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Lowcountry Living: Marsh views along the river are just a few signature scenes to experience in Beaufort, South Carolina. For more, see “Wide Waters,” page 58. Photograph courtesy of the Greater Beaufort-Port Royal Convention and Visitors Bureau

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16 HIGH BLUFF COURT, CLIFFS VALLEY $2,695,000 | MLS# 1377161 John “Clark” Kent 864.784.9918


5 TROPICANA COURT, CITY LIGHTS $2,498,000 | MLS# 1383311 Holly May 864.640.1959

15 WINDFAIRE PASS COURT, RIDGES AT PARIS MOUNTAIN $1,598,500 | MLS# 1369349 Holly May 864.640.1959


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104 TOP RIDGE DRIVE, RESERVE AT LAKE KEOWEE $751,000 | MLS# 1386980 Vicky Wynn 828.242.1171

200 KNIGHTSRIDGE ROAD, CLIFFS VALLEY $849,950 | MLS# 1385599 John “Clark” Kent 864.784.9918

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1027 S MAIN STREET #204, M WEST TERRACE HOMES $727,590 | MLS# 1383408 Nancy King 864.414.8701


8 ANDERS ROAD, GREENVILLE $675,000 | MLS# 1385716 Damian Hall Group 864.561.7942 Tim Heatley 864.561.1489

65 BLACKS DRIVE, GREENVILLE $589,999 | MLS# 1377666 Michael Mumma 864.238.2542

1489 ALTAMONT ROAD, PARIS MOUNTAIN $539,000 | MLS# 1373450 Damian Hall Group 864.561.7942 Nick Littlefield 864.809.6024

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108 MAY APPLE WAY, CLIFFS AT GLASSY $499,000 | MLS# 1369764 Debra Owensby 864.404.8295 MAINTENANCE-FREE LIVING

112 QUIET LAKE COURT, ASHMORE LAKES $489,900 | MLS# 1387350 Chelsey Dever 864.905.0355

326 LAGUNA LANE, COURTYARDS ON WEST GEORGIA $448,000 | MLS# 1384208 Holly May 864.640.1959


416 SANTA CRUZ WAY, COURTYARDS ON WEST GEORGIA $425,000 | MLS# 1377681 Holly May 864.640.1959

325 HAMPTON AVENUE, UNIT 105, HAMPTONS COMMUNITY $399,900 | MLS# 1385209 Michael Mumma 864.238.2542

109 HOLLAND TRACE CIRCLE, SIMPSONVILLE $366,500 | MLS# 1387395 Kennie Norris 864.608.0865

412 ROWLEY COURT, ROSE HILL $314,900 | MLS# 1385593 Barry Cain 864.421.2166

1 MIDDLECREEK WAY, MEADOWBROOKE $278,000 | MLS# 1385553 Cindy Hosea 864.525.4803


409 CHILLINGHAM COURT, WEST FARM $330,000 | MLS# 1387035 Joye Lanahan 864.404.5372


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26 BROOKDALE AVENUE, GREENVILLE $242,000 | MLS# 1373046 Shannon Donahoo 864.329.7345


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14 B KNOXBURY TERRACE, MCDANIEL PARK $200,000 | MLS# 1378292 Joye Lanahan 864.404.5372

8 RAVEN ROAD 1.14 Acres | MLS# 1385352 | $124,500 2201 POWDERSVILLE ROAD 1.61 Acres | MLS# 1385592 | $99,900

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See, hear, read, react. The month’s must-dos.


Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.

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Celebrated bouquet artist Tulipina talks flowers at the GCMA’s Fine Art + Flora; Tanya Stiegler crafts nature-inspired jewelry; Stacy Smallwood makes high fashion approachable through her King Street boutiques; and a Spartanburg watchsmith restores vintage Seikos.

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Exchange winter blues for bold hues—this spring we’re all about tone on tone with the season’s best and brightest. / styled by Laura Linen // photography by Paul Mehaffey

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Bask in the quiet beauty of Beaufort, SC; industrial chic vibes emanate from Asheville’s new boutique hotel, The Foundry; and Highlands’ Half-Mile Farm showcases Southern chefs.





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Brackish brand for dapper accessories.


Find chemical-free suds from Gifted Hands Artisan Soap; and Hook+Gaff watches for the sports-inclined woman.


Ms. Wright reminds that being yourself is the best gift you can give to others.


While the Man fully embraces Digital Age conveniences, his mother prefers technology that doesn’t talk back.

Area author Ashley Warlick chats with Mary Laura Philpott about the Nashville essayist’s new memoir, I Miss You When I Blink. Asheville restaurant Benne on Eagle brings West African nuance to Appalachian dishes; sample honey-based elixirs at this Mauldin meadery; and fresh spring veggies bring this ricotta gnocchi to life.

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Got plans? You do now. Experience the ad illustrations of original mad man Mac Conner at The Upcountry History Museum.

COVER & THIS PAGE Cover: Model Bailey Harrs wears a top-tie gathered neck blouse from Southern Girl Chic; Fizz Boulder rings in hematite, aquamarine, and labrodite by Greenville’s Tanya Stiegler Designs (see story on page 46); and emerald and diamond earrings from Hale’s Jewelers This page: Model Elise Clement wears a Mudpie orange dress from Splash on Main and a Yochi necklace (worn as bracelet) from Madi Boutique. For more of our Spring Style presentation, see “Pop Culture,” page 86. // photography by Paul Mehaffey

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Letter April Highlights

Photograph by Chelsey A shford ; location: Savereign in the Village of West Greenville

Petal Chic

GCMA’s Fine Art + Flora explores the creative power of flowers: page 44

Second Nature

Tanya Stiegler Designs melds the essence of the outdoors into elegant jewelry art: page 46

About Face

Old Seiko watches get an upgrade from Seth Roberts at Hub City Vintage: page 50

Wide Waters

Beaufort, South Carolina, welcomes all with laidback Lowcountry vibes: page 58

Bird Call

Charleston-based Brackish brand creates feather bow ties and accessories for men and women: page 68

Clean Queen

Gifted Hands Artisan Soap crafts local care products sans harmful chemicals: page 74

That’s Perfect

Nashville writer Mary Laura Philpott’s new memoir is a must-read for women: page 82

Pop Culture

When it comes to spring style, we chase the rainbow: page 86

Super Soul

Chef John Fleer’s Benne on Eagle offers hefty plates with West African flair: page 98

Fresh View


pril in its newness and promise is a resounding bell returning us to the moment, to this minute, as if to say, “Snap out of your mind and into your body!” Recognize where you are, and who you are. When we attune to the present, virtually anything is possible. This season heralds the possibility, the energy of now. Yet, in the age of Instagram, we’re obsessed with documenting our lives while being riveted by the milliseconds of others’. We’re driven by the clock, by the hours, marking moments as they pass and turning them over in our palms like rocks. I have a vast collection of stones that I’ve acquired during various hikes; they’re piled in ceramic bowls and dishes throughout my home, and I treasure them. But for all of their meaning, I cannot recall exactly where I got them—Point Lobos State Park in California? Acadia National Park in Maine? Jones Gap State Park? Paris Mountain? They are symbols of experiences, of moments that were special but whose details are no longer relevant. Throughout this Spring Style issue are stories that hold both past and present, culturally and aesthetically. History is useful if we use it as a tool to sharpen our thinking, open our minds, and deepen our care. But staying there keeps us from discovering a grander vision. We have the singular ability to refreshen our lives over and again. “This is how it’s always been” is detrimental to what can be. Spring encourages us to create, to devise our wildest imaginings. There is no better time. Blair Knobel Editor-in-Chief

I’d love to hear from you.

Have a story idea, comment, or question? Write to me at blair@ @towncarolina

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Come enjoy the perfect pairing of fresh flowers and fine art at Fine Art + Flora Weekend, May 3 - 5, at the Greenville County Museum of Art! The entire weekend will be abloom with beautiful and fragrant displays created by local floral designers and garden enthusiasts as they interpret the museum’s permanent collection of American art. In addition to admiring the art and arrangements throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy an Ikebana demonstration, special speakers, and a “Bouquet to Go” workshop. To see the full schedule or to purchase tickets to hear Kiana Underwood, visit Presented by

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COOKBOOK SIGNING WITH CHEF KATIE BUTTON Chef Katie Button is the proprietor and creative force behind two celebrated Asheville eateries: the tapas-heavy Cúrate, and her latest addition, Button & Co. Bagels. The Upcountry Provisions Cookbook Club will host Chef Button at its outdoor event space for an intimate gathering that will include welcome cocktails, a book signing, and small-plate selections from Button’s Cúrate cookbook.

Photograph by Katie Button Restaurants

The Grove at Upcountry Provisions, 6811 State Park Rd, Travelers Rest. Thurs, April 18, 5–7pm. $45. (864) 834-8433,

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iMAGINE Upstate, a ten-day event dedicated to providing the Upstate’s top minds with a platform for community outreach and communication comes loaded with events to stretch the brain and the soul. The extravaganza is capped off with a downtown family-friendly festival that includes interactive stage shows, robot races, learning experiences, and more.

Greenville restaurants unite to throw down some of the best cooking our beloved foodie community has to offer. This year’s New Orleans–style brunch will feature music by the Greenville Jazz Collective and St. Anthony’s Men’s Choir, lethal Bloody Marys, and enticing cuisine from around the Upstate. And this year, guests will have the chance to check out and bid on amazing works of art by local creatives. Taste of the Upstate provides much-needed funding for Loaves and Fishes, an organization dedicated to supplying food for local pantries and distribution programs.

Downtown Greenville. Sat, April 6, 11am–5pm. Free. (864) 238-7117,

Zen, 924 S Main St, Greenville. Sun, Apr 7, 11:30am–2:30pm. $42. (864) 232-3595,

Temple of Israel, 400 Spring Forest Rd, Greenville. Sun, Apr 7, 10:30am–4:30pm. Free.



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Dedicated to celebrating Jewish heritage in the Upstate, ShalomFest is back again. Familyfriendly and free, ShalomFest features interactive educational exhibits and activities centered around Jewish faith and history, as well as unique dancing and music. Traditional Jewish delicacies will be on hand, and guests are invited to expand their knowledge with an informative panel discussion.

Photograph courtesy of Loaves and Fishes

Photograph courtesy of iMagine Upstate


AVITAL MEETS AVITAL One’s a contemporary jazz bassist, the other a classically trained mandolinist. But besides their Israeli heritage (and their last names), there’s one other thing that artists Omer Avital and Avi Avital have in common—a passion for music. And when their talents combine, the result is a beautiful, hypnotic fusing of two magnetic musical styles. It’s new. It’s fresh. It’s Avital Meets Avital.

Photograph courtesy of the Peace Center

Gunter Theatre at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, April 11, 7pm. $45. (864) 467-3000,


Ah, family vacations. Hour after hour spent crammed next to your older brother in the back seat of the Honda Odyssey, fistfighting for control of the one air-conditioning vent and trying not to lose every piece to the car checkers set your aunt gave you. It’s memories like these that catapult Don Browning back into the era of simpler times while he drives around his hometown seeking the perfect final resting place for his father’s ashes. When past and present collide, you’re bound to discover there’s no place like home. Greenville Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. April 12–28. Thurs–Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 3pm. (864) 233-6238,


Interested in joining the biggest classic car cruise-in that the Upstate has to offer? Then motor on over to this annual festival, where retro rides, shag music, and prize raffles create the perfect opportunity to give back to community charities. Beginning in 1998, Blue Ridge Fest has become the gathering spot for good times and good fun for all. Kicking off with the cruise-in, the evening will also feature live beach music with Jim Quick and Coastline, MAGIC, The Tams, and the Oak Ridge Boys. Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, 734 W Main St, Pickens. Fri, May 3, 5:30–10pm. Adults, $25; ages 7–12, $15; 6 & under, free. (800) 240-3400,

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z Dance the night away with Carolina Shag Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, which supports Camp Courage and the Ellen Taylor Foundation for Junior Shaggers. Guests will have a chance to show off their best beachin’ dance moves while eating and drinking to support these great causes. Greenville Shrine Club, 119 Beverly Rd, Greenville. Sat, April 6, 6:30pm. $25-$35.

Photograph by Matthew Murphy, courtesy of the Peace Center


z Purveyor organic produce and grass-fed meats, Greenbrier Farms will share the table with family-owned cheese creative Blue Ridge Creamery. This culinary collaboration serves up a four-course family-style meal centered on the season’s finest comestibles. Greenbrier meats and produce will pair with Blue Ridge Creamery cheeses along with curated beer and wine. Greenbrier Farms, 766 Hester Store Rd, Easley. Sat, April 20, 6:30–9:30pm. $75. (864) 855-9782,


z What with all the late-night wake-up calls and poopy diapers, being a new mom isn’t easy. Things are especially difficult for Jessie, a former Manhattanite transplanted to the suburbs with her newborn. Seeking companionship, Jessie befriends neighbor (and new mom) Lina. But when the entrance of a third party shakes their friendship, the real fun begins in this dark comedy by Molly Smith Metzler. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. April 26–May 12. $35. (864) 235-6948,


z Raise a glass to increasing autism awareness at the Evening of Hope annual gala. Project Hope is committed to providing the public with a greater understanding of autism, as well as providing resources and specialized education for those with autism. A cocktail reception will be followed by a seated dinner, along with music and dancing.

Come From Away While the darkest corners of our fears were widely exposed when the World Trade Center came crashing down on September 11, 2001, there is another story—one of kindness and love—that deserves to be told. This musical love letter heralds the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, and its residents who opened their homes and hearts to thousands of diverted passengers. Based on true accounts by those who lived it, Come From Away won the 2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. April 16–21. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm. $35-$100. (864) 467-3000,

Greenville Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Sat, April 27, 6 pm. Ticket prices vary, sponsorships available. projecthopesc. org/eoh


z There is possibly no combination more Southern than oysters and barbecue, and euphoria is making sure to give a taste of both. The Sunday funday event will include fresh steamed fare by White Stone Oyster Co., smoked barbecue from pitmaster Anthony Dibernardo, and other Upstate favorites. Beer, wine, cocktails, and mocktails will flow as euphoria announces the schedule for the September fest. Larkin’s “L,” 211 E Broad St, Greenville. Sun, April 28, 2–5pm. $65.

