March 30, 2018 § Leave a comment
Run, Click & Toast! for A Complimentary Mockmosa
Cooper River Bridge Run participants have another reason to be happy for after run appreciation. Eli’s Table, Queology, Toast of Charleston and Tabbuli (all within close proximity to Marion Square) are offering a complimentary, refreshing Mockmosa for enterprising users of their smart phones. Just text “chgrocks” to 31996 for your coupon, click, show it to your server, and toast away!
Congratulate yourself on a job well run and join in the post-race fun with Charleston Hospitality Group.
March 28, 2018 § Leave a comment
Charleston Digest May 11 Edition is All About Moms & Graduates
Charleston DIGEST’s May issue will feature a Love Lines for Moms & Grads page, where readers will have the opportunity to write a gratitude or love note to their mothers, grandmother or recent graduates.
Interested participants simply need to compose up to 144 characters. Visit charlestondigest.com and click on the PayPal link. The love line fee is $5 for the words and $10 for the words and a photo. CHG’s marketing department will follow up with an email to you to receive your love note and photo (if desired).
We look forward to hearing from you and spreading the love! Submissions due by May 1st, 2018.
About Charleston DIGEST – Charleston Digest is a monthly newspaper featuring news about Charleston’s dining and restaurant scene, local events, local personalities, recipes, and happenings. It reaches 6,000 persons via high-end boutique hotels, spas, gyms, realtors, Charleston Visitor Center, and car dealerships and tracks readership online at charlestondigest.com. It is published by The Charleston Hospitality Group; a restaurant and entertainment group comprised of several venues.
Toast of Summerville, FILL Restaurant Bar & Grille Celebrate Easter with Special Menus and Tabbuli’s Special Brand of Entertainment
March 27, 2018 § Leave a comment
Other Charleston Hospitality Group Properties Celebrating with Easter Egg Baskets and Free Goodies
Family-friendly Toast of Summerville will feature an all-you-can-eat Easter Buffet on April 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hot buffet will feature scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and turkey sausage, home fries, shrimp and grits, crab cakes, chicken breasts, pineapple and brown sugar-glazed ham, seasonal vegetables, whipped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and deluxe stuffed French baguette toast. Cold menu choices will include mixed green salad, pasta salad, muffins, fresh fruits, biscuits and assorted desserts. Adults are $26.95, children ten and under are $13.95 and children three and under are free. Toast of Summerville is located at 717 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, SC 29185. For more information or to make reservations call 843.900.4422 or visit toastofcharleston.com
FILL Restaurant & Piano Bar will serve a buffet of three cheese scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, French toast sticks, pancakes, and breakfast potatoes. Lunch style items will include fried chicken and gravy, honey glazed ham, mashed potatoes and green beans. Salad, dinner rolls and assorted desserts, including Easter Eggs with a Surprise, will wrap it up sweetly. Adults are $21.95 and $9.95 for children 10 and under. The buffet will be served from 9am to 4pm. FILL Restaurant & Piano Bar is located at 1150 Hungryneck Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464. For more information or to make reservations call 843.800.3042 or visit fillbar.com
Tabbuli will serve an (individually priced) Sunday brunch menu of gyro eggs benedict, Mediterranean eggs benedict, Tabbuli omelet, Mediterranean omelet, Charleston breakfast, mimosas, mimosa carafe, and Ultimate Bloody Marys. Brunch will be served from noon until 3 p.m. and include an Easter Drag Brunch Show. Tabbuli is located at 6 N. Market Street, downtown Charleston. To make reservations call 843.628.5959 or visit tabbuli.com
Other Charleston Hospitality Group properties, including Eli’s Table, Queology, Toast of West Ashley, Toast! (downtown), will be serving their regular menus during regular hours and offer Easter egg baskets containing an assorted “gifts” of menu/meal cards, gift cards, t-shirts, and mugs. For more information on these restaurants and their locations, visit charlestonhospitalitygroup.com
March 23, 2018 § Leave a comment
Sunday March 25 is National Waffle Day
The first waffle day originated in Sweden on May 25 as an ode to the beginning of spring and was celebrated with a nationwide, celebratory waffle indulgence. Another waffle day (August 24) was started in the United States honoring the patent of the waffle iron invented by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York.
It seems fitting that there are two days to celebrate the wonderful waffle. Crunchy on the outside, tender and fluffy on the inside, they can be flavored and topped with both sweet and savory items and eaten any time of the day – breakfast, lunch, dinner or even an indulgent midnight snack.
At Eli’s Table, we serve them two ways. Sweet for breakfast and brunch, with fresh berries and powdered sugar. And savory for dinner, with a fan of tender, rosy roasted duck atop savory waffles glazed with malted bacon glaze. Each just beg for a fork, knife to help satisfy a hearty waffle lust any time of the day, any day of the year.
Here’s a link to a recent post from Charleston City Paper extolling the virtues of some of Charleston’s best waffles, including Eli’s Table:
Wishing you a most spectacular National Waffle Day and delicious waffles anytime the waffle craving strikes.
