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CO Introduces New $3, $4, $5 Happy Hour

October 14, 2016

This past Monday CO rolled out a new happy hour menu that builds off of their popular $4 menu. The new menu will give guests the opportunity to enjoy more delicious options at two new prices, $3 and $5, as well as $4.

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To kick things off, guests can pay for a happy hour dish with an Instagram picture Monday Oct. 17 – Friday Oct. 21 from 4pm-7pm.  Guests must tag CO using @eatatCOchs and also use the hashtag #COhappyhour to redeem their free happy hour dish of their choosing.

New Menu:

$3 category:

  • steamed edamame
  • pork belly bun (single)
  • pork and crab spring roll (single)
  • mango summer roll (single)
  • fresh fruit infused sake

$4 category:

  • shishito peppers
  • edamame gyoza
  • beef & kimchi dumplings
  • yellow curry (chicken or tofu)
  • draft beer
  • select wine

$5 category:

  • malaysian chili wings
  • chicken katsu banh mi slider
  • tuna tataki
  • signature craft cocktail

Charleston Restaurant News Events

Liberate Your Palate Cocktail Tour Comes to Charleston

July 21, 2016

Calling all cocktail lovers! The Liberate Your Palate Cocktail Tour is expanding to Charleston for the first time this year, running July 29 – September 30.

Liberate your palate

The idea is simple: with the purchase of a Passbook for $20, guests receive a pocket-sized booklet filled with $5 drink specials at some of Charleston’s best restaurants including 492, 5Church, Bar Mash, Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill, Cannon Green, Craftsman Kitchen & Taphouse, The Grocery, High Cotton, Home Team BBQ, Indaco, O-Ku, Old Village Post House Inn, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Rarebit and Slightly North of Broad.

The Viper, 5Church

The Viper, 5Church


Upon redemption, bartenders will punch guest’s passbooks, valid for 1 cocktail at each restaurant July 29 – September 30. Liberate Your Palate also as an app available for iPhone and Andriod phones, allowing users to find locations, map to and “check-in” locations, view operating hours, make reservations and share photos on Facebook and Twitter.

Charleston, SC Events Restaurant Reviews

Sushikon Brewshi Tour

May 13, 2016
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The only time “I ate sushi on a bus” is an ok statement.

Earlier this month, we attended Sushikon’s Brewshi Tour. Sushikon was started by the same people who brought us Octobachi downtown, which is sadly no longer. When I first heard about this tour, I thought it sounded like a really fun, new, and unique idea. It’s sort of like a food-truck-meets-brewery-tour-meets-sushi.

If you close your eyes you can pretend like you're in Japan!

If you close your eyes you can pretend like you’re in Japan!

This was only their 3rd tour ever and they have many more planned for the next few months. We went to three local breweries and were served a sushi meal in between each stop. We met at the bus depot downtown around 6 pm and left to go to our first brewery, Freehouse Brewery.

That's what we're talkin' bout.

That’s what we’re talkin’ bout.

 


If you haven’t ever been, I would recommend making the trek just for the view alone; it’s absolutely gorgeous!

Plus, dog friendly! Win-win!

Plus, dog friendly! Win-win!

We tried two half pints while we talked to frequent brewery goers and looked at the equipment. Freehouse had a gorgeous view of the Ashley River, but was a tad small, so it gets crowded very quickly. The beers were very refreshing and crisp.

Half pints are like mini-muffins: they don't actually count as real life.

Half pints are like mini-muffins: they don’t actually count as real life.

After about 30 minutes at Freehouse, we headed back to the bus to enjoy our first round of sushi: sushi nachos with fresh, local tuna, imitation crab, avocado, carrots, cucumber and caviar on top of blue corn tortilla chips. The nachos were tasty and light after our first round of beers.

You heard that right. Sushi. Nachos.

You heard that right. Sushi. Nachos.

While eating sushi nachos, we headed toward our second brewery, Tradesman on James Island. Driving down Folly Road, you would never suspect the building behind a gas station to hold many, delicious beers.

