Supper Society reigns supreme

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By Pamela Brownstein
Main Street Beaufort, USA and Historic Beaufort Foundation (HBF) presented a fabulous meal and venue at the second installation of the Supper Society last Thursday.
I was unable to attend the first event, but after seeing all the amazing pictures, I made sure to get my tickets in advance for the second supper.
After dropping off our baby at a friend’s house, my husband and I set off, not really knowing what to expect, but happy to be spending time as a couple.
We made a stop at Bill’s Liquors on Lady’s Island since the dinner is BYOB (Palmetto Ale for him, pinot grigio for me) and continued onto St. Helena Island. We turned down one road, then onto a long, dirt driveway that ended at Oaks Plantation, 66 Godley Road. I had ever heard of the place, let alone visited, so its beauty at first sight was captivating.
Built in 1855, the restored house has gorgeous views of the marsh and surrounding waterways. The venue is available for events, and would be a perfect setting for a wedding.

Delicious Tomato Salad with fresh red and yellow tomatoes, butter beans with ranch dressing drizzled over it.

It was also a super setting for our supper. The guests mingled and yummy appetizers were passed around the pool. The July weather seemed oppressive at first, but with a nice breeze, good company and chilled wine, I hardly noticed the heat.
Then once the food was served, I was totally captivated by the delicious dishes. Chefs Stephanie Capers of Sweetgrass Restaurant and Sherri Whitmire of Gullah-N-Geechie Mahn Tours were culinary wizards, using local ingredients to prepare an incredible tomato salad, whiskey glazed smoked pork chops and an awesome Carolina Gold rice pudding made with peaches for dessert.
Before we ate, LaNelle Fabian of Main Street Beaufort explained to the 50 or so diners seated at the long tables under a tent in the backyard that the money raised will go toward grants that will help fix historic homes. “You’re here for a good cause, so enjoy your supper,” she said.

Drinks and appetizers around the pool at the Oaks Plantation on St. Helena Island.