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.
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.
A picture-perfect day welcomed hundreds of people to Island Bar & Grill in Pawleys Island for the 8th Annual Chili Cookoff, presented by Midway Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 3617.
The event raises money to benefit a local child through Make-A-Wish South Carolina.
Judge's Choice Winner was Coastal Staffing Services, represented as "JiJi's Chili" at the event.
An emotional, happy Jina Irene Skiles walked from the patio area to the parking lot with the prestigious pot trophy.
People's Choice winner was Rustic Table. Chef Adam Kirby literally worked from the ground up as he waited on tables to set up his area. He was telling attendees it was his "20-minute chili" and people were loving it.
Here's the complete list of winners:
1st: Coastal Staffing Services LLC (JiJi's Chili)
2nd: Weichert Realtors Southern-Coast
1st: Rustic Table
2nd: PoBoys Discount
3rd: Hanser House Restaurant
Public Safety Division:
1st Place: Axemen
(Winner Takes All)
Thanks to all who participated and to the people who came out to this epic event.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association will host its 14th Annual Trio Dinner presented by Inland Seafood at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2020 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.
The Trio Dinner is the culmination of a culinary arts mentorship program that pairs a professional chef with two students, one in high school and one in college. Each trio will showcase its unique cuisine at the Trio Dinner. Along with excellent fare, the event includes hors d’oeuvres by Grand Strand Provisions, a cocktail bar, live entertainment and a silent auction benefiting hospitality educational programming.
High school students participating in the mentorship program are from the Academy for Technology and Academics. This magnet school receives students from throughout Horry County, who have an opportunity to sample hospitality courses including culinary arts in the middle and early high school years. The college students completing the trio are from the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.
The Trio Dinner’s purpose is to support and promote the hospitality industry’s culinary arts profession and to give each student real-world experience in creating an original dish with the guidance of an executive chef. This event is very important to the Grand Strand culinary arts programs. A portion of the proceeds of the event go to MBAHA scholarship funds directed to Hospitality and Culinary education.
Committed Chefs at this time include: Geoffrey Blount, International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach; Jamie Daskalis, Johnny D’s Waffles & Benedicts; Danny Smith, Fire & Smoke Gastropub; Charif Arabe, Ailsa Pub at Legends Resort; Matt Montandon, Crown Reef Resort; William Twaler, International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach; Byron Bondoc, Waterscapes at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes; and Chen Sridet, Black Thai.
In addition to creating wonderful dishes and working with students, chefs will have the opportunity to enter one dish to be judged for the “Best Dish” and “People’s Choice” awards. Knowing chefs are as competitive as they are creative, this allows participating chefs to show off their skills and be recognized for it. We will have a combination of celebrity judges and local American Culinary Federation judges for the event.
For more information, call (843) 626-9668.
Opening Ceremony to celebrate Charleston Wine + Food’s 15th festival with culinary awards + champagne sabering
Charleston, S.C.- Charleston Wine + Food will kick off the organization’s annual festival by welcoming guests to Marion Square for its Opening Ceremony to be held Wednesday, March 4 at 12:00 PM.
The Ceremony will commence with remarks from Mayor John Tecklenburg to welcome festival-goers to the Lowcountry for Charleston Wine + Food’s 15th festival. Tecklenburg will be followed by Board Chair Steve Palmer and Executive Director Gillian Zettler.
The Opening Ceremony will also feature the presentation of awards to the festival’s honorees. Awards to be given include: Outstanding Beverage Contribution, the Frank Stitt National Chef Award, the Laura Hewitt Culinary Legend Award, and the Marc Collins Chef Award. Additionally, Charleston Wine + Food will recognize scholarship recipients from the College of Charleston and the organization’s partnership with the local nonprofit, One80 Place Training, who will receive an award for community engagement and philanthropy.
The ceremony will be capped off with a traditional champagne sabering as Executive Director Gillian Zettler officially kicks off the 15th installment of Charleston Wine + Food.