Oh, hey, secret Brewery. Nice to meet you!

Oh, hey, secret Brewery. Nice to meet you!

This two-story building has different taps on the different levels, and each beer is named after something trade related, and each tap has a tool as a handle.

The closest I'll ever get to being in a tool shed.

The closest I’ll ever get to being in a tool shed.

Some of the beers we tried were infused with different flavors that we’d never seen anywhere else. Including a coffee beer that was not a stout or porter, but more of a light beer. One of the beers that is frequently on their menu is called Coco Nuts & Bolts made with toasted coconut, which I will definitely be going back to try as they had run out.

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Is it just me or are these half pints getting bigger?

As we made our way back to the bus, we had a platter of sushi waiting for us. The sushi tasted fresh and was very filling, but wasn’t overly flavorful or unique.

At least it looks pretty!

At least it looks pretty!

They also turned on these cool lights inside the bus once it started to get dark outside.

Disco sushi bus! New band name!

Disco sushi bus! New band name!

We made our way to the last brewery, Low Tide on Johns Island. This brewery was definitely the largest and had the most equipment.

Low Tide; High Appreciation.

Low Tide; High Appreciation.

It’s a new building that is decorated with a very beachy feel. We were impressed with the beers we had as they were all unique flavors, especially the Pete’s Coconut Chai, which is a darker beer with notes of coconut and chai. For a dark beer, it was surprisingly light.

Still no word on who this "Pete" fella is, though.

Still no word on who this “Pete” fella is, though.

When we got back on the bus to head downtown, a dessert sushi was waiting for us. We were not very impressed with the dessert. Fruit sushi isn’t something I would normally order on the menu, but I also wouldn’t want something that’s supposed to be sweet wrapped in seaweed. I think if they had a green tea ice cream, mochi or even mango rice pudding, it would have been a better alternative to what they served.

Hey, you can't win them all.

Hey, you can’t win them all.

Overall, we had an awesome time on the Brewshi Tour, but I think they have a few areas they could improve. I think the overall price is too expensive, being about $100 per person after taxes. The food was good and I loved that the tuna was fresh and local, but I’m not sure the food was worth the price of the tour. Visiting the breweries was great and being able to try their different beers on tap was a fun way to be introduced to each brewery. It wasn’t as much as a tour as I expected, the breweries were a little too small for that. The tour guide on Sushikon has a lengthy resume, working with many breweries, and is incredibly knowledgeable. He was available for questions during the brewery visits, but we didn’t actually get any official tours of the breweries, which I think would’ve been really fun. I think they also will need to have a rotating brewery list because as a return customer, you wouldn’t want to go back to the same brewery each time.

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Still have no idea what any of this stuff does.

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Charleston Restaurant News Events

Mother’s Day Round Up

May 4, 2016

Treat mom to an amazing day; she deserves it!

[This list will be updated as more events are added]

Mother's Day

Downtown

The Alley


May 8, 11 am – 10 pm

The Alley is treating all moms to one free game of bowling with their families on Mother’s Day Sunday May 8, 2016 from 11am – 10pm as a thanks to all that moms everywhere do.

Guests can also enjoy $3 mimosas and bloody mary’s until 5pm.

Lanes are first come, first serve, and no reservations will be accepted for the promotion.

Bay Street Biergarten

May 8, 11 am – 3 pm

Bay St Biergarten is hosting a “Thank You Mom” Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday May 8, 2016 from 11am – 3pm that includes a free gift for all moms that attend (the gift isn’t a flower).

Moms and their families can enjoy Bay Street Biergarten’s popular brunch menu, which includes the Chicken and Waffle, Southern Fried Green Tomato Benedict and the Creme Brûlée French Toast, as well as mimosas and bloody marys.

High Cotton

May 8, 10 am – 2:30 pm

Celebrate the one you call Mother with Brunch on Sunday, May 8th, from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm. Reservations are required and can be made by calling us at 843-724-3815.

