Sheri Taylor


The Guerrillas have invaded Charleston.... Viva la Revolution.

Photo Courtsey of Todd Hadley

Magic Road Trips are all about a weekend getaway destination where you can enjoy and experience the city and be exposed to the city like a local.

With our multitude of restaurants and drive thrus all across this great land of ours, we are no strangers to dining. Fine dining, yes we have all done that. How about adventuresome dining?

Let's say perhaps a restaurant comes to life for one night, brining with it local grown foods and entertainment. Now do I have your attention? Let me introduce you to phrase you will be hearing a lot about, "Pop-Up Restaurants".

They are the latest rage and I was recently invited to be the guest of JimiHatt. Once you meet Jimi you will never forget him or the adventure ride his dinners will take you on. He is a ball of energy that single handedly spearheaded the Pop-Up Restaurant Revolution with Guerrilla Cuisine. After the amazing dining experience that I enjoyed, all of Charleston will be shouting viva la revolution.

The menu was the creation of the very talented Amanee Neirouz, known around Charleston as a pastry chef but she is one talented lady to watch. She put together an amazing menu that began with a delicious fruit salad consisting of cantaloupe, blackberries, local artisan feta cheese all topped with fennel.

The second course delighted with a coastal delicacy of pickled shrimp and fresh local grown vegetables like roasted corn, tomatoes, carrots and red peas. Just when you think it couldn't get any better they followed with delicious buttermilk biscuits. Maybe I should refer to them as butter infused buttermilk circles of goodness... that found a match made in heaven, when paired with the homemade white peach jam.
Guerrilla Cuisine

The main course was all the rage and like nothing I have ever seen before. Admist the oooh's and ahhhs--- we were presented with a local slow roasted hog and an alligator wrapped in bacon, paired with roasted cauliflower and red eye grits. If you are southern... you know what red eye gravy is, if not then BLESS YOUR HEART!

On to dessert, what could possibly top this meal fit for low country royalty? Slow churnned homemade ice cream made of local white peaches and tomatoes served up in an adorable mason jar.

It was a evening that will live on in the mind of the attendees. The menu was amazing and the night's entertainment was provided by a talented family trio named Volcanoes in the Kitchen. Their father was the brave gentleman in the top picture who wanted to animate the main course by opening the gator's mouth for the paparazzi.

Expect big things from everyone involved with this evening.

I have been asked by friends, family and coworkers about the meal and how they too can experience it. You can find Jimi on Facebook, Twitter and a list of his upcoming events at . You must visit Charleston and of course do the touristy thing, it is Charleston after all, but make sure that you schedule your trip around one of Jimi's dinner experiences. You will love it!

Part two of Magic Road Trips Charleston will feature another Pop Up Dinner inside the city complete with Geechee Cuisine at the popular downtown establishment Proof.

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