Vickery's spring rolls | Provided

A Champagne toast with iconic figures

Mary Moore McLaughlin of downtown Charleston said she would like to dine with the late singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone, the late newspaper columnist Molly Ivins and actor Martin Short for her dream dinner. Together, they’ll enjoy fancy Champagne, a traditional Greek dish and a sweet yet tart dessert.

DREAM DINNER GUESTS: Simone, Ivins and Short.

DRINK: Pertois-Moriset ‘L’Assemblage’ Brut Champagne from Bistro a Vin. “I feel elegant, sipping Champagne at Bistro a Vin, owned by savvy French Canadians. And it’s an easy walk home.”

APPETIZER: Spring rolls from Vickery’s. “Good combination of crunchy, sweet and savory with a Shem Creek view.”

ENTREE: Artichoke Moussaka from Stella’s. “Yummy with caramelized onion and béchamel. I am a patron of the original Stella’s in Richmond, Virginia.”

DESSERT: Key lime pie from Lolo’s. “The homemade Key lime pie at Lolo’s, with that marsh view, is close to Lowcountry heaven on high. The grilled brussels sprouts are also to die for.”


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