Mount Pleasant

Tavern & Table

May 8, 11 am – 3 pm

Celebrate Mother’s Day with the return of their popular annual Just Ducky Fundraiser benefitting women’s cancer research at Hollings Cancer Center on Sunday May 8, 2016 from 11am – 3pm.

Guests can start Mother’s Day off by enjoying brunch favorites such as Toad in the Hole, and Duck Confit Hash, and listen to live music by David Higgins.At 1:30pm everyone is encouraged to go out to the docks for the start of the exciting Just Ducky race.  All of the rubber ducks will be released into the creek and the first, and the owner of the winning duck will receive a $250 gift certificate to Red’s and $300 Tavern and Table.Registered rubber ducks are $50 with 100% of the proceeds go to women’s cancer research at Hollings Cancer Center (only 200 ducks available for racing).  Guests can also purchase a non racing  rubber duck to “duckerate” for only $10 (includes supplies).

Call (843) 352-9510 for brunch reservations.

West Ashley

Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview

May 8, 12 – 4 pm

Lunch buffet for mom from 12 – 4pm.

Charleston Restaurant News Events

Kentucky Derby Round Up

May 3, 2016

Grab your big floppy hats and Lilly Pulitzer dresses: it’s the Kentucky Derby! Here’s where to catch all the action in the Holy City.

[We’ll be updating this list as more events are added]

Kentucky Derby

Downtown

The Alley


May 7, 5 – 9 pm

Race fans can enjoy a bourbon tasting for featuring Bulleit Bourbon, and a special Derby inspired menu for hungry viewers while listening to live music by The Bluestone Ramblers Bluegrass Band. Live music starts at 5:30pm.

There will even be a FREE Sports Book /horse contest. Guests can enter their name and email and select a horse they believe will win. Everyone who picked the winning horse will be in a raffle to win a custom Affordabike.

Admission is free for this event and guests are strongly encouraged to get in the derby spirit by wearing traditional adornments like big derby hats, seersucker and bow ties.

Special Kentucky Derby inspired food menu:

  • Hot Brown Sandwich
  • Triple Crown Burger
  • Fried Catfish Deviled Eggs
  • Country Ham Biscuit Sliders
  • Country Fried Chicken

Bay Street Biergarten

May 7, 5 – 8 pm

Bay St Biergarten will be turning their popular biergarten into a giant Infield for their Kentucky Derby Tailgate Party on Saturday May 7th from 5pm – 8pm complete with Woodford Mint Juleps and New Belgium bier specials.

Since the infield at Churchill Downs take life a lot less seriously, ladies and gentlemen are encouraged to dust off their old big hats for a Most Creative Hat Contest: Decorate a big floppy hat from the inspiration of their favorite drink/bier name (example: Holy City Washout Wheat maybe a hat with waves and wheat attached to it). The most creative hat will win Bier Bucks.

Guests should also ride their bikes to the party and enter the New Belgium Brewery Slow Ride competition. At 5pm be the LAST person to cross the finish line without letting their feet touch the ground and win a custom New Belgium bike.

The Rooftop at Vendue

May 7, 3 – 7 pm

Join The Rooftop at Vendue for Derby Day, for live music from The Lowhills, and a “Best Dressed” & “Best Hat” Contest

Derby Cocktail Specials: $9 Mint Juleps

Mount Pleasant

Tavern & Table

May 7, 5 – 8 pm

Guests can enjoy live music from The Moonshiners while sipping on mint juleps, and enjoy a hot brown from Chef Katie and all while experiencing the best two minutes in sports.

Guests that think they know which horse will win can enter the free horse picking contest. If their horse wins, they could walk away with $100 house cash.

The party is free to attend, but guests are encouraged to sport their best Derby attire.

Charleston Restaurant News Events

Cinco de Mayo Round Up

May 2, 2016

Everyone’s favorite excuse to drink margaritas and eat guacamole is finally here! We’ve got the scoop on where to go this May 5th.

[This list will be updated as more events are added]

Cinco-de-mayo

Downtown Charleston

Bar Mash


May 5, 4 pm – until

Featuring live music, games, and more!

