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Secret Savannah Speakeasy celebrates city’s bold cuisine, cocktails, music and craft brews

  • The 2015 Secret Savannah Speakeasy brought out a great crowd in costumes.
  • Laiken Love of Fellowship of Love

Secret Savannah Speakeasy celebrates city’s bold cuisine, cocktails, music and craft brews

02 Nov 2016

When the Savannah Food & Wine Festival introduced the Secret Savannah Speakeasy event last year, no one knew exactly what to expect — as is the case with most new events. It was billed as a night to meet the tastemakers of what Savannah eats and drinks with a 1920s-speakeasy theme full of colorful characters and amazing live entertainment.

The event was a success, so you’ll want to grab your tickets early this year before it sells out.

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This year’s Secret Savannah Speakeasy takes place from 8-11 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Georgia State Railroad Museum. Tickets are $85 and ticket packages are available.

And just like last year, you’ll want to wear your best 1920s Prohibition-era ensembles to the “secret, underground social club.” The evening will feature the best of Savannah’s local talent, culinary products, craft beers and spirits. The music and entertainment of the evening will also be reminiscent of Savannah’s wild Prohibition heyday with performances by soulful songstress Laiken Love and her band, Fellowship of Love.

There will also be a nice prize for the best Prohibition-era costumes: a 2017 Savannah Food & Wine Festival weekend package for two. Also new this year, the Bartenders Challenge Final Round will be held at the Speakeasy, so you’ll get a chance to sample the best of the best and vote for the People’s Choice Winner.

Tickets include small-plate tastings from some of Savannah’s hottest culinary spots like Kitchen 320, Circa 1875, The Florence, Tybee Island Fish Camp, Noble Fare, Co, Pacci, Aqua Star as well as Preserved Restaurant from St. Augustine, Fla.

The libations will also be flowing with beverage stations featuring Savannah’s best hand-crafted cocktails and signature drinks with products from Absolut, Sake One, Four Roses Bourbon, Old Fourth Distillery, Treasury Wine Estates, local craft breweries and much more.

Kurtis Schumm, executive chef and owner of Tybee Island Fish Camp, says he’s excited to return to the Speakeasy event again this year. He said last year they did a new take on crab soup that turned out great with the cool weather.

“We change our menu every day at the restaurant,” he says. “I’m used to flying by the seat of my pants and creating something new and fun.”

He adds that he loves that the local food scene is growing.

“Food is a hot topic right now ... and it’s an exciting time in the food world ... There is a demand for cool products and new twists on recipes ... and my hope is to see the people here are willing to go there with us and try new things ...

“I’m really glad this event exists in Savannah now. It gives us a chance to showcase what we have here.”



What: Secret Savannah Speakeasy

When: 8-11 p.m. Nov. 10

Where: Georgia State Railroad Museum, 655 Louisville Road

Cost: $85