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The Art Institute of Charleston Sponsors Opening Night Dinner of 2016 Charleston Wine + Food Festival

By: Brandi Madar

February 29, 2016

School to hold Cooking Classes March 3, 4, and 5 as part of Festival

The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is excited to sponsor the 2016 Charleston Wine + Food Festival’s Opening Night Dinner. The festival is a celebration of the city’s culinary excellence and features local food, culture, James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs, and culinarians from across the globe. This year, over 100 food-themed events are planned throughout the five-day festival, which takes place March 2-6, 2016.

In addition to sponsoring the dinner, The Art Institute of Charleston will hold the following Wine + Food Cooking classes at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Charleston, 24 North Market Street, Charleston.

  • Pasta Class with Michael Toscano, March 3 from 9:30 am – 1 pm. Michael Toscano is a Houston native who honed his skills at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery before moving on to Mario Batali’s Babbo—all by the age of 21. He is a James Beard Semi-finalist, “New York Rising Star” by StarChefs.com, Zagat 30 Under 30, and was selected to be part of the Williams-Sonoma Chefs’ Collective.

  • Wild Flour Pastry Making Class with Lauren Mitterer, March 4 from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Lauren Mitterer is WildFlour Pastry Chef and Owner. She’s a James Beard finalist for Outstanding Pastry and is one of Charleston’s most famous creators of out-of the-box pastries and desserts. 

  • Hog Wild with Jamie DeMent and Richard Holcomb, March 5 from 9:30 am – 1 pm. Jamie DeMent and Richard Holcomb, owners of Coon Rock Farm, Bella Bean Organics, Heirloom Provisions and Piedmont, will guide participants through a three-course farm-to-table cooking and dining experience. They’ll talk about their sustainable farm and techniques that celebrate seasonal cooking.

The Wine + Food Festival opens with a Salute to Charleston, featuring Lowcountry-inspired dishes from local chefs and the event’s Official 2016 Cocktail. The Opening Night celebration takes place at The Charleston Gaillard Center. 

For additional information or to request accommodations in connection with this event, contact Dillon Snider, MBA, Culinary Director, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Charleston, (843) 727-3587.

The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, 24 North Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401-2623. © 2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

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By: Brandi Madar

February 29, 2016