The staff of the Charleston, S.C.-based publication braved the snow and slush of the unseasonably cold New York March to host a celebration, together with the Charleston tourism and Kiawah Partners, the developers behind the planned beach community of Kiawah Island, at The Beekman hotel. United Nations Ambassador and former Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley took a break from government to attend with her husband. In attendance was The Chew’s Carla Hall, as were a host of writers with Southern roots such as Julia Reed, Bruce Feiler and veteran magazine editor and book author Terry McDonnell.
After a cocktail hour, complete with a bourbon punch and open bar, 100 guests were ushered upstairs for a multicourse dinner of reimagined regional delicacies by top chefs Tom Colicchio and Mike Lata.
“My experience with Garden & Gun goes back six years. It’s a funny story. I opened up the magazine and ended up buying a boat,” Colicchio said — a sentence every magazine advertiser longs to hear.
Following dinner, the basement was turned into a music venue for a performance by singer-songwriter Amanda Shires. As more drinks were poured, the “y’alls” became more pronounced. By the time guests grabbed the decidedly sweet party favors of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Cheerwine, a Carolinian cherry soda, and headed back into the New York cold, a trip to Charleston looked pretty appealing.
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke on March 17, 2017
Courtesy of wwd.com, copyright 2017