• April 2014

    “$5 at 5″ at Circa 1886

    Circa 1886 continues to offer their popular cocktail program, “5 for 5 at 5.” From 5 until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, guests can select from a list of five wine and five well liquors, all costing only $5.  Wines will vary and include a choice of sparkling, two white wines and two red wines. In addition, guests are invited to dine at the bar, where the full dinner menu is available.

  • April 2014

    Circa 1886 Extended Hours and Sunday Opening to Accommodate Spoleto Festival USA

    WHO: Set inside the historic carriage house at the award-winning Wentworth Mansion® hotel in Charleston, SC, Circa 1886 is a AAA Four-Diamond, Forbes Four Star restaurant. Executive Chef Marc Collins draws his inspiration from historic Southern dishes and always highlights what is local and in season, putting a healthful, distinctive spin on classic Lowcountry dishes.

    WHAT: Spoleto Festival USA is one of the most notable and acclaimed art festivals in the world, drawing thousands of visitors to Charleston each spring. To accommodate those attending the Festival, Circa 1886 will offer extended hours for pre-and-post theater dinner options opening a half hour earlier, at 5 p.m., and closing a half hour later, 10 p.m., throughout the remainder of the Festival.

    Circa 1886 (normally closed on Sundays) will also open for dinner on Sunday, May 25th of the Festival.

    WHEN: May 23- June 7, 2013

    WHERE: Circa 1886, located at 149 Wentworth Street in Downtown Charleston

    HOW: To make a reservation or for more information about Circa 1886, call (843) 853-7828 or visit www.circa1886.com.

  • April 2014

    Cocktail Supper at Circa 1886 with live music to start!

    On Wednesday, April 16th, Charleston’s Striped Pig Distillery and High Wire Distilling Co. will collaborate for a Cocktail Supper at Circa 1886. The four course dinner pairs a delightful taste of spring with alternating Striped Pig rum and moonshine cocktails and High Wire “Hat Trick” gin and vodka cocktails.
    Circa 1886 lead bartender Brooks Alger and Sommelier Mark Severs gathered libation inspiration from the Savoy Cocktail Book. The Savoy Cocktail Book is a classic go-to for bartenders that comprises a collection of recipes from the American Bar, a cocktail lounge inside London’s first luxury hotel, The Savoy. The book shares American Bar recipes which catered to the era’s concern with “supreme gentility and extraordinary fun.” Alger and Severs revived a handful of these Prohibition-era cocktail recipes for supper, adding a modern twist and an updated spirit selection.
    The four cocktails on the menu are The Margato with Striped Pig Rum, served with Seared Sea Scallops, Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa, Morello Cherry Lacquer, Jasmine Rice Cake and Lime Bubbles; The Jasmine Cocktail featuring High Wire “Hat Trick” Gin, served with Juniper Brined Duck Breast, Pea Shoots, Sweet Potato Salad, Peanuts, Beech Mushrooms, Watermelon Radish and a Poached Cippolini Onion Vinaigrette; a Cinnamon Moscow Mule featuring High Wire Vodka, served with Curry Braised Veal Osso Bucco, Coconut Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Baby Carrots, Fennel Chow Chow, Frisée Bell Pepper Salad and a Bee Sting with Striped Pig Moonshine to accompany a sweet finish of Blueberry Fried Pie and homemade Buttermilk Ice Cream. See the full menu and get more information here.

    The Cocktail Supper begins with a 6:30 reception and live music on the patio, set inside the garden of the historic Wentworth Mansion. Seats are $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call (843) 853-7828 to make reservations. Learn more about Circa 1886 at www.circa1886.com.

  • March 2014

    Circa 1886 and Anson Mills pair up!

    Executive Chef Marc Collins is calling this spring’s Anson Mills Grain Dinner a “once in a lifetime event.” You won’t want to miss it.
    On the evening of Saturday, March 8th, Circa 1886 will host the legendary Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills for a very special five course dinner. Together Chef Collins and Roberts outlined a grain-centric menu which highlights a variety of ingredients unseen in cooking for over a century. Each course tells a unique story.

