Charleston restaurant hosts special dinner based on classic local cookbooks

By Candace Nelson - 8:28 PM

You can enjoy a specially crafted dinner menu full of classic Charleston dishes that have been elevated with a modern edge for one night only at an area restaurant.

The Third Annual “Modern Mountain Measures” dinner returns on May 5 at 1010 Bridge Restaurant & Catering in Charleston with 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. seatings.

Modern Mountain Measures is a three-course prix fixe dinner with drink that features new twists on classic recipes featured in the Junior League of Charleston’s cookbooks: Mountain Measures and Mountain Measures, A Second Serving.

James Beard Award Finalist Chef Paul Smith has hand-selected classic recipes from the Junior League of Charleston cookbooks to create a refined menu based on local favorites:

SALAD: Arugula, fried feta, mandarin oranges, toasted almonds, honeycomb, and a citrus herb vinaigrette Inspired by: Mandarin and Lettuce Salad, Mountain Measures, page 55, submitted by Mrs. Craig M. Wilson

ENTREE: Appalachian roasted chicken with lemon herb risotto, roasted spring vegetables and a white wine jus Inspired by: Chicken with herbs and wine, A Second Serving, page 131, submitted by Marta D. MacCallum (Mrs. Daniel).

VEGETARIAN ENTREE: Soy-glazed pressed tofu, mushroom dashi, sauteed edamame, snap peas and pickled vegetables Inspired by: Vegetable casserole, A Second Serving, page 197, submitted by Joellen A. Kerr (Mrs. Roger W.)

DESSERT: Chocolate mousse bomb with mixed berries and honeysuckle anglaise Inspired by: Chocolate Mousse, A Second Serving, page 328, submitted by Bavarian Inn and Lodge

The meal will also include passed hors d’oeuvres and a pomegranate sparkling drink.

The Junior League of Charleston, a nonprofit women’s volunteer organization, published two cookbooks in 1974 and 1984, respectively, to raise funds for its charitable efforts. One recipe, Shaker Lemon Pie, from the first cookbook features thinly sliced whole lemons and was featured in Southern Living.

Producing cookbooks featuring regional favorites and family recipes and was a common fundraiser for Junior League chapters across the country starting in the 1950s. As such, these cookbooks have become a cultural treasure that preserve the culinary heritage and community spirit of their respective regions.

Modern Mountain Measures tickets are $100 through April 19, at which point they will increase to $115. Additional drinks and copies of the cookbooks will be available to purchase at the restaurant. The nonprofit will also be accepting donations of menstrual hygiene products at the event to donate to those in need. The dinner will be held at 10101 Bridge Restaurant, located at 1010 Bridge Road, Charleston, WV 25314.

Learn more and purchase tickets here:

Established in 1923, the Junior League of Charleston is a group of professional women dedicated to building a better community. Through volunteer service and project management opportunities, the group develops leadership skills, builds lasting relationships and strengthens the Charleston community. The Junior League of Charleston is a 501©3 organization and is part of one of the oldest, largest women’s volunteer organizations in the world.

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