When I lived in Columbia I met this terrific gal, Heather, who had started a GNO or Girl’s Night Out group. Once a month we would get together and try different restaurants in town. It was a lot of fun and I met some great ladies. Both Heather and I have since moved away from Columbia but I took her idea and decided to give it a shot here in Charleston. So, when I met some equally great ladies at a temporarily recurring job I have, I threw out the idea and they were game.
We now get together once a month at different places here in Charleston and last night, we went to Bin 152. I had the pleasure of meeting Fanny, one of the owners, a couple of weeks ago. Fanny explained to me that it is a three-person show at Bin 152. Her and her husband, Patrick, run the place with some help from Michael.
As Fanny is originally from France, Bin 152 has a French ambiance. The decor is simple but warm and inviting and the crowd has a local feel. As to the beverages and food, Bin 152 offers over 30 different wines by the glass and over 100 wines by the bottle. Plus, there are 35 different cheeses and charcuterie served with some delicious, fresh baked bread. I asked Fanny how to pronounce charcuterie and then I tried to repeat it to my table of ladies. It sounded much prettier when Fanny said it.
For those of you who are wondering, and I did when I first saw the word, charcuterie is (according to Wikipedia) “the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, pates, and confit, primarily from pork.”
Anyway, between the six of us we tried two different white wines and both were very good. I am not a huge white wine fan but I really loved the wine Michael suggested for the four of us that split a bottle. I will definitely drink a glass of it again when I go back to Bin 152. We also had some goat cheese and prosciutto – excellent. All of this is to say that I heartily recommend this place to you locals that have not stopped in yet. And for you out-of-towners, when you are on King Street doing the tour through the many exciting stores that grace either side of King, make sure you wander down to Bin 152 and sample the wine, cheese and charcuterie.