Monday, August 10, 2020

Vivian Howard’s colorful cafe Handy + Hot opens Tuesday

Handy + Hot will serve biscuits, hand pies, coffee and more

Posted by Parker Milner on Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 11:01 AM

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North Carolina chef and TV personality Vivian Howard’s new cafe opens on Wentworth Street Tuesday. Handy + Hot will serve grab-and-go drinks and bites daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"We’re offering a really distinct look at breakfast, lunch and snacks," Howard said. The menu features biscuits, sweet and savory hand pies, salads and more along with a full espresso, coffee and tea program.
Howard is the chef and owner of multiple restaurants in North Carolina. The four-time semifinalist for the James Beard Foundations's Best Chef Southeast award is perhaps best known for A Chef's Life, a TV show that earned her an Emmy, Peabody and James Beard Broadcast Media award. This year, she debuted a new PBS series titled Somewhere South that explores the lesser known roots of Southern cuisine.
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Handy + Hot, which started as an online-only small batch bakery in eastern North Carolina, will be open for takeout-only to start, and all orders can be placed online.

"We have taken this moment of time and really looked at the takeout model and tried to think about how we could live in that space and do some interesting things," Howard said.
One highlight is the Handy + Hot boozy fruit, bite-sized treats infused with flavor combinations like peach and High Wire Distilling amaro. In addition to the full menu, Howard will serve Cynthia Wong’s Life Raft Treats made specifically for Handy + Hot — look for flavors like Pepsi sherbet with candied salted peanuts and a banana pudding bar.

The cafe is located in the Renaissance Hotel at 68 Wentworth Street, where Howard will also open a restaurant later this year. Lenoir will be a "casual and refined restaurant that aims to spotlight food traditions that perpetuate, honor and evolve the cuisine of the rural, agricultural South."
Location Details Handy + Hot
Handy + Hot
68 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC
Open daily 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Westbrook Brewing Co. debuts “Stingrays IPA,” with a portion of proceeds going towards the South Carolina Aquarium conservation efforts

Available at the brewery on National IPA Day

Posted by Parker Milner on Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 4:51 PM

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Westbrook Brewing Company is releasing a new beer in partnership with the South Carolina Aquarium. The “Stingrays IPA” will debut at the Mount Pleasant brewery on August 6, with a portion of proceeds going towards the South Carolina Aquarium’s conservation efforts.
“Our community is facing tough environmental challenges including increased plastic pollution and impacts from climate change like sea level rise and increased storms,” said South Carolina Aquarium conservation programs manager Kelly Thorvalson in a press release.

“Collaborative partnerships like the one with Westbrook Brewing Company allow us to reach beyond our normal capacity to raise awareness about these challenges. We hope to inspire community members to take personal action to protect water, wildlife and wild places in South Carolina for future generations.”

The 7 percent ABV beer was made using Citra, Amarillo and Idaho 7 hops and has “enticing impressions of orange blossoms, lime zest, lychee fruit and ripe papaya.” Westbrook will offer the IPA in four-packs starting on Thursday, which happens to be National IPA Day. Guests who purchase a four-pack to-go will receive a complimentary Stingray IPA koozie and reusable tote bag.

For more information, visit
Location Details Westbrook Brewing Co.
Westbrook Brewing Co.
510 Ridge Road
Mt. Pleasant
Charleston, SC
(843) 654-9114
Tours and Tastings: Tues.-Fri. 4-7, Sat. 12-6 p.m.
Brewery, Music Venue and Local Foods

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

New Rutledge Avenue restaurant Chasing Sage debuts with pop-up takeout series

From Seoul to Paris

Posted by Parker Milner on Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 9:17 AM

Chasing Sage will open for takeout-only on August 4 - PARKER MILNER FILE
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  • Chasing Sage will open for takeout-only on August 4
Rutledge Avenue restaurant Chasing Sage will open for takeout only starting on August 4, just a few short months after their planned March opening. Owners Cindy and Walter Edward and Forrest Brunton plan to serve a regularly-changing takeout menu featuring some of their favorite international foods during a series of rotating themed pop-ups.

Executive chefs Walter Edward and Brunton have used the quarantine to reinvent some classic dishes they’ve missed since the start of the pandemic, cooking everything from Moroccan to tacos and ramen. While the group does not yet feel comfortable fully opening due to COVID-19, they did want to offer a fun takeout menu highlighting the chefs’ culinary perspectives.

"The idea of doing something that’s made for the world of COVID but is also fun is really exciting," Walter said. To start, the chefs will serve a Korean barbecue themed menu titled "We Got Seoul."
"We recently all just made Korean barbecue for Cindy’s birthday, and it was so much fun," Brunton said. "It’s a type of food that’s hard to find in Charleston proper. It’s such a fun, interactive food and it just struck us as the go-to one to start with."

