We recently had the opportunity to visit the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach, part of Horry Georgetown Technical College, and enjoyed their inside farmers market and in-house bakery, Layers Bakery.
Students, along with chef instructors, also prepare various types of barbeque for each Thursday's event.
Layers Bakery has student-made bread and sweet goods. They are famously known for selling out quickly.
During Thanksgiving, the ICI's Executive Director and chef Joseph Bonaparte, along with other chef instructors and students, cooked a holiday meal with Southern roots at the famous James Beard House in New York.
Enjoy the photos and videos below. One video is from my experience that day and the other is all about what the farmers market and Layers Bakery offer to visitors.
We want to thank Millgrove Farms, Hyman Vineyards, WK Price Farms, Blue Pearl Farms and Worley Lane Farms for being part of this.
There's a restaurant on the culinary adventure of Georgetown County that has Santa Claus by the heart... and stomach.
Big Bill's Lowcountry Barbeque has been an annual stop before Christmas for 10 years now. Each visit sees an increase in the amount of children, with their starry eyes and cemented smiles awaiting the jolly one.
Owners Bill and Sandra Blake always enjoy this time of year.
Sure, it helps when Santa wants to hold a supper at your restaurant and visit with all the children. But, they love the family atmosphere. They love seeing the children smile. They love building relationships, like seeing the same child from 10 years ago still visiting.
It's about the true meaning of Christmas.
For 15 years, the Blakes, and their wonderful staff, have consistently served great barbeque with all the fixings. And that consistency has produced a loyal base.
Which is why Santa holds his suppers here in December. He knows the Blakes will have his tummy filled, but provide a relaxed atmosphere for children to see him in.
It's all about tradition.
When you walk into the restaurant, you're either greeted by Bill, Sandra or one of their staff.
And, that's still important. They remember your table, your drink of choice, whether you want the large cup (yes, they have a large cup) and your face and name.
You become family.
So, why wouldn't Santa want to have supper here.
Remember, this is the time of year where we all slow down a bit, take it all in and count the blessings while recognizing who this is for. Jesus.
Merry Christmas to you all, and to all a good journey on the culinary adventure of Georgetown County, South Carolina.