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Charleston Wine + Food Festival

01-4123The Charleston Wine + Food Festival is one of our favorite events and we were happy to help them celebrate their 10th anniversary. We raced from the NBBQA convention in Nashville to Charleston in order to cook for the Toasted finale event. Fortunately we made it just in time for this soiree in The Bower at Edmund’s Oast, where we sipped special cocktails and slurped these briny, chilled oysters.

02-4239We also had time to zip through the tasting tents and purchase t-shirts from Y’allsome, and dozens of jars of sauce, mustard, and other delicious food items.

03-4152We cooked alongside some friends from St. Louis ~ Kevin Nashan from the excellent Sidney Street Cafe.

04-4155And of course we mixed up some of our very special Sexy sauce for the ribs.


06-4174Phillip showing off our signage.

07-4192X marks the spot for 10 years of delicious fun.

08-4183Watching the sun set over the harbor, listening to lively music, and tasting delicious wines, spirits, and other bites made for a memorable evening.


10-4194Look for this Virgil Kane bourbon. I was gifted a bottle of the ginger-infused variety and it’s really good.

11-4214We had just one day to explore Charleston and I was so excited to take my dad and our crew to all of my favorite spots. We’re renovating a building around the corner as a sauce factory and coffee/breakfast spot and we wanted to look at the many ways to incorporate vintage/refurbished fixtures and finishes into our design.



We ordered most of the menu at Leon’s Oyster Shop. We also visited Artisan Meat ShareSt. Alban, Two Borough’s Larder, The Daily, Butcher & Bee, and Edmund’s Oast, Ann Marshall and Scott Blackwell were kind enough to meet us at Highwire Distillery to give us a tour. Their building is remarkably similar to the building we’re refurbishing as The Factory at 17th Street and I wanted our gang to have a look. 13-4244And had an amazing experience at Husk, where we were showered with course after course of outstanding dishes. Thank you Weaver, Sean, and Jeff!

14-4235And of course, no trip to Charleston is complete without a cocktail or two at the beautiful bar at Husk. John Lewis and Jess Nieri joined us to celebrate the event and our friendship. Note Jess’s re-design of our now-famous “aint no thang but a chicken wing” t-shirt.

Huge thanks to the incredible team at Charleston Wine + Food Festival ~ Gillian, Mary, Liz, and more ~ who helped make this such a magical weekend. This is a behemoth of an event, with so many moving parts, and y’all made it look effortless, while making us feel so special.

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Going Whole Hog at Eleven Madison Park


Hospitality is about making people happy. Plain and simple. With that in mind, we planned a fun surprise for the team at Eleven Madison Park, who have been our gracious neighbors at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party for the past 11 years.


The surprise was kind of heavy, so we enlisted their help with delivery. Imagine the astonishment of these cooks as they walked across the street to assist.


Away we go


Hopefully we can squeeze through the door.


What is this on the pastry pass, chef?


This is some pig. A gorgeous Chester White from Heritage Cheshire in Seven Springs, North Carolina. No fancy knife necessary. Mike Mills will use a box cutter.


Just a little more carving. Yes, Will, a box cutter.




I’m pretty sure Daniel and Will are saying, “I cannot believe this happening in our pristine kitchen. Right now.”


Ahhh. Yes.


Chef Humm is ready to pinch of a piece of pork.


There he goes.


But wait! Mike wants to tell him about building barbecue, with layers of spice and sauce.


Just a little more


And some High on the Hog sauce, too.


Oh, hello, Aziz Ansari and Courtney McBroom. Didn’t see you in the crowd of kitchen whites. You should buy his new book, Modern Romance.


I think he liked the pork.


And Chef really likes that Magic Dust.


An historic moment. A committed, six-year vegetarian takes a bite. This is Will’s father, Frank Guidara, esteemed hospitality and restaurant business expert. He’s not making any lifestyle changes, but he did enjoy that taste.


Moments as big as years.


Thank you, Daniel, Will, Aaron, Kevin, and your amazing staff for all of your hospitality over the years. We love being your neighbor!


Photos © Ken Goodman Photography. 

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