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New Drinks in Charleston at Amen Street!

amencrowded81613Come in, take a seat and sip the new drinks at the Amen Street bar! Downtown Charleston SC is one of the best places to enjoy cocktails after work or before dinner.  We’ve added a new beer, a new wine and a new cocktail to the bar menu so, there is definitely something new for everyone.

With Fall officially on the calendar, there is no better way to celebrate then with a great draft of Brooklyn Brewery’s Oktoberfest.  Brewed from the finest German malt and hops, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is true to the original style, full-bodied and malty with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness.


Of course, there are some Charlestonians who want to hold onto Summer for as long as possible.  With our beautiful, mild temperatures, it’s easy to keep the Summer vibe going with our Endless Summer cocktail. A duo of Bacardi Limon and Bacardi Oakheart, Gosling’s Ginger Beer and Hibiscus-Mint Low Calorie Mixer made by Southern Twist of Charleston and served over ice, this “skinny” drink is freshing and delicious any time of year.


amenredwineatbarOur artisan tap wine selections from VinTap Wine have been popular with our guests and the new red on tap has been greeted with the same high regard.  Five Easy Pieces, a 2011 Bordeux  Blend from California has refreshing aromas of cassis, currant and dried sage followed by a claret centric of blueberry, bosenberry and plum.  It pairs perfectly with many of our dinner entrees or can be easily enjoyed on its own at the bar.

We welcome you to Amen Street to sip our new libations at the bar or with a meal in our dining room.  We open daily at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and serve dinner until 10:00 p.m.  Our bar is open 7 days a week until 2:00 a.m.

To reserve a table at Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar, please call our restaurant at 843-853-8600 or book online.



Cocktail & Wine Recommendations for Charleston Restaurant Week menu

vintapAmen Street Fish and Raw Bar has fantastic cocktail and wine recommendations for our Charleston Restaurant Week menu.  Selected to compliment the special menu, the drinks perfectly pair with the 3 courses for $30 menu prepared by Chef Ramon Taimanglo.  Our mixologists have even created a specialty cocktail just for the week, The Endless Summer, that can’t be missed.

Charleston Restaurant Week runs from September 4-15, 2013.  Our menu has recently been updated and be viewed here.  A popular time at our restaurant, reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 843-853-8600 or online.

Charleston Restaurant Week Cocktail & Wine Recommendations

The Endless Summer

Featured Cocktail

A duo of Bacardi Limon and Bacardi Oakheart, Gosling’s Ginger Beer and Hibiscus-Mint Low Calorie Mixer by Southern Twist of Charleston.  Served over ice.

VinTap Wine Selections

Picnic Table, 2011 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Carmelized apples, enhanced by an elegant citrus finish of lime and lemon.

Forenzo, 2011 Pinot Grigio, Forenzo Vineyard, Mendocino

This small vineyard produces pure and linear flavors of honeydew melon and Fuji apple with a crisp finish of lemon and mineral notes.

OUTOFBEER, 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast

Panoramic aromas and flavors of tangerine, nectarine and overtones of spice accompanied by a finish of honey, lemon and almond

Five Easy Pieces, 2010 Bordeaux Blend, California

Refreshing aromas of cassis, currant and dried sage followed by a claret centric of blueberry, boysenberry and plum.

We look forward to seeing you for Restaurant Week!  Cheers!


Tap Wine at Amen Street in Charleston SC

amenredwineinhandIt’s here! We’re excited to announce the arrival of artisan tap wine at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar in Charleston, SC.  When you are in downtown Charleston, you will most definitely want to have a seat at our wine bar and have a sip…or two.

Distributed by the leading national tap wine producer, VinTap Wines, the new tap wine system allows Amen Street to offer an even greater selection of estate wines by the glass. The stainless steel keg system uses an inert gas to push the wine through the lines which protects the wine from oxidation and cork taint. The result? The wine remains “winery fresh” from the first glass to the last.

Tap wine has been popular on the West Coast for quite some time not only because of the quality and variety it provides, but also the keg system is environmentally-friendly.  Producing and serving wine straight from the keg significantly reduces the amount of glass, cork and label usage that is required in bottled wine….items that end up in landfills. In fact, one keg is equal to 26 bottles of wine and the stainless steel kegs themselves are recyclable.


