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.

 

Tabbuli has the best outdoor seating in town

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Tabbuli’s patio has undergone renovation in a few different stages, but it has been complete for several months.  Tabbuli offers the perfect spot to dine in downtown Charleston. Tabbuli’s spacious patio offers some of the best outdoor seating in downtown Charleston. There is plenty of room for large parties or events – from corporate gatherings to rehearsal dinners. Our large, outdoor covered bar is perfect for events or for happy hour, especially with our Flair bartenders and our upcoming raw bar. (Watch this blog for details on when the raw bar will be available!)

On the weekends, our patio features a great brunch, Bloody Mary bar and we are canine friendly.This weekend, we’ll be celebrating the Cooper River Bridge Run. Join us for an after-run party. Bring your runner number for a free surprise (sorry, I’ve been sworn to secrecy…). We’ll have great food, drinks and music to celebrate the Bridge Run and help kick off the weekend.

Come relax with us on the patio for one of the best outdoor dining experiences on the peninsula.

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!

 

 

Sneak peek at new Tabbuli Grill menu items

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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.

Join us on the patio at Tabbuli for a romantic Valentine’s dinner

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If you haven’t made your plans yet for a romantic Valentine’s dinner, Tabbuli has you covered. The weather is clearing up downtown and the chance of rain has shrunk to almost nothing – it looks like it will be a fabulous evening for a romantic dinner for two on our patio – one of the best outdoor dining locations in downtown Charleston!

Join us on our beautiful patio for our prix fixe menu with or without wine pairing – or order from Tabbuli’s regular menu. Our prix fixe menu:

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

Dinner with wine pairing is $50 per person, $40 per person

Call us for reservations at 628-5959.

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

Tabbuli Grill presents, “What is a pita?”

If you have never really tried Mediterranean cuisine, you may be wondering about some of the items on the menu at Tabbuli Grill. Today, we are talking pitas! According to Wikipedia, a pita “is a round pocket bread widely consumed in many Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Balkan cuisines. It is prevalent in Greece, the Balkans, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula and Turkey.”

Pita bread is round, but puffs up when cooking due to the steam created while the bread is baking.  After the bread cools and flattens, the bread can be cut open to reveal a pocket in the middle, which is perfect for stuffing with any number of toppings.

At Tabbuli Grill, we love pitas and have a variety for our guests to choose from. And, whether you’ve never had a pita, or you’ve tried them several times, Tabbuli Grill has eight different pitas to try – including beef, lamb, shrimp, chicken, falafel, kofta, ‘you choose’ and a gyro pita.

Evolution of Tabbuli Grill

Welcome to Tabbuli Grill’s new blog! We plan to feature events, new menu items and everything else happening at Tabbuli Grill here on the blog.

If you’ve been a long time fan of Tabbuli, you may know how our beautiful outdoor patio has evolved over time. If not, we thought it would be fun to look back at the before, the after – and the second after. What is now a beautiful patio, was once just a parking lot, as seen below.

Side, Tabbuli Grill   Outside, Tabbuli Grill

 

Our first renovation was beautiful:

 

But we didn’t stop there. We wanted to create a larger, but intimate patio setting for year-round dining. We enlarged the patio, added an outdoor bar and heat lamps to create our current patio:

 

If you haven’t experienced the food, drinks and entertainment at Tabbuli Grill – what are you waiting for?