Watch chefs cook over live fires, then try their creations during the Dec. 4 Heritage Fire event | photo provided

An all-star cast of more than 20 local chefs will come together for Charleston’s first Heritage Fire event Dec. 4 at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park.

“We are excited to see Heritage Fire come to the Lowcountry,” said Shamil Velazquez executive chef of Johns Island’s Minero. “This event is about sharing different techniques and approaches to cooking with live fire [and] using sustainably sourced food — a fun and delicious way to gather the Charleston community.” 

Velazquez will be cooking up crave-worthy dishes alongside other Charleston chefs including Mark Bolchoz of Indaco, Graham Calabria of Calabria’s Fine Foods, private chef Lauren Furey, Ray England of Husk, Brandon Olson of King BBQ and Jackrabbit Filly and more.

This nationwide culinary tour focuses on incorporating heritage breed livestock and heirloom produce into regional cuisine. Local chefs — plus one North Carolina chef, Katsuji Tanabe of A’Verde  — will create delicious dishes using provisions from South Dakota-based DemKota Ranch. 

“I’m excited to return to Charleston,” said chef Katsuji Tanabe of Mexican restaurant A’Verde in Cary, North Carolina. “I haven’t been there since I did Top Chef. It’s going to be like a déjà vu being back with chefs and experiencing the culinary revolution that is happening in the city, especially now that I live in the South.”

The chefs will prepare and cook dishes right before your eyes, incorporating proteins like whole pigs, lamb, goat, squab, rabbit, duck, fish and chicken over a live fire while also incorporating artisan cheeses and heirloom vegetables. Attendees can visit each chef’s table to taste their individual creations.

Guests will also vote for Best Bite of the Day and the winning chef will be named the Heritage Hero.

General admission tickets are $99. VIP tickets are $150, which grants guests 45-minute early access to the event. All tickets include unlimited curated dishes, beverage pairings, live entertainment and more. To purchase tickets and view a full list of participating chefs, visit

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