March 22, 2018 § Leave a comment
Charleston Hospitality Group and Toast of Summerville Heartily Endorse DD2’s ‘Imagine the Possibilities’ Campaign for Improving Education in Greater Charleston
Taking place this Saturday, March 24, The Big Event is Dorchester Two Educational Foundation’s annual fundraiser benefiting its ‘Imagine the Possibilities’ campaign. Dedicated to creating initiatives and innovation awards in science, technology and more, in the past three years Imagine the Possibilities has raised $92,000 and funded 28 select grants benefiting 18,764 Dorchester Two students.
As part of Toast of Summerville’s and (presenter) Charleston Hospitality Group’s ongoing commitment to supporting education, this year they are sponsors of The Big Event and will be donating over $5,000 in cash, prizes and services benefiting the night’s event. Silent auction items include lunch at Eli’s Table with cookbook author Holly Herrick and signed copies of her two latest cookbooks, Chef’s Table Bourbon Dinner for two at Eli’s Table, VIP Party for Four at Tabbuli, Two HonkyTonk Saloon concert tickets with VIP passes, Brunch for Two at Toast!, Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar dinner package, Table for Four including bottle service at HonkyTonk Saloon, and a Que the Tailgate barbecue picnic from Queology. The Toast! worthy party will be featured in their live auction, highlighting a private catered party for 12 with 4-course meal and wine pairing.
“At Charleston Hospitality Group, we are 100% committed to supporting the community, and especially the crucial and substantial educational support provided by Dorchester Two’s Educational Foundation,” says Charleston Hospitality Group CEO Sam Mustafa.
The Big Event will take place on Saturday, March 24 at The Ponds Farmhouse, 326 Hundred Oaks Parkway in Summerville. In addition to the silent auction, it will include live music, a Lowcountry bar and southern cuisine. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit DD2FOUNDATION.ORG or call 843.695.5353.
March 21, 2018 § Leave a comment
LET’S TALK PARKING & TRANSPORTATION!
These just released additional choices for reduced cost, congestion and transmission options around Charleston apply to the general public as well as food and beverage employees.
- The City of Charleston offers discounted rates in four area parking garages:
–$7 flat rate after 3 PM; $5 flat rate after 5 PM (City will prorate if parked before 3 PM) at:
- Lowcountry Go: Lowcountry Go, a recently launched commuter services program, connects real people with real commuter solutions in an effort to reduce traffic congestion. Employees register and are connected with fellow commuters to share in the cost. http://www.lowcountrygo.com/
- UBER and LYFT Carpooling: Both have the ability in their apps to add multiple stops so you can pick up a friend or co worker and share the fare to work and back home! No parking or driving expenses. Check Uber or Lyft to learn more.
- CARTA: CARTA has launched an app that shows real-time movement of vehicles. Employees are encouraged to try CARTA again, if they haven’t recently, because services are evolving. https://www.ridecarta.com/services/transit-app/
March 15, 2018 § Leave a comment
Ruby’s Rodeo from HonkyTonk Saloon
HonkyTonk Saloon Manager Shelly Shattuck tapped into her Cove Oyster Bar & Grille bar manager past, creativity, and love of all things country to come up with this drink as part of a sponsorship campaign with Belle Isle Moonshine and their Sweet Heat Lollipop cocktail garnishes.
“We wanted to give it a country, down-home feel, so that’s where we used Ruby, which is a country girl kind of name. And, here at HonkyTonk we have that Western rodeo theme going on, so hence the name Ruby’s Rodeo. It’s really, really good and both crisp and refreshing. Anyone who loves grapefruit is going to love it and the lollipop adds a nice little spice,” says Shattuck of her libation creation.
To prepare, put the moonshine in a 6-ounce glass. Squeeze in the fresh lemon and orange juices. Top off with Triple Sec and soda water. Serve over ice with a Belle Isle Sweet Heat Lollipop.
(Makes one cocktail)
1 1/2 oz Belle Isle Ruby Red Grapefruit Moonshine
4 fresh squeezed lime wedges
4 fresh squeezed orange wedges
Splash of Triple Sec
Top with Soda Water
And, while you’re out celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day this weekend, don’t forget to stop by Toast!, Toast of West Ashley or Toast of Summerville for a delicious green mimosa, specially priced at just $3.17 each.
March 14, 2018 § Leave a comment
Fourth Edition is Best Yet
We’re proud to present our latest issue of Charleston DIGEST complete with a new name (formerly Charleston Hospitality Group’s DIGEST) and a celebratory catering and spring theme. It’s available in hard copy at each of our restaurants as well as upscale hotels, spas, The Charleston Visitors Centers and other locations around greater Charleston.
If you’re interested in carrying an issue at your place of business or advertising, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have content suggestions, please contact Editor-in-Chief Holly Herrick at Holly@Charlestonhospitalitygroup.com
Happy reading! Just click on the link below
March 13, 2018 § Leave a comment
Charleston Hospitality Catering’s Got You Covered
Life has a way of presenting challenges that call for professional catering help, even for the most talented and organized cooks. Pot luck dinners and backyard barbecues just won’t cut it for most engagement parties, gallery soirees, baby showers, large, formal holiday events, corporate lunches and dinners, university functions, or yacht receptions. And let’s face it, sometimes the home cook and entertainer needs and wants a break and to be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fun and the food without having to worry about cooking and cleaning up the mess after everyone’s gone home.
