Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Here are the 30 soft-shell crabs a Charleston man ate in two weeks


Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 5:52 AM

This week, we talked with Will Judd about his sprint through dozens of softshell crabs across Charleston. Well, here's how it looked through Judd's Instagram, where he obsessively cataloged his conquest. And just for good measure, here's the full list:

This man has eaten more softshell crabs in March than perhaps anyone else. - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • This man has eaten more softshell crabs in March than perhaps anyone else.

#1: Black pepper softie sandwich @ Artisan Meat Share
#2: Softie Sandwich w/ slaw, lettuce, tomato @ Napa Mt. Pleasant
#3: Softie Sandwich w/ remoulade, onion, lettuce, tomato @ 39 Rue de Jean
#4: Softie & Asparagus Omelette @ Virginia’s on King
#5: Classic Tempura Preparation @ Bacco
#6: Softie Bao Bun @ Kanpai
#7: Softie Ramen @ Kanpai
#8 & #9: Softie Sushi and with blood orange crudo @ Kanpai
#10 & #11: Softie Spaghetti @ Edmund’s Oast
#12: Nashville hot softie w/ egg, biscuit, and sausage gravy @ The Granary
#13: Softie salad @ Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
#14: Softie Sandwich w/ slaw @ Poe’s Tavern
#15: Softie Sandwich @ On Forty One
#16: Softie atop som tum @ Xiao Bao Biscuit
#17 & #18: Softie duo w/ slaw and dirty rice @ Graze Restaurant
#19 & #20: Softie duo in corn meal w/ slaw @ The Ordinary
#21 & #22: Softie torta and softie taco @ Mex 1 Sullivan’s
#23 & #24: Softie duo, citrus aioli, pickled morels @ Pier 41
#25 & #26: Softie duo, aioli, greens, succotash @ Coleman Public House
#27: Softie cheeseburger, pork belly, kimchi @ The Granary
#28: Softie benedict @ Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
#29: Crispy black pepper softie sandwich with papaya salad @ Artisan Meat Share
#30: Softie BLT @ Fleet Landing
#31: Softie sandwich with Nana's sauce @ Nana's Seafood

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Get a taste of Huger Street's forthcoming Renzo at preview dinner

Pesto change-o

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 10:24 AM

If fancy ravioli is your thing, you might want to clear your calendar for Thurs. April 6. That's the night Faculty Lounge owners Erik Hutson and Nayda Freire will reveal an early taste of their forthcoming pizza and wine concept, Renzo, set to open at 384 Huger St.

Ticket for the snacks and three-course meal featuring three pasta options are $25 per person with wine available separately by the glass or bottle. Now, you might be thinking, 'No pizza?' But there's a good reason for that.

"We do not have our oven in place yet as we’re still under construction across the street," explains Freire. "Can’t make good pizza without a good oven so we’re previewing other facets of the menu until then."

For the preview dinner, the couple is partnering with David McCarus of McCarus Beverage Co. to serve some a la carte wines. McCarus is also bringing one of his producers, Christophe Ferrandis of Clos Signadore, to discuss the vino which will go along with the pasta dinner.

The dinner will only have one seating at Faculty Lounge at 7:30 p.m., so tickets are limited. Buy your seat at

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Listen to FAB founder Randi Weinstein on Heritage Radio Wednesday

Tune in

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 9:47 AM

With her inaugural FAB conference for women in the hospitality industry just three months away, founder Randi Weinstein is in the thick of planning, producing, and promoting. And so it is she landed a spot on food radio station Heritage Radio's "All in the Industry" show, a program hosted by by Shari Bayer all about restaurant/hospitality professionals and their stories.

Tomorrow, Wed. March 29 at 4 p.m., Bayer will interview Weinstein, asking her all about the FAB conference, a two-day event in Charleston where an-all female lineup of leading minds in American food will speak to female F&B guests, in addition to her upcoming Brooklyn pop-up, the challenges facing women hospitality employees, and more.

