

Lunch — Dine at Two Boroughs Larder — Josh and Heather Keeler’s Two Boroughs Larder is where Charleston chefs go to eat.  Charleston’s celebrity Chef Sean Brock has called Two Boroughs Larder the best restaurant in Charleston.  Go judge for yourself and order everything on the menu to be sure.  This is the place to take chances as you probably won’t recognize half of the ingredients on the menu but trust in Josh’s capable hands and discriminating taste.  Everything will be delicious and some dishes will be transcendent. In between courses, take a moment to explore the selection of hard goods and specialty products available for purchase.

Afternoon — Pastries and coffee — After lunch, exiting Two Boroughs, you’ll find yourself smack dab in the middle of what is emerging as Charleston’s pastry epicenter.  Stroll to Sugar Bakeshop and have the first of many delicious pastries, choosing one or two of a variety of cupcakes or cookies.  The selection varies daily, but on Thursdays the options include the Lady Baltimore Cupcake, which should not be missed!  Sugar Bakeshop’s owners Bill and Dave are architects from New York City who relocated to Charleston where their visual aesthetic is apparent as everything in the display cases is as beautiful as it is delicious.  Enjoy your treat in Sugar’s quaint courtyard.  From Sugar, consider visiting Wildflour Pastry or Brown’s Court Bakery for another delicious treat and a cup of coffee.  All are within a block or so of Sugar and along the way you can explore the rapidly gentrifying Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood.

Dinner – Burwell’s – After a nap, try out Burwell’s.  Billed as a “modern steakhouse”, Burwell’s strikes a delicate balance between old and new in downtown Charleston.  The restaurant is a beautiful combination of two beautifully restored and repurposed buildings.  The ambiance is warm and sophisticated, with a cosmopolitan tilt that is more commonly found on Upper King Street.  The food is just as sophisticated and Chef Jordan Moore does a terrific job of expressing his creativity within the confines of his restaurant’s steakhouse paradigm, not to mention Pastry Chef Mark Heywood-Washington whimsical and delicious desserts.

After Dinner — Head on over to The Gin Joint for an after dinner drink.  You’ll be stunned by their attention to detail and the inventive drinks they concoct.  If cocktails not your thing, no problem. Try the Craftsman Kitchen and Tap House, a beer emporium featuring 48 beers on Tap!  Still not satisfied?  Give Social Wine Bar a try as it features up to 60 wines by the glass and a 4,000 bottle display cellar.

Friday:

Callie's Hot Little BiscuitMorning – Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit – You’re in Charleston on a culinary vacation, so why not?  This adorable 8 foot wide (yes, really, it’s 8 feet wide) makes fresh, melt-in-your-mouth biscuits that, combined with their French-press coffee, are a perfect way to start your day.  The Ham Biscuit is a classic (featured on the Today Show and QVC), but several sweet varieties are available as well.  There are a few seats near the front of the shop, which is a good place to enjoy your biscuits and watch the crowds flock in to get these little bites of heaven.

Lunch – After exploring Upper King Street’s shops, have an early lunch at Artisan Meat Share (AMS) whish is Craig Deihl’s love letter to meat.  The concept for AMS grew out of cured meat CSA that Chef Deihl launched at Cypress, his other restaurant, in 2009.  Now, instead of meats being available only on a limited, seasonal, basis, the smorgasbord of award winning meats is now available daily (as well as gourmet sandwiches, fresh butcher shop products and house made condiments).  Think juicy Porchetta with pork cracklins, Pastrami piled high, house made Braunschweiger! To satisfy your meat cravings later, feel free to take one of the dozens of meats which are cooked, cured, smoked or otherwise prepared in house home for later consumption.

Afternoon – It’s time to take an Upper King Street Culinary Tour with Charleston Culinary Tours.  This 2.5 hour tour explores Charleston’s Upper King Street district, which is quickly becoming the city’s gastronomic hub.  Stopping at three restaurants for food samples and one restaurant for dessert, the Upper King Street Culinary tour will introduce you to some of Charleston’s best restaurants and educate you with regard to the lowcountry’s rich culinary history and current cooking trends.  There is plenty of food on this tour, so pace yourself as you eat your way around this rapidly evolving foodie destination.

Dinner – In The Kitchen with Bob Waggoner.  Join Chef Bob in his downtown Charleston showcase kitchen, where you will cook and laugh alongside him to prepare and enjoy a seasonal tasting menu inspired by the many farmers, fisherman, and artisans of the Lowcountry.  Whatever your experience level, in these cooking classes Chef Bob will teach you the tips and techniques to help you build your confidence in the kitchen.  There will be no pressure, no recipes, or even dishes to wash at the end of the night!  Just a fun and truly unique dinner party experience with every detail carefully crafted by Chef Bob himself.

