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.

 

Toast of Summerville Celebrates Its Fourth Anniversary

April 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

Four for $4 Meal Deals Served April 16 through April 20

In honor of its fourth birthday, Toast of Summerville is celebrating with several specially priced menu items.

From April 16 through April 20, Toast of Summerville will be serving four separate specially priced menus. $4 breakfast (available all day) pricing applies to your choice of a short stack of buttermilk pancakes served with bacon, sausage link, sausage patty or country ham, tropical fruit parfait, or a chicken biscuit filled with southern fried chicken breast and your choice of stone-ground grits or home fries. $4 lunch (available from 11 a.m.) pricing applies to your choice of meatloaf with mushroom Cabernet gravy, house salad and soup of the day, chicken strip basket with fries or a fried flounder basket with fries. $4 shared plates (available from 11 a.m.) pricing applies to fried green tomatoes topped with sweet pepper relish and pimento cheese, chicken quesadillas, pimento cheese served with toasted French bread, and green tomato bruschetta. $4 specialty lattes (plain, vanilla, mocha and caramel), two for $4 mimosa singles and two for $4 cupcakes will be available all day throughout the four days of the event.

Toast of Summerville is located at 717 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, 29485. For more information, call 843.900.4422 or visit toastofcharleston.com

Toast of Summerville’s Flowertown Festival Feast

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.comTOASTBISCUITGRAVY17218538_686330148195085_7708158560622636741_o

Dorchester Two Educational Foundation’s ‘The Big Event’ Gets a Toast! Worthy Sponsor

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 

BIGEVENT

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.

 

Flowertown Festival in Bloom

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.

Where Am I?

You are currently browsing entries tagged with summerville at Charleston Hospitality Group.