VinTap artisan wines have been a big hit at our sister restaurant, Stars Rooftop & Grill Room, and we are looking forward to Amen Street patrons enjoying them as well!


Picnic Table – 2011 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Taste characteristics: Caramelized apples, brightened by an elegant citrus finish of lime and Meyer lemon

Forenzo – 2011 Pinot Grigio, Forenzo Vineyard, Mendocino

Taste characteristics: This small vineyard produces pure and linear flavors of honeydew melon and Fuji apple with a crisp finish of lemon and mineral notes

OUTOFBEER – 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast

Taste characteristics: Panaramic aromas and flavors of tangerine, nectarine and overtones of spice accompanied by a finish of honey, lemon and almond

Red Barn – 2011 Pinot Noir, California

Taste characteristics: Almond and cherry aromas, well defined fruit accompanied by an array of spices and roasted coffee. A rustic finish of poached plums, cranberry and lemon

We welcome you to Amen Street to see and sip for yourself the outstanding quality of these wines For reservations, please call our restaurant at 843-853-8600 or online.

Happy Hour Cocktails at Amen Street Downtown Charleston

There’s no better place to sip Happy Hour cocktails than Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar in downtown Charleston, SC.  Located at 205 East Bay Street, Amen Street is in the heart of downtown and mere steps away from popular Charleston landmarks. Happy Hour at Amen Street is laid back and relaxing…the perfect place and time of day to kick back after work, rest after sightseeing or casually sip before dinner.

Happy Hour at Amen Street is Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at our beautiful bar featuring two flat screens to ensure you are updated on the latest news and sports.  We offer a large beer selection featuring domestic, imported and local brews, a wine bar with numerous vintages by the glass or bottle and specialty, original and classic cocktails. Enjoy these beverages while  overlooking our exhibition raw bar offering the best oysters, clams and shellfish in Charleston.  With our daily libation specials, it is easy to indulge in a drink…or two.



High Life Bottles & Yuengling Drafts


Budweiser & Bud Light


Oyster Shooters, Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila & Bourbon Drinks


Kenwood Sparkling Wine


Glory Days Cabernet Sauvignon & Canyon Road Pinot Grigio



We look forward to seeing you at Happy Hour today!


New Featured Wines at Amen Street’s Wine Bar

amenredwineatbarThis weekend is the perfect time to sip the new featured wines at Amen Street‘s wine bar in downtown Charleston, SC.  We’ve recently added  Conundrum Red Blend and White Blend to our wine menu.

Much like Amen’s unique take on traditional Southern cuisine, Condundrum began by putting their own spin on traditional red and white grape varietals. Instead of featuring single varietals, Condundrum has perfectly blended and balanced nontraditional varietals together to create a complex yet harmonious symphony of flavors.  Once you’ve had your first sip, you will surely agree these wines are delicious, high styled and pair beautifully with  Amen Street’s raw bar selections and signature dishes.

Conundrum Red Blend:

Conundrum Red Blend 2010 has a nose that is almost floral, with tones of lavender, dried berries, baking chocolate, bacon bits. Aromas are rich, velvety and wonderfully appealing. Silky round entry with acid to balance and high fruit concentration. The nose leaves no doubt about the seriousness of this wine. The palate is fruit driven both before and after the high tannin middle core. The finish is long, not drying of tannin, and beckons a second sip.

Conundrum White Blend:

Conundrum is a true California wine, with grapes sourced from Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Tulare counties. It is often described as “exotic” which is a fitting portrayal; there is no other wine quite like it.

This unique, non-traditional white wine blend was created to offer full-flavored fruit and enough complexity to match the creative dishes being offered by today’s generation of chefs. Conundrum can be served with every course from appetizer to dessert and pairs beautifully with spicy foods and full-flavored Asian cuisine. The “conundrum,” or puzzle, of this wine is in guessing which grapes make up the blend.

We invite you to Amen Street to sip and savor these delicious wines for yourself.  To make a reservation, please our restaurant at 843-853-8600 or reserve your table online.

