Charleston gets a new supper club for foodies: L.I.M.E.

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You may have heard that Charleston's getting another underground supper club to complement the rather well known Guerrilla Cuisine.

Well it's called L.I.M.E. (Local. Impromptu. Moveable. Evening.) that aims to offer "a fun, relaxed and memorable top-secret dining experience" with a local and sustainable twist. And the first installment of L.I.M.E. is Saturday, September 18, at 5 p.m. where Dos Santos will be the chef, $125.

If you'd like to dig a bit further, I'll suggest the write-up over at Charlie Mag that does a good job introducing the new group; read it here.

If that write-up isn't enough for you, I pasted the press release below for you to drool over.


CHARLESTON, S.C.—AUGUST 18, 2010—L.I.M.E. (Local. Impromptu. Moveable. Evening.) is Charleston's newest underground experience created by local chef Renata Dos Santos. Seizing on the recent rise in popularity of the underground supper club movement, L.I.M.E. seeks to provide guests a fun, relaxed and memorable top-secret dining experience where they can enjoy a stellar meal while making new connections over food. The first installment of L.I.M.E. will take place Saturday, September 18 starting at 5 p.m. Dos Santos will serve as the chef for this initial event, and there will be a special guest mixologist. The L.I.M.E. location will only be revealed two days before the event via email to confirmed guests.

L.I.M.E. will incorporate the traditions of local and sustainable dining, community and family, and adhere to the Slow Food mission of reconnecting locals with the people, traditions, plants, animals, and waters that produce our food. In keeping true to that spirit, Culinary Institute of Charleston graduates and graduating students will be featured chefs, pairing up with more established local chefs on occasion. The chefs will work with local farms and artisans to create a multiple course meal. Staying true to the nature of liming, the chefs will also be paired with sommeliers and mixologists, who will create signature drinks for the event.

The name for this new club is derived from the verb “to lime” or noun “lime,” which is Trinidadian slang for a group of friends hanging out together on a beach, by a river, at a home, or on a street corner. A “lime” can be large or small, pre-arranged or impromptu, and always involves food and beverages. Dos Santos is a native of Trinidad and to her, “liming” is not merely a slang term but an outlook on life that values good times with good friends and defines a significant part of the culture in Trinidad.

Tickets to the September L.I.M.E. are $125, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Simply Divine Garden, a local non-profit that plants personalized organic gardens at the homes of people undergoing treatment for cancer. Tickets will go on sale August 18 and can be purchased through the event web site, Upon purchasing tickets, guests will receive an e-mail that will be the beginning of a scavenger hunt of sorts, which will ultimately lead them to the location for the dinner. For more information, e-mail or visit “LIME Charleston” on Facebook.

About Renata Dos Santos

Chef Renata Dos Santos originally hails from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Dos Santos graduated from Culinary Institute of Charleston in 2008 and has won several culinary awards, including the 2009 Laura Hewitt Culinary Legend Award and the SC Governor’s Conference Tourism Student Award. Her culinary artistry has been featured in “Offbeat Bride” and “Weddings Unveiled” magazines. She is a member of Women, Chefs and Restaurateurs, American Culinary Federation and Slow Food USA: Charleston Convivia. Dos Santos currently owns My Personal Chef, LLC, a catering & personal chef company located in Johns Island, SC, that focuses on the 

individual needs of clients by personalizing nutrition plans using the Farm to Table philosophy.