Monday, September 25, 2017

Joe Riley Stadium to host picnic in honor of slain chef Shane Whiddon

"a time to reflect, mourn, grieve as well as to laugh"

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 10:06 AM

Chef Shane Whiddon - FILE
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On Aug. 29 the RiverDogs invited the sons of slain Virginia's restaurant chef Shane Whiddon to throw the first pitch of the game. Now Joe Riley Stadium will honor the chef and his family again with Shane's Sunday Sitdown Supper.

On Sun. Oct. 8, the public is invited to pack a picnic or purchase one of the stadium vendors, and gather to break bread and remember the chef who was shot by a disgruntled employee of the restaurant.

Stoplight Observations, Lauren Hall, and the Michael Martin Band will provide music and 100 percent from ticket revenue ($20 in advance, $35 at the door) will be donated to the Shane's Memorial Fund to pay for his sons' college.

In addition, the stadium will have a full bar open for beverage purchases as well as a special childrens' play area.

To purchase tickets, visit
Location Details Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium
360 Fishburne St.
Charleston, South Carolina
General Location, Music Venue and Sports Venue

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Spice up your life at John Lewis' inaugural Chile Roast on Saturday

Straight chilen

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 2:15 PM

Introduced to what is now the United States in either the late 1500s or early 1600s, the hatch green chile is a popular New Mexican staple, used in a variety of recipes around the world, and in the kitchen of El Paso native and Charleston pitmaster John Lewis.

Lewis uses the chile in nearly every dish at Workshop's Juan Luis, in his barbecue sauce, and, perhaps most importantly, in his "send me to heaven my life is now complete" corn pudding. The chef, who spent a lot of his childhood in Hatch, NM, is so dedicated to this spicy ingredient that he flew to the village to preside over the Hatch Green Chile Festival (the fest even crowns a Chile Queen).

Tomorrow from 2 to 5 p.m. at Lewis Barbecue, revel in all things chile at the inaugural Lewis Chile Roast. Lewis is shipping in over 1,000 pounds of the chiles, sourced from Hatch, and roasted onsite in Chucktown.

Short Grain's Shuai Wang, Jack of Cups' Lesley Carroll, Bar Normandy's Alex Lira, and Juan Luis' Ray England prepare dishes using the chile, and guests get to taste test their creations for free.

Wang filled us in on Short Grain's chile roast contribution, the "lap cheong corn dog." He says it is a "pretty standard buttermilk corn dog batter but we also folded a bunch of chopped hatch chiles in it. We take a piece of lap cheong, which is a Chinese style dry sausage, very fatty, slightly salty and sweet. We then fry it and it's served with a side of hatch chile & shiso ranch. [They're] fancy corn dogs for adults."

Lap Cheong corn dogs, tomorrow only @lewisbarbecue 2pm-5pm #hatchchilefestival #straightouttashortgrain

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Wash it all down with Down the Hatch, the collab beer brewed by Lewis and Revelry Brewing, and or a green chile cocktail from Bar Mash's Teddy Nixon.

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The Cocktail Bandits' book 'Holy Spirits!' is available now for pre-order

For the libation lover in your life

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 1:22 PM

Bloggers Johnny Caldwell (left) and Taneka Reaves call themselves the Cocktail bandits — "Curly ladies who talk cocktails daily" - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Bloggers Johnny Caldwell (left) and Taneka Reaves call themselves the Cocktail bandits — "Curly ladies who talk cocktails daily"
It's been a little less than a year since we heard that Charleston's Cocktail Bandits, Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves, had a book deal and now their first book is available for pre-order.

Holy Spirits! is an "overview of Charleston cocktail culture from a unique, urban perspective." The book includes a history of alcohol in Charleston in addition to recipes and insight on the scene from the prolific bloggers.

Since founding their popular Cocktail Bandits blog in 2015, the friends and business partners have become well known in the state's F&B scene from hosting pop-up events with the likes of Chef BJ Dennis to making a cameo on the PBS series Moveable Feast.

Now their book is available through Evening Post Books, the book division of Post & Courier. Holy Spirits! will officially be released on Nov. 22, but you can pre-order the book now for $34.95 by visiting

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Palmetto Brewery is a finalist for the 2017 America’s Best Restroom Award

Urine for a treat

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 2:35 PM

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According to Cintas 2017 America’s Best Restroom Contest, "aside from its beer, the restrooms are one of Palmetto’s main attractions." That's why the bathrooms, well, the men's room specifically, has been named a finalist in the annual competition.

What makes Palmetto's pee pots special? At Palmetto, you can break the seal by peeing in a series of recycled kegs.

"We really wanted to support local artists when we put the Tap Room together," says Palmetto CEO John Planty. "Matt Wilson of Airtight Artwork collaborated with us on a way to incorporate our industry and have fun while enjoying great beer."

Now, we've known about these kegurinators for a while now but what we didn't realize (having never entered the men's room at Palmetto) was that the urinals are designed to look like mouths — one has braces, another has buck teeth, the third is designed to look like a vampire which, we imagine, more than one beer bro has used as an open invitation to regale his friends back at the bar with a series of wildly unoriginal "I want to suck your ..." jokes for the rest of the evening.

But I digress.

Two years after Charleston Distilling Co. made America’s Best Restroom Contest finalist list for its giant barrel baños, Palmetto is looking to become the winning wizz biz. To show your support, visit and vote before Oct. 27.
Location Details Palmetto Brewing Co.
Palmetto Brewing Co.
289 Huger Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 937-0903
Brewery and Local Foods

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PETA to pay tribute to chickens hurt or killed in last week's I-95 crash

"...keep smart, sensitive chickens off the road"

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 1:16 PM

According to The State newspaper, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has plans to memorialize chickens hurt or killed in a Sept. 15 crash on I-95. The single vehicle crash took place outside of Santee scattering cages filled with chickens across the interstate. No people were hurt in the collision.

PETA's VP told The State that the billboard "will let travelers know that the best way to prevent such tragedies is to keep smart, sensitive chickens off the road in the first place by going vegan.”

The copy on the billboard will read:
"I'm me, not meat. See the individual. Go vegan."

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