The Opening Ceremony will begin Wednesday, March 4, at 12:00 P.M. in Marion Square and is open to the public. No ticket purchase necessary.
Amazing. Perfect. Superb. Fabulous. Just wow.
Those were just a few compliments uttered dish after dish at the Celebrity Chef Dinner featuring Top Chef alumna Tiffany Derry at the International Culinary Institute in Myrtle Beach.
A full house was treated to extravagant tastings with students and chef instructors as part chef Derry's brigade.
And one of her dishes impressed the chef instructors so much they told her they'd be using it.
And, as always, the pastry students simply wowed the crowd with their plating of the Grilled Pound Cake dessert.
Make sure you like and follow the ICI's Facebook page to stay tuned for more Celebrity Chef Dinners. You can also visit the website to make reservations for dinner at the student-run Fowler Dining Room, too.
To learn more about chef Tiffany Derry, visit the link here.
The second annual Shrimp & Grits Cookoff is part of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce's 2020 Business & Community Expo.
Come out for some great offerings from about seven teams at this point. I will be a judge again this year and expect the same culinary stewardship and quality that wowed the other judges and I last year.
We'll see you there. Remember, #EatItUpGeorgetown!
The 8th Annual Island Bar & Grill/IAFF Local 3617 Chili Cook-Off will take place March 8, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
And I'll be a judge.
Here's the 2020 Make-A-Wish Chili Team List
Pawleys Island Tavern (PIT)
Georgetown County Sheriffs Office
Midway Professional Firefighters Association, Local 3617
Island Bar and Grill (Pawleys Island)
At Your Service
Pawleys Island Police Department
Chesters Pit Stop
Axemen Motorcycle Club
North Myrtle Beach Professional Firefighters Association
Join us Sunday at Island Bar and Grill in Pawleys Island
$10.00 for Adults
$5.00 for Children
Benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina!
It was a beautiful Sunday to enjoy some she-crab soup while supporting a great cause.
February 23 was the Second Annual She-Crab Soup CookOFF at Quigley's Next Door in Litchfield, South Carolina. The event benefits Saint Francis Animal Center.
Hundreds of people attended, with many lining up at the tables before the event officially started. It was also made more accessible by having the teams outside under a tent in the parking lot.
Many people had their favorites, from Harrelson's Seafood to Natural Born Grillers. Quite a few people talked about how good Buzzs Roost was.
However, it was J&J Butcher Shop taking the Judge's Choice trophy and Hanser House winning People's Choice.
Thanks to all the restaurants that participated.
Talk about the culinary adventure of Georgetown, South Carolina, and you would mention our great restaurants. You'd mention the tasty dishes on their menus. The super chefs and staff.
With Cooking with Friends, you get a personal yet relaxed seating with a renown chef in Georgetown County, benefiting Friendship Place, Inc.
The first event of 2020 has set the bar. It was a food explosion detonated by Southern Comforts, Southern Dining & Seafood Shack's chef Greg Metcalfe and sous chef Chelsea Cribb.
About 35 people attended the event, enjoying a three-course meal with an amuse bushe to invite them in.
Take a look below at the photos of the Cooking with Friends kickoff. Plan ahead for the next event.
They sell out each time and the series gets even more popular as the years go by.
Annual Shrimp & Grits Cookoff part of March 5 Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce's Business & Community Expo
Get ready. Shrimp & Grits will be cooking again at this year's Business & Community Expo held by the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce.
Join the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and fellow Chamber members at the Business & Community Expo!
And... due to its success in 2019, the return of the Shrimp & Grits Cookoff, featuring your favorite chefs from our area vying for the "Grand Prize" with their unique recipe!
This annual event gives your business the opportunity to reach potential customers in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Make contacts, generate leads and discover new vendors and resources to help you better manage your business! We invite you to join hundreds of attendees for a time of networking, business development and fun!