Charleston’s no stranger to professional catering and event planning choices, as one of the country’s top wedding destination city’s and a town that’s big on parties, from oyster roasts to bar mitzvahs. What makes Charleston Hospitality Catering a little bit different is that its myriad menu and venue choices fall under the umbrella of Charleston Hospitality Group’s eleven restaurant and entertainment venues.
“All of our kitchens can provide food, depending on what type of event, menu and price range my clients are looking for. In addition, we have a full booklet of catering menus including hors d’oeuvres, salads, buffet entrée items like duck & waffles and shrimp & grits, buffet side opetions like au gratin potatoes and ratatouille, and dessert including red velvet cake, baklava, and tiramisu. We also do boxed lunches which are perfect for office events and include some elegant wraps and sandwiches and sides, as well as hot plates,” explains Charleston Hospitality Director of Sales, Nina Koutsulis.
The Chicago native has been with Charleston Hospitality Group for two year and holds a degree in hospitality management from College of Charleston. She runs the catering group with the assistance of Ryan Jennings, Catering Coordinator, who holds political science major from UNC Charlotte. He worked as a server at Toast and in sales during a short-lived stint with a trucking company before recently joining the catering team. Both especially enjoy being out in the field almost daily interacting with customers and the special challenges and advantages of catering.
In addition to managing weekly corporate gigs with Boeing, Mercedes Benz and Wayne Brothers Commercial Concrete, they service multiple breakfast and lunch catering requests from businesses including car dealerships, medical offices, and pharmaceuticals with meals often selected from Queology, Tabbuli or Toast! menus. Meanwhile, more formal events including rehearsal dinners, bridal and baby shower lunches or corporate soirees, are more likely to select from Eli’s Table, Toast!, Tabbuli, or Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar (CHG’s newest acquisition) menus. Bachelorette and bachelor parties gravitate towards HonkyTonk Saloon’s celebratory, more relaxed Western mood and music. For these events, Jennings and Koutsulis will put together packages with food, t-shirts and rounds of shots. “We can truly tailor the event to whatever anyone needs or wants. We really have something for everyone,” says Koutsulis.
Charleston Hospitality Catering’s team has seen a little bit of everything. “I’ve done private events from as little as 8 persons, and oyster roasts serving many thousands. The largest individual home event we’ve ever done was for 300 persons for a memorial service. For the memorial, I understood the event was supposed to start at noon, but it was actually 11 a.m. Still, we were able to pull it off and get everyone served well and on time,” says Koutsulis.
Another time, she organized an event for 150 persons at Eli’s Table. It took place in the restaurant’s courtyard and she rented out the parking space behind the restaurant to accommodate the group. FILL Restaurant & Piano bar offers full space buy-outs for 92 persons offering assorted menu packages.
Charleston Hospitality Catering can meet most catering client’s needs with just 24-hour notice and can usually turn around private events within a week’s notice, depending upon server availability, according to Koutsulis. .
March 12, 2018 § Leave a comment
April 6 to 8 is Coming Soon!
Fifty-Year YMCA Veteran Jan Parsons Shares Her Goodwill Perspective
“Flowertown & the YMCA are Summerville,” says Timmi-Jo Pashuta, a resident of Summerville, former teacher at YMCA and current CHG social media marketing specialist.
The Flowertown Festival was founded in 1972 to support health and wellness programs at the Summerville YMCA. The celebrated three-day weekend, recognized by Southeast Tourism as one of the top 20 events in 2016, will take place on April 6 to April 8 this year. Summerville, known for its beautiful old homes, sweet tea and abundant azalea, dogwood and wisteria blooms, celebrates The Flowertown Festival in style on Main Street and Azalea Park hosting restaurant vendors at The Taste, Children’s Jubilee/Kids Fest, and a Farmer’s Market on Saturday and Sunday.
Jan Parsons, Vice President of Health & Wellness at the Summerville Family YMCA, has been with the facility since 1988 and working for the YMCA for fifty years. The veteran, who will be stepping down from her full-time job to a part-time capacity this November, is a big believer in The YMCA and especially The Summerville Family YMCA, which she describes as a “non-profit, family organization with Christian-based principles and 14,000 members.”
“It’s our biggest fund-raiser of the year, by far and we expect it to bring in anywhere from $100,000 to $150,000 for the YMCA this year. The money goes into our budget for scholarships, financial assistance and membership fees. Last year, we gave away $300,000 towards these types of causes. However, The Flowertown Festival also benefits greater Summerville and the community with the vendor booths and both civic and business profits. It’s just so much fun to see the community coming out to see and enjoy everything,” says Parsons.
For more information about the event, visit http://summervilleymca.org/flowertown-festival/and be sure to come visit Toast of Summerville’s booth where they will be serving breakfast all day: shrimp & grits and biscuit sandwiches.