Valentine’s Day Oysters & Champagne at Amen Street, Charleston SC

halfoysterWhat better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with oysters and champagne at Amen Street in downtown Charleston SC? It is well-known that oysters and bubbles are a romantic match made in culinary heaven.  Enjoying them at Charleston’s best seafood restaurant known for its Old Charleston charm and cozy atmosphere is well, Valentine’s Day dining bliss.

Festive and flirty, champagne is the quintessential beverage to be enjoyed on Valentine’s Day.  The pop of the cork, the sound of bubbles…before you’ve even ventured a sip, champagne magically creates a celebratory and happy mood.  Amen Street makes it so easy to indulge with your special someone by offering several sparkling wines and champagnes available both by the bottle and the glass.

While you are happily sipping, you can also happily savor in the best oyster selection available in Charleston. Amen’s raw bar specializes not only in  local oysters, but offers a fantastic selection sourced from the best sustainable farmers on the East and West coasts.  Amen’s vast selection enables guests to sample oysters they’ve never tasted before in Charleston.  Be sure to ask your server or raw bar specialist for a description of the oysters on our menu.  The terrain from each region greatly impacts the taste and flavor.

Of course just like the oyster itself, not all oyster lovers are the same. If raw oysters are not your style, Amen Street has much more oyster love to share.  A popular new dish recently added to our starter menu is Amen Street’s Baked Oysters featuring fresh shucked local oysters topped with a mousse of house cured Tasso ham, spinach and parmesan cheese all baked to gooey perfection.


If your idea of the perfect oyster involves crispy golden texture and a gentle crunch with each briny burst then we suggest our Fried Oyster Platter.


Whether enjoying our oysters at our relaxed bar or in our comfortable dining room, we promise they will make your heart aflutter.

For Valentine’s Day dinner reservations, please call Amen Street at 843-853-8600 or reserve your table online.  We look forward to seeing you and your sweetheart!


Wine Pairings for Charleston Restaurant Week Menu

Downtown Charleston top seafood restaurant, Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar added perfect wine pairings to their 3 for $30 Charleston Restaurant Week menu. Sip and savor with these amazing wines:
Hailing from the Marlborough region of New Zealand, Oyster Bay Chardonnay beautifully pairs with Amen’s Oyster Stew offered on the first course of the menu.   This delicious chardonnay has concentrated aromas and flavors of ripe citrus and stonefruit, balanced with subtle oak, and a creamy texture to finish. Enjoy by the glass for $9 and share a bottle with your table for only $35.
For the second course, we recommend the Cabernet Sauvignon Marques De Casa Concha from D.O. Puente Alto Chile.  This wine has been ranked three times in the prestigious Top 100 Wines of the Year by Wine Spectator.   The Cabernet Sauvignon pairs wonderfully with Amen Street’s shrimp and grits. Enjoy this wine by the glass for $11 or the bottle for $43.
For the third course,  we highly recommend Jackson Triggs, Vidal Icewine from the Niagara Peninsula in Canada.  Made from frozen grapes, this richly textured wine displays fresh tropical aromas of papaya, mango and apricot. Bold fruit flavours balanced with fine acidity caress the palate and conclude with an exquisite silky finish.   Enjoy it by the glass for just $8.
We look forward to seeing you during Restaurant Week.  For reservations, please call our restaurant at 843-853-8600 or book your table online.

Happy Hour Downtown Charleston SC at Amen Street!

Happy hour has arrived at Amen Fish & Raw Bar in downtown charleston south carolina! Happy hour at the Amen Street bar is Monday through Friday from 4 – 7 p.m.; perfect for after work or pre-dinner drinks and appetizers.  Without a doubt, our guests will be very happy with our special menu featuring many Amen favorites and specialities….


