Four Florence restaurants to create menu for fundraising event


By: Jessica Imbimbo, Morning News

“FLORENCE, S.C. – Four Florence restaurants will unite to create one menu for the “Experience the Vision: An Evening to Savor” event on Wednesday, May 24, in downtown Florence.

“Experience the Vision” is a farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting with proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross. The funds raised from the event will help the Red Cross provide services to people affected by house fires and help provide potentially life-saving tools and information about home fire prevention and safety.

The outdoor event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. featuring select wines from California winemaker Mac McDonald and a four-course meal provided by the executive chefs of Victors, Town Hall, King Jefe and Tracks Café. With the help of the Pee Dee Food Hub, the executive chefs will be creating various dishes using the freshest ingredients from local farmers.

 Each restaurant will be responsible for one of the four courses during the meal and each course will be paired with a specific wine of the wine maker’s choice. Victors will initiate the event and provide the hors d’oeuvres for the evening during cocktail hour. Some of the Victors appetizers include pickled shrimp with smoked tomato sauce, black-eyed pea and bacon bruschetta with pickled red onions, thinly sliced charcuterie meats with domestic and imported cheeses and fresh cut fruit and mixed berries.

King Jefe will provide the second course, a fresh spinach salad with its own Mexican flair. The salad will feature field peas, Carolina Heritage Farms chorizo, agave-glazed onions, heirloom tomatoes and queso fresco. Town Hall is serving a Carolina Heritage Farms confit pork shoulder for the main course with Carolina Plantation baked grits, mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, roasted tomatoes and a sorghum glaze.

For the final course, Tracks Café is serving a decadent dessert featuring fresh strawberries from Willard Farms. Tracks Café is located in the HopeHealth building at 360 N. Irby St. Tracks chef Adam Silverman said he hopes the event will not only bring awareness to the Red Cross mission, but also bring attention to local farmers and restaurants in the Florence area.

“This is the first time that we’ve really been tied in with the downtown restaurants. Doing things like this is really big for us,” Silverman said. “Doing things like that is fun for me. It gives me creative outlets and its advertising for us.”

Cooper Thomas, executive chef at Victors, said being able to collaborate with other local chefs on this menu not only helps the individual businesses, but also helps the Florence downtown revitalization.

 “The success of others also helps our success,” Thomas said. “The more businesses that can open and be successful, the better we are all going to be. We just need to drive traffic and show them what we can do and this is one more step toward that.”

“It’s a win for everybody. It’ll be a great event.”

Tickets for the “Experience the Vision: An Evening to Savor” event are $100 each and can be purchased through Victors at Hotel Florence. Sponsorships for the event start at $500 and tickets are limited to the first 100 people.”

SCNow Web Article – Four Florence restaurants to create menu for fundraising event