LISA SHELDON NAMED EXECUTIVE CHEF OF TABBULI

Executive Chef Lisa SheldonLisa Sheldon has been named executive chef of Tabbuli, a Mediterranean eatery and hookah lounge with locations on Market Street in downtown Charleston and Savannah Highway in West Ashley. Chef Lisa brings more than two decades of experience to Tabbuli, recently relocating from the New York area.

“We are delighted to welcome Chef Lisa to the Charleston Hospitality Group family of restaurants,” said Founder and CEO Sam Mustafa. “Utilizing my family’s beloved recipes, she has turned our vision of what Tabbuli’s culinary experience should be into a reality.”

After working in the Chautauqua area of New York for 13 years, Chef Lisa and her husband Keith, also a chef, decided to trade snow for a southern lifestyle and settled in Charleston. While enjoying breakfast at Toast, one of Tabbuli’s sister restaurants, they struck up a conversation with a server who led them to Sam Mustafa. Chef Lisa’s husband now helms the kitchen at Eli’s Table, also part of the restaurant group, which offers a creative twist on Lowcountry and Continental classics.

“I’m thrilled to join an outstanding team and bring my passion to the Tabbuli kitchen downtown and in the up-and-coming neighborhood of West Ashley,” shares Chef Lisa. “By sticking to fresh, locally sourced ingredients, we’ve been able to craft a dynamic menu that is sure to please the most discerning of palates in fun, casual atmosphere.”

Although Mediterranean cuisine has never been a focus of Chef Lisa’s background, it was a Mediterranean cruise that first led her to the culinary arts. A native of Pittsburgh, she had hopes of becoming a pharmacist, nearly accepting a softball scholarship to a Division I college. However, following a family cruise, Lisa’s eyes and palate were opened in a life-changing way. She eventually enrolled at Johnson & Wales in Providence, R.I. where she was a stand out on its Division III softball team.

After graduating from Johnson & Wales with a degree in baking & pastry arts, Chef Lisa began her career at the Sheraton Minneapolis Metrodome, where she was offered an internship. She later transferred to the Athenaeum Hotel in Chautauqua, New York, where she worked for 11 years, beginning as a pastry chef before being promoted to executive chef. Chef Lisa later served as executive chef for Chautauqua Suites before heading up the kitchen at Andriaccio’s Italian Restaurant, a landmark in Chautauqua.

 

The Man Behind the Mix

If you are a regular in the truly ‘Southern’ town of Charleston, South Carolina, then you are no stranger to the ‘ever so’ hip and elegant ambiance of the restaurant to see and be seen at; Tabbuli.  If you are just stopping by Charleston for a visit then Tabbuli, at 6 North Market Street, is where you’re going to want to pull-up-a-seat and have the best drinks and Mediterranean American cuisine in town.

Tabbuli’s environment has charm, distinction, hospitality, and a handsome Mixologist/General Manager to boot, Jay Witkowski!  As a seasoned bartender and a favorite on the Board of Mixology for BR Guest, Jay, has personally handcrafted the cocktails at Tabbuli to make sure your drink experience is as unique and exciting as Tabbuli.

Tabbuli General Manager Jay Witkowski

Famous Jay’s philosophy for Tabbuli Specialty Cocktails is, “I like putting flavors together, and I love to muddle. Basil, Mint, and Rosemary – those are all items we keep around for the cocktails. And we make our hibiscus simple syrup in-house. Without these pure ingredients, you can’t have exceptional drinks.”

Tabbuli Mojitios

One of Jay’s Simply Favorites is the Mojito.  “I’m a big mojito guy,” with a wink and smile he exclaims. “I’ve created probably around 25 specialty drink lists, but I come back to the mojito.”

Fresh ingredients, unparalleled taste, flavorful and delightfully distinct describe what you can expect when it comes to the cocktails Jay creates for Tabbuli’s Specialty Cocktails and Simply Favorites, not to mention the Cuisine!!

Breeze on into the patio, take a seat, check your Facebook and/or Twitter; order a Jay inspired, handcrafted cocktail at Tabbuli’s today, you’ll be glad you did!

 

Introducing…Lunch in a Cup!

 

If you’re moseying around town today, you may find yourself wondering what that green golf cart is doing zipping around the peninsula and stopping in on local businesses. Not to worry, it’s just a few of our Tabbuli team members delivering a very important surprise.

The surprise? A reusable (and essential) plastic cup. The purpose? Simply bring your cup into Tabbuli on Monday through Friday between 11am and 3pm, and you can have yourself one of six lunch selections (Grilled Heart of Romaine Salad and Falafel Pita to name a few) for a mere $8 (tax not included).

“But what if we didn’t get a cup?” you ask. Worry not, friend. Simply stop by Tabbuli and pick one up today.

