I’m so excited to be on the other side of another successful Greenville Small Plate Crawl! I personally ate (or drank) at 17 stops on the Crawl this year, and visited at least 23 stops. I learned my lesson during the first Greenville Crawl! Eating at 25 restaurants in three days makes for a SERIOUS food hangover. (Check out this fab segment from our friends at Scene on 7: click here.)
I’m so thankful for all of the restaurants that participated. Laura and I work incredibly hard to make Greenville Small Plate Crawl happen, but know the event wouldn’t be possible without our fabulous restaurants, sponsors and partners. Big hugs to you all!
Boozing around Greenville is hard work.
One of the highlights of Greenville Crawl, for me, is that I get to hang out with our visiting Six & Twenty Spirits Challenge judge and the folks at Six & Twenty Distillery for two days. What is the Spirits Challenge? Some of Greenville’s most talented bartenders compete against each other during Greenville Small Plate Crawl to see who can create the best cocktail using Six & Twenty spirits. Our crawlers can try the cocktails at each participating Crawl restaurant. Roderick Weaver from Husk Bar in Charleston was in town to judge the cocktail competition. It’s really interesting to hear what makes (or breaks) a good cocktail from one of the tastemakers in the industry.
Some of the tasty bits from this year’s Crawl
If you are gluten free, you MUST go try the #glutenfree bread from Restaurant 17. Grab a knife and slather on that house made butter and smoked salt. Oh, my goodness! Just give me that and a glass of Oberon Cab and I’m in heaven. The view doesn’t hurt either.
One of the surprises of the Crawl was the Teriyaki Pork Wings from Whistle Stop at American Cafe in Travelers Rest. The four of us devoured two plates of these. Hats off to the chef! I hope that’s on your regular menu, dude, cause I’m coming back for more!
This girl loves a strong drink. Grill Marks totally knocked it out of the park with their Six and Twenty Spirits Challenge cocktail. Six & Twenty Old Money, muddled Peach and Mint. Done. Strong and lovely.
I shamelessly hit Hall’s Chophouse Greenville twice during the Crawl. It was our first stop with Weaver, our visiting judge, and I made sure Laura and I went back on Thursday before the Crawl was over. This Seared Scallop with a trio of caviar (some of them were bursts of citrus) was almost too pretty to eat. But we did, and came back for more. Executive Chef, Nick Graves, came out and told us that this is his signature dish, and something that stays on the menu. (Thank God!) The gluten-free oreos with milk were also a hit, and the perfect ending to an elegant meal. Just so you know, Hall’s has an AMAZING happy hour. Get there early for a seat at the bar (and stay for dinner in the dining room)!
If you haven’t visited The Hungry Drover, you better get out there! Located at Hwy 290 and Tigerville Road, sort of off the beaten path in Travelers Rest, it’s been called the “Grits and Groceries” of Greenville. John’s BBQ pork is off the chain. And the homemade cakes on the counter? I dare you to resist! (I was a HUGE fan pre-glutenfree.) When you place your order, get a container of that pork and sauce to go, and on the way home, buy some corn tortillas and some cheddar cheese. You’ll have the fixin’s for some AMAZING Country Quesadillas!
Travelers Rest hotspot, Tandem Creperie, is one of my favorites. I had to swing by for a bite off of their Crawl menu. If you are gluten free, they can whip up any crepe on the menu using almond flour. Laura and I shared their Lemon Blueberry Crepe. If you’re looking for an airy, fluffy, delicious gluten free waffle, we’re out of luck, for now, but I hear they are still working on it! Fingers crossed.
Weaver was a trooper. I had that poor boy’s schedule packed full of food and booze. I herded him and the rest of our entourage around Greenville for two days to judge cocktails and sample small plates. We were so blessed to have Greenville based writer, Stephanie Burnette, along for the ride on Tuesday! She knows EVERYTHING about Greenville and gave us a fantastic walking tour of downtown between our eating destinations. Thank you, Stephanie! And cheers to Weaver for letting us share a bit of #yeahthatgreenville with you. Please come back soon.
I can’t say enough about the Crawl. It was a fantastic experience and I am so thankful to each and every one of you who got out there and supported our event.
Try the winning cocktail!
If you’d like a taste of our Six & Twenty Spirits Challenge Winning Cocktail, head on over to Brazwell’s Greenville any time during the next two weeks and ask for their winning cocktail, Old Money Blues! It was definitely one my favorites of the Crawl!
What’s going on in #yeahTHATgreenville?
You know I couldn’t leave you without a round-up of what’s up in Greenville’s food scene! Get out your dayplanner! I’ve got you covered.
April 7: Greer Farmers Market at the Depot kicks off 2016 season
It’s still a little early for all of those beautiful fruits and veggies of summer, but you can still grab a long list of farm fresh goods and artisanal products when Greer Farmers Market at The Depot kicks off the Farmers Market season Thursday evening, April 7 from 4-7pm.
May 14: Bovinoche comes to Travelers Rest
Jeff Banister’s Bovinoche event is moving to Travelers Rest and the event is getting a little bit of a make-over. Think more sit down dinner and less long line craziness. At this event, there’s enough meat to go around! Get your tickets now. You’re not going to want to miss this!
Thursdays: Downtown Alive at NOMA Square
Downtown Alive has kicked off, and it is definitely the place to be on Thursday night in Greenville. After the music’s over, (there’s no more booze), and the crowd subsides, stroll over to the bar at Roost and keep the party going!
April 23: Roast & Toast: Euphoria Ticket Launch Party
euphoria kicks off the ticket launch for their 11th food, wine + music festival on April 23rd from 4pm to 7pm in their new home – Downtown Greenville’s scenic baseball stadium – with a party at the 500 Club at The Greenville Drive’s Fluor Field!
Tailgate with Chef Clark Barlowe of Heirloom Restaurant in Charlotte, NC, who will return September 22nd – 25th for #euphoria2016. Barlowe – one of North Carolina’s rising chefs – appeared on The Food Network’s Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay. Bacon Bros. Public House, Caviar Bananas, Hall’s Chophouse, Southern Pressed Juicery, Soby’s New South Cuisine, Nard’s Backyard BBQ and more Greenville chefs will join Barlowe with their outstanding game day snacks, alongside Stella Artois, Firefly Distillery, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Larceny Bourbon. Guests will enjoy live music from The Erica Berg Collective and a first-rate view of euphoria’s new home base.
Tickets for Roast + Toast: Opening Day are now on sale at www.euphoriagreenville.com!
(Those who purchase a ticket will also receive a complimentary pass to the April 23rd game.)
May 7: Travelers Rest Farmers Market opens for the season
Mark your calendar now for Travelers Rest Farmers Market’s opening day, May 7! The most largest market in the Upstate kicks off another season with their annual Plant and Garden sale, free Gardening classes, and even more vendors for the 2016 season!
Greenville Brewery Tours!
In case you haven’t heard, Greenville has a new brewery tour! The Brewery Experience, led by Certified Cicerone, Gary Glancey, takes beer lovers through five of Greenville’s craft breweries: Brewery 85, Quest, Swamp Rabbit Brewery, Thomas Creek, and Upstate Craft Beer Co. Public tours are offered on Wednesday and Saturdays, and private and custom tours are available by appointment. For more info: www.thebreweryexperience.com.
Just so you know, Nose Dive and City Range are both closing for the next couple of weeks for some renovations! We can’t wait to see what’s in store! Stay tuned to their Facebook pages for updates.
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