Last night I went with a friend to Uncorked – an unpretentious wine bar in Mt. Pleasant’s Belle Hall shopping center off Long Point Rd. Uncorked opened about five months ago. They have a wide assortment of wines, a few craft beers, a decent selection of chocolate and also cheeses. Charcuterie is coming soon and I can only hope some olives as well. The owner David Willis, manager William Bennett, and assistant manager Peter Demarest are very informed about their wines and cheeses and happy to share their knowledge and their opinions in a fresh, light-hearted way. In no way is this place boring or snobbish. It’s an intimate space with a small bar, a sofa, two upholstered chairs and a few tables and chairs inside and out. It’s a comfortable, low-key and yes truly as they claim an unpretentious wine bar. A perfect place for a first date, a girls’ happy hour, heck, I think I’d have no problem going there alone and reading a book while sipping from a glass of prosecco and nibbling on bonbons (the pecan pie and double shot latte bon bons rocked my sweet tooth).
I must admit I have paid today for my night out at Uncorked, I have a cheese hangover. Seriously, we ate a lot of cheese and after our chocolate plate, we decided we wanted more – the owner was extra nice and plied us with a few extra cheese options to try. I couldn’t say no. Nothing disappointed. I don’t know when I’ll be able to eat cheese again and the mention of the word cheese is not sitting well with me today. Which is unfortunate because today I found out about THIS-
Goat~Sheep~Cow. Newly opened at 106 Church St. in downtown Charleston there is a little gem with a Parisian feel and their focus is CHEESE! I read this awesome story on one of my favorite blogs Read Charlie. They have almost 200 kinds of cheeses. Now that is my kind of crazy. I can’t wait to go there. I think it will have to wait until next weekend, however. When I do, I will report. But from reading the article and checking out their website, how could they disappoint any cheese lover?
The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association
proudly presents the 28th Annual
” Taste of Charleston”
The Taste of Charleston is a three day celebration beginning Friday, October 10, at the Culinary Institute of Charleston Iron Chef Competition – (Palmer Campus Downtown). The competition will introduce the Culinary Institute’s new, $10 million Palmer Campus with a competition that pits some of Charleston’s finest, nationally renowned chefs in a head-to-head culinary battle. 6:00-9:00 PM – $10 – for tickets call 843-577-4030.
On Saturday, October 11, Taste of the Arts on Gallery Row – Broad Street – Downtown Charleston Art Galleries – This art walk combines Lowcountry art with the culinary arts. Participating galleries in downtown Charleston will showcase the talents of local artists while offering festival guests a sampling of appetizers and desserts from Charleston’s finest restaurants. 6:00-8:00 PM – $10 – for tickets call 843-853-5002.
On Sunday, October 12, the grounds at beautiful Boone Hall Plantation will be transformed into a sea of culinary delights featuring 40 of Charleston and the Lowcountry’s finest restaurants
In addition to the wonderful culinary delights the “Taste” will feature the famous “Waiters Wine Race” sponsored by Electronic Merchant Systems, beer and wine tasting, our special Children’s Corner (with petting zoo), the “Best of the Taste,” East Coast Party Band (main stage) and Cooking Demonstrations by some of Charleston’s finest chefs including Enzo Steffenelli from Sea Island Grill at Wild Dunes, Craig Diehl from Cypress and others.
Gates open at 10:30 AM. Advance tickets for the “Taste of Charleston” at Boone Hall Plantaton will be available at all Charleston area Applebee’s Restaurants, through the Association Office as well as online. Food tickets will be sold in $1 increments at the event. Souvenir “Taste” t-shirts will also be available for purchase. Rain or shine. No pets or coolers, please.
As in years past, proceeds from the “Taste” will benefit Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center and Charleston County Science Materials Resource Center.