Drink specials: tequila specials will be available

Bay St. Biergarten

May 5, 11 am – 11 pm

Bay St Biergarten will be serving up nacho specials, a special tequila cocktail, and even a taco eating challenge.

Whoever can eat 10 soft tacos the fastest will be heading home with a Bay Street Biergarten Gift Basket (worth up to $150 value). $10 to enter, and it all goes down at 8pm.

Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival

Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed, May 7, 7 – 11 pm

Featuring live music, a Zumba exhibition, tequila tasting, and more!

Tickets are $10

Grand Bohemian Rooftop

May 7, 6 pm – until

Relax with ritas on the rooftop. They’ll also be offering taco specials the whole night to keep you in the festive spirit! 

Drink specials: margaritas are $7 per glass or $30 to share by the bowl.

Taco Boy

May 5, 11 am – 11 pm

The Green Thieves will pumping out the musica downtown from 5PM-8PM, and Taco Boy will be handing out plenty of sombreros and mustaches for everyone!

They’ll also have a photo booth with C.Tan Photography for you to get a little loco, and special margaritas featuring Casa Noble Tequila!

James Island

SIP Tap Room

May 5, 5 pm – until

Listen to live music and sip on $2 Mexican beers. Enjoy the outdoor patio and bring your dogs if you’d like.

Drink specials: $2 Corona, Corona Light, Tecate, Dos Equis; $12 Margartia Pitchers; $20 All you can drink Margaritas

Mount Pleasant

FILL Restaurant & Piano Bar

May 5, 4 pm – 10 pm

Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar invites guests to join them this Thursday night for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Guests will enjoy Mexican food specials, margarita specials, cervezas and a dueling piano show.

Thursday night’s dueling piano show will start at 8pm with pianists Dave D and Johnny K. To make your reservation and to learn more about Cinco de Mayo Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar, please visit FillBar.com or find them on Facebook at Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar.

SIP Tap Room

May 5, 5 pm – until

Listen to live music and sip on $2 Mexican beers. Enjoy the outdoor patio and bring your dogs if you’d like.

Drink specials: $2 Corona, Corona Light, Tecate, Dos Equis; $12 Margartia Pitchers; $20 All you can drink Margaritas

North Charleston

Básico

May 5, 5 – 10 pm

Featuring live bossa nova and choro music from local Brazilian band Porto Seguro, a mechanical bull, and the full menu will be available for purchase.

Drink specials: $3 margaritas

Summerville

Charleston Sports Pub

May 5, 4 pm – until

Featuring live music and party favors galore.

Drink specials: $3 Espolón, house margaritas, coronas, tacos.

West Ashley

Charleston Sports Pub

May 5, 4 pm – until

Featuring live music and party favors galore.

Drink specials: $3 Espolón, house margaritas, coronas, tacos.

Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

May 5,  5 – until

Featuring live music from The Dubplates, Big Hair Productions, and more, the event will also feature Samba Dancing Girls, Fire Hula Hoopers, a Photo Booth, Modelo Girls and Milagro Ladies,  a taco eating contest, giveaways, and more!

Drink specials: $3 Modelo Especial Cans, Drafts: Corona Lt, Dos Equis, Negra Modelo, Pacifico, $5 Milagro Blanco Shots, $6 Milagro Cocktail

 

Events

Cowboy Charcoal’s 1st Annual “Fire & Ice Women’s Championship”

April 28, 2016

Cowboy Charcoal, maker of top selling, all-natural hardwood lump charcoal, wood chips and chunks, recently announced the first ever Cowboy Charcoal Fire and Ice Women’s Championship Barbeque Series to celebrate female barbeque competitors across the United States.

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Cowboy Charcoal, in partnership with the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), kicks off the 2016 barbeque season with the new competition series, looking for the best female pitmasters to be judged on taste, appearance and texture in the following categories: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.


