Charleston Mac Off

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

178The 5th Annual Charleston MAC-OFF is scheduled for October 25, 2014 from 2pm to 7pm at the Grove at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant. Last year, over 4,000 people gathered to sample traditional and gourmet offerings of Mac & Cheese and award bragging rights to The Best Mac & Cheese in Charleston.

No other food combines love, comfort, and Southern roots like Mac and Cheese. This melt in youth mouth mainstay is a classic that is served as a side dish, a pasta entre, a casserole, fried appetizer or even dessert on many Charleston menus. So we have created an event that gives tribute to our love of this versatile cheesy dish and we are seeking to crown the best of the best.

The MAC-OFF gives Charlestonians the chance to get out and enjoy the crisp weather with great comfort food, music, beer and wine, and other activities. This annual event promotes and supports local restaurants, Southern food culture, the local economy and our nonprofit partner, Lowcountry Local First.

This year enjoy music by Jared Blake from The Voice and Adalya, a cooking demo by Southern Season and a crowd of local businesses and vendors.

Three Prizes Awarded: Best Mac & Cheese Critics Choice, Best Mac & Cheese People’s Choice & Best Local Ingredients Critics Choice.

General Admission $10 (plus online processing fee of $2.95)

Food, drink and Mac & Cheese tasting tickets are $1 (There is an opportunity to buy these online in savings bundles).

Lowcountry Food Day Crawl

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

10714353_10100906227989046_6373420881757560679_oIn celebration of National Food Day on October 24th, Lowcountry organizations are coming together to offer an array of opportunities to celebrate healthy, local, affordable food. All events are open to the public and family friendly. The “Lowcountry Food Day Crawl” will kick off with a screening of the documentary, “Soul Food Junkies” at 5:30pm on October 23 at the Cinebarre in Mt. Pleasant. The Crawl will continue on Friday with various activities throughout the area, including grocery store tours, farm volunteer session, locals lunch, Cooking Demos, Live Art, celebrity contests, healthy trick or treating and a Slow Sips Happy Hour. The finale will be held at the Charleston Farmers Market on Saturday, October 25th where participants can win prizes for participating in the Food Day Crawl Scavenger Hunt. See below for more information on each event.

Thursday October 23rd – Lowcountry Food Day Kick-off: “Soul Food Junkies” screening hosted by MUSC and Slow Food Charleston at Cinebarre Mt. Pleasant

Please join us for a screening of the acclaimed documentary, Soul Food Junkies. About the Film: Inspired by his own family’s complex relationship with “soul food” — fried chicken, ribs, macaroni and cheese, peach cobbler, and the whole panoply of down-home foods made with grease, sugar, and love — acclaimed filmmaker Byron Hurt asks whether this diet is nurturing or destroying the African American community. With humor and heart, Hurt questions the effects of “soul food” on the health of not only African Americans, but all who guiltily consume this most comforting of American comfort foods.

Tickets: $5 suggested donation with proceeds to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank. Seating is limited so register today at

When: 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Reception begins at 5:30pm with complementary snacks and drink specials available for purchase at the bar. Food Day partners will be on hand and attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to support Lowcountry Food Bank. Screening begins at 6:30pm with a panel discussion immediately following at 7:45pm.

Friday October 24th :

Cooking Matters Grocery Store Tours hosted by Lowcountry Food Bank, SCAND, Charleston Trident Dietetic Association and Les Dames d’Escoffier:

What: Cooking Matters at the Store tours are 60 minute interactive, guided tours teaching participants how to shop for healthy food on a limited budget. The tour ends with a challenge to select items that make a healthy meal for under $10. Upon completion, each participant will receive a gift card to purchase the items!

Where: Tour these Bilo locations in the greater Charleston area:
• Bilo, 445 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403
• Bilo, 4391 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC 29405
• Bilo, 142 Saint James Avenue, Goose Creek, SC 29405

When: 9am-1pm: Tours will be held at 9am, 10am, 11am, and 12pm. Please arrive early to register for the tour beginning at the top of the hour and expect to spend 90 minutes at the store.

Crop Mob hosted by Lowcountry Local First:

What: Get your hands dirty alongside Lowcountry Local First apprentices and farmers at Dirt Works Incubator Farm. Volunteers will join together to prepare the fields for the final fall planting. Wear your work clothes, boots, and gloves and prepare to have a good time with fellow farm supporters!

When: 10am-11:30am

Where: Dirt Works Incubator Farm, 3955 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy, Johns Island. Please RSVP to Avril@LowcountryLocalFirst.org for directions.