    While prepping the menu, Chef Collins and his team sourced many classic recipes, even pulling a few 19th century Charleston ‘receipts’ from collections like Rose P. Ravenel’s Cookbook. True to that ‘Circa’ twist that our guests have come to know and love, each courses promises color, creativity and a few surprises.
    Diners will be fortunate enough to have the grain master himself, Glenn Roberts, guide their dining experience. Roberts will share the history and cultural significance of each featured grain. Sommelier Mark Severs will hand select wines to accompany the five courses.

    Here’s a look at our Anson Mills Grain Dinner Menu:
    Course One
    Artisan Fine Cloth-Bolted Lamas Cake Flour
    Pigeon Pie with Virginia Ham, American Blue Potatoes, Mire Poix, Whipped White Truffle Honey, Bee Pollen

    Course Two
    18th Century-Style Stone Cut Toasted Oats
    Sage Infused Goetta, Burgundy Braised Cabbage, Gherkin, Hard Egg, Dijon Mornay, Smoked Paprika Powder

    Course Three
    Rustic Aromatic Buckwheat
    Buckwheat “Beggars Purse” with Crab n’ Shrimp Newburg, Orange Leather, Asparagus Puree, Mepkin Abbey Oyster Mushrooms, Espelette Tomato Dust

    Course Four
    Native Fine Whole Grist Blue Corn Grits & Antebellum Coarse Yellow Grits
    Braised Beef Short Rib with Fried Antebellum Grits, Golden Beets, Blue Corn Grits Sauce, Pearl Onions, Yogurt Horseradish Espuma, Chive Oil

    Course Five – the Sweet Finish
    Organic Heirloom Barley
    Deconstructed Chocolate Stout – a Barley Brown Butter Cake with Chocolate Malt Ice Cream and Hop Salt Caramel

    Call today to reserve a spot – 843-853-7828. Five Courses + Wine Pairings – $150.00/person plus tax and gratuity. The Circa 1886 Anson Mills Grain Dinner takes place during the 2014 Charleston Wine and Food Festival weekend, making a perfect addition to an already delicious weekend. Stay tuned to Facebook and follow Chef Collins on Twitter for exclusive event updates.

  • February 2014

    Circa 1886 Debuts a Perfect Menu for an Unpredictable Winter

    What’s a chef to do when the weatherman predicts snow flurries one day and 70 degrees the next? Develop a menu that celebrates the beauty of Charleston’s unpredictable weather.

    Circa 1886 Restaurant’s new menu has made its debut and Executive Chef Marc Collins offers dinner options for bitterly cold and balmy nights alike. For chillier evenings, Chef Collins suggests his favorite cold weather comfort food, lamb. His new featured lamb entrée is a Cardamom Braised Lamb Shank with Celery Root and Flageolet Mousseline, Granny Smith Apple Compote, Smoked Paprika and Roasted Squash. Chef’s suggestion for a lighter option on a warm evening – a sushi-inspired Sake Brined Salmon with Carolina Gold Sushi Rice, Honeydew, Pickled Ginger Gel, Thai Pepper Coulis, Shitake Mushrooms and the restaurant’s house made seaweed salad – better known as “C” Weed Salad.

    Circa 1886’s new menu offers five appetizers, ten entrees and seven sweet finishes. A handful of these offerings were carried over from January’s Restaurant Week menu by popular demand. Diners fell in love with items like the Gas House Egg, an elevated ‘eggs in a basket’, Pumpkin Seed Granola Encrusted Pork Tenderloin with a Sour Yuzu Glaze and Corn Beef Sweet Potato Chipotle Hash, and Pastry Chef Scott Lovorn’s Caramel Banana Cake, now accompanied by homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream, Pecan Toffee and Passion Colada Espuma. A fantastic introduction to Circa 1886’s seasonal menu is Chef’s Five Course Tasting Menu for $75 or $115 with wine pairings.