Happy Hour Menu


Gulf Oysters – 1/2 Dozen 5.95, Dozen 8.95

Fried Green Tomatoes – Sweet & Spicy Okra, Pimento Cheese 7.50

Jumbo Calamari – Corn, Bacon, Greene Onion, Tomato, Lemon Aioli 7.95

Steamed Mussels – Roasted Tomato, Garlic, White Wine 8.95

Lump Crab Cakes – Sweet Onion Remoulade 10.95



High Life Bottles & Yuengling Draft – 2.00

Budweiser & Bud Light – 2.50

Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila & Bourbon Drinks – 3.00

Kenwood Sparkling Wine – 4.00

Glory Days Cabernet Sauvignon & Canyon Road Pinot Grigio – 5.00


The Amen Street bar is open Sunday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.  In addition to our Happy Hour menu, we also serve a Late Night Menu at our bar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 10 p.m.

See you soon at Amen Street!

Cocktails in Charleston SC, Amen Street Style

Going out for great Cocktails in Charleston, SC? Amen Street Fish and Rawbar‘s speciality drink menu, cocktail specials and awesome bar ambiance makes it a favorite stop on East Bay Street.

From traditional cocktails to Southern favorites, Amen Street’s mixologists are known for crafting works of art behind the bar.  If you are looking for a new cocktail to try, here’s some of our favorite drinks at Amen Street.

Amen Street Oyster Shooter – This is probably one of our most popular drinks because it combines the best of both worlds at Amen Street….fresh seafood and great cocktails. Our oyster shooter is made with House Infused Spicy Lemon Pepper Vodka, Amen Street’s exclusive Bloody Mary Mix and a fresh oyster.   We know that not all oyster shooters are made the same, but we’ve got to say that it makes sense that the restaurant with the best oysters in Charleston would also have the best oyster shooter, right?


Hemingway Mojito - With Bacardi Rum, Campari, Fresh Grapefruit, Fresh Mint and Soda, the Hemingway Mojito is one of those drinks best enjoyed on vacation…or if you just want to feel like you are!  The fresh ingredients are really the key to making this cocktail so amazing.  There is no denying each distinct flavor with every sip.

Peninsula Peach Tea -  A “must-have” if you are visiting Charleston, this cocktail is made with locally made Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Sweet and Sour and Lemonade.  Lighten up this cocktail by requesting Firefly Skinny Tea instead of regular.  Either way, it’s refreshing, flavorful and perfect for our balmy Charleston Summer nights.

Keeping it peachy, we have to recommend our “Critic’s Choice” Frozen Peach Bellini (pictured right).  Made with Sparkling Wine, Peach Schnapps, Rum, Peach Puree and a splash of Lime Juice, our Peach Bellini is perfect any of time of day.  If you want a little extra punch, we recommend adding a Myer’s Rum Floater with your drink.

The Old “Charleston” - A favorite among many locals, this cocktail is made with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Grand Marinier and Muddled with Fresh Orange, Cherry, Sugar and Bitters.  Not too sweet and not too spicy…just perfect.

There’s nothing like a great martini and our Southern Pomegranate does not disappoint.  Shaken with Southern Comfort, Pama Liquor, Fresh Squeeze Lime Juice and Cranberry Juice, our Southern Pomegranate Martini is sinfully good.

Speaking of sinful martinis, our Van Gogh Espresso Martini just might be guilty as charged.  Made with Van Gogh Espresso Vodka, Kahlua, Creme de Cocoa and Bailey’s Irish Cream, it’s up to you if want to call it a cocktail or dessert.


Mexican Elder - Another great cocktail for a vacation state of mind, our Mexican Elder combines Jose Quervo, St. Germain, Pineapple Juice and Rose Water for a truly refreshing beverage.


If wine is more to your liking, our wine bar boasts an impressive collection of whites, reds, champagne, sparkling wine and blends from well-known wine regions around the world.  We also have five beers on tap along with numerous bottled craft beers. Without a doubt, there is something for everyone at Amen Street!


Best New Summer Wine & Our Delicious Amen Street Berry Salad

Our calendar tells us its still Spring in Charleston SC, but our warm weather is suggesting Summer has arrived. Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar in downtown Charleston is cooling down with the best Summer wine, Cedrus le Blanc.  A new addition to our bar menu, Cedrus le Blanc is a “must try” at Amen Street!

