Monday, September 19, 2016

With the addition of Rusty Bull Brewing Co., North Charleston now has 7 breweries

Mug life

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 11:29 AM

Fox Music will become Rusty Bull Brewing Co. - PROVIDED
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Charleston Beer Week may be over, but brew news waits for no one. Today's latest is that Brian Bogstad and Ben Mayer, owners of Rusty Bull Brewing Co., will begin construction on their brewery at its new North Charleston location. The former Fox Music (3005 W. Montague Ave.) will be the home of Rusty Bull's facility which will include a 15-barrel brew house, a 1,600 square foot taproom, an outdoor beer garden, a food truck court, and a private event space which will feature live music a few times each week. The front of Fox Music will continue to operate as a retail space. 

“We're going to brew great beer and build a place where the community can come together and have a good time," says Mayer in a press release. "We really think that there are great things happening in this part of Charleston and we're excited to be a part of it."

With the addition of Rusty Bull, North Charleston will now have seven breweries with one more — Pawleys Island Brewing Co. — on the way. Rusty Bull expects to finish construction in late 2016 and begin brewing immediately thereafter. 

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Smoke BBQ expanding into Black Sheep Bar and Grill

Great hexpectations

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Smoke's Meat + Two with brisket - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Smoke's Meat + Two with brisket
It's one thing to take a kiss of death location and make it a successful one once, but can a restaurant do the same thing twice? Roland Feldman thinks so. After turning the former vegan motorcycle restaurant Motobar (née L.I.F.E. Bar & Lounge) into the thriving Smoke BBQ, Feldman is headed East of the Cooper and looking to revive Black Sheep Bar & Grill (formerly Scratch Taco Boutique) with his 'cue menu. 

"I believe it was your paper who so appropriately coined us the 'Curse Breakers' of 487 King St.," writes Feldman in an email. "We will be carrying on this tradition to 713 Coleman, bringing the area a much needed dose of our Smoke-style barbecue, a family style gathering place, as well as the epic nightlife and music scene our King Street location has become known for."

Feldman's expansion comes quickly. Just two years ago he operated as Smoke BBQ food truck, but he says loyal fans are all to thank for his business's success.

"Charleston has been so welcoming of our brand. We are truly humbled to be serving in such a competitive and ever-growing Lowcountry barbecue scene."

Feldman didn't give an ETA on Smoke's Coleman Boulevard opening, but we'll keep you posted. 

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Friday, September 16, 2016

There's still time to buy tickets to Greenville's Euphoria food fest next weekend

Upstate style

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 12:22 PM

Last year The Traffic Jam food truck rodeo was held in the middle of Greenville's downtown baseball stadium - FILE
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  • Last year The Traffic Jam food truck rodeo was held in the middle of Greenville's downtown baseball stadium
Charleston's Wine + Food festival may have kicked off its ticket launch last night with a home run of a launch party (seriously, I'd renew my vows just so I could have last night's Spazmatics band play at my wedding), but up in Greenville the Euphoria wine and food festival is just a week away. And, as former CP editor Chris Haire wrote last year, with a family friendly event like Euphoria's Sunday Brunch, a great use of the city's Main Street, and a growing restaurant community, "Greenville's culinary scene is doing plenty of things right." 

If you're interested in getting a taste of the action, Euphoria begins Thurs. Sept. 22 and there are still a handful of tickets left. Here's what's available:

Taste of the South
The original Duke's Mayo Factory hosts a line up of 10 Southern chefs for this $125 ticket. Guests are invited to stroll and snack while enjoying cocktails from Charleston's own Firefly Distillery. 

Feast by the Field
From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Euphoria's Feast by the Field ($75) tent opens up with a craft beer garden, culinary stage with chef demonstrations, and artisan market. This year Euphoria has added classes that include many Charleston faces such as the Charleston's Cocktail Bandits who will talk all things cocktails and John Lewis of Lewis Barbecue and our own contributor Robert Moss who will be doing a Smokin' in the Streets demo.

Fire + Cider
Cypress and Artisan Meat Share Chef Craig Deihl makes an appearance at the Fire + Cider pop-up dinner with Mattie Beason from Black Twig Cider House and Chefs Anthony Gray and Brian Young of the Bacon Brothers Public House. Guests at this $150 dinner will get a notice a few days before on the dinner's secret location.  

Sunday Brunch: Fired Up!
To wrap things up on Sunday, Greenville's bringing together a who's who of whole hog for a barbecue feast. $55 will buy you eats from 10 pit Wyatt Dickson of Picnic restaurant in Durham, N.C., Sam Jones of Skylight Inn BBQ in Ayden, N.C., and, of course, the Holy City's Aaron Seigel of Home Team BBQ. Bloody marys and mimosas are also included.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Leftovers: This week's food shoots tasted as good as they looked

Gotta love historically correct hooch

Posted by Jonathan Boncek on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 11:26 AM

