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Food and Festivities


FOOD AND FUN at OneSouthCarolina®

An extraordinary group of people were brought together around the important story of how South Carolina’s diverse people fare in education and healthcare. Food and Fun played a substantial role and was enjoyed by all!

Golf: DLI senior fellow and golf devotee Benny Walker invited OneSouthCarolina attendees and guests to come early on Friday and play the Robert Trent Jones course at Palmetto Dunes, which Golfweek magazine readers consider one of the best courses in the southeast. An all-in fee of $75 for this championship course was secured.  

Beachfront lodging. Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa – ahhhh.

Food and drink. Everyone enjoyed delicious Southern hors d’ oeuvres and signature cocktails from some of the state’s best chefs and bartenders at the Friday night reception. Some of our favorite restaurants that participated were Soby’s and Devereaux’s — the Marriott Dinner followed.

Saturday night’s southern food cornucopia on the oceanfront patio was sumptuous. Everyone enjoyed the oyster roast by Ben Moise, the lowcountry boil from Conroy’s, and barbecue from two of the state’s best barbeque emporia, Henry’s Smokehouse of Greenville (perennial winner of the “Best Barbeque in the Upstate” award) and Scott’s Bar-B-Que in Hemingway (featured in The New York Times and in a documentary by the Southern Foodways Alliance’s John T. Edge), Piedmont blues artists Freddie Vanderford and the Shades performed live.

Sunday morning sing. Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers closed the weekend with a Sunday morning performance that celebrated the heritage of the Gullah culture and its influence on the broad musical traditions

Spa. OneSouthCarolina attendees and guests received 20% off all spa services at the Marriott’s Spa Soleil – “a European-style spa combined with the sweetness of southern hospitality.”

More fun on Hilton Head. Sea kayaking, biking, dolphin and sunset boat tours, tennis, shopping, arts and culture were options for those that came early or stayed late. More information, click here.