The time has come.
After years of being under executive chefs in South Carolina, Danny Smith has found his home. And that home comes with a lot of culinary history.
The Manor House at Wedgefield Country Club will be witness to award-winning dishes and elegant tastes while keeping current food options available.
Named executive chef by owners Mitch and Jamie Thompkins, Smith brings accolades and reputation for being a down-to-earth person and team builder.
More, his relationships with local non-profits Friendship Place and Champion Autism Network open the door to events to benefit them at the location.
The former two-time seafood champion of South Carolina is excited for the new role and says it's been a long-awaited opportunity.
Please watch the video for the full story, including interviews from Jamie and Mitch Thompkins, and Executive Chef Danny Smith.
A year in the making, the first in a series "Mystery Chef Dinner" will actually happen.
Live. In a restaurant.
Given the current pandemic and social guidelines, precautions are being taken for the first event, taking place at Root in the City of Georgetown. The restaurant is located at 919 Front Street.
"It's a simple concept, but exciting," event organizer Jamie Sanderson said. "It's taking a team of like-minded individuals to come together and plan this. We've been at it for a few months now with origination and process flow. I think we have the potential to establish a great first impression."
The concept has two chefs entering a restaurant or eatery in Georgetown County. These two chefs are unknown to the guests and the chefs have no clue on who they are serving. There will be limitations with seating and amount of guests during the pandemic.
The chefs will prepare a three-course meal each that includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. This means a guest will get two three-course meals to enjoy. While the guests wait in between servings, Sanderson will be providing interactive commentary and dialogue both in person and live streaming on social media.
"It's going to have an entertainment value. I'll be jazzing it up, hyping the chefs to the attendees, talking about dishes, and asking folks who they think is back in that kitchen. I might even try and get a peek back there. They might stop me, but I'll try," Sanderson said.
The guests will be provided a menu as they are seated. It will be in a Chef A / Chef B format. The guests will not know ahead what they are being served and the chefs will not know each other's menu until the event starts.
"I think it'll be fun and a break from all the other items we are dealing with in our daily life. A chance to sit down, enjoy some food with the mystique of not knowing who cooked it, have some laughs at my expense, and showcase the chef talent we have in Georgetown and beyond."
Sanderson adds, "This is the first of something exciting for the culinary scene in Georgetown County. I hope to continue this afterward and include many other chefs and restaurants. Those folks have earned the spotlight, now it's time to give it to them and help them reach the stars."
The first "Mystery Chef Dinner" takes place October 11, 2020, at 6 p.m. The link to the event page is below. Click the button for details on how to prepay. The event is limited to 25 people and a list is being taken by the restaurant.
UPDATE: 9/30/2020 - The event at Root has sold out in one day. They ask, however, you call and have your name placed on a stand-by list in the event spaces open up before October 11. Their phone number is 843-461-9344.
This will be the first chef's spotlight installment since the pandemic started. We feel this person was the best choice to reintroduce the series.
Chef Chelsea Cribb has many years experience in the culinary industry. She's been at numerous restaurants and has put her touch on dishes that wowed customers. Unfortunately, those restaurants didn't last.
It was with Chef Greg Metcalfe of SoCo Grille and SoCo Marina Grille that Cribb found a home at the former Southern Comforts, Southern Dining and Seafood Shack eatery in The Hammock Shops, located in Pawleys Island.
With his tutelage, she began to grow her technique and become more confident in who she was. It was also during this time she participated in culinary events with Metcalfe, like the Family Justice Center's Taste of Georgetown and Friendship Place's Cooking with Friends.
But, again, she was faced with a restaurant closure. Metcalfe had seen it through in Pawleys Island and felt the need to come to the City of Georgetown. This time, Cribb was part of the package.
So, in May 2020, and during a pandemic, Metcalfe opened SoCo Grille on Front Street. Cribb was again back at it and finding her voice in the kitchen. And Metcalfe noticed.
Soon, he opened another restaurant, SoCo Marina Grille, at the Belle Isle Marina Yacht Club. It was then he realized what he must do.
After ups and downs in her career, Cribb was promoted head chef at SoCo Grille. She would now be leading the culinary brigade with her flavors and style.
Don't worry. Greg is still around.
But he knows the restaurant at Front Street isn't going anywhere but up. It's in good hands.
Thank you Chef Chelsea Cribb for being part of Georgetown's culinary adventure. Go by and visit her at 619 Front Street, and click the button below for SoCo Grille's Facebook page.
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Saturday, September 19, 2020, was the last day Incredible Edibles Bakery at 10126 Ocean Highway served you baby cakes, coffee or cupcakes. Yup, the retail side has closed.