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euphoria’s A Southern Remedy February 21, 2019

Jack & L.B. Snodgrass

Madeleine Hackett, Paige Hopkins & Brennan McDavid

Tyler Kisler, Brittany McIntosh, Nicole Cuadrado, Megan Early-Soppa & Philipp Soppa

The Upstate’s favorite food fest knows how to have a good time—no matter the time of year. Sponsored by TOWN, A Southern Remedy provided a warm reminder of the delicious food, drink, and music to come with Euphoria in September. Around 350 guests gathered at Zen to nosh on fare from some of Greenville’s newest culinary additions, such as el Thrifty, Foxcroft Wine Co., Moe’s Original Bar B Que, and more. By Chelsey Ashford Photography

Gina Boulware, Kurt Schumacher & Catherine Schumacher

John & Catherine James

Kristen Allen & Brian Horton Susan McCall, Mark McCall, Austin McCall, and Keaton Wylie

Laura Linz, Cindy Overgaard, Robbie Randolph Josh And Debra Jones

Julia Rodriguez & Connie Dimick

Jason and Heather Meadors

Alrinthea Carter & Shivani Nadarajah

Jay Marett, Molly Willingham & Andrea Smith

Christie & Paul McJunkin

Tammy Johnson & John Boyanoski

Sandra Martoccia, Callie Higgins & Barbara Smith

Kerry Lannin & Anita Harley

Neetu & Sima Patel

Cindy Van Every & Lynne Fowler

Carl Sobocinski, Catherine Schumacher, Karen Lopez Jordan, Kurt Schumacher & Valerie Pascoe

Lawson McAbee & Scott McAbee

Ashley & Justin Suber

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Furman University’s Bell Tower Ball February 23, 2019 During its annual Bell Tower Ball, Furman University honored the achievements and service of alumni, corporate partners, and members of the university community at the Greenville Convention Center. Nearly 700 guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and dinner, along with dancing and live music by Steel Toe Stiletto. By Jack Robert Photography Jay & Kristen Anthony Frank Gerwig & Donna Cox

Phoebe Huth, Anna Hoffman, Shania Gaspard & Elizabeth Davis Lois Parker & Gregory Parker

Ellen Weinberg, Peggy Davis & Carol Smeaton

Melissa & Tom Evelyn

Mitzi Ann & Kevin Bryant

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Robert & Ashley Keene

Lauren Killey Briles & Lisa Pizzolato Potter

Dana Moore & Mary Barnette


William Peek, Joanna Brady, Shane Farmer & Brian Almond

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Connor Dial, Will Sanders & Lee Gardella


Karon Harwood, Julia Castanet

Jody Webb, Doug Webb & Allison Foy

This Augusta Road charmer offers an inviting front porch, a spacious living room with fireplace and plenty of windows, formal dining room and updated kitchen with Silestone countertops, glass tile backsplash and stainless appliances that all convey! The master bedroom features great closet space, a travertine tile bathroom floor, subway tile shower and a granite vanity. Beautiful red oak hardwood and tile floors throughout main level. Lower level could also serve as a great office or in-law suite with separate entrance. Zoned for Augusta Circle Elementary and a very short walk from Rockwood Park!

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High Spirits Hospitality’s 8th Anniversary Party February 22, 2019 Ashley McFalls & Sitton Ostebee

Roberta Wood, David Wood & Susie White

Jake Rollins, Bo McDonald & Jeff Brown

Eight years in business is no small feat for High Spirits Hospitality, and the catering and event collaborative appropriately celebrated with a bourbon-themed bash. Nearly 225 guests commemorated the anniversary at the Old Cigar Warehouse, which included award recipient announcements for the entire company.

Bethany Carter & Victor Berg

Hank Patterson & Callie Strother

By Bonfire Visuals Ruth Hayer, Mary Hellen Kelly & Chandler Massey

Carter Perry, Rachel Ritter & Garrett Johnson

Meg Mcanally, Chase Kuhlman, Hubert Deligny & Jacie Willing

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A good pair of sneaks goes a long way, especially when worn to celebrate efforts to make the Upstate community a better, more inclusive place. Guests of the Urban League of the Upstate’s Black Tie & Sneaker Gala partied the night away in their most comfortable kicks, dancing to the tunes of Nickle Bag of Funk, all while enjoying cocktails and bidding on items at the silent auction. Proceeds of the evening benefited the Urban League’s efforts to advance equity by empowering underserved communities.

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A true testament to how the United Way works to better the Upstate, more than 100 community partners celebrated the impact of almost 30,000 donors and 13,000 volunteers at the organization’s sold-out Community Awards Celebration. The 1,100 guests in attendance at the Greenville Convention Center honored the generosity of the people, partners, and businesses who make it possible for the United Way of Greenville County to support 100 local programs and initiatives.

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ometimes, the love of your life can be right in front of you—and it takes a new perspective to see that. Such was the case for Kelsey Olson and Story Cosgrove, who connected in Charleston after learning they had both attended Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville. The two exchanged numbers over drinks, with plans to reconnect at Leon’s Oyster Shop. Two years of dating later, on a windy, unsuspecting January day, Story led Kelsey out to Waterfront Park in Charleston to pop

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the big question. Convinced he wasn’t planning to propose for weeks, Kelsey was surprised to see Story down on one knee. She happily said yes, and the two returned to Leon’s Oyster Shop as a newly engaged couple to reminisce about their first date. Come time for wedding bells, the couple was married during sunset at Hotel Domestique, with the bride donning her grandmother’s pearl, sapphire, and diamond choker—a piece that covered something old, borrowed, and blue. Kelsey and her mother designed the flowers

Cloud Nine: Held at Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest, Kelsey and Story’s special day was coordinated by Jennifer Dennis. The bride’s Leanne Marshall dress featured a painted watercolor skirt of light blues and greys, a perfect nod to the atmospheric wedding.

and décor, with the help of close friend Caroline of Juniper & Jasmine designs. A seafood paella fed all 150 guests, which was washed down with Revelry Brewing beer—both nods to the beginning of their relationship in Charleston. The couple lives in Greenville, where Kelsey is the designer & co-owner of indigoMAPEL, and Story is a coffee roaster at his company Saluda River Coffee. BY LINDSEY HARRIS SHORTER PHOTOGRAPHY

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Haley Tyler & Tucker Beerman December 22, 2018

Tucker Beerman and Haley Tyler attended college in the other’s hometown, and thanks to fate, and a few mutual connections, the two became friends. Eventually, Tucker worked up the courage to ask Haley out, and eight months of dating later, he was ready to seal the deal. Convinced they were late to dinner with his dad in Cincinnati, Haley wondered why Tucker decided to take a “detour from traffic.” As they approached Mount Adams, he pulled out a journal they’d used together since their relationship began. That’s when Haley knew, and that’s when Tucker asked her to be his forever. The wedding took place at Southern Bleachery in the Taylors Mill—the venue stunningly decorated by the bride’s mother. In an Anya Bridal gown, Haley walked through a handcrafted door by Kingdom Customs for the bridal procession. Her little brother sang during the reception, with photographer Kiley Lauren capturing each moment. The couple resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where Haley is a talent acquisition specialist, and Tucker is a business development executive at SOLTECH, Inc. BY KILEY LAUREN PHOTOGRAPHY

Katie Stokes & Thomas Kizer August 4, 2018 Katie Stokes’ new job proved to be a place where she would not only love working, but also find true love. Katie’s co-worker Erin soon introduced Katie to Erin’s brother Thomas Kizer, and when the two realized they had attended Clemson together, the match seemed meant to be. A first date at a Tigers basketball game budded into a sweet, two-year relationship. As diehard Clemson fans, the couple planned to go to a game in Virginia the fall of 2017. Thomas found a farmhouse with stunning mountain views, and decided the weekend had more in store than a Tiger victory. As he and Katie walked around the property, Thomas asked their host to take pictures of them in front of the stunning vistas, and during the last photograph, he pulled out a ring. Katie’s “yes” moment was captured on camera to be treasured for the rest of their lives. On their wedding day, Katie’s father not only gave her away, but he also officiated the wedding. The couple resides in Greenville, where Katie is a graphics imaging technologist at Sealed Air Corporation, and Thomas is a customer resale planner at Bosch Rexroth. BY JESSI NICHOLS PHOTOGRAPHY

Katie Manson & Sam Ring October 13, 2018 When a group of California-based Clemson alumni gathered to watch Tiger football at a local bar, Katie Manson and Sam Ring caught each other’s eyes. They chatted during subsequent alumni meet-ups, but it took two years before Katie threw caution to the wind and handed Sam her number. Another two years later, Sam planned a perfect proposal evening for Katie, but when they set out for drinks before dinner, the preselected bar was closed. While most proposers would find this a setback, Sam had purposely led Katie to a closed bar so he could suggest a seemingly spontaneous walk to nearby Ina Coolbrith Park. The couple soon found themselves in front of the Bay Bridge with a stunning view of the San Francisco skyline, and once his nerves settled, Sam asked Katie to be his wife. She immediately accepted, with a photographer present to capture the moment. Surrounded by family and friends, the two were wed at the Owen Pavilion at the Madren Center in Clemson overlooking Lake Hartwell. Cotton Rouge provided makeup and hair, and Aimee Cromer created the floral designs. Katie is a manager of member engagement at Blue Shield of California, and Sam is in sales operations at Prezi. The couple continues to live in San Francisco. BY SABRINA FIELDS PHOTOGRAPHY

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In Bloom: Flower designer Kiana Underwood (right) of Tulipina will be the special guest speaker at the Greenville County Museum of Art’s Fine Art + Flora event, the weekend of May 3–5. For more information, visit

For its second installment, the GCMA’s Fine Art + Flora welcomes celebrated floral maven Kiana Underwood / by M. Linda Lee


o internationally renowned floral designer Kiana Underwood, arranging flowers is art. That makes the owner of Tulipina, based in upstate New York, uniquely qualified to be the featured floral designer at the second annual Fine Art + Flora event at the Greenville County Museum of Art. Held the first weekend of May, the three-day festivities will set the museum’s galleries abloom with more than 20 arrangements created by local floral designers and garden enthusiasts. But these aren’t just any flower arrangements. Each will interpret, in terms of color, shape, and texture, a particular painting of the artisan’s choosing. “Designers must use live, cut, or dried flowers and plants, and natural elements, but the sky’s the limit in terms of creativity,” explains GCMA’s head of communications, Paula Angermeier. The event kicks off the 35th season of their fundraising campaign, Art for Greenville, which supports new acquisitions for the museum. In the only ticketed session of the weekend, Underwood will demonstrate two different arrangements on Friday morning in her unconventional Tulipina style. “I advocate a free mind when it comes to floral design,” says Kiana. “When you let go of that restrictive notion of floral-design rules, you create more beautiful results. A work of art doesn’t have a recipe. There’s no such thing as, ‘You have to use three flowers here and five there’; you just have to go with what looks good to you.” Underwood’s interest in flowers stems from her childhood. She grew up in Iran, spending time in her grandfather’s gardens and cherishing the fresh flowers her mother always placed in their home. After getting married and having her first child, Underwood, who has a master’s degree in international economics from The John Hopkins University in Maryland, decided to stay home. Tulipina sprouted in 2011 from her need for a creative outlet.

Inspired by the wildness of nature and Old World flower arrangements (especially as depicted in seventeenth-century Dutch Masters paintings), Underwood loves to mimic the “beauty, abundance, and color” in those works. “It looks like somebody just went into the garden and took one of whatever they could find and brought it into the vessel,” she observes. “That’s the kind of design I like to do.” When she’s not creating stunning floral designs for high-end destination weddings and other chic events, Underwood travels the globe holding classes and workshops. “I like to think of flowers as my paintbrush,” she says, “because I create something colorful and interesting with them.” Fine Art + Flora, May 3–5; Greenville County Museum of Art; 420 College St, Greenville, (864) 271-7570,; admission is free; tickets ($75) required for Kiana Underwood’s demonstration on Friday morning. The garden-to-gallery festivities continue on Saturday with an Ikebana demonstration and a Bouquet-To-Go workshop. On Sunday afternoon, local interior designer Deborah Gibson will demonstrate how to craft arrangements mixing garden and grocery store flowers.

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Metal Minded: Tanya Stiegler’s natureinspired designs take many forms, like the Fizz series (above right), Stiegler’s take on air bubbles in rushing water, and the Tendril series (right). View more of her pieces at

Second Nature Jewelry artist Tanya Stiegler translates elements into wearable art / by Kathleen Nalley // photography by Eli Warren


ebbles worn smooth over time, tendrils shaping themselves as they climb and twist: these are the objects that inspire local designer Tanya Stiegler, whose carefully handcrafted jewelry often follows forms provided by nature. A kayaking and hiking enthusiast, Stiegler finds inspiration in the outdoors, where colors, shapes, and sounds spark her creativity. She then translates these into wearable art—think long, spirally earrings, pendants in 14k or 18k gold, or necklace clasps in sterling silver. Like little sculptures, no two pieces in the Tendril collection are exactly alike. A left dangle earring differs from its right. One pendant spirals tightly, while another unwinds from a chain. One of Stiegler’s most popular collections, the Fizz series, is inspired “by the way water tumbles over rocks in a stream and air bubbles fizz up,” she says. The collection includes earrings, pendants, and signature rings, where precious metal, the fizz, surrounds massive gemstones like labradorite in rich blues and greens. But she’s not only collaborating with the natural world in her designs. Stielger finds inspiration in other place-based muses: the old water tower at Hampton Station is the subject of a series of photography prints and notecards (she’s a photographer, too), and is manifested through precious metals in earrings, necklaces, and key rings. Last year, inspired by her Hampton Station neighbors,

she created a Birds Fly South antiqued brass key ring featuring the brewery’s signature logo. Stiegler’s OpenHearted series highlights hearts cast in 18k yellow gold, her “most sentimental” design, based on a gold heart locket her mother gifted her as a young girl. Unlike her organic, one-of-a-kind tendril designs, this series is created using a CAD program, digital software which lends itself to precision, symmetry, and the ability to make exact multiples easily. Originally from Pennsylvania, Stiegler grew up in a creative household, where making things—from cross-stitching to fashioning pushpin-andsequin Christmas ornaments—were regular activities. Her skills were strengthened at Guilford College, and a beginning metalsmithing course at Philadelphia College of Art, as well as an internship with designer Shirley Gobble Merriott, refined her craft and business sensibilities. The artisan maker has worked at various retail jewelry locations. After a detour in the kayaking industry, she returned to jewelry as a goldsmith at llyn strong for eight years until she launched her own studio. Her 24-year metal- and gold-smithing background honed her attention to each material’s unique properties and “what they like to do.” This knowledge informs her designs, where she maximizes the metal’s natural tendencies. Art is often a solitary process, and Stiegler enjoys the creative camaraderie afforded by having her studio in a thriving, collaborative atmosphere. “It’s exciting to have a sense of place here at Hampton Station and be enveloped in its history,” she says. “Being part of this creative community of artists and entrepreneurs means you’re surrounded by problem solvers. It’s an energizing experience.” For more information, visit, or visit her studio at Art Up Studios at Hampton Station, 1320 Hampton Avenue, Greenville.

