Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Molina Healthcare will distribute 200 Thanksgiving turkeys to local families Sat. Nov. 23

Season of giving

Posted by Lilli Serral on Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 3:46 PM

According to Feeding America, 1 in 7 South Carolina residents struggle with hunger. That's almost 700,000 people, and about 200,000 of those are children.

In an effort to combat these numbers, Molina Healthcare, Fetter Health Care Network, and Project L.O.V.E. are giving away Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need.

On Sat. Nov. 23 starting at 10 a.m., 200 bags filled with a turkey and Thanksgiving sides will be distributed to those who present a Medicaid ID card on a first come, first served basis. In addition to the holiday meal essentials, team members will also be distributing educational health materials.

It's all happening at the Fetter Healthcare Network building at 51 Nassau Street Downtown.

Since 2013, Molina Healthcare of South Carolina has been providing government-funded care for low-income individuals. They serve over 130,000 Medicaid and Medicare members throughout the state.

Fetter Healthcare Network is a nonprofit that provides comprehensive services for insured, uninsured, and underserved residents in Charleston and surrounding counties.

Project L.O.V.E. is a nonprofit that celebrates, creates, and develops unique activities and opportunities for parents and their children that can foster deeper family relationships.

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Monday, September 30, 2019

What's Poppin': 50+ ways to eat and drink your way through the first week of October


Posted by Lilli Serral on Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:04 AM

October is right around the corner and fall fun is in full swing. This week will be anything but boring with events and deals like free tacos, oyster roasts, and a grilled cheese eating contest. Here's what to pencil in:


Celebrate National Taco Day at Taco Boy. Each taco purchased gets you an entry to win free tacos for a whole year.

It's Mexican Monday at Charles Towne Fermentory with pop-up Ciaburri's starting at 5:30 p.m.

It's opening day for "vibrant food truck village" Meeting Street Eats. Today's lineup includes Roti Rolls, Life Raft Treats, Holy City Homemade Italian Ice, and Bits-N-Bytes.

Cure your case of the Mondays. Grab some friends and let Trattoria Lucca whip up a four course family-style dinner for everyone at only $36 a head.

Stop by Palmetto Brewing for live music and $3 pints if you're in the service industry.

Eat out for a cause at Five Loaves Cafe downtown. A portion of the evening's sales will benefit Charleston Miracle.

Get your wing fix at TBonz with 30 cent wings and $3 beer deals as they celebrate 30 years in Charleston.

Butcher & Bee hosts their Rosh Hashanah Dinner starting at 5:45 p.m. Ring in the year 5780 with a multi-course meal that includes favorites like challah and honey cake along with more modern takes on tradition.

Head to Nico for their Monday night oyster education class series starting at 6 p.m.

Join the Cocktail Bandits at Classic Bar on King for 'Da Happiest Hour' starting at 6 p.m. There will be bites from Deljuan Murphy and drink specials from the Bandits.

This is the last day to celebrate Mexican Independence Day at Pink Cactus. The Spring St. restaurant is celebrating the holiday through the end of the month with two menu specials: the Chile en Nogada, a traditional dish of interior Mexico, and the Chile en Nogada cocktail, featuring mezcal mixed with a refreshing walnut milk, garnished with roasted poblano and pomegranate seeds.

Today is also the last day to explore the world of Sangiovese at Wild Common starting at 5 p.m. —  try a full range of Sangiovese expressions with a special wine list available, featuring by-the-glass pours as well as two flight options each with three half glass pours.

Southeast Asian pop-up Gingerbug will be at restaurant Tu with orange curry and fat rice noodles starting at 5:30 p.m.


Get down with Charleston Wine + Food's Bad + Boochie hands-on Kombucha class and dinner event starting at 5:30 p.m. in their test kitchen.

Enjoy a dinner at 5Church starting at 6:30 p.m. to benefit MUSC Children's Hospital where Miracle Children run the show.

Sip on Portugese vino at Wine & Company's Tuesday tasting starting at 5:30 p.m.

