Master and Apprentice Dinner: Louie's Kids benefit at Circa 1886

On August 16th, Circa 1886 will host the 3rd annual Louie’s Kids Benefit Dinner.

Located in the historic carriage house at the Wentworth Mansion hotel at 149 Wentworth Street in Charleston, Circa 1886 offers traditional southern cuisine with a modern twist in a historic setting.

Previous dinners have raised nearly $35,000 for Louie’s Kids, a local non-profit that aims to end childhood obesity.

This year’s dinner theme is “Master & Apprentice,” and joining Circa 1886 Chef Marc Collins in the kitchen will be Santiago “Jimmy” de la Cruz, Executive Chef of The Club at Cimarron in Misson, Texas. Chef de la Cruz will serve as “master,” and Chef Collins as “apprentice.” Together, the chefs will present a five course, prix fixe dinner with paired wines. In addition to the dinner, there will be a live auction component, which will include goodies from Croghan’s Jewel Box, a paddleboard, and an apprentice cooking class at Circa 1886 with Chef Collins.

The menu:

Circa 1886 Presents “Master & Apprentice: A Louie’s Kids Benefit Dinner”


Executive Chef Marc Collins

64˚ Farm Egg with Duck Confit Hash, Mustard Bubbles, Pickled Ramps, Burgundy Gastrique


Executive Chef Santiago “Jimmy” De La Cruz

English Cucumber Roll with Young Baby Greens, Raspberry Basil Vinaigrette, Goat Cheese Medallion, Rosemary Focaccia Crostini, Tear Drop Red and Yellow Tomato, Red Grapes


Executive Chef Santiago “Jimmy” De La Cruz

Seafood Trio: Mexican Bay Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado Espuma; Lobster Bisque Spiked with Cognac, Madagascar Vanilla Bean Cappuccino Froth; Seared Alaskan Halibut Satay, Sautéed Leeks with Yellow Curry


Executive Chef Marc Collins 

Corn Cob Braised Veal Cheek with Butterbean Succotash, Grits Flan & Vanilla Whiskey Glace and Sous Vide of Poulet Rouge, Heirloom Tomato Crudo, Basil Oil, Garlic Fennel Purée


Executive Pasty Chef Scott Lovorn

Milk Chocolate, Macadamia Nuts, Roasted Banana, Caramel and Pretzels

The cost is $80 per person, $50 of which goes directly to Louie’s Kids and is tax deductible. Cost excludes tax and gratuity. To make a reservation or for more information, call (843) 853-7828 or visit

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