Breathtaking Views and Mouth Watering Foods at the Next South Carolina Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Dinner

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Food, Wine, and Music at one of Charleston’s Most Beautiful Historic Sites

Savor the past while helping sustain the future of our coast! Middleton Place will host the South Carolina Aquarium this Sunday for the next Sustainable Seafood Dinner held in the Pavilion at “America’s oldest landscaped Gardens.” The five course meal, artfully designed by Middleton Place Restaurant’s Executive Chef Brandon Buck, will be specifically paired with wines from around the world and a craft brew from one of Charleston’s own breweries.

The Menu:

First Course: Summer Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad of fresh basil, pickled onion, split creek farms feta cheese, fresh lump crab, and golden balsamic drizzle paired with Hedges CMS Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from Columbia Valley, Washington.

Second Course: Shrimp and Grits made with SC grits, pork cracklins, blue cornmeal grit cakes, and smoked tomato vinaigrette paired with Conde Villar Alvarhino 2011 from Vinho Verde, Portugal.

Third Course: Lobster Beggars Purse with mascarpone cheese, leeks, wild mushroom emulsion, and house-cured bacon paired with Grasso Nebbiolo D’Alba 2010 from Piemonte, Italy.

Fourth Course: “Fish Fry” fried NC catfish, okra, honey hushpuppies, and malt vinegar aioli paired with Holy City Washout Wheat (Hefeweizen) from Charleston, South Carolina.

Dessert Course: House Churned Peaches and Cream Ice Cream with Praline paired with Quady Orange Muscat 2011 from Madera, California.

Local legend singer/songwriter Graham Whorley will provide the musical entertainment throughout the evening, and the natural and manmade beauty of the historic plantation will be on full display, and guests are encouraged to arrive a little early to wander the plantation and its 272-year-old formal Gardens along the Ashley River. The South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative coordinator Shelley Dearhart will be on hand to talk to guests about fisheries, seafood sustainability, and tips on selecting environmentally friendly seafood.

The dinner is $75, including tax and gratuity, and will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at Middleton Place. Advance tickets may be purchased by visiting, or by calling the restaurant at (843) 226-7477. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to support the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative.

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

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 is guided by an interdisciplinary and diverse Steering Committee ensuring that the program 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.

About Middleton Place:
Middleton Place is one of Charleston’s beautiful plantations featuring enormous gardens, house museum, stable yards, and restaurant. The Gardens, House Museum and Plantation Stableyards at Middleton Place are owned and operated by the Middleton Place Foundation, a 501 © (3) not-for-profit trust established in 1974, that also manages the Edmondston-Alston House Museum at 21 East Battery in downtown Charleston. The Foundation's mission is to sustain the highest levels of preservation and interpretation for the National Historic Landmark rich in classical and romantic garden design, horticulture and history. For additional information, call (843) 556-6020.

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. Admission prices are: Toddlers (3 and under) Free, Child (4-12) $14.95, and Adults 24.95. To add more to this amazing experience, there is a 4-D Theater and behind the scenes tours of the Sea Turtle Hospital. For more information call 843-577-FISH or visit

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