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Couture Queen Charleston style maven Stacy Smallwood makes high fashion approachable at her King Street boutiques / by Jac Valitchka


tacy Smallwood wants you to get dressed. And, please, you can give those yoga pants the day off. “It’s just as easy to throw on an Ulla Johnson dress and some cute shoes,” says Smallwood, “as it is some lululemons and a T-shirt. I think a lot of times what you have on can hold you back. Maybe you’re not going to go meet your friend for a 5 o’clock cocktail because you didn’t get dressed today.” As the owner of clothing, shoes, and accessories destinations: Hampden Clothing, James, and Small—all on historic King Street in Charleston, and all named for her great-great grandfather—this Greenville native now Charleston dweller has an eye for fashion. But the flounce and fluff? No, dahhling. You can leave all that for the Miranda Priestlys of the world. Smallwood might wear Prada, but she’s no diva. Instead, she is as vivacious and unassuming as they come— especially in an industry that can be allergic to both traits. “Fashion is deemed to be this thing like this girls club that you’re not a part of,” says Smallwood, “and I would love to continue to break down those walls.” Smallwood just wants to bring high fashion’s best of the best to the Lowcountry and beyond, which she is doing in spades—and in shades beyond the très Southern pastels and

Small Talk: Hampden Clothing (above left) is Stacy Smallwood’s (opposite) flagship style boutique, which provides Charleston with high fashion’s biggest brand names, like Ulla Johnson and Paul Andrew Rhea (above).

pinks. In fact Smallwood says 70 percent of her business is from clients who live outside of South Carolina. Hampden opened in 2007, James in 2012, and her newest venture, Small (a mini-version of Hampden with a $500 and less price point), just four months ago. All have made Smallwood a wild success at being the Southeast go-to for brands usually only purchasable in marquee cities. She carries more than 100 different designers from A (Alexander Wang) to Z (Zimmermann) with Helmut Lang, Marni, and Stella McCartney in between. She’s gone one-third of the year (Paris, New York, Milan, Copenhagen) to curate from the collections she deems the best for her eager clients. The entire inventory is available to see and shop online. Press, including Town & Country, Vogue, and The Washington Post, has covered her, and her King Street takeover is the latest in a string of can- and will-do moments. Smallwood’s first and only job interview out of Vanderbilt University was with the buying program at Neiman Marcus. Her twin sister, Sallie Holder, told her to “get off the couch and go to the interview.” Sallie has recently moved back to Greenville

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“My goal is for women to feel beautiful and feel empowered through fashion instead of put down.”—Stacy Smallwood

and is a leadership coach for female entrepreneurs. It must be in the genes. “I’ve been in this business for 17 years, since I was 23-years-old,” says Smallwood, “and I have seen it all from celebrities to meeting amazing designers and editors. And there are plenty of times I go into Fashion Week, and I’m the crazy one who is like, ‘Heyyy!’ and I feel like I’ve kind of made a name for myself for that reason.” The culture of her couture is also, happily, commission-free. Her 10-person team is all on salary, which changes the shopping environment, and if you have dressing-room aversion, they even curate wardrobes and ship a box out. Keep what you want, send the rest back. “I love expressing myself through fashion. As women we are all talking about self-awareness and all these things, and subconsciously we dress for our mood or to express our personality, and I think it’s such a fun thing. But often women look at it as a burden, and I don’t want fashion to be that way. My goal is for women to feel beautiful and feel empowered through fashion instead of put down.” So whatever it is, rock your style because it’s yours, and nobody can take that away from you.

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onsider the wristwatch. In this day and age—that of hyper-accurate atomic clocks and multi-functional smartphones—the mechanical watch is neither the best, nor most versatile tool for timekeeping. The wristwatch, in an ironic twist, has become an anachronism. So then, if not utility, what good is the wristwatch? From the Omega on James Bond’s wrist or the glitz and glam of Baseworld jewelry show, style and prestige seem like good bets. It’s a signifier of taste and wealth. And that’s what makes Seth Roberts, the founder and watchsmith behind Hub City Vintage, such an interesting specimen. The young father of two has built his business completely around servicing and restoring vintage Seiko watches. In simple terms, Roberts is a fresh face in a centuries-old industry, and he’s chosen

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Time Will Tell: Seth Roberts, owner of Spartanburg’s Hub City Vintage, scours eBay, Etsy, Japanese auction sites, and estate sales for Seiko watches, meticulously inspecting, cleaning, and cataloguing parts from each watch. He replaces parts as needed, while maintaining the patina on the watch’s exterior case. Roberts also organizes and stores every spare part. Original parts for vintage watches are hard to come by, and so he keeps everything, just in case. Once Roberts reassembles and services each watch, he wears it himself to make sure it works as intended.

to work specifically on old watches from a lesserknown brand. This, of course, begs two questions: Why watches? And why vintage Seiko? “My dad was in the jewelry industry, and I grew up in and around that business,” Roberts says. “I always had an affinity for watches. When I was a kid, if I had extra money, I always wanted to buy a watch.” A child of the ’80s, Roberts grew up squarely in the digital age. He was enthralled by Casio calculator watches and Citizen windsurfing watches. “It was all this science on your wrist, and you got to take it everywhere with you.” Roberts’s enthusiasm for watches grew up with him, and he soon followed his father into the jewelry profession. There, he apprenticed and learned from other watchmakers. The more proficient Roberts got,

the more complex the watches got—and the more intrigued he got. “Watches are a small puzzle, and when everything comes together right, you get this machine that tells time. It just fascinates me.” Roberts’s obsession with watches meant he worked on them as a hobby, which is what led him to vintage Seikos. A friend brought him a non-functioning Seiko chronograph (reference model 6139) to see if Roberts could get it running again. “It was the first 6139 I broke down, and I was blown away by the engineering in this watch,” he says. “All of Seiko’s manufacturing is vertically integrated. Everything they built for their watches was done in-house. They didn’t outsource anything. The only other brand that does that is Rolex.” It wasn’t just the precision engineering, either. As Roberts delved deeper, he came to appreciate the holistic design principles (known as The Grammar of Design) that govern Seiko’s catalog. “I always liken it to the Birds of Paradise,” he says. “They have no natural predators, so they’ve just evolved to attract a mate. They just get prettier. And that was the watch game in the ’70s. Everyone was just trying to create these immaculate looking watches.” APRIL 2019 / 51

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Design On the Clock: Roberts became obsessed with watches as a child, following his father’s footsteps into the jewelry industry. He began working on vintage Seiko watches as a hobby, fascinated by their complex puzzle: “Getting to take something that was useless before—maybe it was sitting in a drawer for 40 years—and bring it back to life fulfills me,” he says.

Before long, Roberts was known across the Internet as the go-to guy for servicing and restoring vintage Seikos, and he had more work than he could handle. On top of his full-time job at the jewelry store watch department he managed, he was working late into the night on his hobby. Around Christmas of 2014, he decided to turn his side hustle into a full-time venture. “As much as I loved selling Rolex and working with other great brands, getting to take something that was useless before—maybe it was sitting in a drawer for 40 years—and bring it back to life fulfills me,” he says. There’s another added bonus of working on vintage watches: they’re unique. “Guys don’t get a lot of accessories,” Roberts says. “Besides my wedding ring, I only wear a watch, so I want it to be the coolest watch it can be. For me, that means it needs to have a good story. There’s something about wearing an older watch that has a history linked to someone important, whether it’s a family member or someone in history.” Take the first 6139 Roberts worked on. Among aficionados, that watch is known as the “Colonel Pogue,” named for Air Force Colonel William Pogue, who piloted the Skylab 4 space mission from 1973–1974. “When he was training, he went to the PX and bought this Seiko chronograph. He trained for six months—timing engine burns—using that watch,” Roberts says. When it came time for Pogue to launch, he was issued a NASA–approved Omega Speedmaster, but he snuck his reliable, familiar Seiko onto his spacecraft.

It also helps that vintage watches are rare, simply by virtue of the fact that there aren’t as many of them around anymore. “I like that it’s something not everyone can have,” Roberts admits. Although Roberts is working with watches that are, in some cases, more than 50 years old, he’s taking a page out of contemporary streetwear and sneaker trends by releasing restored watches in “drops.” Every few weeks, once he has a dozen or so watches ready, he announces them as a capsule collection via email newsletter. Then, he “drops” them all at once on the Hub City Vintage website, where they are snatched up by eager collectors. Roberts is a fresh face in an old industry, working outside the halo of luxurious brands, but that doesn’t matter. He is an enthusiast to his core, and that enthusiasm is feeding new energy and appreciation into that very industry. Hub City Vintage, Spartanburg; Vintage Seiko watches, prices vary, starting from $200; handmade watch rolls, $20-$45;

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Beaufort’s coastal beauty runs through its cultural legacy, rich marshes, and gracious people / by Abby Moore Keith


egarding Beaufort, South Carolina, I’m tempted to be a bit selfish. To the unattuned, this charming Lowcountry gem may appear like any other Southern coastal town. It has the historic columned homes, the mom-and-pop seafood shops, and the romantic marsh scenes that stretch for miles unending. But to a sympathetic soul, and clearly to its inhabitants, Beaufort is unmistakably magical. It welcomes with the unassuming allure of a place content in its own skin, oozing authenticity in its quiet resistance to the coastal consumerism that has engulfed many beach towns. Which, truthfully, is why I’d rather not tell you all about it. I want to keep Beaufort’s charming secrets to myself. I want it to stay exactly as it was when my husband and I walked down Bay Street for the first time. The wind was sashaying through the swamp grass along the bluff, and I caught the sweet wafts of Carolina jessamine trailing off the garden fences. For a new spring day, it was a bit dreary, but when we hopped on a carriage tour, our guide quickly passed out blankets.

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Warm Welcome: (clockwise from opposite left) The Old Sheldon Church Ruins outside Beaufort; snack on pimiento cheese, or grab a signature canned good, at Lowcountry Produce; historic homes highlight The Point neighborhood; bike down Beaufort’s streets, or hop on the rails-to-trail Spanish Moss greenway.

Not only were we given a thorough history of The Point—a neighborhood brimming with wide porches, elegant gardens, and century-old homes showcased in movies like The Prince of Tides and Forrest Gump—but when we stopped at various spots, our guide spoke louder so sidewalk bystanders could catch what she was saying. And then there was the warm hospitality of Connie and Ed Binot at The Cuthbert House Inn. More than two centuries old, the antebellum inn maintains its Old World charm, though not lacking in modern amenities. Our suite offered a comfortable fourposter king, a claw-foot tub, and a lovely view of the old oaks along the Beaufort River. The Cuthbert is one of several historic homes turned into boutique hotels, like The Rhett House and The Anchorage 1770, an original tabby structure (constructed of oyster shells and mud) with the best vistas of the marsh from its top deck lounge. Even the town’s walkability reflects a commitment to a simpler way. A brief morning stroll quickly became a longer adventure, as we popped into the eclectic mix of shops and museums. Along Craven Street we happened upon NeverMore Books, a former fire station with wide windows and plenty of nooks and crannies to lose oneself in a good hardback. The clerk directed us to the Reconstruction

National Monument a few doors down, which tributes the work of Robert Smalls, a former slave whose successful political career after the Civil War provided substantial gains for freedmen until the election of Wade Hampton and the loss of Federal troop protection in 1877. Smalls was Gullah, a group of Sea Islanders that maintained specific aspects of their West African heritage during enslavement, including a unique dialect. Many Gullah people still inhabit the islands around Beaufort, including St. Helena, just across the Woods Memorial Bridge. We traveled this way on our excursion to Hunting Island State Park, and stopped by The Penn Center, where we were welcomed by Robert Middleton, an elderly guide who attended the center’s school as a young boy. The Penn Center documents the rich legacy of Gullah culture, as the first educational institution for freedmen in APRIL 2019 / 59

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Palm Reader: (clockwise from top left) A stroll along Bay Street in downtown Beaufort offers an eclectic mix of museums, shops, and restaurants; shrimp boats bring in fresh seafood daily; and a kayak trip through the marsh is an ideal way to catch area wildlife.

STAY The Cuthbert House Inn A two-story antebellum home converted into a boutique hotel, The Cuthbert sports balconies with excellent views of the river. Don’t miss complimentary social hour at 5pm.1203 Bay St,

the area and the site of Civil Rights–era retreats with Martin Luther King Jr. This depth of culture permeates the island, a warm presence I felt from the lady at the Shrimp Shack, who called me “Shuga’” when handing over a (very delicious) shrimp burger. I felt it from the Hunting Island Lighthouse volunteer, who kindly explained the impact of hurricanes like Matthew on the area’s wildlife. I felt it even from the land itself, the sprawling, untouched spaces and the roadside vegetable stands along Highway 21. That evening we dined at the Ribaut Social Club, The Anchorage 1770’s in-house restaurant. Chef Byron’s attention to local flavor and seasonal pairings accentuated each bite (my favorite being the seared scallops with peas and rice in a white wine butter sauce), and when the inn’s co-owner Amy Lesesne joined us for a cherry bounce (bourbon and marinated cherries) afterwards, her care for the town and the restoration of the historic tabby house was palpable. The following morning was bright and blue, and Irene Goodnight of Beaufort Lands End Tours led us down the river in kayaks. Her colloquial tales about celebrities, like Tom Hanks and Pat Conroy, only added to the wildlife entertainment—we spotted egrets and otters and waterfowl during our trip through the marsh. On our way to the Interstate, we made one final stop at the Old Sheldon Church Ruins. The thick brick pillars, surrounded by old oaks, seemed to stand as a testament to the magic of the region, the wind whispering through the moss of a simple, quieter way of living. A secret that can only be known through experience, through the warm sharing of its natives, an essence so eloquently captured by Beaufort’s own literary son, Pat Conroy in The Prince of Tides: To describe our growing up in the low country of South Carolina, I would have to take you to the marsh on a spring day, flush the great blue heron from its silent occupation, scatter marsh hens as we sink to our knees in mud, open you an oyster with a pocket-knife and feed it to you from the shell and say, ‘There. That taste. That’s the taste of my childhood.’

