The holidays are here my friend: the Starbucks #redcups are out! And I’ve already ordered the holiday bears off of the Starbucks website. Don’t judge me! I was afraid they’d sell out! I have to admit, this year, I am WAY more excited about putting out my Christmas decor than last year. I think it’s because we’ve been under a thick layer of clouds for days on end. You watch, I’ll get it all out and my house will look like Hallmark exploded and then the sun will come out and it will be 80 degrees again.
On Thursday, my husband and I went to the Second Annual Campfire Social at Greenbrier. Greenbrier Farms has one of the most beautiful event venues in the Upstate, and they throw a fabulous party. We reserved our two tickets for the Second Annual Campfire Social months ago, and looked forward to it like you wouldn’t believe! The event benefited Project Host and featured 7 chefs, 5 local breweries and live blues from Mac Arnold. The chefs had their pick of Greenbrier meats and produce to create beautiful smoked or grilled dishes. They were throwing stuff on Cowboy Cauldrons out back. I so want one of those things!
The chef lineup for this event was incredible. My former client, Kyle McKnight of Highland Avenue Restaurant in Hickory, NC,was on the list, as well as Anthony Gray of Bacon Bros. Public House, Jason Scholz of Stella’s Southern Bistro, Joe Clarke of American Grocery, Tobin Simpson of Project Host, Greg McPhee who just took the Executive Chef reins at Restaurant 17, and Mike Davis of Terra in Columbia, SC. Elizabeth McDaniel of LaRue Fine Chocolates also created two beautiful truffles for the event. (I may or may not have gone by her table 3 times.) And, yes, I know I’ve been going on and on on social media about having to eat gluten free. But when there’s beer, and food like this on the table? Bring the pain. Fireforge Crafted Beer was there pouring, as was Birds Fly South Brewing of Greer, SC, Quest Brewing, Thomas Creek, and Full Steam Brewing from Durham, NC. The First Frost Persimmon Winter Ale from Full Steam was AMAZING! Kind of wished I had smuggled in a bottle of wine, but loved tasting all of the beers!
Mark your calendar!
The events keep rolling for Community Tap with back to back events this week!
Ben & Jerry’s and New Belgium Beer Tasting Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Wes Gibson from New Belgium Brewing will be in the house for a Beer and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream mash-up tasting. Be one of the first to try the collaboration New Belgium Beer collaboration with Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream (Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale ice cream & Salted Caramel Brownie Ale beer)! You’ll also have a chance to try their Accumulation White IPA with B&J Strawberry Cheesecake and their 1554 Black Lager & B&J The Tonight Dough.
Wine Tour of France with Philippe Borgeios Wednesday, November 4, 2015 6:30 – 7:30 pm $20 per person Call 864.631.2525 to reserve Philippe Bourgeois, a wine importer who has a knack for finding the best producers with incredible value will be at Community Tap this week. Join him for a tasting of spectacular French wines (with a special focus on Thanksgiving friendly wines). Chef Greg McPhee from Restaurant 17 will be providing charcuterie and cheese pairings. For info on these and other Community Tap Events, visit their Facebook page here.
The 2nd Annual Travelers Rest Farmers Market Contra Dance fundraiser is coming Friday, Nov. 13! Grab your tickets and bring your family out for a night of amazing food, dancing and fun. You know this is my absolute favorite farmers market in the Upstate. I hope to see you all there!
Don’t forget about the Greenbrier Farm Porch Series! Every Wednesday from until November 18, 2015, drop by the farm from 5-8pm for some live music, delicious farm to table snacks and an opportunity to hang out at the farm after a long day! This event is kid friendly (no pets please) and super laid back. The event features farm fresh small bites and music from local musicians. There is beer and wine for sale and you can pick up fresh produce or pastured meats while you’re there! It’s $10/head (kids 5 and under are free). The event is rain or shine. RSVP if you can, but it’s not necessary. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I got the video together from my Portland trip last week. Enjoy!