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.
Although Cypress likens its four-year old Artisan Meat Share program to a CSA, the amenity could more appropriately be described as a C.O.D: Charcuterie on Demand.
The restaurant seasonally offers $50 meat packages, which come with none of the surprise or obligation associated with most CSA boxes. This fall, the box includes braunschweiger, picante, knockwurst, Tuscan beef and pork pâté. Boxes will be available for pick-up at the restaurant beginning on Sept. 18; to pre-order a package, call (843)937-4012 x229. Spokeswoman Becky Tanenbaum warns the packages are sold on a “first-come, first-serve basis.”