There was no small wave of excitement on our parts when the Relish Carolina team announced they would revive their Charlotte event series with three new, totally unique, dinner events scheduled for 2018. Housemade drinks, food cooked on-site by some of Charlotte’s leading culinary minds, music, mingling, and unique themes—we could hardly ask for more.
Led by the owners of local food branding company The Plaid Penguin, Relish had their first of three different lavishly-themed, ticketed dinners on July 12 at The Assembly Room in Charlotte’s Third Ward.
The first event of 2018, “Montauk”, was a beachy event crafted around the easy-breezy spirit of the seaside town known for its simple (but obviously luxurious) seafood. With live music, an awesome oyster bar by Sea Level NC, Wolffer Rosé, Montauk beer, and gin punch, and a watermelon spitting contest outside to kick things off, the night quickly progressed into the part we were all eagerly awaiting: the sit down dinner portion.
Chef Jim Noble, of Noble Food and Pursuits, with Chef Zack Renner and mixologist Brian Lorusso, of Rare Roots Hospitality Group, led the food and drink team. A satisfyingly simple summer salad with edible flowers came first, and before long, the tables were met with the main course.
Shareable boxes of a next-level New England-style lobster bake made the dinner truly memorable: think fresh shrimp, clams, whole lobsters, sausage from local farm North Corner Haven, corn on the cob, potatoes, and zucchini flavored mildly with butter, lemon, and parsley. The night rounded out with lemon chess pie, pistachio ice cream, dancing, and mingling, and we left with happy hearts, full bellies, and most importantly, new friends — after all in a setting like this, it’s more than okay to talk to strangers.
Relish Carolina, created in 2012 by brothers Joe Haubenhofer and Conor Merrigan, was meant as a collective way to push creative boundaries and foster community in a growing city. Today, they have continued in their simple mission: creating culinary experiences where guests can play, connect, and let loose for a while all in the spirit of celebrating the art of dinnertime. Each event is characterized by seasonally-inspired, chef-driven menus, guest chefs and mixologists, communal dining, inventive activities, spot-on beverages, and a heck of a lot of ambiance.
The next dinner falls on September 13, themed as a “Sobremesa”. The Spanish word describes the leisurely tradition of spending time with friends and family long after a meal is done. The Sobremesa menu will include saffron paella simmered over an outdoor fire, serrano ham sliced right off the bone, and barrels of fruity sangria to sip on while the sun sets behind the city skyline. November 8, the team will host “Grace”, a festive spin on a Friendsgiving.
The evening will allow you a chance to sit down with old and new friends to dig into everyone’s seasonal favorites. Chefs and mixologists at both events to be announced, and tickets are on sale now. Book yours today to guarantee your seat at what will assuredly be “the best Thursday of your life.”