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Charleston earns cuisine cred

Courtesy Mills House

According to Southern Living magazine, Charleston has replaced New Orleans as the top food city in the South. Evidence of Charleston’s worthiness includes a chef named best in the Southeast by the James Beard Foundation and Husk restaurant’s recognition as Best New Restaurant in America by Bon Appetit.

Having such cuisine cred, makes Charleston’s restaurants a natural for after-hours events.

Joy Capps, director of corporate communications for Charleston-based PeopleMatter, planned a series of meetings for 200 attendees at the Mills House Hotel.

“One evening, we shuttled one group to a reception at the Cocktail Club, then went downstairs to a property buyout dinner at Macintosh, its sister restaurant,” she said. “Another night, they walked several blocks from the hotel to the Oak Steakhouse.”

Taste of Charleston offers a 90-minute walking tour that includes a stop at the Charleston Cooks! teaching kitchen.

“A walking tour is the best way to see the city,” said Erin Mellen, whose Charleston Convention and Group Services (CCGS) offers the tour.

CCGS can arrange food-related corporate outings; spouse tours; team building; transportation; and such wide-ranging activities as dine-arounds, plantation barbecues and oyster roasts on the beach.