Frank Lee Speaking

"If you're really going to be creative, you're going to have to have your shit together." Chef Frank Lee https://youtu.be/2XUc-f8lCqQ Still learning from this man. As long as I've known him, Chef has always had this fantastic repertoire of aphorisms that continue to knock around my head. The rhythm of mis en place. Strike while …

Lowcountry 2.0: Reimagining a Cuisine

Cuisine: a style of cooking characterized by distinctive ingredients, techniques and dishes, and usually associated with a specific culture or geographic region. Glenn Roberts talks about SC's culinary history Here in the South Carolina Lowcountry, our very well documented cuisine has deep roots that pre-date First Contact. Our shared cuisine has overcome Diaspora, wars, disease, …

Forrest Parker’s Dispatch From Seed Saver’s Conference

As originally appeared in the Charleston Post & Courier, 7/22/16. (Editor’s note: South Carolina Chef Ambassador Forrest Parker, most recently of Old Village Post House, sent this report from Iowa.)   by Forrest Parker It’s a testament to seed savers’ enthusiasm that when David Shields posted on Facebook a speech he planned to deliver at …

Lots Going On This Weekend

and a new menu at the Post House. April is a special time in the SC Lowcountry. Get Outside! Mount Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet The 29th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival presented by East Cooper Medical Center and Harris Teeter is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year! The festival pays tribute …

Your Palmetto State Dairies

There's a great read in this week's New York Times Food Section about small, local dairy farms. Of course here in the Palmetto State, we've been doing it since before it was cool. A few dairies stand out in my mind: Happy Cow Creamery in Pelzer, SC. "Happy Cow Creamery is a unique on-the-farm milk …

A Visit to Atlanta’s Buford Highway Farmer’s Market

I was in Atlanta last week on a media mission for  the State of South Carolina. While it was fantastic hanging with Brandon Velie of Ridge Spring, SC's Juniper and Orchid Paulmeier of Hilton Head's One Hot Mama's, I didn't have a lot of spare time. But if you're familiar with Atlanta and are an …

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   …

The Charleston Wine and Food Festival Short List

Allright people. It's almost time for us to be 10-8. Negativland, A Big 10-8 Place It's Charleston Wine and Food Festival Week. Unless you live under a rock or are from off, you already know this. It's always a hectic week, an energetic whirwind of culinary excitement. Old friends, new friends, chef crushes, burning the …

Getting Down at the H&R

One block up and one block over from my usual haunt at Old Village Post House Inn sits a rather diminutive looking cinder block building. The H&R Sweet Shop, open since 1945, shares the space with a hat shop. It's been on my list for several years- right in front of me, yet I never made …