Saturday:

Mercury_BOW5906Brunch – Prohibition – Chef Stephen Thompson’s weekend brunches might be the most popular in Charleston, and with good reason!  Chef Thompson has distinguished himself as being a genius in simply making food taste good.  His menus are both inventive and delicious, and the friendly bartenders at Prohibition have no problem recreating the hair-of-the-dog-that-bit-you in order to aid in your speedy next day recovery.  Chef Thompson’s duck hash has essentially achieved legendary status among the College of Charleston crowd as he will make you consider rabbit in an entirely new and favorable light while his Blueberry Baskets are irresistibly delicious.  Insider tip – to heighten your post-meal sense of awe, stroll back to see Prohibition’s tiny kitchen, which is probably smaller than your home kitchen, and consider how so many meals are prepared so efficiently in such a small space!

Afternoon – Charleston Distillery Tour –Long stymied by antiquated state laws, local distilleries are now starting to produce spirits in the Holy City and are doing so with the same energy, enthusiasm and passion that has already established Charleston as a internationally recognized culinary destination.  Experience a taste of Charleston’s flourishing micro-distillery scene with an exclusive tour of the local distilleries.  This 3.5 hour tour will introduce you to three distilleries and includes a cocktail at a local bar using one of Charleston’s locally produced spirits.

Pre-Dinner – Continuing your exploration of alcohol in the Holy City, Charleston Culinary Tours’ Mixology Tour will help you better understand the state of Charleston’s cocktail culture today.  This 1.5 hour tour stops at three local watering holes where guests meet a mixologist who will explain his or her specialty cocktail and then mix one for everyone to enjoy!  Think of it as a mobile pre-dinner cocktail party.

Dinner – FIG –All things considered, FIG is probably the best restaurant in Charleston, and has been for some time.  FIG sets the standard to which all other Charleston restaurants aspire.  It’s where chefs come to eat to marvel at the elegance, the precision, the creativity and the simplicity of the dishes.  Mike Lata is a chef’s chef, cerebral and precise, but his food is delicious, in keeping with the restaurant’s name and overarching theme, Food Is Good (FIG).  Chef Lata doesn’t compromise on ingredients, insisting on the best the lowcountry has to offer, and the quality of ingredients is allowed to shine through in each dish.  Likewise, FIG doesn’t compromise on service, and its corps of bright and highly trained wait staff consistently provides impeccable service, again setting the standard in Charleston.  FIG consistently strikes a balance so well considered, so perfect and subtle that many details aren’t noticed by guests, but none are forgotten. While FIG is sophisticated, it isn’t flashy. While it is delicious, it isn’t indulgent. While it is attentive, it isn’t overbearing.  FIG isn’t many things, but it is the best.

After Dinner –Kaminsky’s — Finish off your night with a dessert at Kaminsky’s, a bustling dessert shop on Market Street.  With a display case overflowing with almost impossibly delicious looking cakes and pies, it may be tough to make a decision.  Hedge your bets and choose more than one item as it’ll be the most delicious insurance policy you ever bought.

Music and Oysters for Wildlife in Awendaw, SC

1Music and Oysters for Wildlife 10th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Saturday January 10th from 2 pm to 6 pm at Sewee Outpost in Awendaw, SC. Enjoy live, local music, steamed Bulls Bay oysters, craft beer and wine, and a silent auction. It’s all for a good cause, so get your tickets now at eTix. The fun-filled event will be held rain or shine with heated tents but no outside alcohol or pets.

MUSIC LINE UP:
1:30pm Lincoln Middle/High Steel Band to welcome at gate
2pm Danielle Howle
2:30 Mark Bryan of Occasional Milkshake with Doug Jones
4:00 Sun-Dried Vibes
5:30 Red Dog Ramblers

Founded as Sewee Association in 1996, the guiding vision of Friends of Coastal South Carolina is shaped by dedication to preserving the ecosystems and wildlife of the South Carolina coast for future generations. To that end it supports the respective missions of our coastal national wildlife refuges and forest through active participation in programs and projects that enhance these treasured resources. The organization works to instill a conservation ethic in students and encourage the next generation of scientists through our environmental education programs. For more information visit www.sccoastalfriends.org.

Todd Snider’s What the Folk Music Festival Announced in Awendaw, SC

WTF PosterFord Productions and Awendaw Green present the inaugural What the Folk Music Festival on April 11th from 5pm-10pm and April 12th from 11am-10pm at Sewee Outpost located at 4853 US Hwy. 17 in Awendaw, SC. Doors open at 5pm, Campgrounds at 3pm.

