Oysters and Outdoors: Fourth Annual Holiday Oyster Roast at The Grove

by Lacey Eibert Keigley

Seasons come and seasons go.  That sounds too much like a Hallmark greeting card, but the sentiment is true.

The Grove in Travelers Rest has hosted and enjoyed a full and fulfilling season this year and, with winter approaching, it’s time to have a short hiatus on outdoor parties and celebrations.

But not without a classic party and event to finish the season with style.

On December 5 from 5 pm – 9 pm The Grove at Upcountry Provisions will host the Fourth Annual Holiday Oyster Roast.  (There’s a rain date of December 12.)

Cheryl Kraus and her husband Steve are the owners of both The Grove and Upcountry Provisions.  And it’s been their hard work and vision that have created this intimate and charming venue in the heart of Travelers Rest and this annual holiday event as well.

The music for the evening will feature the popular West End String Band.



Even though the band would be enough to draw out the crowd, of course the food is a giant incentive to don the warm jacket and the trendy scarf and to get yourself on over to The Grove.

Steve and Cheryl will be on hand cooking, of course.  (And we’ve all been blessed by their culinary skill set at Upcountry Provisions.)  They’ll be joined by talented Chef Greg McPhee of The Anchorage.

“We love working with Greg and collaborating on the menu with items that we would not normally offer at the restaurant,” Cheryl shared.  “It’s fun and it gives us a chance to do something that is out of our routine and our comfort zone.”

When you arrive you can begin the evening with Prosecco. Enjoy the pizza station and the salad station. (Those wood fired pizzas can’t be beat.)



This year’s Holiday Roast will feature shuck your own grilled oysters, of course, and their usual fixin’s and a sauce bar for the oysters.  A cash bar of beer and wine will be available.  Plus, satisfy your taste for a savory treat with house made Parmesan cream cheese crackers too.  And that sweet tooth of yours won’t be disappointed either with homemade desserts and all of the supplies for s’mores, because you can’t stand around fire pits and not get a hankering for the classic graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow combination.  And they aren’t just any old graham cracker y’all.  They’re homemade graham crackers!  

Oh – and get a look at their beautiful shuckers forged just for this event by local blacksmith Roger Burns of Speckled Hen Forge.



(One of our favorite bits about TR businesses is the way you will find them so frequently supporting other TR businesses.  That makes us all kinds of happy.)

The cost for the entire evening – food and entertainment included – is only $25 per person.  (Of course, if you want extra drinks – there’s a cash wine and beer bar.) And if you’re all about the music instead, you’re welcome to pay only $5 to attend the event and you’ll be able to purchase food a la carte if that’s your preference.

It’s definitely a party for TR, for friends and family, for lovers of good food and good fun, but Cheryl admits, it’s a party for her and Steve and their staff too.  “This event gives us a lot to look forward to – it’s a passage into the holiday season, kicking off that season with a fun party for TR,” Cheryl states.  And, the crew at Upcountry has a good reason to celebrate (and so do we, as their customers.)   At the restaurant, holiday orders are officially getting prepared at the beginning of December.   “We all talk about this finale of our Grove season through the winter as we start discussing plans for our next season,” Cheryl says.  “Going out with a bang will leave us with inspiration for 2020!”

If you’re like us, your mouth is already drooling and you’ve already pulled out the calendar and jotted the date down.  You’re very wise.  

(And that date is December 1.)

You can buy your tickets right here.

(Plus, follow along with us on our Instagram – we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to this Holiday Roast soon!)





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