May 24, 2018 § Leave a comment
Charleston Hospitality Group is Devoted to Community Support
Since its beginning in 2005, Charleston Hospitality Group (CHG) has been committed to engendering a culture of giving back to the community. Our areas of focus include education, promoting wellness, supporting the military, and eradicating hunger and poverty, particularly for women and children. CHG is a generous donor to the Dorchester 2 Educational Foundation, Invisible Illness, College of Charleston Bonner Program, Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, among others, and is an annual sponsor for one of Charleston’s biggest fundraisers, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival.
In addition to corporate pursuits, here is what some of our individual properties are doing to give back:
Toast stores actively support local police and fire departments, teachers (teacher appreciation and meals and gift cards), YMCA, Summerville Dream, and Sertoma, which supports the needs of children and hearing impaired.
Eli’s Table, elistable.com
Eli’s Table actively supports The College of Charleston Bonner Foundation, The Medical University of South Carolina, and Invisible Illness.
Tabbuli actively supports the LGBTQ community, Aids, PRIDE, and Invisible Illness.
Queology actively supports Dorchester 2 Education Foundation, Charleston Food Bank, and The Miracle League.
HonkyTonk Saloon, honkytonksaloon.com
HonkyTonk Saloon actively supports Rider Law, Artisan Global, the military, EMS, police department, veterans, and the homeless.
If you are an organization based in Charleston and dedicated to serving the needs of the members of our community and are looking for sponsorship or support, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the spirit of Memorial Day, we want to send a special thank you for all who served and to those who gave their lives to protect the United States of America. Happy Memorial Day!
May 23, 2018 § Leave a comment
A Favorite Recipe from Toast’s! Kitchen
Sleek and so fresh they practically squeak, zucchini are flowing from farmers market baskets and local fields this time of year. Wonderful grilled, sautéed or roasted and finished with a bit of fresh basil or lemon is a delicious way to enjoy this seasonal vegetable. But muffins work, too, preferably warm from the oven and slathered with a bit of butter.
These moist, tender muffins come from the kitchen of Sharon Egri, Toast! Brand Ambassador and a veteran employee of Charleston Hospitality Group.
“This recipe was handed down from family members and it is an awesome recipe that everyone should make. I have a special loaf pan that I bought from Target and I make mini breads from the batter,” says Sharon. This recipe calls for muffin tins to make muffins, which takes less baking time and thus yields an even more tender bread. The trick to keeping quick breads tender is to avoid over-mixing the butter, which leads to tough muffins. Blend the dry ingredient just enough to combine once you’ve whisked together the wet ingredients.
(Yields 16 – 20 muffins)
6 large eggs
3 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups vegetable oil
4 cups all-purpose baking flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4 teaspoons baking soda
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups grated, raw zucchini
Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, thoroughly whisk eggs, sugar and oil together. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract. Mix together gently until just combined. Fold in the zucchini, distributing evenly throughout the batter. Pour into well-greased muffin pans and bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let rest for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan gently.
May 22, 2018 § Leave a comment
Nicely Priced Libations and Tasty Small Bites Available at Multiple Charleston Hospitality Group Locations
Subdue the pressures of rising temperatures and increased high season traffic with a bite and a drink at one of our many happy hour locations, ranging from Ladson to downtown Charleston.
Barbecue fans will enjoy Queology’s Happy Hour, which runs from Monday to Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It features $5 barbecue nachos, fifty cent brined and slowly smoked chicken wings (6 or 10), $3 Bud Light draught, $4 local draughts, $3 well drinks, $3 wines, and $4 Rumple, Jager, Jameson and Fireball drinks. Quelogy is located at 32-C N. Market Street, downtown.
Lovers of authentic Mediterranean fare will revel in Tabbuli’s breezy, waterside infused Happy Hour, Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hummus, Mediterranean dip, mixed olives and a selection of lamb, chicken, veggie and falafel single skewers (each served with two sauces) are $5 each. Wash it all down with $5 wines, $3 well drinks, and $2 domestic beers. Tabbuli is located at 6 N. Market Street, downtown.
