Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sarah Adams launches virtual cooking class Thurs. Oct. 19


Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 1:33 PM

Tomorrow's recipe is Pan Roasted Chicken Grain Bowl - PROVIDED
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  • Tomorrow's recipe is Pan Roasted Chicken Grain Bowl

In my ongoing effort to become a better home cook, every Sunday I make myself learn a new recipe. Last week it was a beet salad with bleu cheese buttermilk dressing and toasted pecans, the week before that it was fingerling potatoes with a homemade lemon vinaigrette. I know, they're simple executions, but my goal is to perfect them in order to expand my repertoire. The biggest challenge to my grand plan, however, is the time it takes to thoughtfully read through a recipe to wrap my brain around all the steps. This is probably why, covered in beet juice and buttermilk, I often find myself frantically trying to elbow-type into Google cooking tips.

It would be so much easier if I had an on-call chef I could ask my questions. Local Chef Sarah Adams (of Bad Bitches fame) must appreciate my frustration because on Thursday she's launching a new virtual cooking class.

On Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., Adams will host a live cooking class online. For $25, you can login and follow along as you and Adams together prepare a pan roasted chicken grain bowl.

Adams said the idea sprung from her time working alongside Cori Banyon at the Harbor Entrepreneur Center. Banyon has just launched a startup called AndMe TV. Essentially, it's a livestreamed cooking class.

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"You'll login from a computer, ipad, or phone to cook along with me," explains Adams. "We'll be doing all of the knife work, pureeing, and roasting together. I'll be able to answer questions along the way and toggle seeing users on my side of the screen with the help of AndMe TV."

The class is designed to take about an hour and the cost is $25 to login. In advance of starting, online Adams has explained all the ingredients, tools, and necessary items needed to complete the recipe.

"We are affectionally calling our approach a 'cook along,'" says Adams.

To participate, sign up at

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Former Gentry restaurant will become a retail space

Retail as old as time

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 11:37 AM

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Don't look for another restaurant to open where The Gentry and Sermet's once stood. Mark Mark Regalbuto of Renew Urban Charleston says that the second and third floors of 276 King St. will become condos and the street level space will be retail.

The renovation, already well underway, comes about a month after The Gentry owner JD Madison vacated the property and 276 King St., LLC filed a suit against the Southern Charm cast member for $163,233 in unpaid rent.

"Gentry is all but a memory," Regalbuto responded in an email to City Paper this morning. 
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Forget hot chicken, Cynthia Wong's ice cream drumsticks are what your life is missing

Party fowl

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 12:45 PM


Readers, I apologize. I've been sleeping on Butcher & Bee Pastry Chef Cynthia Wong's ice cream drumsticks when I should have reported on them ages ago. The truth is, all you foodsters can keep your hot chicken hot takes, this is the only faux fowl food I'm interested in.

Here's the deal, for $30 you can buy a bucket of six ice cream drumsticks for dine-in or takeaway. The only catch? You must place your order 48 hours in advance.

What you get is a remarkably accurate depiction of a bucket of fried chicken, right down to the cornflake crust. The drumstick meat is made up of waffle flavored ice cream, a la chicken and waffles, and Wong's even gone so far as to include a bone — a Cadbury finger biscuit covered in chocolate.

"It's a post-post-post stoner kind of thing," Wong explained on the most recent EffinBRadio episode.

Even better? When you bite into the drumstick the result is a remarkably similar look to real chicken meat. It's weird, but go with it.

To get your own bucket-o-fun, call Butcher & Bee and place an order.

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UPDATED: Harris Teeter's produce department remains closed following 'disgruntled former contractor's' alleged shitstorm

Have you turd the news?

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 9:48 AM

Harris Teeter West Ashley got dumped on Sun. Oct. 15 - GOOGLE MAPS
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Talk about a crappy day. On Sun. Oct. 15, a "disgruntled former contractor" allegedly unleashed a shitstorm at the West Ashley Harris Teeter at St. Andrews Shopping Center.

According to the Post & Courier, Pau S. Hang, 41, was arrested and charged with damaging personal property after spraying produce with what officials on the scene believed to be feces. Charles Francis, Charleston police department spokesman, says Hang sprayed a "brown liquid" on various food products.

City Paper Art Director Scott Suchy reported that he walked in the grocery store just as staff were frantically throwing produce out. "They even cleared out all the pre-made deli food. I knew it was really bad when I was line at the register and someone asked, 'What's going on?' And the clerk said, 'I'm not allowed to say,'" says Suchy.

Hang has been charged with trespassing violations at least nine times since November 2015, according to the Al Cannon Detention Center website.

Harris Teeter communication manager Danna Robinson says that Charleston County Department of Health has been contacted following the incident.

"Food safety and quality are paramount to Harris Teeter. We were extremely alarmed and disappointed to learn that yesterday, a disgruntled, former contractor attempted to contaminate food products in the Produce department and Fresh Foods department inside our St. Andrews Shopping Center location," writes Robinson. "Our valued associates immediately took action — closing down affected departments and notifying appropriate team members. Additionally, our associates properly discarded any and all product that was exposed to contamination as well as thoroughly cleaned and sanitized affected areas."

Robinson adds that the affected departments will not re-open without the Charleston County Department of Health’s approval.

UPDATE: Harris Teeter has issued the following statement:

The Charleston County Department of Health has thoroughly inspected the St. Andrews Shopping Center Harris Teeter and confirmed that the company took appropriate action in response to the incident that occurred yesterday. Affected areas of the store have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and the local and state regulators have given us permission to re-open our departments. Our teams are in the process of re-stocking. Harris Teeter appreciates the community’s patience while we worked to correct the actions of one former contractor.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Edmund's Oast Exchange offers 5 percent off all Napa/Sonoma wines this weekend

Wine country relief

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 3:09 PM

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In an Instagram announcement, Edmund's Oast Exchange says they will be offering 5 percent off of all their Napa/Sonoma wine bottles today through Sunday.

The post reads, "Most of the winemakers we personally know appear to be untouched but are quick to point out that this will have far reaching effects — from loss of life of homes to loss of work to loss of tourism dollars. Most say that the easiest way to show support of the wine industry is to simply make a concerted effort to buy more Napa/Sonoma wine."

EOX will also be hosting a tasting Sunday starting at  2 p.m. of Hirsch San Andreas Pinot Noir and Lioco Estero Chardonnay. The tasting is free with a $5 donation to Napa/Sonoma fire relief. Donation also buys you a raffle ticket to win a magnum of Lico Estero chard (raffle tickets will be available at the shop all weekend).

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