Head to Dashi for The Castejon Kitchen Takeover. They'll be serving up homemade Spanish favs like croquettes, empanadas, and flan.

Make it a tequila Tuesday at Woodward Tavern in Mt. Pleasant where you can get $9 pequeno margaritas, $18 mucho grande margaritas, and a build-your-own taco bar for 10 bucks.

Sip on Willamette Valley wine from 6-8 p.m. at Accent on Wine in Summerville.

This Tues. Josephine Wine Bar donates 10 percent of the proceeds from East Cooper Community Outreach's signature cocktail, the Communitini and bottles sales starting at 4:30 p.m.

Have yourself a Brewsday Tuesday at Parcel 32. From 5-10 p.m. you can get a smash burger and a draft beer of your choice for $10.


Treat yourself to a traditional Indian meal at Butcher & Bee, where New York-based chef Chintan Pandya will be cooking up some delicious dishes from 5-10 p.m.

Take advantage of the last West Ashley Farmers Market of the season and stock up on some local fruits and veggies.

It's National Kale Day, so be sure to celebrate with a $5 kale-caesar salad from Verde. Kale Yeah.

Get over the hump with 2Nixons at Proof starting at 6 p.m. every Wed., Fri., and Sun.

Locals in Park Circle has 1/2 off sushi and hot sake every Wednesday from 4-11 p.m.

Stroll through the gardens at Middleton Place and sip on wine paired with light snacks starting at 5:30 p.m.

Edmund's Oast Exchange hosts weekly blind wine tastings every Wed. starting at 5 p.m.


This is what you've been waiting for: the Pitt Street Pharmacy Grilled Cheese Food Challenge. Watch professional eater Randy Santel try and break the store's record of eating 27 grilled cheeses (and maybe order one for yourself).

It's October third. Celebrate National Mean Girls Day at Republic with half-off VIP prices and free sparkling rose.

Grab a bite at Workshop and a beer from Edmund's Oast Brewing before listening to some local tunes at King Street Green every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Learn how to cook a quick and easy pasta dish for free in the Charlie Cart Mobile Kitchen.

Hop on the Brew Bus from 4-7p.m. and take a pub tour through downtown Charleston for $55.

Gingerbug pops up at Big Gun Burger every Thurs. starting at 4:30 p.m.


Leave work early and head to the Visitor's Center, where you'll be whisked away on a Tipsy Tour in style to Deep Water Vineyard, Firefly Distillery, and Low Tide Brewing from 2-6 p.m.

For $15 you can indulge in an oyster roast at Rudi's Old Village Wine Shop in Mt. Pleasant.

Mex 1 is celebrating National Taco Day by bringing back old favorites like Nashville Hot Chicken, Seared Tuna, and Buffalo Shrimp tacos.

Bok Choy Boy will be serving up some asian deliciousness at Freehouse Brewery from 5-8 p.m.

Enjoy a Downton Abbey-themed high tea at the Time Well Spent Tea Room in Summerville on Friday and Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Take a quick road trip to Beaufort for their 25th annual Shrimp Festival Fri. and Sat.


It's Lewis Barbecue's third annual chile roast from 1-4 p.m. The party features fresh, roasted chiles for sale; a tasting tent with some of Charleston’s best chefs; live music from Solid Gold Country; and more.

It's the annual fall festival at Knightsville General Store in Summerville starting at 11 a.m. In addition to a petting zoo, hayrides, pony rides, and games there will be food trucks, face painting, and live music.

Bay Street Biergarten throws an all-day Oktoberfest party starting at 11 a.m. with beer specials, kielbasa and brats, a stein hoisting competition, and more.
Stroll the grounds of Drayton Hall from 2-4 p.m with vino in hand.

Goose Creek's 2019 Fall Festival takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the municipal center. This annual event features local entertainment, arts and crafts, exhibitors, food vendors, and kid's activities.

Deep Water Vineyards hosts a Weekend Wine-Down from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with Semilla food truck and jams from Southbound 17.


