A rock star, Toto and a Trinidadian chef walk into a jail… sounds like the beginning of a joke or perhaps a ghost story, right? But it is not, it was the beginning of a L.I.M.E. (Local. Impromptu. Movable.Evening) dinner that took place at the Old City Jail in Charleston, South Carolina on April 19th.
L.I.M.E. is an underground dining club created by Trini-born Chef Renata Dos Santos. Renata pairs chef-prepared cuisine with entertainment by local musicians, a unique location, and a local charity. It’s a local supper club with a dash of Caribbean spice!
This year’s dinner featured Chef Ulfet Ralph of Carter’s Kitchen. The silent auction, complete with a trip to Trinidad, benefitted South Carolina ALS Association. Local farmer Jim Martin (dressed as Toto) of Compost in my Shoe farms donated much of the produce for the evening’s meal and won the “Best Dressed” award for the Old Hollywood Glamour-themed event. Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies also attended the dinner along with a film crew for his travel show The Illegal Eater. At the end of the evening, Steven took center stage and treated the guests to a few ballads.
On the 19th, although there hadn’t been a thunderstorm for weeks in Charleston, that evening the heavens opened up as the guests filled the Old City Jail for an evening of fun, food and fundraising. And a few of them came out with more than just a great meal and a great evening. They had a ghost story of their own!