Friday, February 16, 2018

492's Tuesday service industry night gets a special twist Feb. 27

Wine + Food pregame

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 1:38 PM

  • Jonathan Boncek
Every Tuesday, service industry folks can kick off their scuffed to the point of no return Mary Jane crocs and ditch those threadbare aprons and head to 492 for food and drink specials just for the F&B crowd. Tues. Feb. 27, service industry night gets a special twist.

Starting at 7 p.m. 492 bar manager Ian Miller and Husk bar manager Justin Simko team up to celebrate the unofficial start of Charleston Wine + Food, which kicks off Wed. Feb. 28. Cocktails will be, as always on Tues. for industry night, $4.92, and the food menu is 25 percent off for F&Bers. 492 has partnered with Beam Suntory, Pernod Ricard, and Ballast Point Brewery for the evening, with a selection of craft beers from Ballast on the menu alongside specialty cocktails.

A portion of the evening's proceeds will go to One80 Place. Zach Quillen provides the tunes starting at 8 p.m.
Event Details 492 Service Industry Night Mashup
@ 492
492 King St.
Charleston, SC
When: Tue., Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
Foodie Events

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Welkin Coffee is closing its two locations downtown and in Mt. Pleasant

Head there tonight for one final hurrah, $3 pints

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 12:22 PM

It seems like just yesterday we were walking down Market Street in the swelter of early summer, stopping into Welkin Coffee for the most refreshing iced matcha latte we may have ever encountered. The bright, airy space served up Counter Culture coffee plus local brews, wine, mimosas, and pastries.

Yesterday the Market Street coffee shop closed its doors for good, and tonight the Mt. Pleasant location, similarly cheery, will close after their beer event with Catawba Beer. Last night Welkin Coffee posted an image of a gravestone on Facebook with the inscription "5/24/16-2/16/18. We did our best, and we loved you. Farewell."

The caption with the image reads: "We are sad to say that tomorrow, 2/16/18, will be the last day that #welkincoffee will be a thing. We are so thankful for all of you that have loved what we have done and supported us. Our beer event tomorrow night at the Mt Pleasant location with @catawbabeer will be our last hurrah. All pints $3. What a good excuse to come party on a Friday." Heed their message and head to 320 Wingo Way Suite 101 from 5 to 9 p.m. for one final pint. 

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Four Charleston food and bev workers sat down with Vice to talk about #MeToo

Wong: "I was always just surprised that there weren’t more men accused in the industry"

Posted by Adam Manno on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 11:01 AM

  • Photo via HBO/Vice News Tonight
Four women from various rungs of Charleston's hospitality industry sat down with Vice News Tonight to discuss sexual misconduct in the food and beverage industry.

The segment aired last night, Thurs. Feb. 15, on HBO as part of a special broadcast on the aftermath of the #MeToo movement.

The hashtag became a popular, and powerful, social media tool for women to share their own experiences with sexual misconduct and harassment following the onslaught of misconduct allegations that shook the entertainment and media worlds in the fall of 2017, beginning with an Oct. 5 New York Times article on Miramax founder Harvey Weinstein's improprieties.

Since then, the levees protecting those accused of misconduct, mostly men, from facing the consequences of their actions have burst in multiple industries. One of those is food and beverage, as documented by CP contributor Enid Spitz in a piece that ran on Dec. 5.

"I was always just surprised that there weren’t more men accused in the industry," said Butcher & Bee pastry chef Cynthia Wong, who spoke to CP for our December story. "There’s a certain kind of ass slapping kind of attitude that goes on."

Wong previously told CP about an incident in which she was kissed by vendor without her permission.

Isabella Macbeth, a raw bar manager at Rappahannock Oyster Bar, offered a unique viewpoint as a trans woman who transitioned while working in the industry. She said that most of the harassment she saw came from the kitchen, directed at the often underage girls working in the front-of-house.

"A new girl — might be 16-years-old — walks in to get a hostess job and all the guys in the kitchen are scrambling out the door to look at the peephole and go, 'I have dibs,' 'I saw her first,' 'She’s mine, no one can touch her,' and it’s just, like, total power ownership."

"For me it was really shocking after I transitioned and I tried to open up to some of the other girls in the restaurant, and they’d just go, 'Well, that’s just part of what we deal with, welcome to being a woman.'"

April Robinson, who most recently ran Butter Tapas in North Charleston, also touched on the difficulty of navigating an industry dominated by men as both a black person and a woman.

"Not only do I feel like I have to work ten times harder being a female, I now have to work 10 times harder because I’m a black female. In some cases, I’m just as good or better as who I’m going up against, but I’m not recognized because: One, female. Two, black."

More than half of employed black women (53 percent) said they experienced some type of gender discrimination at work, compared to 40 percent of white or Hispanic women, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center released in December.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

New travel book thinks you should drink PBR at Rec Room before you die


Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 12:45 PM

  • Jonathan Boncek file photo
Travel journalists Lynn and Cele Seldon recently wrote a book, 100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die, which they're celebrating with a launch party on Tues. Feb. 27 at Buxton Books (2A Cumberland St.) at 5:30 p.m.

And while the Food + Drink component of 100 Things to Do features a lot of what you'd expect from a book with a literal bucket on the cover — "spoon up she-crab soup at 82 Queen," "head to breakfast at Hominy Grill," and "attend a gospel brunch in the Holy City" (a.k.a Halls Chophouse) — there are some fun, dare we say, eccentric, suggestions, too.

Namely, "Drink a PBR at the Recovery Room." While we think it could be edited to read, "drink as many PBRs as 1 a.m. on Friday night calls for," it's still a nice nod to everyone's favorite dive bar.

You can snag free PBR and a copy of 100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die at the book launch. Then, might we suggest you meander to the aforementioned dive bar, where you can enjoy even more PBRs, which are "rapidly and frequently retrieved for local patrons from a barrel full of ice water from the time the doors open until they close every day."
Event Details Book Launch Party and Book Signing
@ Buxton Books
2A Cumberland Street
Charleston, SC
When: Tue., Feb. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
(843) 834-6575
Books + Poetry

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After 16 years, Upper Deck Tavern will close at the end of the month

The end of an era

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 11:44 AM

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Beloved dive Upper Deck Tavern will close for good at the end of this month.

Owner Ken Newman has confirmed that his bar lost its lease and will shutter in a matter of days. Newman wouldn't elaborate on the details of the lease, but did say, "I’ve been on King Street since Feb. 1 1993 with the Horse and Cart Cafe and then with Upper Deck Tavern with that 13 years."

In that time, Newman has seen the evolution of King Street's main thoroughfare and watched years of bar patrons come and go from his doors. His lovably gritty spot often served as a sanctuary for Charleston's odd, avant garde, and nonconformist crowd — so much so, Charleston Poet laureate wrote a poem about it (watch video below). The tiny upstairs space served as a gathering place as much as a watering hole and was beloved for it's Karaoke nights.

Newman plans to share more of his thoughts on the closure with CP later today.
Location Details Upper Deck Tavern
353 King St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 958-0002
Bar, Karaoke and Music Venue

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