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Charleston: Top 7 Cities in World for Romance

Charleston, South Carolina was just named one of the Top Seven Most Romantic Cities in the world by Fodor’s Travel and Business Insider, which only adds credo to our lovely city also being one of the top wedding destinations in the country. It is truly the perfect city for a wedding!

With Valentine’s Day or Singles Awareness Day (SAD) just around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore all the romance that Charlestonians have at their fingertips, whether or not you have a significant other. In honor of Charleston’s Top 7 Romance status, I’ve included 7 ideas for Valentine’s Day – Charleston-style.

  1. Take a walk on the Battery. Breathe in the ocean air while viewing the glorious historic homes on the Battery. Yes, there’s a reason that this always makes the top of Charleston things-to-do lists.
  2. Stop by Paolo’s Gelato on John Street downtown Charleston. Their Dulce de Leche gelato is “slap yo mamma” good.
  3. Get your culture on and view the Romantic Spirits exhibit at Gibbes Museum on Meeting Street.
  4. Enjoy a glass (or two…three) of wine and an authentic cheese plate at Bin 152. This place will want to make you take a wine class. Cheers!
  5. Make a reservation at Fulton Five for an intimate dining experience with excellent service. Voted most romantic restaurant for 14 years running. One of my favorite starters is the Insalata di Funghi.
  6. Charleston Music Hall offers lots of interesting live shows, like Charleston’s American Idol favorite Elise Testone, who is putting on an album release show on February 13.
  7. Enjoy a quiet nightcap while enjoying the sounds of local artists tickling the ivories at the Thouroughbred Club at Charleston Place.

Cheers to Charleston. Cheers to Romance.

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SC Aquarium Conservation Gala

This Saturday, April 27, the Hamby Catering & Events team will be hard at work, serving 400+ of Charleston’s finest a four-course seated-served sustainable meal at the 2013 SC Aquarium Conservation Gala. We are thrilled for this opportunity to showcase customized culinary offerings created exclusively for this event by our Executive Chef John Brunski. The annual event focuses on preserving and sustaining the health and beauty of our natural world.

This year’s gala theme is Oceans. Guests will feel immersed in the various tastes, sounds and sights of the deep blue sea.  Liberty Square will be transformed into a black-tie swoon-worthy venue by the skillful hand of Mitchell Crosby and the JMC Charleston team. Prepare yourself to travel through the depths of the ocean blue with dramatic lighting, shades of the sea and accent pieces that will make you feel “submerged.”

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Each year, the SC Aquarium honors one individual with the Environmental Stewardship Award; this year’s recipient is Robert “Ted” Turner, III. In addition to receiving this award, Hamby is honoring Ted Turner with a menu item that is specifically tailored to his legacy of stewardship and land/wildlife conservation. Can you guess the featured component of this dish??

To read more about the SC Aquarium’s research and conservation efforts, click here.

Stay tuned for more information about the Gala, complete with photos and delicious menu details…


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Wine+Food Festival_Festival After Hours

The 4-day BB&T Charleston Wine+Food Festival is an annual event, highly anticipated by locals and out-of-towners. It has even been praised as one of the top five food and wine festivals in the U.S. by Forbes Traveler. The festival celebrates the best that Charleston has to offer; a rich, local food culture, award-winning chefs, and the best city to visit in the U.S., according to Conde Nast Traveler’s 2011 and 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards. 

This year, the Hamby team is jazzed about being part of the Saturday, March 2 Festival After Hours: Party Around the World, presented by The Art Institute of Charleston. The Visitors Center Bus Shed will provide the perfect backdrop for this celebration of international food & beverage inspired by China, Italy, Germany, Spain and Mexico. Check out the profile for Hamby’s Executive Chef John Brunski, here.


Get your tickets today before the event sells out, and prepare yourself for what will surely be a party in ANY language!

For more information about this year’s Festival, check out the official website here. Or, get the scoop from’s February 11th article here. 

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Happy Holidays from Hamby!

Wishing everyone the very happiest of holidays from the Hamby Catering & Events team! Thanks to all for a fabulous 2012!

Check out the Hamby Holiday card for a few fun facts from 2012.

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Hamby’s Shrimp & Grits In The Post and Courier

Just in case you missed it, Hamby was featured in the Wednesday, November 28 edition of The Post & Courier in an article covering tried & true Charleston appetizers. Our passed hors d’oeuvres shrimp & grit cakes were even pictured on the front page!

Hamby's Shrimp & Grit Cake Make the Front Page

Hamby’s shrimp & grits have long been one of the most requested chef-attended action stations at wedding receptions and corporate events. By creating a bite-sized passed hors d’oeuvres version of this tried & true favorite, we’ve been able to expand the application of this yummy, Lowcountry dish.

The article also divulges the “secret” Tasso gravy recipe as well as step-by-step preparation details for all elements of the shrimp & grit cake hors d’oeuvres. Feel free to peruse the article online, or check out the screen grabs of the print version in the body of this blog.

Cheers to tried & true Charleston favorites! Happy holiday cooking to all and to all a good night!

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