All Local Lunch hosted by College of Charleston Office of Sustainability and Growfood Carolina:

A collaboration between CofC Dining Services and the Office of Sustainability, the College of Charleston will be hosting a locally sourced lunch featuring multiple sustainable menu options at the City Bistro dining hall (80 St. Philip St.) from 11:30-2. All local produce and pantry items will be sourced through South Carolina’s only food hub, GrowFood Carolina. The lunch is available for all attendees (non-CofC at a price of $9.25 each) and includes unlimited portions and beverages. City Bistro is currently on track to become one of the first zero waste dining facilities in Charleston.

When: 11:30am-2pm

Where: City Bistro Dining Hall at 80 St. Philip Street. A limited number of courtesy parking passes are available by the City of Charleston in the St. Philip Street garage, ask for voucher at event.

MUSC Urban Farm Food Day Peanut Party hosted by MUSC Office of Health Promotion and Sodexo:

As part of the Lowcountry Food Day Crawl, we are hosting an event at the MUSC Urban Farm on Friday, October 24th. In addition to the following activities, we will also have local artist Everett White entertaining participants with Performance Art as well as helping children paint rain barrels donated to MUSC and Ashley Hall by Coca-Cola and several food vendors offering healthy lunches and snacks.

Schedule of Events:
11:30am – 12:00pm – Self-guided farm tours
Noon – Reading of Food Day Proclamation by Councilman Mike Seekings
12:05pm – 12:30pm – Cooking Demo and Tasting, featuring Chef Bob Tremayne and MUSC Dietitian Debbie Petitpain
12:30 – 12:45 – MUSC Culinary Competition judging & awards
12:45 – 1:00 – Louie’s Kids/Healthy Sprout Juicing Demo/Tasting
1:00 – 1:30pm – Celebrity “Build a Better Peanut Butter Bird Feeder” Contest
1:30 – Bird Feeder judging and awards

Food Day Trick or Treat in the Park hosted by City of Charleston Recreation Department, Lighten Up Charleston and MUSC Dietetic Interns:

What: A special Kids Halloween Food Day Trick-or-Treat in the Park for lowcountry kids with healthy tips provided by MUSC Dietetic Interns.

When: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Drive

Slow Sips Food Day Happy Hour hosted by Slow Food Charleston:

What: Lowcountry Food Day Crawl Happy Hour to round out a great day of events. We’ll be spicing it up with specialty, local jalapeño margaritas and some locally-sourced menu items in honor of Food Day with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Green Heart Project’s Farm-to-School Programs. Green Heart Project will have a booth providing information on how to get involved.

When: 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Where: Taco Boy, 217 Huger St. Downtown

Saturday October 25th: Lowcountry Food Day Crawl Finale

Charleston Farmers Market Food Day Finale, hosted by Lighten Up Charleston:

What: Lowcountry Food Day Crawl Finale. Stop by the tent hosted by Lighten Up Charleston for a meet and greet with organizers and learn about more opportunities to connect to health-promoting resources in our community. Food Day Crawl participants who have correct answers to 2 or more scavenger hunt questions will get to pick a prize from our “grab bag”. Participants who have answered 4 or more questions correctly will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize (TBD).

When: 8:00am-1:00pm

Where: Marion Square

Follypalooza Cancer Benefit & Street Festival

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

E294325_10150315415577167_1136950041_nntering into its seventh year, Follypalooza, an annual cancer benefit and street festival will be held on Saturday, October 18th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Folly Beach, SC. In addition to live music, other attractions include a dunk tank, children’s games and activities, arts and crafts, food vendors, a silent auction.  Entrance to the event is free, tickets for games and activities can be purchased on Center Street throughout the day.

In the last six years, the non-profit organization has been successful in raising over $35,000 for local cancer patients. To date, the funds raised have helped more than 20 individuals alleviate financial stress caused by impeding medical bills. Two of these recipients, Mechelle Neunsinger and Nathan Calhoun, are now cancer survivors, thanks to the help of the community and the funds raised by Follypalooza.

All recipients of funds raised at the event are screened by the Folly Angels, another Folly Beach non-profit that dedicates time to helping people in the community. The Folly Angels are a long-standing philanthropic-oriented group who have been great partners in identifying and verifying cancer patients in need, and also keeping recipients anonymous, if they so choose.

487670_10150955285277167_1426188128_nFollypalooza raises money through the sale of various sponsorships, a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, carnival games, kids activities and t-shirts. This year’s event will feature all of the above, plus local food and art vendors, live music and more. The City of Folly Beach has approved the closure of Center Street between Ashley and Hudson Avenues as well as the relaxation of open container laws within designated areas allowing for a carefree and fun day for all.