Hailing from the Southwest of France, Cedrus le Blanc is a white wine blend of 60% Columbard and 40% Ugni Blanc.  Light, crisp and dry, Cedrus le Blanc is the perfect wine to accompany our famous fresh oysters, seafood dishes and salads.

The wine novice and connoisseur alike will appreciate the distinct smells and tastes of fresh lemon, pear, grapefruit and coriander.  The high acidity gives Cedrus le Blanc a refreshing zing that simply tastes like Summer.



Does Summer really have a taste?


One bite of our famous Berries Salad will tell you quite simply – oh, yes! One of our most requested salads, if not the most popular, our Berries Salad is perfectly sweet and satisfying.  This salad is deliciously blended with mixed greens, seasonal berries, Charleston Bloomy-Rind cheese and spiced pecans then tossed with a champagne vinaigrette.  It makes for the perfect light lunch or can easily set the stage for one of Amen’s dinner entrees.


We welcome you to Amen Street to enjoy light Summer fare and refreshing flavors with us!  We are open from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. every day.  You can make reservations by calling 843-853-8600 or booking online.

Impressive Wine Bar in Charleston SC

Ask a wine connoisseur for a wine bar in Charleston SC recommendation and you won’t be surprised to see Amen Street at the top of their list.  Sure, Amen Street is known for the best seafood in Charleston, but one look at the wine bar menu and you can see why Amen’s wine selection is just as impressive as their fine dining.

With a full selection of whites, reds, sparkling and blends, Amen Street’s wine bar delivers stellar vintages from around the world at a price point for any budget. Amen Street offers 50 different wines available by the bottle with over half available by the glass.  Sample, sip, savor…it’s an easy credo to live by!

Whether you are enjoying a glass in the dining room or at the bar, you will find it easy to relax at Amen Street.  The exposed brick walls, beautiful oyster shell chandeliers and the whimsical art work by Paul Colin reminds you that you are indeed in Charleston. Around the bend from the main bar, a quiet alcove welcomes intimate gatherings of friends.


Charleston Charm at Amen Street

Of course as you sip, you most likely will also want to dine.  Guests will find Amen Street’s lunch, dinner and wine menus all compliment each other very nicely.  It will be hard to choose with so many options, so here are a few of our favorite food and wine pairings to get you started:


Tarrica, Riesling (Central Coast) - Available by the bottle or the glass, this is a traditional, dry Riesling that pairs well with most seafood dishes including Amen’s calamari, shrimp and grits and soft shell crab dishes.



Pine Ridge, Chenin Blanc/Viognier (California) - Bursting with fruity flavors such as pink grapefruit, mango and Anjou pear, this Chenin Blanc has a light and slightly off-dry flavor that goes well with Amen’s famous fresh oysters.


Pair with Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc

Charles Krug, Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) – Perfect for Spring and Summer, this Sauvignon Blanc is a light wine with citrus and grapefruit flavors.  We recommend enjoying it with any of our fresh herb grilled fish entrees.


Seaglass, Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara) -  A new addition to the Amen Street wine bar, the Seaglass Pinot Noir has delicate aromas and juicy cherry flavors. This wine is beautifully balanced bringing you a bright, clean style that compliments grilled seafood or dishes made with earthy mushrooms.


Wine Bar Charleston SC


Looking for fresh seafood and wine pairings from your personal list of favorites?  Be sure to ask our knowledgable servers and bar staff for suggestions that are sure to please your palate.  Cheers!


Satisfy Your Halloween Sweet Tooth at Amen Street

Starting this afternoon, Charleston has a jam-packed weekend of Halloween events on its schedule. With a city full of college kids, it might be tempting to keep the party moving through next week. The harsh reality? Some of us must leave the costumes and craziness behind to button back up for a new work week.  That 9 am meeting comes way too early. Amen Street makes the perfect spot for a sweet, low-key Halloween night. Costumes encouraged.

I personally cannot think of a better place to fall into a sugar-induced Halloween coma than Amen Street. Of course, you can always stop in for fresh seafood any day of the week, but their desserts and wine pairings are insanely good for this special occasion.

I dream about Amen’s Berry Bread Pudding. It’s so rich and delicious it could actually be a meal itself.

Berry Bread Pudding and a glass of Moscato. Perfection.

