Taste of Home Sponsors

  • Thursday, May 9, 2013

First Citizens returns as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2013 Taste of Home Cooking School & Showcase Expo held on Tuesday, May 14 at Charleston Southern University's Lightsey Chapel. CHRIS ZOELLER/JOURNAL SCENE

First Citizens is pleased to return as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2013 Taste of Home Cooking School.  Brian Mitchum, Vice President says, “Last year the First Citizens team took on the role as Presenting Sponsor for the second year in a row, and we have had so much fun that we are proud to come back again this year for an even bigger and better event.”
Shopping for a car loan?  We have new and used car loan rates as low as 2.25% APR….and no payments for 90 days!  First Citizens has been a reliable banking resource for those in South Carolina and Georgia since the early 1900s….a great reason to trust them with your loan needs as well. 
Through an extensive network of branches and ATM's, First Citizens provides what many other banks cannot—few worries.  With more than 190 locations, First Citizens aims to provide access without confusing terms, hidden fees, small print, and red tape. First Citizens understands that people are satisfied with their banking experience when stress, anxiety, and frustration are eliminated through trust.  No hassles.  No baggage.  No worries.  You've got it because at First Citizens “We're on it!”

Appliance Sponsor Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Stocked by donations, staffed by volunteers, shopped by everyone…
The ReStore offers new or gently used goods at greatly reduced prices.  Our customers tell us that after just one visit they are hooked—they come back again and again.  “ReStore addiction” is fed by the ever-changing inventory that is donated by our wonderful communities.
Volunteers help keep ReStore prices low by reducing overhead.  No experience is necessary to volunteer, and if you have a special skill we help you find a niche to use your talents.
The Restore covers our Habitat affiliate's operating costs—things like building costs, salaries, utilities, and everything else needed to run the organization so that every cash dollar donated to our mission goes straight to building homes.  Not only that, but the ReStore actively works to:
• Reduce waste in the landfill
• Reuse gently used goods
• Recycle scrap metal and other unsalable items
•Rebuild Energy Star homes for people in need
Save on home furnishings, clothes, appliances, materials for home improvement, home décor items, seasonal items, and even the kitchen sink!  Find one-of-a-kind items that will become your very own treasures while having the assurance that your support builds Habitat's ministry.
Dorchester Habitat for Humanity ReStore
101 Greyback Rd. Summerville
Call for FREE Pick-Up of Donations

Seat Saver Sponsor Sawboys

Sawboys provides and services, custom built organic composting planters as well as custom-built non-composting planters.  They can prepare your garden and lay out your rows. They have a lawn mowing service, and can also provide such services as sub soiling, tilling, bush hogging, posthole digging, log splitting, ditch witching and more.  If you have an idea of something you want built, they can build it.  Need welding services? They can help.  Give them a call at 843-826-5112.

Executive Chef Sponsor Crews Chevrolet

The Fastest Growing Chevrolet Store in the South East – Crews Chevrolet - is your Home for Chevy Sales and Service. Locally owned and operated, our remodel is nearly complete, giving you a state of the art facility to take care of your vehicle. The Team at Crews Chevrolet will deliver the very best Customer Service every day – it's who they are and what they do. And our expanded Crews Collision Center takes care of all makes and models – making sure each one is Fixed Right, On Time, the First Time. We would love to have the opportunity to earn your business. Visit us on line at crewschevrolet.com or at our newly remodeled Crews Chevrolet on Rivers, just North of Northwoods Mall. 

Ticket Sponsor Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers is excited to be the ticket sponsor for this year's Taste Of Home. We have been a staple for BBQ in Summerville for twenty years. And although times have changed we are still committed to providing the best ribs, wings and BBQ that money can buy. All of our meats are cooked low and slow with hickory wood to achieve an authentic Memphis style taste.
Check out our Kids Night with Chip's Magic Show every Monday night. Or come listen to live blues with Collin Madden on Thursday nights and get half priced appetizers and great drink specials. And don't forget to ask about our banquet room for your next party, remember graduation is just around the corner! Or better yet let our catering department bring the party to you.
Be sure to check the back of your Taste of Home ticket for a special offer from Sticky Fingers!

Culinary Chef Sponsor Charleston Southern University Catering

Charleston Southern University Catering provides Taste of Home Cooking School attendees the option of a buffet dinner before the show. This year's options include BBQ and Shrimp & Grits!
The new standard for catering excellence in Charleston, SC, their culinary chefs will create specialty menus for any occasion or special event. Services include menu planning, service personnel, event planning, party trays to-go, tailgate specialties, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, boxed or bagged lunches, special occasion cakes & desserts, onsite catering, holiday dinner packages, themed & personalized menus and served & buffet menus. 
The CSU Catering Department has implemented an online catering program to assist in simplifying your requests! CaterTrax is a web-based program that allows you to create an account and submit catering orders right at your fingertips. Give us a call at 843-863-7672 to start your event planning process!

