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Low GARDEN & GUN APRÈS ANTIQUES DINNER A bout 150 guests, bundled up in Texas winter finery, scurried out of the cold and into the glowing barn at Los Olivos Farm in Burton, owned by Kathy and Dale Young, for the highly anticipated Garden & Gun Après Antiques Dinner, presented with Explore Charleston, during the Round Top Winter Antiques & Design Show in January. Freezing temperatures couldn't keep the crowd of Round Top locals and guests who flew and drove in for the evening away from the promise of cocktails, award-winning wine, and dinner prepared by Leonard Botello IV of Truth BBQ and Round Top-based Merritt Meat Company. Live jazz by Django Foxtrot band, stunning win- ter-white flowers by Smithville's Kayli Head of Bloom Bar, and dancing candlelight made for a warm welcome on the chilly night. The first offering of the evening was a trio of cocktails mixed with Charleston spirits: a scofflaw made with High Wire Revival rye whiskey, ver- mouth, lime, and Jack Rudy grenadine; a jasmine gimlet prepared with High Wire Hat Trick Gin, jasmine simple syrup, lemon, and bitters; and Rose Gold Côtes de Provence Rosé. The Garden & Gun team brought not only 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 — the duck was prepared confit for 12 hours and smoked an additional six hours, explained Chef Botello. Comes to Round Top Country The By Candice Cowin. Photography Julie Wilhite. Beau Davis Casey Barber John Cone & Greg Fourticq Jeff Parrott Rebecca Wesson Darwin Bobby Rauch Brian Becker Cecilia Graves Stephanie Disney Mariana Barran Kathy & Dale Young Abbie Byrom-Botello & Leonard Botello IV 102

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