East of the Cooper, get cozy at Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar’s Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. The delicious, internationally inspired menu includes mariachi bites, bacon bombs, phyllo baked brie, and loaded mac ‘n cheese ($6 each) and mini-quesadillas and burgers for $5 ($1 extra for bacon or cheese on the burger), and a side salad for $4. Champagne ($1), domestic drafts ($2), house liquors ($3) and house wines ($3) go down easily at FILL, 1150 Hungryneck Boulevard, Mount Pleasant.
The elegance of Eli’s Table’s secret garden Happy Hour beckons Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fried green tomatoes, California burger sliders and crab cakes are just $6, and a hot cup of creamy tomato bisque and cool oyster shooters are $4. Eli’s signature Bloody Mary ($6), ultimate mimosa ($6), house vodka, tequila, and rum (each with one mixer, $6), 7 Moons Merlot ($5) and Hahn SLH Chardonnay ($5) seal the deal. Eli’s Table is located at 129 Meeting Street, downtown.
Toast!, 155 Meeting Street, downtown, serves specially priced Smirnoff, local and domestic beers ($4 -$5) at its Happy Hour, Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Toast of Summerville, 717 Old Trolley Road, and Toast of West Ashley, 2026 Savannah Highway, both host Happy Hours Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring specially priced drinks (ranging from $2.50 to $5) and Toast of Summerville includes $5 bar fare served at the bar and on the patio.
Kick up your heels at HonkyTonk Saloon’s countrified Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday with $3 tequilas, $2 Corona cans, and $2 tacos. HonkyTonk Saloon is located at 192 College Park Road, Ladson.
About Charleston Hospitality Group (CHG) – CHG is a restaurant and entertainment group comprised of several venues in greater Charleston.
Charleston Hospitality Group Catering Chef Kimberly Brock Brown Inducted into La Chaine des Rotisseurs
May 22, 2018 § Leave a comment
Huge bravo to Charleston Hospitality Group Catering Chef Kimberly Brock for her recent induction into La Chaine des Rotisseurs, the the oldest and largest food and wine society in the world. The chapter in the United States is now in its 56th year with about 6,000 gourmands, gourmets, gastronomes, chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, oenologists, winery owners, sommeliers, food and wine educators, and others interested in the finest of dining and life experiences and enjoying the camaraderie of friends at dinners and events.
Way to go Chef Brock Brown! We are proud of you.
May 16, 2018 § Leave a comment
Mimosas are Delicious, Fun and Surprisingly Healthy
The mimosa is a simple cocktail consisting of equal parts Champagne (though sparkling wine may be substituted) and chilled, fresh orange juice. Served in a tall Champagne flute, it is a staple of the American brunch and morning weddings. It also frequently appears on First-class service menus for airlines and railways. The prevailing theory is that the Mimosa was invented sometime around 1925 in the Hôtel Ritz Paris by head bartender Frank Meier.
What’s less well known is that mimosas have distinct health benefits. Freshly squeezed orange juice is full of vitamins and minerals including vitamins C and A, to folate, fiber and potassium. As for Champagne, it contains proteins that improve short-term memory and antioxidants, which diminish bad cholesterol, prevent blood clots, and reduce blood vessel damage. Moderate consumption can also help prevent dementia and reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
To celebrate, both Eli’s Table and Toast! are serving $2 momosa singles and $7 mimosa carafes all day long today. Eli’s Table is located at 129 Meeting Street, downtown. elistable.com. Toast! is located at 155 Meeting Street, downtown. ToastofCharleston.com. Have a Toast! worthy National Mimosa Day with us.
May 15, 2018 § Leave a comment
Charleston Hospitality Group Catering Chef Kimberly Brock Brown?
