Friday, May 25, 2018

GrowFood Carolina expands storage space by 20 percent with new shipping container

Reefer Madness

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 2:28 PM

GrowFood Carolina's new "reefer" or refrigerated shipping container - KINSEY GIDICK
  • Kinsey Gidick
  • GrowFood Carolina's new "reefer" or refrigerated shipping container
GrowFood Carolina, the state's first local food hub, has been so successful, it's run out of room. Or as manager Sara Clow puts it, "we're busting at the seams."

But that's not necessarily a bad thing. As Clow described it in a recent newsletter, "Running out of space is a good problem to have. And there’s an easy solution. A refrigerated shipping container (or reefer) is an effective way to create more space at our warehouse. Spanning 40 feet, a reefer can provide an additional 400 square feet of space. For us, that represents a 20 percent increase in cold storage and more opportunities to support local farms."

So they've installed the refrigerated shipping container to fill the fridge void. The large container will be outfitted with electricity by next week and start housing fresh local produce soon after. 

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Here's how to get a first taste of Cynthia Wong's Life Raft Treats on Fri. May 25

One Cardi C, please

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, May 24, 2018 at 11:08 AM

Ever since Cynthia Wong, former pastry chef at Butcher & Bee, told us she was starting her own food truck with pastry chef Mary Oster, we've been anxiously awaiting the first opportunity to get a taste. And it's here, friends. It's here.
Tomorrow, Fri. May 25, Life Raft Treats is setting up at the corner of Calhoun and St. Philip St. from noon to 4 p.m.
On the menu? A Kung Fu Taco — think chocotaco but with sherbet; a brown butter pistachio blonde titled Cardi C; a Strawbrrr Shortie made up of strawberry sherbet and a shortbread cookie, a Minty Cohn made of mint chocolate ice cream in a chocolate shell, and, of course, Wong's Not Fried Chicken drumsticks.
Wong says that Life Raft Treat's food truck is currently under construction with Gorilla Fabrication, but they'll have a treat cart set up to serve on Friday in the FedEx space that once housed Pink Bellies.

Life Raft Treats can take cash or card and everything is $5 or two for $9.

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Sticky Fingers offers $5.26 specials to help ease I-526 traffic pain

Crying through the 'cue

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, May 24, 2018 at 10:06 AM

Eat this at home with your family ... or stuff it in your face in your car. Your choice. - PROVIDED
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  • Eat this at home with your family ... or stuff it in your face in your car. Your choice.
No matter where you live in the Lowcountry, there's a good chance traffic has been sucking for you. Sticky Fingers is here to help with a variety of $5.26 special offers.

While the Wando bridge remains closed, guests can subtract $5.26 from Sticky Fingers express meals at the Mt. Pleasant, downtown, and Summerville Sticky Fingers locations. These take-out meals include any combo of pork ribs, smoked chicken, and pulled pork, plus a pint of baked beans, coleslaw, and a bottle of Sticky Fingers barbecue sauce. The idea here is that you can take this meal home and not worry about cooking for your whole family. Likely, though, you'll consume the food in its entirety, sitting in your car in dead stop traffic, crying through the 'cue.

The Mt. Pleasant Sticky Fingers will cater lunches to area offices; if you spend $250 or more, Sticky Fingers will reduce the delivery fee to $5.26. Call (843) 856-7427 to place your order.

And, last but not least, this Sat. May 26 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., stop into any of the Charleston area Sticky Fingers and snag a barbecue sandwich and fries for just $5.26. 
Location Details Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers
341 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC
(843) 856-7427
Lunch & Dinner
Barbecue and Music Venue
Location Details Sticky Fingers
235 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 853-7427
Lunch and Dinner (daily)
Barbecue and Trivia
Location Details Sticky Fingers
1200 N. Main St.
Summerville, SC
(843) 871-7427
Lunch & Dinner

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Codfather is throwing a British Invasion official opening party on June 2

Party like the Queen

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, May 23, 2018 at 4:07 PM

Fish and chips anyone? - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • Fish and chips anyone?

