Playa Ocotol, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of my favorite places on earth.  I tend to want to visit places that I’ve never been, but Costa Rica always draws me back.  This time we are here for good reason – one of Ryan’s closest friends is getting married!  He lives in Playas del Coco, so Ryan and I […]

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This is the fourth time we’ve had the honor of FIG being nominated for Outstanding Wine Program, and our third trip to Chicago for the awards ceremony (they were previously held in New York).  Although we haven’t taken home a win for wine (Chef Stanhope won Best Chef: Southeast 3 years ago, but still no […]


Five Years of Marriage…

12 years together, a lifetime to go! March 31, 2017 marks our five year wedding anniversary, and 12 years total of being together.  It rained on our beach wedding (rainy weddings are lucky!), so we had to move the ceremony indoors at the last minute, with the vows on the back porch rather than the […]

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Charleston Wine + Food Festival

The busiest and most exciting week of my work year is always the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, and this year was no exception.  The week kicked off Wednesday night with the opening gala in Marion Square, followed by a Le Creuset breakfast with Chef Mike Lata and Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, a Signature Dinner at FIG […]

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March of Dimes charity dinner

I worked another charity dinner with Chef Lata and Chef Stanhope this weekend, joined by James Beard chefs Debbie Gold and Jimmy Bannos.  Charleston’s fairy godmother of food & beverage – Terri Henning – donated her incredible penthouse as the venue, even though she was out of town.  The day started out cloudy and gray […]

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