The Anchorage 1770 This old tabby structure was the historic home of Admiral Lester Beardslee, who built secret compartments in the walls to hide his liquor from his disapproving wife. Dining at the Ribaut Social Club is a must; make sure to catch the views from the top deck lounge.1103 Bay St,

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Common Ground Coffeehouse and Market Café An excellent spot along the Waterfront Park to sip java and watch the boats along the river. Try the sausage and egg quiche, with fresh pineapple on the side.102 Beaufort St,

Saltus River Grill Fresh seafood is abundant at this upscale grill. Try the catch-ofthe-day paired with a wine from an extensive list, and end the evening with the lavender panna cotta with lemon olive oil cake. 802 Bay St,

PLAY Pat Conroy Literary Center A tribute to the late Lowcountry writer, the center seeks to continue Conroy’s legacy of encouraging people of all walks to tell their stories through literature. A definite must-stop for Conroy fans. 905 Port Republic St,

The Penn Center Once an educational haven for formerly enslaved people, today The Penn Center richly preserves Gullah culture. Several of its buildings are part of the Reconstruction Era National Monument. 16 Penn Center Circle, St Helena Island,

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ith its industrial chic vibe, downtown Asheville’s Foundry Hotel transports guests to a foregone era of America’s Industrial Revolution through the Roaring Twenties. Once the Asheville Foundry & Supply Company, which supplied steel to local landmarks including the Biltmore Estate, The Foundry Hotel’s carefully preserved details—beams, staircases, even an ancient elevator shaft—are an appropriate backdrop for inventive cocktails, live music, and a carpe diem spirit that infuse a luxe sensibility. Our room was in building C, the former wood shop. To reach it, we traversed the full length of The Foundry’s loft-style Workshop Lounge, where massive industrial windows streamed sunlight (and later, moonlight) onto rich velvet furnishings and exposed brick walls. A mixologist was gearing up for his weekend crowd. We noticed a broad selection of whiskeys and gins, a nod to the era. We slipped into our room using one of the hotel’s five different keys, each a playing card celebrating a titan of early American industry: Carnegie, Astor, Rockefeller, Morgan, and Vanderbilt. The spoils? A fabulous bed and luxurious bathroom tendered tony sanctuary, but curiosity lured us quickly back to the inviting Workshop Lounge. Lounge manager Jeremy Martin, a 19-year industry veteran, entertains bar patrons with tales of how classic Prohibition-era cocktails earned their names, while effortlessly crafting sublime adult beverages worth the drive to Asheville. His addictive fig derby, for example, is built upon a pour of fig-infused bourbon. Martin is a showman, trapping smoke from ignited wood chips beneath a highball glass, involving as many senses as possible in each beverage experience. Martin reveals, “Thursday nights, we have a 10-piece orchestra in the lounge,” alluding to musical host Russ Wilson and his Foundry Orchestra. “They play ’20s, ’30s and Big Band swing, from 6 until 9pm, and the place is usually packed.” Elegant Thursday evenings offer a time-capsule experience, transporting attendees back 100 years. Guests can navigate the hallways of the hotel campus’s connected buildings or cross a

lushly manicured lawn to reach the original foundry building, which now holds lauded restaurant Benne on Eagle. Fronting Eagle Street, this cozy three-meals-a-day eatery is helmed by none other than John Fleer, of Rhubarb fame. Inventive flavor profiles and local ingredients herald the passing seasons on Benne’s menu. Fleer, a five-time James Beard finalist, shoots and scores big with his dinner menu’s oxtail entrée. The Foundry is part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, a group of unique hotels promising “memorable experiences based on local discovery.” Asheville historian, artist, and poet Dewayne Barton and other locals make good on Hilton’s promise, offering private tours of The Foundry buildings and beyond, while celebrating the history of The Block neighborhood. The North Carolina Arboretum conducts interactive botany lessons in the courtyard, and guests can take a class to make local wildflower bouquets. Only steps from the hustle and bustle of popular Biltmore Street, The Foundry is walking distance to anything you want to see or do in downtown Asheville. Staff will also ferry you across the hills of downtown or to any River Arts District point of interest (brewery, anyone?)—in the hotel’s own Tesla—on a first come, first served basis. A dedicated Bowtie Butler is even on hand for grooms needing sartorial assistance on their big day. Asheville’s Diana Wortham Theater is only a five-minute walk from The Foundry; ditto for The Orange Peel. If your idea of a great weekend is exploring Asheville on foot, The Foundry Hotel is among the hippest of home bases. For our story on Benne on Eagle, turn to page 98.

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Taste of Spring: The tranquil gardens and grounds of HalfMile Farm offer plenty of opportunities for mountain-style relaxing, while the Chefs in the House dinner series adds scrumptious cuisine to the experience.

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mountain getaway is always in season, and Half-Mile Farm in Highlands rules as one of my favorite places to stay in western North Carolina. Sister property (along with several others) to the Old Edwards Inn, which began as a boarding house in 1878, Half-Mile Farm dates back to 1882 when it was a private farm. Its myriad modern charms include the farm’s setting amid green lawns rimmed by rhododendrons and mountain laurel, placid Apple Lake for canoeing, and the comfy parlor where settling in with a good book and a glass of wine in front of a crackling wood fire is de rigueur in winter. And that’s not to mention the recent renovations that added 12 spacious rooms and a spa suite to the existing accommodations, as well as a lovely window-walled dining room, a cozy bar, and the stand-alone Garden Room for gathering or lounging. A rustic-chic lair to bunk in any time of year, HalfMile Farm ratchets up its appeal during the Chefs in the House weekends. Unfurling a Southern theme, the series of dinners, which premiered in January, recruits chefs from across the South to come design a five-course

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menu on a Saturday evening in concert with Chris Huerta, executive chef for the Old Edwards properties. “Chefs in the House is our way of providing a more up-close and personal experience for guests,” says Jack Austin, the general manager of Old Edwards Hospitality Group. “Participants at these dinners have the opportunity to rub elbows with renowned chefs and vintners—that’s what makes them special.” I was fortunate enough to attend the February dinner, crafted by Michael Wilson, executive chef of Domenica in New Orleans, which spotlights Italian cuisine. Wilson’s menu for the evening straddled the line between Italian and Southern. “I was trying to bring a little bit of New Orleans up to North Carolina,” the chef says. “I try and cook Italian food like Italians do; they cook with what they have. So I try to paint a picture of where we are in southern Louisiana and use those ingredients as my palette to paint within the framework of the Italian repertoire.”

While the dishes were rooted in Italy, Wilson took delectable liberty in adding Southern twists. There were fried gulf oysters atop green-tomato salsa verde, and Wagyu short ribs with black-eyed-pea gremolata. “I’ve found an interesting voice by combining Southern and Italian cuisines,” notes the chef, who puts his plates in the context of a musical arrangement. “Who’s the lead singer? What’s the focal point of the arrangement? And what are the supporting players that come in and help to elevate and give depth and character to that element I’m trying to feature?” Wines echoed the Italian refrain, expertly paired by Advanced Sommelier Nick Demos. Kevin Gillespie, of Revival in Atlanta, will take the culinary stage on April 26. After that, the dinner series takes a hiatus for the summer and resumes again for three months in the fall, beginning in September with an oyster roast featuring Virginia’s White Stone Oyster Company. Any of these events will make a delicious introduction to the enchantments of Half-Mile Farm. Half-Mile Farm, 214 Half-Mile Dr, Highlands, NC; (828) 787-2620, halfmilefarm. com/chefsinthehouse APRIL 2019 / 65


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he U2 song “Cedarwood Road,” in which Bono sings “up on Cedarwood Road” about the street he grew up on, emphasizes just how impactful a place can be. It’s in my head as I drive up to Wallace School Road in West Ashley in Charleston to a nondescript, low-standing structure. Inside, it is humming with more than forty artisans creating high-end men’s— and soon to be women’s—accessories. In many ways, these artisans are part of the Brackish brand’s foundation, which began because of the suggestion that it could be done.

Visiting the Brackish offices on my wedding anniversary is especially fitting, as, in fact (and in lore), a wedding kicked off the whole idea of a bow tie made of feathers. It was co-owner Ben Ross’s own big day. One of of his groomsmen, Jeff Plotner, was so inspired by Ross’s creation of a turkey feather bow tie as his groomsman gift that the pair subsequently founded Brackish. The wedding was in 2007. For the next five years, Plotner, as proud as a peacock, wore his feather bow tie his friend and

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fellow Wofford College alum had rather daringly divined out of turkey feathers. Ross, a preternaturally passionate outdoorsman, had been awestruck by what Archibald Rutledge, the first South Carolina poet laureate, described in An American Hunter as the “regal plumage” of the turkey. Ross also noticed how the angle of the feather mimicked the shape of a bow tie. “I wore mine out to every wedding,” Plotner, a former mortgage broker, says as he walks me through the Brackish studio where feather bow ties have been fashioned into myriad objects—lampshades, on life buoys, and in a massive bow tie wall piece—“and I’ve never had so many random people come up and talk to me about something I was wearing. I got to the point in my life where I was getting this entrepreneurial bug, and I wanted to start my own thing, and I couldn’t think of a better idea than what Ben had come up with. He was still making them for friends and family on the side, and I called him up one day and said, ‘Hey, I think you have an idea that more people need to know about and I think we can get it out there.’” Far out there, actually. After launching in 2012, the handmade, one-of-a-kind bow ties, which are all made in Charleston, are sold in 367 speciality stores, as well as swanky big retailers like Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, and in Harrods in London, to name a few. And, it is simply impossible—if not downright irresponsible—to write any words of length on Brackish without mentioning Bill Murray. In fact, the list of celebrity fans of Brackish reads like Page Six of the New York Post: Don Cheadle, Ted Danson, the Carolina Panther’s quarterback, Cam Newton, Nascar driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr, not to mention the legions of grooms and groomsmen in between. With actress Blake Lively wearing one with a tuxedo-inspired ensemble on the red carpet last year, the brand will astutely widen its scope with its upcoming line for women. The bow ties take 4–5 hours to create and are made from any mix of feathers (turkey, peacock, pheasant, guinea, goose, and quail), which are procured from the very same supplier in the Midwest that they’ve used since their inception. They are responsibly sourced, so that no fowl is fouled: the feathers are collected from free-range birds, or when the feathers drop naturally by molting. The ties range in price from $195–$225, and each style has a dedicated name bestowed on them by Ross, who thoughtfully ascribes to them meaningful places (Edisto, Mill Pond) or pets (Starfire, after his childhood horse),

Fit to Be Tied: Artisans at Brackish craft feather-based accessories, like The Dandelion bow tie (below), with a mix of plumage from turkeys, pheasants, peacocks, and more, collected from freerange fowl when they molt. Brackish ties are available for purchase online at or at Rush Wilson Ltd.

The list of celebrity fans of Brackish reads like Page Six of the New York Post: Bill Murray, Don Cheadle, Ted Danson, the Carolina Panther’s quarterback, Cam Newton, Dale Earnhardt Jr . . . or other moments or memories, hoping they will be part of yours—whether you are an Oscar winner (like the producer of the award-winning film, Green Book, wearing Brackish’s Gatsby tie at February’s Academy Awards), or just somebody who would wear a bow tie, or perhaps another accessory, like a plum thicket pin for your hat or lapel, a feather pocket square, or a bespoke cummerbund. All works of art—especially the latter, which earns its price tag of $695 for the nearly 200 feathers (painstakingly applied by hand) and 20 hours it takes to craft. Surely a company of Brackish’s scope and stature might have plucked their people from big-city fashion institutes or highbrow designer internships, right? Not so fast. The first three people Plotner ever asked to come to his condo, in which he was trying to get this turkey tie idea to fly, found him by answering his ad on Craigslist. It’s that homegrown. And it’s a good thing they moved the operation to Wallace School Road when they did: Courtney, who assisted in the early days and is now Plotner’s wife, soon found she was allergic to feathers. I’m about to ask another question to Plotner when my coughing fit strikes. Thankfully my husband, who tagged along, keeps the conversation going. We laugh at the notion that just talking about someone being allergic can suddenly bring out a reaction like a cough. But that’s the power of suggestion—and it sure worked out for Jeff and Ben. APRIL 2019 / 69

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Soap maker Javela Singleton crafts care products with healing in mind / by Abby Moore Keith // photography by Paul Mehaffey


eautiful soaps make for nice bathroom displays, but to find ones crafted from local ingredients and without harmful chemicals is the true rub. Pickens County native Javela Singleton has a passion for making bodies sing through her business, Gifted Hands Artisan Soap, which produces exquisitely designed bars, creams, and balms. “Soap-making came to me during a time in my life when everything seemed dim, lifeless, and a bit hopeless,” Javela explains. Soon after marrying her husband, Steven, Javela was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a leading cause of infertility. Desiring to have children, and raised in a strong faith community, Javela prayed for healing, but also sought ways she could help alleviate the problem. Through extensive research, she discovered that certain chemicals in personal care and cleaning products can disrupt hormones in our bodies, which can affect fertility. Javela started small, crafting her own soaps to keep costs down. She logged hundreds of hours scrolling blogs and learning from soap-making pioneers on YouTube. Soon, Gifted Hands Artisan Soap was in the works. Through the Business Entrepreneur Academy at area organization Village Launch (then Nasha Lending), the clean-soap queen fine-tuned her business model and, through her classmates, gained a supportive tribe of strong, empowered women.

