'Sunday Brunch Sessions' to start March 2021, featuring culinary stars from Georgetown and elsewhere
A concept discussed last year with a few people is finally seeing the light of day starting in March 2021.
Georgetown Foodland's own Jamie Sanderson plans to launch "Sunday Brunch Sessions" at Root. located at 919 Front Street in Georgetown. The official start date hasn't been announced just yet.
The show will be livestreamed and will feature culinary stars from Georgetown County and elsewhere. The focus, however, is to spotlight the homegrown talent we have locally.
"This venture is meant to be something our local chefs and restaurant owners can count on to get their message out, let people hear, feel and see their passion. Unscripted, unedited. "
Sanderson says he welcomes others from outside Georgetown, too.
"There are chefs and owners out there I've met that I have built strong bonds with. I want them part of this, too. It'd be fun to have national chefs stop and say, hey, what's that in Georgetown? I'd like to be part of that."
Root is owned by Jimmy Hildebrandt and was excited to be part of it. Late last year, he hosted the first-ever mystery chef dinner concept Sanderson planned. That caught the attention of news outlets across the area. That concept will start again this year, too.
"I hope chefs see this and reach out to be part of it. It's being done for them. I must say, again, these chefs and owners have earned it. No need to beg or constantly ask and not get a response. If you want t be on, then make it work on your end. We'll shore up dates and look forward to your arrival."
The plot for the show is simple. Sanderson and the featured guest will be sitting at one of the spacious booths in the restaurant, promptly at 10 a.m., when brunch starts on Sundays. There may be a crowd, maybe not. They'll talk about culinary industry news, their dishes, their restaurant, their thoughts on the pandemic and the effect on business, etc. Root's own Jesse Goguen, the executive chef, will prepare a dish for them to try. They'll talk about it and call it a day.
"These first shows might be fast. But, it's about establishing a foundation. Having a baseline, a benchmark, to look at and expand on. I hope we'll see fans of these chefs and owners come for brunch and watch the show from the inside, and eat it up Georgetown here at Root."
Sanderson has created a teaser video to garner interest.
Recently, Sanderson put together the first-ever Restaurant Showcase Week for Georgetown County. He heard back from a few participants who said it was the best business they'd seen in years. He was asked by The MarshWalk of Murrells Inlet to help kick off their first-ever restaurant week for the first week of March.
If you can't remember or never heard of it, a war bond was created to help get this country through a couple wars, to say the least.
Right now, restaurants are at war with not only the pandemic, but governments placing restrictions on them.
Well, as I scrolled through Instagram today, I saw something I thought was a throwback. It wasn't.
Chef Edward Lee at 610 Magnolia, located in Louisville, Kentucky, has introduced the culinary version at his restaurant.
@610magnolia is introducing a new concept for gift certificates. We are calling them Restaurant Bonds. They are the same as gift certificates but the longer you wait to redeem them, the more they go up in value.
When I saw this, and the crafted bond, I was taken. It's really come to this.
Restaurants are literally in a war. In many states, they were the first to see restrictions. It came with shorter hours at first, then as cases climbed, they faced no-dine-in mandates. Inside dining was erased.
Eateries had to become savvy to not only keep staff and themselves afloat, but feed people who, at first, were shocked they couldn't eat inside their favorite restaurant.
Curbside, delivery and to-go became the only way for some. Others, like Litchfield Restaurant, Perrone's, and R'Way Pizza, turned parking lots and side lots into a outdoor getaway.
Locally, restaurants have seen an easement in restrictions, but who's to say there won't be another round? Lee has even said "he's afraid it's too late to save restaurants" in an Bon Appetit article.
Now, we face a rise in cases all across the United States. Areas in California are seeing restaurants slapped with restrictions again, and this time tempers are flaring.
Chef Lee has a great concept here, and hopefully restaurants follow his lead. Given the fact tourism season provides a major boost to eateries, this would be a huge incentive for folks visiting.
And with restrictions looming in wintertime, it could be the death bell for many restaurants. According to survey findings conducted by the National Restaurant Association, 10,000 have closed in three-months time.
The concept of a restaurant bond is an investment. It helps restaurants survive this part of the year and customers receive a perk in value when they decide to use later down the road.
Given those restaurants are still here.
Check out Wedgefield Country Club's Executive Chef Danny Smith visiting the Growers Market at 1711 South Fraser Street. He spoke with Carol Williams of Millgrove Farms and plans to cook next Saturday at the Market, using produce from them and other tables set up. Come out and taste what's been grown. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Both Fox Farm and Third Day Farms will be at the market. Click the name of the businesses for their Facebook pages.
Stay tuned for more details.
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.
Mark it down.
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.
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.
Former Frank's and Frank's Outback chef Danny Smith has secured a spot in the 2020 World Food Championships with his first-place Taste of America Challenge win for South Carolina.
The World Food Championships (WFC) will hold its 9th annual Tournament of Champions from November 6-10, 2020 at one of Dallas, Texas' most iconic venues, Fair Park.
This will be Smith's second time competing in the tournament. Last year, he competed with chef and friend Charles Bardo of R'Way Pizza and Family Tavern.
Smith currently works at Fire and Smoke Gastropub in Myrtle Beach.
We wish chef Danny all the best as he prepares for his second trip to Dallas, Texas.
