The Secret Cultivar

This Summer, I find myself returning to Italy, to the hidden gem called Le Marche. Situated between the Apennines and the Adriatic, this often overlooked state is a gastronomic utopia. The merroir of the sparkling azure Adriatic to the East is tasted in the local mantis shrimp and a profusion of crustaceans. The rolling plains …

Slow Foods Matter

Eaters of the World: Unite! We're super excited to announce that when booking directly, guests of Undiscovered Charleston will soon be able to make direct donations to our non-profit of choice: Slow Food Charleston. Last weekend, I was able to swing by the Slow Food Charleston cookout at the MUSC Urban Garden. (You can see …

Remembering Louis Osteen

Chef Forrest Parker: Louis Osteen taught me the language of food, these are my favorite flavor memories From Pimento Cheese to Steak and Onion Rings By Forrest Parker We're born into a language of flavor. Just like object symbols in our dreams, our taste memory returns us to moments of loss, joy, desolation, infancy. It's said …

The Mysterious Barrel of Gold

“The amount of farmers that grow Carolina Gold Rice in South Carolina I can count on two hands.” - Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills One of the most famous legends of the Lowcountry tells the story of how Carolina Gold Rice was introduced to South Carolina. It goes something like this: In 1685, a distressed …

The Whispering Ghost of Hominy Grill

Finally, the Night King has come. Hominy Grill has served its  last plate of shrimp and grits. Chef Robert Stehling closed the institution on Sunday, following the lead of Chef Bill Smith, who just earlier last year stepped away from the Chapel Hill institution Crooks Corner. Chefs Forrest & RobertVery, Very good biscuits.Might as well …

Of Loquats & Larceny

Many visitors (and more than a few residents "from off") are no doubt wondering this week what EXACTLY are those orange bobbles festooning nearly every other tree in the Lowcountry right now. They're loquats of course, or Japanese plums. In the Lowcountry they're synonymous with the beginning of Spring proper. Though not native to the …

Reconciliation

Chef Kevin Mitchell Prepping for the 2015 Nat Fuller Feast of Reconciliation. 4 years ago I was blessed to be transported into the kitchen at McCrady's Restaurant. I’d volunteered in helping Chefs Sean Brock, Kevin Mitchell, the Leadership of the Culinary Institute of Charleston and a host of ridiculous talent in recreating an historic feast …

Palmetto Asparagus

(L) early 20th Century engraving of the famed Palmetto Asparagus.(R, Above) Monetta Farm's delicious Palmetto State asparagus. South Carolina became the leading grower of Asparagus in the late 19th & early 20th Century. South Carolina ALSO is responsible for introducing one of the most delicious varieties of the spring harbinger; the aptly named Palmetto. I …

An Ode to Green Garlic

“Provençal cooking is based on garlic. The air in Provence is impregnated with the aroma of garlic, which makes it very healthful to breathe. Garlic is the main seasoning in bouillabaisse and in the principal sauces of the region. A sort of mayonnaise is made with it by crushing it in oil, and this is …

The Eerie Bones of Fort Fremont

Think Mayan Tulum, the Forest Moon of Endor & The Planet of the Apes all bundled up. Why this hasn't been used as a filming location for a horror or sci-fi movie is beyond me. At first glance, Fort Fremont is such a creepy space. I'll admit the heebie jeebies never went away. (Perhaps due …