Friday, September 20, 2019

Pitt Street Pharmacy hosts "professional eater" to break the store's grilled cheese-eating record


Posted by Lilli Serral on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Mark your calendars for Charleston's cheesiest event yet.

It's all going down at Pitt Street Pharmacy in Mt. Pleasant's Old Village, where professional eater Randy Santel will attempt to break Pitt Street's grilled cheese eating record. The current record holder is David Hester, who ate 27 grilled cheeses in an hour in 2013.

According to Moultrie News, the competition started in 2008 when a man named Gray Ellington ate a total of eight sandwiches.

Will Santel come out on top? Given his impressive eating history — and title — we think he has a pretty good shot at blowing this Old Village contest out of the water. He's won over 779 food competitions in over 30 countries around the world, and those numbers are only growing.

The grilled cheese event will mark the start of his "2019 4th Quarter Food Challenge" travels as he pursues wins in 50 different countries. Now that's determination.

Not only is Santel a professional eater and trainer for future eaters, he's also got a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Even though he eats big, Santel advocates for nutrition, fitness, and personal wellness, which is going to be a necessary balance after attempting to down almost 30 grilled cheeses.

Event Details Grilled Cheese Food Challenge
@ Pitt Street Pharmacy
111 Pitt St.
Mt. Pleasant, SC
When: Thu., Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.
Price: Free
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The third annual Lewis Chile Roast will take place Sat. Oct. 5

Spice up your life

Posted by Matt Woodhull on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 11:14 AM

On Sat. Oct. 5, Lewis Barbecue will host their third annual Lewis Chile Roast from 1-4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

When pitmaster John Lewis came to Charleston, he missed the New Mexican flavors he grew up with in El Paso, Texas. He started the chile roast to introduce that delicious flavor to the Lowcountry.

Specifically, the Hatch Green Chile is being brought in straight from Hatch, N.M. Partnering with Zia Green Chile, Lewis is driving across the country to bring thousands of pounds to Charleston for the chile roast.

Restaurants like Bessinger's BBQ, Edmund's Oast, Grace & Grit, and many more will be there to serve up chile-inspired plates. Revelry Brewing, Cathead Vodka, and Cannonborough Beverage Co. will be stirring up some tasty cocktails using the Hatch Green Chile.

Chile lovers will be able to purchase one-pound bags of roasted chiles either onsite, or you can pre-order here.
Event Details Lewis Barbecue Third Annual Chile Roast
@ Lewis Barbecue
464 N. Nassau St.
Charleston, SC
When: Sat., Oct. 5, 1-4 p.m.
Price: A la carte
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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Get a peek into Big Bad Breakfast, opening its doors this weekend on Meeting Street

Fried egg pendants and a David Boatwright original

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 12:14 PM

Find Big Bad Breakfast at 456 Meeting St. - MARY SCOTT HARDAWAY
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  • Find Big Bad Breakfast at 456 Meeting St.
If you thought Hurricane Dorian was a pain, you should really talk to Big Bad Breakfast chef/owner John Currence.

"I’m praying that it has not completely wrecked my belief system," he laughs. "It's one of those things where I finally sort of have surrendered myself. We haven't gotten a gift since we started, the hurricane, that just kicked us right there."

We're sitting at one of the booths in the freshly renovated space at 456 Meeting St., a 3,400-square-foot building formerly occupied by Simply Fashions. The interior brick walls are painted the lightest blue/green shade, with bright white and yellow "fried egg" pendant lights hanging from the ceiling. The kitchen is buzzing — pitmaster and neighbor Rodney Scott is visiting at another booth, waiting on a burger, which the kitchen is whipping up as part of their training (see the IG below). "Tell them to put mayo and ketchup on it," Currence advises.

The all-day breakfast spot was slated to open last Wednesday, but once the city shut down in advance, during, and post Dorian, their progress slowed. They're back up and running though, going through practice service runs simulating a "moderately busy weekday."

"We take an actual day from one of our other stores where we did X number of dollars in sales and then our staff basically takes the orders and go through as if they’ve taken an order from a table," says Currence. "So say, one breakfast plate with eggs over easy, grits, bacon, and wheat toast and one cheeseburger medium rare with French fries — they send the order into the kitchen and it gets assigned randomly to a table in here."

We look over at a couple of staffers packing up bags to the brim with to-go boxes. "We're just generating all this food — it hurts my heart because I hate waste, but it's the only way to do it," says Currence. The staff will take home as much of the food as they can, and Currence has made good friends with a handful of neighboring churches, who he can potentially donate some of the food to. "We will get progressively busier all week as we do this exercise over and over again until the weekend."

