Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Charleston Wine & Food Festival Kicks Off

Today kicks off the Charleston Wine & Food Festival. Celebrating regional flavors, this four-day event brings together some of the best culinary talents and wine professionals from all over the world.

Attendees get to see some "Top Chefs" in action. Six of the fan favorites from the popular television series "Top Chef" will be put to the test in a challenge using a low-country ingredient.

In addition to the grand tasting tents and winemaker's luncheons, special events will also include a Low-country Farm-to-Table Excursion, a Rose Champagne tasting of Prestige Cuvees, vertical tastings of Bordeaux Grand Cru Classes and a Sommelier Competition.

And the winner is....

You voted, and the results are in! Chef Jamie Bissonette of Coppa Enoteca in Boston has been named The People's Best New Chef by Food & Wine Magazine.
Coppa features small plates of Italian cuisine that are made with local, sustainable ingredients. Some of the local favorites include house-made charcuterie, pastas and "unique cordial-based cocktails."

The People's Best New Chef title was determined based on the high number of eligible votes received during Feb. 15, 2011 and march 1, 2011. Check out regional winners here!