There's an urban club, eatery located on Highmarket Street in Georgetown, South Carolina, known for great tasting crab legs, blue crabs and wings. And while enjoying the food, you can enjoy comedy, poetry or an epic rap battle. But, Owner Demerrio Greene has decided to take something he's locally famous for and share it with the world.
That's right. It's that Honey Jerk sauce. You know, the one that adds that glistening shine and spicy, but sweet flavor to those perfectly cooked wings.
Created in 2013 right inside the kitchen of Taste Lounge, Greene has been offering the sauce on wings to customers who have consistently come back for more. But, it took a little tweaking to get it right.
"My guests told me that the jerk sauce was too spicy. So, I went in the kitchen and mixed up some ingredients to tone the heat down a bit and public loved it."
They sure did. Thursday nights are Jumbo Wings night. He almost always sells out. And out of the more than 14 flavors he offers, the honey jerk sauce is most requested.
Now, he's partnered with a distributor to launch his sauce to the public. To say it's been a huge hit would be an understatement.
"I am currently utilizing my 2 days off (Mondays & Tuesdays) to ride around to the small businesses and promote it myself. So far within the first 2 days (of releasing) I already have 5 places that are shelving my items and reselling it. Within the 2 days of the Honey Jerk Sauce coming out we have sold over 500 bottles and it is in 6 different stores with unlimited stores pending."
The sauce is unique to him since he's the one who created it by making it up himself.
"It really didn't take any time to perfect the flavor combination because I made it up. I literally just made it up and the people loved it."
What really makes Greene stand out is him doing this as a two-war disabled veteran. He's served his country overseas, sustained a disability and has continued his dream to see his business - and now his sauce - succeed. But, he also wants other disabled veterans to enjoy his dream, too.
"I plan on hiring other disabled veterans in other states and around the world to distribute my Honey Jerk Sauce and other products to follow. That's my overall goal, to provide jobs for disabled veterans."
Greene is to be admired for his determination and work ethic. He also plans to see his sauce in restaurants in Georgetown County. That's "already in the works" and we've been told to stay tuned.
The Facebook page for Honey Jerk Sauce is here. There will soon be a website. Visit the page and find out how and where to purchase his sauce.
However, the Marathon Gas Station on 320 Exchange Street in Georgetown has it on the shelf if you need your quick fix.
When Joseph Hughes closed The Meat Locker, a lot of people in Georgetown thought they'd lost the butcher shop they'd come to love.
It seems a protégé by the name of William Holladay has bought the former business and has decided to add his touch - or beard - to it!
Holladay has just put a couple days behind him at the Bearded Butcher and it looks like all is well at 408 South Fraser Street in Georgetown, S.C.
There's a trendy look to the place, but the same great quality of meats and service is there. And if you are selling Krazy K BBQ Sauce, that's a huge plus!
Here's a quick look at the Bearded Butcher! I urge you all to visit Holladay and welcome his business to Georgetown!
Already known for their great burgers, bbq, ribs and fries - and having won a Simply Amazing Dish of the Month award, it's time for an expansion!
Owner Tree Brightwell is rolling out her breakfast menu this Friday at 6 a.m. and from the looks of what's offered, you'll be very pleased.
This now makes Beach Burgers & BBQ a go-to for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Litchfield area!
Graham's Landing on Front recently revealed their menu. If you didn't see it, check their Facebook page or look below!
Looking forward to their grand opening!
One Front Street business in Georgetown is giving an incentive to folks who pick up trash... and it's not just the bucket to do so.
Coffee Break Cafe on 716 Front Street is giving people buckets to pick up trash along the beach, river, around town or just about anywhere you talk a walk or visit. Bring it back full and they'll reward you with a free Brewed Coffee, Iced Tea or Lemonade.
Sweet idea. So, get cleaning, friends!
The game is about to change... for the better! Georgetown Foodland is going to spotlight dishes enjoyed at a certain restaurant monthly.
And they'll be "simply amazing" dishes!
The Simply Amazing Dish of the Month award is a way to showcase a dish had at a restaurant on a monthly basis. The award will be given unannounced and at the end of the meal. A card with an inscription and a decal to display on the entrance door or front window will be given.
Nothing changes in the respect of taking photos of all the dishes enjoyed. This is just a way to put one particular dish enjoyed on a pedistal for a month - and encourage others to try it, too!
"I see so many chefs and owners on my culinary adventure of beautiful Georgetown. I enjoy supporting the restaurants of our town. So, after brainstorming - and a little comment from my wife to awaken some memories - I came up with this notion to help put some tasty dishes these chefs passionately work to create on the map. I hope this catapultes those dishes and gets others to see what I saw and tasted - a dish that was simply amazing." - Jamie Sanderson
This is not a contest. Think of it as an award making its way to many of Georgetown's restaurants. One dish at a time.
The goal is to have people intrigued and engaged in Georgetown. To awaken the foodie spirits and have people join in the culinary adventure of our town. We have quite a few new restaurants opening early Fall. This is a great time to show them some support and build a local base before the slower months come.
There are plenty of great dishes to enjoy at all our restaurants in town. We're going to find one that's simply amazing for each month!
Get out and enjoy the culinary adventure of Georgetown, South Carolina!