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2015 Charleston Brown Water Society Barbecue Invitational

01-6767We traveled to Charleston in July for the second annual Charleston Brown Water Society Barbecue Invitational. I arrived a few days early so I could check out John Lewis’s pop-up at Revelry Brewing. As you can see, Charlestonians are quickly getting the hang of lining up for barbecue.

02-6775This mile-high sandwich was so delicious.

03-6776And this plate of barbecue did not disappoint.

04-6789The best part of these events happens late night, around the fire, as we prepped and cooked for the event, traded stories, ate delicious snacks, and imbibed the famous painkillers from Hometeam BBQ.


06-6801Early Sunday morning, I swung by The Daily, my favorite coffee and juice shop, to bring some treats to eat while we were cooking.

Dusting the ribs. 07-6812Always a treat to see Robert Moss and he brought Mike and me and Pat Martin an autographed copy of his new book: Barbecue Lovers: The Carolinas. Robert is a thoughtful, fair, and smart writer and any barbecue enthusiast will enjoy reading this book. Put it on your list!


A peek at Pat Martin’s hog.

I don’t have many photos of this event because we were so busy cooking and serving. We had a great time, though, and very much appreciate the invitation! Thanks to the CBWS boys and Angel Postell for throwing a great party and inviting us to be part of it.
09-6855Our tradition after Charleston events is a triple tower at The Ordinary.

10-6873On Monday, John and I went paddle boarding {me} and kayaking {him} with the dolphins on Bowen’s Island. Thanks to Melany Robinson for the recommendation and thanks to COA for the equipment. A beautiful day, despite the sudden rain shower. We got lots of exercise, thanks to some pretty high winds.

11-6879Beautiful afternoon light from Cypress restaurant.

12-6884Later that evening we met up with a group for burger night at Cypress. This represents one of everything on the menu.

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15-6906The  next day we picked the most delicious peaches and blackberries at Middleton Plantation.

Picking peaches. 16-6910And had lunch at Two Boroughs Larder, where we enjoyed a variety of delicious dishes before I had to dash for the airport.

17-6834Charleston, I love you.

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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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