Artist David Boatwright reimagined the goldilocks Sunbeam girl for BBB - MARY SCOTT HARDAWAY
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  • Artist David Boatwright reimagined the goldilocks Sunbeam girl for BBB
Starting on Saturday and running through Sunday, Currence will open the doors, inviting people in to grab a plate from "$10,000 worth of food." "We don’t have an official friends and family we tell friends, family, neighbors we will be here and it’s like the lottery — food will come out in front of you."

With Currence's five other BBB locations, they had more of an official friends and family night with sample menus. But Charleston has not been like any of his other openings, from the delays down to the design elements. They have a commissioned David Boatwright painting of an African-American girl eating a piece of bread that says, "don't eat no white bread, please." It's a reimagined Sunbeam bread logo, flipping the idea of race on its head, as well as promoting an anti-processed-foods message, says Currence.

Currence notes that this weekend they'll have the bar open, so between the money for drinks and the tips patrons give their newly trained server for whatever food lands on their table, they'll donate all the proceeds to the community, and their staff will be paid a training wage.

"By the law of statistics, if you sit long enough you'll get something you want."

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Tonight: Fam's Brewing Co. brews special one-off beers to match their monthly trivia night themes

From butter beer to an Ursula milk stout

Posted by Connor Simonson on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 4:59 PM

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It's popular in Charleston to rally your friends, venture to your favorite bar, and flex your intelligence of niche subjects in front of strangers. Yes, we're talking about trivia night. With so many brain-teasing options around town, Fam's Brewing Co. takes their trivia night to the next level with special one-off beers that fit their trivia theme.

September's trivia is Star Wars themed and the team at Fam's is releasing a triple IPA named I-3PA ("C-3PO's drunken robot buddy"). This triple IPA features three "C" hops; centennial, chinook, and cascade. The beer will be on tap when trivia starts tonight Wed. Sept. 18 at 8 p.m.

Co-owner and head brewer Justin Famulari says the trivia-themed beers are a "good opportunity to use creativity" and a "fun adventure" for him and his team. As soon as the theme for their next trivia is locked in, Famulari and his assistant brewer start throwing out funny ideas. With the puns flying, the two will finally settle down on a "beer style or flavor" they want to experiment with. It's "all for fun" and Famulari says they enjoy taking "outside-the-box" themes and bringing them "inside the box of the brewery world."

Their most successful night was Harry Potter trivia, where Fam's made two kegs of  "butter beer" which sold out within 18 minutes. Potter fans weren't playing games when it came to their fantastical beverage. But, Famulari ensures that selling out at such a rapid pace is not the norm. Their trivia-themed beers usually stay on tap for "about a week" until the kegs go dry. Brewed in small batches, these themed beers are only available on draft at the brewery on Folly Road. 

This month's trivia has garnered some hefty prizes, with the first-place prize including "two one-day passes to Walt Disney World to explore Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" along with a $100 Fam's gift card and a Rey lightsaber. The night is a charitable event, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Charleston Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Fam's next trivia night will be held on Wed. Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. Disney Villains is the theme and the brewery is set to release an imperial milk stout named Ursula.
Location Details Fam's Brewing Co.
1291 Folly Rd.
James Island
Charleston, SC
(843) 225-4646

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Prohibition hosts Irish Listoke Distillery for a night of award-winning gin and cuisine

Gin up

Posted by Connor Simonson on Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 11:05 AM

has announced they will be hosting a special evening of culinary and cocktail pairings with Listoke Distillery & Gin School, an award-winning gin distillery hailing from the Boyne Valley region of Ireland. Prohibition executive chef Greg Garrison has created a unique four-course menu for the occasion that will pair with specialty cocktails featuring Listoke's good stuff.

The event will be held at Prohibition Mon. Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $75 per person and seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased here.

Listoke is best known for their Listoke 1777 Irish Gin, which the International Spirit's Business awarded a "Master of Gin" in 2017, the highest award any gin can receive.

Distiller James McKenna will be representing Listoke to provide insight into the blend of botanicals used in their distilling process and guiding guests through a tasting experience that will show them first-hand why gin is seeing a reemergence among cocktail enthusiasts. Prohibition already features Listoke Gin on their menu with a cocktail named Clover Club 12, made with raspberry, vermouth, lemon, and egg white.

Chef Garrison's dinner starts with a caviar beignet, a delightfully classy amuse-bouche, followed by a blood orange-cured cobia garnished with cucumber, cherry blossom shoyu, macadamia nuts, and fried green tomato.

Next comes a warm oyster stew with vermouth cream, potato, cocktail onions, and pine oil. In the final savory course, a juniper-rubbed venison loin is accompanied by celery root, black pepper, and cranberry jus. For dessert there's a blueberry and lemon tart topped with sorrel and laurel creme Anglaise.

Event Details Prohibition and Listoke Distillery Gin Dinner
@ Prohibition
547 King St.
Charleston, SC
When: Mon., Sept. 23, 7 p.m.
Price: $75/person
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