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.

 

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.

If you haven’t been to Tabbuli Grill yet – check out these reviews from our guests!

If you ask us, of course we will give rave reviews about our authentic Mediterranean food.  But – you don’t have to take our word for it – listen to what some of our clients have said about us:

“Excellent atmosphere and food – friendly service.” – E. Phillips

“Great place – will come back again!!!”  R.F.

“Love your patio!! Thanks for allowing our dog to visit and thanks for the big pail of water.” – H. Peacock

(If you didn’t already know, Tabbuli Grill is dog-friendly. Bring you best canine pal the next time you want to enjoy Tabbuli’s beautiful patio for lunch!)

“Great service. Good prices. Nice atmosphere. Food amazing.” – S.S.

“10 out of 10.” – D. George

“First time here and I absolutely loved my lamb kabob! I’ll definitely be back again very soon!” – K. Hawkins

“Add some swarma to your menu! Very wonderful – best baba ganoush I’ve ever had!” – J. Slicer