    See the entire Circa 1886 menu and make reservations for dinner Monday-Saturday from 5:30-9:30pm. Visit our website for more information.

    Circa 1886 is currently ranked the second best restaurant in Charleston on TripAdvisor. The restaurant is set inside the carriage house of the historic Wentworth Mansion, also a favorite on TripAdvisor. The 21-room luxury hotel currently holds the number two spot among hotels in Charleston and was given three honors in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award. The Wentworth Mansion was awarded Top Luxury Hotel in the U.S. (#12), Top Small Hotel in the U.S. (#17) and Best Hotel for Romance in the U.S. (#19). During the month of February, guests are invited to experience a dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant and a night at the Wentworth Mansion with the Sweetheart Package. Rates start at $525/night from February 1-27th. Learn more about the Wentworth Mansion and book your stay.

  • February 2014

    Valentine’s Day in America’s Most Romantic City

    For its unique beauty, story book scenery and Southern charm, the praise for Charleston as one of the most romantic cities in America continues. Big names in travel like the Today Show, Business Insider and Travel + Leisure recently shared their love for Charleston, the luxurious Wentworth Mansion and its Circa 1886 Restaurant.

    Travel + Leisure’s Sarah Storm named Circa 1886 One of America’s Romantic Restaurants, saying:

    Located in the original carriage house of Charleston’s stately Wentworth Mansion, the building dates back to—you guessed it—1886. And it still boasts much of its original charm, like the wood-burning kitchen fireplace, stable doors, and gleaming heart-of-pine floors. Retreat into one of the candlelit recessed booths set along one wall, designed to mimic the original carriage openings, to enjoy dishes like lamb chops with Carolina gold rice and striped bass with spaghetti squash and chestnut puree.

    Circa 1886 invites you to spend Valentine’s Day 2014 inside its romantic dining room over a six course, pre-fixe dinner. Pair each course with fine wine, flowers and candlelight for a perfectly memorable date night in Charleston. Reserve a table today – call 843-853-7828.

  • February 2014

    January Restaurant Week at Circa 1886

    Charleston’s delicious Restaurant Week is on the horizon. Focus more on the food and wine in front of you and worry less about getting home. Pair an evening of affordable decadence at Circa 1886 Restaurant with an overnight stay at its historic sister inns the Wentworth Mansion and Fulton Lane Inn.

    From January 8-14, 2014, Circa 1886 Restaurant will offer a “3 for $40” Restaurant Week Menu. Unlike many other restaurants’ pre-fixe offerings, Circa 1886 allows guests to create their own dining experience by choosing from a set of five appetizers, five entrees and four desserts. An additional $15 pairs each course with wines from our 250 bottle Wine Enthusiast-lauded list.

    Highlights from Circa 1886’s Restaurant Week Menu include LaBelle Farms Foie Gras Flan and Crab Macaroni and Cheese for starters. Select belly-warming main dishes like the Niman Ranch Pork Tenderloin with Pumpkin Seed Granola and Corned Beef Sweet Potato Chipotle Hash and Jerk Cured Duck Leg with Merguez Sausage and Saffron Risotto. Indulge in a sweet finish with our Pistachio Crème Brûlée or Chocolate Truffle Soufflé. See Circa 1886 Restaurant’s full Restaurant Week menu.

    Book a luxurious room across the lawn from Circa 1886 at the Wentworth Mansion, where Restaurant Week rates start at $319/night. An overnight stay at the Wentworth Mansion includes complimentary amenities like free parking, afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres, evening cordials, a deluxe Southern breakfast at Circa 1886 Restaurant and the best 360-degree view of Charleston from its rooftop cupola. Call the inn to book your stay at 888-466-1886.

