Charleston Cuisine:

Global Inspiration, Local Flavors

Charleston, South Carolina

The city of Charleston is known for its unique history, stately architecture, Southern charm, and of course, its delectable food. But there would not be Lowcountry boil, savory barbeque, fresh oysters, and ubiquitous rice dishes without the history of the influence of cultures converging in Charleston. It is impossible to separate the history of indigenous people and the roots of slavery from the region. This Culinary Escape will honor a multi-layered regional past by highlighting the traditions and techniques of peoples whose influence was and continues to be indelible. The richness of flavor comes not just from the ingredients used, but from the complexity of the stories with which they are imbued. Whether exploring the origins of she-crab soup or pine bark stew, savor the richness of the region’s traditions. 

On this five-day escape, meet with local chefs who draw inspiration from Gullah culture, learn how game became a staple of regional cuisine, and how Charleston’s proximity to water played an integral role in its gastronomy.

Tour Details

Dates
2022 Dates Coming Soon

Duration
5 days, 4 nights

Prices Per Person
TBD

Deposit
$500 per person

Highlights

Itinerary

Fried Green Tomatoes
The New Cooper River Bridge
Ice Tea with Lemon and Mint in a Jar
Heron in creek at sunset
shucked oysters on a plate of ice
Arrive on individual flights into Charleston and transfer independently to the boutique Andrew Pinckney Inn, ideally located in the historic district. After some time to check in and freshen up, gather as a group for a truly exclusive farm to table welcome. Begin with a private tour of select farms and meet purveyors of the locally-sourced ingredients prior to a “top notch dining experience” at Slightly North of Broad (S.N.O.B) as you get your first taste of the Lowcountry with Executive Chef Russ Moore’s spins on classics like Cream of Crab Soup and Shrimp & Grits. (D)
Begin your day with a curated walking tour as you discover how Charleston’s unique cuisine has evolved over the past 300 years. Sample specialties like stone ground grits, Southern mac-n-cheese, Southern pralines, sweet tea and fried green tomatoes from local eateries, markets, bakeries, restaurants, and culinary landmarks as you meet with local restauranteurs and shop owners. After some time at leisure, participate in a private craft cocktail workshop with Cocktail Bandits, Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves — college friends turned influencers, authors, and Charleston Ambassadors. Follow your perfect cocktail with pulled pork and ribs prepared over live coals at Charleston favorite, Rodney Scott’s BBQ. Hear about how a friendship and understanding the history of craft turned an idea about whole hog BBQ into a phenomenon. (B, L, D)
Visit the nearby Caw Caw Interpretive Center, a wildlife preserve which was once part of several rice plantations and home to enslaved Africans. It was one of the sites of the Stono Rebellion, the largest revolt of enslaved people in British North America which occurred just as rice was becoming a cash crop. Through a curated visit, learn how rice, Gullah history, and African cultures influenced the agriculture and cuisine in the region. By special arrangement, enjoy a lunch prepared by Chef BJ Dennis, a trailblazer in Gullah Geechee cuisine, and a student of the traditions and techniques of West African cuisine. You will have the opportunity to chat with him about his work, travels, and role as de facto ambassador for Gullah cuisine. Enjoy a private reception in the picture perfect courtyard of Zero Restaurant and Bar, a tucked away gem that serves up some of Charleston’s most dazzling dishes. Chat with Zero’s Chef Vinson Petrillo, named to Zagat’s “30 Under 30” list in 2013. This evening is yours to explore Zagat favorites like FIG, Peninsula Grill, Leon’s or any of Charleston’s myriad restaurants. (B, L)
After a morning at leisure to stroll the stalls of the historic Charleston City Market, take a quick trip around Asia at Charleston favorite Xiao Bao Biscuit. They opened their doors in a funky old, converted gas station in 2012 and have been serving up bold flavors ever since. Paired with classic cocktails with a twist, like the Hanoi 75, delight in small plates from Southeast Asia, China and Japan and participate in a private dumpling-rolling class. After some time back at your hotel to change clothes (and continents), gather for your farewell dinner at the much-lauded Circa 1886. Your evening begins with views from the Cupola atop Wentworth Mansion. Then indulge in a five-course seasonal tasting menu as chef Marc Collins explains his process and the research used to create it, along with the cultural significance of his menu, drawing inspiration from Native American, African and European influences. (B, L, D)

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer independently to Charleston airport for individual flights home or onward. (B)

