Carolina Gold Rice Foundation
For a late-summer month or so, Bradford watermelons were showing up seemingly everywhere in Charleston. And now the heirloom melon has shown up in Slow Food’s Ark of Taste catalog, a global list of “delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction.”
“The Bradford watermelon is a plant with a beautiful flavor and a beautiful history, and I am thrilled to see it included on the Ark of Taste,” says Megan Larmer, manager of biodiversity programs for Slow Food USA. “Foods like this watermelon are at risk of disappearing because they don’t fit into the factory farming system.”
More than 200 U.S. foods have been added to the Ark, including Ossabaw Island hogs, Carolina Gold rice; American chestnuts and traditional cane syrup. Anyone can nominate an item to the Ark, but only foods deemed endangered, good, clean and fair (meaning it’s not a trademarked or commercial product) are allowed aboard. Continue reading “Bradford Watermelon Joins Slow Food Ark of Taste” »
If you’re looking to buy an edible South Carolina gift this Christmas, Food Network Magazine recommends benne wafers from Olde Colony Bakery.
The magazine selected one suggested gift from each state for its holiday issue, on newsstands tomorrow. In addition to benne wafers, the list includes cantaloupe jam from Nevada; a cannoli kit from Massachusetts and pecan pie from Texas.
Olde Colony Bakery, which traces its history to the 1940s, this year moved its baking operations to a larger facility in Mt. Pleasant. The bakery sells its 5-ounce bags of benne wafers for $3.99 apiece.
Two Charleston products this week received recognition from the Good Food Awards, an annual competition for artisan edibles.
Cypress’ culatello (salumi made the from the rear portion of a pig’s hind leg) and Christophe Artisan Chocolatier’s Dark Chocolate Espresso were both named finalists in the contest, along with another 198 items divided into categories such as beer, cheese, coffees, preserves and pickles. The list will be whittled down to 100 winners at a San Francisco gala in January.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, this year’s competition received a record 1450 entries.
OpenTable today released its list of U.S. restaurants specializing in American cuisine which over the last year received the highest diner scores; of the top 100 finishers, four are located in Charleston.
Charleston Grill, FIG, Peninsula Grill and Tristan were named Diners’ Choice award winners. The ratings were culled from five million reviews of 15,000 restaurants nationwide.
“We’re proud to know diners thoroughly enjoyed their experience here at Tristan,” executive chef Nate Whiting was quoted as saying in a release from the restaurant. Continue reading “OpenTable and Saveur Bestow Awards on Charleston Restaurants” »
There are only five restaurants nationwide which provide a better fine dining experience than Halls Chophouse, according to TripAdvisor reviewers.
The downtown steakhouse today was listed sixth on the crowd-sourced website’s list of domestic “Travelers Choice” winners, sandwiched between Dallas’ The French Room and Virginia’s Inn at Little Washington. The top slot went to New York City’s Colicchio and Sons Main Dining Room, the only U.S. restaurant to also appear on the international winners list.
To qualify for the competition, restaurants must serve dinner and have a check average of at least $50 per guest. Continue reading “Halls Chophouse Wins TripAdvisor Fine Dining Award” »
Award by Blair Hobbs
The Southern Foodways Alliance this past weekend honored and celebrated women working in every sector of the Southern food world: The symposium program featured lectures about Eugenia Duke, who launched a mayonnaise empire; Patricia Barnes, the Sister Schubert behind a frozen dinner roll line so successful that daily production’s counted in the millions and civil rights fighter Joan Marie Bonton Williams, an ardent collector of cookbooks who pointedly stored her Junior League cookbooks in the bathroom.
Speakers also highlighted the work of the nameless female domestic workers, farmers and restaurant servers who play an integral role in getting Southerners fed. But the highest accolade was reserved for lowcountry champion Vertamae Grosvenor, the Hampton County native who in 1970 captivated readers with her take on instinctual cooking, Vibration Cooking, or the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl. The freewheeling memoir-cookbook made a strong impression on a diverse readership, including – according to presenter Tamar Alder – David Bowie and her great friend, Nina Simone.
In awarding the organization’s Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award to Grosvenor, food writer Ronni Lundy said of her classic, “It gave life to and nurtured for many of us a whole new way to come to the table and talk about race. It did so by filling the table with food, and telling that food’s story.” Continue reading “Read Southern Foodways Alliance’s Tribute to Vertamae Grosvenor” »