"I also want to talk with you about some scholarships we will be offering to FAB," says Weinstein. "We will be taking applications and possibly aligning it with the Center for Women's entrepreneurship program."

To hear the interview, visit tomorrow at 4 p.m. And to get more details on FAB, taking place June 11-13, visit

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Gentry Bar and Room opens this Fri. March 31

Cocktails and comfort food

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 3:29 PM

Former Turner South Home Plate host Marvin Woods will helm Gentry Bar - PROVIDED
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  • Former Turner South Home Plate host Marvin Woods will helm Gentry Bar
JD Madison, owner of Sermet's and a regular on Southern Charm, officially opens the doors to his Gentry Bar and Room this Fri., March 31.

Charlotte Jenkins will be Gentry Bar & Room's Gullah specialist - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Charlotte Jenkins will be Gentry Bar & Room's Gullah specialist
Reality TV antics aside, (read up on the genesis of Madison's bourbon venture and how he brought would-be business partner Craig Canover to tears at a tasting) the renovated Sermet's space promises to honor Gullah cuisine under the helm of chef Marvin Woods.

We talked to Woods last week about the focus of the Gentry's menu, and he assured us that with the help of one of the Lowcountry's most important Gullah chefs, Charlotte Jenkins, Gullah flavors will be at the forefront of the restaurant. "I wrote a book on Lowcountry cooking and I thought I knew a bit," says Woods. "But I'm not fourth and fifth generation. Charlotte knows it all. It's not just the cooking aspect or her palate, it's all that wisdom."

In addition to the Gullah fare, the restaurant will offer an extensive whiskey and craft cocktail program. Gentry will be open daily for lunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., happy hour 4 to 7 p.m., and dinner will be served Sun.-Weds. 5 to 11 p.m. and Thurs.-Sat. 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. They will also serve brunch Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location Details Gentry Bar & Room
Gentry Bar & Room
276 King St.
Charleston, SC
L., D. (daily), weekend brunch
Southern and Soul Food

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Tapio Boba Tea Cafe has relocated to Coming Street

Tiny orbs of delight

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 3:18 PM

Lychee tea with lychee "poppings" - MARY SCOTT HARDAWAY
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  • Lychee tea with lychee "poppings"
While we mourn the loss of Taco Spot and Apartment A at 221 1/2 Coming St., we are happy to report that Tapio Boba Tea Cafe has taken over the space and, since it's grand reopening Sat. March 25, has been abuzz with bonefied boba fiends.

Once tucked into a small spot on Spring, Tapio still serves the same addictive tea — available with a milk, fruit, or frozen base; flavors like lychee, lavender, and Thai coffee; and toppings like mango and green apple jelly and, of course, boba.

Boba tea, also known as bubble or pearl tea, is a Taiwanese drink made with a tea base shaken with fruit or milk, then topped with chewy tapioca balls (which we've officially deemed tiny orbs of delight) or fruit jelly (also delightful).

Jelly toppings on display - MARY SCOTT HARDAWAY
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  • Jelly toppings on display
Tapio's new space is bright and airy - MARY SCOTT HARDAWAY
  • Mary Scott Hardaway
  • Tapio's new space is bright and airy
Tapio has added a few food items to their menu: Khao Man Gai (Thai chicken over rice, $7.50), Lu Rou Fan (Taiwanese pork belly over rice, $7.50), and Yansu Ji (Taiwanese popcorn chicken, $5).

The food is cooked in the teeny former Taco Spot building, while the former Apartment A space is clean and bright, decorated with succulents, chalkboards, and several round dining tables. There's even a lounge-like area with comfy chairs and a couch framed by big windows. It's the perfect lunch spot for MUSC and CofC students, or for an afterwork stopover if you're craving a caffeinated bev. topped with something sweet.

Tapio is open Thurs.-Tues from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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