    Plan a more low key evening on King Street at the Fulton Lane Inn. Set in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, Restaurant Week rates start at $139/night. The King Street hotel is in easy walking distance of Circa 1886 and other top restaurants and bars. Whet your appetite with complimentary amenities like cordials upon check-in, a leisurely afternoon wine and cheese reception and breakfast delivered to your room in the morning. Call the inn to book your stay at 800-720-2688.

    When reserving your room, be sure to mention the Restaurant Week rate and alert the concierge that you’d like dinner reservations at Circa 1886. Rates and special menu pricing available from January 8-14, 2014.

  • August 2013

    Charming Inns’ Holiday festivities beginning with Progressive Dinner, then Dickens’ Dinner and rounding out with New Year’s Eve mark the start of a grand holiday season!

    CHARLESTON, S.C.- August 22, 2013—An evening of gourmet cuisine, a lively telling of a Christmas classic and a champagne toast at midnight are just some of the ways to celebrate this holiday season in one of the South’s most charming destinations. The Wentworth Mansion® and its Forbes Four Star on-site restaurant Circa 1886 will host a series of holiday events and special overnight packages throughout the holidays.

    Progressive Dinner

    Circa 1886 Restaurant’s Progressive Dinner is an annual tradition that takes visitors by horse-drawn carriage to three of Charming Inns’ historic and elegant establishments — the Kings Courtyard Inn, Circa 1886 and the John Rutledge House Inn®. Each property is decorated in grand style for the holidays and serves a different course along this festive, four course progressive dinner.

    Progressive Dinner is a great way to kick off the holiday season with family and friends. The first night of this four-week event is set for November 29th , the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving. Seats at the 28th Annual Progressive Dinner are available on November 29 and 30th, December 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21 and 23. Each evening begins at 5:30 pm. The cost of the dinner is $95 per person, which includes the two carriage rides, dinner tax and gratuity, but excluding beverages.

    The John Rutledge House Inn will offer its Progressive Dinner Package from November 29 – December 23, 2013. This two person package features a one night stay in a standard room with two seats at Progressive Dinner (excluding beverages), a rickshaw ride to Kings Courtyard Inn and a Junior League Party Receipts Cookbook. Packages start at $420 per night.

    Dickens Dinner

    Travel back in time to the Victorian era when the Wentworth Mansion and Circa 1886 were built for the 12th Annual Dickens Dinner. On Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30 pm, storyteller Tim Lowry will regale diners with a lively retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” while they enjoy a four-course dinner inspired by the novel. The dinner is $75 per person, plus tax, gratuity and beverages.

    To complement the Dickens Dinner, the Wentworth Mansion® will offer a special A Christmas Carol Package for two guests for one night, including the Dickens Dinner (excluding room tax and beverages) from $479 per couple.

    New Year’s Eve

    Circa 1886 Restaurant celebrates the arrival of 2014 with a festive six-course prix fixe New Year’s Eve Dinner on Tuesday, December 31. The dinner is $125.00 per person excluding gratuity and tax, and includes a complimentary glass of champagne. Additional beverages are not included.

    Wentworth Mansion® is also offering a special two-night New Year’s Eve Package, starting at $1,250 (room tax and additional beverages not included), to coincide with the dinner for visitors who want to continue the celebration into the night. It includes dinner for two at Circa 1886 on any night besides Sunday and a bottle of champagne.

     

  • August 2013

    Charming Inns Locals Only Package

    Charming Inns Offers Solution To Rising Gas Prices – A Staycation With A Locals Only Package At Three Of Their Downtown Inns

    Charleston, SC – July 16, 2013 – Locally owned and operated Charming Inns properties, Wentworth Mansion®, John Rutledge House Inn® and Kings Courtyard Inn each have an offer that will truly be hard to beat – A locals only date ‘over’ night package. It’s a new twist on date night and easy on the gas budget. Three inns, three different packages – try one, try all three. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

    Charleston locals have a chance to be a tourist in their own town in late July and all of August. Residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties can take advantage of this special date “over” night package.

