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 […]Read more "Charleston Wine + Food Festival"
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 […]Read more "March of Dimes charity dinner"
February 12th marked 6 years from the day Ryan asked me to marry him. We always celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 12th to avoid the crowds and honor our “engagement-versary.” This year we booked a weekend at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, which is just 35 minutes from our house on James Island but feels […]Read more "Engagementversary at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island"
Last night I helped Chef Lata with a Spoleto charity auction dinner on Sullivan’s island, where he cooked a four-course dinner for 12 guests with wine pairings by Harry Root of Grassroots Wine. The food and wine were exceptional (of course) but the sunset as we set up for dinner was the real daisy. Also the […]Read more "Sullivan’s sunsets are the sweetest"
I couldn’t get away this weekend, but Ryan managed to skip town for a few days to visit friends and snowboard his way across New Hampshire and Vermont (i.e. bro trip to shred the gnar, hit the pow-pow). It was his first time really exploring rural New England and he said it was every bit […]Read more "Ryan Kills it in Killington"
For our last night in Spain, I’d chosen to circle back towards Barcelona so we’d be nearby for our flight the next day. Tarragona is a quaint coastal town filled with Roman ruins about 45 minutes south of the Barcelona airport. It looked like a perfect quiet way to soak up some history and wind down […]Read more "Tarragona & the Santa Tecla Fiesta"
One drizzly morning in San Sebastian, we zipped out to Zarautz in search of surf. Ryan’s hopes were dashed by lackluster waves, but my dreams of whole roasted fish were just coming true. Nearby in the charming fishing village of Getaria was Elkano, a Michelin-starred restaurant called one of the “7 Most Underrated Restaurants in Europe.” They take […]Read more "Getaria – seeking surf and roasted fish"