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.
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
April 2, 2018 § Leave a comment
Here’s a summary and quick refresher on what we’re doing these days at each of our restaurants and properties. We hope you’ll keep us in mind when you’re looking for delicious food and great entertainment. Happy Spring!
Have a Toast! Worthy Day
Casual and homey, our Toast teams ensure every guest feels right at home, whether it is for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Serving breakfast all day, Toast is famous for its Double Deluxe French Toast (lauded by The New York Times), Eggs Meeting Street, and enormous, flaky biscuits – made fresh every morning.
Three locations – downtown, West Ashley and Summerville.
155 Meeting Street, downtown Charleston, 29401. 843.534.0043
717 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, 29485. 843.900.4422
2026 Savannah Highway, West Ashley, 29407. 843.556.0006
Romantic Little Dining Indulgence
Tucked away in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District, Eli’s Table’s doors open onto a romantic dining room that extends to a spacious, dog-friendly outdoor dining patio. Eli’s Table’s interpretation of Lowcountry-French Bistro cuisine arrives plated in the form of Charleston red rice breakfast hash and shrimp & grits Benedict for breakfast or brunch, chicken & sweet potato waffles for lunch, or a silky, smoked Gouda fondue appetizer and day boat scallops for dinner. Live Cuban jazz every Thursday.
129 Meeting Street, downtown Charleston, 29401. 843.405.5115
Fresh, Fun & Fabulous
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 & rice soup. There are hefty, juicy burgers to satisfy the American palate, too. Eclectic entertainment choices include drag queen shows, fashion shows, live music, and a bubbly hookah menu. Soak up the sea breezes from the large open-air patio while you sup and sip, the Tabbuli way.
6 N. Market Street, downtown Charleston, 29401. 843.628.5959.
Que the Que!
Low and slow smoking technique go into almost everything prepared at Queology. Fall-off-the-bone chicken wings are brined, smoked for hours, flash fried and tossed with one of four signature sauces (or try them “naked”) as well as lip-smacking smoked pork ribs and chicken. Nachos layered with barbecue sauce, queso, cole slaw and shredded smoked pork or chicken, and bacon-infused, wing-garnished Bloody Mary’s take on a life of their own. Weekday Happy Hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
32C N. Market Street, downtown Charleston. 29401, 843.580.2244
Hospitality and Goodness for all Occasions
Charleston Hospitality Catering
Twenty eight years of experience come to your event table when you let Charleston Hospitality Catering do the work. Charleston’s beautiful settings from marsh-edged waterways to stately, historic homes, invite casual barbecues, elegant parties, bachelorette bashes, and private dinners. Whatever the occasion, select from our menu of hors d’oeuvres, salads, entrees, sides and dessert or the menus of any of CHG’s restaurants and we’ll artfully craft an event that meets your tastes and budget and will not soon be forgotten – if ever.
Charleston & Surrounding Areas
Nina Koutsulis – Catering Director
843.576.4116 OR 843.860.9974
Oysters with a Side of Southern
Cove Oyster Bar & Grille
North Charleston’s only raw bar, Cove is awash with the briny, fresh flavors of local and regionally selected raw oyster gems as well as chargrilled and roasted varieties. Start your seafood feast with a creamy bowl of sherry-laced She Crab and wrap it up with an authentic lowcountry crab cake dressed with a zesty remoulade Whether seafood or southern, Cove has you covered with style in a contemporary nautical setting.
7690 Northwoods Boulevard, North Charleston, 29406. 843.580.4040
Get Your FILL
FILL Restaurant & Piano Bar
Serving up dueling piano shows and sophisticated, international dining selections every Tuesday through Sunday evening, FILL sets the stage for the ultimate dinner and a show. Some of the best local pianist talent converge to entertain the family-friendly audience while they dine on the likes of roasted corn and jalapeno bisque, shredded chicken tostadas, jerk grilled chicken, and maple crusted salmon. Reservations suggested for weekend piano shows.
Iron Gate Plaza, 1150 Hungryneck Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464. 843.800.3042
Kick up Your Heels Fun
HonkyTonk delivers two times the Western-themed fun in greater Charleston. Live country music, male revues, line dancing, mechanical bull rides, a barbecue menu straight from Queology’s pit master kitchen, and a slew of delicious brews and cocktails, HonkyTonk is an excellent place to party with friends and is also a top destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties.
192 College Park Road, Ladson, SC, 29456 843.569.6000
32D N. Market Street, downtown Charleston, 29401. 843.577.2474
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.
January 15, 2018 § Leave a comment
Charleston Hospitality Group CEO Sam Mustafa Muses on Growth Strategies and Management
In our last issue, I talked a little bit about the impressive growth of the restaurant industry in greater Charleston. What I didn’t talk about as much was the fact that with growth comes intense competition, which ultimately invites opportunity. Because with competition, you’ll ultimately see some closure and some businesses going away. That’s how we acquired Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar recently. We were able to go in and buy it at a fraction of the cost of starting from the ground up.
