Eat This! February 2012

CHARLESTON CHOPS, A CUT ABOVE

on Saturday, 28 April 2012. Posted in Eat This! February 2012, Magazine, LOCAL Bites

by Kathleen Curry 

     Earth Day was officially last Sunday, but every day offers opportunities to make choices that respect the earth. A lot of companies have made an effort to be environmentally conscious in their practices in recently.  But there is a 33-year old Charleston company whose consumer products division has been made a point to be environmentally- conscious from day one: Charleston Chops on upper Meeting Street.


ROOTS ICE CREAM, A SCOOP OF THE LOWCOUNTRY'S BOUNTY

on Friday, 20 April 2012. Posted in Eat This! February 2012, Magazine, Follow This!, LOCAL Bites

by Kathleen Curry 

264664 10150218611422308_747747307_7329230_778834_n      Just in time for a Spring that has felt like summer, Roots Ice Cream is back at the Farmers Market. And how cool is it that, after one year in business, it has been recognized by Southern Living magazine as a "Summer in the South 2012" top pick among southern artisan ice creams?

Come for the tapas, stay for the paella

on Monday, 16 April 2012. Posted in Eat This! February 2012, Magazine, Restaurant Spotlight, LOCAL Bites

Helen and Morty would have come for this paella

By Patrick Graham

 

   

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  When "The Raincoats" episode of Seinfeld appeared on America's televisions in 1994, paella wasn't really on my radar.  The reason why it was cemented there after that was because of a certain quote in the script, something that happened some regularity due to the show's brilliance. 

"What am I supposed to do with all this paella??!!"

George's mom sounded ridiculous when she complained about her sudden glut in the Spanish seafood stew department, a situation that came about when Jerry's parents blew off a dinner engagement at the Costanzas' house.

More on paella later.

Carla Bakes of Avondale - Carla Walker baking up Nostalgia with a Twist in Avondale

on Friday, 06 April 2012. Posted in Eat This! February 2012, Magazine, LOCAL Bites

Carla Walker is the owner and operator of CarlaBakes, a business fresh out of the oven and already a hot success.  Holy City cookies, gluten-free cinnamon rolls, and oatmeal cream pies are just some of her instant classics. In February, CarlaBakes participated in the first ever Charleston Food Truck festival; in March, the Lowcountry Artist Market downtown, and just a week ago, the Makers’ Market at Mixon in Park Circle.

Chicks Dig Beer Too

on Thursday, 05 April 2012. Posted in Eat This! February 2012, Magazine, From The Tap

The first annual Lowcountry Beer Fest attracts more than just the boys


By Patrick Graham


For more than four years now, I have sought a solution to a puzzle that has vexed me, a puzzle that involves a relationship that my wife is having (or not having).  Don’t worry, things are fine between myself and Mrs. Graham, as we are fast approaching the first anniversary of our exchanging of the vows.

It’s about beer.  I’m trying to find her one.

Local Beer; Local Bounty

on Thursday, 29 March 2012. Posted in Eat This! February 2012, Magazine, From The Tap, Do This!

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Forget the balmy climate, public beaches and quaint charm that you always hear associated with why people love Charleston. While all of those are noteworthy facets of our little town, I love Charleston for a much simpler reason…


Bold N Spicy

on Thursday, 29 March 2012. Posted in Eat This! February 2012, Magazine, Follow This!

by Kathleen Curry  CMIX bottleandjar

The last decade has been a true Renaissance for the beer, wine and spirits industry here in Charleston. Charleston Beverage Company’s Charleston Mix aims to add to the locally made repertoire with their Bold n’ Spicy Bloody Mary Mix.  And they are off to a rousing start—Bold n’ Spicy is barely 2 years old and already a hit among local bartenders and an honoree of Garden & Gun Magazine’s  2011 Made in the South (MITS) awards.  In the words of Sean Brock, a past James Beard recipient and a MITS 2011 judge, “As soon as I tasted the mix, I could taste the hard work that went into developing the flavor. . .it’s no easy feat. He nailed it.”

April is EAT LOCAL Month!

on Thursday, 29 March 2012. Posted in Eat This! February 2012, Magazine, Follow This!, Do This!

Lowcountry Local First is encouraging the Lowcountry to EAT LOCAL! in their Eat Local Month initiative for the month of April.  Eat This! Charleston  is joining the celebration of local food and businesses in launching a new editorial series dedicated to the salt of the earth, our Local talent.  Look for Local Bites! and visit us online at eatthischarleston.com for features on local businesses that rock our world.  Make the choice and Eat Local!   