When Javela describes the soap-making process, it sounds like a complicated chemistry experiment, which, essentially, it is. To meet increasing demand for her soaps, Javela cuts production time by using her “handy sidekick” immersion blender to bring batter to emulsification “lightning fast,” as well as the heat transfer method, an approach that utilizes heat from chemical reactions to melt solid oils and butter. Her ingredients come from across the state—like grits from Geechie Boy Mill on Edisto Island, goat milk from Split Creek Farm in Anderson, and lard from Gypsy Wind Farms in Blair, which sustainably and humanely raises mangalitsa pigs. From her grits and honey exfoliation bars to her sandalwood and rose soaps with their signature swirls, Javela finds healing in the art of making. She and Steven, self-described homebodies at heart, are still waiting for children, but as Javela says, hope is her inspiration. “Gifted Hands Artisan Soap is my story of beauty for ashes, and my heart is for the woman who is still holding on to her ashes, whatever it may be. My ashes were infertility, and God is helping me shed my ashes so that I may see the beauty of the journey he is bringing me through.” Gifted Hands Artisan Soap can be purchased at Swamp Rabbit Café, Garner’s Natural Life (both locations), The Farmacy in Easley, or online at

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Vive La France!

Featuring Ravel’s “Bolero,” Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” and Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” Long live the French and the GSO in our spectacular Masterworks finale! France’s greatest hits take center stage as we close our season in “le magnifique” style.




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Inside Track Ms. Bea emphasizes the importance of sticking true to your inner voice


o know thyself is the beginning of wisdom,” Socrates vowed. Once you have an understanding of who you are, you can plot a course to achieve goals and live your dreams. While knowing thyself is imperative in navigating life’s daily challenges, big and small, it is just the beginning. The critical next step is to believe in yourself and to trust your internal compass. Being grounded in your personal values and preferences makes you less susceptible to peer pressure. It pains me to see young women and men—and grown adults, for that matter—giving someone else control over who they are out of insecurity or fear of being rejected. Being yourself is the only choice if you want to be happy and content. Pretending to be someone you think another person wants you to be is not only completely exhausting, but also unfair to those you are fooling. What happens when an entire relationship is built on your charade? Eventually, when you tire of faking and allow your true self to be revealed, the bond is weakened and may break the relationship. Even more tragic is to never stop pretending, resulting in living a sad, inauthentic life. When the magnetic compass was invented, a whole new world opened for mariners, breaking their dependence on fair, clear skies for navigation. The

compass oriented them and allowed them to determine their direction. Similarly, our personal, internal compass of self-knowledge serves to orient us and provide direction as we navigate all aspects of our lives and, importantly, to alert us when we are off course. Like our cars’ modern-day GPS, I propose that each one of us has access to our own internal compass. The key is found through knowing and understanding ourselves. Knowledge of self is a source of great power. Life is enjoyable and more open to adventure when you stop wasting time seeking approval and validation from others, an unsustainable and unrewarding practice. I can still hear my mother’s voice as I would exit the house to meet friends: “Remember who you are—and be true to yourself.” Trust your own compass—you are the only (and best) person to set the direction your life will take. I’m here if you need me. Until then, y’all behave.

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Each month, the Man About TOWN will share his Upstate rendezvous, which may or may not involve cocktails.

Tech Angst


Wary of the latest gadgets, the Man’s mother holds fast to the old-fashioned way

ne afternoon a couple of years ago, I walked into my mom’s living room to find her yelling into her iPhone. At first I thought she was having a heated debate with a telemarketer, something she’s been known to do. But I couldn’t understand what she was saying. She was holding the phone in front of her face, chanting in some foreign language: “Kaawwwwl Klaawwwood, Kaawwwwl Klaawwwood.” I’d bought the iPhone for her a few weeks earlier. I thought it would make her life easier, or at least make my life easier. My mom had been using a flip phone for years, and I was tired of receiving indecipherable text messages and small, blurry photos of either her Airedale Terrier or her curly headed grandniece—it was often hard to tell the difference. I’d shown her how to text on the new phone as well as take pictures, and I’d even programmed in all of her contacts, seven to be exact. The last lesson was showing her how to make calls using Siri, the phone’s voice recognition assistant. “This thing doesn’t work,” my mom said when I finally asked her what she was doing after another round of “Kaawwwwl Klaawwwood.” With some questioning, I realized she was simply trying to call the man who picks up her garbage, Claud. At 79, my mom’s relationship with modern technology is tenuous at best. The laptop, the iPad, the Bluetooth headset, even the wireless indoor/ outdoor thermometer all sit unused in a drawer in her living room. I think

a large part of my mom’s reluctance to embrace technology is her distrust of it. Last Christmas I gave her an Amazon Echo so she could easily check the weather. “Watch, Mom,” I said after I’d hooked it up and set it on her kitchen counter. “Alexa, what is the weather today?” My mom watched the device suspiciously as the computerized voice gave a detailed forecast. She then frowned and shook her head. “That’s how they steal your credit card number,” she said. A few weeks later she gave the Echo to me as a birthday present, lovingly re-gifted in a plastic Ingles shopping bag. I’ve always been an early adopter of new technology, carrying the latest smartphone and the thinnest, fastest laptop. Today almost every aspect of my daily life is connected to the Cloud, from my home’s lighting and heating and cooling system, to my automated Amazon deliveries and appointment reminders. I’m so reliant on the array of electronic devices that run my life that when the power goes out or my WiFi drops, I feel like I’ve been stripped naked and transported to the Dark Ages. So maybe my mom has it right. Maybe chasing new technology is a devil’s bargain, a trade of convenience and hipness for lack of privacy and dependence. Maybe a flip phone and a paper calendar are all I really need. Maybe I should manually operate my thermostat and turn on my lights the old-fashioned way. Maybe I should do more of my shopping in person and handwrite important reminders. And maybe when I want to know what the weather is like, I should do what my mom does, open the door and go outside.

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Book Smart: Nationally renowned literary maven Mary Laura Philpott talks being type-A and the humor of motherhood in her memoir-inessays, I Miss You When I Blink. Copies will be available this month at M. Judson Booksellers in Greenville.

Nashville literary darling Mary Laura Philpott shares her neuroses in I Miss You When I Blink / by Ashley Warlick


eading Mary Laura Philpott’s memoir-in-essays I Miss You When I Blink is like reading a series of notes from your best friend—your cheerfully type-A, straight-A, comma queen, when-life-gives-you-lemons-makelemonade best friend. Mary Laura interviews dogwalkers. She takes an internship organizing office supplies. But she also shows up to a neighborhood supper club dressed in full disco when nobody else does because she’s damn good at a theme party, and she knows how to crack a line that will make you spit out your coffee laughing. Because one thing this book gets is that we’re not one thing—not only mothers or wives or copywriters, and also that the 25-year-old us doesn’t disappear when we turn 30 or 40. She’s still available—to offer levity, to remind us of how far we’ve come and on what unexpectedly wonderful path. When I finished reading, I mostly just wanted to tell Mary Laura how much I loved it. We ended up talking about the roots of perfectionism, the many women you meet on a bookshelf, and what it means to care about the little things. You make perfectionism look good, lady. Did you ever struggle with that label? >> You’re kind to say so. I’m a half-reformed perfectionist. That is, I still have a lot of those habits, but at least I’m aware of them. I try to be forgiving of myself and my neuroses, which means embracing the label and disarming it. As in: OK, yes, I’m a bit of a workaholic and my brain loves to fixate on getting right answers, and that’s a little crazy; but, hey, who doesn’t have some crazy? I try to show myself the same empathy I’d show someone else.

I love how your book examines patterns we set in childhood that resonate throughout our lives, especially the essay where you talk about your mom’s influence. When did you realize there was more than one way to see her? >> It’s been a series of moments over the years, especially since I had kids. When your child is doing something very eight-years-old, you can suddenly remember being eight yourself in ways you couldn’t before, and—ohhhhhh—you realize how your parents must have felt back then. As a teenager, I thought my mom pushed me too hard on grades, but I can see how she was trying in her own way to do her best and help me do my best. The longer I’m a parent, the less I judge other parents, including my own. Honestly, the longer I live, the less I judge anybody: friends, strangers, celebrities. Who am I to say why someone does their thing and whether it’s right? Where do you see your book fitting into the literary landscape? >> I picture I Miss You When I Blink in bookstores next to other memoirs and essay collections (and even novels) about women’s lives—as if we’re all sitting there in miniature on those shelves, side by side, swinging our legs and waving to greet whoever comes in. There’s Nora Ephron, there’s Kelly Corrigan, there’s Samantha Irby, there’s Joan Didion . . . we’re all gathered like a welcoming committee, offering up stories to help people get through life. A bookstore can be the perfect place to seek not just entertainment, but solace when you’re feeling lost. It’s not that the books will solve your problems for you; it’s that reading other people’s stories makes you feel less alone in your own problems. I Miss You When I Blink hits the shelves April 2. M. Judson Booksellers will be hosting Mary Laura on her book tour as part of the Lunch & Lit series at Soby’s New South Cuisine on April 8. Tickets and more information available at

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Salad Envy: Benne on Eagle rounds out heftier entrées with fresh salads, like this one with radish, lettuce, and fennel.

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Root of the Matter Chef Ashleigh Shanti shines at John Fleer’s latest Asheville venture, Benne on Eagle

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Super Soul Benne on Eagle serves up Appalachian fare with an emphasis on its West African roots / by Kathryn Davé // photography by Paul Mehaf fey


hen you pay your check after a night at Benne on Eagle, you may or may not notice the phrase printed just above the customary Thank you!: Go back and get it! the ticket reads. It’s on these five words, a simple translation of the word sankofa, that the whole restaurant rests. Sankofa is a concept that comes from the Akan people of West Africa, best illustrated by its symbol: “An image of a bird flying forward while looking backward, carrying an egg—a new beginning. It’s about understanding the depth of your own history while you move forward,” explains Chef John Fleer. His newest restaurant, Benne on Eagle, honors the African-American contribution to Appalachian cuisine and, specifically, the Appalachian soul food that once thrived on The Block, a historically black business district of Asheville. Fleer, who is the chef-owner of Rhubarb and The Rhu and formerly helmed cuisine at Blackberry Farm, wasn’t looking for another restaurant project, and Benne’s chef de cuisine Ashleigh Shanti, a rising star who has worked under chefs Vivian Howard and José Andrés, wasn’t looking

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Flavors of Home: Chef de cuisine Ashleigh Shanti (opposite left) joins Rhubarb restaurant owner Chef John Fleer (above) in crafting Benne on Eagle’s sumptuous menu, which highlights the African-American culinary contribution to Appalachian fare.

for a job in Asheville. But neither could pass up the opportunity to tell the stories of The Block with what they call “modern soul food.” The fundamentals are familiar, but Benne’s approach to soul food staples emphasizes the clear thread running from iconic Southern dishes back to West Africa. Take the popular braised oxtail and cream peas served with West African–spiced Carolina Gold rice and sumac onions. “That’s a dish that traces through West Africa into soul food and onto our menu,” says Fleer. And of course there’s the benne seed that “symbolizes this journey,” a West African sesame seed that was brought to the South where it became a key part of the cuisine. Benne’s menu ranges from small, shareable snacks like blackeyed pea hummus to appetizers including fried catfish and waffles and ogbono ribs to heftier entrées such as onion-braised rabbit and smothered pork chop. “Hanan’s” pops up as descriptor to a few dishes in tribute to Chef Hanan Shabazz, who owned a soul-food restaurant on The Block for years and now collaborates with Fleer and Shanti as culinary mentor.

In fact, Shabazz’s portrait hangs on the wall at Benne on Eagle— along with portraits of three other African-American women who owned restaurants or lounges on The Block. The art by Joseph Pearson also includes a striking mural of The Block in the 1960s, painted in muted tones that lend depth and ambiance to the bar. Cognac leather seating, oversized brass light fixtures, and banquette backs upholstered in African mudcloth add soulful warmth that matches the food. If you start your meal at the bar (which you should, the cocktails are creative), you’ll feel that warmth, too, in the West African ingredient-driven beverage program. An emphasis on rum nods to the Caribbean and its role in African-American culinary traditions. “There’s no such thing as a stagnant cuisine,” Fleer says. As the waters of Southern cooking continue to move inevitably forward, sometimes in a flood, sometimes at a trickle, chefs Fleer and Shanti are leading the way by looking to the past. Go back and get it. Benne on Eagle, 35 Eagle St, Asheville, NC; (828) 552-8833,

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Honey Pot

Tech-savvy brothers Brian and Adam Daughhetee launch Mauldin’s first meadery

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The taste of mead, which improves with age, reflects the time and place where specific buckets of honey were harvested. At Wandering Bard, the Daughhetee brothers aim to age their mead for at least a year.

/ by M. Linda Lee // illustration by Timothy Banks


andalf swilled it in The Hobbit. The Queen of Sheba and King Solomon favored it, and the ancient Greeks referred to it as the “nectar of the gods.” Mead, with roots reaching back to 7,000 B.C., is an alcoholic drink made from fermented honey, yeast, and water, and is making its mark in the Upstate craft beverage scene. What’s all the buzz about this honeyed elixir? “Five years ago, there were 50 meaderies in the U.S.; now there are 400,” says Brian Daughhetee of Wandering Bard Meadery in Mauldin. Brian and his brother and business partner, Adam, who hail from Maryland, each started out with education degrees before switching to IT careers that brought them to Greenville. Motivated by the growing popularity of mead, the brothers launched a meadery in 2017, though Brian still runs his own IT company on the side. Hidden behind Tato’s Pizza in Mauldin, their production facility may be small, but it’s nonetheless a hive of activity. There, they ferment the honey, press the fruit, age the mead, and bottle, label, and package their product. Brian, a home-brewing enthusiast who produced his first batch of mead in 1990, “does the science,” while Adam handles the marketing and operations. They currently produce 15 different types of mead, from the smooth, semi-sweet Traditional to Old World Bochet, Brian’s

take on a 600-year-old recipe, made with caramelized wildflower honey, long-pepper, grains of paradise, ginger, cloves, and green cardamom. Seasonal rotations infuse mead with fruit such as peaches, cherries, and elderberries. Brian and Adam source 60 percent of their ingredients from South Carolina, including local wildflower honey. Mead, though fermented with yeast similar to wine, is in a category by itself. For that reason, Wandering Bard has found a home in both wineries and breweries. “It fits in like cider in a tap room,” Adam notes. Future plans call for a tasting room to open on-site this summer (until then, you can sample mead at their facility on the first Saturday of every month). “We do a lot of different styles of mead,” says Brian. “So you can find something to please most any palate.” Wandering Bard Meadery, 109B Miller Rd, Mauldin; (864) 729-3025, Find Wandering Bard mead in retail outlets around the Upstate, including Total Wine, Wine Express, The Community Tap, Greenville Beer Exchange, and Lowes Foods.

