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What’s Next- A Charleston Restaurant Report

Great seeing Charleston so beautifully represented on Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown this week, and to see so many friends pop up (I'm talking to you BJ Dennis!) As suggested in the episode, growth in Charleston seems to continue unabated, as does the continued growth of our dining scene here in the Holy City. Last week, …

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 …

Tables of the Reconstruction

On Friday, I was excited to attend the latest meeting of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation at the Clemson Organic Research Station. Typical of the meetings I've attended in the past, much of the information was frankly over my head- I'm a cook, not a geneticist. But the mission of the CGRF seems to gear …

Sous Vide- Another Palmetto State First

Thank you Mr. Nathan Myhrvold and the Modernist Cuisine / Intellectual Ventures team for elucidating. I'm just throwing this out there: The great chefs of contemporary cuisine, those demi gods in their modernist temples of high gastronomy- Achatz, the Adrias, Aduriz, Blumenthal, Dufresne, Keller and Robuchon among many others, are all standing on the shoulders of three giants. Anderson, …

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