Friday:
Danielle Howle 6pm
Megan Jean & the KFB 6:30pm
HalleyAnna Finlay 7:15pm
Kevn Kinney 7:55pm
Todd Snider 9:15pm

Saturday:
Ryan Bonner 12pm
Vinegar Creek Constituency 1pm
Doug Jones 2:05pm
Sierra Elizabeth Ferrell 3pm
Swamp Candy 3:45pm
Caroline Glaser & Liz Longley 4:40pm
Pierce Edens & the Dirty Work 5:55pm
Charlie Mars 7:10pm
The Bottle Rockets 8:30pm
Todd Snider 9:15pm
and a few more surprise guests!

WTF SponsorhipFood trucks Lowcountry Creole, Roti Rolls, and Palmetto Party Wagon will be there along with two beer trucks with domestics and the local brews including Palmetto Brewery.
Tickets: 
Friday $25 ADV, $30 DOS
Saturday $35 ADV, $38 DOS
Limited Two Day $50
Two Day Camping Pass, only sold with two day pass: $25 for both days. Campsites are per person. VIP Camping for RV’s and Campers $50

“What the Folk Festival was formed through a friendship with Todd Snider and his love of playing in this area. The lineup includes musicians that come close to emulating what Todd does as a singer/songwriter,” said festival organizer Brett Ford.  “As we plan to make this an annual event, my goal is to continue to have Americana type groups play and get recognized for what they do, since the majority of them don’t receive the radio play or media recognition that they deserve.”

A portion of proceeds will benefit Carolina Studios, a non-profit that provides at risk students a safe environment to foster creative, educational and career-focused initiatives through music technology and media arts.

For additional information, line up or tickets, visit www.whatthefolkfest.org. For media inquiries, interviews or sponsorship information, please contact Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com.

Autism Beach Ball featuring The Tams

1799212_10152562961948765_12790708_oLowcountry Autism Foundation and Anderson Insurance Associates present Autism Beach Ball on Saturday, March 1st at 6pm. Benefiting MUSC-LAF’s Autism Family Support and Outreach Programs serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, the semi-formal fund raising event will showcase live music from The Tams. Guests will enjoy libations, a beach supper, dancing, a silent and live auction at the Tides on Folly Beach. Tickets for the event are $100 or a table is $900 and may be purchased at the Lowcountry Autism Foundation, Inc. or by calling 843-876-0415.

In 2013, the Lowcountry Autism Foundation partnered with the prestigious Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) Children’s Hospital as part of their Developmental–Behavioral Pediatrics Division. Lowcountry Autism Foundation’s mission is to remove barriers and increase access to early clinical diagnosis, and treatment services, for individuals and families living with autism and related developmental disorders. for more information, visit www.lafinc.org

72 Hours: A Culinary Adventure in Charleston

Do you want to pack as much as possible into a 72 hour visit to Charleston, SC?  Here’s one foodie itinerary to try!

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Thursday:

Morning — Chefs’ Kitchen Tour – Start your trip off by visiting the kitchens and meeting the chefs in 3 of Charleston’s top restaurants.  Your guide, Hoon Calhoun, will educate you on Charleston’s culinary history and orient you with regard to Charleston’s best restaurants today.  The tour starts with coffee and doughnuts at Glazed, Charleston’s gourmet, homemade, delicious, I-can’t-believe-this-is-in-a-doughnut shop, and proceeds to visit 3 restaurants, meeting chefs and tasting all along the way.

Heather and Chef Josh Keller of 2 Boroughs Larder

Heather and Chef Josh Keller of 2 Boroughs Larder

Lunch — Two Boroughs Larder — Josh and Heather Keeler’s Two Boroughs Larder is where Charleston chefs go to eat.  Charleston’s Celebrity Chef Sean Brock calls Two Boroughs Larder the best restaurant in Charleston.  Go judge for yourself — and order everything on the menu to be sure.  This is the place to take chances — you probably won’t recognize half of the ingredients on the menu — but trust in Josh’s capable hands and discriminating taste.  Everything will be delicious, and some dishes will be transcendent.  In between courses, take a moment to explore the selection of hard goods and specialty products available for purchase.

Afternoon — Pastries and coffee — After lunch, exiting Two Boroughs, you’ll find yourself smack dab in the middle of what is emerging as Charleston’s pastry epicenter.  Stroll to Sugar Bakeshop and have the first of (perhaps) many delicious pastries, choosing one — or two — of a variety of cupcakes or cookies.  The selection varies daily, but on Thursdays the options include the Lady Baltimore Cupcake, which should not be missed!  Bill and Dave, Sugar Bakeshop’s owners, are architects from New York City who relocated to Charleston, and their visual aesthetic is apparent as everything in the display cases is as beautiful as it is delicious.  Enjoy your treat in Sugar’s quaint courtyard.  From Sugar, consider visiting Wildflour PastryBrown’s Court Bakery or Sweet Radish for another delicious treat and a cup of coffee.  All are within a block or so of Sugar and along the way you can explore the rapidly gentrifying Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood.

