Like an art walk on steroids, Friday night’s Palette & Palate Stroll teamed up downtown art galleries with local restaurants. Really, really good restaurants, like Cypress, Oak Steakhouse, and Charleston Grill.

We were impressed that most of the restaurants’ top chefs were in the house, sweating and churning out the food themselves. We spotted Mike Lata at Robert Lange Studios in a sweet seersucker chef’s shirt, Jeremiah Bacon at Helena Fox Fine Art creating some tiny yet incredible salmon bites, and Sean Brock at Smith Kilian Fine Art, red-faced and trying to keep up with the demand for one of the tastiest dishes of the night, stone crab with creamed corn and Wadmalaw tomatoes. (I’ll admit, I went back for seconds).

Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to fit in every gallery on the stroll (we even calculated how long we could spend at each stop during the two-hour event) it was virtually impossible. With the food and wine flowing and beautiful, distracting art everywhere, the impulse was to linger rather than gallery-hop. Fingers crossed that next year’s event can be an hour or two longer.