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Memorable Meals at Husk

Husk exteriorA fabulous stay in Charleston was roundly celebrated with multiple dining experiences at Sean Brock’s celebrated Husk Restaurant.

Husk MenuI’ve been fortunate to have had some amazing VIP dining experiences, but never one quite like this.

“Let’s lay it on ’em,” said Dan Latimer, Husk GM, to Travis Grimes, chef de cuisine.

“Just ‘Lay it on ’em … ‘ or ‘make a grown man cry’ lay it on’em?” asked Travis.

Let’s go for ‘make a grown man cry.'” said Dan.

Cheerwine-compressed watermelonRoderick Weaver and Darryl Csicsila kept the libations fresh and full as the meal commenced. First course: Cheerwine-compressed watermelon, with an additional bottle of Cheerwine poured over the fruit table side. So fresh and delicious.

PeppersFresh-baked rolls topped with benne seeds and sea salt, served with lardo whipped butter. Fire-blistered Shishito peppers, watermelon “Ponzu,” bourbon-barrel soy and citrus, espelette. And chicken wings {cannot remember the details} and boiled peanuts with ham hocks and jalapeños {not shown}.

OystersFire-roasted Sewansecott oysters with herbed chicken “butter” and spicy pepper mash.

Benne Seed Crackers with pimiento cheeseWe toasted with Tennessee pimento cheese with crispy Benton’s country ham, pickled relish and HUSK benne crackers. So good.

Chilled Corn SoupChilled sweet corn soup, basil marinated shrimp, spring onion and pepper relish, chanterelle mushrooms, and crème fraîche was a standout.

John Lewis and Robert SierraJohn Lewis, pitmaster of La Barbecue in Austin, and Robert Sierra. Really special to share the meal with these two.

Pork Rinds and Compressed Beef TendonFresh, crispy pork rinds dusted with Cheeto powder. Sheets of beef tendon sous vide, cut into sheets and compressed, then fried and tossed with malt vinegar and beer powder.

Crispy Pig Skin Lettuce WrapsSignature dish: Kentuckyaki pig’s ear lettuce wraps with sweet vinegarr, marinated cucumbers and onions, cilantro, and benne.

Arugula salad with peaches and blackberriesEveryone ordered an entree, in addition to the march of dishes that kept streaming from the kitchen. I opted for this fresh arugula, South Carolina peaches and summer berries, South Carolina chèvre with candied pecans, and honey vinaigrette.

Husk Salmon EntréeOne of the entreés:  Atlantic snapper, summer squash and zucchini, Japanese eggplant with sweet onion, and shrimp “bisque.”

Husk Side DishesThe vegetables are one of my favorite things about Husk. Here we have kale chips, compressed melon with Shiso honey, house made ricotta and Surryano ham, the freshest sliced heirloom tomatoes, goat’s milk feta, pickled garlic, Texas olive oil, bourbon smoked salt, Jackson Wonder butterbeans with preserved tomatoes and scallions, and, barely visible in the upper corner, Carolina gold rice with sausage. And a skillet of cornbread with Allan Benton’s Tennessee Bacon So, so good.

Apparently there were three more courses planned, but they could see that we could not even begin to finish the entrees.

Two DessertsThere is, however, always room for a little dessert. Buttermilk chess pie with blackberry sauce and candied zest, and a fresh peach turnover with bourbon anglaise and peach sherbet. Served with seven forks.

Mission accomplished, Dan and Travis. Wow.

Group on the porch at HuskRobert Sierra, Robert Lerma, and John Lewis, in repose on the porch after supper.

Group ShotRobert Donovan {with the camera}, Robert Strickland, Eric Doksa, and me. Cocktails in the bar before heading out to the Blind Tiger.

Charleston church steeple at nightA moonlight stroll along Meeting Street in the Holy City was the perfect end to the evening. This intersection, at Meeting and Broad Streets, is known as the Four Corners of Law, with St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, a United States Post Office, Federal Courthouse, and county courthouse at each corner, representing federal, state, local and ecclesiastical law.

Country ham served on a barrel staveSunday night, after the barbecue event, a few of us headed back to the bar, housed in the historic brick building next to the restaurant. We were greeted with a barrel stave loaded with salty pieces of freshly sliced Edwards Virginia ham.

Cheese PlateWe toasted the success of the day with prosecco while enjoying this beautiful platter of cheese, fruit and nuts.

Husk CheeseburgerAnd we split a delicious cheeseburger.

CheeseburgerOn Monday, after a morning of meetings and real estating, we relaxed on the porch with a burger and rosé. And another go at that peach turnover.

Peach TurnoverThe porch is really a magical place to dine. Fresh air, a little sultry, so relaxing. I was amused as I listened to at least five carriage tours passing by on the street below, each giving a different {and sometimes slightly erroneous} description of Husk and Sean Brock. Note to Melany Mullens – you might consider giving those companies a script!

Heartfelt gratitude to Dan Latimer, Travis Grimes, Roderick Weaver, Darryl Csicsila, Sean Brock, Eric Doksa, and Robert Donovan for engineering such a memorable evening. It was one for the books, indeed. And thanks to the the Husk crew for repeated warm welcomes throughout my stay. I’m already planning my return.

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