Dinner — Taste Of The Market — When you have finished exploring the Upper King Street area, head downtown to the City Market District and the Taste of the Market, held the 3rd Thursday of Each month.  This event features the best that the City Market area has to offer, with (substantial) food samples available from a variety of Market area restaurants, chef demonstrations and live music.  The ample samples will be more than enough to make a meal and after the event you’ll be well positioned to explore the heart of Charleston’s historic downtown.

After Dinner — Head on over to Burwell’s for an after dinner drink and, if the weather is nice, make your way to the back patio to have a craft cocktail made by John or JoJo, Burwell’s expert mixologists.  Cocktails not your thing?  No problem — try the Craftsman Kitchen And Tap House, a beer emporium featuring 48 beers on Tap!  Still not satisfied?  Give Social Wine Bar a try, which features up to 60 wines by the glass and a 4,000 bottle display cellar.

Friday:

Chefs KitchenMorning — Bakehouse — Get your day started with a cup of coffee and a fresh baked pastry at the Bakehouse.  Although everything is good, the cinnamon rolls are especially delicious.  The WiFi is free and the airy cafe is in a perfect spot for people watching.
Lunch — Bull Street Gourmet — Grab a light bite at this adorable market/cafe on lower King Street.  Split the daily sandwich special or share a bowl of the soup of the day — both are likely to be simple and delicious.  Also Bull Street has an excellent selection of bottled wines, for now or later.

Afternoon — Take a Downtown Culinary Tour with Charleston Culinary Tours.  This 2.5 hour tour explores the City Market area and Charleston’s French Quarter.  Stopping at 3 restaurants for food samples and 1 restaurant for dessert, the Downtown Culinary tour will introduce you to some of Charleston’s best restaurants and educate you with regard to Charleston’s rich culinary history and current culinary trends.  There is plenty of food on this tour, so pace yourself as you eat your way around Charleston’s historic downtown.

Dinner — 82 Queen — Make you dinner reservations a little later to give yourself an opportunity to recover from your culinary tour.  If the weather is suitable, ask for a table in 82 Queen’s beautiful and romantic courtyard, which is dominated by a mammoth Magnolia tree.  82 Queen is a Charleston classic, graceful and refined, specializing in Lowcountry classics and Southern hospitality.  Be sure to order the She-Crab Soup, the best in the city.

Saturday:

Brunch — Lowcountry Bistro — Chicken and Waffles anyone?  At Lowcountry Bistro the answer is an enthusiastic YES!  This casual cafe offers a wide variety of other southern specialties (the Shrimp and Grits are especially good here as well), but ordering the Chicken and Waffles is a no-brainer.  Overlooking the City Market, a table on the piazza is a prime position to take in Charleston’s charms and prepare for your day.

Afternoon — The Heirloom Collection (formerly the Heirloom Book Company) — Tucked away down an alley off Broad Street, this adorable book shop sells cookbooks, specializing in rare and out-of-print editions.  The collection is eclectic, but an excellent selection of Charleston and Southern cookbooks are available.  The shop is clearly a labor of love and their passion for cookbooks is equal parts contagious and inspiring! Cocktails

Pre Dinner — The Holy City is well known for its affinity for alcohol and Charleston Culinary Tours’ Mixology Tour will help show you the state of Charleston’s cocktail culture today.  This 1.5 hour tour stops at 3 local watering holes where guests meet a mixologist who will explain his/her specialty cocktail and then mix one for everyone to enjoy!  Think of it as a mobile pre-dinner cocktail party.

Dinner — Husk — Come pay homage to Chef Sean Brock’s celebration of all things Southern.  With a menu that changes twice daily and an almost maniacal devotion to sourcing ingredients locally, Husk has totally reshaped Charleston’s culinary landscape and has inspired a wave of innovation and culinary excellence that has engulfed the city.  While it’s impossible to predict what might be on the menu, the Crispy Pig’s Ears are the stuff of legend and pork dishes generally have a place near and dear to Chef Brock’s heart.  Make your reservations early — ever since it was named Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit in 2011, a Husk reservation became one of the toughest in town.

After Dinner — Kaminsky’s — Finish off your night with a dessert at Kaminsky’s, a bustling dessert shop on Market Street.  With a display case overflowing with almost impossibly delicious looking cakes and pies, it may be tough to make a decision.  Hedge your bets and choose more than one item — it’ll be the most delicious insurance policy you ever bought.