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Hamby Happenings: South Carolina Aquarium Gala

Last week, Hamby was on-site to dive into the 15th Annual South Carolina Aquarium Gala. For the third year in a row, we provided catering for the gala’s 340 guests. Attendees were treated to a beautiful sit down dinner, keynote speech from special guest Jeff Corwin of the Animal Planet and an exclusive look at the new Shark Shallows exhibit during the gala’s official after-party.

The theme of the evening was the shark, and Chef Bruski paid homage to the royal mammal by incorporating hues of purple throughout the menu.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and a seated dinner on Liberty Square with a vibrant menu featuring aquatic flavors. Our passed hors d’oeuvres included: Sweet Potato and Golden Beet Latkes, Sirloin and Rice Stuffed Peppers and a Petite Lobster Roll with Chervil (in acknowledgement to Corwin’s birthplace of Nowell, Massachusetts).

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Other appetizers included our Purple & Golden Cauliflower Timbale, Avocado Microgreens and a Batonnet of Fresh Radish with Olive Oil (featured in the photo below).

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The main course showcased bolder, more exotic flavors. We served Swordfish en Chemise a la Nicoise (featured in the photos below). It was served with an Eggplant Caponata, Phyllo and Chèvre Feta with Olive Tapenade Oil. Accompanying the swordfish was Golden Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Purple and Golden New Potatoes and Sauce Lebneh.

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After the sit down dinner, guests mingled inside the aquarium for an awesome after-party with  dancing, adult milkshakes and tater-tots…yes, tater-tots! Our gourmet ‘tot’ bar was a HUGE hit among party-goers!

It was a lovely evening dining beside the sea and raising money to protect our oceans. We’re looking forward to future endeavors with the SC Aquarium!

Thank you Karson Photographers for being on-site to capture these lovely images. Also our deepest thanks to the amazing vendor team which included JMC Charleston (your design was AH-mazing!), EventHaus, Snyder Rentals, ICEBOX and PDA. This night couldn’t have been possible without all of your contributions!

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