    The package at the John Rutledge House Inn® includes a three-course dinner for two at Circa 1886 Restaurant (excluding alcohol), as well as one night in a Standard Room, breakfast, afternoon tea and more. The package is priced from $299/night. Dinner is not available on Sundays. Weekend nights may require a 2 night stay. Based on availability July 29 – August 29, 2013.

    At the Wentworth Mansion®, the package also includes a three-course dinner for two at our Circa 1886 Restaurant (excluding alcohol), as well as one night in a Mansion Room, breakfast, afternoon wine and hors d’ouevres and much more. The cost of the package is from $349. Dinner is not available on Sundays. Weekend nights may require a 2 night stay. Based on availability July 22 – August 29, 2013.

    At the Kings Courtyard Inn the package includes a $30 gift card to Charleston’s newest breakfast and lunch restaurant, Kitchen 208, plus a one night stay in a Standard Room, continental breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese and more. The cost of the package is priced from $169/night. Weekend nights may require a 2 night stay. Based on availability July 29 – August 29, 2013.

    “We know everyone enjoys a night out without worrying about the kids, the office or the chores at home,” says Michelle Woodhull, VP Marketing and Revenue Management for the Charming Inns group. For details of each package or to make reservations please go to www.charminginns.com.

    About Charming Inns

    Charming Inns® is a family of four elegant and historic bed and breakfast inns all located within the heart of downtown Charleston. The properties, which include the Wentworth Mansion®, the John Rutledge House Inn®, the Kings Courtyard Inn, and the Fulton Lane Inn, have received numerous national accolades, including three as members of Historic Hotels of America and one as a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. In addition, Charming Inns owns and operates Forbes Four Star, AAA Four Diamond Circa 1886 restaurant located on the grounds of the Wentworth Mansion and Kitchen 208 their casual breakfast and lunch restaurant on King Street. For more information, visit www.CharmingInns.com.

  • June 2013

    8th Annual Sizzling Southern Celebration

    WHO: Set inside the historic carriage house at the award-winning Wentworth Mansion® hotel in Charleston, SC, Circa 1886 is a AAA Four-Diamond, Forbes Four Star restaurant. Executive Chef Marc Collins draws his inspiration from historic Southern dishes and always highlights what is local and in season, putting healthful, distinctive spin on classic Lowcountry dishes.

    WHAT: 8th Annual Sizzling Southern Celebration – Join Wentworth Mansion® and Circa 1886 in celebrating Independence Day in true southern fashion with libations and delicacies hot off the grill, all accompanied by a live music. After dark, guests head to the Mansion’s cupola with panoramic views of the city to watch Charleston’s fireworks display. The cost is $70 per person, including a glass of champagne, excluding tax, gratuity and additional beverages.

    Wentworth Mansion® is also offering a package for those who want to stay overnight, including a one-night stay from $539 per couple, excluding tax. The package includes the Sizzling Southern Celebration for two.

    WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 7:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Circa 1886, located at 149 Wentworth Street in Downtown Charleston

    HOW: To make a reservation or for more information about Circa 1886, call (843) 853-7828 or visit www.circa1886.com

  • May 2013

    Local Westbrook Brewery pairs up with Circa 1886 for a Craft Beer and Blue Jeans Dinner

    WHO: Set inside the historic carriage house at the award-winning Wentworth Mansion® hotel in Charleston, SC, Circa 1886 is a AAA Four-Diamond, Forbes Four Star restaurant. Executive Chef Marc Collins draws his inspiration from historic Southern dishes and always highlights what is local and in season, putting a healthful, distinctive spin on classic Lowcountry dishes.

