Ahi Tuna poke bowl by Chef Steve Hampton | Photo by Chelsea Lucas

Margaritas, poke bowls and queso with a twist

Melanie Lovell of James Island wants to sip spicy margaritas with a historical figure who was kidnapped in 1851 by a Native American tribe as a pioneer teenager and later was given a blue chin tattoo. Lovell said she also wanted author Temple Grandin and comedian Amy Poehler to join her table for poke bowls and a decadent pie.

DREAM DINNER GUESTS: Historical figure Olive Oatman, Grandin and Poehler. Lovell  said she picked Oatman because she wanted  to learn what truly happened during years spent with the Mojave tribe. “The most interesting thing about this story is the immense pressure Olive was under after her ‘rescue’ from the Mojave. Though Oatman herself did not immediately comment on her years with the Mojave, the whites who welcomed her back into their society were quick to speak on her behalf,” said Lovell. 

DRINK: Spicy Pineapple ‘Rita from Community Table. “Mount Pleasant can be a hike from James Island, but Community Table is worth it.”

APPETIZER: Queso with pickled serranos from Jalisco Taqueria. “Usually queso is served with chorizo, but I think the pickled peppers give the dip a nice kick without adding too much heat.”

ENTREE: Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl from Edison James Island. “In addition to sushi grade tuna, [the poke bowl] features wasabi, scallions, cucumber, pickled onion (in case you didn’t get enough pickle from the queso), rice and a delicious ginger tamari sauce. It hits all the right notes and will satisfy any umami craving you might have.”

DESSERT: Peanut butter pie from High Cotton. “I’m going old school with High Cotton’s peanut butter pie for dessert. It is exactly what dessert should be: rich, indulgent and decadent.”


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