Monday, November 13, 2017

Palmetto Brewing Co. purchased by North Carolina's Catawba Brewing Co.


Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 12:57 PM

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  • Palmetto opened in 1993
A press release from Catawba Brewing Co. has announced that the Pyatt family's Morganton, N.C. company has purchased Palmetto Brewing Co. and the two companies are now be joined into a single entity, but Palmetto will retain the same name.

"By the end of 2017 ... the Pyatt family will retain 100 percent ownership," the press release says.

“The closer we became to Palmetto’s owners, the Lipov family, the more we realized our two companies were very similar,” says owner Billy Pyatt. “Palmetto will produce around 16,000 barrels in 2017, and Catawba will produce around 17,500. Their culture is one of giving back to the employees and the communities served, and their attention to customers mirrors ours.”

The release goes on to cite increasing market consolidation, product proliferation, and cost pressure as making it harder for small independent breweries to operate. "The scale and scope of this new, combined entity will help us stay on our trajectory,” says Pyatt.

A $1 million capital plan for both breweries will be put in place immediately to improve facilities, upgrade equipment, and hire personnel.

Palmetto was opened in Charleston in 1993 by Ed Falkenstein and Louis Bruce. It was the first brewery in the state since Prohibition. 
Location Details Palmetto Brewing Co.
Palmetto Brewing Co.
289 Huger Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 937-0903
Brewery and Local Foods

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Koa Bowls popping up in Bad Wolf, Slice Co. announces Sunday brunch

From poke to shakshuka

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Koa Bowls specializes in poke bowls - PROVIDED
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  • Koa Bowls specializes in poke bowls
It's officially holiday season, which means between your double fudge-making aunt Ida and your generous-with-the-booze bestie and the ubiquitous office holiday popcorn tin, things tend to get a little heavy.

Lighten up your desk lunch with Koa Bowls, the newest Workshop tenant pop-up. You may recognize the concept from the food truck parked at the corner of George and Glebe St. Mon. through Fri. on the College of Charleston campus.

Specializing in Southern California and Hawaiian flavors, Koa Bowls will be popping up inside Bad Wolf Coffee beginning today at 11 a.m. The pop-up will be open Sun-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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The poke bowls start at $10 and you can choose from salmon, ahi tuna, or avocado as a main, brown or white rice as a base, a handful of toppings, and a few sauces. Koa also offers acai bowls, a manoa chicken teriyaki bowl, and poke nachos.

And, once you're feeling a bit healthier, dedicate your Sundays to indulgence. Workshop O.G.'s Slice Co. have announced that they will be launching a brunch pop-up in the Juan Luis stall every Sun. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will include shakshuka, ricotta pancakes, scrambled mess (polenta cake, pickled veggies, mushrooms, and eggs), a chicken parm hero, and a meatball sub. You will still be able to get your 'za on, too, if you so desire, with Slice serving slices starting at 11 a.m. in their usual spot Sundays.
Slice Co.'s shakshuka - PROVIDED
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  • Slice Co.'s shakshuka
Location Details Workshop
1503 King St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 546-5512
Coffee + Tea Shops and Variety

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Basic Kitchen officially opens on Wentworth Street today

Wonder if the ghosts of pizzas past still linger?

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 7:17 AM

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  • Basic Kitchen takes over the space formerly occupied by Andolini's
After plenty of anticipation and months of renovations, Basic Kitchen will unlock its doors this morning. The project from Ben and Kate Towill takes over the former Andolini's space on at 82 Wentworth St.

The owners are positioning the restaurant as a health food destination with one tagline being "Cleaner fuel, longer destinations." From what we can tell, Basic Kitchen — with Air Casebier as chef — will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One teaser of this morning's menu includes traditional coffee options with juice, smoothies, and wellness shots.

