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Charleston Recipes Cookbook Launch Party

November 10, 2016

The Party: Guests filed in to the beautiful, historic William Aiken House to celebrate the launch of Charleston Recipes, a cookbook originally published in 1949, unseating the Junior League of Charleston’s famous Charleston Receipts cookbook as the oldest Junior League cookbook still in print. This little red book, recently discovered in an attic by Josephine Humphreys, the daughter of the original editor Martha Lynch Humphreys, contains a collection of post-Depression meals, including classic Southern recipes recreated with inexpensive and easily-accessible ingredients, such as cans of Campbells tomato soup. In addition to the open bar and signature drink—a spiced citrus Russian Tea—guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres inspired by Charleston Recipes and created by Patrick Properties Hospitality Group and the chefs at Fish Restaurant. Between bites of mini crab cakes, pimiento cheese crostinis, Swedish meatballs, hushpuppies, and bacon-wrapped quail, attendees anxiously awaited the results of the event's raffle and posed for photos in front of the Junior League of Charleston backdrop. All proceeds from the evening benefitted the Junior League of Charleston, in its efforts to aid the development of women and to combat hunger and homelessness within the community.  

Highlight: The original Charleston Recipes creators’ descendants, Josephine Humphreys—daughter of editor Martha Lynch Humphreys—and Phyllis Walker-Ewing—neice of illustrator Martha Lynch Humphreys—attended the event to meet guests and sign copies of the cookbook.

Overheard: “We’re on an unofficial Junior League tour. We’ve been to events in New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, and now we’re in Charleston!”­–two proud supporters of Junior League International

Beneficiary: Junior League of Charleston