It's a Soulful Experience

on Thursday, 29 March 2012. Posted in Eat This! February 2012, Magazine, Restaurant Spotlight

by Patrick Graham


Lucky’s Southern Grill

1271 Folly Road, James Island

 

I have to say that up until this spring, I had only set foot in this building once before.  Its previous incarnation was a certain chain restaurant that Ricky Bobby and his family vowed to get kicked out of at the end of a favorite movie of mine, and my experience consisted of a few watery draft beers, a few James Islanders, and a severely corrupt trivia game that told me I needn’t return anytime soon.

“Bubbles Before Swine” Champagne and Charcuterie

on Friday, 16 March 2012. Posted in Eat This! February 2012, Magazine, Do This!

By Laney Roberts

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Champagne needs no definition. Charcuterie, however, may need an introduction. Beginning in the 15th century, this craft was originally intended as a means to preserve meats before refrigeration. It has since developed into its own branch of cooking devoted to prepared meats (usually pork) in products such as bacon, sausages, pates, terrines and confit. The resultant flavors and textures make charcuterie plates a stimulating experience. That experience is elevated when paired with champagne.

Culinary Village - We Told You So!

on Friday, 16 March 2012. Posted in Eat This! February 2012, Magazine, Do This!

By Antonia M. Krenza and Laney Roberts

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In our February issue we talked about strategizing your Wine and Food Festival experience and then we did just what we suggested. We did a walk-through of the Perimeter and the Culinary Village on the last day of the festival. Lucky for us, the rain abated and the sun shone. Armed with appetites and galoshes, we strode in …

 

The 2012 Chefs' Feast “The Irony of Eating for Hunger”

on Monday, 05 March 2012. Posted in Eat This! February 2012, Magazine, Do This!

by Antonia M. Krenza and Laney Roberts

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Charleston is blessed with an abundance of tastes cultivated from both land and sea. As they have found their way to our plates over the centuries, the uniqueness and variety of these tastes have given the Lowcountry its own distinct flavor. This very flavor alone beckons food lovers from around the world to Charleston and lures talented and aspiring chefs to our restaurants. It is sobering to learn that, in the midst of our culinary plentitude, one out of four children here in the Lowcountry go to bed hungry each night.

On Sunday, February 26th, the staff of EAT THIS! had the great pleasure of attending the 13th Annual Chefs’ Feast. The event is a collaboration among the Lowcountry Food Bank and 32 distinguished chefs, providing 32 delectable bites, both savory and sweet, for attendees to enjoy. 

The Ultimate Food Fight

on Monday, 27 February 2012. Posted in Eat This! February 2012, Magazine

Food-Fight-31Just when you thought things were going to simmer down, Eat This! is cranking up the heat and bringing you the Ultimate Food Fight. Ten local chefs will be randomly paired. Tune into Lowcountry Live March 5th at 10 a.m. where the teams will draw knives each representing five cuisines (Lowcountry, Pan-Asian, Southwestern, Mediterranean and French). The teams will then each prepare two small bites (a.k.a.: amusebouches) for your enjoyment and critical palate. Visit eatthischarleston. com to weigh in on which chefs would make for the most interesting paired fares to sink your fork into. Join us at the Eat This! Kickoff Party where you will decide which dynamic culinary duo are the Ultimate Food Fight Champions. 

Taste of the Bridge Run

on Monday, 27 February 2012. Posted in Eat This! February 2012, Magazine, Do This!

by Antonia M. Krenza and Laney Roberts

05If you ask Race Director Julian E. Smith III what makes the Cooper River Bridge Run special, he certainly would mention that the event is now 35 years in the running. Pardon the pun. He might also mention that the Cooper River Bridge Run, with its estimated 43,000 participants, is the 3rd largest 10K in the United States, 6th in the world. He might also speak of the fact that in the last five years the run has also become a philanthropic endeavor, helping to raise $350,000 for various causes such as The Susan G. Komen for the Cure — Lowcountry, MUSC Children's Hospital, The American Diabetes Association, Semper Fi Fund and The Lowcountry Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. But there is an added twinkle in his eye when he talks of the race's uniquely staggered start, which releases wave upon wave of runners — 3000 to 5000 at a time — upon the streets of Mt. Pleasant.

Local Breweries Thrive on Variety

on Monday, 27 February 2012. Posted in Eat This! February 2012, Magazine, From The Tap

by Timmons Pettigrew

Westbrook-14The greater Charleston area plays home to four craft breweries. That's fully half of the breweries in the state (not counting brewpubs). It's no secret that we drink a hell of a lot in these parts, but that's a dense concentration in a relatively small space. And they aren't just surviving; they are thriving by all accounts, even with limited distribution outside of the Lowcountry.