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Charleston Magazine

November 20, 2014

The Party: Out of Hand and Ooh! Events celebrated 20 years with this family-friendly block party complete with food, live music, local artisans, and games.

Highlights: Musician Seth G. blew the crowd away with his violin playing. 

Overheard: “This chili may be the greatest thing I've ever tasted.”

Beneficiary: The Charleston Basket Brigade strives to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in the Lowcountry. 

Charleston editors and contributors share their picks for recent, locally tied releases

Life on the water with “Clammer Dave” Belanger, who’s been cultivating and harvesting his specialized, nationally sought-after bivalves—Caper’s Clams, Caper’s Blades oysters, and new Cape Romaine Clusters—from local waterways

Charleston’s oldest craft-beer producer steps up its game

As the sommelier for the Peninsula Grill and its adjacent Champagne Bar, Dennis Perry knows bubbly––and he pours plenty of it during the holidays. “I love the season that spans Thanksgiving to New Year’s,” he says. “It’s the perfect time for toasting fellowship with Champagne and sparkling wines.” Read on for three of his favorite effervescent picks

Cacao’s Artisan Chocolate co-owners David Vagasky and Mark Gray are masters of the art and science of candy making—particularly when it comes to their popular chocolate sea-salt caramels. “And this recipe really is a science,” says Vagasky, noting that the chocolate must be heated to an exact degree, then tempered, or cooled on a flat surface to allow molecular realignment. Here, the chocolatiers share their method for crafting the candies. It’s a bit of a process, which makes the finished product a particularly sweet holiday gift

Our taste & tell guide to the latest F&B openings in Charleston

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For funerals in the South, in lieu of flowers, bring food

The Food Rescue Truck has one mission: collect enough fare from area businesses to feed homeless locals at One80 Place seven days a week

Sculptor Matt Wilson welds found objects into whimsical creations

New leadership revamps the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

We all know the beloved Christmas trimming that goes by the name of ”poinsettia,” but plenty of locals have no idea it was named for a Charlestonian. Botanist, physician, and politician Joel Roberts Poinsett discovered the shrub while serving as the first U.S. Minister (Ambassador) to Mexico in the 1820s. He brought cuttings back to his South Carolina greenhouse, began to share the plants with botanical gardens and horticultural friends, and the rest is history

The MicroCool apron keeps cooks safe from burns

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