During the two Spoleto festivals, some of the best performers from around the world enthrall your senses. But did you ever wonder what stimulates the senses of your favorite artists? What cuisine do they most cherish, what cocktails do they pick to keep their creative juices flowing here in Charleston?

Cellist Natalia Khoma and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky: “We love to cook but when we eat out we love to visit S.N.O.B and High Cotton.”

Countertenor John Holiday: “My favorite is fried chicken with rice and greens at LEAF near the Memminger Auditorium. I like to wrap up my meal with a raspberry cheesecake and a glass of champagne. Also, the burger at Barony Tavern is to die for. It’s the best burger in Charleston. For a drink I prefer the Moscow Mule or an Orange Blossom.”

Pianist Inon Barnatan: “My choicest restaurant in Charleston or anywhere is undoubtedly FIG. It’s hard to choose a dish, but I love their ricotta gnocchi as well as their fish stew. Their bartenders are fantastic and I’d drink anything they make. I also love the Barrel Aged Manhattans over at the Husk Bar.”

Flutist Tara Helen O’Connor: “One of the best to eat at in Charleston is FIG. The bar is excellent and I like the martini they make. I also relish Basil for a quick meal and the Maverick grits at SNOB.”

Violinist Benjamin Beilman: Spoleto Festival newcomer Benjamin Beilman said his favorite restaurants are Xiao Bao Biscuit and FIG, and that he especially loves the Coddled Egg and the Wunderbar Sauer cocktail at FIG.

Puppeteer Piero Corbello: The marionette specialist from the Carlo Colla and Sons company kept to the tourist district where he enjoyed meals at Kickin’ Chicken,

Hyman’s Seafood, Sticky Fingers and Moe’s Soutwest Grill. He also indulged in ice cream at Paolo’s Gelato.

Varuni Sinha is a Goldring Arts Journalist from Syracuse University.