June 11, 2018 § Leave a comment
Satisfy Midday Hunger with Mediterranean Classics from Falafal to Gyros
With the arrival of warmer weather and the imminent arrival of summer in The Holy City, it’s time to check out the coolest, breeziest and most flavorful lunch spots. Tabbuli, situated on the edge of the harbor, catches cool breezes and serves some truly outstanding Mediterranean fare. On weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch is just as delicious, but extra gently priced for added appeal.
Monday is American burger day, served with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a pickle. Tuesday is gyro day, served with shaved gyro meat, fresh lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, and a generous dollop of creamy, cool Tzatziki on a soft, fresh pita pocket. On Wednesday, Tabbuli guests can sample a hummus trio including classic tahini and chickpea hummus, roasted red pepper hummus, and pesto hummus with a small Jerusalem salad. Thursday’s special is the chicken Lula sandwich, stacked with two marinated and grilled chicken patties, Tzatziki, feta, tomatoes, bacon, and red onion. Wrap up the week on Friday with falafel pitas or falafel appetizers. All of Tabbuli’s lunch specials are $5 and served, dine-in only, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tabbuli is located at 6 N. Market Street, downtown Charleston, 29401. For more information, visit tabbuli.com or call 843.628.5959..
June 7, 2018 § Leave a comment
Cast Your Vote Today!
Have you nominated your favorites yet? Toast of Charleston, Toast of Summerville Tabbuli Grill – Mediterranean & American Eli’s Table Queology FILL Restaurant & Piano Bar Charleston Hospitality-Group and Charleston Hospitality Catering are all on the list. Make sure you head on over and click away on all of your favorite places to dine in the delicious Holy City.
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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
April 23, 2018 § Leave a comment
Satisfy Midday Hunger with Mediterranean Classics from Falafel to Gyros with Dine-In Lunches
Tabbuli is now serving dine-in only lunch specials from their zesty, authentic Mediterranean menu.
Monday is American burger day, served with cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato and a pickle. Tuesday is gyro day, served with shaved gyro meat, fresh lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, and a generous dollop of creamy, cool Tzatziki on a soft, fresh pita pocket. On Wednesday, Tabbuli guests can sample a hummus trio including classic tahini and chickpea hummus, roasted red pepper hummus, and pesto hummus with a small Jerusalem salad. Thursday’s special is chicken Lula sandwich, stacked with two marinated and grilled chicken patties, Tzatziki, feta, tomatoes, bacon and red onion. Wrap up the week on Friday with falafel pitas or falafel appetizers. All of Tabbuli’s lunch specials are $5 and served, dine-in only, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
About Tabbuli – Located just feet from the Cooper River and Charleston harbor, people flock to Tabbuli for authentic Middle Eastern staples like lemony smooth hummus, hot, crunchy falafel, gyros and lemon chicken and rice soup. Eclectic entertainment choices include drag queen shows, fashion shows, live music, and bubbly hookahs. Soak up the sea breezes from the large open-air patio while you sup and sip, the Tabbuli way. Tabbuli is located at 6 N. Market Street, downtown Charleston, 29401. For more information, visit tabbuli.com or call 843.628.5959.
April 18, 2018 § Leave a comment
Indulge Mom’s Inner Gourmet Buffet Will Be Served All Day on May 13
Toast of Summerville has set the Mother’s Day Buffet bar high this year with an ‘Indulge Mom’s Inner Gourmet’ buffet that includes many of the restaurant’s specialties, including shrimp & grits, eggs Meeting Street, deluxe French toast and roasted chicken, as well as many southern styles, comfort food sides. Potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, beef tips, mashed potatoes, mini muffins, bacon and turkey sausage, and assorted desserts will all be part of the sumptuous selection.
Toast of Summerville’s Mother’s Day Buffet will be served from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fee is $27.95 per adult and $13.95 for children ages 4 to 10. Children ages 3 and under eat free.
About Toast of Summerville – Casual and inviting, our Toast team ensures every guest feels right at home, whether it is for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Serving breakfast all day, Toast of Summerville (like her downtown and West Ashley sister restaurants), is famous for double deluxe French toast, eggs Meeting Street, and enormous, flaky biscuits – made fresh every morning. Toast of Summerville is located at 717 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, 29485. For more information or to make reservations call 843.900.4422 or visit toastofsummerville.com
April 17, 2018 § Leave a comment
Mother of Billie Littles, Kitchen Manager at Toast! of Charleston
Betty Grant is a no-nonsense person. Ask her who raised her four children (one girl and three boys) and she will tell you she “raised half of those years with their father and half of them without him.” The motherly constant for the Pulaski, GA native was a simple but firm and loving formula. “I tried to raise them to eat right, go to bed on time, get up on time, and go to school. The most important part was going to school. I got them through high school and they did the rest on their own.”
Another component Grant felt was important to teach her children, was the importance of God. “I believe in going to church. Always give God a little bit of me. I always thought for me and the children, to remember to think of Him before you act, you may not get into trouble and make mistakes.”
