Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves are the dynamic duo known around the globe as the curly-haired Cocktail Bandits. The curly ladies, who talk cocktails daily, educate and entertain their growing blog audience through their own original cocktail recipes, promoting the craftsmanship of other bar professionals and sharing their experiences at foodie events all around the Holy City and beyond.
A Comparative Tasting of Vodka and its Legendary Mystique.
Join James Beard award-winning mixologist and author, Dale DeGroff, for a tasting seminar on Vodka. Learn to identify a variety of flavor profiles that distinguish some of the more popular vodkas in today’s marketplace, and discover the origins and history of a spirit that was introduced to the American public through clever advertising and the iconic cocktails we still enjoy to this day. Following the presentation, guests will enjoy a cocktail and light snacks at the bar.
Join us at Meyer Vogl for a night of creative empowerment benefitting Artisan Global. Artisan Global is a creative agency established to provide resources, mentorship, and business training to increase job creation for international artisan businesses.
There will be awesome live music and a Silent Auction.
Sip on specialty cocktails carefully crafted by the Cocktail Bandits, Johnny and Neka, two of Charleston’s most bold, inspiring, and ambitious women. The cocktails will feature One Love Kombucha.
Enjoy some Plantation Rums at South Seas Oasis next Thursday 6/21 5-7pm!
Maison Ferrand Vice President, Guillaume Lamy will be present. This event is hosted by USBG’s Charleston Chapter.
USBG is a national network of beverage service professionals dedicated to the continued refinement of original, hand crafted cocktails. If you’re interested in meeting other talented bartenders Toki Tuesday is a great time to sign up to become a member!
Calling all USBG members! Tuesday 6/20 come enjoy a Happy Hour with us at Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company. We’re teaming up with Short Grain and they’ll be serving up delicious Japanese inspired dishes all day long.
The USBG is a national network of beverage service professionals dedicated to the continued refinement of original, hand crafted cocktails. If you’re interested in meeting other talented bartenders Toki Tuesday is a great time to sign up to become a member!
Charleston beaches are great for new surfers. The water is warm and the waves are mild.
Isla Surf School on Folly Beach invited the Cocktail Bandits to come out and ride the waves. It was a new and exciting experience for the both of us. We’ve never surfed before, but the instructors Peter, Trip, and Tommy did a great job making us feel comfortable.
We started with a land lesson where we went over the different parts of the board, safety tips, positioning, and the “pop up”. The “pop up” refers to when you stand up on the board while riding the wave. Mastering the pop up was pretty easy on land, but it was a totally different experience out on the water. It was all about timing and making smooth, balanced movements.
Once we completed the land lesson, we headed into the water. The instructors guided us to the optimal spot and helped us get positioned. When the right wave came, they told us when to paddle and when to start the pop up. Then, it was up to us to ride the wave back to shore. Riding the waves was such a unique experience. It was a weightless glide towards the shore.. unless you fell (which we did often). According to the instructors, “If you’re not falling then you’re not surfing”. We really took that to heart.
Isla Surf School hosts a variety of activities and events including Yoga out on the water and summer camp for the kids. It’s also a great activity for groups looking to learn a fun new skill. Surfing was a great experience and we look forward to our next opportunity to get back out on the water! Find more information about Isla Surf School or register for a lesson on their website https://www.islasurfschool-charleston.com/
Bring your wallets and your attitude because this isn’t a black tie event…This is a casual and fun dinner with local celebrities waiting on your every need!
This “fun”raising dinner will benefit the Able Life Foundation, the 501(c)(3) fundraising arm of the Charleston County Disabilities Board. Help us raise money to help fill in funding gaps for services and goods needed by our clients!
6:30pm – Doors Open
7:00pm -9:30pm – Dinner and Fun!
Dinner Party Tickets – $85
(includes dinner, drinks and lots of fun with your Celebrity Server!!)
After we got our full of amazing libations and food, we went to the SCANPO/TogetherSC non-profit summit in Columbia, SC.
SCANPO/TogetherSC, founded in 1997, holds a non profit summit every year in different parts of the state and we were happy to be in attendance. We are honored to serve as board members for the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival non profit organization and we’d never been to a summit like this before. The purpose and mission of this event and organization is to “unite, strengthen, and advance our state’s nonprofit community, so we may enrich the quality of life for all.”
There were many classes that we could attend during the 3 day conference. We enjoyed hearing keynote speakers, learning about fundraising and social media in non profits; but the event that left the biggest impression was a poverty simulation.
The poverty simulation was a 2 hour exercise where participants were given a packet and had to get through “4 weeks” of life in poverty. The exercise was meant to portray real life in poverty. Participants were given a bank, grocery store, a pawn shop, social services (welfare/Foodstamps) and a place to pay bills (rent/lights/phone) and even law enforcement to interact with. Poverty is real for many people. It affects families everyday.
I portrayed the life of an 85 year old retired woman, named Eunice, who lived on a fixed income. I only received around $550 per month, and the goal was to pay all of my bills before the month was over. Of course my bills were more than $550 a month, so it was not an easy task. It was hard to stretch my money. I found myself pawning household items like my TV and camera. I also had to beg for a few payment arrangements. When I went to social services to receive some assistance, I was treated very poorly and it seemed like no one cared. For a few weeks, I stayed at home because I didn’t have money to ride the bus. I did manage to pay all of my bills by the end of the month but I was living on the BARE minimum. I couldn’t even purchase much food or my medicine.
My neighbors (the other participants in the simulation) had families, school and jobs. It was insane to see them fighting for resources among one another. There were even police in the simulation because poverty leads a lot of people to a life of crime.
I, being the child of a teen mother, already knew about poverty and trying to make ends meet on unliveable wages. It’s not as simple as some people think and this task proved it. It really touched my spirit because the people in the simulation are REAL people, going through this in REAL LIFE. Participants couldn’t believe that there are people that have to deal with this reality everyday. Some people even cried. This project should make anyone appreciate their own life and hopefully makes us think twice before judging someone.
This simulation allowed us to be immersed in the poverty experience… hopefully it has sensitized participants to be more sympathetic and empathetic to the less fortunate.
Overall, the Together SC Non profit Summit was amazing, educational, and enlightening. We were honored to be there.
An enjoyable dining experience is comprised of delicious food, exceptional cocktail, timely service and good company. This summer, we shared an eclectic meal among an even more diverse dinner group; all with a mutual love of Charleston. Renaissance Hotel brand ambassador and world renown Chef, Andrew Zimmern, hosted dinner at the hotel’s downtown Charleston location featuring cuisine prepared by local favorites including dishes from a few of the dinner guests and Andrew Zimmern himself.
Speaking of guests, we were joined by songstress Elise Testone, Chef and restaurant owners: Mike Lata and Kevin Johnson and magazine editor, David DiBenedetto.
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Ep. 11 - Charleston | The Navigator's Table with Andrew Zimmern - YouTube
Ep. 12 - Charleston | The Navigator's Table with Andrew Zimmern - YouTube