The Tastemakers at Charleston Wine & Food

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In just a few days is The Charleston Wine and Food Fest, a celebration of the culinary scene here and beyond.  With cooking demos to extravagant soirees all over town, this is a foodie paradise.  My fellow blogger Venita Aspen and I wanted to highlight some of the participants who work tirelessly in their field to give us the best dining and drinking experience that Charleston is known for.  These people are usually seen and photographed in their apron, chef jacket, crocs, and the women with their hair pulled back.  We wanted to work with these participants and enhance their already great style.  Cannon Green graciously let us shoot in their beautiful restaurant and we ended up having a fun day of fashion and made some new friends.

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Carrie Morey of Callie’s Biscuits is pretty much a household name in Charleston.  Her buttery biscuits are sold nationwide in most major grocery stores and even in the Caribbean.  With the best media coverage you could ask for – NBC Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Saveur, Food & Wine, Southern Living, The New York Times, The Food Network, and even Oprah has been loving on her southern staple.  If you want a piece of Callie’s to go with toppings that change daily, then Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit on Upper King is biscuit heaven.

Carrie wears a top and pants and ring by Elizabeth & James from Beckett Boutique // Cuff by Elizabeth & James from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Earrings by Heather Key Tiller at Filigree // Golf bar ring by Christina Jervey

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Vinson Petrillo who is the head chef at Zero George Cafe + Bar begun his culinary training at Johnson and Wales in Charleston and continued his career at some of the top restaurants in New York.  No stranger with brushes of fame, he has appeared on Chopped, Top Chef Masters, and recently cooked up a meal so good for Bill Murray that he sat on Vinson’s lap and snuggled with the chef post meal.  Specializing in fine dining, Vinson always keeps local and seasonal ingredients in mind when he’s cooking up one of his works of art.

Vinsons wears a shirt by Stone Rose from Mosa Boutique // Leather tie and jeans from Worn // Sunglasses by SEE

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Vonda Freeman, the beverage director of Indigo Road Group is one busy woman.  The sommelier juggles her schedule between their six restaurants/bars – Oak Steakhouse, O-Ku, The Macintosh,  The Cocktail Club, Indaco, and Bar Mash.  Vonda will be sharing her vast knowledge of wine pairings at Wine + Food this year.  She’ll be demonstrating the art of wine and food pairings at Wine + Food alongside Jessica Little, Co-Owner of Sweet Grass Dairy for a WINE + CHEESE + CHARCUTERIE seminar.

Vonda wears a dress by JLinSnider at Holy City Haven // Earrings by Alexis Bittar from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Ring from Beckett Boutique

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Chef BJ Dennis brings the flavors of his roots to every tasty dish he prepares.  Scroll through his Instagram and you’ll start salivating over all of the Gullah Geechee fare he’s cooking up.   He’s worked at some of  Charleston’s award winning restaurants including Carolinas, Anson’s, Oak Steakhouse, Hank’s Seafood, and 82 Queen, and is now focusing on his catering and personal chef services.

BJ wears a vintage smoking jacket from Holy City Haven // Shirt, jeans, and pocket square from Worn // Hat from Goorin Brothers

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Amalia Scatena is the executive chef at Cannon Green and loves cooking up her local fare dishes with a Mediterranean twist.  She started her impressive journey graduating with Head Chef honors from the Culinary Institute in Florence, Italy.   Her training and commitment has given her award winning status, cooking at some of the top fine dining restaurants in the U.S.  The rustic and romantic Cannon Green is the perfect setting for her to present her farm to table cuisine.

Amalia wears a floral net dress by See U Soon from House of Sage // Earrings and bracelets from Beckett Boutique

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Dantera Richardson of Swank Desserts can satisfy the most insatiable sweet tooth.  Her background started at Magnolia’s then moving on to the Ocean Course Clubhouse at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  Finding her passion in sweets more than savory, the chef started Swank Desserts in 2015.  Her delectable desserts include brownies with nutella, & salty caramel fudge, Lucky Charms Cookie Sandwiches with whisky marshmallow fluff, and out of this world flavors for her macarons and cupcakes.

