Lisa 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.
Join us tomorrow (October 9th, 2014) for a night of food, fashion & cocktails highlighting Tres Carmen Boutique.
Join us tonight for White Haute Nights showcasing Groove Girl Consignment.
Alexandra Munzel has styled A-List celebrities for the Oscars and the Golden Globe Awards, and has worked with magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Alexandra will dazzle you with her creativity. In short, you will be blown away by what she has planned for White Haute Nights.
Come help us bring back the roaring 20’s at Tabbuli for NYE. Dress your best because we will have a best dressed contest along with live jazz music all night long. We will also be featuring performances by some of the finest drag entertainers around with special guest Miss National 2002 Martina Diamante. The party starts at 8pm. Check out our Facebook for details.
Purchase your tickets today at our website!
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.
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.”
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!
Some people go out of town for the Fourth of July. It’s obvious, however, that those people don’t live in Charleston. The Holy City is the sort of place where people want to spend holidays and vacations, and if you’re lucky enough to be in the area this Independence Day and not stuck at your great-aunt’s country house, head to Tabbuli for a fantastic party on our patio, where every day and every night is a celebration of freedom!
Our theme this year is “Light Up the Night,” and festivities will be in conjunction with the Market Street Saloon, another great Charleston Hospitality Group restaurant.
Get your VIP wristband at Tabbuli, starting at 4 p.m., and you’ll receive special access to the Saloon all night! Enjoy food and drink specials on the patio, including our Red, White and Blue Painkillahs, back by popular demand for the festivities!
And there is no better place in town than Tabbuli for watching the fireworks at Patriot’s Point, one of the best shows in the Lowcountry.
Happy Independence Day from all of us at Tabbuli!