It’s time once again for the Charleston Wine and Food Festival, a cultural extravaganza bringing together local businesses, wine experts, culinary heavyweights and foodies alike. It provides a rare chance to sample cuisine prepared using local and artisan produce, by some of the country’s best chefs, and to taste an array of vintages from the best winemakers in the world. Proceeds from ticket sales go to benefit scholarship programs for the culinary and hospitality workplace. With one of the most history and culture-rich cities in the country as the backdrop, it’s no wonder the Charleston Wine and Food festival is popular with visitors as well as locals. Last year the festival topped 23,000 attendees, and numbers are expected to grow even more this year.
At Stars Rooftop & Grill Room we could not be happier to be a part of an event that so thoroughly represents the rich culinary culture to be found in and around the Holy City. On Friday, March 7th at 12pm, we’ll be hosting our Early Spring Harvest Luncheon, showcasing a variety of wines paired with the freshest local and regional ingredients and prepared by Chef Nathan Thurston using our signature “Grates of Hell” wood fire grill.
Fresh veggies and fruits come to Stars from Ambrose Farms, based on Wadmalaw Island, SC, and grass fed beef and lamb have been sourced from Palmetto Beef, based in Gaffney, SC, and Border Springs Farm, based in Patrick Springs, VA. The freezing temperatures that settled in the Lowcountry over the last few months, made harvesting times for fruits and vegetables unpredictable, but Chef Nathan Thurston isn’t complaining! He loves the challenge of working with local farms each year to plan a menu that showcases the best and most ripe ingredients the Lowcountry has to offer, and this year is no exception.
Wines for the luncheon will be provided by Round Pond Estates, based in the heart of Napa Valley. The winery is owned and run by the MacDonnell family who’ve been making pure, organic and artisan wines from the freshest ingredients for two generations. Their philosophy:
“For nearly a quarter century, our family has been growing some of the finest winegrapes in the heart of the Napa Valley’s acclaimed Rutherford region…Our goal is simple – by remaining true to time-honored traditions we strive to bring you the best the Napa Valley has to offer.”
The Charleston Wine and Food Festival is a unique event that all at once celebrates the rich culture of the Charleston area, while bringing in the best tastes from around the country. It brings together local and regional artisans, farmers, and local and national culinary experts, and showcases businesses throughout the Charleston area. Event proceeds provide scholarship opportunities for those planning an education and future career in the culinary field, bringing the positive impact of this event full-circle.
To purchase your ticket for the Early Spring Harvest Luncheon at Stars Rooftop & Grill Room, visit our event page on the Festival website, and here to purchase tickets. We look forward to celebrating with you!