Charleston: Southern Cuisine & Hospitality

Fall, 2016

Charleston, South Carolina is a southern gem with a storied history set in the center of Carolina Lowcountry. Known for the locals’’ courtesy, Charleston has been named ““Most Mannerly City” in America “ so many times that it was retired from the competition. Enjoy the Southern hospitality as you explore the rich traditions of the Holy City.

Imagine yourself in Rhett Butler’’s Charleston as you visit the preserved historic homes and plantations, explore the Gullah culture distinctive to the area, and hop onto a boat for a ride around Charleston Harbor to get a view of the city’’s unique skyline, dotted with steeples from the numerous churches that earned the city its nickname. Let yourself be embraced by the hospitality of the city and its people while marveling at the beauty and history all around you.

Foodie Adventures will include

  • Embark on a food-tasting tour of a few Charleston’s favorite locally owned and operated restaurants with a specialist food guide
  • Participate in a cooking class at one of the top ten kitchens in the US and enjoy the Lowcountry lunch you prepare
  • Visit Palmetto Brewery for a tour and beer tasting at South Carolina’s oldest Brewery
  • Dinner at Slightly North of Broad, an eclectic low country bistro
  • Tour an organic farm and learn about the rice cultivation at Middleton Place Plantation
  • Enjoy an authentic low country lunch at Middleton Place Market
  • Spend 2 1/2 hours on a chef’s kitchen walking tour, getting a behind-the-scenes understanding of Charleston’s best chefs and their restaurants

Sightseeing Highlights:

  • Walking tour of Charleston historic district
  • Explore the oldest landscaped Gardens at Middleton Place Plantation
  • Guided tour of Middleton Place Museum
  • 90 minute tour of Charleston Harbor on the historic Carolina Belle

Included in your tour is:

  • Five-day culinary tour with expert guides
  • Gourmet continental breakfast daily
  • Three lunches and two dinners
  • Five nights at the French Quarter Inn, Charleston

Day 1:   

Meet at the French Quarter Inn, an award winning hotel in the heart of the historic district.  It is walking distance to the City Market, the shops on King Street and world renowned restaurants.   Surrounded by American history, this world-class inn continues to be a landmark of luxury with newly redesigned rooms inspired by old world elegance.  Enjoy a glass of champagne upon check-in.  Day at leisure to explore Charleston on your own.

Dinner at Slightly North of Broad included.  An eclectic Lowcountry bistro, where the dining room is a natural extension of the kitchen, Slightly North of Broad is known for its friendly vibe and Chef Frank Lee’s highly creative cuisine.  This fine dining restaurant is devoted to using locally sourced ingredients and was one of the first restaurants to work with local farmers and fisherman.

French Quarter Inn, Charleston

DAY 2

Morning at leisure.  Early afternoon you will embark on the Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour visiting four different restaurants.  This walking tour explores the area surrounding the City Market in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District, offering the best of Charleston’s history and food!  Highlighted will be the cuisine of favorite locally owned and operated restaurants in the Holy City!  You will sample two or three dishes at each restaurant thereby providing you with great insight into Lowcountry cuisine.  Since this is a walking tour and historic Charleston has a number of uneven cobblestone streets and sidewalks, please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.  Dinner at leisure.

French Quarter Inn, Charleston

DAY 3

Mid-morning put on your chef’s hat and be prepared to cook at Charleston Cooks.  Conde’ Nast Traveler listed Charleston Cooks as one of the top ten dynamic kitchens in the United States.  You will work hands-on with the instructor to create an authentic Lowcountry meal you will sit down and enjoy at the end of class.  After lunch shop in the retail store and receive 10% off your purchase.

Next up, enjoy a private tour and tasting in the oldest brewery in the state of South Carolina.  Charleston has a booming craft beer industry and Palmetto Brewery has been making beer in the Lowcountry since 1993, thereby making it a favorite.  Enjoy a range of beers on tap from Palmetto Ale to Espresso Porter. Dinner at leisure.

French Quarter Inn, Charleston

DAY 4

Full day at Middleton Place.  Middleton Place, an 18th century plantation is now a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens.  Your tour will begin with the Organic Farm followed by Cook’s Tour which encompasses the Stable Yards, Rice Cultivation and Culture and Historic Breed Tour.   Lunch at Middleton Place Restaurant is included followed by a self-guided walking tour of the gardens and guided tour of the Middleton House Museum.  End your day by visiting the Garden Market and Museum Shop and take home a memento from this historic plantation.  Dinner at leisure.

French Quarter Inn, Charleston

DAY 5

Day at leisure.  Farewell dinner at Edmund’s Oast included.  One of Charleston’s hottest new restaurants, Edmunds’s Oast earned a spot on Bon Appetit’s list of 50 best new restaurants in the United States.  In addition to highly innovative cuisine, Edmund’s Oast has 40 beers on tap, four of which are brewed in-house.

French Quarter Inn, Charleston

DAY 6

Transportation on own to Charleston International Airport for flight home.

 Low-Country Breakfast Shrimp & Grits

Ingredients

3/4 stick unsalted butter

2 medium onions, finely chopped

1/2 cup thinly sliced scallion

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 pound medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 to 1 cup water

Preparation

Heat butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until foaming, then cook onions with scallion, garlic, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add shrimp and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup water and simmer gently, stirring, until shrimp are just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes (shrimp should be saucy; add more water if necessary). Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

“I’m going back to Charleston,                                                        back where I belong.

– Rhett Butler

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