The Culinary Village + Meeting Kelly Kapowski!

The Culinary Village Tents during the Charleston Wine & Food Festival were organized so well this year.  I swear, each year it gets better and better.  This year it was more spread out, where one area would serve beer samples and another would serve rosé.  The food was mixed in between all of it.  I just felt like it was more open and not as crowded as in years past.

How beautiful is this bottle?

I love IPA-style beer, so amongst the beer vendors, that was the main thing I was searching for.


Sycamore Brewing is based in my hometown of Charlotte.  Their Mountain Candy is IPA is delicious!  If you visit, be sure and say hey to Archie!  I’m wearing this wrap dress.

Jeff, Kyle and Ray are all great guys that served up some tasty beers from Allagash Brewing Company up in Maine.  The Curieux was my fave, but they’re all awesome!

‘This is Today’ with Carrie Morey of Callie’s Biscuits.  Love her!  And what a fabulous week she had on the show!

Hazy Little Thing from Sierra Nevada is one beer I usually have stocked in my fridge.  Other fave IPAs are Elysian Space Dust, Wicked Weed Pernicious and Terrapin Up-Hi.

This definitely hit the spot on Saturday afternoon.  This cheesy goodness is from Pub Fare.

Not only do they serve wine, beer and food at the festival, there are also local vendors in the tent, as well.  It’s no secret I love my Charleston rice beads from Candy Shop Vintage.  She just came out with some sunny colors for spring…including yellow!  Can’t wait to wear them soon!  Those bags on top are actually vintage wig carriers.

The Goldbug Collection!  I’ll take one of each, please.

For a healthier choice, I tried Mod Squad Martha’s Quinoa Tossed in Citrus Vinaigrette with arugula, basil and hazelnuts.  It was so refreshing and delicious!

Melissa Ann Barton of Mod Squad Martha also just came out with these dog treats.  They’re made of only six healthy ingredients (gluten-free oats, sweet potato, cinnamon, natural peanut butter, coconut oil and Vitamin C) and they give back 10% of their profits to help at-risk youth and homeless pets.  They’re even packaged by at-risk youth, ensuring their treats are packed with love.

Hunter and Thor of Toadfish Outfitters make the coolest shrimp cleaner.  So about two years ago, I posted a picture of a toadfish on social media, asking everyone what it was that we caught.  Toadfish Outfitters reached out and told me it was a toadfish.  Fitting, right?  Also, for every product sold 10 square feet of new oyster beds are replanted.

These Red Clay Sauces are amazing.  The Hot Honey was by far my favorite.  They even suggested putting it on ice cream.  Would have never thought of that, but I’m going to try it!

Another day with beautiful weather.  We lucked out!

On Saturday night, we enjoyed a beer and food pairing hosted by Anheuser Busch at 39 Rue De Jean.

How cute are these glasses?

For every Patagonia beer case or pints equivalent sold, a longleaf pine will be planted.

I was excited to see that they paired one of my faves, Wicked Weed Pernicious with a yummy ribeye!

A perfect mix of sour and sweet.  I’ve never tried something like this beer, but I liked it.  It reminded me of a gosé, if you’ve ever had one of those.  This one is different that a gosé, in that it doesn’t contain salt.  But it still tastes VERY sour.  So if you’re into that, then give it a try.

Such a fun night!  I wore this cute red dress.

The best part of Saturday?  Getting to meet Tiffani Thiessen (FYI: She dropped the Amber).  Many of y’all remember her as Kelly Kapowski from Saved By the Bell.  She was in town to promote her new cookbook, Pull Up a Chair.  It was a pleasure to meet her.  She was super genuine and very sweet!

What I Wore

I’m not usually a jumpsuit person, but as soon as I tried this one on, I fell in love!  Fits so well and not too tight.  It was super comfortable too!  Paired it here with these wedges.

Cannot wait to see what the Culinary Village has in store for next year!  Always such a blast!  The Charleston Wine & Food Team definitely made it the best year yet!  Thanks for all of your hard work.  It paid off!