The Grendel Sleeps Tonight. Joseph Hewett, 1977-2013

¬†Saddened to hear this week of the passing of my friend Joseph Hewett.I met Joe as part of the Lake Gordon Mafia, when I was working as a tour guide. We'd host weekly throwdowns - Joe and I would cook, Josh Ivey would grab bread from Dinardo's, a bottle of Mendoza and pull out some …

An Importance of Whelks

Yesterday, I finally picked up Ben Shewry's Origin book down at Heirloom Books. Wild. Foraged. Hyper-local. This is one look at the future of fine dining in the near century. Intensely inspiring. Of course, he's working with a roto vap and a few things I don't have access to - but that's technique. It's his …

2013 CW&F James Beard Dinner

So Monday night marked the final event of the 2013 Charleston Wine and Food Festival. I was blessed to be asked to participate in the event, serving hors d'oeuvres prior to the event. Inside the historic bastion of Fort Moultrie, I was joined by James Beard winners Nathalie Dupree, Matt and Ted Lee, and of …

Happy Carolina Day, From THE REAL Peach State

As mentioned in yesterday's post, today is Carolina Day, the anniversary of the patriot defeat of the British armada at Fort Moultrie. A link to events may be found here. Of course, on a day like today, I am reflecting on these events, and how blessed I am to be back home in South Carolina. …

White Point Garden

At some point, many or most of the visitors to our city find themselves drawn to White Point Gardens. Located at the tip of the Charleston peninsula where High Battery meets South Battery, visitors are afforded a view of the Ashley and Cooper rivers meeting to form the Charleston harbor. From there, it is said, …