This year's theme is “FLY AWAY WITH ME!" -- a fun way to tie in the Chamber's upcoming trip to Greece! You are encouraged to incorporate the travel theme into your exhibit... favorite travel destination, a place you would like to visit, favorite vacation food, vacation fun... Be Creative!
Make your exhibit interactive and fun in order to encourage guests to engage with you and your business. Be sure to include a door-prize with a value of at least $50. Prizes will be drawn throughout the event.
A prize will be awarded to exhibitor with best use of theme!
The event is free and open to the public. Tickets for Shrimp & Grits tastings will be sold at the door for $1.00 each. We encourage you to invite your customers, potential customers and friends to attend!
$150 after February 15
This event sells out fast....
February's 'Cooking with Friends' will feature culinary talents of award-winning Chef Greg Metcalfe and Sous Chef Chelsea Cribb
Nothing brings a community together like cooking. Whether you're watching, preparing, or enjoying the delicious end result, cooking is something that's done best with friends. Enjoy old and new friends in a fun, relaxed setting, learning how to create dishes from top local chefs at The Cypress Room at Get Carried Away.
We'll also be pouring a delicious selection of wines courtesy of Pawleys Wine & Spirits. Come to the event in clothing you'd wear to cook at home. We're all friends here! The best part…when you attend Cooking with Friends you are helping to support Friendship Place and programs developed to address food insecurity issues in our community.
The February "Cooking with Friends" will feature culinary talents of awarding-winning Chef Greg Metcalfe and his Sous Chef Chelsea Cribb. Greg started his career more than 40 years ago working in his mother's catering business in Cincinnati, Ohio. From there he went on to hone his skills in places like the five-star La' Maissonette. After traveling the country opening up Ritz Carlton Hotels, he and his wife settled in North Carolina where his love of Southern food started.
The menu for the evening (February 18):
Shrimp Louse served on a black pepper and Sea Salt Crostinin
Bartlett Pear and Honey Crisp Apple Salad with candied pecans, herbed goat cheese, pickled Vidalia onions and golden beets, heirloom tomatoes, served on mixed greens with a grilled peach vinaigrette
Macadamia Encrusted Fresh Local Red Snapper pan seared and placed on a bed of Thai noodles tossed with fresh vegetables, garlic and sesame oil, then topped with brown butter poached shrimp and lemon grass Beurre blanc.
Julie's Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie with raspberry coulis and maple whipped cream
When Greg is not donating his talents and time to local charities, he's busy running Southern Comforts in Pawleys Island that he owns with his wife.
We kick off on February 18 at 6:00 p.m. and should end shortly after 8:00 p.m.
Cooking with Friends is brought to you by Get Carried Away, Pawleys Island Wine & Spirits, Friendship Place and Greenskeeper Florist.
Join us Sunday February 16th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Wicked Tuna for a full day of Live Music, All-U-Can-Eat Oysters, Local Craft Brews, Vendors, Food Trucks, and some of the best Bloody Mary’s on the beach sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka – the Vodka for Dog People - and New South Brewing - the Beer From Here!
Sample Bloody Mary’s from local families, clubs, businesses, and restaurants with a variety of recipes and garnishes from 11am-5pm then cast your vote for this year’s People’s Choice Award.
All-U-Can-Eat Oysters are just $25 steamed hot and fresh! Bring your own oyster knives/gloves or purchase them for just $3.
All oyster shells will be recycled by SC DNR to replenish local oyster beds!
Over 50 local artists, merchants, chefs, and non-profits make everything from handmade clothing and jewelry to stained glass. Fresh pies, pastries and finger food plus a variety of local Food Trucks!
Enjoy award-winning local brews from New South Brewing, Lindeman’s organic wines, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails for just $4 with valid I.D.
BYO water bottle to fill up at our FREE WATER STATION!
The KIDZ ZONE will feature inflatables from K-Bar Farms, face painting, FREE arts and crafts, and MORE.