Herd Provisions hosts a Neighborhood Shindig from 1-6 p.m. Enjoy a variety of tasty bites and unique craft cocktails (with fixed prices) and enjoy live music on the new patio or at the large bar.

Pearlz hosts their first oyster roast of the season at the West Ashley location from 1-4 p.m.

Mainland Container Co. hosts an Oktoberfest party from 1-6 p.m. with food and drink specials and live music from Hans Schmidt's German Band.

Every other Sunday, Doar Bros. hosts an Italian night starting at 5 p.m.

Head to Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. starting at 11 a.m. for Hallie Hill's Barktoberfest Pup Crawl. One-dollar of every beer sold goes to the shelter.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Pitt Street Pharmacy hosts "professional eater" to break the store's grilled cheese-eating record


Posted by Lilli Serral on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Mark your calendars for Charleston's cheesiest event yet.

It's all going down at Pitt Street Pharmacy in Mt. Pleasant's Old Village, where professional eater Randy Santel will attempt to break Pitt Street's grilled cheese eating record. The current record holder is David Hester, who ate 27 grilled cheeses in an hour in 2013.

According to Moultrie News, the competition started in 2008 when a man named Gray Ellington ate a total of eight sandwiches.

Will Santel come out on top? Given his impressive eating history — and title — we think he has a pretty good shot at blowing this Old Village contest out of the water. He's won over 779 food competitions in over 30 countries around the world, and those numbers are only growing.

The grilled cheese event will mark the start of his "2019 4th Quarter Food Challenge" travels as he pursues wins in 50 different countries. Now that's determination.

Not only is Santel a professional eater and trainer for future eaters, he's also got a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Even though he eats big, Santel advocates for nutrition, fitness, and personal wellness, which is going to be a necessary balance after attempting to down almost 30 grilled cheeses.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Notable Revelry at The Granary

Risky Business

Posted by Eric Doksa on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 6:58 AM

On Sunday night, Brannon Florie and The Granary teamed up with Revelry Brewing company to host one helluva beer dinner. Guests were welcomed with a spread of Florie's charcuterie and pickled vegetables — this time paired with Revelry's tame and very approachable Poke the Bear American Pale Ale (5.5 % a.b.v). 

Known for his farm-to-table approach of using local and season ingredients, Florie took a different path for this dinner by sourcing several ingredients from the West Coast. The second course was an adventurous take on pazole, introducing razor clams, lamb bacon, and radishes into the mix. A base of hominy, chili peppers, and avocado packed a citrus punch with subtle heat. Small cuts of clam were dressed in citrus in the shell while others were breaded and fried. 

Razor Clam and Lamb Bacon Pazole - BRANNON FLORIE
  • Brannon Florie
  • Razor Clam and Lamb Bacon Pazole

On hand to talk about each beer was Revelry head brewer and partner Ryan Coker, who's Gullah Cream ale (4.8 % a.b.v.) was crisp and, as expected, creamy, neutralizing the heat from the chili peppers. 

Throughout the dinner, Florie showed that he's not afraid to take risks. For the next course, Coker introduced the Oh My Darlyn! Barrel-aged Scotch Ale, a big beer aged in wet bourbon barrels for three weeks that sits at 9% a.b.v. — the type of beer we typically see paired with dessert. Instead, Florie served breakfast — a duck egg coddled in duck consommé with toasted brioche on the side for dipping, duck sausage with hints of maple syrup,  griddles duck hash, and crispy duck prosciutto bacon. A whole lot of duck, but a whole lot of love, with guests claiming it was the paring of the night. We agree. 

Florie continued with the go big or go home mentality by serving venison sweetbreads with fava beans, fiddlehead ferns, and morel mushrooms topped with an uni emulsion. He admitted that this was the first time he had cooked venison sweetbreads, but they turned out to be a hit and weren't extremely gamey. The bold flavors of the mushrooms and uni paired well with the Midnight Special Oatmeal Stout (6% a.b.v.)

