Cow Pea Receipts in the Home of Nat Fuller

"Among the many rich blessings especially given to the South, there are but few, if any, that stand out more prominently than the cow pea..." George Washington Carver On Sunday, I had the great pleasure of assisting in an historic tasting of 20+ varieties of cowpeas at the beautifully preserved WIlliam C. Gatewood house on …

Verta Mae Grosvenor: The Griot Who Played Goddess

I met a lady named Vertamae Smart- Grosvenor once at a nice restaurant in a Charleston alley. My wife and I were attending a Southern Foodways Alliance event- one of those gigs where they ply you with local goodies and screen a Joe York documentary. Vertamae grew up in rural Hampton County, SC. Her parents moved …

I Paid a Visit to Nat Fuller

Wednesday¬†saw the publication of a mess of articles on the impact of Geechie / Gullah traditions on Charleston's dining scene in the Charleston City Paper, and a nice blurb on the Post House's perennial favorite Deviled Crab Stuffed Flounder in the Post and Courier. After reading a related article and discovering that the matriarch of …