sign that says Gullah grub restaurant

Low Country Culinaria with Chefs Jennifer Booker​ and BJ Dennis 
May 15-22, 2022

Even if you already know and love Charleston and Savannah, you’ll want to join us for this special food- and history-focused week-long Culinaria in South Carolina and Northern Georgia’s Low Country. In addition to experiencing the history, charm, and restaurant scenes in Charleston and Savannah, we’ll explore the sea islands that hold the key to the true history of the South. We’ll be led by Chef Jennifer Booker, southern cuisine expert, and Chef BJ Dennis, Low Country native and passionate cook and storyteller, as we discover the food, culture, history, crafts, language and traditions of the Gullah, who helped settle this part of the US, and who made the Low Country what it was and is.   

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What You’ll Love About Your Week in the Low Country

Spend 7 days immersed in the food, history, and culture of the Low Country 


Get a taste of the Low Country on our 7-day tour. We put our heart and soul into thinking about each day and what we want you to experience. We’ll take you to places you wouldn’t go on your own. 

Sweetgrass basket woven in Charleston, South Carolina

You’ll see the Low Country through the eyes of two knowledgeable and talented chefs—Jennifer Hill Booker and BJ Dennis—and Oldways. You’ll enjoy chef-led cooking demonstrations, historical visits, walking tours and guided museum tours, and so much more. We’ll be based in Charleston, Beaufort, and Savannah. 

On this trip you’ll experience Low Country cuisine and discover Gullah traditions—food, culture, history, crafts, and language—of the people who helped settle this part of the U.S., and who made the Low Country what it was and is. 

On our trips, you don’t just get to taste a fabulous meal—you get the recipes and knowledge to bring these ”old ways” home with you. And in between all the excitement, you’ll have time to shop or take a siesta, and then relax in charming hotels at the end of the day.

Day-by-Day in the Low Country

AT A GLANCE

SUNDAY, MAY 15 

Arrive at the Indigo Inn in Charleston. Meet your fellow travelers and the staff, and enjoy a Welcome Reception and Dinner together. 

 

Courtyard of the Indigo Inn in Charleston, SC

 

 
 

 

McLeod plantation photo
 
 
 

 

 

MONDAY, MAY 16 

Visit the McLeod Plantation on James Island, which shares its history from the Gullah perspective. There will be a group lunch on James Island, followed by a free evening to explore Charleston on your own.

TUESDAY, MAY 17

Take a walking historical and culinary tour through Charleston, followed by free time on your own. Chefs Jennifer and BJ will present a cooking class and dinner in the evening.

 

A Charleston street with tree branches and fountains
 
 

 

 
Street signs in Beaufort

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18

Visit the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion, plus more exciting stops, en route to our next hotel in Beaufort. After checking in, take an optional walking tour of Beaufort before dinner at the Saltus River Grill.

THURSDAY, MAY 19

Spend the day on St. Helena’s Island with a guided visit to the Penn Center. We’ll have lunch and a cooking class at the Gullah Grub restaurant. 

 

sign that says Gullah grub restaurant
 

 

savannah historic square
 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 20

We’ll move onto beautiful Savannah, and take a city tour that ends with a cocktail party in one of Savannah’s historic squares. Your evening in the city is free.

SATURDAY, MAY 21

Visit the Pinpoint Heritage Museum, followed by lunch at Wormsloe Historic Site. The afternoon is free, before a final dinner together at The Grey. 

 

the pinpoint heritage museum
 
 

 

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SUNDAY, MAY 22

Departures—or, perhaps you will choose to continue your stay in the Low Country on your own!

 

See Your Charming Accomodations

Courtyard of the Indigo Inn in Charleston, SC
The Indigo Inn in Charleston

Indigo Inn, Charleston

An enclave of comfort nestled in Charleston’s Historic District, The Indigo Inn offers genuine, Southern hospitality for guests seeking a peaceful getaway. With a vibrant central atrium and intimate accommodations, the Indigo Inn invites visitors to discover a timeless Charleston experience of a bygone era.

Best Western Sea Island Inn, Beaufort

Exterior of the Best Western hotel in Beaufort
The Best Western Sea Island Inn, Beaufort

Conveniently located downtown, and close to shops, restaurants, and historic sites, this hotel was refurbished in 2019, and can accommodate our entire group.  

Hotel Indigo, Savannah

the hotel indigo in Savannah, Georgia
The Hotel Indigo in Savannah, Georgia

Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District is the perfect mix of old and new. The building—known to locals as the “Grand Lady on the Bay” due to her sweeping size—was once 19th-century mega-merchant Simon Guckenheimer’s dry goods storage house and shop, which was filled with everything the South made best, from tobacco to canned peaches. The 1940s and ’50s brought a grocery store with the city’s first true coffeehouse. Now, the Grand Lady stands as a charming boutique hotel with modern style in a vibrant Ellis Square setting that reflects the essence of Savannah’s renowned historic district.