Kimberly Brock Brown’s life has been especially full and exciting these past few months. The mother of two (including son Brock Brown pictured with her here), was recently engaged to be married for “the second and final time” and just started her post as Catering Chef at Charleston Hospitality Group in April. Her duties will evolve as she grows into the role, but for now she’s focusing on coordinating and adding to the catering offerings at each CHG restaurant. Her first focus is Eli’s Table, where she is creating a more upscale and elegant dessert menu and teaching the kitchen staff there how to prepare them.
The American Culinary Foundation graduate has a long and proud track record working in luxury hotel property kitchens such as Grove Park Inn, Hyatt Regencies and several Omni properties, including Charleston Place Omni (now Belmond Charleston Place), which is ultimately is what brought her to Charleston in 1994.
A native of Chicago, IL, Brown is adept in all manners of both cuisine and pastry, but she prefers working with pastry. “You can present a very beautiful plate of prime rib, but when you’re served an exquisite dessert, it truly makes the entire meal and experience very special and memorable. It’s the wow factor,” she says. Chef Brown describes herself as a “seasonal person” and is looking forward to using the fruits and berries of the season as much as possible as she creates her dessert menu masterpieces.
May 14, 2018 § Leave a comment
Celebrating 35 Years in Food & Beverage, 60th Birthday, and Entertaining Millions with HonkyTonk Saloon’s General Manager Bob Shipley
Bob Shipley went off to University of South Carolina to study law, following in the footsteps of his father, who worked as both a lawyer and a judge. After a year and a half the Goose Creek native changed course and started studying at MUSC. He worked nights to make extra money at a club. Thus began what would become a 35-year stint in the food and beverage industry with a nod towards entertainment.
“I’ve had over 2,500 people work for me over the years and in fifteen years at Desperados and another seven years at The Plex (2001 to 2008) we entertained over four million people,” says Shipley. “At Desperados, we entertained anywhere from 1,500 to 1,800 per night. Country was hot, really at its peak. At HonkyTonk Saloon (recently named Best Country Saloon in City Paper’s Best of 2018 issue), we average 500 to 700 on weekend nights. It’s one of the top country nightclubs in the southeast and one of the biggest attended venues in the area,” he added.
Despite his tremendous success, Bob Shipley is a humble man who happens to love his work and takes tremendous joy in keeping his clientele happy, safe and entertained. “We strive for great service and a great product. People need an escape. We strive to provide a safe atmosphere, especially for the ladies, that’s paramount. It is satisfying to see people have fun and appealing to see people have a quality dining and entertainment event.”
Reflecting upon his 35 years in the business, Shipley waxes sentimental. “I’m so blessed to have so many people work with me, literally thousands.” In addition to his work, Shipley takes exceptional pride in his children, Ryan and Lauren, both of whom are committed to spreading goodwill and giving back to the world. Ryan is in law enforcement and Lauren is a mental health technician about to take her sixth trip to Africa to assist orphanages and an artisan program for the underprivileged. “She’s a special person, they both are. God blessed them with the ability to make the world a better place.”
Shipley is so committed to Lauren’s cause, he is donating proceeds from $10 spaghetti dinner and raffles at his birthday party and anniversary to Artisan Global, the charity Lauren works with.
At HonkyTonk Saloon since 2016, Shipley was President of the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association for two years, Vice President for four years, and on the board for fifteen years. “It’s astounding how much the culinary industry has grown in leaps and bounds over the years. People always want to share a story with me about how great our area is. I love to do my best to give back to the community.”
HonkyTonk Saloon is located at 192 College Park Road, Ladson, SC. For more information, call 843-569-6000 or visit honkytonksaloon.com
May 11, 2018 § Leave a comment
Officially part of Fort Sumter National Monument, Fort Moultrie has ties to The Revolutionary War, The Civil War, World War I, and World War II and dates all the way back to 1776. It is an exceptionally patriotic place, and for that reason alone, it makes it the perfect destination to celebrate Memorial Day (May 28) or any warm, beautiful summer or spring day. But, there are so many more reasons to visit and linger at this Charleston destination gem.