Look for bibimbap, duck bulgogi, short rib with kimchi and more on the entirely gluten-free menu. For drinks, Chasing Sage will offer Hite beer, cava and soju flavored with local peaches. The Korean menu, which will be available from August 4-15, will be followed by a trip to France starting on Tuesday August 18.

"We’ll be doing a lot of the classic dishes you might find at affordable, casual French places," Brunton said. "During the day, we’ll have picnic baskets available with charcuterie, cheese plates and bread. We’re big on bread-making and this will be our first chance to showcase that." 
Cindy, who also owns a local online bakery called The Moody Macaron, will be making macarons for the pop-ups, changing flavors every week to go with the theme. This week, look for sesame, green tea and Calamansi lime.

The Edwards and Brunton don’t know when they’ll open up the Chasing Sage dining room. For now, they're simply welcoming the opportunity to feed hungry customers. 

"Once we’re ready to do what Chasing Sage is, we’re going to do it 100 percent," Walter said. "Forrest and I have cooked all over the world and traveled a lot, and this gives us the opportunity to play around a little bit with carry-out appropriate dinners."

To place a takeout order from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, visit
Location Details Chasing Sage
267 Rutledge Ave.
Charleston, SC
Tues.-Sat. 5-9 p.m.
Modern American

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Workshop adds Killer Brats, the third new tenant since pandemic's start

You gouda brie kidding me

Posted by Parker Milner on Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 5:15 PM

Workshop, Charleston’s rotating food hall, announced it will add a new tenant for the third time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Starting Wednesday, Killer Brats will take over the stall that was previously occupied by Julios Bodega.
After debuting his food truck one week before the city shut down due to COVID-19, Killer Brats chef and owner Bobby Downey started making his rounds, popping up at Low Tide Brewing, Palmetto Brewing and the Johns Island Farmers Market, where he met Workshop owner Michael Shemtov.

Shemtov liked his energy and reached out once they had an opening at Workshop. Downey, who fell in love with brats while playing baseball throughout his childhood, said his concept is simple. "We make homemade bratwurst and top them with local ingredients," he said.

Downey grinds all of his own meat before wrapping in a natural casing. And just because the offering is straightforward doesn’t mean these brats are boring.
Patrons start by picking their brat — Downey offers Wisconsin-style beer brats, Italian smoked sausage, smoked turkey sausage and vegan carrot hot dogs. Next, customers can choose from one of ten house preparations, from the mac and cheese and pulled pork topped “You Gouda Brie Kidding Me” to the “Pimp Daddy,” which comes with homemade pimento cheese, pineapple and local serrano peppers. Each brat comes with smoked gouda and brie mac and cheese, smoked seasonal local vegetables, chili or coleslaw.

“The menu is always subject to change because we try to be as local as we can,” Downey said.

Killer Brats will make their Workshop debut this Wednesday. For menu updates, follow Killer Brats on Instagram @killerbratschs.
Location Details Workshop
1503 King St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 546-5512
Lunch, Dinner (Daily)
Coffee + Tea Shops and Variety

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Greenville planning scaled-back Euphoria wine and food festival in September

Culinary Institute of Charleston's Kevin Mitchell to participate in event's grand finale

Posted by Parker Milner on Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 8:30 AM

Euphoria is celebrating its 15th anniversary this September - COURTESY OF EUPHORIA
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  • Euphoria is celebrating its 15th anniversary this September
Organizers announced that Euphoria, Greenville's annual wine and food festival, will still take place this September.

According to a press release, the four-day event will be scaled back, featuring "smaller gatherings, including lunches, guest chef dinners and classrooms to allow for proper social distancing and other safety measures."

The weekend typically draws crowds exceeding 1,000 people, but event director Morgan Allen said Euphoria will look much different in its 15th year.

"The health and safety of our guests and participants is our number one priority, so we will be bringing people together to eat, sip, listen and learn in smaller groups this year," Allen said in the release. "This allows us to provide an authentic Euphoria experience, while still following, and even exceeding, all protocols and procedures recommended by the CDC, AccelerateSC and the City of Greenville."

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"We are determined to find a way to continue hosting our events safely, so we can keep our mission alive," Allen added. "This is a great opportunity for us to highlight and celebrate the incredible culinary talent we have right here in the Upstate and across South Carolina."

Right now, just one Charleston-based chef has committed to attending Euphoria. Kevin Mitchell, a chef instructor at the Culinary Institute of Charleston and founding member of the Black Culinarian Alliance, will be collaborating with other SC chefs for Sunday Supper, the weekend's grand finale.

Euphoria 2020 will take place from September 17-20. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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