Vivian Howard’s colorful cafe Handy + Hot opens Tuesday

Handy + Hot will serve biscuits, hand pies, coffee and more


Provided

North Carolina chef and TV personality Vivian Howard’s new cafe opens on Wentworth Street Tuesday. Handy + Hot will serve grab-and-go drinks and bites daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"We’re offering a really distinct look at breakfast, lunch and snacks," Howard said. The menu features biscuits, sweet and savory hand pies, salads and more along with a full espresso, coffee and tea program.
[content-1] Howard is the chef and owner of multiple restaurants in North Carolina. The four-time semifinalist for the James Beard Foundations's Best Chef Southeast award is perhaps best known for A Chef's Life, a TV show that earned her an Emmy, Peabody and James Beard Broadcast Media award. This year, she debuted a new PBS series titled Somewhere South that explores the lesser known roots of Southern cuisine.
Handy + Hot, which started as an online-only small batch bakery in eastern North Carolina, will be open for takeout-only to start, and all orders can be placed online.

"We have taken this moment of time and really looked at the takeout model and tried to think about how we could live in that space and do some interesting things," Howard said.
[content-2] One highlight is the Handy + Hot boozy fruit, bite-sized treats infused with flavor combinations like peach and High Wire Distilling amaro. In addition to the full menu, Howard will serve Cynthia Wong’s Life Raft Treats made specifically for Handy + Hot — look for flavors like Pepsi sherbet with candied salted peanuts and a banana pudding bar.

The cafe is located in the Renaissance Hotel at 68 Wentworth Street, where Howard will also open a restaurant later this year. Lenoir will be a "casual and refined restaurant that aims to spotlight food traditions that perpetuate, honor and evolve the cuisine of the rural, agricultural South."
[location-1]

Support the Charleston City Paper

We’ve been covering Charleston since 1997 and plan to be here with the latest and Best of Charleston for many years to come. In a time where local journalism is struggling, the City Paper is investing in the future of Charleston as a place where diverse, engaging views can flourish. We can't do it without our readers. If you'd like to support local, independent journalism:

UP NEXT FROM

FEATURE

Bread + Butter launches virtual cooking class series Tuesday

Charleston City Paper Staff

Knife Skills 101 Local nonprofit Bread + Butter kicks off its latest program Tuesday with a cooking class led by Lauren Furey, a personal chef in Charleston. Bread + Butter, which connects Charleston’s hospitality industry with the community through staffing and service initiatives, will host virtual classes each month, with each one focusing on a specific culinary skill […]


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

The Agenda: SC out top 10 in domestic abuse ranking; Lawmakers spend on COVID-19 relief

South Carolina falls out of top 10 states where women are killed by men. For the first time since the data has been tracked, South Carolina came in at No. 11 on a rank of states where women are killed by men. It’s the first time since the data began being tracked in 1996 that […]

Sarah’s Dumps celebrates Dumpling Day this Saturday at Frothy Beard

Celebrate National Dumpling Day with Sarah’s Dumps at Frothy Beard Brewing Company.

Swig & Swine’s ‘Pig Rig’ food truck hits the road Oct. 2

Swig & Swine announced the launch of its new food truck, which will debut at Firefly Distillery on Friday, Oct. 2.

Before You Go: Haley backs Mace; SC teachers speak out

South Carolina health officials reported 613 cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, with 25 additional confirmed deaths.