Charleston Style and Design

FALL 2015

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120 CSD C U R R E N T S E D I T O R ' S P I C K S HAVEN FOR THE ARTS COFFEE ALERT Big news this season is the opening of Charleston's re-envisioned Gaillard Center, a $143.5 million LEED-certifed building that has transformed an outdated, '60s-vintage building into a performance hall with state-of-the-art acoustics and an interior reminiscent of a European opera house. The new center—part of a multi-use facility that includes meeting, banquet and exhibit space—offers a more intimate setting than the old (1,800 seats versus 2,700). This is an advantage for smaller groups and their audiences, who tend to get lost in a larger space. The public-private partner- ship that planned and built the Center defned their mission broadly. Realizing the value of arts education, donors and civic leaders envisioned the Gaillard as a catalyst for fostering the arts and arts education in the community. Aided by the not- for-proft Gaillard Performance If you're a coffee enthusiast, you'll be excited to know that Counter Culture Coffee (CCC), the Durham, North Carolina-based coffee roaster, recently opened a Charleston Training Center on Spring Street. The Training Center, which is CCC's 10th in the United States, offers education to professionals and afcionados alike. Baristas from the area's top restaurants and cafés at- tend their Counter Intelligence workshops and classes, while the public can enjoy free tast- ings every Friday morning as part of its Tasting at Ten series. Counter Culture Coffee has been dedicated, since 1995, to bringing to market some of the world's best coffees. Its mission is to source (from Africa, Asia, the Pacifc and the Americas), roast and deliver Hall Foundation, the Center plans to bring targeted arts programs into area schools. The Gaillard Center's 2015– 2016 performances are diverse and include local and national favorites. This quarter we'll see national vocal ensemble Chanticleer, the 3-day Colour of Music Masterworks Festival, Charlotte Ballet's Nutcracker, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra's Holiday Swing, the Munich Symphony, the Vienna Boys Choir, and the musical, Bullets Over Broadway, to name a few. Future months will feature performances by the New York City Ballet and, of course, the Spoleto Festival USA. To learn more, go to gaillard foundation.org. To buy tickets to events, visit gaillardcenter. com or call 843-724-5212. the most exquisite coffee in the world. The company buys beans from farmers with whom it builds long-term relation- ships, and offers coffee at the peak of freshness and favor. Also, through a program called Seeds, CCC supports projects in coffee-growing communities that improve the natural envi- ronment and promote educa- tion. Their newest limited-release coffee, Sweat Valley High from Ethiopia, is a 50/50 blend of beans from two cooperatives near the renowned coffee town of Yirgacheffe. CCC says the blend is favorful—"a foral tea- like coffee with citrus notes and a juicy sweetness." Charleston was one of the frst markets the roaster entered nearly 20 years ago. Many local coffee shops, restaurants and specialty grocers—including City Lights Coffee, The Muddy Water Coffee Bar, Bull Street Gourmet, Hominy Grill and Edmund's Oast—carry their products. For more information: 919- 361-5282, ext. 2 or 888-238- 5282, ext. 2; counterculture coffee.com. Photograph courtesy of Counter Culture Coffee Photograph courtesy of the Gaillard Center

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