Venison Sweetbreads - BRANNON FLORIE
  • Brannon Florie
  • Venison Sweetbreads

The dessert course was just as surprising as any other. Rather than pairing sweet with sweet, the hoppy Funkmaster Brett IPA (7% a.b.v.) made its way to the table with a plate of compressed strawberries, goat cheese sherbet, strawberry cream, and little bits of white balsamic gelée — a creative concept that worked out very well. 

Strawberries, goat cheese sherbet, mint, white balsamic gelée - ERIC DOKSA
  • Eric Doksa
  • Strawberries, goat cheese sherbet, mint, white balsamic gelée

This is the reason we love beer dinners — some risks are just worth taking.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Snacks at the Food Film Festival were out of sight

Food Porn etc.

Posted by Eric Doksa on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM

When I go to the theater, I eat. Even if I have dinner shortly before a film, I still order popcorn. When I heard the Food Film Festival was making its way to Charleston, I knew I had to check it out. Maybe there'd be no hot-buttered popcorn, but I would get to sample the food that I'd see onscreen Sounded good to me.

The Food Film Festival features several short food films with food pairings. The festival director, George Motz, founded the festival in New York seven years ago, and added another event in Chicago in 2010. This was the festival's first year in Charleston, which will become an annual event. More details about the festival can be found in an earlier post, but here's the lowdown on my recent experience.

The Hot Southern Shorts! on Saturday night kicked off with some tasty bites and cocktails courtesy of The Grocery. Kevin Johnson was serving a crostini with smoked mackerel, spicy dill and sumac yogurt, and cucumber, as well as Kurios bibb lettuce filled with strawberry bar-b-jus glazed pork belly and green strawberry relish.

Hallie Arnold crafted two cocktails to go along with Johnson's dishes. The Loretta lemonade consisted of strawberry infused Maker's Mark, fresh ginger, and lemon and my favorite of the two, the Gin and Consequence, was concocted of Dorothy Parker Gin, cucumber, mint, dill, and lime.

Guests had time to mingle while enjoying wine, cheese, and a few options from Palmetto Brewing Company before the lights were dimmed and the films began.

Seven short films were played, with Motz giving commentary in between. The list included the world-premiere of Motz's documentary, Head On, which gives fantastic insight to the world of Lowcountry shrimping. Shortly after the film we enjoyed a sample of spicy shrimp Fra'Diavolo, from Almifi's. The seductive short, Food Porn, involved two individuals feeding each other grapes, strawberries, and bananas to seductive music. The film was appropriately complemented with strawberries and cream.

Hot Wet Goobers gave an inside look at a Georgia boiled peanut business while we munched on the soft green peanuts from Hardy Farms, and Mama Sugar's Sweet Potato Cobbler, which was about as seductive as Food Porn, was followed up with incredible sweet potato pie made by Lauren Mitterer from Wild Flour Pastry.

The first two films were both inspiring and comical. Mr. Okra follows New Orleanian Arthur Robinson as he coasts the streets of NOLA in a truck filled with fresh produce, using his P.A. system to let residents know what he's currently got in stock. "Aint no sense in cookin' if you aint cookin' with fresh food and fresh vegetables," he says. He continues with,"As long as I have that wagon out there, I have no trouble getting women." In honor of Mr. Okra, Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill served a marinated kale salad with peas, corn, rice, and pickled radish and okra.

Mickle's Pickles is a tragic film about pickler Mickey Fluitt and the picklenapping of his most prized possession: a giant pickle. Ok, not so tragic, but pure comedy. The stolen pickle became so famous that when it was returned, everyone wanted pictures with it. After the short film, guests got to enjoy the Not Hot Jalapeño pickles as Mickey talked about the pickle business.

Sticking with the Southern theme, the night ended with an all-you-can-eat Lowcountry shrimp boil. What a fun, creative, and outstanding night. This is a great new festival to add to Charleston's ever-growing festival lineup.

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