09.25.2014

Southern Living’s Taste of Charleston Will Feature Alabama Gulf Seafood

Here in Alabama, we treasure our fresh Gulf seafood, cooking and serving it all over the state every day.

But we don’t mind sharing with our neighbors.

That’s why we’re proud to once again be a part of the annual Taste of Charleston event, presented by the good folks at Southern Living and the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc.

Taste of Charleston takes place this weekend, September 26-28, at the Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

We’ll be kicking things off tomorrow night at the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s Palmer Campus with the Iron Chef Competition, where the best local chefs will go head-to-head to determine the champion.

Oh, and we’ll be providing the mystery ingredient for the competition. (No spoilers, but trust us, you’ll want to taste it.)

Then, on Sunday, we’ll be back at it for the Main Event at the Boone Hall Plantation, where 50 of Charleston’s best casual and fine dining restaurants will be providing tastings.

There are plenty of excellent restaurants in Charleston that serve fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood, and we’ll have a booth set up in the Southern Living area with tons of free goodies. There’ll even be a few prizes from us at the Southern Living Prize Wheel.

And you won’t want to miss Southern Living’s Rebecca Lang doing a pair of demos with Alabama Gulf Seafood.

First, at 11:30 a.m., Lang will be presenting “Tackle Your Tailgate: Mini Crab Cakes with Garlic Chive Sauce” with fresh Alabama blue crab, featuring a live cooking demo and recipe cards to take home.

Then at 4:00 p.m., stick around for Lang’s “Quick Fix Suppers Challenge,” where members of the audience will use fresh Alabama shrimp and fish to compete for prizes with the finest quick-fix supper.

“Serving seafood from the Gulf is as Southern as tailgating for the SEC,” Lang said. “When celebrating your favorite team, choose to support local jobs and local waters to kick off the game in style. Show off with a tailgate table full of crab cakes, shrimp and grits, and a Low Country Boil to really make the opposing team weak in the knees. Thanks to the waters in the Gulf, these recipes are just the beginning of possibilities to a perfect tailgating seafood feast.”

We’re quite excited about taking an early fall vacation to visit our friends in South Carolina, and we hope you’ll come and see us if you’re in the area.

For more information on Taste of Charleston, visit their website.