At least until they get situated at their new location in Sweetgrass Center at 11326 Ocean Highway, Unit 3.
The bakery will still entertain orders for birthday and wedding cakes, but you have to call them at 843-237-5040 for details and limitations.
The next week or two, the crew will be moving into their new digs. Both Heather Angus, head pastry chef, and Holly Braddock, assistant pastry chef and decorator, are truly excited with their new - and bigger - kitchen area.
Below, you can see the roughing in of the main area of the new bakery café.
The retail side will be larger and incorporate a sitting area both inside and out. Owner Nancy Carr will have a dedicated area for wedding cake consultations, too.
The atmosphere will be comforting and inviting. The staff are striving to make a true customer experience that takes your breath away each time, with naturistic visuals and delightful aromas.
Stay tuned. There will be more news coming regarding the new location. For now, we congratulate the entire staff on growing out of their old location and reaching greater heights.
Food Network's 'Halloween Baking Championship' features Incredible Edibles pastry chef starting September 14
Any foodie who is an avid Food Network fan knows September means the start of Halloween-themed shows. We love Halloween Wars.
But, this season's Halloween Baking Championship will feature Incredible Edibles' Holly Braddock, an executive pastry chef. She recently traveled to California to film the series.
Braddock has been with the bakery, located in Pawleys Island, for more than a year now. She works with Nancy Knarr, chef and owner, and Heather Angus, pastry chef.
Season six's first episode entitled "Haunted Housewarming" airs September 14 at 9 p.m. on Food Network.
South Carolina ETV, or SCETV as locals know it, will feature Janette's Super Burger in the new season of "Backroad Bites" on October 1, 2020.
The small, quaint and family-owned restaurant has been consistent in food service and safety during the pandemic. They've won numerous awards before the pandemic grew, such as our Simply Amazing Dish of the Month and Lowcountry Cuisine Magazine's Golden Spoon Award. They have also been featured in Southern Flavor Magazine as a Delicious Discovery.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina ETV (SCETV) today announced the premiere of a new season of its digital series, “Backroad Bites.” Featuring five, three to five-minute episodes, the new season will spotlight five local eateries in South Carolina. Each episode will premiere Thursdays at 1 p.m. on the network’s Facebook page, starting Thursday, September 3.
Josh Quigley has always given back to the community he lives and does business in. What he's been doing since the pandemic grew shouldn't be a surprise.
Quigley's Pint & Plate, one of his restaurants, has been serving "Pay As You're Able" meals on Tuesdays. These meals are for anyone "in need of something to eat" and is a "gift to anyone in need."
They even say you can pick one up if you need a break from your kitchen.
Quigley, along with Billy Davis and the entire staff, have always found ways to help those in the Pawleys Island, Georgetown areas.
"Donations are accepted, but not expected. All funds collected will be used to create next week's meal, and provide non-perishable food items to the Baskervill Food Pantry."
Meals can be picked up at their Quigley's Next Door location at 251 Willbrook Blvd in Pawleys Island. Check the Quigley's Pint & Plate Facebook page for each Tuesday's menu.
There's a familiar magazine back in production on the culinary adventure of the Lowcountry.
And its Fall issue is burgerlicious.
Southern Flavor Magazine paused as the pandemic grew through the area. Now, Bert Wood, owner and publisher, has put out an issue that's sure to grab the attention of those in Georgetown County.
The cover of "The Burger Issue" features the Bistro Burger from Pawleys Island own Bistro 217. And we're sure as soon as people saw it, the eatery saw those people requesting the famous burger.
The magazine has featured Georgetown County restaurants since its beginning. We're glad to see them back doing what they do best, and that's promoting the culinary scene of our area.
You'll love their features section, too.
You can read the Fall 2020 digital issue - including great stories and awesome recipes - by clicking here.
The hard copies will available in select Georgetown County restaurants soon.
Dylan Foster and Wicked Inlet Seafood have made quite the splash in the culinary industry.
His seafood company is destined to change the seafood market landscape.
We are a local seafood company that works tirelessly with your local fishermen to bring you the most premium fish available in our Atlantic Ocean. Our goal is to fill the void between the plate and the dock, and to tell the stories of the men and women who risk their lives every day to catch the fish we all love so much. We give you the opportunity to not only know WHERE your fish came from, but WHO your fish came from.
Foster has expanded rapidly with innovation. The dockside market is literally at the dock, right where the boats unload. They are located at 4123 US17 Business in Murrells Inlet.
The seafood he offers can be delivered, too! That's right, friends, fresh local seafood "from our dock 2 your door" is available. You can call your order in or place your order online.
To get same-day local delivery, place your order by 8 a.m. that day. Pick up is available between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. only. They are closed Sundays.
