Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lowcountry Kettle expanding Charleston operations, adding jobs and two new flavors

24 jobs + two new flavors

Posted by Parker Milner on Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 1:23 PM

Lowcountry Kettle potato chips have been a staple in specialty grocery stores, restaurants and even breweries since owners Andrew Trumbull and Clayton Wynne founded the company in 2016.

In a Tuesday press release from Gov. Henry McMaster's office, the Lowcountry-inspired brand announced their plans to expand in Charleston County, a move that will create 24 new jobs.
Located at 4447 Dorchester Road in North Charleston, Lowcountry Kettle's expansion will allow them to add resources to building out two new flavors, Bulls Bay Sea Salt and Carolina Reaper. These will join the four other Lowcountry Kettle chip flavors โ€” Bloody Mary, Mustard BBQ Sauce, Spicy Pimento Cheese and State Fair Fried Pickle.

โ€œWe appreciate the tremendous amount of support weโ€™ve received from the community and hope with your continued support to become the official state chip of South Carolina,โ€ said Trumbull and Wynne in the release.

The company hopes to complete the expansion by 2020. Those wishing to join the Lowcountry Kettle team can reach them by phone or email, both of which are listed online


Monday, June 15, 2020

Local 616 owner Dwayne Mitchell releases two songs produced during coronavirus closure

"I needed to release those thoughts and ideas"

Posted by Parker Milner on Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 3:29 PM

Local 616 has not yet reopened since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, time that owner Dwayne Mitchell is channeling towards two passion projects: writing music and designing masks.

"I grew up playing music from the time I was 12-years-old," said Mitchell, who recently wrote two new songs, both of which can be found on SoundCloud. "Since I opened the bar, I was so busy with the day in and day out of running the bar, it left little time for me to just be."

The extended closure of Local 616 left Mitchell with the time to reconnect with Clint Fore, a classmate of his at Summerville High School. Mitchell played the trumpet and baritone horn, Fore was the section leader of the tubas.

The two lifelong friends aren't pulling out the brass instruments just yet, but they did team up to produce Mitchell's two songs, "Tree of Life" and "Diversion." Fore plays guitar on both of the songs that were written and composed by Mitchell.
To help combat the spread of the coronavirus, Mitchell is also partnering with The Midnight Society and the Business Company to design the Local 616 "Dwayngel" Masks, which are available for purchase on their website. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these masks will be donated to Local 616, and for each mask sold, The Midnight Society will also give three medical-grade masks to local hospitals in Charleston. 

"To be able to express yourself is very important to me," Mitchell said. "So everything that has been happening in the world today and the past few months and years has been building inside of me and I needed to release those thoughts and ideas."

Location Details Local 616
616 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 414-7850
Bar, Sports Bar and Pubs + Taverns

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Monday, May 4, 2020

High Wire, FIG, Abundant Seafood, and others represent Charleston as 2020 James Beard finalists, honorees

A round of applause

Posted by Parker Milner on Mon, May 4, 2020 at 6:41 PM

Scott Blackwell, cofounder of High Wire Distilling Co. - JONATHAN BONCEK FILE PHOTO
  • Jonathan Boncek file photo
  • Scott Blackwell, cofounder of High Wire Distilling Co.
Today, the James Beard Foundation announced the 2020 James Beard Award finalists on a livestream posted to their Twitter account. The 30th anniversary gala announcing the winners was scheduled to take place tonight in Chicago but has been tentatively moved to Sept. 25 due to the coronavirus.

For the second straight year, FIG and High Wire Distilling Co. represent Charleston in the Outstanding Restaurant and Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Producers categories respectively.

Abundant Seafood's Mark and Kerry Marhefka were also recognized as honorees for the Leadership Award that "spotlights the important and complex realms of sustainability, food justice, and public health."

The Dewberry's mid-century rooftop tiki bar The Citrus Club also earned design recognition with N.Y.-based design firm Workstead.

In the journalism categories, The Post and Courier's Hanna Raskin and Tony Bartelme also earned recognition from the foundation. Raskin already has one Beard award to her name.

Charleston native Ali Rosen's remembrance of Hominy Grill in Plate also found a spot in the finals for short-form writing.

Check out the full list of nominees at 

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Monday, April 20, 2020

RiverDogs add carryout lunch service while baseball season is postponed

To-Go from "The Joe"

Posted by Parker Milner on Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 6:30 PM

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The Charleston RiverDogs' season has been postponed indefinitely, but the New York Yankees Single-A affiliate still wants fans to have access to some of the minor leagueโ€™s most revered ballpark food. To meet the growing demand for takeout options in the Lowcountry, the RiverDogs are now offering carryout lunches Tuesday through Friday.

"We want to keep baseball relevant and one of the things thatโ€™s relevant at 'The Joe' is the food," says Josh Shea, RiverDogs VP of food and beverage. "We take a lot of pride in our food and started to ask ourselves how we could help out our community."

With this in mind, the RiverDogs decided Mondays would be dedicated to delivering up to 100 meals to frontline workers and first responders at MUSC. Shea and his team have made deliveries to the urban garden at MUSC and the coronavirus testing site in West Ashley so far. In addition, Shea and his staff have been providing meals for the Charleston Fire and Police Departments.

Brisket melt with fries - PROVIDED
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  • Brisket melt with fries
Shea, who previously worked at Halls Chophouse and Food for the Southern Soul Catering, is also using this time to test out new recipes that might show up on the menu when the ballpark reopens. So far, Shea has added a grilled chicken and avocado sandwich and a brisket melt to the carryout menu. โ€œBarbecue has taken hold of the city over the past five years, so we wanted to add some more barbecue flair to our menu,โ€ Shea explains.

Check out the full menu here, which also features the RiverDogs' renowned โ€œHomewreckerโ€ sandwich and healthier options like the summer berry salad with grilled chicken.

Carryout lunches are available Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and orders can be made online. The pick-up point is located at 360 Fishburne St. in front of the double-glass doors.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Firefly Distillery approved for hand sanitizer production to help combat the coronavirus

Sanitize by the half gallon

Posted by Parker Milner on Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 11:44 AM

Charleston's oldest distillery is pivoting their operations to help meet the growing demand for hand sanitizer. Starting Friday, Firefly Distillery will offer half gallons of hand sanitizer for $25 at their new Park Circle location on Spruill Avenue. Patrons will be limited to one bottle per purchase.
โ€œWe care deeply about those affected by COVID-19 and have been working with the community to help however we can by hosting a blood drive and local food trucks daily,โ€ says co-owner Scott Newitt. โ€œAll the while, we have been hard at work to meet the increasing demand for hand sanitizer with a focus on first responders and the community at large. We are pleased to now be able to offer it starting this week.โ€

In order to pivot their production, the distillery had to learn the ins-and-outs of permitting to ensure they were compliant with Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) regulations.

Firefly is shifting their alcohol production but are still selling their spirits in the airstream in front of the distillery from 12-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

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