Grant used to work at night and work on the house and the garden and raising her family during the days. She also used to enjoy cooking, especially baking pies and cakes, and stewing vegetables. “Now, I’m retired and can enjoy the garden I worked so hard on years ago from my window.”
A reap and sow message of sorts. It seems to have rubbed off on her children. She describes Billie as a hard-working little girl. “Like me, she works hard and stays busy.”
Show Moms & Grads Some Love!
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, grandmothers, 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 + 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. We will randomly select a name to receive a signed, complimentary copy of Holly Herri’s latest cookbook, The New Charleston Chef’s Table (Globe Pequot, May 15, 2018).
April 12, 2018 § Leave a comment
Running is More than a Sport for Local Runner Lauren Shipley – It is a Purpose
Lauren Shipley began running two years ago and (at the time of this interview) was ramping up for her second Cooper Bridge Run, getting in about 15 to 20 miles of training per week. The 23 year-old Charleston native and daughter of HonkyTonk Saloon general manager Bob Shipley (pictured with her, bottom right), began running as a means to alleviate stress. “Initially, running was a huge therapeutic outlet for me. A wonderful way to relieve stress and anxiety while getting a great workout at the same time. Now, I really enjoy it. It’s a big part of my life.”
Shipley, who lives in downtown Charleston, finds inspiration in the city’s beauty, especially when she is running. “It’s actually a big part of how I got into running. I run a path around the entire peninsula and am always seeing new things and the water is so soothing.”
Helping the disadvantaged is another very big part of what drives Shipley’s running purpose. A professional mental health tech who works at a behavioral health hospital, she will be taking her sixth trip to East Africa this fall where she will be working to aid children and artisans in Uganda. After, she will head to Ethiopia to participate in her first marathon, Ethio Trail Marathon, which is a fundraiser for the artisans she will be assisting.
The Cooper River Bridge Run (a 10K run that took place April 7), is one of the running steps she took to prepare for the marathon. “I just love it. It is absolutely about the sense of unity. I teared up last year. Standing there with 40,000 people cheering you on. It is indescribable.”
Lauren’s tip for race success? “I always try to stay focused. My main thing is to settle into a motivational play list. My favorite right now is Fight Song by Rachel Platten.”
April 3, 2018 § Leave a comment
Soft-Shell Crab for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Created by Executive Chef Steven Hampton
Like many Lowcountry residents and visitors, Eli’s Table Executive Chef Steve Hampton adores soft-shell crabs and finds seasonal inspiration when they become available in early spring and summer. “This time of year makes me think of barbecue, having brunch with friends, cooking with fresh local produce, and of course, soft-shell crabs. It was a combination of all of these things that provided the inspiration for each of these new soft-shell crab menu items,” says Hampton.
For breakfast, served daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. look for his Soft-Shell Crab Benedict with Texas toast, fried soft-shell crab, poached eggs, Cajun hollandaise and breakfast potatoes or grits ($17). For lunch, served daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., try a Smoked BBQ Soft-Shell Crab Sammy on a toasted croissant with house smoked BBQ sauce and pommes frites ($17). For dinner, served daily from 5 p.m. – until, Hampton dresses things up even more with an elegant Pan Seared Soft-Shell Provencal served with a sweet corn puree, black olives, roasted tomatoes, fried capers, grilled ramps and a white wine butter sauce ($38).
The soft-shell dishes made their debut on the menu on April 2 and will be available throughout soft-shell crab season.
About Eli’s Table – Tucked away in the heart of Charleston’s Historic Distric, Eli’s Table’s doors open onto a romantic dining room that extends to a spacious outdoor dining patio. The menu combines Lowcountry-French ingredients and techniques. Live Cuban jazz every Thursday. It is located at 129 Meeting Street, downtown Charleston, 29401. For more information of for reservations, call 843.405.5115 or visit elistable.com
February 27, 2018 § Leave a comment
Eli’s Table Sweet Potato or Toast! Traditional Buttermilk
Any way you cut them or slather them up (butter or syrup or candied pecans, anyone?), Explore Charleston cited Eli’s Table and Toast! as two of Charleston’s best flapjack destinations on this day in 2016. They’re just as delicious today.
CHARLESTON’S 9 FLUFFIEST FLAPJACKS
Pass the maple syrup, please! We’re highlighting our favorite Lowcountry locales to enjoy fluffy flapjacks in celebration of National Pancake Day. Join us in Charleston to bite into Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes at Jasmine Porch and savor Sweet Potato Pancakes at Eli’s Table! More of our favorite restaurants to indulge include 82 Queen, Caviar & Bananas, Hominy Grill, Palmetto Cafe at Belmond Charleston Place, Rita’s Seaside Grille, Toast! of Charleston, and Virginia’s on King. What is your go-to spot for hotcakes in the Holy City? Share your spot using the hashtag #ExploreCharleston.
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