“We are excited to announce our first women’s competition series with KCBS,” said Chris Caron, Vice President, General Manager for Duraflame, Inc. “We’re inspired by women in the BBQ industry who are making a mark on the scene. We wanted to create a platform to celebrate the trend-setting women in the industry and recognize these talented pitmasters among their peers.”

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To qualify for the series, teams must be pre-registered with KCBS and have a designated female pitmaster. Teams accrue points at KCBS-sanctioned events from January 2016 through The American Royal competition later in the calendar year. The top ten women’s teams will win a spot to compete at the World Barbecue Championship in Orange Beach, Ala. November 9-13, 2016, where they will vie for $15,000 in diamond jewelry in the Fire & Ice Finals Competition.

“We are so thrilled to have a focused and fun program this year — thanks to Cowboy Charcoal — that celebrates the female pitmaster,” commented Carolyn Wells, Executive Director of KCBS. “Our community of passionate BBQ enthusiasts is anchored by both men and women, so I applaud Cowboy’s efforts to shine a well-deserving light on the females who are excelling in professional barbeque.”

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For more information about the competition and how to register, please visit www.CowboyFireAndIce.com. For competitors not registered with KCBS, please visit http://www.kcbs.us/join.php.

Events

Mixson Farmers Market Opens April 9th

March 30, 2016

Mixson Farmers Market in partnership with GrowFood Carolina kicks off its season with a grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with live music from the V-Tones, kids activities, chef demos, and a Sweet & Savory local pie contest to celebrate Eat Local Month.

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April’s harvest will bring an abundance of fresh produce from GrowFood’s network of S.C. farmers, and Slow Food’s Tiny Tastemakers initiative will offer a children’s lesson in strawberry pie waffle cones. A healthy dessert bar will feature freshly made yogurt with fruit and toppings with recipes, instructions on making your own yogurt at home, and info on local farms. The activity costs $5.


For the Sweet & Savory Local Pie Contest, the Cake Farmer Amy Robinette will serve as guest judge and will have pies for sale at the market. Folks can enter by bringing a fresh pie at noon. Must be made with local produce and can be either sweet or savory. Prizes will be awarded to the top pies.

Each month throughout the growing season, Mixson Farmers Market partners with GrowFood Carolina to highlight seasonal ingredients and provide a one-stop shop for fresh produce grown by S.C. farmers. In addition to seasonal fruit and vegetables, the Farmers Market also stocks local cheeses, fresh breads, artisanal grains, honey, jams, jellies, and other goodies. The Farmers Market runs the second Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April through July.

May 14: Honey Do, a day to celebrate local honey with beekeeping demos & much more
June 11: Blueberry Bonanza, an event dedicated to fresh blueberries with live music & chef demos
July 9: Tomayto Tomahto, a celebration of sweet summer tomatoes with tomato pie contest

Events

Taste of Hutson Alley Street Fair, April 7, 2016

March 19, 2016

Holy City Hospitality is proud to announce the second installment of the Taste of Hutson Alley on Thursday, April 7 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

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The celebration is a refined take on street fair and will take place along the historic alleyway with tastings from six restaurants, wine sampling, beer from Freehouse Brewery and live jazz music featuring Jon Thornton.


“We can’t think of a better way to usher in spring than under the sweeping palmettos and glowing lights of Hutson Alley,” said Marty Wall, managing director at Holy City Hospitality.

Menu highlights include:

39 Rue de Jean

  • Chicken liver mousse banh mi with spiced pork, pickled daikon, carrot, cucumber, spicy aioli and fresh cilantro.
  • Frites and garlic aioli.

Coast Bar and Grill

  • Shrimp ceviche tostada.

Michael’s on the Alley

  • Certified Angus Beef filet, sliced and served with a trio of house sauces, including Michael’s on the Alley steak sauce, bordelaise sauce and horseradish crème fraîche.

Vincent Chicco’s

  • House spaghetti alla chitarra with Sunday gravy and Pecorino.

Virginia’s on King

  • Miniature chocolate pecan pies.

The Victor Social Club

  • Dark strawberry mojito specialty cocktail and special tasting station with Red Harbor Rum.