Danetra wears a dress by JLinSnider at Holy City Haven // Slip from 7 Gypsy // Tusk necklace by Empire State Finery from Beckett Boutique // Druzy necklace by Mickey Lynn from Mosa Boutique //  Cuff by Elizabeth & James from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Photography by Libby Williams, Hair & Makeup by  Kalena Doo at Stella Nova Charleston // Production, Styling by Andrea Serrano assisted by Venita Aspen // On location at Cannon Green

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Spring Forward

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Camellia Tank Top by Marni $1,090, Lace Asymmetrical Skirt by Tibi $695, Orb Cuff in Howlite by Lizzie Fortunato $265, Necklace by Lizzie Fortunato $510, Evelyn Nude Heel by Rupert Sanderson $795, Aria Selene Diamond Ring by Dana Rebecca Designs $1,210 all from Hampden Clothing // Custom wedding bands and pinky snake ring with diamonds by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Skincare & Makeup Studio, shot on location at  Zero George

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Periwinkle Blues

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Petunia Panel Midi Dress by Self-Portrait $500, Antonia Silver Sandal by Alexander Wang $475, Isabelle Brooke Diamond Necklace by Dana Rebecca Designs $770, Sylvie Rose Open Bar Diamond Ring in White Gold by Dana Rebecca Designs $550, Brielle Rose Diamond Ring in White Gold by Dana Rebecca Designs $605 from Hampden Clothing // Custom wedding bands and pinky snake ring with diamonds by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Skincare & Makeup Studio, shot on location at  Zero George

Local Love

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Locally fueled couple Jordan Amaker and Marcus Amaker are the subject of today’s beautifully staged wedding reception at Holy City Brewing Company.  They officially tied the knot last year, but happily obliged when I approached them about posing for my shoot with event planners The Event Cooperative.


Marcus Amaker, local renaissance man about town is a creative jack of all trades.  Yes, Marcus does it all from graphic/web design, videography, music, and most famously known for his poetry and spoken word.  This is what sparked Jordan’s attraction, and she says the rest is history. Jordan Amaker is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Lowcountry Local First, a Charleston based organization that advocates locally owned businesses.   Both are very invested in their local community and each other of course.

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The beautiful wedding design and floral arrangements were by Maryann Hoyt and Madison Weissinger assisted by Courtney Habberstad of The Event Cooperative.  No soiree is too big or small for this boutique event planning company whose clientele includes Charleston Magazine, Charleston Fashion Week,  Belk, Kulture Klash, and countless weddings.  Their vision of a rustic wedding set in the Holy City Brewing Company came to life seamlessly and their table settings and floral design were magical.

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Jordan wears a dress by Lazaro and bracelet from Gown Boutique Charleston, earrings by Lulu Frost and sapphire and diamond ring from Croghan’s Jewel Box.  Marcus wears clothing from Worn, pocket square and bowtie by Brinko Ties.

Host and Floral: The Event Cooperative, Photography: Nickie Cutrona, Fashion Stylist: Andrea Serrano,  Hairstylist: Mac Does Hair, Makeup: Bellelina Skincare and Makeup Studio, Settings: Eventhaus Rentals, Pastry: Wildflour Pastry, Location & Brews: Holy City Brewing Company

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Ladies Night at O-ku


A couple of weeks ago I met up with some of my favorite girls – fellow blogger Venita Aspen, Holly McGetrick of Dandy Boutique, and photographer Libby Williams for some sushi and cocktails at O-Ku.  O-Ku is one of those see and be seen hotspots on Upper King, but what us ladies were really interested in was trying out the exotic rolls and delectable plates.

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Andrea wears Klee Kimono $277 from ibu // Silk top by Patricia Fieldwalker $135 from Rapport  //  Jeans by Kan Can from House of Sage // Jewelry by Ash Hoffman // Ema heels by Rachel Zoe $278 from Shoes on King

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Holly wears Dandy Boutique


Venita wears ibuDandy BoutiqueAsh Hoffman, and Taxidermy

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Of course we had to start out with the Tempura Oysters which were out of this world!  The fluffy fried oysters were topped with a Kimchee tartar sauce and microgreens that melted in my mouth.  One sharing plate wasn’t enough so we had to order another one.

