sign that says Gullah grub restaurant


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 Hill 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.   

Explore the Low Country

Spend a week touring and exploring with Chef Jennifer Hill Booker, Chef BJ Dennis, and Oldways

May 15-22, 2022

7-night stay in Charleston, Beaufort, and Savannah

Price per person from

$3,990

Flights

If flying, travelers will book their flights independently. Arrive in Charleston, and depart from Savannah.

CPEU Credit

Registered Dietitians can earn continuing education credit

Questions

Please read our Travel FAQ here. Call us at (617) 896-4861, or email us at
Travel@OldwaysPT.org

 

 

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How to Register for this Culinary Tour

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If this trip must be cancelled due to Covid-19, refunds will be issued.

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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 

 

Sweetgrass basket woven in Charleston, South Carolina

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.   

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

 

 
 

 

A Charleston street with tree branches and fountains
 
 
 

 

 

MONDAY, MAY 16 

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 

TUESDAY, MAY 17

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.  

McLeod plantation photo
 
 
Street signs in Beaufort

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18

Visit the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion, plus more exciting stops, en route to Beaufort. After checking in, take an optional walking tour of Beaufort before a group dinner.

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 and Wormsloe Historic Site. The afternoon is free, before a final dinner together at the award-winning restaurant, 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 Accommodations

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. 

Meet the Chefs You’ll Be Traveling With

Chef Jennifer Hill Booker

Chef Jennifer Hill Booker

Who is Chef Jennifer Hill Booker? She’s an African American woman of strength and character who can creatively meet life and culinary challenges with grace. Her passion for the culinary world knows no boundaries from creating new recipes, to teaching culinary arts, presenting live cooking demonstrations, keynote-speaking engagements and in the digital world where she engages with her online community. Her focused attention to detail came through loud and clear when she was a contestant on the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen competition food show. Life experiences have given her a special sensitivity to sharing her joy of cooking with others. She takes pleasure in teaching people to cook healthy and delicious food. With her extensive culinary endeavors as a professional chef, culinary arts instructor and cookbook author, Chef Jennifer Hill Booker is like having your favorite chef in the kitchen with you! She is an inspiration and role model for girls and modern women who are balancing life’s many challenges. 

Chef Jennifer’s culinary path has not always been a linear one. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tulsa; eighteen months later graduated first in her class with an Associate of Occupational Science from Oklahoma State Institute of Technology. Extensive travel while married to a United States Army Officer pushed Jennifer to blaze a trail that fit her unique situation—a female African American chef, living abroad. As a result, her culinary company Your Resident Gourmet was born. During her time living in Germany, Jennifer honed her culinary talents by providing cooking classes for both military and German families. She was also able to fulfill a lifelong dream of attending Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Paris, where she once again graduated top of her class. Twenty years later Jennifer finds herself once again blazing culinary trails as she wears many culinary hats as chef, reality TV personality, culinary educator, business owner and cookbook author of Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent and Dinner Déjà Vu: Southern Tonight, French Tomorrow.

She is an Impact Fellow with the James Beard Foundation, a Georgia Grown Executive Chef for the GA Department of Agriculture, the Culinary Explorer for the Georgia Department of Tourism and Travel, and is the founder of Southern Divas of the New South TM Dinner Series. Chef Jennifer is the first Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Diversity of the prestigious Atlanta chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a member of SlowFood-Atlanta, and of Atlanta’s No Kid Hungry Atlanta Society. Chef Jennifer currently sits on the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Committee. 

Chef Jennifer spends her free time in her kitchen, garden, or the farmer’s market. She currently resides in Lilburn, Georgia with her two daughters, Jenelle and Regine, and their KorgieJack, Pudge.

Chef BJ Dennis

Chef BJ Dennis
Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, chef and caterer Benjamin “BJ” Dennis infuses the flavors and culture of the Lowcountry into his Gullah Geechee cuisine, bringing a new taste to an ever expanding culinary palate of the south.
 
What differentiates Chef BJ’s food from his contemporaries in “southern” cooking is the homage he pays to the Gullah Geechee culture, brought to the Americas by West Africans, and disseminated along the West Indies and the American South. Dennis infuses the techniques of his ancestors, learned from four years of study in St. Thomas, as well as the lessons of his grandparents about eating from the land, to create fresh interpretations of local dishes focusing on in-season, locally sourced vegetables and seafood. Recent trips to Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Barbados, Dominica, U.S. Virgin Islands, Angola, Bahamas and Benin has brought his work full circle. Connecting the people and cultures of the African diaspora through food. Bringing back a true taste of Gullah Geechee culture.
 
Chef BJ Dennis was recently featured on the hit Netflix series High on the Hog
 
(Biography adapted from Charleston Wine + Food)