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Aid Sweet Green: Savor the vitality of spring days with light ricotta gnocchi in a fresher-than-fresh sauce.

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Spring Fever Plunge headlong into the joys of spring with light ricotta gnocchi and fresh vegetables / by Kathryn Davé // photograph by Jivan Davé


n spring, the days suddenly lengthen like the feeling when we unbutton our jeans after a meal: the adjustment is slight, but the relief is immense. We can’t help but take great gulping lungfuls of blossom-scented air or linger irresponsibly in the extra sunlight. Then and only then do we wander inside and confront, perhaps for the first time all day, the problem of dinner. We are done with root vegetables and braises now; our minds long for things green and fresh, and our palate follows suit. The answer to dinner is to honor the first offerings of spring with simple preparations that put the sweet vitality of early produce front and center. If you hurry, you can make ricotta gnocchi and an uncomplicated, vegetable-forward sauce to enjoy before the last of the dusky spring light fades. Unlike potato gnocchi, which require time and a practiced hand, ricotta gnocchi are light, quick, and forgiving. The dough comes together in minutes, and you can make speedy work of a gentle vegetable sauté in butter while the gnocchi rest. Just before serving—and I do mean just—go ahead and pour the wine, lay the napkins on the table, and light the candles. Then pop the gnocchi in a pot of well-salted boiling water and wait for them to rise to the top. Consider it a salute to the joys of the season.


INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. good-quality whole-milk ricotta cheese ¾ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese 1 egg, whisked ¾-1 ¼ c. flour, plus more for dusting 1 ½ tsp. salt, plus more 3 leeks, thinly sliced 1 cup lima beans (fresh or frozen) 1 cup peas (fresh or frozen) 1 small bunch asparagus, trimmed and sliced 2 Tbs. chopped fresh basil 1 Tbs. chopped fresh chives 1 Tbs. olive oil 6 Tbs. butter 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth Freshly ground pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Drain ricotta well and pat dry with paper towels. Combine the ricotta, grated Parmesan, and 1½ teaspoons salt in a large bowl; add ¾ cup flour and stir until just combined. Stir whisked egg into the ricotta mixture until loosely combined. Generously dust a work surface with all-purpose flour and turn the dough out onto it. Gently knead the dough with floured hands; if it’s very wet and sticky, work in more flour, a little at a time, gently folding it over and continuing to dust the surface underneath until you’re able to flatten it into a 6-inch disk. 2. Cut the disk into 4 equal pieces and shape each piece into a log. Gently roll each log into a ¾-by-15-inch rope, gently pulling and stretching the dough as you roll. Slice into ½-inch pieces and place on a baking sheet dusted with flour. For a fancier presentation, roll the gnocchi off the back of a fork to create grooves, but this isn’t necessary. Place in the freezer until the gnocchi are frozen, about 30 minutes. (If making ahead, transfer to a sealable bag once frozen. Do not defrost before boiling.) 3. While gnocchi are in the freezer, heat oil in a large skillet over mediumlow heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft, 8 minutes. Stir in asparagus, peas, and lima beans. Add broth and season well with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cook, stirring often, until the asparagus is almost tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. 4. When almost ready to serve, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop in the frozen gnocchi and cook, stirring gently, for 4 to 5 minutes. As the gnocchi float to the top, scoop them into a large bowl with a slotted spoon. Be sure to cook the frozen gnocchi in two batches to avoid lowering the temperature of the water. 5. Warm the vegetable sauce, if necessary, and stir in butter, basil, and chives. Pour the sauce over the gnocchi; gently stir to combine. Top each serving with freshly shaved Parmesan. ))) FOR MORE RECIPES TOWNCAROLINA.COM

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The Adams family opened their bistro’s doors in February 2008 and have been serving up flair and flavor ever since. Expect classics like a burger with a chargrilled certified Angus beef patty, as well as out-of-the-box picks like the Jack Daniel’s Pork Chop, charbroiled in a sweet and tangy Jack Daniel BBQ glaze. Be sure to visit the outdoor patio during the warmer months—weather permitting of course. $-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 221 Pelham Rd, #100. (864) 370-8055, THE ANCHORAGE

With a focus on local produce, Chef Greg McPhee’s globally influenced menu changes almost weekly. Sample dishes include grilled Greenbrier Farms hanger steak, octopus carpaccio, and Chinese red shrimp and BBQ cabbage steamed buns. The “For the Table” option offers housemade charcuterie, Blue Ridge Creamery cheese, Bake Room bread, and pickled veg. Don’t miss the outstanding cocktail program at the gorgeous bar upstairs, or brunch, which is served on Sunday. $$-$$$, D, SBR. Closed Mon–Tues. 586 Perry Ave. (864) 219-3082,


Augusta Grill is a Greenville institution of upscale comfort food. At the bar or in the intimate dining room, patrons can enjoy dishes such as the wild mushroom ravioli with pancetta and roasted garlic cream, or the sautéed rainbow trout with crabmeat beurre blanc. The lineup changes daily, but diners can always get Chef Bob Hackl’s highly sought-after blackberry cobbler. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1818 Augusta St. (864) 242-0316,

You might think you know what meat lover’s heaven looks like, but if you show up at Chef Anthony Gray’s gastropub, you’ll know for sure. From a board of house-cured, smoked, and dried meats, to a glass-walled curing room display, there’s no shortage of mouthwatering selections. The drink menu mirrors the food, featuring whiskeys, bourbons, bacon-infused liquors, and even smoked sorghum syrup. $$-$$$, L, D.

Closed Sunday. 3620 Pelham Rd. (864) 2976000, BLOCKHOUSE

The Augusta Road crowd frequents the dark, cozy dining room here to knock back raw Gulf Coast oysters and happy-hour drink specials after work. An oldie but a goodie— 35 years strong and still kicking—Blockhouse offers a full menu of freshly prepared items including signatures like seafood gumbo and prime rib slow-roasted for eight hours. $$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 1619 Augusta Rd. (864) 2324280, BOBBY’S BBQ

At his new barbecue spot on Main Street in Fountain Inn, Tay Nelson smokes all the meat over oak wood in 1,000-gallon smokers. Named for his late father and brother (both named Bobby), the restaurant prides itself on its scratch-made sides and desserts. Go for the award-winning brisket and save room for the banana pudding. $, L, D (Thurs–Sat). Closed


This newcomer is the quintessential farm-to-fork partnership between Greenbrier Farms and Chef Shawn Kelly. With its casual, family-friendly feel, Fork & Plough brings a butcher shop, market, and restaurant to the Overbrook neighborhood. Chef Kelly masterminds an ever-changing roster of locally sourced dishes like this barbecue local rabbit hash with bell pepper, onion, baby carrot, fingerling potatoes, mustard barbecue sauce, and poached eggs. $$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Tuesday. 1629 E North St. (864) 609-4249, GB&D

The restaurant’s description itself—Golden Brown & Delicious—tells you all you need to know about this West Greenville joint. Locally sourced dishes of American favorites, such as well-crafted salads and sandwiches—like the killer burger on a housemade brioche bun—fill the menu. Check out the extended menu at dinner, which features an impressive repertoire of the restaurant’s best dishes. $$, L (Tues–Sat), D

(Thurs–Sat), SBR. Closed Mon. 1269 Pendleton St. (864) 230-9455,

Sun–Wed. 1301 N Main St, Fountain Inn. (864) 409-2379, BRICK STREET CAFÉ

You’ll likely have to loosen your belt after chowing down at this Augusta Street mainstay that serves all the comforts of home. Try mom’s spaghetti, Miss Sara’s crab cakes, or the signature fried shrimp with sweet potato fries. But do save room for made-from-scratch sweets like the sweet potato cake, peanut butter cake, and apple pie (available for special-order, too). $$-$$$, L, D (Thurs–Sat). Closed Sun–Mon. 315 Augusta St. (864) 421-0111,

Rocket Surgery From the culinary team behind Sidewall Pizza and Monkey Wrench Smokehouse, this recrafted concept ups the ante on contemporary Italian cuisine. Fresh house-made pasta highlights chef-driven seasonal dishes, like the bucatini with house-cured smoked bacon, sabayon egg sauce, grana padano, and black pepper, or the house-made ricotta with goat cheese, winter squash agrodolce, chili powder, and focaccia. Select wine, beer, and cocktails available. $$, D (Wed–Sat).

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164-D S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-0901,

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The renowned Charleston steakhouse puts down roots in the former High Cotton space on the Reedy River. Indulge in a selection of wet- or dry-aged steaks (USDA Prime beef flown in from Chicago’s Allen Brothers), or try a Durham Ranch elk loin with root vegetable hash and pine nut relish. Don’t miss the lavender French toast at brunch. $$$$, L (Fri–Sat), D, SBR. 550 S Main St. (864) 335-4200, HARE & FIELD

Sister restaurant to Farmhouse Taco, Hare & Field serves comfort fare with upscale elegance. While the fried chicken skins in sorghum sriracha sauce are a sure starter, make your main meal the big mater sandwich slathered in basil aioli. Pair with the Hare & Field Trail Ale, crafted specially by Brewery 85 for the gastropub. $$. L, D,


SBR. 327 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-0249, HENRY’S SMOKEHOUSE


Though this barbecue joint has since branched out, Henry’s original location has long set the standard. A Greenville institution, the smokehouse specializes in slow-cooking meat in open pits over hickory logs. Sure, there’s more on the menu, but their succulent ribs with beans and slaw will transport you to hog heaven. $, L, D. 240 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 232-7774, HUSK GREENVILLE

Husk Greenville delivers legendary farm-totable concepts under Chef Jon Buck, who champions Southern fare by resurrecting dishes reminiscent of great-grandma’s kitchen. The ever-evolving menu offers starters—like the crispy pig ear lettuce wraps—then dives into heftier plates like the coal-roasted chicken, sorghum-flour dumplings, and shishito peppers. $$-$$$, L,

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D, SBR. 722 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 6270404,


A straight farm-to-table concept and a certified-green restaurant, Kitchen Sync’s eco-focus extends to its menu, sourced by local farms. Start with the gritz fritz, with Hurricane Creek fried grits, collards, and pepper jam. The banh mi salad comes loaded with fresh veg and rice noodles, topped with pulled pork or tofu, or try the local rib pork chop. Don’t miss the pizza! $$, L, D. Closed Sun–Mon. 1609 Laurens Rd, Greenville. (864) 568-8115,


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Located between the Peace Center and the Reedy River, Larkin’s balances upscale dining with comfort. Start with the she-crab soup, then select an entrée from the day’s offerings—or opt for an aged filet mignon with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Enjoy the river view on the enclosed outdoor patio and the extensive wine list. $$$-$$$$,

L (Mon–Fri), D (daily), SBR. 318 S Main St. (864) 467-9777,


Chef Brian Coller has crafted a menu that steers the beefy American staple into unconventional (but totally delicious) territory. Take the Piedmont mullet ’85, with sloppy joe chili, bomb mustard, American cheese, and “phat” onion rings. For you Elvis enthusiasts, the King of Memphis is a hunk of burnin’ love concocted with banana jam, peanut butter, and bacon. $$, L, D. 2451 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 214-1483, MOE’S ORIGINAL BAR B QUE

Founded by three Alabama sons, this new ’cue joint hits the West Stone area

with Bama-style barbecue and traditional Southern sides. Grab a seat indoors or out and enjoy a pulled pork platter or the fried catfish, all while cheering on your favorite football team on the flat screens. $-$$, L, D,

SBR. 109 W Stone Ave, Suite B (864) 5201740, MONKEY WRENCH SMOKEHOUSE

Monkey Wrench Smokehouse comes by its name honestly, taking up space in a long-standing hardware store in Travelers Rest. This BBQ joint from the folks behind Sidewall Pizza and Rocket Surgery serves everything from ribs, wings, and veggies— all wood-fired. Steven Musolf wears the title of head chef and is the mind behind the menu. $$-$$$. D. Closed Monday. 21

N Main St, Travelers Rest. (585) 414-8620, NORTHAMPTON WINE & DINE

Linger in the relaxed atmosphere of Northampton’s wine bar. Choose a bottle from the hundreds for sale, open it for a corkage fee, and enjoy with a selection of cheese or small plate. Or, stay for dinner and select from an ever-changing menu, which includes seafood, beef, and wild game. The outdoor patio is a decidedly relaxing location for a meal or a glass of wine. $$-$$$$. L, D. 211-A E Broad St. (864)



The Nose Dive is city bar meets corner bistro. Beer, wine, and cocktails at its upstairs bar CRAFTED complement an ambitious menu of urban comfort food from fried chicken and waffles to a customized grits bar at brunch. Located on Main Street between ONE City Plaza and the Peace Center, this gastropub is a downtown hotspot. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 116 S Main St. (864) 373-7300, OJ’S DINER

OJ’s is not a restaurant. It’s an Upstate institution. The old-school meat-andthree dishes up homestyle favorites on a daily basis, but every weekday comes with specials: lasagna and porkchops on Mondays, turkey and meatloaf Tuesdays, and more. Don’t forget to dig into a mess of sides: the mac ‘n’ cheese tastes the way mama made it and God intended.