This week’s Leftovers brings us a look at decisive decision making in the direction and intention of the craftsmen, chefs, and designers. Some weeks I’m sent in entirely different directions when it comes to food photography. Here’s where the last week or so has taken me.
Henrietta's steak frites - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Henrietta's steak frites
Henrietta's elegance has an air of Mad Men with a touch of Paris. I was impressed by how the simplistic design was out done with the attention to detail in the cuisine when I went to shoot CP's recent review. The steak frites were finished with a classic sauce bordelaise. The silkiness of the sauce made this image. 
The One Before Dinner cocktail at Henrietta's - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • The One Before Dinner cocktail at Henrietta's
When Henrietta's bar manager brought me the One Before Dinner cocktail, I wanted to capture the unorthodox color of the drink that came from the turmeric and bay leaf infused gin. The dark wall and sleek light fixture offered the dramatic canvas needed.
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Ryan Coker knows his beer. The brewer at Revelry Brewing has churned out suds and awards since their 2014 opening. Coker’s latest collaboration with Chef Sean Brock brings a malt liquor of heritage grains and historically correct hooch. Here's a jovial image of the two enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Speck is one of the many toppings found at Luke's - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Speck is one of the many toppings found at Luke's
Luke’s Pizza, this week's restaurant review, has charm busting out of the tiny parlor on the corner of Ashley and Kennedy streets. Luke Davis honed his years of pizza craft to bring us top notch take out with attention to detail. Here Luke composes beautiful speck with olives prior going into the oven.
Sausage, ricotta, and blistered shishito peppers top one of Luke's pies - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Sausage, ricotta, and blistered shishito peppers top one of Luke's pies
The daily special on my visit to Luke’s was blistered shishitos, with sausage, and ricotta. This is not a bad way to dine on a Friday night.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Danny Meyer, Ruth Reichl, Nancy Silverton, Vivian Howard, and Daniel Boulud all on CHS W+F guest list

Name dropping

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Tickets for the 2017 Charleston Wine + Food festival go on sale Thurs. Sept. 15 - PROVIDED
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It's the 12th year for Charleston Wine + Food and they're not playing around in the big name guest department this year. Today the full schedule went live on the festival's site and an initial scan reveals that Danny Meyer, Ruth Reichl, Nancy Silverton, Vivian Howard, and Daniel Boulud will all be in attendance.

The first three make a stop at the Business of Food event. For $70 on Thurs. March 2, you can hear Indigo Road's Steve Palmer interview Union Square Hospitality Group's (of Shake Shack and Gramercy Tavern fame) CEO Danny Meyer; listen to Park Cafe and Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen owner Karalee Fallert grill the esteemed cookbook author and baker Nancy Silverton; then watch Charleston Mag's EIC Darcy Shankland talk shop with renowned food critic and author Ruth Reichl. 

Reichl-ites can get even more facetime with her and other power women chefs at the $225 Stories from Her Kitchen event. Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner and Death & Taxes, Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer and PBS’s A Chef’s Life, FISH Pastry Chef Jessica Grossman, and biscuit badass Carrie Morey of Callie’s Biscuits will provide a coursed lunch with pairings of Veuve Clicquot and a selection of Moët Hennessey. And to top it all off, Reichl will be interviewed by Kerry Diamond, co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe Magazine.

Superstar chef Daniel Boulud makes his return to Charleston as well for the $70 Descendants of Daniel: Impact of an Icon event. For this one, recent Charleston visitor Gail Simmons of Top Chef will interview Boulud and some of his best pupils including Michael Anthony of NYC's Untitled, Gavin Kaysen of Minneapolis' Spoon and Stable, Jean-Francois Bruel, executive chef of Boulud's Daniel, and Andrew Carmellini of NYC's Lafayette.

Of course, if you really want to get up close and personal with Boulud, it'll cost you — $1,500 to be exact. That's the price tag of W+F's People's Building penthouse dinner with the chef. 

The Signature Dinners are all there as well. This year tickets to those will cost you $175 a pop. Or you can skip the formal meal and for $90 hop on your hog to join the Chefs Who Ride event. According the festival's website, "On this particular Sunday, we’re inviting the chopper congregation to trade in their aprons for leather. The ride will end at Charleston’s pub grub hub, The Royal American, and we’ll have a healthy spread of palate-pleasing flavors, including incredible bites, craft beer, red wine, cocktails, and music by Whiskey Diablo."

Another event I'd strongly encourage people to attend is the $135 Fresh Future Farm Lunch. Fresh Future Farm CEO Germaine Jenkins has worked tirelessly to bring locally grown fresh produce to the food desert of North Charleston, and at this luncheon, guests will get a chance to talk to the people helping her cause. 

Each year we complain about how the festival never quite seems to put together an event that appreciates and celebrates African-American contributions to Charleston's culinary heritage, but it looks like this year they're doing a better job of it. On Sun. March 5, guests can take a deep dive into the life of former slave and famed caterer Nat Fuller who, you may remember, was honored in Charleston last year at an historic reconciliation dinner. For this $135 event, participants will tour the Aiken-Rhett House Museum to begin the discussion of 19th century life. From there they'll visit Fuller's home, the Gatewood House, to get a picture of Fuller's life as a butler before enjoying food prepared by Chef Matthew Raiford and Jovan Sage of Brunswick, Ga.'s The Farmer and the Larder, Kevin Mitchell, as well as locals Chef BJ Dennis, and Chef April Robinson of Butter Tapas.

Tickets for the 2017 Charleston Wine + Food Festival (March go on sale tomorrow, Sept. 15, at 8 a.m. The official Grand Slam Jam ticket release party is tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. at The Citadel's College Park Field (735 Rutledge Ave.) Tickets are $65 and include food and drink. To purchase a ticket, visit

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