Slightly North of Broad has done what very few restaurants are able to do — remain relevant after 20 years. Much of that has to do with Frank Lee
, the hard-working chef who was farm-to-table before farm-to-table was cool.
Back in the ’70s, he started running a hippie vegetarian restaurant in Columbia before landing in Charleston and taking a seminal trip to France, where Paul Bocuse told him to learn technique and apply it to his region and his heritage and — voila — that's what he's been able to do at SNOB for the last two decades.
In the ensuing years, his kitchen has been a training ground for a slew of accomplished chefs. Some of them will be part of a special Charleston Wine + Food dinner next Mon. Dec. 9 to honor and celebrate his influence. They'll put together a five-course meal with wine pairings to be held at the Grocery.
Charleston chefs Chris Stewart of the Glass Onion, Graham Daily of Peninsula Grill, Kevin Johnson of the Grocery, Robert Berry of Indaco, and Russ Moore from SNOB will be joined by chefs gathered from as far away as New York, Birmingham, Ala., and Washington, D.C. to fete their mentor.
Tickets are $250
and proceeds benefit the festival's scholarship program.