$, B, L. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 907 Pendleton St. (864) 235-2539, RESTAURANT 17

Restaurant 17 blends contemporary European bistro with Blue Ridge bliss. The menu changes seasonally, but expect dishes from Executive Chef Haydn Shaak (formerly of The Cliffs) like the woodfired octopus with pine nut romesco, baby beets, and Georgia olive oil or the Johnny Cake with country style prosciutto. $$$-

$$$$, D. Closed Sun & Mon. 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest. (864) 516-1254, RICK ERWIN’S NANTUCKET SEAFOOD

Greenville may be landlocked, but Rick Erwin’s restaurant takes us seaside. The day’s fresh catch comes grilled, seared, broiled, blackened, or chef-designed. Ideal for group dinners or date nights, Nantucket offers both an intimate and entertaining atmosphere. $$-$$$$, D, SBR. 40 W Broad St. (864) 5463535, RICK ERWIN’S WEST END GRILLE

Traditional surf-and-turf meets upscale dining at Rick Erwin’s. The dining room is decorated in rich, dark woods that, along with low lighting, create an intimate, stylish atmosphere. Entrées range from sashimi-grade tuna and pan-seared sea bass, to certified Angus beef. $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sun. 648 S Main St. (864) 232-8999,

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This fashionable restaurant lends a modern, tasty addition to N. Main Street. Whenever possible, Roost sources food within a limited distance from producer to consumer; ingredients are often procured from nearby areas in South and North Carolina. In good weather, try to snags a spot on the patio overlooking NoMa Square. $$-$$$, B,L,


Located in the West End Market, Smoke on the Water has a homey feel, with separate street-side dining and covered patio tables overlooking Pedrick’s Garden. Choose something from the smoker (beer-butt chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. $-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 202.

(864) 232-9091, SOBY’S

Local flavor shines here in entrées like crab cakes with remoulade, sweet corn maque choux, mashed potatoes, and haricot verts. Their selection of 700 wines guarantees the perfect meal complement. Featuring different weekly selections, the Sunday brunch buffet showcases the chefs’ creativity. $$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S

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Whether you’re a red-blooded meat eater or prefer a little pork, the Strip Club has it seared, grilled, basted, or blackened for your pleasure. Keep it simple with the “plain Jane” dish— house-aged Black Angus USDA prime strip—or spice it up with the carpetbagger, a filet mignon masterpiece paired with fried oysters, smoked bacon collards, and garlic mashed potatoes. $$$$$$, D (Tues–Sat). 104 E Poinsett St, Greer. (864) 877-9104,


Providing patrons and patriots alike with a wide porch area and spacious interior bar, 13 Stripes rotates a loaded arsenal of aptlytitled suds—including the Rise & Fight Again IPA and the Sgt. Molly American wheat— and rolls out session beers, IPAs, porters, and other seasonal kegs that pair perfectly with one of 13 Stripes’ “ration plates,” laden with fresh-cut meats and cheeses. Taylors Mill, 250 Mill St, Ste PW 3101, Taylors. (864) 349-1430,


Housed in the old Claussen Bakery on Augusta, this brewpub is hoppy hour heaven. Expect to find a variety of their craft beers on tap, but branch out with the pub’s select draft cocktails or beer slushies. Live music, local art, and a rotating menu featuring shared plates and charcuterie round out the experience. 400 Augusta St. FIREFORGE CRAFTED BEER

Fireforge brings a boozy twist to the phrase “small but mighty.” The small-batch craft brewery made a home for itself in downtown Greenville in late June 2018, and founders Brian and Nicole Cendrowski are on a mission to push the boundaries of beer. We recommend The Fixer Smoked Baltic Porter—a smooth lager with a hint of cherrywood-smoked malt. 311 E Washington St. (864) 735-0885,


Charlotte-based Foxcroft Wine Co. transformed the West End space vacated by Brazwells Pub into a lovely wine bar decorated with warm woods, a barrelvaulted ceiling, and racks of wine. On the menu are tasty flatbreads and truffle fries, as well as signature lamb sliders and panseared scallops to pair with a generous list of wines by the glass. $-$$, D (Tues–Sun),

shop open 10am–11pm (Tues–Sat). Closed Mon. 631 S Main St. (864) 906-4200, GROWLER HAUS

The franchise’s West Greenville addition is its newest, rounding out the total to four Upstate watering holes. Growler Haus’s drafts rotate seasonally to bring you the best in local and national brews, so whether you’re a fan of IPAs, pilsners, ciders, pale ales, or wheats, they’ve got a cold one waiting for you. Just remember to throw in a homemade pretzel with beer cheese or a pork belly bao bun in between pints. $-$$, L (Fri–Sat), D (Mon–Sat). Closed Sunday. 12 Lois Ave. (864) 373-9347,


Hailing from Delaware, this award-winning brewhouse has planted roots in Greenville. Chef Jason Thomson turns out an ambitious menu, while head brewer Eric Boice curates craft beer. Take on evenings with the summer seasonal Clock Out Lager, an American lager with notes of grapefruit and pine. $-$$$, L, D. 741 Haywood Rd. (864) 5687009,

Birds Fly South Ale Project has come home to roost in Hampton Station. Though closed for production Monday through Wednesday, the open-air taproom is the perfect endof-week place to drain a cold glass while noshing on local food truck fare. Expect to find a rotating roster, such as the Biggie Mango, Eldorado saison, or the 2 Hop session IPA. Thurs–Sun. 1320 Hampton Ave



(864) 920-1599,

Ext. (864) 412-8825,

Named for Greenville’s favorite freeway, this microbrew is attracting outsized attention with its eclectic collection of craft brews. From the crisp GVL IPA to the malty howdy dunkel, Brewery 85 combines Southern style with the best of German brew techniques. Trek to the taproom for their latest lagers; well-mannered kids and canines welcome.

6 Whitlee Ct. (864) 558-0104, THE COMMUNITY TAP

Convenience, expertise, and great atmosphere collide at the Community Tap, Greenville’s neighborhood craft beer and wine shop. Choose from a wide selection—180 local, national, and international brews—or have a glass from one of the ever-rotating beer and wine taps. 217 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 631-2525,

United by a passion for Star Wars and craft brews—there may or may not be a storm trooper mural inside—fun-loving founders Dustin and Terry bring solid staples to the table at Liability Brewing Co. Located in an old electric company building in the new Weststone development, this new taproom pours creative flavors with even funkier names. Sip on a Carl von Cloudwitz, a New England IPA with a crisp finish. Thurs–Sun. 109 W Stone Ave, Suite D. LIBERTY TAP ROOM BAR & GRILL

Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill satisfies as both pre–Greenville Drive game watering hole or after-work hangout. Inventive and hearty apps, such as the “Old School” chicken nachos, start things off before the main event of fish ‘n’ chips, the Liberty Club, or even a Signature Steak. Gather with friends at the long bar to enjoy one of 72 brews on tap. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St. (864) 7707777,


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fried pickles, washed down with one of the 50 craft beers on tap. With outdoor seating, you’ll likely want to lay some rubber on the road to grab your spot. $-$$$, L, D. 930 S Main St. (864) 239-0286,


Part taproom and part full-service cycle shop, the Piney Mountain Bike Lounge offers the perfect pit stop after a long day of riding the trails. Local craft brews, wine, and cider complement a daily food truck schedule of popular mobile eateries. Kids (and adults) can enjoy the pump track out back. 20 Piney Mountain Rd, Greenville. (864) 603-2453, QUEST BREWING CO.

Eco-minded Quest guarantees to satisfy your beer cravings and environmental enthusiasm in a single sip. Grab a pint of QBC’s signature West Coast–style Ellida IPA, packing a punch of flavor, or venture to the dark side with the Kaldi imperial coffee stout (crafted with locally roasted beans). Stop by for an afternoon tour, then follow up with an evening full of food truck fare and live music. 55 Airview Dr, Greenville. (864) 272- 6232, SIP WHISKEY & WINE

True to its namesake, this rooftop tasting room is all about liquid refreshment. While the full-service bar offers fine wines and whisky, there’s no better end to an evening than an easy-drinking glass of sangria (or a signature cocktail). SIP’s open-air patio complete with cushioned couches accentuates the laidback atmosphere, and a collection of small plates is a quick answer to an alcohol-induced appetite. $-$$, D. 103

N Main St #400, (864) 552-1916, SWAMP RABBIT BREWERY & TAPROOM

Located off Main Street in Travelers Rest, this local brewhouse gives you one more reason to cruise (responsibly!) down the Swamp Rabbit. The taproom features classics (try the easy-drinking American pale ale) and fresh brews (the Belgian-style farm ale is a golden dream) as well as food truck visits—a sure favorite to cap off an lazy afternoon. 26 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2424, TASTING ROOM TR

Wind down on the weekend at this combination gourmet wine shop, beer tap, and sampling space. With nearly 200 wines and 150 craft beers for sale, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Not sure what vino revs your engine? Taste-test a few by the glass and pick up a favorite from the weekly wines or happy hours hosted Wednesday–Friday. Enjoy cheese and charcuterie while you sip. $$, L (Sat–Sun), D (Wed–Sat), Closed Mon– Tues. 164 S Main St, Ste C, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2020, THE 05

A neighborhood gathering place, The 05, so named for the iconic Augusta Road zip code, offers seasonal cocktails and spirits as well as tasty tapas—like the roasted red pepper hummus or the chorizo-stuffed dates topped with whipped goat cheese. If you’re bringing the whole gang, opt for the cheeses and charcuterie, or nosh on the fabulous flatbread as a party of one. $-$$$, D. 3016 Augusta St. (864) 412-8150, THOMAS CREEK BREWERY

The Thomas Creek brand has been a familiar feature on the Greenville brew lineup for more than ten years, but a visit to the home of the River Falls Red Ale or Trifecta IPA is well worth the trip. Fill up on your favorite Thomas Creek brew in the tasting room, or soak up some sun (and hops!) on the brewery’s patio. Tours available by

appointment. 2054 Piedmont Hwy. (864) 605-1166, UNIVERSAL JOINT

Everyone needs a neighborhood bar. Where better to cheer with your friends? This hangout is within walking distance of North Main, featuring a covered outdoor patio and roll-up garage doors. Rotating bottle and draft selections and plenty of outdoor seating keep things fresh. $-$$, L, D. 300 E Stone Ave. (864) 252-4055,


We all know a well-crafted cocktail can make spirits soar, but a glass at this dignified drinkery will leave you nine stories high, literally. With its classic cocktails, local craft brews, and unique wine varieties, this rooftop bar brings a heightened experience to downtown’s Embassy Suites. Graze on small plates and soak in some of the Upstate’s most scenic vistas. $-$$, L, D. 250 RiverPlace. (864)

242-4000, VAULT & VATOR

Named for a former vault elevator in the underground expanse, this hip downtown joint puts a twenty-first-century spin on fashionable speakeasies of yore. Small plates of charcuterie, hummus, and cheese are simple yet refined, providing enough bite to not overpower the establishment’s true star— the cocktail list. The menu includes both signature and traditional libations; your only task is picking your poison. $$, D, Closed Sun–Mon. 655 S Main St, Ste 100, Greenville. (864) 603-1881, THE VELO FELLOW

Cozy in a funky way, this hip pub is right under the Mellow Mushroom. The menu has burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, falafels, and more. In addition to craft brews on tap, the Velo Fellow offers traditional absinthe service, complete with a silver-plated brouilleur. $-$$$, L, D, SBR.

1 Augusta St, Ste 126. (864) 242-9296, YEE-HAW BREWING

Beers that celebrate good times with good company? Count us in. This Tennessee native serves up a mix of fine ales and lagers, including a World Beer Cup-Winning Dunkel dark lager. Diverse seasonals crop up with every change of the temperature giving guests a taste of something new. Gather with friends to find out which flavor fits your fancy. $-$$, L, D. 307 East McBee Avenue, Suite C. (864) 605-7770,


The queen bee of all things fluffy and delicious, Asheville-based Biscuit Head comes to Greenville with a wide array of home-cooked biscuits. Whether slathered in gravy or smothered in sweetness—the jam bar is slammed with fruity preserves— you can’t go wrong with the GreenVillain topped with fried pork steak, jalapeño cream cheese, bacon gravy, a sunny side egg, and pickled jalapeños. $-$$. B, L. 823 S Church St, Greenville. (864) 248-0371, THE BOHEMIAN CAFÉ

Treat taste buds and ears at the Bohemian Café, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records. This eclectic café serves a wide-range of globally inspired dishes for lunch and dinner. For Sunday brunch, try the Bloody Mary bar, or indulge your sweet tooth with a slice of homemade rum cake. $$, L, D, SBR. Closed Mon. 2 W Stone Ave. (864) 233-0006,


Chicora Alley’s Caribbean riff on traditional Mexican and Southern fare offers signature crab cakes or mountain-high nachos, shrimp and chicken burritos, quesadillas, and more. Be sure to drop by on Sundays for brunch.

