[image-1]By all accounts, it was a banner weekend for the team at Le Farfalle. The restaurant, lead by Chef Michael Toscano and his wife Caitlin, marked its first Charleston Wine + Food festival with the opening night party, a Signature Dinner collaboration with Chef Dale Talde, and a visit from none other than renowned Chef Daniel Boulud. Then tragedy struck.

We’re told that Saturday night Le Farfalle sous chef Drew Tursi unexpectedly passed away in his sleep. Tursi was 30 years old.

Tursi was from Westport, Conn., but spent a great deal of his career in Charleston. According to his Le Farfalle bio, the chef moved from the Northeast to Pawleys Island where he worked for Louis Osteen. Later, he came to Charleston and worked for Ken Vedrinski at both Sienna and Trattoria Lucca, and later, after a stint in New York City, at Coda del Pesce.

The chef took a break following Coda’s opening to travel Italy for a year before returning to the Lowcountry and working at Le Farfalle.

In honor of Tursi, Le Farfalle will be closed on Thursday to host a celebration of the sous chef with his friends and family immediately following a memorial service at Seacoast Church Mt. Pleasant at 10 a.m.