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David Vagasky and Mark Gray of Cacao’s Artisan Chocolate share their method

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

With so many local producers turning out spirits, mixers, and more, there’s never been a better time to play bartender with fixings made here in the Holy City

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

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

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

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

We caught up with the former Charleston Grill chef about his new culinary ventures, his formative years in France, and what he’s cooking this winter

We caught up with the super-busy chef—who this month opens Minero, a taqueria on East Bay Street—about his new cookbook, his latest tattoos, and how he unwinds

This summer, after seven years of studying at distilleries all over the globe, the former attorney opened Charleston Distilling Co. on Upper King. Here, get to know the man behind the spirits

Some folks bulk up their dressing with white bread or sausage, but not Louis Yuhasz. The founder of health-driven nonprofit Louie’s Kids focuses on incorporating nutritious ingredients such as sugar-free, whole-grain corn bread. “Dressing is heavy, so I’d advise skipping it altogether,” Yuhasz notes. “But if you choose to indulge, look for a recipe like this one that has no added sugar and contains fiber.”

Khi-Khi Milk Company’s cold coffee

Amy Robinette puts seasonal area produce to work in gorgeous cakes and pies, then peddles the goods via her dessert CSA

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

Should you sip white or red with a Thanksgiving feast? According to Bill Netherland, sommelier and wine director for Cypress, Blossom, and Magnolias, the body of the wine is more important than its color. “With turkey, I go for a bright, juicy profile with crisp acidity,” he says. “It could range from pinot gris to Beaujolais.” Here, his picks for every budget

Martha Lou Gadsden’s Morrison Drive restaurant—and the fried chicken she serves there—attracts accolades from national publications such as The New York Times and raves from local food-and-bev royals (Matt Lee, Sean Brock). Gadsden herself couldn’t be more humble about the dish (“It’s nothing I do that nobody else does,” she insists), but our taste buds beg to differ, so we asked her to share her secrets.

David Boatwright paints the town in good taste

 

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

Move over, oysters—sweetgrass mussels are growing wild in the ACE Basin, and St. Jude Farms is bringing them to a menu near you



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