It was such an honor to be a part of Charleston Wine and Food Festival’s Street Team again this year. The festival knocked it out of the park, outdoing themselves with bigger and more innovative ways to share food culture. With well known chefs and alcohol brands from all around the world every event was an experience stimulating all of the senses. My round up of events covered everything from baking biscuits with Carrie Morey of Callie’s Biscuits to a decadent brunch entertained by drag queens. Besides getting to indulge in the best food and drinks you can consume in one sitting, I love the sense of community these events evoke. It’s so refreshing to see a gathering of people of all cultural backgrounds come together because we all believe that eating great food with a drink in hand, is our happy place.
What does is mean to be on the street team for Charleston Wine and Food Festival? I was able to attend events that I wanted to highlight and promote on my social media. Since I’m not a big drinker I went to food focused events that were both hands on and had some entertainment value. My partner in crime was Liz Martin AKA the Charleston Weekender. We got to play Instagram wifey and provided each other with some comic relief. I’m so glad I got to bump into a lot of my fellow street teamers this year like The Cocktail Bandits, Charleston Food Writer, Jai Eats, Holy City Handcraft, Queen of the Foodage, Sweet Southern Prep, and Snoop Natty Nat.
I’ll start with the last event (and maybe my most favorite) and work my way back. The Queens on King drag brunch was out of control amazing! Set at the William Aiken house, it was southern decadence at it’s best. Monica Van Pelt of Lips Atlanta was the host of the show and brought the flashiest girls from Atlanta to Charleston. We started out with cocktails topped with cotton candy from Pure Fluff Co. and breakfast bites from soon to be open Daps.
What do you wear to a drag brunch? Me and the Charleston Weekender opted for a monochromatic look – suit and PJ’s. My outfit is from from Rachel Roy – Mint leaf blazer $139, Sailor Jogger Pants $99, Tarah Top $79. You can shop the links and when you use CHARLESTONSHOP20 at checkout you receive 20% off! These sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear are my new favorite and they’re only $55.
Brunch is my favorite meal of the day and Saturday was another breakfast bonanza for the #brunchsquad event at The Workshop. What does a brunch squad entail? We divided up into teams headed by a well known chef and learned how to cook/bake a dish enough for hundreds of people. Once those dishes were ready they were brought out to us on the great lawn and we stuffed ourselves while we enjoyed sweet beats by a dj. The inspiring Ellen Bennett of Hedley & Bennett was the host along with sponsors Cherry Bombe Magazine and Williams Sonoma. Talk about a lot of girl power!
Innovative food like these ice cream drumsticks were just some of the fun dishes on the line up.
The only bad thing about the Charleston Wine and Food Festival is coming off that high. After days of eating my heart out I’m already going through withdrawals. The reality of cooking for myself at home has set in, but thank God I have plenty of my favorite local spots I can always treat myself to. I’m looking forward to seeing what the 2019 festival has in store!
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Photo by Jonathan Boncek
Friday night was Some Like it Haute at Hampden Clothing. James Beard award winning chef Nancy Silverton shared her rise to culinary stardom and love for Marni with Stacy Smallwood the owner of Hampden. Stylish guests sipped on wine and noshed on bites while models were adorned by runway pieces by Marni Collection.
With all of the events I was running around to I wanted to wear an outfit to take me from day to night so I opted for this jumpsuit from Mill Street Boutique.
I love me some biscuits so I knew I wanted to participate in the Hot Little Biscuit event. We learned about their secret to perfecting the the all mighty biscuit from Carrie Morey of Callie’s Biscuits and Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill.
The adorable Brian Hoffman of Bake From Scratch Magazine was there to add some flair into the baking session.
Reaping the rewards of all my hard work.
The Daps Kings.
Kweening out at Queens on King