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The parties (and after-parties) at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival are as legendary as the city’s Lowcountry cuisine. In 2013, the eerie — some say haunted — 19th-century Old City Jail was home to the first Jailhouse Shake-Up party. Charleston’s top mixologists — Proof’s Craig Nelson, The Cocktail Club’s Jackson Holland and The Gin Joint’s Joe Raya — served up classic cocktails alongside small bites from the four of the city’s top chefs and caterers. A local DJ was there to spin live music, and the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism — the party’s sponsor — gave away a trip to the Caribbean islands.
Another popular place to unwind at the 2013 Charleston Wine + Food Festival was the Art Institute of Charleston’s Festival After Hours: Party Around the World, where The Glass Onion’s chefs Chris Stewart and Sarah O’Kelley joined Husk chef Travis Grimes and Home Team BBQ pitmaster Aaron Siegel (and more) for a night of international cuisine and cocktails. Chinese, Italian, German, Spanish and Mexican fare was served while attendees danced to globally inspired music.