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Michelin Star Chef Mariya Russell Joins The Establishment for “Give Back Charleston” Fundraiser



Executive Chef Elliott Howells of The Establishment this week welcomed Michelin Star Chef and long-time friend Mariya Russell (right) and her husband, Garrett Russell, to prepare a six-course meal for a small audience to raise money for the Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC). The event, which occurred on Monday, May 9th, was the first in a series of experiences hosted by The Establishment that are called “Give Back Charleston.” This first event raised $10,000 for the CYDC. 

“It took everyone chipping in, our whole team donated time and resources on their night off, with all proceeds and tips for the night being donated to support programs at the CYDC,” said Brian Jarusik, General Manager of The Establishment. “It was a lot of fun to work with Mariya, especially knowing that all our efforts were for going to help local kids that really need our support right now.”

Chef Russell said she was happy to collaborate with the Charleston restaurant.

“We’ve known and have been cooking with Chef Howells for a long time,” said Chef Russell. “He brought this event to us and we felt everything about it lined up with the types of things Garrett and I want to be a part of. And we got to create one of the most playful event menus we’ve ever done. It’s an incredible collaboration that really showcases each of our personalities.”

The menu featured dishes such as local shrimp prepared with lardo, ramps, and charred romano beans in a jerk vinaigrette, a pork confit raviolo with peas in a smoked hock and clam broth, and a family style grouper course, poached in beef fat served with chimichurri, radish, and bone marrow-black garlic naan.

The second event in the “Give Back Charleston” series will take place on June 6th at The Establishment and will feature Chef Mark Bolchoz of Charleston’s own Indaco. This event will support One80 Place, a Charleston-based charity focused on ending and preventing homelessness.

For more information on this dinner series, or to register for the next dinner in the series, visit

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