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Dish Dining Guide - Summer 2018

It was the fall of 2013. I was new to Charleston, working as a server at Cru Cafe, when the catering division recruited me for an easy evening art walk event. The hour-and-a-half of work was nothing compared to what longtime catering servers put in — read all about a gig-to-gig vet in "Wedding Slinger," — and I only glimpsed then what the highly skilled catering kitchen was capable of (I mean, just look at our cover). An oft forsaken facet of Charleston's food and drink industry, catering has grown with the city, now serving thousands of faces from here and afar every year for weddings, corporate events, and nonprofit fetes. Think you know what all that entails? Think again. Learn all about the city's unsung, tireless industry pros here, then be sure to call them up next time you're planning a shindig. —Mary Scott Hardaway

A look at an average day for a D'Al's delivery driver
A look at an average day for a D'Al's delivery driver Slice of Life

Ben D'Allesandro takes three of the purchases and gets in the delivery truck. "There's nothing tricky about it," he says. "You answer the phone, make the pizza, and deliver it." — Heath Ellison


Four local pizza makers prove beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Four local pizza makers prove beauty is in the eye of the beholder The perfect pie

When tomorrow's people look back on the strife and schisms that led to the decline and fall of our contemporary civilizations, they will laugh and ask,"Why didn't they just meet for pizza?" — Vanessa Wolf


The Pizza District
The Pizza District

At some point you've probably heard someone say: "there's no bad pizza." These are the people your momma told you about. Avoid them, at least when making dining decisions. — Robert Donovan