Culinary Chef Sponsor Firewater Grille

Firewater Grille is conveniently located in beautiful Summerville right off I-26.  Our goal at the Firewater Grille is to provide our valued customers quality cuisine at great prices, with impeccable service. 
We are committed to using fresh local products on our menu and we also value our working relationships with local business partners. Firewater Grille offers mouthwatering hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, tasty Dr. Pepper BBQ ribs, and our famous burgers.  Monday - Prime Rib Special, Tuesday - 1/2 Price Burgers, Wednesday - All You Can Eat Crab Legs, Thursday - All You Can Eat Wings, and Friday & Saturday FREE Comedy Show. Happy Hour M-F from 4-7, and full service catering available. 
 Owner Bob Shipley and the entire Firewater Grille staff invite you to enjoy a delicious lunch, dinner or happy hour with daily specials.  109 Holiday Drive—Summerville, 843-261-2121

Culinary Chef Sponsor Gruber Farms

Gruber CSA Farms is a Certified South Carolina Farm run by Stanley Gruber, a life-long SC produce farmer. The farm has been in full operation since 1948 when Stanley's Father, Wilson Birnell Gruber, returned from World War II and purchased farm land to begin his dream of farming for a living.
Our farm is located south of St. George, South Carolina, and is 100% family owned and operated, providing quality produce to SC for 65 years. With our new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, now you can benefit directly from our farm's experience and dedication. Join today, and start bringing home delicious, healthy, locally-grown produce for your family. Shares are limited so don't wait.
We sell produce and believe that Local is best for all concerned.  We can be found at the Summerville Farmers Market every Saturday morning.

Culinary Chef Sponsor Hummingbird Café and C-Coop Catering

Debi Crowley is the owner and proprietress of Hummingbird Bakery Café, the newest addition to Summerville's charming downtown district. The shop is located at 121 South Main Street, and offers a full menu of baked goods ranging from cupcakes and cheesecakes to pastries, pies and more.  Stop by and enjoy one of these tasty items!
Dana Eiser-Bertolouzzi of C-Coop Catering is cooking up some of the best tasting southern favorites you have every tried! Her catering service can accommodate any event, whether you want elegant and fancy or prefer a home-style country buffet. Her delicious desserts are the perfect compliment to a perfect event!

Culinary Chef Sponsor Rina's Kitchen

Rina Palmer is originally from Italy so it may seem strange that her favorite hobby is preserving food using old-fashioned American recipes.  She learned to preserve food from her husband's stepmother in Tennessee many years ago.  As the family traveled with the US military, Rina kept busy gardening and canning for her family.  When her husband Jack retired in Summerville in 1973, they put in a garden and Rina continued her canning. 
In 1990 she began selling her jams at the Summerville Farmer's Market.  The jams were so successful, she concentrated on her new “hobby.”  Her husband's new garage became her new kitchen instead, but after a few years, her business outgrew the space.  In 2000, they built a new 60x80 building just for the business where the production kitchen, office, warehouse, and gourmet jam shop are housed.
Rina still cooks her goodies one batch at a time, using the lessons she has perfected over the years.  Every product is all natural with no preservatives or artificial sweeteners.  Her unique combinations and mouth-watering flavors are sure to make your taste buds tingle!
Be sure to stop by her booth to try a sample of her newest addition, Summerville Sweet Tea Jelly.  This unique flavor is exclusive to Rina's Kitchen!

Culinary Chef Sponsor Wildtree

What's for dinner?!
Hi! My name is Karen Gresham and I LOVE helping people solve the age old question “ What's for dinner?”  Ever wish you had dinner ideas that were Healthy, Quick and Easy and tasted delicious?  Would you eat healthier if it was easier?  Wildtree was founded on the premise that food should be all natural, nutritious, delicious, and easy to prepare all at the same time!  When you attend or Host a Wildtree Tasting we show you how to plan healthy, simple dinners that save you money and taste delicious!  When you attend or Host a Freezer Meal Workshop you learn the bag – marinate – freeze method for healthy, efficient, affordable meals under $2.80 per serving! We carry all pantry needs from Expeller Pressed Grapeseed Oils, Culinary blends, marinades, sauces, breads, appetizers, soups and desserts! We help people who are short on time, offer a fun adventure for those who wish to be more creative in the kitchen, and help those like me who are culinary challenged!
We offer:
FUN Tasting partiesFun and Productive Freezer MealsCustomer Specials/ Website orders 24/7Income OpportunitiesHost a Tasting or Workshop and EARN FREE Groceries!Start your own Wildtree Business with our $99 Business Builder Kit!No Monthly Sales QuotasNo MSG - No High Fructose Corn Syrup - No GMOS - No Chemicals – No Peanuts -USDA Certified Organic I would love to talk with you about the services we offer to see what would fit you and your family's needs best!  We are looking for Tasting and Workshop Hosts as well as Representatives!Come sample some 'wildly' delicious food at my table at the Taste of Home Show!

Culinary Chef Sponsor Wreckfish

Consider the Wreckfish a rarity among the dozens of North Charleston chain restaurants. It’s an original outfit, locally owned and operated. 
The seafood speaks to quality and freshness, as the restaurant offers salmon, shark, flounder, mahi mahi, tilapia, grouper – and naturally, wreckfish. 
Outdoor seating allows patrons to enjoy spring weather, and lunch offers the easiest introduction – an easy, affordable, quick introduction. 
The Wreckfish menu changes daily. Selections include fried flounder, mahi-mahi and crabcake sandwiches, shrimp and oyster po’ boys, and soft fish tacos. 
The Wreckfish is located at 7690 Northwoods Boulevard in North Charleston. Visit www.thewreckfish.com for more details. 

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