B, L, D denotes included breakfasts, lunches and dinners

Arrive on individual flights into Charleston and transfer independently to the boutique Andrew Pinckney Inn, ideally located in the historic district. After some time to check in and freshen up, gather as a group for a truly exclusive farm to table welcome. Begin with a private tour of select farms and meet purveyors of the locally-sourced ingredients prior to a “top notch dining experience” at Slightly North of Broad (S.N.O.B) as you get your first taste of the Lowcountry with Executive Chef Russ Moore’s spins on classics like Cream of Crab Soup and Shrimp & Grits. (D)
Begin your day with a curated walking tour as you discover how Charleston’s unique cuisine has evolved over the past 300 years. Sample specialties like stone ground grits, Southern mac-n-cheese, Southern pralines, sweet tea and fried green tomatoes from local eateries, markets, bakeries, restaurants, and culinary landmarks as you meet with local restauranteurs and shop owners. After some time at leisure, participate in a private craft cocktail workshop with Cocktail Bandits, Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves — college friends turned influencers, authors, and Charleston Ambassadors. Follow your perfect cocktail with pulled pork and ribs prepared over live coals at Charleston favorite, Rodney Scott’s BBQ. Hear about how a friendship and understanding the history of craft turned an idea about whole hog BBQ into a phenomenon. (B, L, D)
Visit the nearby Caw Caw Interpretive Center, a wildlife preserve which was once part of several rice plantations and home to enslaved Africans. It was one of the sites of the Stono Rebellion, the largest revolt of enslaved people in British North America which occurred just as rice was becoming a cash crop. Through a curated visit, learn how rice, Gullah history, and African cultures influenced the agriculture and cuisine in the region. By special arrangement, enjoy a lunch prepared by Chef BJ Dennis, a trailblazer in Gullah Geechee cuisine, and a student of the traditions and techniques of West African cuisine. You will have the opportunity to chat with him about his work, travels, and role as de facto ambassador for Gullah cuisine. This eveningEnjoy a private reception in the picture perfect courtyard of Zero Restaurant and Bar, a tucked away gem that serves up some of Charleston’s most dazzling dishes. Chat with Zero’s Chef Vinson Petrillo, named to Zagat’s “30 Under 30” list in 2013. is yours to explore Zagat favorites like FIG, Peninsula Grill, Leon’s or any of Charleston’s myriad restaurants. (B, L)
After a morning at leisure to stroll the stalls of the historic Charleston City Market, take a quick trip around Asia at Charleston favorite Xiao Bao Biscuit. They opened their doors in a funky old, converted gas station in 2012 and have been serving up bold flavors ever since. Paired with classic cocktails with a twist, like the Hanoi 75, delight in small plates from Southeast Asia, China and Japan and participate in a private dumpling-rolling class. After some time back at your hotel to change clothes (and continents), gather for your farewell dinner at the much-lauded Circa 1886. Your evening begins with views from the Cupola atop Wentworth Mansion. Then indulge in a five-course seasonal tasting menu as chef Marc Collins explains his process and the research used to create it, along with the cultural significance of his menu, drawing inspiration from Native American, African and European influences. (B, L, D)

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer independently to Charleston airport for individual flights home or onward. (B)

B, L, D denotes included breakfasts, lunches and dinners

Accommodations

Ideally located in Charleston’s historic district, the boutique Andrew Pinckney Inn lends itself to the ideal mix of Southern charm and modern amenities. Its 41 rooms have been recently renovated while still maintaining a traditional style one would expect in Charleston.

Number of nights: 4

What's Included

  • All accommodations and meals with drinks as outlined in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation within the itinerary unless otherwise indicated
  • All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Comprehensive educational program by professional on-site guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities to porters, guides, drivers, wait staff in restaurants during group meals, housekeeping at group hotels
  • The assistance of an ATA tour manager
  • Quietvox listening devices to facilitate audibility and social distancing while touring
  • The assistance of an ATA professional travel team to assist with pre-trip questions, travel arrangements, including flights, extra hotel nights and other services
  • Comprehensive pre-departure mailings and materials with information about the destination and what to expect on tour, including a suggested reading list
  • Emergency evacuation insurance
  • Fully vetted program that meets COVID-19 health and safety protocols

What's Included

  • All accommodations and meals with drinks as outlined in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation within the itinerary unless otherwise indicated
  • All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Comprehensive educational program by professional on-site guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities to porters, guides, drivers, wait staff in restaurants during group meals, housekeeping at group hotels
  • The assistance of an ATA tour manager
  • Quietvox listening devices to facilitate audibility and social distancing while touring
  • The assistance of an ATA professional travel team to assist with pre-trip questions, travel arrangements, including flights, extra hotel nights and other services
  • Comprehensive pre-departure mailings and materials with information about the destination and what to expect on tour, including a suggested reading list
  • Emergency evacuation insurance
  • Fully vetted program that meets COVID-19 health and safety protocols