Basic Kitchen opens at 8 a.m.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Hot Ticket Alert: Cherry Bombe: Cookbook party at Monarch Wine Merchants

Bombe ambition

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 10:55 AM

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If you love the magazine Cherry Bombe — the biannual publication focused on females in food — you're going to want to grab tickets to Dec. 3's event at Monarch Wine Merchants. The crew from Cherry Bombe will be hosting a wine and dine gathering to promote the new Cherry Bombe: Cookbook.

The book features 100 recipes from women who have been featured in the magazine: Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi, Christina Tosi of Milk Bar, and Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

Lindsay Collins of EffinBRadio, who is co-hosting the event, calls Cherry Bombe a must-read for women in the industry because "they celebrate exactly that and do it with so much style." Collins' podcast recently interviewed Cherry Bombe's co-founder/editorial director Kerry Diamond, and she says that meeting led to the Cherry Bombe: Cookbook tour partnership.

"There’s such a kindredness in what EffinbRadio does and Cherry Bombe does that we wanted to host them in Charleston to celebrate the release of their brand new cookbook," she says.

The intimate event (roughly 40 seats) will feature food from Melanie Durant from Scram Food Truck, Pastry Chef Cynthia Wong of Butcher & Bee, and Morgan Calcote, FIG's GM/wine director. And, in keeping with the theme, Monarch's Justin Coleman will be pouring bottles from female winemakers. And, Collins says, "It’s not only for women! Anyone can come hang!"

The party is from 3-5 p.m. and tickets to attend are $20, cookbook not included. 
Location Details Monarch Wine Merchants
Monarch Wine Merchants
1107 King St. Suite B
Charleston, SC
Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.Sun. & Mon. 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

If you really need it, UberEATS is a pricey but convenient service

UberEATS hot take

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 4:06 PM

Orders arrive in an adhesive sealed bag - KINSEY GIDICK
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  • Orders arrive in an adhesive sealed bag
Are you willing to pay $18.30 for an UberEATS lunch? That is the question.

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous UberEATS prices,
Or to take arms against a sea of delivery services,
And by opposing end them? likely what Shakespeare would write in answer to that question.

Since it's me, however, I'll just repeat it: Are you willing to pay $18+ for lunch? That's what I'm wrestling with now as I enjoy my beautiful bowl of Poke Tea House ahi tuna goodness.

This being the first day of Charleston's foray into UberEATS, I had to go ahead and order from the delivery service. And seeing as how the main sell of the service is the convenience of it arriving at your door, I chose Poke Tea House, a place I love that is also a pain in the ass to find parking. It felt like it was worth the splurge, and I do mean splurge.

For my order — ahi tuna, pickled cucumbers, tamago, asparagus, pineapple, tobiko, and fried onions — plus the delivery fee, the bill came to $18.30.

Now, I don't know about you, but for me that's a mighty steep price for a desk lunch. Honestly, the only reason I bit the bullet was because of the UberEATS promo code — EATSCHS — which knocked off $5 from my order, essentially the $4.99 UberEATS delivery fee. (Note: that's the same amount as local service QuickFoxes charges, but they don't do busy time surge pricing). That brought my total to a $13.30, still high, but less offensive given the package arrived in the rain at my office within 20 minutes.

My Poke Tea House bowl arrived in perfect condition - KINSEY GIDICK
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  • My Poke Tea House bowl arrived in perfect condition

That's right, not only did my order arrive relatively quickly, the delivery driver was friendly and the food in perfect condition. I can't vouch for a hot order, but my poke bowl was on point.

For $13.30, that's worth it to me. For $18.30? Well, I've narrowed down three instances when I might be able to rationalize such an extravagant lunch:

1) I'm sick
Like can't get off the couch, ladle the soup directly into my mouth, sick.

2) I'm buried in edits
Like when we're five shows deep into Spoleto and I have a mountain of proofreading to do and if I don't eat I might not survive to see the festival finale.

3) I'm wildly hungover
Like that time I treated Stars' wine taps like my personal CamelBak and spent the morning of my 30th birthday intermittently dry-heaving and sobbing.

In all those scenarios, UberEATS, sign me up. On a typical Thursday, however? I'll take my chances finding parking on Spring Street.

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