On September 17th Charleston Waterkeeper held its 6th Annual Water Ball to celebrate Charleston’s waterways and raise awareness of the important work the organization does to protect our community’s right to clean, swimmable water. Salthouse was honored to be an integral part of this evening dedicated to clean water.

An environmental non-profit that works to protect and restore the Charleston Harbor Watershed, Charleston Waterkeeper has five primary areas of programmatic focus: Water Quality Monitoring, Mobile Pumpout, Permit Watchdog, Patrol and Education. Waterkeeper is in its third year of gathering water quality samples at fifteen locations in the Charleston watershed. From that data, the organization deploys a variety of tactics to protect our waterways, work to restore those that are impaired, and ultimately educate the public about the issues surrounding water quality and what they can do to make a difference. For more information about Charleston Waterkeeper, please visit their website – www.charlestonwaterkeeper.org.

Although called Water Ball, the event was a semi-casual, fun-for-all event celebrating the natural resource that is such a vital part of our city’s identity. Each year, Water Ball is a gathering of some of Charleston’s finest chefs from many of our best restaurants. This year’s list included: Butcher & Bee, Cru, Cannon Green, Cocktail Club, Indaco, Oku, Hometeam, Glass Onion, Edmunds Oast, Leon’s, Pancito & Lefty, The Ordinary, Fleet Landing, Peninsula, Grill … and SALTHOUSE!

Each chef is asked to serve dishes inspired by Charleston’s waterways. Salthouse was honored to be the exclusive caterer for the VIP cocktail hour … and as a result took a few creative liberties with our menu selections. We prepared our guests for an evening of fun by passing four different hors d’oeuvre options:

72 Hour Beet Root cured Salmon canapé with boursin, on crisp bread

Sandy Creek Cheese on a crostini with apricot jam and point roasted SC pecans with local honey

Lamb Kefta with marinated cucumber, mint, and feta

Himalayan Sea Salt Watermelon Duo, made up of compressed watermelon, local goat cheese, pickles rind, and vanilla.

All of these offerings were wonderful additions to the celebration and set the tone for a beautiful night. A special thank you to all our chef friends who all brought their A Game to the event, to Charleston Waterkeeper for hosting this fabulous party, and to our friends and colleagues at Burlap Elephant & Tusk Events for planning and coordinating such a successful night.

Catering, EventsKaelyn Hawkins