Monday, May 25, 2020

Charleston craft beer community mourning the death of Matty Symons, co-founder of Two Blokes Brewing Co.

"We'll miss you, Matty. Hooroo, good friend."

Posted by Parker Milner on Mon, May 25, 2020 at 9:26 AM

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It is with extreme sadness we have to announce that Matty Symons, head brewer and owner of Two Blokes Brewing, husband and father, our friend and fearless leader, has passed away. This was very sudden and unexpected from a severe stroke. There are no words to describe how grateful we are for the support we have felt in the last few days and we will definitely need it to get through this. While we are still coming to terms with this overwhelming loss, please be respectful of his family and staff's grieving period. We are taking on the challenging task of carrying on at Two Blokes without him. We plan to keep the brewery open because that's what Matty would have wanted. Try to be patient with us while we navigate through this difficult time. He was equally good at pissing people off and making people smile, but if you ever had the chance to share a beer with him it’s easy to see why he was loved by all. Matty will live on in the brewery and the great memories we have shared. The brewery is open today for to-go beer orders and the picnic tables will be open 2-8. Flight is serving 4-8PM. Come out for a few beers and to toast to Matty.

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The local craft beer and brewing community is mourning the death of Matty Symons, co-founder, owner and head brewer of Two Blokes Brewing Co. on Saturday.

A post by Two Blokes on social media Sunday said that Symons' death was sudden, from a "severe stroke."

"While we are still coming to terms with this overwhelming loss, please be respectful of his family and staff's grieving period," the post from the brewery read. "We are taking on the challenging task of carrying on at Two Blokes without him."

Symons grew up in Melbourne, Australia before moving to Charleston in 2007 to work for Blackbaud, according to a Gofundme set up to raise money for his family. He founded Two Blokes in 2016 with Sean Geddis, a co-worker who shared his love of beer. After studying at the Siebel Institute of Technology, America’s oldest brewing school, Symons brought 20 years of experience to the Mount Pleasant brewery.

The South Carolina Brewers Guild is raising money for Symons' family, with nearly $25,000 raised by Wednesday afternoon. This Friday May 29, every brewery in the greater Charleston area will join the fundraising efforts by donating $1 for every pint sold that day. 

The trade group said on social media that, "The Guild is saddened to learn of the passing of Matty Symons, co-founder, owner, and head brewer of Two Blokes Brewing in Mount Pleasant. Matty was a valued member of the South Carolina brewing community, and is survived by his wife and daughter ... We'll miss you, Matty. Hooroo, good friend."

Two Blokes remains open, serving to-go beer orders placed online at

Location Details Two Blokes Brewery
547 Long Point Rd. #101
Mt. Pleasant, SC
(843) 654-4564
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Pay It Forward campaign is expanding its reach in Charleston area

5,000 grocery bags and counting

Posted by Parker Milner on Wed, May 20, 2020 at 4:25 PM

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Pay It Forward started at the onset of the pandemic as a small initiative to deliver groceries to displaced restaurant industry workers. Less than two months later, the campaign has donated 5,000 bags of groceries to out-of-work industry employees. As the campaign continues to gain support in the Lowcountry, Pay It Forward is partnering with Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach and Tricounty Family Ministries to further serve the Charleston area.

The initiative, started by Michael Shemtov of Butcher & Bee, The Daily and Workshop, was initially using shuttered restaurants as distribution points for grocery bags, but recent reopenings left them in need of new pick-up spots. With these new partnerships, Pay It Forward is adding distribution points in North Charleston, Johns Island and downtown.

With the volunteers, fridge space and safety protocols already in place, these groups are ready to start right away. Our Lady of Mercy will operate out of The Outreach (1864 Brownswood Rd. on Johns Island) and the Neighborhood House (79 America St. downtown), and Tricounty Family Ministries will distribute from 2105 Cosgrove Ave. in North Charleston.

In a press release, Our Lady of Mercy executive director Ericka Plater said, "We are committed, as always, to ensuring that the most vulnerable among us receive the critical support they need to not fall behind. Teaming up with these extraordinary groups helps local farmers, eliminates potential waste and makes a bigger impact on the community where we live, work and play."