Want to be a VIP??? Tune in to Wave 104.1 and 96.1 KZQ for this year’s music lineup and a chance to WIN Big Kahuna VIP Tickets!
Think you got what it takes to win it all? Put Your Bloody Where Your Mouth Is! Sign up online for just $35 per recipe. Got Game? Enter additional recipes for $15 each.
Vendors: 10x10 spots are just $100 and free for non-profits. We are accepting applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis so sign up ASAP.
FREE SHUTTLES will run from Inlet Square Mall to Wicked Tuna from 10am-7pm.
Please drink responsibly and call Creekside Cab (843) 357-8444 to make sure everyone gets home safely.
ALL proceeds fund the Adaptive Surf Project, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization helping individuals with disabilities surf since 2014.
For more info, follow the Adaptive Surf Project on Facebook or www.adaptivesurfproject.com to become a member, sponsor, or volunteer.
Volunteer Meeting Thurs. 1/30 from 5:30-7pm at New South Brewery. Individuals and groups welcome!
Thank You for helping us Spread the Stoke!!!
The Adaptive Surf Crew
Interested in delicious She-Crab Soup, Local Celebrities, Live Music, Saving Dogs and Cats, then note the date and post to your calendar Sunday, February 23rd, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saint Frances Animal Center is hosting its 2nd Annual She-Crab Soup Cook-off at Quigley’s Next Door located at 251 Willbrook Boulevard. "Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s event, the competitors will be serving their She-Crab Soup entry in an outdoor heated tent at Quigley’s Next Door," said Ryan Holcomb, Community Liaison," This will allow the entirety of the indoor space for the band, bar, raffle,seating and standing. “
She-Crab soup tastes require two (2) tickets, which can be bought at the door in packages. Ticket packages are offered with 24 tickets for $20 or 12 tickets for $10. These packages are available also online and include a bargain package of 26 tickets for $20, sold only online.
Online purchases should be made by February 21st.
Direct link to the tickets sales is here: https://sfanimals.networkforgood.com/events/18332-2020-she-crab-soup-cook-off
There will be cash bar and live music by the Paul Grimshaw Duo.
Contest judges are, in alphabetical order: Jamie Arnold (WMBF-TV), Crystal Costa (WPDE-TV), Connor Ingalls (WPDE-TV), Frank Johnson (WBTW-TV), Trey Paul (WPDE-TV), Ed Piotrowski (WPDE-TV) and Jamie Sanderson (Georgetown Foodland).
Sponsors to date of the She-Crab Cook Off are Georgetown Tree Service, Reliable Appraisal, Friends of the Saints, Coastal Appraisal Services and generous individual donors. “Their support is much appreciated, ”said Holcomb.
As of this date, restaurants and individuals who plan to Wow attendees with their entries are:
Alfresco Bistro, Buzz’s Roost, Dead Dog Saloon, Gulfstream Cafe, Hanser House (last year’s popular choice winner), Harrelson's Seafood, Inlet Affairs, Natural Born Grillers, Pawleys Island Raw Bar, Quigley's, Wicked Tuna and The Rustic Table.
Proceeds from the event assist Saint Frances Animal Center to care for the lost, abused and neglected animals of Georgetown County and to give these dogs and cats a second chance at the life they deserve.
As more information becomes available regarding the She-Crab Cookoff, including participating additional restaurants and sponsors, visit the website www.sfanimals.org and check the Facebook page here, which is updated daily.
For questions regarding this event, or if attendance is not possible but donating to Saint Frances Animal Center is an option, please visit the website, Facebook page or call 843-591-5844.
Join a celebrity panel of judges and some eager dog judges in choosing the best She-Crab Soup in the area - while enjoying adult beverages, jamming to live music, and tasting the areas best she crab soup!!
All proceeds benefit Saint Frances Animal Center, and the more than 3,000 animals that need our help each year.
Tickets will be sold at the door!
Pre-sale Tickets will be available online ONLY starting January 10th-February 10th!
Click here for the story on last year's event.