The Best of Old and New: South Carolina Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Dinner at Circa 1886

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The Sustainable Season Continues at Wentworth Mansion

The beauty of the old South and the fresh flavors of today’s seafood, you can find both at the Sustainable Seafood Initiative dinner hosted by Circa 1886 in downtown Charleston. While dining on five delectable courses from an award-winning chef, take in the splendor of Wentworth Mansion, an exquisitely preserved historic landmark.

Offerings include:

  •     Yellowtail snapper sashimi, garlic chili oil, ginger espuma, cilantro salad, toasted peanuts and bean sprouts paired with Trivento Torrontes, Mendoza ‘10
  •     “Pickle-fried” Carolina white shrimp, lemon aioli, candied tomato, and celery paired with Paco & Lola Albarino, Rias Baixas ‘10
  •     Green tomato gazpacho, seared tuna steak, Greek yogurt, olive tapenade, and crispy focaccia paired with Glatzer Gruner Veltliner, Carnuntum ‘10
  •     Wreckfish “Coq au Vin,” creamy grits, blanched frisée, Hen of the Woods mushrooms paired with Chalone Pinot Noir, Monterey ‘10
  •     Vanilla and lobster panna cotta with sea salt, caramel and benne seed paired with Warre’s Otima 10-year Tawny Port

The dinner will take place at Circa 1886 on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Executive Chef Marc Collins’ talent has greatly helped the restaurant win the Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond ratings, along with the restaurant’s excellent service. Aquarium representative Megan Westmeyer will be attending and sharing information with guests on sustainable seafood and how restaurants are community leaders in making sustainable choices.

Tickets are $65 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Circa 1886 is located inside the carriage house of the Wentworth Mansion, located at 149 Wentworth Street, in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Reservations can be made at (843) 853-7828.Ten percent of proceeds will go to the South Carolina Aquarium.

For all media inquiries, please contact Kate Dittloff at (843) 579-8660 or kdittloff(at)

About the Sustainable Seafood Initiative:
Designed to promote the use of local and sustainable seafood in South Carolina’s restaurants, the Sustainable Seafood Initiative helps ensure that consumers have fish for the future by teaching our partner chefs about sustainable and local seafood, assessing their menus, and encouraging consumers to dine at our partner restaurants. The Sustainable Seafood Initiative pragmatically balances the needs of the environment with the world population’s need for seafood. We believe that we can lessen the impact we have on the oceans by making wise seafood choices and encouraging improvement of fishing and fish-farming methods. The Sustainable Seafood Initiative is made possible through the generosity of sponsors, especially our Champion sponsors The Boathouse at Breach Inlet, Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar and Hank’s Seafood Restaurant.

About Circa 1886:
Circa 1886 is a fine-dining restaurant located on the grounds of Charleston’s Wentworth Mansion. The Mansion’s original wine cellar is still in use, housing an extensive, seasonal wine menu. Circa 1886 offers local-inspired dishes containing high-quality ingredients, presented in elegant and beautiful designs.

About the South Carolina Aquarium:
The South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston’s most-visited attraction, features thousands of amazing aquatic animals from river otters and sharks to loggerhead turtles in more than 50 exhibits representing the rich biodiversity of South Carolina from the mountains to the sea. Dedicated to promoting education and conservation, the Aquarium also presents fabulous views of Charleston harbor and interactive exhibits and programs for visitors of all ages.

The South Carolina Aquarium, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is open Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Aquarium is closed Thanksgiving Day, half day Dec. 24 (open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Dec. 25. Admission prices are: Toddlers (3 and under) free; Youth (4-12) $14.95; Adults (13+) $24.95. The Aquarium plus the 4-D Theater experience is free for Toddlers, $19.95 for Children, $29.95 for Adults. For more information call 843-720-1990 or visit Memberships are available by calling 843-577-FISH.


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