If you have concerns regarding being out during the Covid-19 pandemic, but still want fresh, local seafood, contact Foster and Wicked Inlet Seafood today and ask how they help satisfy your needs.
The restaurant industry has been hit extremely hard during the Covid-19 pandemic. And culinary events aren't immune either.
The Charleston Wine + Food Festival for 2021 has been canceled. Organizers publicly announced the decision late this week based on pandemic concerns and "the state of the industry that we exist to uplift" in social media posts and an e-mail blast.
Each year in March we look forward to welcoming members of our culinary + hospitality community from around the world to connect, share, and grow through wine + food-centric experiences. With Charleston as our backdrop and the region’s unique foodways as our muse, this festival has grown over the past 15 years to encompass more than 120 events over 5 days and welcomes nearly 28,000 guests annually.
The organizers also discussed their future plans in the place of the in-person gatherings.
We remain committed to our local culinary + hospitality community for whom the festival was created to uplift and drive business towards. Our mission is to produce experiences that celebrate, educate, and promote the Lowcountry's diverse culinary + hospitality community.
To stay up to date with Charleston Wine + Food, please click this to visit their website.
FUTURE CULINARY STUDENTS Tour our world-class teaching kitchens, meet our chef instructors, learn about our comprehensive hands-on professional approach to your education, and discuss career paths and your future professional goals.
Small group tours will be conducted to maintain social distancing. Face masks must be worn.
4:00-4:15 p.m. Welcome & Registration
4:15-5:15 p.m. Kitchen Tours / Speak with Faculty and Students
5:15-6:00 p.m. Learn more about The International Culinary Institute
Learn more about how you can participate in being awarded one of five $1,000 ICI scholarships.
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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, the state’s tourism agency, and the SC Restaurant and Lodging Association unveiled the Palmetto Priority initiative today, aimed at showing the public whether a restaurant is following precautions recommend by the Centers for Disease Control and the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control to limit the the virus’ spread.
The program allows restaurants to voluntarily commit to following key cleaning and safety guidelines and it also calls for restaurateurs to take online courses and to have a limited DHEC food safety inspection.
The Program at a Glance
Restaurants that choose to participate in the program will complete a checklist of operational assurances as outlined in the restaurant reopening guidelines, participate in required free online education, and participate in a DHEC limited-scope food safety inspection.
Restaurants that successfully complete the checklist and sign a commitment to their employees and customers will earn the endorsement of the program.
The SC Restaurant and Lodging Association will oversee this consumer-driven program by providing patrons with the opportunity to share their experience, both positive and negative, through a short survey. This form will also be used to file a report if a restaurant not honoring its commitment.
Restaurants must agree to the following priorities to protect their employees and customers and demonstrating leadership in safe sanitation practices with all employees on every shift.
You can share your restaurant experience by clicking the button below.
While it's not the way Ms. Joann Elliott expected to celebrate 50 years of Ball & Que Restaurant, it'll have to do for now.
The famous eatery is marking their half-a-century foothold in Georgetown with commemorative t-shirts, available for purchase at their location.
Cost is $20.00. Call Debi for details at 843-833-4114.
We wish Elliott and her entire family and staff on this huge accomplishment.
We thank you for Ball & Que.
Once restaurants were able to open in South Carolina and allowed to serve customers, people were noticing some of their favorites were remaining shut. Some posted they didn't feel comfortable at the time to open, others posted no updates.
A favorite in the City of Georgetown was quiet and folks here began asking questions.
The restaurant is a Simply Amazing Dish of the Month alumnus and a Taste of Georgetown winner, so it was fitting to wonder why they hadn't reopened.
Well, we have answers.
The restaurant officially transferred ownership on June 12, 2020. The new owner is a familiar face.
Jimmy Hildebrandt, former Root general manager, begins his journey as owner with an awesome culinary canvas and a stout playbook.
His energy, enthusiasm and passion was always on display at the eatery, and he represented the previous owner's vision very well.
Now, he gets his chance to shine.
In a phone call, he said he plans to keep some popular items on the current menu, but wants to revamp it with new dishes and new flavors.
A reopening date has not been set as of yet, but it will be a grand reopening.
We'll keep you posted on our Facebook page with updates.
Congratulations, Jimmy. We know you'll do great.
Longtime seafood favorite Admiral's Flagship is changing the culinary game with their "Biergarten" menu addition. From looking at the reveal, and some insider communication, folks are going to be super happy with the new choices.
Rest assured, however. The all-you-can-eat crab legs option is still alive. Owners will start that next week.
For now, take a look at the menu and plan ahead. The pork or chicken schnitzel, peach bbq salmon, sausage platter are sure to be favorites.
And beer cheese fries? Wow.