Horton Hayes Fine Art is located at the corner of State and Queen Streets and features original works by locally and nationally recognized artists, including Mark Kelvin Horton, Shannon Runquist, Chris Groves, Nancy Hoerter, Bjorn Runquist, Michael Knoch and Larry Moore. For the 2012 Palette and Palate Stroll, the fine art gallery will feature food paintings of Shannon Runquist.
Subject matter in the gallery varies and includes landscapes, still-life, figurative works and architectural depictions rendered in oil, pastel or watercolor. While many of the pieces depict Lowcountry scenes and themes, one may also find a range of images including mountain and western scenes, European subjects and a variety of works inspired by the diverse experiences, surroundings and travels of their artists.
For this year’s stroll, Horton Hayes is pleased to be paired with Oak Steakhouse, a true Charleston favorite. Touted as “one of the best and most distinctive steakhouses in America,” Oak Steakhouse presents classic steakhouse cuisine as well as locally sourced seafood and produce in an impeccable setting. Its classic steakhouse menu combined with its arched doors and windows, 18-foot ceilings, mahogany paneling and 150-year-old heart of pine floors make it one of the most distinctive dining spaces in the country.
Executive Chef Jeremiah Bacon’s menu highlights include succulent steaks such as the marinated 28 oz. Certified Angus Beef Prime bone-in ribeye, as well as seafood favorites like the pan-seared sea scallops served with roasted exotic mushrooms and a foie gras au poivre sauce. A Charleston native and College of Charleston alumnus, Bacon attended the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, N.Y. After graduating from the CIA in 1999, Bacon moved to New York City where he spent 10 years working for legendary restaurants such as River Café, an award-winning riverfront restaurant in Brooklyn, N.Y., and ILO in midtown. Bacon left ILO to join the staff at Le Bernardin, the famed seafood restaurant of celebrity chef Eric Ripert. In 2004, Bacon was part of the opening crew of Per Se, which along with Le Bernadin, earned Four Stars from the New York Times and Three Michelin Stars.
When Bacon returned to the Lowcountry in 2007 as executive chef of Carolina’s, he passionately incorporated a local-first philosophy into his culinary practices by building strong relationships with local farmers and fisheries. Bacon joined Oak Steakhouse as executive chef and partner in November 2010 and brought this philosophy with him to add his personal touch to the menu, taking it in a progressive, yet local direction.