Wednesday, December 13, 2017

McClellanville combat vet and farmer to be featured on PBS' 'Lidia Celebrates America'

Land of opportunity

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 11:52 AM

Jon Darling feeds a newborn sheep at his Darling Farm - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Jon Darling feeds a newborn sheep at his Darling Farm

Jon Darling, a McClellanville sheep farmer and veteran who served as an Army Ranger, will be featured on Lidia Bastianich's "Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes" episode this weekend.

Darling, who CP profiled in 2016, runs Darling Farm, a 20-acre sheep and goat farm on Honey Hill, a spot in McLellanville surrounded by the Francis Marion National Forest. After joining the military shortly after 9/11, Darling served six tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and South Africa during his four-year enlistment.

Upon return, he was faced with what to do next and after DJing, working in restaurants, and even owning a restaurant, he found peace on a farm. When we spoke to him in 2016, he was working with the fellowship program Farmer Veteran Coalition, to give vets an opportunity to work on farms.

"The idea is helping vets returning home from service. Sometimes it's not an easy transformation," Darling said. "I'm hoping that we can provide a place where they feel safe, take the time to decompress, and work side by side with other ex-soldiers in a similar position."

Fri. Dec. 15, Darling will join Bastianich, a James Beard and Emmy-award winner and co-owner of Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group with her son Joe and Mario Batali, for her "Homegrown Heroes" program. According to SCETV, the episode celebrates "America's homegrown heroes-veterans who now cultivate the land they fought to defend. For many vets, farming is therapy for the wounds of war. Lidia farms and cooks with them, then gathers with them for a holiday dinner."

Tune in Friday at 10 p.m.

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Luke's Craft Pizza open next Monday for special bar pie sale

Setting the bar pie

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 11:17 AM

Bar Pie Monday, 12-18-17 from 4pm–9pm 💥 (See previous post for details)

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Breaking pizza news: Luke's Craft Pizza will be open next Monday night. I know, we're freaking out too.

As all of Luke Davis' fans know, the crafty pie wizard keeps his doors locked until Thursday each week, leaving us all to long for his crispy pizzas the whole week through. But not next week.

From 4-9 p.m. on Mon. Dec. 18, Davis will be selling what he's calling bar pie. According to his Instagram post, a bar pie is a "10” thin and crispy personal pizza with a crustless edge, cut into squares."

Diners can choose from one of Luke's three sauce bases, topped with fresh mozzarella and Asiago for $10, or add pepperoni for $2.

As a bonus, all pie buyers will be entered into a raffle for a $100 gift card to Luke's.

Location Details Luke's Craft Pizza
271 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC
Wed.-Sun., 5-10 p.m.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda is obsessed with a Charleston-made hot sauce he got from Stephen Colbert

He got a lot smarter / By eating some Peach Slow Burn Hot Saucer

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 3:55 PM

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Twitter's a weird thing. One minute it's all talk of Roy Moore on horseback and the next it's revealing Lin-Manuel Miranda's favorite Charleston-produced hot sauce.

That's right, on Tuesday, Miranda, the composer, lyricist, playwright, and actor best known for his Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton, was asked by a fan on Twitter, "What's your preferred hot sauce?"

Miranda's answer:
Come to find out, Miranda's beloved Peach Slow Burn Hot Sauce is from local Jimmy Hagood's Food for the Southern Soul. The product has been a staple of Colbert's gift bags, both at the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Colbert Report for years through a partnership with the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, but this is the first time Hagood has had a celebrity comment on the sauce.

"It's my birthday today and it's the first time I've ever been blown up on Twitter," says Hagood of the tweet that reached Miranda's 2 million followers.

As if that weren't enough of a birthday gift, the Broadway star did him one better. Shortly after his first comment, Miranda tweeted a photo of his bottle with the caption, "This is the brand and I AM RUNNING OUT."

Thankfully, Hagood has him covered.

"We just got a pallet of it in, so it's all very serendipitous," says Hagood. "Merry Christmas, huh?"


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Home Team BBQ hosts Dames for the Cause holiday party Tues. Dec. 19

A dame good time

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 2:18 PM

Megan Deschaine, and other local bartenders, will be pouring drinks throughout the evening - FILE
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  • Megan Deschaine, and other local bartenders, will be pouring drinks throughout the evening
Dames for the Cause, the monthly event series that highlights outstanding female bartenders in the Charleston food and bev community, will hold their holiday party at Home Team BBQ downtown Tues. Dec. 19 from 9 p.m. til 12 a.m. 

This isn't any old stale story of good tidings, though — this fete, sponsored by Scotland-based premium spirits company Edrington, features six local  bartenders, with two 'tenders mixing specialty cocktails and boilermakers every hour. The party starts with Megan Deschaine of Macintosh and Katie Daniel of Bar Mash behind the bar. During the second hour, watch as Avery Ulrich of Restaurant Tu and Katie Powers of Cooper River Brewery whip up some festive libations, then be sure to stick around for the grand finale, with Ariana Cohen of Prohibition and Caroline Woodruff of Proof slinging drinks.

There will also be a Christmas themed photo booth with costumes and props, live music, and a raffle for prizes including local restaurant gift certificates. All proceeds from the cocktails and boilermakers benefit Hogs for the Cause, an organization dedicated to helping families of children with terminal brain cancer.
Event Details Dames for the Cause Holiday Party
@ Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ
126 Williman St.
Charleston, SC
When: Tue., Dec. 19, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
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Madison Tessener named executive chef of forthcoming Miller's All Day restaurant

Breaking the fast

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 1:07 PM

Madison Tessener (left), DaVee Harned - PROVIDED
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  • Madison Tessener (left), DaVee Harned
Miller's All Day, the new spot from partners Greg Johnsman (Geechie Boy Mill) and Nathan Thurston (Thurston Southern), has named two chefs. Madison Tessener will be executive chef and DaVee Harned is the pastry chef.

Tessener and Harned have been tasked with bringing to life Thurston and Johnsman's "brunch-centric" concept. The partners told CP in April that Miller's All Day will serve breakfast all day, seven days a week.

And a baller breakfast it should be. Tessener has spent time at FIG, Glass Onion, Husk, McCrady’s, and most recently, Chez Nous. Meanwhile, Harned — who CP wrote about in March — is a Johnson & Wales grad who currently works at Kiawah Island’s Cassique Club, but has previously been employed by LB Sweets and Treats, Wild Flour, Stars and Paw Paw.

"We sought the best talent we could find for this concept," says Thurston. "And we couldn’t be happier or more enthusiastic about Madison and DaVee. These two are extraordinarily talented and will bring great energy to the restaurant."

Opening in the old Bull Street Gourmet (120 King St.), Miller's All Day is expected to unlock its doors in early 2018.

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