It’s a method that’s worked for CHG time and again. To take on a fully-equipped space and reduce the cost of the initial investment, and then to work to give it a spectacular personality, identity, and kitchen/menu that works for that demographics market and location. We’ve done that with every single one of our properties. Toast of Summerville was Roma Tomato, Toast of West Ashley was 7 Café, Toast! Was Diana’s, Eli’s was Joseph’s, Tabbuli’s was Your Place. HonkyTonk we went in at a low cost and were able to acquire a lot to flesh it out into the successful saloon concept it is today.
It’s all about keeping your eyes open and having a system in place. We invest a lot in kitchen talent and in marketing and advertising. It is my hope to add another 20 to 30 properties in coming years, and not all just in Charleston, but throughout the southeast.
Success requires a vision, such as the vision I had when I started working at Arby’s in 1999. I wanted to work for a corporate-driven restaurant chain, so I would be able to learn and understand the structure behind it. With our restaurants, when given an option, you really must try every angle. There are so many different concepts and demographics. What works for one doesn’t necessarily work for the other.
As we move into a fresh new 2018, I’m wishing you all things wonderful, prosperous and delicious.
April 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
This week has been super busy – here is our week in review:
Charleston Hospitality Catering was involved in VIP events for the Cooper River Bridge Run while simultaneously running a food booth for Humane Net’s recent Mega Adopt A Thon. The events went off flawlessly and a few of our employees even went home with furry new friends. Chef Eric executed three VIP breakfasts, a luncheon and three days out at the adopt-a-thon. He’s busy planning for several upcoming events in the coming weeks but is looking forward to meetings with several businesses to discuss corporate luncheons and parties. Charleston Hospitality Catering is available for any type of event and has recently gained access to several large boats to host private parties on. Call Chef Eric at 843-460-0800 if you would like to find out more information.
Eli’s Table is booming with the addition of the Gino Castillo quartet on Thursday evenings. The past two Thursdays the patio has been filled to capacity, so we do recommend reservations for these nights. We are featuring the Oscar Rivers band tonight and tomorrow night from 8 to 11 p.m.
Chef Brett McKee will be hosting an Italian wine pairing dinner on April 16th with Italian winemaker Francesco Mazzei at Eli’s Table. Mazzei is a 24th generation winemaker and his family owns one of the best vineyards in Tuscany. The dinner will feature a five course meal with pairings and all of the wines will be available for purchase by the case. Tickets are $85 per person and advance booking is required. More information about the menu is available on the Eli’s Table blog. For reservations, call 843.405.5115.
On April 22, Eli’s Table will host a special vegan dinner meal. Chef Brett and four other local chefs will prepare an all vegan menu. More details are available on the Eli’s Table blog. Advance booking is required for this dinner and seats are already selling very quickly. We do anticipate this dinner selling out, so purchase your tickets early. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased by calling Eli’s Table at 843.405.5115.
Tabbuli is participating in tonight’s First Friday Art Walk. They will have art work, wine education with their wine vendor from Advintage and passed hors d’oeuvres from Chef Scott Vosburgh. The Woodmont Trio will be on the patio from 7 to 10 p.m.
Both Market Street Saloons have several events coming up. This weekend at North Charleston, the Bad Bunny Bash takes place on Saturday night. All bunnies with costumes get in for free. There will be contests, drink specials, prizes and a chunky bunny bull riding contest. The Saloon will be open on Easter Sunday for dinner. Adults are just $8.99 and kids are $1.99 with adult purchase. Easter dinner will be smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans and roll.
Both Market Street Saloons have birthday parties tonight for their Saloon girls. Come to either location to wish the girls happy birthday and stay for fun, drink specials and dancing.
March 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
Last week on Lowcountry Live, Charleston Hospitality Group featured Toast! Chef Steve Williams prepared our famous Eggs Meeting Street dish while Chef Brett McKee discussed the new dinner menu he and Steve will be working on. Toast! has been known primarily for its fabulous breakfast dishes, but improvements are set to be made to the current dinner menu. Watch here and on the Toast! blog for more information.
At Tabbuli, we offer Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with $2.50 domestics, $3 wells, $3 Chardonnay, and 1/2 off on Hookahs. On Thursdays, Hookahs are half price all day. Toast! also features Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
February 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
This week at Charleston Hospitality Group, Tabbuli Grill has some big changes. New Executive Chef Scott Vosburgh appeared on Lowcountry Live to show how to make Ahi Tuna Poke, one of several new menu options Tabbuli is offering. On the Tabbuli blog this week was a post featuring the new modified menu. Tabbuli will still be serving up Mediterranean favorites, but there have been some added changes we think will be very popular. Check out Scott preparing the Ahi Tuna Poke:
Tonight, Eli’s Table will feature Brazilian musician Duda Lucena from 8 to 11 p.m. on the patio if weather permits. If not, the muscial entertainment will be held indoors. Saturday night will feature the Oscar Rivers Trio on the patio. The weather will be cool, but we have heaters to keep everyone warm!