    WHAT: Put on your favorite pair of blue jeans and join Chef Marc Collins for a fun and informal Blue Jeans and Craft Beer Dinner at our sister restaurant Circa 1886. This casual four course dinner pairs Collins’ Southern fare with craft beer selections from Charleston’s Westbrook Brewery. Expect dishes like the Duck Confit “Rueben” and Chicken Fried Pork Tenderloin with Horchata Black Truffle Gravy alongside newly released Westbrook beers. (full menu and beer pairings here) Festivities kick off with a reception and live music in the courtyard at 6:30. Dinner begins at 7:00. Cost is $50 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

    WHEN: Friday, June 14, 2013

    WHERE: Circa 1886, located at 149 Wentworth Street in Downtown Charleston

    HOW: To reserve your seat or for more information about Circa 1886, call (843) 853-7828 or visit www.circa1886.com.

  • April 2013

    Bon Appétit Grub Crawl – Charleston Tickets On Sale Now

    NEW YORK, April 22, 2013 – Bon Appétit Grub Crawl-Charleston, an on-the-move food event, will take place in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 22 and will feature a dynamic lineup of restaurants, bars, and chefs.

    The hottest food city in the South, Charleston boasts James Beard Award winners, fresh Low Country ingredients, and a variety of epicurean delights only found south of the Mason-Dixon line.

    Bon Appétit Grub Crawl-Charleston is the third event in a series of five: Bon Appétit Grub Crawl-New York City kicks things off, followed by its counterparts in Chicago, Charleston, Los Angeles, and Miami. All five events offer consumers a food-lifestyle experience that they can’t get anywhere else.

    In Charleston, guests will take part in a roving, forward-thinking lineup of programming as they explore different neighborhoods and interact with culinary talent at each stop along this movable feast.

    For ticketing and pricing, please visit: bagrubcrawl.com

    Bon Appétit Grub Crawl-Charleston: Saturday, June 22

    Daytime Programming

    • Kickoff Event: Stars – Snack on locally sourced Southern American cuisine from chef Nathan Thurston in a 1930s grill room atmosphere inspired by the original structure, a spacious antiques market. Toast wines on tap and unique signature cocktails.
    • The Cocktail Club – In a refined atmosphere, experience the art of the craft cocktail with house-made infusions, rare spirits, and farm-to-shaker beverages, alongside a menu of light fare created by executive chef Aaron Avers.
    • Xiao Bao Biscuit – In Charleston, where you least expect it, try Asian soul food. Choose from dishes straight out of China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, locally sourced and inspired by grandmothers everywhere.
    • The Grocery – Owner Kevin Johnson presents Grub Crawlers with a seasonal menu rooted in Southern and Mediterranean flavors. Enjoy house-made charcuterie and an extensive cocktail and wine list in this former furniture warehouse.
    • Hominy Grill – Chef/proprietor/James Beard Award winner Robert Stehling invites Grub Crawlers to this local institution to chow down on classic Southern specialties prepared from scratch with fresh, locally raised ingredients.

    Event Programming

    • Kickoff Event: Circa 1886 – Start the nighttime portion of BA Grub Crawl Charleston at this historic carriage house, where Executive Chef Marc Collins will serve classic, Lowcountry staples with a forward-thinking spin.
    • Cypress – Join two-time James Beard-nominated chef Craig Deihl as you savor reinvented classics that showcase his signature eclectic style. Enjoy the in-house charcuterie of more than 80 meats, and wash it down with wine from a collection of more than 4,500 bottles.
    • Gin Joint – Step back in time as you sip fine pre-Prohibition-style cocktails, made from high-end spirits with four different types of ice. Whether they’re made through percolating, carbonating, or cavitation, you’ll witness modern techniques and old-fashioned quality in this speakeasy-like spot.
    • The Bar at Husk – Enjoy modern cocktails in this transformed historic building—with its air of a bygone era still lingering. Look out over the wide verandas of Husk’s street front while tasting some of the most delicious drinks in the South.
    • Charleston Grill – Slip your way into the private Vintner’s Room featuring glass-fronted wine cellars as you dine on contemporary Southern cuisine made from fresh local produce, seafood, and game, prepared using four different styles: Southern, Pure, Lush, and Cosmopolitan.

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