Can you do a killer British accent? Or, are you dying to compete in a fish and chips eating contest? Clear your calendar on Sat. June 2 for The Codfather's official grand opening then.

The second coming on Spruill of Charleston's favorite chipper will celebrate with a British Invasion-themed official grand opening party hosted by DJ Richard "Box" Bachschmidt.

In addition to the contests, Guilt Ridden Troubadour will perform, a special brew from Holy City will be served, it wouldn't be a true grand opening without North Charleston's Mayor Keith Summey on hand for a ribbon cutting.

Here's the schedule play-by-play:

11 a.m. Summey cuts the ribbon
12:30 p.m. Zak Kee and the 843s play
2:30 p.m. Michael Freund
3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Guilt Ridden Troubadour

And to one up the royal wedding, Codfather also will have a place to take a selfie with the Queen in addition to Charleston's Mini Car Club onsite as well as kids activities and face painting.
Location Details The Codfather
The Codfather
4254 Spruill Ave.
North Charleston, SC
L., D. (Tues.-Sat.)
English + Irish and Seafood

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Strawless Summer returns and wants Charleston to stop sucking for good

The campaign hopes to get over 200 restaurants to take the strawless pledge

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, May 23, 2018 at 8:24 AM

Strawless Summer begins Memorial Day - PROVIDED
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  • Strawless Summer begins Memorial Day
Using straws sucks.

"In Charleston alone, we use more than 630-thousand straws per day!" says Kate Dittloff, Rise Above Plastics Coordinator for Charleston Surfrider. "What people don’t realize is that every single use plastic straw ever created is somewhere on this planet in some way, shape or form because straws can’t be recycled."
Those discarded straws become a pollution nightmare and in the Lowcountry, it's our sea life that's impacted the most — a 2015 video went viral showing a scientist struggling to remove a plastic straw from a sea turtle's nose.

In order to raise awareness for this harmful habit, last year Dittloff, Surfrider Charleston, The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Charleston Bartender's Guild, 5 Gyres Institute, and Lonely Whale invited area bars and restaurants to go strawless. And after a successful first year run, the campaign is back with even bigger goals.

The Charleston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and the Charleston Chapter of the US Bartender’s Guild has launched Strawless Summer round two.

"This year we are making a few changes — we have a ton more resources for restaurants in a toolkit we've created," says Ditloff. That includes collateral to educate restaurant customers when they discover a restaurant has nixed straws.
"Additionally we are hoping to double the number of restaurants in this year's campaign, and we have a consumer component. We are urging residents from the Lowcountry to pledge to Skip the Straw this summer — just say no to single use plastic straws — and bring your own reusable straw when out getting drinks," she adds.

That's easier said than done, but Dittloff is hoping that Healthy Human, a Charleston based brand can help. Healthy Human is selling reusable straw packs with part of the proceeds going to our chapter, and will encourage more consumers to buy in. 

The campaign kicks off on Memorial Day and will run through Labor Day and right now Strawless Summer is recruiting restaurants to sign up. "Last year we had a ton from downtown, and we are hoping that those in surrounding communities like James Island and Mt. Pleasant step up and take the pledge. Last year we had approximately 115 take the pledge — this year we want to double that number."

But even if 230 area restaurants make the pledge, will it really make a difference? Dittloff things so.

"Many of the restaurants who took part continue to only provide straws upon request, and many others have eliminated single-use plastic straws on site and instead offer paper straws," she says. "We were a bit disappointed though about the lack of beach-front restaurants who signed up. Those are some of the most important to take the pledge because we find a ton of straws outside these establishments which then end up in the environment and the ocean. We hope those restaurants on IOP, Folly, and Sullivan's take note about what a huge difference their participation can make in reducing the amount of plastics getting into the environment."

Restaurants interested in participating can sign up here. Citizens can take the Strawless Summer pledge by clicking here.

And if you'd like to purchase a stainless steel straw, you can buy one from Healthy Human which will donate 50 percent of the purchase price and 15 percent of every website purchase to the Charleston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Visit and use the code “SURFRIDER” to receive the discount.

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