This year’s live music will feature all local Charleston bands including Travelin’ Kine, Jamisun, Hick Child Soup, Calhoun’s Calling, Don’t Mess with the Tiger, Sweet T & Chuckwagon and more TBA.

Follypalooza was started in 2008 by DJ Rich of Planet Follywood and managers of the former Conch restaurant when a local restaurant owner and musician were diagnosed with cancer and undergoing expensive and intensive treatment. In its first year, the event raised $3,000 for the two individuals and also brought light to the immense range of cancer patients who needed help. It was decided that Follypalooza would become an annual event, raising money for local cancer patients in need.

For more information, visit www.follybeachfestivals.com.

 

Charleston Culinary Tours to Host Final Fresh at the Farm Dinner of the Year

Posted in Sales & Events on October 8, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

10259284_663631070374925_7470153044800196111_o (1)Charleston Culinary Tours is set to host the third dinner in the Fresh at the Farm Dinner Series on Sunday, November 2nd at Celestial Hills Farm in Huger, SC. Chef Stephen Thompson of Prohibition will set the scene for a true farm-to-table at this Charleston-area farm. The dinner structure is a cocktail hour and hors d’ oeuvres from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and then a family style dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Since giving back to the community is also important, this gourmet dinner benefits the non-profit Lowcountry Foodways, a South Carolina nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the connection between farms and food. As the last event sold out, tickets are available for the dinner for $75/person and may be purchased at www.charlestonculinarytours.com.

Fresh at the Farm Dinner Chef Stephen ThompsonFor Chef Stephen Thompson, the art of preparing food is more than just a job or even a passion but it’s a way of life as he has spent almost his entire life in the kitchen. With a culinary degree from the Art Institute of Charleston and years of hands-on experience in a variety of different kitchens and atmospheres, he has been able to really let his creativity shine as the Executive Chef at Prohibition.

Mayo and Laura Powell started Celestial Hills Farm in 2011 to produce locally grown and naturally raised food. They do not use any growth hormones, genetically modified products, antibiotics or magical chemicals for anything from diseases to bugs or weeds. Celestial Hills Farm is located at 269 Dianes Trail in Huger, SC.

Charleston Culinary Tours combine the best of Charleston history, cocktails and food with unique tours that highlight the Lowcountry. Each Charleston Culinary Tour visits several different restaurants, bars or the Farmer’s Market to combine elements of a historical tour with a culinary adventure. The food and drinks on the tours are chosen by various restaurant and bar partners and feature an array of eclectic dishes and concoctions that provide insight into Charleston’s cuisine and cocktail scene. On each tour, guests will not only have an opportunity to sample some of the Lowcountry’s finest offerings, but also to meet the owners, chefs and mixologists behind Charleston’s impressive culinary and bar innovations.

For additional information about the Fresh at the Farm Dinner Series, please visit http://www.charlestonculinarytours.com/fresh-at-the-farm-dinner-series.

Custom Charleston Woodworking Company Introduces Latest Offerings

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

Salt Wood Company’s complete line of handcrafted wood furniture and custom pieces from reclaimed wood with natural organic finishes is available on an enhanced website. Products range from a custom bed-swing bassinet made of cypress with an all organic finish and a modern rustic bench created from heart pine with a natural finish with soy based stain and organic paste wax to rustic bowls and boxes designed from reclaimed oak wood and finished with an organic oxidation process and protected with mineral oil. On the updated site shoppers see more detailed views of the products, related product advice, detailed information on crafting processes and customer testimonials.

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“We launched the new website to showcase our modern, yet rustic handcrafted furniture and make the shopping process easier for our customers,” said owner Vann Cochran. “Our team has many years of experience in the woodworking and wood finishing business and it is that expertise that translates into some amazing products.”

Formed in late 2013 by Vann Cochran, Salt Wood Co. creates one of a kind handcrafted furniture and boxes from reclaimed wood. Each piece comes with a story born out of the origin of the wood with recent pieces from a mill in upstate SC and The Vendue Inn in Charleston’s 1780 structure. Additionally, Salt Wood Co. offers many finishes from an artistic milk paint wash to oxidized mineral finishes. Salt Wood Co. has the privilege of giving wood a second chance and designing creations that can be passed on for generations.

For additional information about the company or to view the gallery, visit www.saltwoodco.com.

