Local Foodies on TV

The City Paper's Jeff Allen makes his Food Network debut on Tues. Dec. 12 at 10:30 p.m., appearing in a segment on a new Food TV show called the Hungry Detective, starring Los Angeles detective and food critic Chris Cognac. In his weekly writing gig, Cognac leads his readers to the hidden gems of the LA food scene. He takes that concept nationwide with his TV program, which began airing in November. Back in August, Cognac came to Charleston and Jeff was able to help him find some great local joints to feature. The episode will showcase the raw bar at the downtown Noisy Oyster, Charleston's Cafe and Boulevard Diner in Mt. Pleasant, downtown's FIG, and The One of a Kind Smokehouse in Hollywood. The crew allowed video classes from Summerville High School to participate in the production process. In other Food Network news, Callie's Biscuits and Kennedy's Bakery recently welcomed a crew from the show Unwrapped, and Charleston's most famous biscuits will be featured in an upcoming episode. –Stephanie Barna

The Lee Bros. Tasty Cookbook

After five years of tossing, dicing, and marinating recipe ideas, Charleston's most famous brothers have become a pretty big deal. Matt and Ted Lee's The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook has successfully joined the likes of Joy of Cooking and Bon Appétit cookbooks on Publishers Weekly's list of the 100 Best Books of the Year. "It's a David and Goliath moment," Matt says. The boys be hosting several book signings in the coming weeks. You can stop by to taste samples and buy books (a perfect gift for that foodie on your list) on Fri. Dec. 8 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Charleston Cooks, at Whole Foods on Wed. Dec. 13 from 6-7:30 p.m., or at the Preservation Society Gift Shop on King Street on Sat. Dec. 16 from 12-3 p.m. –Linsday Sainlar


The local food and beverage community lost a good friend on Thanksgiving Day when Jilda's owner and chef Michael Rogers was struck by a car at 1:50 a.m., as reported in the Post and Courier. Rogers was crossing Folly Road after leaving Brinson's early Thursday morning. He died later that night at Medical University Hospital. The restauranteur, who would have turned 38 on Dec. 6, is survived by his wife and two young children. You can send contributions to the Michael Rogers Memorial Fund at P.O. Box 12082 Charleston, S.C. 29422 and share your condolences at the Rogers' online guestbook at www.charleston.net/deaths. –LS



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