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Monday, March 5, 2018

Charleston Wine + Food Festival

I had a blast at the Charleston Wine & Food Festival this past weekend. The weather was beautiful, with a slight chill in the air but the sun was shining. I spent all of my time in the culinary village which had endless bites to sample and beverages to taste. Although there were no cocktails for me this year, I filled my wine glass up with water and headed straight for the food!
I sampled so many dishes from some amazing and talented chefs from all over. Here were some of my favorites.
I wish I could remember what these yummy little cakes were called but all I know is they reminded me of oatmeal cream pies but better! 
The second thing I got my hands on as soon as I got there was this creamy chocolate chocolate chip ice cream from Republic Ice Cream. My pregnancy cravings took me right to the sweet treats. 
I thought the whole idea of this booth was great. Beer paired with chocolate and cheese, what's not to love about that. I skipped the beer portion but I did enjoy the cheese samples. 
Maybe I'm biased but I think food tastes better when it's prepared in Le Creuset and this dish was delicious. 
A tasty bowl of Pho as the perfect way to warm up as a late afternoon chill moved in. 
My weekend wasn't all play. There was some work thrown in there as well, but the fun kind. Le Creuset had a booth in the Corkyard, showcasing our newest color, Provence. We also sold our new cookbook that launched at the end of last year. 
 I'm loving the new color. It's perfect for Spring and outdoor entertaining. 
We also partnered with Wine & Design as they painted the beautiful fields of lavender which inspired the new color.
The lines were a little longer on day two but that didn't keep us from seeking out the good stuff. 
This asparagus tartine with goat cheese from Chef Matthew Ward of Rutlege Cab Co was so good. I'm determined to recreate these at home for a spring dinner party. 
I may or may not have had two servings of this in less than five minutes. This time I went for the cookies and cream. 
One of my favorite dishes at the festival was this New York Strip from Oak Steakhouse in Atlanta. It was worth the twenty minutes Whit had to wait in line to get a plate. 
Not only was this display from The Harbinger Cafe adorable, the cookies tasted even better than they looked!
La Farm Bakery was in the Artisan Market with a set up fit for the carb lover like me. I couldn't resist buying one of their white chocolate baguettes. These things are dangerously good.
Great food, good weather and even better company! Until next year!

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