Kyle and Rachel Ford, photographed in Charleston, SC, by Minette Hand Photography.

Kyle and Rachel Ford, photographed in Charleston, SC, by Minette Hand Photography.

Last Saturday night, we boarded a bus, and then a boat, to attend Feast and Fire on cozy Goat Island, as part of Charleston WIne + Food.  

We knew very little about our destination, and we were filled with excitement (and a Gin and Tonic or two) as we boarded the charter bus at the Charleston Visitor's Center.  

After a twenty minute ride, during which we met new friends from Chicago and Nashville, we arrived at a dock.  While the sun set, we were served sparkling wine and provided with blankets as we boarded the boat.  

Below, Kyle enjoying the view from the dock (L), and a shot of me captured as we concluded our water journey to Goat Island (R).

Since it was our first time to South Carolina, we had no idea what to expect from a private island.  What we discovered what the most magical version of what we would have expected.  The smell of delicious food roasting upon an open flame wafted through the air and tiny lights twinkled in the early evening as we prepared to feast on steamed oysters and roast chicken. 

While exploring the offerings, we ran in to photographer Minette Hand, who snapped the photo below (L), as well as a few other fantastic photos of Kyle and me.  My shot of Kyle at right, decending the stairs from the charming bath house, shows the eclectic charm of Goat Island.

Back to the food and drink…  Rumor has it that Chef Craig Deihl spent all day on the island, preparing the feast.  Guests sipped on a selection of wines from Cloudy Bay, as well as the Island Thyme cocktail, created by the team at Cypress and featuring Tanqueray No. TEN (which I was in attendance to represent).

It was a magical evening and a perfect end to our Charleston experience!  We can't wait to return next year.