Join us for an evening with esteemed chefs celebrating sustainable seafood and holiday wine pairings. Five renowned Southern chefs will each prepare a course of the family-style meal throughout the evening.
RYAN PREWITT | James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: South, Chef/Partner at Peche Seafood Grill in New Orleans, and James Beard Award winner for Best New Restaurant: Peche Seafood Grill
FRANK MCMAHON | Executive Chef at Hank's Seafood Restaurant and Brasserie Gigi in Charleston
JEREMIAH BACON | Executive Chef at The Macintosh in Charleston
AMALIA SCATENA | Executive Chef at Cannon Green in Charleston
VINSON PETRILLO | Executive Chef at Zero George in Charleston
Oct 2: TOAST AND TASTE
Macon, GA | hayhousemacon.org
Lavish, old Georgia charm, an elegant seventeenth century mansion, and a simple autumn evening make a perfect setting for sipping and sampling. What to wear to such an occasion? Gloves, parasols and pocket watches all fall under appropriate attire.
Oct 2: AN AUTUMN AFFAIR
Charleston, SC | ldeicharleston.com
Les Dames d’Escoffier is a group for women who are talented leaders in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry, so it goes without saying that any party they are involved in will be top notch. Organized to raise money for Les Dames d’Escoffer’s scholarship program as well as to support the Lowcountry Food Bank, this year’s Autumn Affair will be a triumph of fun and philanthropy.
Oct 3–5: NORTH CAROLINA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Morehead City, NC | ncseafoodfestival.org
Head to Morehead City, North Carolina, for the state’s largest celebration, a seafood extravaganza with all the fried fish, sweet shrimp, and fresh-shucked oysters you could possibly imbibe. For the seaworthy there is a sailing regatta, but if you prefer two feet on land the “flounder fling” might be more your speed.
Oct 4: Hogs for the Cause
Charleston, SC | hogscharleston.org
Drive by Truckers, Soul Rebels Brass Band, and Sol Driven Train will master the stage, leaving you free to "pig out" on some of the best barbeque in the world. Opt for the "Passpork" for barbequed bites from South Carolina's best or, for a truly decadent evening, spring for the limited The Local Palate VIP area, a magical land where the bar is always open and star chefs such as Justin Devilier and Ryan Prewitt casually cook up dinner.
Oct 5: BREAKIN’ BREAD
Birmingham, AL | birminghamoriginals.org
The Birmingham Originals strive for all the good things: sustainability awareness, community connection, economic growth, and the success of local independent restaurants. In our minds, that makes them superheroes. Superpowers aside, they will still need support for Breakin’ Bread, a local flavor festival showcasing the fruit of all their labors.
Oct 9–11: TERRAVITA FOOD AND WINE EVENT
Chapel Hill, NC | terravitaevent.com
“Terra” is Latin for “of the earth,” and “vita” means “life,” a perfect title for a food and wine event that focuses on sustainability and high-quality local and organic produce. After all, when you live among the fertile food systems of North Carolina, why would you eat any other way?
Oct 10: WHISKY TASTING AND DINNER
Washington DC | whiskyguild.com
The Arlington skyline shimmers at night, visible across the Potomac from the floor-to-ceiling windows of Sequoia restaurant, where you’ll be sipping smooth samples from a Glencairn tasting glass during the Whisky Guild DC’s tasting and dinner. Go VIP for an early round of unique and rare pours.
Oct 10–12: FIRST ANNUAL BOURBON SOCIAL
Central Kentucky | thebourbonsocial.com
A series of events held across central Kentucky, this celebration of bourbon will include tastings and seminars from industry greats like Dale DeGroff, Richard Betts, Mark Stoddard, and Mark Coffman, as well a few other participants you’re sure to be familiar with: Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace, Jim Beam, Pappy Van Winkle…the list goes on!
Oct 15: Whiskey After Dark
Charleston, SC | thelocalpalate.com
Whether your preference is for spiced, smooth or single cask, you'll have options at this exclusive event hosted by The Local Palate. What could be cozier? Try the buttery deliciousness of Callie's Hot Little Biscuits, the perfect complement to cleanse your palate between sips.
Oct 16: LA DOLCE VITA
Austin, TX | thecontemporaryaustin.org
Artists will be performing live demonstrations amid a backdrop of glowing lignts, hip beats, and drinks and delicacies from the talented chefs of central Texas. Held on the shores of lake Austin at an Italian-style villa, La Dolce Vita promises to be one bella noce.
Oct 16: THE GREAT AMERICAN WHISKEY FAIR
Columbia, SC | experiencewhiskey.com
Restaurant Bourbon honors its namesake spirit with a festival that takes you from cask to glass. Top distilleries will be serving up samples as you munch on Creole and Cajun fare. Stick around for a cocktail standoff and an after-party where you can dance (or drink) the night away.
Oct 18: FESTIVAL OF FLAVOR
Foley, AL | southbaldwinchamber.com
After you’ve scarfed down that summer seafood gumbo, learn to master the recipe. The Festival of Flavor held in historic downtown Foley will be brimming with dishes that highlight Alabama’s local fare and will also include cooking competitions, wine pairings, and if you pay attention, more than a few Southern cooking secrets.
Oct 19-20: CHATTANOOGA OKTOBERFEST
Chattanooga, TN | chattanoogaoktoberfest.com
Prost! Enjoy a brats with a boot of beer at Chattanooga’s oldest and largest Oktoberfest, where a live German oom pah pah band be playing out in the tented biergarten. Don’t leave without snagging some fresh-baked German pastries.
Oct 24: ARKANSAS TIMES CRAFT BEER FEST
Little Rock, AR | arktimes.com
Five years ago you could count the number of craft breweries in Arkansas on one hand. Now the proverbial cup overfloweth. Take the opportunity to taste newcomers like Stones Throw and Flyaway Brewing Co. at the 3rd Annual Arkansas Times Brewing Festival.
OCT 25: COWS ‘N CABS
Winter Park, FL | cowsncabs.com
Cows ‘N Cabs (as in Cabernets) is an event that brings together culinary talent throughout central Florida for an evening of fundraising that’s good for the soul and the stomach. Puff cigars and savor craft beer, wine, and food in support of the community food and outreach center and nonprofit youth-development program Elevate Orlando.
Oct 30-Nov 2: Fire, Flour and Fork
Richmond, VA | fireflourandfork.com
In the Fire tasting tent, you’ll be able to sip Charred Ordinary cider from Blue Bee, nibble smokin hot BBQ from Tuffy Stone, and savor some spit cookin’ from Craig Rogers of Border Spring Farms. At the Flour tasting tent, expect all thinks baked, battered and bready. And at the “Fork” tasting tent? You’ll just have to find out for yourself at this ‘gathering for the food curious.’