Category Archives: Musical entertainment

Thursday Jazz Nights with the Gino Castillo Trio

Eli’s Table is starting the New Year with a Swing with our Thursday Jazz Nights featuring Charleston’s Best Jazz Artist, The Gino Castillo Trio!

Every Thursday from 6-9pm we feature the very best in Jazz, Food and Wine in the relaxing atmosphere of our cozy restaurant.

Here’s a little bit more about Gino Castillo:

Tour, Recording, Educator and Clinician Percussionist, Composer and Singer.

His Background included: 
Honorary degree in percussion teaching, giving for George Gershwin Conservatory 
Percussion studies in Caturla Conservatory,  Felix Varela Conservatory, and many private lessons  Including several years of weekly sessions with Oscarito Valdes (Cuba) 

Since then his musical talent has been heard in many albums, and live shows, as he has collaborated with many international artists, such as:
Earl Klugh, Ray Parker, Michael Mossman, Etienne Charles
Horacio el Negro Hernández, Quentin Baxter, Oscarito Valdés  
Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Charleston Smooth Jazz Orchestra

Charleston Latin Jazz Collective, Jose Pepito Gomez, John Benítez, 
Pascoal Meirelles, Paulo Moura, Alex Alvear, Jessy J, Zacai Curtis,
Ymelda Marie-Louisa, etc…

His Teaching experience included 
Berklee College of Music International Network 
Centro de Percusion latina GC
Conservatory Mozarte and more than 200 Clinics with Sabian Cymbals and Pearl Drums.
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Vegan dinner at Eli’s Table with five local chefs April 22 – tonight, Gino Castillo quartet

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Chef Brett McKee has partnered with four local chefs to offer a five course vegan dinner on Sunday, April 22. The dinner will start at 5 p.m. and will feature the amazing culinary stylings of Elaine Hursen, Cynthia Huggins, Marie McGuirk, Mickey Brennan along with Chef Brett. Eli’s is accepting advance booking only for this special event and half of the tickets have sold already. Call Eli’s Table at 843.405.5115 to make reservations.

Mickey Brennan has been in the food business since he was a child playing in his parent’s restaurant in Grand River, Ohio. His early start in the restaurant gave inspiration for college experiences ranging from Mountain Chalets in Switzerland to the premier resort in the Ozarks of Missouri. After college when he received his BA in Hotel Restaurant Management at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, Mickey returned to the Cleveland area to take on running his family business. It was an honor to be side-by-side with his parents and family for almost 10 years before he decided to hone in his skills by continuing his education. He earned a French Culinary degree from California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, CA in 2005. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Mickey and his wife, Caroline, had been dabbling in organics and living foods. Mickey chose to do his externship work in culinary school at Cafe Gratitude which is an all organic, vegan cafe featuring mostly raw dishes.  The inspiration from this experience and the growing desire to raise the level of health in the world are the foundation of where Mickey is today- gratefully serving his community healthy, organic, vegan and great tasting food and juice at The Sprout in Mount Pleasant.

Cynthia Huggins is a Long Island, New York native. She lives in Hanahan with her husband and daughter. She goes to The Culinary Institute of Charleston and graduates in May. Cynthia has been a vegetarian for 12 years and has been making vegan desserts for the past 5 years. She is currently working at Saffron as a Pastry Chef. She hopes to show how delicious vegan desserts can really be!

Elaine Hursen has lived in Pittsburgh by birth, DC by grad school acceptance, and Charleston by choice.  She is the Founder & Managing Director of Carolina C.A.R.E. (Community Animal Reform Education), the Volunteer Coordinator for the Charleston Marathon (benefiting the Youth Endowment for the Arts), a Board Member for the Charleston Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, and a Run Buddy with Louie’s Kids.  Previous work has been in the fields of psychology, nonfiction writing, and personal training, and she is a former sponsored endurance athlete. She lives on James Island with her rescued Boxer/Bully mix, Cushi.

Marie McGuirk hails from Sherman, Connecticut.  She practiced law for nearly 20 years in Massachusetts before making the move to the Lowcountry.  She is currently the Director of Education and Outreach for Lowcountry Law Office on Aging, Mental Health and Disabilities.  Ms. McGuirk is a breast cancer survivor, active triathlete, and mother of 7.  She and her husband live in Mt. Pleasant.  Ms. McGuirk learned to cook at an early age, as her maternal grandparents kept a one acre garden.  She is the owner of Picked Last for Gym, which focuses on helping families transition to a healthy life style.

Tonight, we’ve got the Gino Castillo quartet on the patio and we’ll have Oscar Rivers on the patio over the weekend. Be sure to make reservations for the patio – it fills up quickly.

Watch Chef Brett McKee demonstrate the Chianti braised short rib over cannelini bean friccassee on yesterday’s Lowcountry Live. He discusses the Italian wine pairing dinner as well as the vegan dinner.


Italian winemaker Francesco Mazzei and Chef Brett McKee to host wine pairing dinner at Eli’s Table

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Be sure to catch Chef Brett McKee tomorrow on Lowcountry Live (ABC Channel 4 in Charleston) as he talks about Eli’s Table and some upcoming events. He will be demonstrating a Chianti braised short rib over cannellini bean fricassee on the show and offering details on the wine pairing dinner on April 16th. The dinner features a five course meal pairing wines from Italian winemaker Francesco Mazzei’s family’s vineyards with each course. The dinner requires reservations and advance booking, which can be obtained by calling Eli’s Table at 843-405-5115. Tickets are $85 per person, $170 per couple.

Last Thursday, we enjoyed the Gino Castillo quartet on the patio – and apparently so did our guests! The patio was full and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Don’t miss out. Make reservations now for Gino Castillo this Thursday (and every Thursday) on the patio from 7 to 10 p.m.


The patio is heating up Thursday nights at Eli’s Table

Gino Castillo quartet  Starting tonight and every Thursday night after, the Gino Castillo quartet will be playing on the patio at Eli’s Table. Join us for this amazing quartet featuring Afro-Cuban jazz. According to AllMusic.com, afro cuban jazz is “a combination of jazz improvising and rhythms from Cuba and Africa; it is also known as Latin jazz. There were some hints of Afro-Cuban jazz in isolated cases during the 1920s and ’30s — Jelly Roll Morton’s “Spanish tinge” in some of his more rhythmic piano solos, a few Gene Krupa performances where he sought to include South American rhythms, and even in the Latin pop music of Xavier Cugat. However, the true birth of Afro-Cuban jazz can be traced to trumpeter-arranger Mario Bauza.”

Join us at Eli’s Table for fine cuisine by Chef Brett McKee and dance the night away on our beautiful patio to the amazing music of Gino Castillo.

Call us at 843-405-5115 to make a reservation or visit our website to make a reservation online.

***SAVE the DATE*** We will be announcing details for Chef Brett’s next wine pairing dinner next week. The wine dinner will be held on April 16th. We will also be announcing details of a vegan dinner Chef Brett will be preparing with four of Charleston’s best vegan chefs. Watch our blog and Facebook page for more details.