Feb 252015

A Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Red Badge Social was held at the recently re-opened Vendue Inn.  A large crowd of more than 40 attended the event.  The night began in the gallery at 26 Vendue Range across the street from the main hotel.  The staff at the Vendue served us a number of incredible appetizers such as Korean Shrimp Tacos with Wonton Kimchi, Peanuts, and Green Onion; Mini Chicken Pot Pies; and Briased Short Rib Canape with a Raisin Puree to name a few.  A cash bar offered numerous wine options and assortment of mixed drinks and beers.  The Vendue’s General Manager Ken Merkel  was in attendance.  Ken will be accompanying his tennis player friend, our own Paul Stoney, at one of our meetings during March Madness.  After appetizers and drinks in the gallery Ken Merkel and David Burt lead the attendees on a tour of the property.  Everyone visited the studio of the artist in residence at the hotel, Fred Jamar…  or simply Fred as he is known to his fans.  We then toured the main hotel which now visually connects all 5 1780’s warehouse buildings that make up the Vendue Inn along the southern edge of Vendue Range.  We visited the new restaurant “the Drawing Room”, and we got to see 3 of the newly renovated rooms.  Lastly we visited the new coffee shop “the Press” which is located in the bulding closest to  East Bay Street, the site of the state’s first newspaper, The South Carolina Gazette, operated by the first female publisher in the United States.  The Press was specifically designed to pay homage to this historical fact and the times of the Industrial Revolution.




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