The secret is out, Charleston is simply fantastic. With beautiful beaches, college campuses that are centuries old (College of Charleston being the thirteenth oldest campus in America), world-renowned chefs, and some of the most significant historical sites in the country, what’s not to love, to see, to eat, to learn?
Here’s some of the hype: GQ names Charleston one of the Coolest Small Cities in America
Travel + Leisure ranks us as one of America’s favorite cities and featured Charleston on the Today Show just last week. In the words of Bryant Gumble, we’re a “triple threat!” –most attractive people, friendliest people, and best bed and breakfasts– Click here to watch the clip.
Not only is Charleston a beautiful place filled with beautiful people, it’s also chock full of people who care and the most generous of philanthropists. A fine example is Charleston Chefs Feed the Need founded by Mickey Bakst, General Manager of the Charleston Grill. Feed the Need consists of fifty two local restaurants who consecutively take turns donating a meal and volunteering their staff to four charitable locations around town: Crisis Ministries, the Neighborhood House, Meals on Wheels, and Tricounty Family Ministries. Every Wednesday for the past year and a half, Feed the Need has fed 250-500 people per week. Mickey and his movement are solid proof that one person can make a difference. Mickey and Feed the Need were featured on the Today Show back in the Spring. Click here to watch the clip.
I have a feeling this is just the beginning. The distinguished progressive culture in Charleston is slowly lifting off. Anticipated annual events like the Charleston Wine and Food Festival, Charleston Fashion Week, and Spoleto, plus all the events put on by local talented chefs, artists, fashion designers, photographers, and musicians make this city what it is and will be. Everything else is history.
Something else exciting– Mike Lata of FIG Restaurant will battle it out culinary style on Food Network’s “Iron Chef” on December 5th– here’s more