This capital of southern comfort and hospitality just keeps getting better and better. The culinary scene in Charleston has grown into one of the most exciting in the country. Still, this city hasn’t lost its down-home charm. There’s stunning colonial homes, palm tree-lined promenades, magnolia-scented gardens… the Low Country is calling Chef Mark’s Group!
You’ll enjoy a cooking demonstration and lunch with the doyenne of American Southern cuisine, Nathalie Dupree. The location of this event is at a special private home with the quintessential Charleston garden.
The other highlights of your visit include a horse carriage ride through historic Charleston, a guided Cook’s tour with lunch at Middleton Place, an 18th-century rice plantation and National Historic Landmark. You’ll discover many culinary delights on a walking/eating tour of historic Charleston that promotes local artisan growers and producers. You’ll be exposed to the next generation of Low Country chefs working with heirloom ingredients in revolutionary ways. Most importantly, you’ll get to see first-hand why foodies and chefs can’t stop talking about Charleston.
DAY 1 -Thursday, March 5
Arrival + Welcome Dinner.
Transfer to your hotel located in the heart of the historic district. The 5* Belmond Charleston Place Hotel is where Southern charm meets timeless elegance. The lobby enchants with its Georgian open-arm staircase, Italian marble floors and crystal chandelier. In the evening, listen to jazz as you sip on a cocktail.
- Breakfasts each morning ($21 value)
- Complimentary high-speed wireless internet access
- Complimentary access to workout facility at Charleston Place
7:00 PM Welcome Dinner at Leon’s Fine Poultry & Oyster Shop. Named after a local businessman, Leon Ravenel, this neighborhood restaurant has been recognized as a leader in Charleston’s food scene by Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, New York Times, James Beard Foundation, Travel & Leisure, and EATER. Overnight at Charleston Place.
Day 2 -Friday, March 6
Middleton Place Plantation plus Tasting Walking Tour.
Breakfast at Charleston Place. 8:15 AM Private transfer to Middleton Place.
This meticulously maintained 18th-century plantation is a National His toric Landmark and home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens. 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Explore the formal gardens and learn about their history and the horticulture.
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM – Cook’s Tour of Middleton – Examine Charleston’s culinary heritage from a plantation point of view by exploring Carolina Gold rice, historic livestock breeds, kitchen gardens, the influence of enslaved African cooks and more. Tastings are included as you learn how European, African, West Indian, and Native American food influences collided in the 17th and 18th century Charlestown creating the unique cuisine of the Low Country.
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM – A guided house museum tour to explore Middleton’s family history and their lifestyle. 12:30 PM – Transfer to Charleston Place
1:15 PM – 3:00 PM – Meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a private walking and tasting tour of the area, introducing you to the local history and culture. Discover how Charleston’s unique cuisine has evolved over the past 300-plus years while sampling a panoply of specialties, from stone-ground grits to benne wafers.
Evening at your leisure. See the restaurant list to make your bookings. Overnight at Charleston Place.
Day 3 – Saturday, March 7
Cooking Demo/Lunch with Chef Nathalie Dupree
Horse Carriage Tour of historic Charleston
Farewell Dinner at Edmund’s Oast.
Breakfast at Charleston Place.
11:00 – 2:00 PM – Cooking Demonstration/Lunch with Chef Nathalie Dupree — Meet in the lobby and walk 15 minutes to Mrs. Whaley’s Garden/58 Church Street. This iconic Charleston home (circa 1754) and private garden is where you’ll enjoy your time with renowned cookbook author (14 books) and cooking show host of over 300 episodes on PBS, plus the winner of numerous awards — Nathalie Dupree. She is a national treasure. Nathalie will show you how to make classic biscuits and shrimp with grits. Make sure Nathalie signs your book. Afterwards, stroll back to the hotel.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Horse Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston — Your horse carriage will pick you up at your hotel and deliver you back after you’ve toured through the historic downtown district. There is no better way to learn about the history, architecture, flora and the people of Charleston!
7:45 PM – 10:00 PM Farewell Dinner at Edmund’s Oast – Enjoy Chef Bob Cook’s special menu in a warm and in- viting gastropub that offers a seasonally-focused kitchen with inventive craft beers and for those liking cocktails, it does not disappoint with an extensive bar program. The perfect place to toast to your Charleston culinary adventure.
Overnight at Charleston Place.
Day 4 – Sunday, March 8
Depart for home
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport. End of services.
- Airport Transfers
- 3 nights at the Belmond Charleston Place
- 3 breakfasts of $21 value – order so your meal includes food and gratuity
- Welcome Dinner at Leon’s (alcohol not included)
- Cooking Demo/Dinner with Nathalie Dupree that includes cooking demo, lunch, wine, cookbook
- Horse Carriage Ride (pickup and drop-off from Charleston Place Hotel)
- Eating and Walking Tour (pickup and drop-off from Charleston Place Hotel)
- Excursion to the Middleton Place (includes transportation, tours and lunch)
- Farewell Dinner at Edmund’s Oast (alcohol not included)
- Transportation as per itinerary.
- Fig – 232 Meeting St. (Need to make reservations one month in advance)
- Mc Crady’s Restaurant – 155 E. Bay Street
- Husk – 76 Queen St
- The Macintosh – 479B King St
- Goat Sheep Cow North – 804 Meeting St #102
- The Grocery – 4 Cannon St.
- Butcher & Bee – 1085 Morrison Drive
- The Ordinary – 544 King St
- Nana’s Uptown – 5117 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, SC 2941
- Melfi’s – 721 King St
- Tu – (Indian) – 430 Meeting St
- Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits – 476 1/2 King St
Terms & Conditions
Please read the following Terms and Conditions carefully. Payment of a deposit represents your acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions:
- $2,055 per person based on double occupancy (land only)
- $704 single supplement
- Maximum 14 passengers plus Chef Mark and Sara Pridgen (trip will not depart unless at least 14 passengers are confirmed)
- 50% deposit/payment required to reserve your space (first come first serve). This trip will sell out; please contact Susan Hammond with Endless Travel to drop off your check. Email: susan@end- lesstravel.net or office number is 303-674-6616, extension 1.
- Final payment due no later than 01/15/2020 paid by check or credit card.
- Mandatory travel insurance not included.
- If you prefer to pay by credit card, then a 3.6% credit card processing fee will be applied.
- Minor changes to this itinerary are possible due to availability.
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Changes to Your Reservation
If you make any changes to your reservation from 30–59 days before the trip start date, a $100 per person administrative fee will apply. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. If your reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy, you will be charged the single occupancy rate.
Mandatory Trip Insurance
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