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Low Country Autism Foundation Raccoon Pond Rush Tail Run and Relay

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , on September 5, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

logoMUSC Children’s Hospital is presenting the Raccoon Pond Rush 10 Mile Trail Run and Relay benefitting LAF:  Low Country Autism Foundation on Saturday, September 13th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This event starts and finishes at the Jericho Horse Trail, Trailhead off of Hwy 41 and is a 10 mile trail run and relay.  All solo runners will run to Witherbee Ranger Station, turn around and head back to Jericho Horse Trail.  This event is administered by Eagle Endurance, LLC and is a USATF sanctioned event.  This event is chip timed by Play Hard Event Timing. Post race festivities include a light brunch, drinks, a toast, and awards.

Participants can sign up for:

  • Solo Run
  • 2 Person Relay
  • 4 Person Relay
  • 1 Mile Family Fun Run

To sign up, please click here

Low Country Autism Foundation’s mission is to remove barriers and increase access to early clinical diagnosis, and treatment services, for individuals and families living with autism and related developmental disorders. For more information visit www.lafinc.org

Hogs for the Cause

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

Hogs for the Cause, New Orleans’ annual springtime barbecue extravaganza benefiting pediatric brain cancer research, will expand to Charleston this fall with a barbecue celebration Oct. 4 at Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant.

PITMASTERS:

RODNEY SCOTT of Scott’s Bar-B-Que

Scott’s Bar-B-Que was founded in 1972 by Ella and Roosevelt “Rosie” Scott in Hemingway, SC. Rosie’s uncle taught him the downhome technique of slow cooking whole hogs over a wood-burning pit. The community just couldn’t get enough of Rosie’s barbecue. After hand crafting his own barbecue pits, Rosie Scott has spent all of his adult life serving some of the best barbecue the Carolinas have to offer.

JIMMY HAGOOD of Food for the Southern SoulUnder Food for the Southern Soul™, Hagood has combined all his talents in producing and distributing his Blackjack Barbecue and Charleston Favorites product lines. From his Shrimp Sauce and Dry Rubs to Stone-ground Grits, Charleston Gold Rice and Artichoke Relish, Hagood is keeping the tradition of soulful southern food alive

JOHN HAIRE of Nick’s BBQ

Jim ‘N Nick’s started cooking pork “low and slow” in 1985 when Nick, along with his dad Jim, reclaimed an old dry cleaners on Clairmont Avenue in Birmingham, AL where they opened the first Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Today, with 30 restaurants in 7 states, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q has become a Southern institution.

CONYERS FAMILY BBQ

Howard Conyers, PhD began manning the family’s burn barrel at an early age. He cooked his first hog with his father’s assistance at age 11 and has spent the rest of his life pursuing his twin passions of rocket science and traditional South Carolina whole hog barbecue. The Conyers family uses a light tomato sauce on their hog. Well, that and as many hours of low and slow smoke as it takes.

AARON SIEGEL of Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ

MARK BEHR of Sweatman’s BBQ

LYNN AND NORTON HUGHES of Shulers Bar-B-Que

BANDS:

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS

Boasting a mix of Southern pride, erudite lyrics, and a muscled three-guitar attack, Drive-By Truckers became one of the most well-respected alternative country-rock acts of the 2000s.

HEARTLESS BASTARDS

Anchored by the powerful vocals and incisive songwriting of Erika Wennerstrom, the Heartless Bastards are a roots rock band whose tough, emotionally resonant music incorporates elements of blues, hard rock, garage punk and country as filtered through tales of a hardscrabble life lived in the American Midwest.

THE SOUL REBELS BRASS BAND

The Soul Rebels started with an idea shared between founding members Derrick Moss and Lumar LeBlanc – to play the music they loved on the radio in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition that they grew up on. Together with a group of young, like-minded players from all over New Orleans, they formed the Soul Rebels and set out to make their mark on the music they love.

SOL DRIVEN TRAIN

Sol Driven Train’s music weaves through genres like images in a Tom Robbins paragraph. The versatile 5-piece band, based in Charleston, SC, features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings, and percussion. Combining rich varieties of American pop and folk music into their own port-town sound, Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity within the American roots music scene.

DEAD 27S

Dead 27s began in 2012 when members from various bands decided to play together at a birthday celebration called Face Funk. The band immediately clicked and was asked to play a Jimi Hendrix tribute show. The show was a huge success and word of mouth quickly spread about this group around Charleston, SC. Dead 27s’ sound is described as a Southern blend of rock and soul.

The purpose of Hogs for the Cause is to provide aid and relief of those variable expenses and economic burdens which families face while their child is being treated for pediatric brain cancer. Currently, Hogs For The Cause operates as the premier funding source for pediatric brain cancer outreach services in the United States and has given grants to over 200 families in need in just 6 years and partnered with several hospitals nationally, including MUSC Children’s Hospital.

Tickets start at $30 and are on sale here. For more information please visit hogsforthecause.org.

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