There’s never a lack of things to do in Greenville! We are one of hottest new food cities in the US, in case you haven’t heard? I don’t know about your calendar, but come March, mine starts filling up quickly with wine dinners, food festivals and special chef dinners. It’s fantastic! I’ve put together a list of some of the must-do events in Greenville and beyond. Hope to see you out there, folks! #yeahTHATgreenville #EatOn
Can’t Miss Events for Spring 2015
Did you know there’s a little winery tucked into Northern Greenville county? It’s absolutely beautiful and deserves a visit if you’ve not been there before. Victoria Valley Vineyard is having a Wine Dinner in their barrel Room Saturday, March 21 at 7pm to celebrate their new 2014 Vintage white wine releases… and the beautiful Springtime weather! Chef Shane Clary has created a special four course dinner with wine pairings from Victoria Valley. The menu includes: Smoked tomato bisque with Prickle shrimp, grilled crouton, bas,il creme- NEW RELEASE 2014 Vintner’s Select Sauvignon Blanc; Seared duck breast over greens, wild berry vinaigrette, fried shallots, goat cheese crouton- NEW RELEASE 2014 LOLA’S BEST (Petit Manseng/Sauvignon Blanc Blend); Grilled petite filet of beef with port sauce, pan seared scallops, goat cheese flan, fried leeks, grand marnier & maple beurre blanc, cheddar and gruyere potato gratin, & harocot vertes sauteed in white wine and garlic- 2012 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon; and Creme Brulee with fresh berries & chantilly creme paired with NEW RELEASE 2014 Signature Chardonnay. The cost is $65 per person (gratuity not included) RESERVATIONS DEF REQUIRED. Please call 864-878-5307 to reserve your tickets now. The vineyard is located at 1360 South Saluda Road Cleveland, SC 29635
If you love good food, it’s time for a road trip! Some of the top chefs of the South are headed to Hickory, NC on March 23 for the annual Kyle and Friends Chefs Dinner. Executive Chef Anthony Gray of Bacon Brothers, Chef de Cuisine Todd Woods of Seven Sows, Pastry Chef Rebeca Alvarado Parades and Executive Chef Jameson Chavez from manna in Wilmington, Executive Chef/Owner James Doss from Rx and Pembroke’s in Wilmington, Executive Chef/Owner Jason Smith from 18 Seaboard, Harvest 18 and Cantina 18 in Raleigh-Durham, Executive Chef Stephen Sharp from Ink and Elm in Atlanta, and Chef de Cuisine Chris Edwards from Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, Virginia. It’s not just a dinner, it’s an experience you’ll long remember. The event starts with a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres at The Crossing at Hollar Mill where guests have the opportunity to mingle with chefs, and culminates in a dinner to remember at Highland Avenue Restaurant. Tickets are $125 per person. Doors open at 6pm. Guests can purchase tickets through Eventbrite or at www.
Greenville Small Plate Crawl returns to the Upstate March 24-26. Last year more than 750 people crawled 24 participating restaurants and sampled the best of Greenville’s food scene. This year there are new restaurants, bigger prizes and more crawling fun. Also new to the crawl this year is the Six and Twenty Spirits Challenge. Bartenders are coming up with unique cocktails using Six & Twenty Spirits to battle it out for top prize. The winner, picked by famed Columbia restauranteur, Kristian Niemi, will get $100 cash and other prizes from Six & Twenty. Crawlers can sample the beverages too! They are a part of the restaurants’ Small Plate Menu, a sampling of small bites priced $3-$8. So how do you crawl? Go to www.greenvillesmallplatecrawl.com, print off the passport, set your path with the interactive map, and crawl! Check into each restaurant by scanning the server’s QR code at checkout. The more restaurants you go to, the bigger the prizes. Did I mention I’m one of the co-presenters? It’s def going to be fab.
I always look forward to Euphoria events. Those folks know how to throw one hell of a party! Join me on April 11 at The Loft at Soby’s for Roast & Toast presented by The Cliffs. This is the big Euphoria 2015 Ticket Launch Event and they are bringing out the big guns. Experience Oysters from Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC and sample the talent of renowned Pitmaster John Lewis from La Barbecue “Cuisine Texicana” (named BEST BARBECUE in Austin). Oh, that’s not all! Queen of cocktails, Liquid Catering, will be serving up drinks using Firefly Spirits and Larceny Bourbon and PERFORMANCE Foodservice Milton’s will be handling delicious desserts. When you’re tired of dancing to the tunes of The Erica Berg Collective, dose up on Due South Coffee and dance some more. Only $65 per ticket for all you can eat and drink.
Euphoria turns 10 years old this year, so if you haven’t been to the nationally acclaimed food and wine event, this is your year. Tickets for the Roast and Toast are available at www.euphoriagreenville.com and stay tuned for the soon-to-be-announced 2015 Euphoria lineup and tickets. It’s going to be AMAZING!
Reedy River Jazz and Wine Festival
I somehow miss the Reedy River Jazz and Wine Festival every year, but it is definitely one of the biggest tickets in town, AND dear to the hearts in our family since it benefits the Ronald McDonald House. Enjoy food and wine on the banks of the Reedy River at the TD Stage at The Peace Center with music by Anderson University Jazz Ensemble, Doug Norwine Trio, Loretta Holloway, Joe Gransden Quartet. The event takes place Friday, April 24 from 6-11pm. See the schedule, line up and purchase tickets here: www.reedyriverjazzandwinefestival.org . Fore more details click here.
One Big Meat Feast.
What do 1 cow, 1 yak, 1 bacon wrapped alligator, 12 goats, 6 lambs, 1 wild boar, 4 pigs, and lots of poultry have in common? They’re goners on May 16. Bovinoche tickets are now on sale and going fast! The meat fest mastermind, Jeff Bannister, gathers the gurus of BBQ from across the nation for a weekend of playing with their meat. You’ll never again see animals cooked like this. I promise. A must for carnivores. For tickets: www.bovinoche.com
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(Please shoot me an email to [email protected] if you know of another hot event happening in Greenville area this Spring!)