Right before my holiday break I was fortunate enough to host a special dinner of The Feast of Seven Fishes at Vincent Chicco’s. Located on one of the most romantic streets of Charleston – Hutson Alley, this Italian restaurant is both grand and intimate. The perfect place for both a group dinner and date night with your hunny.
Before my feast with friends I had to swing by Dandy Boutique to see what new goodies Holly had stocked her shop with. I’m so glad I did because I found this cute maxi dress for only $72! The sunglasses and hat from there were the perfect 70’s accent to this dress. I can always count on Dandy for the coolest, most affordable sunnies for under $30. They’re located on John St. just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Vincent Chicco’s.
It might not be brunch time, but Candy Shop Vintage is serving breakfast all day with these Croissant earrings. Deirdre Zahl, the designer of Candy Shop Vintage recently launched her Cafe Collection complete with a Croissant choker, poodle and perfume charms on earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. If your looking for vintage jewelry or retro inspired accessories, then you’ll have to visit her shop on Cannon Street in the Cannonborough area.
Being half Italian American I knew about eating fish for Christmas Eve dinner, but this 7 course seafood feast was on another level. I was joined by Plate South, The Cocktail Bandits, Holy City Handcraft, Charleston Foodie Babes, Charleston Blonde, Southern Meets Chic, and Venita Aspen for a stretchy pants approved food fest. The first dish, and one of my favorites was the Bacalao. It was the perfect blend of textures with the crispy fried salted cod sitting on potatoes stewed in tomato sauce.
As each course came out executive chef Aaron Lemieux came out to explain in great detail every dish, giving us a greater appreciation what we were devouring. The Calamari Fritti was my other favorite with the lemon garlic aioli, roasted peppers, and balsamic tomatoes. This was a Calamari dish I was glad I didn’t have to share.
After the 5th course I was pretty stuffed, but I had to save room for dessert which was the perfect size for me. The Sfogliatelle was a ricotta and hazelnut stuffed pastry sprinkled with powdered sugar. And that chocolate sauce on the side was the perfect amount to dip it in.
It was a fun night catching up with old friends and making new ones at Vincent Chicco’s. Now I’m looking forward to getting back there soon so I can try some of their homemade pastas!
Photography by Libby Williams