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Fruity cocktails are always the way to go, especially when when there’s real fruit in there.  My strawberry lemonade concoction with mint leaves was so sweet and refreshing.


The assortment of sushi can be overwhelming when you look at the menu.  Asking the server what to order is always the best solution.  Some of the highlights were FIRECRACKER ROLL with Crab salad, avocado, asparagus, tempura fried and topped with spicy fish, serrano pepper, eel sauce, the POTATO ROLL with Tempura shrimp, avocado, wrapped with fried shoe-string potatoes, eel sauce, sweet chili mango, and the BLACK DRAGON ROLL with Eel and avocado wrapped, with spicy fish, cucumber, avocado, eel sauce, spicy aioli.

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I’m all about presentation and with sushi it’s a work of art.  O-Ku pays attention to every little detail and the service was fantastic.  I would definitely go back for date night or happy hour again with my girls.  If you want to salivate more over the food we ate, view more.

Photography by Libby Williams

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Tux & Luxe

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Tuxedo Tunic by Claridge & King $150 from Shirtini  PH: 843-259-5243 // Leather shorts by Viktoria + Woods $415 from  Beckett Boutique PH: 843-405-1105 // Earrings by Hyla Dewitt from Open Door Shop // 10k amethyst ring $300, 14k diamond ring, 14k diamond channel ring $675  Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862 // Sunglasses $595 from Friedrich’s Optik Charleston // Python, stingray, and crocodile clutch by Khirma $1,725 and python pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti Design $795 from Bob Ellis

Photography by Libby Williams , Makeup by Gretchen Schuster at Germain Dermatology, On location at 5 Church

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Shop With The Curator at Zero George


I’m very excited to announce that I’m partnering up with Zero George for an exclusive shopping package for their guests.  Recently Charleston was named one of the best shopping cities in the world by Conde Nast Traveler readers, and I’m here to share all my favorite local boutiques.  Whether they’re looking for clothing, accessories, home decor, antiques, or mementos that are signature Charleston to remember their magical stay, I’ll be there to give them an insider’s tour.  After 11 years of living in Charleston as a former boutique owner, Costume Shopper for Army Wives, and Freelance Stylist, I’ve been watching the retail landscape grow and thrive.  As a blogger that focuses on local businesses it’s my job to keep current with every new store that pops up both big and small.

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After a few hours of shopping to our hearts content the guests can come back to Zero George to relax and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese on the veranda. As part of the shopping package guests can keep a candle from Candlefish, one of my personal favorite shops that also offers candle making classes.

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Zero George is Charleston’s most charming boutique hotel that caters to their guests in a very personalized way.  When you step onto the property you feel like you discovered a secret gem and your whisked away into a romantic environment of pure southern charm.  The buildings were built in the early 1800’s and offer all the modern luxuries you could dream of.  All of the guest rooms feature original architectural elements including heart pine floors, high ceilings, period millwork details and classic piazzas.

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I’m so looking forward to working with Zero George and their guests on these shopping excursions.  I truly believe that the shopping in Charleston is part of the rich history and culture, and sharing that with visitors will be the ultimate experience.


Bayberry Green Tank Top by Marni $935, Wide Leg Cropped Trouser by MSGM $355,
Evelyn Nude Heel by Rupert Sanderson $795, Necklace by Lizzie Fortunato $510, Aria Selene Diamond Ring by Dana Rebecca Designs $1,210.00 all from Hampden Clothing

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Skincare & Makeup Studio


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Charleston Shop Curator serves as a fashion blog and shopping guide to showcase the incredible diversity of style in Charleston, South Carolina. We continually strive to expose local creative talents from designers to stores. Here you can find all of the treasures Charleston has to offer, and more.

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