Remembering Shane Whiddon 

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 admit, I haven't eaten at Virginia's recently. With the rush of new restaurant openings, I haven't made the time to check back in. So, unfortunately, I can't speak to who Shane Whiddon, the chef who was killed last week by a disgruntled dishwasher, really was. But others can. Friday morning, after the police tape had been removed and the door of the King Street restaurant was boarded up, I asked some people in F&B to share their thoughts about Shane. Michelle Weaver, Executive Chef of Charleston Grill and the chef's former boss, was one of the first to respond. I can't stop thinking about what she had to say:

"I was fortunate enough to witness the chef he was becoming, his passion for his craft, and love of this industry. I was a very proud 'Mama.' I also witnessed him falling head over heels in love with Shannon. She was the peas to his carrots. Truly a match made in heaven. And then watch as they both welcomed their first child. And then a second. Shane was a father, a husband, and a chef. He put everything he was into being the best at all three."

May his family find peace in his passing. —Kinsey Gidick

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Trident Tech and Virginia's on King establish Chef Shane Memorial Scholarship
Trident Tech and Virginia's on King establish Chef Shane Memorial Scholarship Anyone interested can donate via check or credit card

Trident Tech and Virginia's on King have announced that they have established a scholarship in honor of the late chef Shane Whiddon. Whiddon was shot and killed at Virginia's almost a year ago after an altercation with  disgruntled employee. — Mary Scott Hardaway


Piccolo Spoleto's 'A Dialogue in Black and White' will honor late chef Shane Whiddon
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Torreah "Cookie" Washington and I sat down to lunch at Virginia's on King in early August, 2016. I'd met her just a few weeks before, as she walked me through her Emanuel AME dedication show, The Holy City: Art of Love, Unity, and Resurrection, which was held at the pop-up gallery next door to the restaurant. — Connelly Hardaway


The highs and lows of 2017's Charleston food news
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If last year was all about comfort eating, this year was all about survival food. What can I eat to make me feel like I'll make it out of the next four years alive? For me, that meant a lot of Ladles and Poke Tea House lunches punctuated by some indulgent dinners at Le Farfalle, Stella's, Bar Normandy, FIG, and Spero. And thank god I did because I needed to keep my strength up for the shitstorm — in food news and beyond — that was 2017. — Kinsey Gidick


Late Chef Shane Whiddon's sons will throw out first pitch at the Joe on Tuesday
Late Chef Shane Whiddon's sons will throw out first pitch at the Joe on Tuesday "Going to the games was a special thing for the family"

Five days since the tragic shooting at Virginia's on King that left Executive Chef Shane Whiddon dead, the RiverDogs will honor his memory. Tonight Charleston's Single A baseball team will have a moment of silence in honor of Whiddon. Then Whiddon's sons will throw out this evening's first pitch. — Kinsey Gidick


Sheriff's Office announces workplace violence training in response to Virginia's restaurant shooting
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In response to last Thursday's deadly shooting at Virginia's restaurant, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office will provide three one-day training classes in Training Force USA, a program designed to train people in how to avoid workplace violence. — Kinsey Gidick


Charleston mayor issues statement on fatal shooting at Virginia's on King
Charleston mayor issues statement on fatal shooting at Virginia's on King Mayor thanks local emergency response

Arriving on scene during the standoff between a disgruntled employee at Virginia's on King and local law enforcement agencies, Mayor John Tecklenburg followed the events that resulted in the death of Virginia's Executive Chef Shane Whiddon. — Dustin Waters


Background checks and the business of Charleston hospitality staffing
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For Louis Yuhasz, yesterday’s shooting at Virginia’s that left the executive chef dead feels all too familiar. — Kinsey Gidick


Here's how to help Chef Shane Whiddon's family right now
Here's how to help Chef Shane Whiddon's family right now Community comes together

In light of yesterday's shooting at Virginia's restaurant that resulted in the death of Executive Chef Shane Whiddon, many members of the community have stepped forward to try to help Whiddon's wife and two sons. — Mary Scott Hardaway


In 2010, judge ordered mental evaluation for Thomas Demetrius Burns, suspected King Street shooter
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In 2010, Thomas Demetrius Burns, the man identified by police as the main suspect in Thursday’s fatal shooting at Virginia’s on King, was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation while facing drug charges. — Dustin Waters


Virginia's regular Cookie Washington remembers Shane Whiddon
Virginia's regular Cookie Washington remembers Shane Whiddon "He is so special to me"

Cookie Washington is a regular at Virginia’s. Last summer the local artist and quilter had a pop-up gallery at 414 King St., next door to the restaurant. — Connelly Hardaway


Bennett Hospitality, owner of Virginia's on King, releases statement on Trhusday's shooting and hostage situation
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Following yesterday's deadly shooting and hostage situation that left Executive Chef Shane Whiddon dead, Bennett Hospitality, owners of the restaurant, have released a statement — Kinsey Gidick


GoFundMe campaign created to support the family of Chef Shane Whiddon, Virginia's restaurant homicide victim
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A day after the Virginia's Executive Chef Shane Whiddon was killed during an altercation at the restaurant with a suspected disgruntled employee, the Charleston F&B community is reaching out to show their support. — Kinsey Gidick


Virginia's Chef Shane Whiddon is dead following an altercation with a suspected disgruntled employee
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Virginia’s Executive Chef Shane Whiddon has been killed following a hostage situation at Virginia’s on King Thursday afternoon. In a statement Mayor Tecklenburg said the shooting was the result of a disgruntled employee. — Kinsey Gidick


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