Lived in Chucktown for 20 years before moving to Cola in July. Can absolutely attest Charleston made no efforts to handle its growth with families in mind, instead going for the upper crust and exclusive moniker. Wine + Food Fest is a great example, completely out pricing its own residents. 'Blown away with Cola's Soda City, couldn't believe it could be better than Charleston's Farmer's Market.
Hopefully in the near future there will be a rum-centric bar in town.
Seriously "truetomynature," if you don't like him that's fine, don't eat his food or watch the shows that he's on. But your point about other chefs not getting the attention they deserve doesn't seem to recognize that when one chef garners acclaim and attention, it gets spread amongst others. Thanks to recognition bestowed upon Chefs Carter and Wagner for what they were doing here, folks started flocking to Charleston and became introduced to other talented chefs. The spotlight was soon shared and attention was then paid upon younger guys like Brock and Dahl and Lata. You may not like that he's everywhere in the media, but you can't deny it helps others. >>Pay it Forward>>
Agree with Juggs64: 96 Wave was as distinctly Charleston as Joe Riley, shrimp and grits, and Folly Beach. Besides supporting local bands, they also played smaller name acts and helped them build reputations to the point that when they became big name bands they'd still come to town while on national tours, acts like Widespread, Cracker, 311 and Better Than Ezra. No one else was sponsoring radio station festivals or as active in the community, beginning with the first WaveFest in the wake (pardon the pun) of Hurricane Hugo. And no where else would it seem, well, normal to hear Jimmy Buffett, Nine Inch Nails and the Indigo Girls all in row, simply because the local djs had a pulse for what we wanted to hear. I truly feel blessed to have been here during Wave's prime, when we had a music scene many around the country were envious of.
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