June 1, 2018 § Leave a comment
World-class entertainer Rick Monroe brings his music and a magnetic presence wherever he goes. With a down-to-earth Country resonance, Monroe is no stranger to the stage: he’s performed in 17 countries – and every U.S. state except for Oregon. The seven-time Jagermeister Country Brand Ambassador has opened for Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Aaron Lewis, Eli Young Band, Charlie Daniels Band, Dwight Yoakam, Montgomery Gentry, Patty Loveless, Trick Pony, Emerson Drive, Pat Green, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson and more; entertained former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, and U.S. troops in Vietnam. Last year alone he traveled over 100,000 miles and played over 120 shows.
Show-goers can expect to hear Rick’s current single, the sultry “This Side of You,” and other songs from his upcoming EP, GYPSY SOUL. Monroe will also revisit tunes from his previous EP, IT’S A LOVE THING, including his third Billboard hit “Great Minds Drink Alike.” The “Great Minds” music video has logged over 300,000 views on YouTube, and added to Monroe’s already impressive fan base. For those who aren’t familiar with his music, Rick advises them to come to the show for a good time and to be ready for “just about anything.” “I love to play,” the handsome singer notes. “And I want everyone to play along. I like to think of my shows as an interactive sport.”
Rick grew up in a variety of places – California, Connecticut, Kansas, North Carolina, even England, and his love of music and outgoing personality naturally drew him to the stage. Now based in Nashville, Monroe, believes GYPSY SOUL shows the kind of diversity he can offer as an artist. He says, “I’m not so linear in my approach to music; I’m more diversified. My influences range from A to Z and I always try to put that into my music. But my home base will always be Country because it’s not just about the hype of an idea; it’s based on songs.” Fans can expect to hear a wide range of material – but Rick promises that it will all be quality. If his chart success is any indication, it’s clear Monroe knows what folks want to hear – and he’s eager to give them exactly that.
Rick enjoys sponsorships and/or endorsements with Monster Energy Drink, Banded Brand (Clothing and Water Fowl Gear), Framus Guitars, Speakeasy Jewelry and CRKT Knives.
Rick’s show begins at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at HonkyTonk Saloon, which is located at 192 College Park Road, Ladson. 843.569.6000. HonkyTonkSaloon.com. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com or at the door.
May 31, 2018 § Leave a comment
Who We Are and What We do – Our Around Town and Not Just Downtown Properties
Hospitality and Goodness for all Occasions
Charleston Hospitality Catering
28 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
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
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 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.
April 4, 2018 § 2 Comments
GET YOUR TASTY CARB FILL AT ALL THREE TOAST(S), QUEOLOGY, COVE, ELI’S TABLE, FILL AND TABBULI
In honor of The Cooper River Bridge Run, several CHG properties are serving carb-boosting pasta specials this Friday evening, April 6 and modifying hours at downtown Toast! Saturday morning, April 7.
Friday evening, Toast!, Toast of West Ashley and Toast of Summerville will serve baked ziti with chicken and salad ($16.95). Eli’s Table will serve seafood pasta cavatappi with scallops, shrimp, roasted tomato, corn, red onion, and basil pesto Parmesan ($36). Queology will be topping its mac ‘n cheese with its signature barbecue ($11.99), available for both lunch and dinner. Cove Bar & Grille will serve all you can eat spaghetti and meatballs ($12.99) from 4 p.m. until close. Tabbuli will offer $5 falafel pitas for lunch and an assortment of pizzas during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Get your fill of FILL Restaurant & Piano Bar’s fire roasted tomato and mozzarella ravioli for just $16
Toast! will open its doors at 4 a.m. on Saturday morning and serve from their standard breakfast all day menu, rife with biscuits, and pancakes and French toast for a pre-run energy boost.
Locations and Contact Information
Toast! is located at 155 Meeting Street, downtown Charleston. 843.534.0043, toastofcharleston.com
Toast of West Ashley is located at 2026 Savannah Highway, West Ashley. 843.556.0006, toastofcharleston.com
Toast of Summerville is located at 717 Old Trolley Road, Summerville. 843.900.4422, toastofcharleston.com
Eli’s Table is located at 129 Meeting Street, downtown Charleston. 843.405.5115, elistable.com
Queology is located at 32-C North Market Street, downtown Charleston. 843-580.2244, queology.com
Cove Bar & Grille is located at 7690 Northwoods Boulevard, North Charleston. 843.580.4040, eatatcove.com
Tabbuli is located at 6 North Market Street, downtown Charleston. 843.628.5959, tabbuli.com
Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar is located at 1150 Hungryneck Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, 843.800.3042, fillbar.com
April 4, 2018 § Leave a comment
Taste Section of Revered Southeastern Festival Will Feature Toast Favorites
Toast of Summerville will be serving some of their customers’ favorites at Summerville’s annual festival, deemed one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Taking place this weekend, look for Toast of Summerville in the Taste section of the event. Signature sweet tea-glazed fried chicken with French fries, biscuit sandwiches with chicken or sausage & cheese, side of fruit, side of fries, biscuit ‘n gravy, cookies, sweet/unsweet tea, and bottled water will all be on the menu. All items are $5 or less and will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 27 and March 28, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 29.
Flowertown Festival is spread over a large swath of historic Summerville radiating from 140 S. Cedar Street, Summerville, SC, 29464. For more information, call 843.871.9622, ext. 124 or visit flowertownfestival.com
Toast of Summerville is located at 717 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, 29485. For more information, call 843.900.4422 or visit toastofcharleston.com
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.
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 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 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. .