When Robert Dickson earlier this month staged a temporary resurrection of Robert’s for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, the service was called “One Night Only,” because restaurants of the past generally don’t come back. But Drawing Room is about to present another exception to the rule in conjunction with The Vendue’s new art exhibit.
As a tie-in with Homage, a collection of 30 works commissioned by the downtown hotel, Drawing Room chef Forrest Parker is presenting dishes inspired by historic Charleston restaurants. The artists were asked to each choose an inspiration and reimagine one of his or her works for the show; Parker, by contrast, selected eight restaurants to reinterpret.
The menu for the Apr. 5 dinner includes Drawing Room’s versions of the Edisto Motel’s fried shrimp; William Deas’ she-crab soup; Henry’s relish tray and Perdita’s crab remick. Other restaurants represented are Louis’s; Colony House and Miss Alice’s Fine Foods, which will be commemorated with red velvet cake and strawberry bark. While savory courses will be served with wine, the dessert course comes with a shot of Grand Marnier.
Wine pairings are priced at $30; dinner alone costs $75. In addition to food and drink, the 7 p.m.-9 p.m. meal will also feature short talks by artists who contributed to Homage. The exhibit officially opens the following evening with a 6 p.m. reception. For reservations or more information, visit thevendue.com or call 843-577-7970.