Located on Sullivan’s Island, it is an easy trek from any greater Charleston locale, but it is the sheer beauty of the place, easy parking, and almost illegally inexpensive day passes, that make it well worth spending a good chunk of the day here. History buffs will revel in the clear and well-written information boards strategically placed along the walking path to show what events took place, where, when, and why.
With its birds-eye views of Ft. Sumter (actually so close it feels like you can touch the ancient fortress), this patriotic perch also affords sweeping views of the entire harbor, the edge of the Atlantic, and a doll’s house sized distance view of tiny steeples and columned mansions of the Charleston peninsula. If you are lucky, you will catch views of dolphins frolicking in the shimmering waters and a salty, soul-reviving sea breeze.
Parking is exclusively for monument visitors (not the general beach crowd), so it is easy to access and included in your entrance fee. Fees for a group of four adults (family pass) is $5, children age 15 and under are admitted free, single adult tickets are $3, and senior citizens (age 62+) are admitted for $1 each. There is a designated picnic area and dogs are welcome to walk the grounds – though no food or dogs are welcome inside the visitor’s center. Guided tours are also available.
Fort Moultrie is located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including on Memorial Day. For more information, call 843.883.3123, ext. 220 or visit www.nps.gov/fosu.
Farm to Fork Dinner Raises Funds to Support Ashley Ridge High School’s Agriculture and Culinary Programs
May 8, 2018 § Leave a comment
Culinary and Agricultural Students Grow and Raise Their Own Food to Learn Career Skills
Not every child has an opportunity or desire to go to college or culinary school. The staff at Summerville’s Ashley Ridge High School has acknowledged this in a way that goes well beyond intent and straight to a “classroom” farm and culinary training table.
The students’ education is part of Fox Ridge Farm, an educational farm on the school’s campus. The farm oversees and maintains livestock, vegetable and greenhouse production, forestry, wildlife management, and turf grass management. Fox Ridge Farm is comprised of ten acres and is the first GAP (Good Agricultural Practices ) certified farm operated by a school. School staff work with the students who are given hands-on instruction while participating in daily farm operations and responsibilities. Back in the kitchen Rachel Blank oversees the culinary program with her students.
The school held its second annual Farm to Fork Dinner on May 3, featuring fresh produce and hog they raised. The pig was was cooked and smoked by Sweatman’s BBQ, but all of the remaining food collection, cooking and service was performed by enthusiastic students of the culinary program.
Two members of Charleston Hospitality Group’s marketing team, Timmi-Jo Pashuta and Holly Herrick, were graciously invited to attend. The family-style dinner kicked off with a simple and exquisitely fresh salad of greens picked late that very same day from the school gardens by the students. Lightly and expertly tossed in a fresh herb vinaigrette, it was followed by platters of pulled pork, rife with pure pig flavor, delicately enhanced with smoke and pungent mustard and vinegar-based sauces. Layered potato gratin, four cheese macaroni and cheese and fruit and fresh fruit parfaits finished the fabulous feast.
All proceeds from the Farm to Fork Dinner go back to the Agriculture and Culinary Programs at Ashley Ridge High School. Ashley Ridge High School is located at 9800 Delemar Highway, Summerville, SC 29485.
April 30, 2018 § Leave a comment
The Invisible Illnesses is hosting its first annual benefit on Thursday, May 3 to support the expansion of their student mental health workshops. Please consider coming on out to join in the fun. Charleston Hospitality Group is proud to be donating all of the food for the event and some silent auction items. Doing good feels good and this is a wonderful event and very important cause. The Invisible Illnesses#invisibleillnesses
Woolfe Street Playhouse is located at 34 Woolfe Street, downtown, Charleston, 29403. For more information, visit https://www.theinvisibleillnesses.org/benefit