Low Country South Carolina – September 9-11, 2023

Courtesy V. W. Photography


Join us in the Lowcountry! The Iconoclast Dinner Experience (IDE) is thrilled to continue exploring the legacy of land loss shared by African-American farmers and Mexican-Americans in the West. We’ve partnered with our friends at Montage Palmetto Bluff for IDE 13 Million Acres. IDE 13 Million Acres-Bluffton will be a weekend of IDE Curated events culminating with a six-course culinary journey highlighting trailblazing Southern-based chefs and beverage professionals that explores how the connection to land touches us all.


Montage Palmetto Bluff 477 Mt Pelia Rd Bluffton, SC 29910

No one under 21 admitted.

Saturday September 9th

IDE Low Country Foodways Tour


IDE Signature Ecological Walking Tour led by Montage Palmetto Bluff’s resident naturalist explores the bounty of the Low Country, foods that have developed from it, and the role these foods have played in regional history for centuries. Tour punctuated by a small plate and bubbly.


Sunday September 10th

IDE Chartered Inland Waterway Boat Tour – Host Committee

9 AM, 10 AM or 11 AM

Chartered Boat Tour exclusively for the IDE 13 Million Acres Host Committee. Experience the pristine beauty of South Carolina’s Lowcountry with a guided Ecological Tour led by Montage Palmetto Bluff’s resident naturalist  Glide along the lagoon waterways and soak in the scenic views of the region’s flora and fauna while learning about the local ecology and history. Tour punctuated by a small plate and cocktails.

Included in Host Committee Fee


IDE 13 Million Acres Family Supper 

6 PM

Intimate supper reserved for chefs and the mixologist participating in the IDE 13 Million Acres September 11th Dinner. Informal event that give the culinary and beverage team an opportunity to bond and provide them with a sense of place. Family Supper will be off-site and hosted by Frances and Marion Chalmers founders of Rollen’s RAW Grains. Marion “Rollen” Chalmers is a fourth-generation rice farmer. Rollens grows Carolina Gold Rice and Charleston Gold Rice at Turnbridge Farm in Hardeeville, S.C. for Anson Mills and created a Carolina Gold Rice field at the University of Georgia Center for Research and Education. Additionally, his rice has been on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. This will be a rustic and traditional menu consisting of Wild Boar, Charleston Gold Rice, and other offerings emblematic of African-American Low Country Cuisine.

Two tickets offered through IDE’s Silent Auction beginning August 22nd.  Dietary Restrictions Politely Declined.

Monday September 11th

IDE 13 Million Acres Dinner

A six-course culinary journey highlighting trailblazing Southern-based chefs and beverage professionals that explores how the connection to land touches us all.


Reception 6:30PM
Dinner 7:15 PM

Host Committee

Chef Works

Rodric L. Miller

Latraviette Smith-Wilson + Steven Wilson

Desire Vincent Levy

Lisa Wisniewki + Andrew Brophy

Class of 2023


Bernard Bennett

Okàn, Bluffton

Luis Guevara

Carmel, Atlanta

James Linabary

Audrey / June (Nashville)


Carlos Marquez Hernandez

José (Dallas)

Honorary Chair

Dawn Davis

Former Editor in Chief, Bon Appétit, Executive Editor, Simon & Schuster



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