About 150 guests bundled up in Texas chic winter finery scurried out of the cold and into the glowing barn at historic Los Olivos Farm in Burton for the highly anticipated Aprés Antiques Dinner designed by Charleston-based Garden & Gun magazine. 

The event was presented by the tourism experts with Explore Charleston during the Round Top Winter Antiques + Design Show in January. 

The night’s sub-freezing temperatures couldn’t keep the crowd of Round Top locals and business owners away from the promise of top shelf cocktails, award winning wine and a meal prepared by Leonard Botello IV of Truth BBQ and Round Top-based Merritt Meat Co. Live jazz by Django Foxtrot band and stunning winter white florals by Smithville’s Bloom Bar blended with dancing candlelight to make for a warm welcome on the especially chilly night. 

A trio of cocktails created with spirits made in Charleston were the first offering of the evening. Guests were given the choice of a scofflaw made with High Wire Rye Whiskey, vermouth, lime and Jack Rudy grenadine; a jasmine gimlet prepared with High Wire Hat Trick Gin, jasmine simple syrup, lemon and bitters and a zero proof Charleston rosemary mule made with ginger beer, rosemary syrup and lime.

The Garden & Gun team not only brought the spirits of Charleston to Round Top, but also a taste of its famed low country cuisine. Smoked oyster appetizers from Lowcountry Oyster Co. were passed alongside bites of crispy potatoes with crème fraîche and caviar. A fried oyster from Lowcountry also garnished the first course of she-crab soup prepared with lump crab, crab roe, cream and sherry. The second course of roast duck with parmesan grits was especially decadent. In a speech before dinner, Chef Botello explained that the duck was confit for twelve hours and smoked an additional six hours – making the bird exceptionally flavorful. 

The dessert course was comprised of a rich bourbon bread pudding paired with a southern scaffa shot made with amaro liqueur, bitters and more bourbon whiskey – ensuring that guests departed The Barn at Los Olivos Farm with full, warm bellies. Information about The Barn at Los Olivos Farm can be found here

For those who didn’t score tickets to the sold-out Aprés Antiques Dinner, a bit of Charleston was on display at the special Garden & Gun Club pop up at Blue Hills during the Winter 2024 Antiques & Design Show in Round Top. A bar and lounge area decorated in rustic plaids, vegan caramel leather and birding print wallpaper were the backdrop for a select group of Charleston-based vendors. Visitors to the club enjoyed hot toddies and a host of other specialty beverages, beer, and wine while shopping fine jewelry from Croghan’s Jewel Box, feathered accessories by Brackish, and clothing by slow fashion brand Madison Mathews.

The Garden & Gun crew will be back in Texas this month for the Garden & Gun Rodeo Smokeshow on February 24. They will once again partner with Truth BBQ for an evening of food, cocktails, and a curated group of makers including Lucchese boots and Round Top’s own Modern Marla and Kemo Sabe. Check here for details and to purchase tickets.