Tickets are now available for $65 and all attendees must be over 21 years of age. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Charleston Restaurant News Events

Slow Food Charleston’ Snail Awards Finalists Announced

March 18, 2016

[Updated: 3/22 with winners]

Slow Food Charleston is organizing an inaugural Snail Awards program to recognize leaders in the community that support the Slow Food movement. The event, set for Monday, March 21 from 6:00 to 9:00pm will take place at The American Theater.

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For the event, there will be an awards ceremony that will announce the winners of the following award categories—The Activist, The Provider, The Artist (food & beverage categories), The Snailblazer, and The Place. There is also an award for The Legend ,which will be presented to Chef Mike Lata of FIG and The Ordinary, who was one of the original founders of the Slow Food Charleston chapter and is a starch advocate of supporting local foodways.  Lata will receive a custom trophy by Robert Thomas. Winners will receive a custom Le Creuset Dutch Oven with a custom snail knob crafted by Robert Morris.  The Snailblazer will receive a $1,000 cash prize.


Finalists and winners were chosen by a panel of esteemed judges including:

  • Dr. David Shields, University of South Carolina, Slow Food Southeast Ark of Taste Committee Chair
  • Stephanie Burt, The Southern Fork
  • Jed Portman, Garden & Gun
  • Patricia Agnew, Culinary Institute of Charleston
  • Vanessa Driscoll Bialobreski, Farm to Table Event Co,
  • Caitlin Etherton, Community activist
  • Mike Lata, FIG/The Ordinary

The 2016 Snail Awards Finalists in each of the following categories are:

  • The Activist:
    An individual or organization that is a spokesperson or voice for the Slow Food mission.

    • Germaine Jenkins, Fresh Future Farm
    • Nikki Seibert, DirtWorks Incubator Farm
    • WINNER: Charleston County Green Waste Program
  • The Provider:
    A producer or provider of food at the most basic level.

    • Kerry & Mark Marhefka, Abundant Seafood
    • WINNER: Celeste Albers, Green Grocer
    • Greg Johnsman, Geechie Boy
  • The Artist:
    An individual or business that is using refined skill with locally, sustainably soured ingredients to provide for the community. One winner will be recognized for work with food and another for work with beverage.

    • Food
      • Josh Walker, Xiao Bao Biscuit
      • Chris Stewart, Glass Onion
      • WINNER: Craig Diehl, Cypress/Artisan Meat Share
    • Beverage
      • WINNER: High Wire Distilling
      • COAST Brewing
      • Cannonborough Beverage Company
  • The Place:
    A business that adheres to Slow Food principles in terms of its business practices and philosophies.

    • Wild Olive/The Obstinate Daughter
    • WINNER: Grow Food Carolina
    • Neighborhood Dining Group
  • The SnailBlazer:
    The publicly-nominated award for an individual who is making strides in their own field to positively impact the Charleston community.

    • Chris Wilkins, Roots Baking Company
    • WINNER: Germaine Jenkins, Fresh Future Farm
    • Nikki Seibert, Lowcountry Local First
    • Kate DeWitt & Lindsey Barrow, Lowcountry Street Grocery
    • Frasier Block & Blue Laughters, Johns Island Farmers Market
    • Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, Lime and Lotus Healing Center
    • Ann Marshall & Scott Blackwell, High Wire Distilling

A celebration of the winners will follow the ceremony featuring dishes by chefs Kevin Mitchell of the Culinary Institute of Charleston, Nico Romo of FISH, Lauren Mitterer of WildFlour, Jason Stanhope of FIG and Jacques Larson of Wild Olive  & The Obstinate Daughter, and John Fleer of Rhubarb in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Beverages will be provided by High Wire Distilling, COAST Brewing, Westbrook Brewing and Vicario wines. McCarus Beverage Company is providing a toast to the winners to kick off the celebration of the awards. Entertainment will be by The V-Tones.

Tickets are $80 per person for members, and $90 per person for nonmembers and can be purchased at www.snailawardschs.com.

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