The 7th annual Gibbes on the Street party, this year Forbidden City-themed and stylized as "The Year of The Gibbes," was a party to be remembered. Bites from great local restaurants such as Cypress, Husk, and The Obstinate Daughter were washed down with featured East-themed cocktails as guests wandered a fantastically decorated Meeting Street block hung with lanterns and even giant golden lions.
Guests dancing and enjoying the fun with live performers.
The sun was setting, the day's heat was finally breaking, and the fun began on the block in front of the soon-to-open Gibbes Musem of Art. Some of Chucktown's best chefs came up with Far East-themed dishes—Sean Brock of Husk and McCrady's served up crab fried rice across from The Obstinate Daughter's Jacques Larson and his amazing spicy dumplings. Other great dishes came from powerhouse food purveyors like Caviar & Bananas, Indaco, Hall's Chophouse, Edmund's Oast, Wildflour Pastry, FIG, and others.
Charlotte Baroody and Larry James enjoying the scene early in the evening.
Guests ranged from young twenty-somethings to seasoned Charlestonians, and everyone had a blast. The DJ let partygoers jam until he took a break and Taiko Charleston—a Japanese drum performance group based in the city—wowed with a high-energy show featured giant wooden drums and a gong.
Taiko Charleston performing for an enraptured crowd.
Along with specialty drinks with names such as “Red Lotus” and “Crouching Tiger” from MIX Bartending, the great eats made the evening a culinary and visual delight. The Gibbes' biggest fundraising fête of the year continues to be a springtime highlight. We can't wait for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand re-opening on May 28!
Chefs Sean Brock of Husk and Michelle Weaver of Charleston Grill cracking up while working their booths.
photos by Ruta Elvikyte