Chef Ollard just dreamed up new desserts, featured on Amen Street’s daily special menu. If you’re lucky, you can still get a slice of his Coconut Cream Pie- served with Chantilly Cream and Raspberry Coulis. So delicious! Laura Lovisone, Amen’s General Manager and her awesome staff can suggest the perfect wines to round it all out.

If you’d rather drink some sweetness, or need some hair of the dog, try Grandma’s Milk and Cookies Martini, layered with Godiva Chocolate Liquor, Gran Marnier, Kahlua, Milk . Or sip on a glass of Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale. Amen’s bartenders are always pouring decadent dessert drinks and festive seasonal beers.

Happy Halloween, Charleston!

It’s Drinkin’ Weather

It has officially cooled down enough to peel yourself away from the air conditioning vent. Now it’s time to get back on the scene and enjoy the beginning of fall with a nice adult beverage.

Amen Street gets a lot of praise for their food, but they also have an incredible drink offering. An afternoon drink at Amen Street is the perfect escape. You feel far removed from the bustle of East Bay Street as you pull up a big cushioned bar stool and sip on the bar’s unique ambiance that’s just the right mix of nautical, artsy and chic.

Some of Amen’s most impressive offerings are off the wine menu, with over fifty Reds, Whites and special varieties. Each wine was carefully chosen to compliment Amen’s fresh fish and local flavors. Whether you’re in the market for crudo, an oyster sampler or just need a glass to escape workday stress, your bartender can help you decide.

Just a few of Amen's Drink Selections

For the beer drinkers among us, Amen has five draught beers on tap, including the hard to find Allagash White and local favorite Holy City Porter from North Charleston’s latest microbrewery addition, Holy City Brewing Company. If you prefer bottles, they’ve got plenty of those, too.

Amen Street’s insistence on using local product doesn’t stop at their seafood. Their specialty cocktails are made with local ingredients, housemade mixes and when possible- Southern style liquor. Sip on a heavenly Frozen Bellini with fresh peach puree, super refreshing Hemmingway Mojito with a fresh grapefruit twist or throw back our signature Oyster Shooters with house infused spicy lemon pepper vodka.

Have we convinced you to come the bar yet?

Local Taste: Triggerfish with Oyster and Leek Fondue

For something really tantalizing, a creamy fondue spiked with the signature saltiness of local oysters really did the trick.

Triggerfish with Local Oyster and Leek Fondue

The Triggerfish was served with a 2009 Anne Amie Cuvee A Amrita that was warm and sparkly.


Clean and bitter Amrita set against the flaky and creamy Triggerfish made for a memorable dish that cleaned up after itself.

Empty Oyster shell

For delicious dishes like this, come see us at Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar! There are always new events and dishes in the works and we can’t wait to meet you :)



Big Flavor: Red Porgy with Garlic, Tomatoes and Capers

The second course of the Wine Dinner featured Red Porgy paired with a 2008 Anne Amie Cuvee A Muller Thurgau.

Red Porgy

I was lucky enough to be sat with Mark Marhefka of Abundant Seafood and supplier of the fish for the evening. He gave me a little background info on this Red Porgy: it is classified as local, which means that it is being served within 450 miles of harvest point and it has a particularly low fat content.

Anne Amie Muller Thurgau

The pickled taste of the capers against the flaky white fullness of the Porgy was perfectly crystallized by the effervescent taste of the Thurgau.

The aftermath

The aftermath! That dish didn’t stand a chance.

Cheers all!


Comfort Food: Scallops with Blue Cheese Risotto

Amen Street knows their seafood and this was evident in the opening course of the Wine Dinner. Course one was a Seared Jumbo Scallop served with Bacon and Buttermilk Blue Cheese Risotto.

Jumbo Scallop with Risotto
Truly mouthwatering, this buttery scallop and risotto were cleaned from the tongue by the berry tones of the 2008 Anne Amie Cuvee A Pinot Noir served alongside.

2008 Anne Amie Cuvee A Pinot NoirAll of this broke the bubbles of tension between new friends and invited us to talk, laugh and eat. No better way to start an evening.

Exploring the First Course