We can’t wait to have you over for lunch!

 

Meet us on the patio at Tabbuli for Art Walk this Friday and Easter brunch on Sunday

Tabbuli will be part of the First Friday Art Walk this Friday, April 6th. Chef Scott is preparing some of our beautiful new menu items to offer as passed hors d’oeuvres and we’ll have our wine vendor from Advintage wines in house to offer wine samples, as well as to educate our guests on different types of wines and pairings. We are working with some local artists to have art work on display for this event. Keep an eye on our Facebook page (and Like us if you haven’t already!) for more details on the artist(s) who will be participating.

Friday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. we’ll also have the Woodmont Trio playing on the patio. Saturday evening, we’ll feature Charles Cook and we’re working on plans for a very special Easter brunch on Sunday. We offer brunch every weekend on our beautiful patio, featuring our amazing Bloody Mary bar.

And be sure to look out for our beautiful new banner! Get your picture taken with ‘the meatball’ and post it to Facebook, tagging Tabbuli in the photo and we’ll give you a free Tabbuli shirt!

Plenty of healthful and vegan options on Tabbuli’s menu

Tabbuli menu offers vegetarian options  If you are looking for healthy, vegetarian or vegan options, have you taken a look at the new menu at Tabbuli? Chef Scott Vosburgh put a lot of thought into our new menu and has created fresh, appetizing menu items – many of which are suited to vegetarian or vegan diets.

Starting with our tapas, our vegetarian/vegan options are hummus, masabacha, babaghanoush, falafel, petrossian bruschetta, and Tabbuli’s Mediterranean dip. All of our salads – Jerusalem salad, Tabbuli, fattoush, grilled heart of romaine and tahini salad are all vegetarian friendly, as is our falafel pita.

Love dessert? Enjoy our baklava or our warm frangelico fosters (without the ice cream).

Have other special dietary concerns? We can help. Talk to your server or call us ahead of time to find out what modifications can be made to accommodate your diet. 843-628-5959.

Check out Tabbuli tonight for flair bartending & beautiful new menu items

Flair bartending at Tabbuli Charleston, SCTonight at Tabbuli join Aaron of Flair Bartending Charleston and Abram Boise of MTV fame. If you’re looking for dinner and a show, we’ve got you covered. Our beautiful patio dining will be in full swing this evening and we have patio heaters to ward off the chill this evening.

Our new menu is available and we’ve got some sneak peek photos of some of our new menu items. Check them out here first!

 

 

Tabbuli Grill makes appearance on Lowcountry Live to promote new menu

New Executive Chef Scott Vosburgh appeared last Wednesday alongside Charleston Hospitality Group‘s Chef Brett McKee to promote Tabbuli Grill’s new menu items. Chef Scott prepared the amazing Ahi Tuna Poke on air and Lowcountry Live host Dave Williams seemed very impressed with the dish.

Tabbuli will be appearing alongside sister restaurants Eli’s Table, Whisk Bakery, and Market Street Saloon at the Grand Tasting Tents in the culinary village this weekend at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.  Be sure to look for us on Saturday morning to sample some of our fabulous food.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gka645vAUFw&w=420&h=315]

 

 

 

Sneak peek at new Tabbuli Grill menu items

[slideshow]

We shared recently that we would be announcing a new menu at Tabbuli. We are not quite ready to announce the whole menu, as Chefs Brett McKee, Eric Gaffin and Scott Vosburgh are still putting their finishing touches and preparing the kitchen for the new menu.

We do have some sneak peak photos from the weekend (in the slideshow), thanks to Chef Eric Gaffin/New Dream Photography. Eric captured several of our new dishes along with several beauty shots at Tabbuli. Stay tuned for the release of the full menu.

For now, we can give you this little hint- think Mediterranean + raw bar + tapas.

Love is in the air at Tabbuli

[slideshow]Love is in the air and Tabbuli wants to help set the mood for you and your sweetheart. No other restaurant downtown has patio dining with the atmosphere that Tabbuli has. Join us on our romantic patio for a Valentine’s menu (with or without wine pairing) and a dinner date you won’t soon forget. Dinner with wine pairing is $50 per person. Without wine pairing, $40 per person. Our full menu will also be available.

First course

Shrimp and lump crab stack with thin sliced cucumbers, golden beets and fresh avocados with a roasted red pepper and cilantro aioli.

Wine pairing: Pinot Noir

Second course

Grilled chicken satay and fresh jicama salad with a Thai peanut reduction.

Wine pairing: Chardonnay

Third course

Fresh rosemary and thyme braised lamb shank served with Mediterranean couscous.

Wine pairing:  Cabernet Sauvignon

Dessert

House made authentic Baklava

Wine pairing: Peach Bellini