Hey guys, I hope your first Saturday of Fall is good to you. There is so much going this weekend on the Scene. This blog post is just a few of the plethora of events and activities happening in the upstate of South Carolina. I hope you enjoy and get the opportunity to check some of these things out.
This morning I attended the invite only media brunch for Euphoria—Greenville’s annual food, music, and wine festival in downtown Greenville. The event is the brainchild of local restaurant guru Carl Sobincinski and musician Edwin McCain. The upscale shindig which goes through Sunday combines all of the great things about life into one remarkable couple of days. Euphoria with its many sponsors raises money for charities in the area. I sat down with Carl to talk about what this festival means to him and this area.
The celebrity spotting was on at the media brunch—Edwin McCain was in the crowd…along with Jim Cantore from the Weather Channel. Nope there were no major storms to be chased….Jim apparently is a food and wine lover and says he comes to Greenville about two or three times a year. “I always come to Euphoria,”Jim said as he enjoyed a plate of grits from the bar. Cantore told me that he loved the downtown area and just walking down the main strip–he also professes to like really good wine. Jim will be participating in some of the wine and food discussions during the Euphoria event today—in a interactive event.
For more information and a complete Euphoria schedule:
The media brunch was held on the second floor of the Hyatt in Greenville at “Roost” which is currently under renovation and slated for opening the beginning of 2013. Roost General Manager tells the media that the restaurant is going to be an excellent addition to the already bustling downtown Scene and describes the spot as a “soil to table” type concept—working with a number of local farms to bring a fresh plate to the table. The construction of the restaurant is still 3 months from completion but it is expected to have an “open air” feel with diners getting the vibe as if they are eating on main street. I am also told there will be a cook demonstration area and an eternal flame illuminating the area with “lush” decor.
Members of the media was treated to some items from the Roost menu including: Mimosas, bloody marys, grits bar, fresh fruit, French toast bread pudding brioche, Southern Ham and Hominy Bar, and a superfoods Elixir station. The food was fresh, clean, and and super flavorful. I had the Suber Mills Grits Bar–shrimp and ham. I am accustomed to grits bars with a sauce—so this was different for me and could have used maybe a bit more hearth….but it allows the creator to add as much or little as you would like. I also tried the superfood elixir–with watermelon–wheatgrass–blackberry—avocado etc. It was unexpectedly delicious and from everything I have read..very good for you as well. The French toast bread pudding was moist, full of flavor, fluffy yet soft. I cant wait to see what Roost adds to the foodie scene in downtown Greenville–from this experience I think it will have people buzzing for sure!
If you looking for something else to do this weekend in downtown Greenville–be sure to check out Art in the Park.
Tents are set up all down the lower end of main street between the Peace Center and Michelin on Main. Vendors are displaying amazing art pieces on Saturday and Sunday—from pottery to large scale works—its a cool opportunity to talk to the creators themselves or just walk through to browse. Its worth it to just grab a friend and walk downtown to enjoy Food. Music, Wine, Art, and just general Life is Good-ness. For more information on Art in the Park:http://www.artintheparkgreenville.com/
Finally when walking downtown I spied a new restaurant opening in the old Hot Dog King spot–near the Westin Poinsett. Marks Burgers–Shakes– and Bar says they will open on Monday. I really like the vibe of the space–has a bit of a modern flair–funky light fixtures–with an open air eating space–facing the sidewalk so diners can eat and people watch at the same time.