Sunday, October 21, 2018

Photos from our trip to Semilla

Semilla has room to grow

Posted by Ruta Smith on Sun, Oct 21, 2018 at 8:39 AM

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5th annual Charleston Coffee Cup brings the beans to Memminger on Sun. Oct. 28


Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Sun, Oct 21, 2018 at 7:02 AM

There's coffee, and then there's competition-level coffee. Watch nimble fingered baristas turn milk and espresso into works of art, taste a variety of roasts from local and regional companies, and snack on brunch items at the 5th annual Charleston Coffee Cup next. Sun. Oct. 28 at Memminger Auditorium.

Doors open at 10 a.m., and latte art signup takes place between 10 and 10:55 a.m. The latte art competition begins promptly at 11:15 a.m. and the winner takes home a $500 cash prize. Roasters will compete for best coffee β€” last year Charleston's very own Springbok took home top honors, and Augusta, Ga.'s Buona Caffe took home people's choice.

If you can't make a strong cuppa and your dairy frothing skills are sub par, be sure to compete in a contest anyone could win β€” a costume contest. In the spirit of almost being Halloween, attendees are invited to dress up in their "Best Caffeinated Costume" with the hopes of being crowned the buzziest of them all.

There will be demos throughout the day about various coffee related topics, like different brewing methods and the process that brings coffee from the ground to your kitchen or local coffee hub. There will also be local craft vendors and eats like BKeD Shop donuts and vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free bites from With These Hands Foods.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day-of, with discounts for students, military, and seniors. Purchase tickets online; all tickets include unlimited coffee tastings and a complimentary mug.
Event Details 5th Annual Charleston Coffee Cup
@ Memminger Auditorium
56 Beaufain St.
Charleston, SC
When: Sun., Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Price: $30/door, $25/advance, $20/advance student, military, & senior, $25/door student, military, & senior
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Friday, October 19, 2018

Cynthia Wong and Lindsay Collins make inaugural "Cherry Bombe 100" list

"It was the right time to celebrate those who try hard to do the right thing, every day"

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 11:36 AM

Pastry chef Cynthia Wong (left) and EffinBRadio host Lindsay Collins were featured in the 'Cherry Bombe 100' - JONATHAN BONCEK FILE PHOTOS
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  • Pastry chef Cynthia Wong (left) and EffinBRadio host Lindsay Collins were featured in the 'Cherry Bombe 100'
Cherry Bombe, a biannual magazine and weekly podcast that celebrates women in the food & bev industry, has just released their inaugural top 100 list of women who "inspire us every day β€” with their creativity, hard work, and humanity."

Two Charleston talents made the list, Life Raft Treats' founder and five time James Beard Award semifinalist for outstanding pastry chef Cynthia Wong and EffinBRadio podcast creator/host and industry vet Lindsay Collins.

Cherry Bombe editor Kerry Diamond writes of the list, which is the first in five years since the magazine was founded: "When we launched Cherry Bombe five years ago, women in this industry were underrepresented in so many ways β€” in kitchens, at events, on best-of lists, and in the media. Today, things have changed dramatically. Women have a very real seat at the table β€” in many cases because they set their own table! β€” and they are pushing this industry to be a better, more welcoming place for all. We felt that given the state of the world β€” and the food world β€” it was the right time to celebrate those who try hard to do the right thing, every day."

The list is divided into categories including ones to watch, power chefs, tastemakers, dynamic duos, empire builders, home cook heroes, the write stuff, farm-tastic, change agents, and bakers and makers.

Just to rattle off a few of the industry all-stars on the list: Recent Beard winner Katie Button of Asheville's Curate, Christina Tosi of Milk Bar, Mashama Bailey of The Grey in Savannah, NYT's Melissa Clark, chef Kristen Kish, and A Chef's Life star Vivian Howard.

Cherry Bombe writes of Wong, a baker and maker: "Cynthia Wong of Life Raft Treats in Charleston has made her mark on the Southern food scene by merging her serious pastry skills with a sense of whimsy."

Collins makes the list as one to watch, "Lindsay Collins is the host of Effin B Radio, the candid and often hilarious podcast dedicated to telling the stories of those who work in the trenches of the restaurant industry ... for her sixth birthday, she asked her parents to take her to a 'fancy dinner' and has been working in the food world since she was 16."
Listen to Collins talk about her Cherry Bombe nod and starting a charity for people to eat white truffles on Effin B, and keep track of where Wong and Life Raft Treats will be popping up next on Instagram, and find them at the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market this Sun. Oct. 21. 

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Revelry Brewing turns four β€” celebrate with oysters and beer at their annual block party

Rock the block

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 3:28 PM

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September through April means shuckin' like you mean it, but this is the first time Revelry β€” a brewery that has proven time and again they know how to get down β€” will combine their annual birthday party with a bivalve roast, which means it's time to double down on Sunday funday.
Sun. Oct. 28 at noon head to 10 Conroy St. for a block party bash with music from DJ Sparkbox; eats from Coffin Island Catering, Pub Fare, and Tobo Sushi; and oysters from The Darling Oyster Bar. There will also be vendors including Nectar Sunglasses, Red Rose Vintage, and Tuff Stuff Vintage in addition to kids' activities. This will also be the fourth year that Revelry partners with Green Heart Project, a local nonprofit that integrates school farms as outdoor classrooms. Tickets are $10 and be purchased online at
Event Details Revelry Block Party
@ Revelry Brewing Co.
10 Conroy St.
Charleston, SC
When: Sun., Oct. 28, 12 p.m.
Price: $10, Free/Children 10 & Under
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Less than a year old, Commonhouse Aleworks is already expanding its outdoor seating area

Bigger beer

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 3:14 PM

If you're seeking common ground with your neighbors, look no further than Commonhouse Aleworks. Already a Park Circle hotspot, the brewery announced last night on social media that they would be expanding their outdoor seating area, dubbing it "Commonground."

The renderings include a space for synthetic turf (which means kids and/or fitness pop-ups), more chairs and umbrella-covered tables, space for bocce and "yard pong," and a stage. The Instagram post says they'll eventually use the bigger yard as an event space, too.

Commonhouse owner and chief of hoperations Hank Hanna says they hope to have Commonground up and running by the weekend of Nov. 10 (just in time for Rockabillaque). As far as where food trucks and pop-ups will be stationed, Hanna says they'll be able to pull up on Stones Alley which will make it easier for them to get in and out. And the stage will help highlight their new Sunday bluegrass brunch series, which Hanna says "has been a real hit."

"We have established ourselves as the neighborhood brewery for Park Circle, so expanding that space where people can gather and enjoy our beer and each other is the goal of Commonground," says Hanna. Commonhouse opened on O'Hear Avenue in January of this year.

"People are, by nature, social creatures who long for exploration, romance, artistic expression, imagination, and innovation to create a vibrant civilization. It has always been our mission to foster these drives through social lubrication and to produce a product that people desire to congregate around. Our desire is for people to gather together, enjoy life, be passionate, share a laugh and make an impact and that is what this space is for."

Can't wait 'til Nov. 10 to sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labor? Go check out the Commonground progress and have a Looking East IPA (or three) Tues.-Thurs. from 4 to 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. noon to 10 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location Details Commonhouse Aleworks
Commonhouse Aleworks
4831 O'Hear Ave.
North Charleston, SC

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