TASTE OF CHARLESTON 2011
The Taste of Charleston has been a staple event in the Holy City every fall for the last 30 years. Hosted by the Charleston Restaurant Association, it was established in 1980 to showcase local restaurants and raise money for local charities. It has been held in several locations throughout the area, from Middleton Gardens to Brittlebank Park, but for more than a decade its home has been historic Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant.
Several years ago, the CRA expanded the Taste of Charleston from one event to three, adding the Taste: Iron Chef Competition and the Taste of the Arts on Gallery Row, making the event a weekend-long experience and raising more money for charities.
Late last year, Southern Living magazine contacted the CRA to discuss the possibility of partnering on the Taste of Charleston. Although they were considering many other events throughout the country, the editors of the magazine chose the Taste of Charleston as the event they would co-host and feature in several issues of the magazine during the summer and fall.
“Charleston has always been a quintessential Southern city and a favorite of our readers,” said Southern Living publisher Rich Smyth. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Charleston Restaurant Association to host this great event that celebrates world-class Southern food, music, art and culture.”
This year, with the addition of Southern Living magazine as a promotional partner, the weekend will expand to four events. The agenda includes:
- Friday, Oct. 7 - Taste: Iron Chef Competition • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. • The Culinary Institute of Charleston’s Palmer Campus in downtown Charleston;
- Saturday, Oct. 8 - Taste Main Event (Day 1) • 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Boone Hall Plantation;
- Saturday, Oct. 8 - Taste of the Arts on Gallery Row • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. • at a dozen art galleries on Broad Street in downtown Charleston;
- Sunday, Oct. 9 - Taste Main Event (Day 2) • 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Boone Hall Plantation.
By Soraya McKay