During the Festival, Pat Conroy Crossed Over

“The subject of food is a serious one the length and breadth of this state. Our barbeque sauce is mustard-based and our peanuts are boiled and served in wet paper bags. An oyster roast in sight of a lowcountry river is an act of priest-like enjoyment and cause for a pagan-like joy.”

Pat Conroy


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“Pat Conroy left this world Friday March 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm surrounded by his family and friends in his Beaufort home overlooking the marshes he so loved.”

We learned Pat was sick just a month¬†ago, but his illness moved quickly, ultimately claiming him on Friday, during the 2016 Charleston Wine and Food Festival. He would have been crossing¬†over as we were finishing plating first course at our Signature Dinner with my good friend Kristen Essig, from back in the Louis’s days. As odd as it may sound I can think of no more appropriate time to mark his passing than during the festival- he was such a great lover of South Carolina, her people and foods.

To the festival participants and guests- thank you again for a wonderful experience, and for supporting all this craziness.

To the Festival Organizers- I’m throwing this out there now- 2017 should include a Tribute Dinner To Pat Conroy, and I call Shotgun!

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