Spring marks the official start of Charleston’s tourist season. With more than one million visitors annually, it’s no surprise that this season goes hand-in-hand with Charleston’s event season. Hamby has had the pleasure of being involved with three of the city’s biggest events – Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Wine + Food Festival and Volvo Car Open. We’re recapping our culinary adventures…
To kick-off event season, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition took flight over Marion Square, Brittlebank Park & the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel. The 35th wildlife and conservation event brings more than 40,000 attendees to downtown Charleston – and Hamby Catering was on hand to feed the flock in both park locations. From Chicken Bog and Pimento Cheese Sandwiches to, of course, our hot Donuts – we had a great time feeding the herd!
Following February’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Hamby Catering participated in the 12th annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival in March. Hamby Catering was involved in three events and was able to share our innovative Southern cuisine with thousands of festival-goers. We participated in the Grits Happen station in Marion Square and served Smoked BBQ Chicken Thighs with Sea Island Field Peas and Pimento Cheese Stone Ground Grits by Anson Mills. Our dish did everything but ‘Chicken Out.’
We also participated in a private event at the home of a Charleston native. The homeowner hosted Chef Daniel Boulud, executive chef of Daniel NYC. Hamby Catering teamed up with event planner, JMC Charleston to carefully curate a menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres for the esteemed Michelin 2-star chef and his guests. Chef Daniel and his staff coordinated with the Hamby team to provide fresh paté, smoked salmon and fromage de tete – a true culinary collaboration!
To close out the festival week, Hamby participated in the sold-out Gospel Brunch at the Gibbes Museum. We enjoyed serving our Crunchy French Toast with Maple Bacon Jam & Fresh Berries family-style, while gospel singers entertained the crowd.
After Wine + Food wrapped up, we hit the courts. The tennis courts that is… of the Volvo Car Open. This year marked our third year serving as the official tournament caterer. Over the nine-day tournament, we served more than 120 world-class athletes in player dining, 100 media partners in the media center, thousands of VIPS and box-holders in the suites and thousands of patrons in our food court concessions. We also catered the off-site Lisette L. Montreal Player Party at the South Carolina Aquarium and two luncheons in the Volvo Car Stadium sky suites.
It has been a whirlwind few months for the Hamby team but we couldn’t be more proud to be involved in such iconic events in Charleston. We’re looking forward to continuing to serve guests at these events for years to come.