For gourmets, cooking a spring holiday dinner party together can be great fun. Mark Bittman and Sam Sifton did this in Brooklyn last December. They decided to impress 15 friends with a big holiday feast; everything from shopping to preparing and serving had to be completed in 8 hours. This time they traveled to historic Charleston to sample local bounty for their nondenominational spring feast.
Read about their dishes created with only the freshest local ingredients and conjure up your own plans: