Being Local 

Locavores and carnivores united

Community-minded Charlestonians convened at Lowndes Grove Sunday night to celebrate a successful Buy Local Week. The event highlighted all things wonderful and locally-produced, including music from the V-Tones (complete with a tap-dancing routine) and Cary Ann Hearst and friends (in which the singer played the drums “for the first time in the history ... of my history”). Body heat and space heaters kept the tents warm, along with the steam rising off a seemingly endless supply of food from Monza, FIG, Cypress (Chef Craig Diehl is pictured), Fish, and other eateries. My favorite was High Cotton’s pork stew, which came with a full line of fixin’s ranging from pickled everything to pork cracklin’s. But if you were a vegetarian, your options were pretty much limited to Tristan’s cheesecake — but is that a bad thing? Any locavore party wouldn’t be complete without booze from Coast and Firefly — and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m the culprit who drank the very last drop of the vodka. Sorry folks. Outside, guests were beckoned by candle-lit lanterns to bonfires by the river and a cushy patio area. It was definitely an event that made us all proud to be locals.

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