Culinary Delights

Charleston has always been known for great Southern food, but in recent years a culinary explosion has launched a wave of new restaurants offering a world of cuisines and tastes for every palate and every budget.

Food critics, travel writers and magazine editors have named the city a mecca for foodies, and it seems there are new places to eat – and new chefs to admire – with each changing season. Young chefs and venerable James Beard award winners crowd the dining scene, with local, sustainable foods enjoying much of the attention. Innovative techniques are as at home here as are down-home cooking, and many restaurants combine the two for dining experience you won’t soon forget.

Elegantly appointed restaurants glow with candlelight for special occasion meals, outside courtyards beckon where delicious food is accompanied by soft music, people watching is (almost) as fun as eating at the areas bistros, cafes and tapas bars – and everywhere there is a sense that food is to be enjoyed.

Our VIP Concierge will not only make your reservations but will take the time to get to know what cuisines you most enjoy and what type of ambiance will make your meal most special. We know which places will embrace you small child, and which restaurants will keep your teenager happy (and full.) If dining at the current hot spot is a must, we’ll advise you of the best days and times for reservations – especially helpful for those places that require reservations weeks in advance. And we’ll also tell you where to get the very best traditional food, which place serves the best Thai cuisine, where you can get your pasta fix, and more. We’ll help you plan your visit to the annual Food+Wine Festival, where you can meet famous chefs and taste the many flavors that make this city something very special.

If you have a yen for seeing what goes on behind Charleston’s culinary scene, we can arrange for one of several culinary tours where you can taste your way through the city and its purveyors or attend a cooking class led by a local chef.  If potent libations are more to your taste, there are pub crawls and wine bars and whisky tastings and brew tours, for Charlestonians are never shy about quenching their thirst!

Since one taste of Charleston is never enough, we’ll tell you where to purchase the edible delights that will remind you of your visit, or help you ship them to your home or office. And don’t forget to add a copy of one of the area’s many cookbooks, so you can recreate the Charleston dining experience in your own kitchen.

Hungry yet? Contact us to being planning your culinary journey!