The work by Pay It Forward is also getting national attention. Earlier this week, Good Morning America featured the campaign as part of an online story.

Pay It Forward has raised enough money to keep the program going through mid-June when they expect industry employees to be back to work. F&B workers can apply for a provision bag online, and those wishing to contribute to Pay It Forward Charleston can visit

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Celebrate Green Heart Project's 10th anniversary with a Harvest Dinner to-go

Greens for the road

Posted by Parker Milner on Mon, May 18, 2020 at 10:23 AM

Tickets for the Harvest Dinner "To-Go" cost $20 for adults, $10 for students and $1 for children under 12 - PROVIDED
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For the last 10 years, the Green Heart Project has helped students learn the value of locally-grown produce with their school garden programs and experiential learning projects. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the nonprofit organization is serving their annual Harvest Dinner to-go this Thursday with proceeds going towards school garden programs throughout the city.

Green Heart Project is partnering with Limehouse Produce, Motley Rice
Law Firm and Charleston County School District’s Nutrition Services to serve the barbecue dinner with sides made by local chefs.

In a press release, Green Heart Project executive director Jesse Blom said, "While we can’t gather in person this year, we are thrilled to still have an opportunity to feed
people, to celebrate our students, volunteers, and partners, and to be supported by community members from around the city."

Tickets must be purchased online in advance and cost $20 for adults, $10 for students and $1 for children under 12. Meal pick-ups will take place from 6-8 p.m. at Mitchell Elementary School, 2 Perry St. downtown on Thurs. May 21.

For more information on the Harvest Dinner, visit


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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Help Pink Bellies fund its new King Street restaurant on Kickstarter

All or nothing

Posted by Parker Milner on Tue, May 12, 2020 at 6:13 PM

Thai Phi pictured during Pink Bellies' stint at Workshop - RUTA SMITH FILE PHOTO
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  • Thai Phi pictured during Pink Bellies' stint at Workshop
Former food truck and Workshop tenant Pink Bellies has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund their new permanent location in the Hoffler Place apartment complex at 595 King Street. Owner Thai Phi hopes to open his Vietnamese fusion restaurant this summer.

On his Kickstarter, Phi says the coronavirus led to heightened building costs along with permit and construction delays. The project will only be funded if it reaches the $60,000 goal by June 11.

Pink Bellies departed Workshop in fall 2018 after a 15-month residency where they became a hit with dishes like garlic noodles with pulled pork and shrimp sủi cảo dumplings. Since then, they've hosted several pop-ups including a Tuesday-night series at Edmund's Oast Brewing Company last year.

Check out Phi's campaign online to join the more than 30 backers who have pledged nearly $2,500 so far.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Amor Healing Kitchen is bringing their 2nd annual 'Seed to Soul' dinner to your home for Mother's Day weekend

Order for pick-up this Saturday

Posted by Parker Milner on Thu, May 7, 2020 at 11:02 AM

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Last spring, Charleston nonprofit Amor Healing Kitchen held their first Seed to Soul dinner at the Sweetgrass Garden on John's Island. This year, the coronavirus has dimmed hope of holding the event, which helps provide nutritious meals to people recovering from surgery and other medical treatments. But founder and executive director Maria Kelly is still bringing the locally curated meal to the homes of local Charlestonians in time for Mother's Day.

"Having to adapt fundraising efforts to our current times, we invite Charleston families to enjoy a beautiful, nourishing dinner together for Mother’s Day weekend,” says Kelly in a press release. “Every Seed to Soul order not only supports our local farmers, but provides healing meals to Charleston residents with severe health issues."

Families looking to celebrate mom can purchase a ticket for the four-course dinner online, and pick-ups their meals at the Counter Culture Training Center (85 ½ Spring St.) on Sat. May 9, 12-3 p.m. Along with their meal from Amor Healing Kitchen chef Justin Booher, diners will receive South Carolina flowers from Roadside Blooms, a handmade kitchen candle, and a video with tips for setting the table.

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