June's From the Publisher

on Thursday, 30 June 2011. Posted in From The Publisher, Eat This! Summer 2011

If someone had told me ten years ago that I would be putting together a food and beverage magazine, I would have laughed and then asked
them to pass me the ketchup for my meat and potatoes. Yes, I was that guy. Cheeseburgers and Chicken Fingers were my staple entrée order. Maybe some salt or pepper but no fancy sauce. I never wanted to think about my food, I just wanted to eat it.

It actually took 4,265 miles and a language barrier to get me to step outside of my “comfort food zone”. I traveled to Europe a few years ago without an inkling of any other language than my native English. My limited but mastered vocabulary for these foreign lands consisted only of the essentials; “bathroom”, “beer” and “thank you”. Reading the menus was not an option and so I threw caution to the wind, ordered my beer, simply pointed and said thank you. What I ate on that trip is anyone’s guess but the result was the awakening of my budding palate.

What better place to unleash a curious, newly liberated “foodie-in the-making” than here in the LowCountry? Charleston is a mecca for
those who appreciate great food, wine and hospitality- whether they be a connoisseur or novice. I wanted to put together a magazine that celebrated the culinary face of this storied seaport and the creativity of the food and beverage community that shape that ever alluring visage. Bless your hearts and bellies that here in the Low Country, the restaurants deliver and will charm you into cleaning that
plate and ordering dessert simply because you cannot resist. Vanity Fair coined Charleston, “the Paris of the United States”. Life has
come full circle. I am back in Europe it seems, but this time I’m ready.

Bon Appétit!
Nick Mead

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