Crosby Produces the First “Dinner with a View” for the BB&T Wine + Food Festival

For Immediate Release

Contact: Barbara P Heddinger

A sophisticated soiree, whose theme ‘Dinner with a View–could have come from a Cole Porter melody. The elegant party for only 60 guests proved to be ‘The Top’—especially with Mitchell Crosby at the helm. The event was held in a private penthouse high atop Charleston, where guests had a 360 degree view of Charleston with its steeples, rooftops, and harbor—not to mention an eclipse! And no, Mitchell can do lots of things to make a party swing, but the eclipse was mother natures! Charleston Gas Light Company underwrote the evening.

The party began as each guest in black tie and evening gowns were greeted at the entrance of the penthouse by the owner, and were then ushered inside for cocktails and to meet Chef Sam Talbott from Bravo’s hit reality show, Top Chef, who prepared the hors d’oeuvres. Guest could then stroll around the penthouse or take their drinks outside to enjoy the view.

Dinner was be prepared by Chef Norman Van Aker , Chef Paul Kahan, and Chef Tom Colicchio, with desserts prepared by Le Bernadin pastry chef Michael Laiskonis.

Le Menu:

Hors d’Oeuvres
Chefs Sam Talbott and Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 1998


Chef Norman Van Aken

Seared Yellowfin Tuna en Adobo
Slow Braised Spanish Onions, Cucumbers, Piquillo Chile Mojo

Tenuta San Guido ‘Guidalberto’ Toscana IGT 2003 & 2004

Chef Paul Kahan

Roasted Breast of Guinea Hen and Organic Veal Sweetbreads
Cornbread Porridge, Candied Black Olives, Crispy Chocolate

Agricola Punica ‘Barrua’, Sardegna, IGT 2002 & 2003

Chef Tom Colicchio

Lamb Loin with Swiss Chard and Lemon Confit

Tenuta San Guido ‘Sassicaia’,
Tenuta San Guido DOC 1999, 2002 & 2003

Chef Michael Laiskonis

Chocolate Egg
Chocolate in Five Textures
with Hazelnut and Buerre Noisette
Bacon Peanut Brittle

Taylor Fladgate Vintage Porto 1985 & 2003

Wines were provided by Dr. Sebastiano Rosa of Tuscany’s famed Sassicaia Vineyards. One of the few master sommeliers in the United States, Robert Bath, decanted wines and discussed the best pairings for the evening with Dr Rosa.

Crosby, with his inimitable understanding of style and period, chose a monochromatic décor to compliment/accent the Art Deco décor of the penthouse. The palette of the dining table–again in Crosby’s style– a neutral table top that made the presentation of each dish stand out as it was supposed to, with the tables featuring fabulous orange floral arrangements – chosen by the owner of the home to coordinate with one of her few colorful paintings she chose from the website. Stunning gold plated flatware from Washington, linens made for the event, elegant black Chivari chairs and the featured Stolzle glassware from the F+W Festival. Simply put, it was an evening to remember!

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