Today, Charleston Wine + Food launched the list of events for the upcoming 2017 season. Tickets are snapped up in a matter of moments, and those wanting first dibs will need to hop on the computers at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, when the shopping starts. Here, Eater predicts a few of the hot happenings that are sure to sell out first. Of course, there are plenty of great events, but bets are set that these tickets will be the most popular. Listed in no particular order.
1. Chez Nous Signature Dinner. For this meal, you’ll find two kick-ass female chefs behind the line in quaint restaurant Chez Nous. 2014 Eater Charleston Chef of the Year Jill Mathias and 2016 James Beard Award winner Renee Erickson (The Walrus and the Carpenter) come together for an evening of collaboration. (Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $175)
2. FIG Signature Dinner. We probably don’t even need to point out that Charleston favorite FIG will undoubtedly sell out its Signature Dinner, but it is worth mentioning that Stuart Brioza and Nicole Kransinski of James Beard award-winning State Bird Provisions will join the kitchen this year. (Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $175)
3. Indaco Signature Dinner. Sleek King Street restaurant Indaco invites Matthew Jennings of Townsman in Boston to cook with chef Kevin Getzewich. The mashup of New England plus Italian should be interesting. (Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $175)
4. McCrady’s Signature Dinner. No matter how quick you are on the computer, Sean Brock’s dinners always seem to sell out in a matter of moments. This year, he invited 2013 Food & Wine Best New Chef Alex Stupak of Empelion. (Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $175)
5. Stories From Her Kitchen. A star-studded lineup awaits for lunch at the William Aiken House. Food writer Ruth Reichl and Cherry Bombe editor Kerry Diamond host an afternoon of conversation and plates from chefs Ashley Christensen (Poole’s Diner), Vivian Howard (Chef & the Farmer), Jessica Grossman (FISH), and Carrie Morey (Callie’s Biscuits). Also, lots of champagne. (Friday, March 3, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Tickets: $225)
6. Wildair Pop-Up at The Oyster Shed. One of New York’s hottest restaurants Wildair stops by The Oyster Shed (behind Leon’s Oyster Shop) for an evening of “big-bottle pours and an over-the-top spread of wildly inventive dishes.” (Friday, March 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $225)
7. 492 Signature Dinner. Chef Josh Keeler (of former Two Boroughs Larder) recently joined 492 and for the festival, he’s cooking with Justin Burdett of Asheville’s Local Provisions, which was recently named a Best New Restaurant by Eater. (Friday, March 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $175)
8. Cannon Green Signature Dinner. Charleston chef Amalia Scatena with James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef Award for 2014, Nancy Silverton, should be a no-brainer. (Friday, March 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $175)
9. Nassau Street Sideshow. Everyone who attended Chicken Sh*t Bingo at Lewis Barbecue raved that it was the funnest stop of the weekend. In 2017, pitmaster John Lewis will transform his space into a carnival and promises the same level of follies (and meat). (Friday, March 3, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $70)
10. The Macintosh Signature Dinner. If you haven’t made it to Savannah to sample chef Mashama Bailey’s fare (The Grey), then here is an opportunity to try it out in Charleston. Chef Jeremiah Bacon and Bailey will present a multi-course meal at The Macintosh during the festival. (Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $175)
And while it may not sell out quickly at $1,500 a pop, it’s worth mentioning the Daniel Boulud Legacy Dinner on Saturday, March 4 with Boulud, Jean François Bruel of Daniel NYC, Andrew Carmellini of Locanda Verde, Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, and Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable. The entire evening was orchestrated by Charleston’s most genial host Mickey Bakst and proceeds benefit Teach the Need.