The much anticipated Society Fair is now open. Society Fair is the creation of Restaurateurs Chef Cathal Armstrong and his wife and business partner Meshelle.
The concept, according to the Old Town Patch, is a wine bar, demo kitchen, cafe, butcher shop, food market, and bakery. Delicacies include assorted cheeses, spices, pastries, and ingredients used by the EatGoodFood Group—a finishing oil Chef Armstrong uses at Restaurant Eve Todd Thrasher’s dirty martini mix, and the group’s favorite Irish butter, to name a few.
I stopped by today for lunch. My main concern with this place has always been the parking but I found a spot around the corner on Duke. Luckily I still had time on my meter receipt from an earlier appointment.
Society Fair was crowded with what appeared to be the Old Town business crowd. People were browsing beautiful cheese displays, sausage counters, and refrigerated specialty items. The assortment of bread looked fantastic. The decor, by D2 Designs (owners of Decorium) was dramatic and chic. The place has a great vibe.
It was all very compelling. The only problem is that I couldn’t figure it out. What do I order and where? Is there lunch or is it charcuterie? Since their new website is limited t I hadn’t seen a menu. I looked around and didn’t see anyone carrying a sandwich or salad. But it was lunch time so I assumed people were ordering lunch. I had seen some posts on Facebook about pizza but I didn’t see any pizza. People were definitely shopping but I couldn’t figure out what they were buying and they weren’t dressed like people shopping for dinner ingredients.
Maybe charcuterie is the new thing for lunch?
I bought a container of chicken salad – the only thing I could find that resembled lunch and it was decent. I wanted sparkling water but I only saw Italian sodas.
There is no doubt – these are the owners of Eve -whatever food they are selling will be good but today I was confused. I plan to revisit Society Fair one evening to check out the wine bar and I will report back.
Society Fair located at 277 South Washington Street
I’d love to hear about your experience if you’ve been to Society Fair