Spirited Brunch Returns to Downtown Charleston on April 23rd
Nearly two dozen Charleston houses of worship on April 23rd will open their doors to residents and visitors interested in learning more about the culture and faith of congregations lining the Holy City’s streets, which in 2022 returned to an in-person format following a two-year COVID hiatus.
Approximately 700 people participated in the last self-guided food tour, which was jointly created in 2017 by food writer Hanna Raskin and College of Charleston religion professor Elijah Siegler to strengthen community ties and highlight the area’s culinary history. Each participating congregation is asked to serve a snack representative of its religious beliefs or local traditions.
In 2022, tour goers were treated to rugelach at Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, okra stew at Calvary Episcopal Church, hummus at the Central Mosque of Charleston, and pimento cheese sandwiches at Grace Church Cathedral.
“We’ve walked past here a million times, and never knew its history,” Thalia Gerard, a tourgoer who visited Mt. Zion, said at the conclusion of her visit. “This brings it all together: The history, the food, the culture. It was a treat, it really was.”
Also among the attendees were Mayor John Tecklenburg and his wife, Sandy.
“The most touching element was the bringing together of so many faith backgrounds, which is so important,” he said.
Houses of worship along the route are affiliated with Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, the Baha’i faith, and Greek Orthodox Church, among other denominations. A complete map with detailed menus is available at bit.ly/spiritedbrunch2023
The College of Charleston’s Religious Studies Department will again staff a central event hub on campus. They’ll be joined at the Alumni Center by delegates from congregations located off the peninsula, allowing for a greater diversity of featured religious practices, including Sikhism and Hinduism, as well as foods to sample. Once more this year, the Foundation for Spirituality and the Arts will host an interactive project in conjunction with the event, featuring its artist-in-residence, Karen Brummund.
“We’re very excited to provide Charlestonians with this delicious opportunity to get to know their neighbors,”said co-organizer Hanna Raskin, editor and publisher of The Food Section.
The Spirited Brunch is free and open to the public. The event runs from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
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