Scrumptious Summerville, the annual food-themed homes tour benefitting Children in Crisis, changes up its itinerary every year. Sometimes the homes are brand new. And sometimes they’re much older, with the expected compact kitchens.
“They do what they can with the space limitations,” the event’s chef chair, Marilyn Kaple, says.
Last year, the kitchen in which The Ice House’s chef was stationed was so tight that he ended up serving appetizers on the porch.
“This year, all of the chefs are getting top quality kitchens,” Kaple vows.
The thirteenth edition of the event, scheduled for Oct. 4, will wind through the Guilford Gates neighborhood on Central Avenue. Participating Charleston chefs include Circa 1886’s Marc Collins, preparing a cauliflower flan with foie gras powder; R Kitchen’s Ross Webb, making watermelon-and-cucumber salad with feta and herbs and Blossom’s Adam Close, contributing beef brisket with apple slaw and cornbread.
“All of these chefs are in the kitchens of really outstanding homes,” Kaple says. “Adam Close doesn’t send a sous chef. He’s there.”
Summerville participants include Five Loaves Café, Graze, Oscar’s and Triangle Char & Bar. Despite last year’s cramped quarters, The Ice House is returning. But Kaple says not every chef is asked to come back: Chefs who don’t meet the organizing committee’s expectations are eliminated.
“We’re going for the best,” she says.
Funds raised through the event pay for operating expenses of Children in Crisis, a non-profit serving abused children. This year’s goal is $100,000.
“We feel we can do it,” Kaple says.
Tickets to Scrumptious Summerville are priced at $50. The event runs from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call (843)875-1551, or visit scrumptioussummerville.com.