$-$$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 608-B S Main St. (864) 232-4100, EGGS UP GRILL

If your name has “eggs” in it, you’d better know your eggs. Eggs Up Grill doesn’t disappoint. From classic over-easy to Pattyo-Sullivan omelets (grilled corned beef hash with melted swiss cheese), this joint has you covered. Not a fan of eggs? Try classic diner fare like pancakes, waffles, burgers, and French toast. $-$$. B, L. 31 Augusta St. (864)

520-2005, HAPPY+HALE

Based out of Raleigh, the healthy eatery’s first SC location offers diners a diverse menu of made-to-order salads, bowls, smoothies, juices, and breakfast items crafted from wholesome, all-natural ingredients. Try the “incredibowl” packed with pumpkin seeds, black beans, avocado, golden quinoa, dino kale, and lemon tahini dressing, paired with an almond brothers smoothie. $, B, L, D. 600 S Main St. MARY BETH’S

Breakfast is an essential meal, and Mary Beth’s treats it accordingly. Take your pick: biscuits, omelets, eggs Benedict, waffles, crêpes, and pancakes populate the breakfast menu. Or don’t pick—get the mega breakfast for a hearty menu sampling. For something later in the day, Mary Beth’s also has lunch and dinner menus that include sandwiches, rack of lamb, and salmon. $$-$$$, B, L, D (Thurs–Sat). 500 E McBee Ave. (864) 2422535,


Located in historic Falls Cottage, Mary’s offers brunch and lunch with a charm perfect for leisurely weekends. The menu includes the ultimate Reuben and quiches, as well as Southern comfort favorites like the Fountain Inn salad and hot chicken salad. $-$$, L, SBR. Closed Monday. 615 S Main St. (864) 2980005,


Fresh buttermilk biscuits. Hot-from-the-oven maple bacon doughnuts. Debuting its first SC outfit, Rise Biscuits Donuts pumps out biscuit sandwiches and hush puppies, to apple fritters and confection-bedecked doughnuts. While the spicy chickaboom sandwich is a crispy punch of fire, satisfy your sweet side with the crème brûlée doughnut, flametorched and filled with custard. $, B, L. 1507

Woodruff Rd, Suite D, Greenville. (864) 4028240, TANDEM CRÊPERIE & COFFEEHOUSE

Tandem lures Swamp Rabbit cyclists with aromas of Counter Culture Coffee and a happy stomach guarantee. Try The Lumberjack (cornmeal crêpe, ham, bacon, eggs, cheese, bechamel, and maple syrup) or the tasty banana nut crêpe. Stuck between savory and sweet? Split one of each with a friend in the Tandem spirit: “Together is best.” $, B, L, SBR. 2 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2245, TUPELO HONEY CAFÉ

Big Southern charm comes in forms of steaming hot biscuits at Tupelo Honey. Indulge in sweet potato pancakes (topped with pecans and peach butter), available all day, or try a mouthwatering sandwich like the Southern fried chicken BLT with maplepeppered bacon. $$, B, L, D. 1 N Main St, Ste

T. (864) 451-6200,


Looking for that midday pick-me-up? Pop over to Barista Alley, where exposed brick walls and wide wooden tables create the perfect ambience to converse with a warm mug in hand. Satisfy your caffeine cravings, but don’t miss out on Barista Alley’s colorful array of green, berry, peanut butter and chocolate smoothies. $, B (Mon–Sat), L, D

(Mon–Sun). 125 E Poinsett St, Greer. (864) 655-5180, BEX CAFÉ AND JUICE BAR

Healthy and hearty join forces at this West End joint. Find fresh fare in organic salads as well as fruit and veggie-rich juice varieties; or sink your teeth into something a little more solid. Their sausage, egg, and cheese bagel will not disappoint, with gluten-free options available, of course. $, B, L. 820 S Main St #104. (864) 552-1509,


A coffee shop with a mission, Bridge City’s philosophy is all in the name. The local roaster seeks to uphold community values by partnering with area organizations to offer employment opportunities for underprivileged teens and adults. The fresh space offers a variety of drinks crafted with in-house roasted beans. A selection of Chocolate Moose treats is also available. $-$$. B-L. Closed Sunday. 1520 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, SC 29607. COFFEE UNDERGROUND

Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, adult libations, and dreamy desserts like the peanut butter pie with graham cracker crust and a peanut butter and vanilla mousse. If you’re craving more substantial fare, choose from a splendid breakfast-anytime option, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more. $-$$, B, L, D, SBR. 1 E Coffee St. (864) 2980494, CRÊPE DU JOUR

Much more than offering “really thin pancakes,” this downtown establishment brings a taste of Europe to the Upstate with delicate, delicious French fare. The diverse menu includes breakfast options like the bacon, egg, and potato, and for lunch and dinner, the tomato pesto. Crêpe du Jour also serves up specialty cocktails, coffee beverages, and wine. $$, B, L, D (Tues–Sun). 20 S Main

St, Greenville. (864) 520-2882


Birds Fly South Ale Project no longer has a monopoly on cold brews now that Due South has set up shop in Hampton Station. In their new digs, the coffee shop sports a café vibe, with breakfast pastries, ice cream, and cold lunch items complementing espresso drinks and cold brew nitro (infused with nitrogen). Beans, sourced from around the globe, are roasted on-site. $, B, L. 1320 Hampton Ave Ext, 4B. (864) 283-6680, GRATEFUL BREW

A brew joint where you can enjoy both varieties—coffee and a cold one—Grateful Brew provides guests with made-to-order espressos or pour-overs, all from Counter Culture coffee. Celebrating our area, and that it’s always five o’clock somewhere, half of the beer taps are locally crafted brews. Enjoy food trucks most nights, or bring your own grub. The Brew welcomes every member of the family, even those of the four-legged sort. $, B, L, D. Closed Sunday. 501 S Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 558-0767,

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Whether it’s the white marble countertops or the gleaming Slayer espresso machine, Methodical is a coffee bar built for taste. Coffee guru Will Shurtz, designer Marco Suarez, and hotelier David Baker ensure there’s plenty of substance to go with style. With single-origin espressos, wine varieties, and housemade offerings like rose and almond olive oil muffins and snacks for the bar like lavender and sumac popcorn and citrus-marinated olives, it's worth the rave.

$-$$, B, L. 101 N Main St, Ste D & 207 Wade Hampton Blvd. MOUNTAIN GOAT GVL

A destination for brews and bikes, Mountain Goat proudly serves Methodical Coffee, along with more than 40 types of beer and wine. The sleek, industrial space provides a friendly atmosphere to sip on your beverage of choice, but be sure to check the food truck schedule­—Mobile Meltdown and Automatic Taco are frequent visitors. Plus, every purchase helps provide tutoring, mentoring, and job opportunities for at-risk youth in the community. $-$$. B, L, Closed Sunday. 120 Shaw St. O-CHA TEA BAR

A trip to O-CHA will have you considering tea in an entirely new light. This sleek space, located right on the river in Falls Park, specializes in bubble tea—flavored teas with chewy tapioca pearls. For a more intense cooling experience, try the mochi ice cream. The dessert combines the chewy Japanese confection (a soft, pounded sticky rice cake) with ice cream fillings in fun flavors: tiramisu, green tea chocolate, mango, and more. $, B, L, D. 300 River St, Ste 122. (864) 2836702, SOUTHERN PRESSED JUICERY

A healthy-eaters haven, Southern Pressed Juicery offers super-food fans organic smoothies, bowls, juices, and more. Try a power-packed energy bowl like the dragon blood, a hot-pink concoction of dragon fruit, almond milk, banana, layered with buckwheat granola, raw honey, coconut chips, kiwi, and bee pollen. $-$$,


A Charleston-based fresh-food fantasy, Caviar & Bananas has answered Greenville’s gourmet prayers with a whopping selection of salads, sandwiches, and baked goods galore, not to mention a fine selection of beer and wine. But don’t miss weekend brunch! We suggest the B.E.L.T.: bacon duo, fried egg, arugula, tomato, and black pepper aioli, on grilled sourdough bread. $-$$, B,

L, D, SBR. 1 N Laurens St. (864) 235-0404, FARM FRESH FAST

While “fast food” and “healthy” aren’t often synonymous, Farm Fresh Fast might change your mind. The restaurant’s mantra is simple: build sustainable relationships with local farms and provide nutritionbased, customized meals. We suggest the almost heaven burger with a fresh patty from Providence Farm, or the seasonal cobb salad—featuring Kaland Farm eggs and a house-made apple pie moonshine vinaigrette. $$, L, D, SBR. Closed Saturday.

860 S Church St, Greenville. (864) 518-1978, RICK’S DELI & MARKET

For a filling, gourmet lunch on the go, the artisanal sandwiches and salads at this West End deli hit the spot. Try the classic Reuben, with corned beef piled high on toasted marbled rye with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing, or the Rick’s chopped salad, with turkey, bacon, and ham. For dinner, fish and chips, herb-crusted salmon, and chicken piccata make the cut. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 101 Falls Park Dr. (864) 312-9060, SULLY’S STEAMERS

When considering the perfect sandwich, steam isn’t the first (or even last) thing to come to mind. For Robert Sullivan, hot air is the key to handheld nirvana. With a smorgasbord of ingredients like cut meats, veggies, and homemade cream cheeses, Sully’s serves bagel sandwiches piping hot and always fresh. $, B, L, D (closed Sunday

evenings). Open until 3am on Friday & Saturday. 6 E Washington St. (864) 5096061, TABLE 301 CATERING & KITCHEN

Located around the corner from Carl Sobocinski’s restaurant, this operation adds speed and efficiency to high-quality food. From BBQ Monday to Grilled Cheese Wednesday, add a spontaneous element to your lunch, or enjoy a hot breakfast. $-$$,

B, L. 2 W Washington St. (864) 729-8626,

B, L. Closed Sunday. 22 E Court St. (864) 271-8431,

SWAMP RABBIT CAFÉ & GROCERY Grocery store, neighborhood café. Local produce, delicious food. These intersections are what make the Swamp Rabbit Café a staple. But new to the operation is woodfired pizza. Sourcing every ingredient from area vendors, the ever-changing toppings feature local cheeses and fresh-from-the-farm produce. Beer taps flow with excellent local suds. $, B, L, D.


205 Cedar Lane Rd. (864) 255-3385, THE VILLAGE GRIND

Tucked between art galleries and eclectic shops in the heart of Pendleton Street, the Village Grind is a cheerful, light-filled space for java lovers. Emphasizing community, the coffeehouse brews up beans by a variety of local roasters and serves flaky treats from Bake Room. $, B, L. 1258 Pendleton St. (864) 915-8600

Count on this deli for fast, high-quality food, from homemade soups to a traditional grinder and a turkey melt. Grab “crafted carryout” entrées and sides, or impress last-minute guests with roasted turkey and Parmesan potatoes. Choose from the menu, or check back for daily specials. $-$$, B, L, D. Closed Sunday. 644 N Main St, Ste 107. (864) 370-9336,


Serving up gourmet sandwiches on freshmade stecca bread, Upcountry Provisions is well worth a trip to Travelers Rest for an extended lunch break. Snack on the shop’s daily crafted cookies, scones, and muffins, or bite into a devil dog BLT with hormonefree meat on just-baked white focaccia bread. Don’t miss The Grove on Friday nights—live music, a rotating tapas menu, and craft beer and wine. $, B, L, D. Closed

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If you’re hard-pressed for a fresh fix—Kuka Juice has just the ticket. Created by nutrition mavens Abigail Mitchell and Samantha Shaw, Kuka doles out cold-pressed craft with healthminded passion. Grab the ginger binger juice, or dig into the taco ’bout it bowl with romaine, walnut meat, salsa fresca, black beans, avocado, and pepitas with cilantro lime vinaigrette. Paninis, bowls, smoothies, toasts, and more also available. $, B, L. 580 Perry Ave,

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Vibrant Latin American cuisine comes to Greenville by way of ASADA, a brickand-mortar taqueria on Wade Hampton Boulevard serving traditional Mission-style fare. Grab a bite of flavor with the grilled sweet potatoes & leeks sopes, a savory vegan dish served on scratch-made sopes topped with homemade charred red peppers and guajillo romesco salsa, and queso fresco for the dairy inclined. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sun & Mon. 903 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 7703450, ARYANA



The enticing aroma of Afghan cuisine delivers savory satisfaction at this local lunch spot. Chef Nelo Mayar brings her favorite fare from hometown Kabul to Greenville eaters—think succulent lamb kabobs and meat-filled steamed dumplings, sweet potato burhani, and root-veggie rich soups. To spice things up, the menu changes daily, but expect to find two plates of rice, meat, and veggies offered. $, L. 210 E Coffee St. (864) 236-7410,



Bangkok Thai makes a standout version of pad Thai, everyone’s favorite noodles. The curries are a surefire hit, though the green curry is the only one made from fresh chilies. For a different dining experience, take a seat on the floor pillows in the back room. $$, L, D. Closed

Sunday. 605 Haywood Rd. (864) 458-7866,



Elegant comfort is hard to come by, but the Eang brothers have created an empire out of the concept with Basil Thai in the Aloft building downtown. Try the Chicken Coconut Tureen: a simple dish of chicken, mushrooms, and galanga roots in coconut milk packed with herbaceous flavors. You’ll probably have enough for leftovers, but the best comfort meals usually do. $$-$$$, D. 9 N Laurens St. (864) 609-4120,


This Swamp Rabbit Trail–based cantina serves up trendy cocktails and Mexcian menu selects like chicken tortas, braised beef tamales, and pozole roja. Designed with a laid-back feel, the upscale social club is not shy of spirits; along with craft beer, wine, mezcal, and tequila, the bar whips up killer cocktails like the el Thrifty margarita with blanco tequila and orange liquer, or the Oaxaca Burro with mezcal, ginger, and lime. $-$$. SBR, D. Closed Monday. 25 Delano Drive. FONDA ROSALINDA

Bottle Shop Wine Bar Scratch Kitchen Bringing Greenville the world’s best wines in a casual and inviting atmosphere… Independently owned and operated since 2004.

Greenville’s Historic West End | 631 South Main Street 864-906-4200 |

For almost 20 years, Rosalinda Lopez has been serving up fresh renditions of Mexican recipes across from Bob Jones University. Her repertoire lists a wealth of tasty beef, pork, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian dishes— including the ever-popular chile rellenos—but don’t pass up a starter of chips and Rosalinda’s homemade tomatillo salsa. $$, L, D. 1124 N. Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 292-7002, facebook. com/rosalindasrestaurantgreenville


Lomo saltado, ceviche, rotisserie chicken, and other Peruvian classics form the core of the menu at the Golden Llama, but you won’t regret the bistec a lo pobre—beef tenderloin, plantains, and potatoes, topped with a fried egg. The eatery’s two no-frills storefront locations (the second one in Five Forks) sport golden-hued walls and offer dine-in and carry-out service. $, L, D. 2435 E. North St. (864) 373-9958,


Splashes of red and lime green play off the blend of traditional and modern influences at this sushi restaurant. Chef and owner Keichi Shimizu exhibits mastery over his domain at the bar, but also playfully blends modernAmerican elements into his menu. Soleil Moon Frye fans should try the Punky Brewster roll: tuna, mango, hot sauce, and Panko topped with spicy crab salad and unagi sauce. $$, L, D. 115 Pelham Rd. (864) 271-0900, JI-ROZ

True, it would be fantastic if the Greek Festival happened year-round. But until that day, pop into this authentic Mediterranean eatery with modern flair. Take a light lunch on the outdoor patio with a Kalamata olive and fetatopped Greek salad or a classic gyro wrapped with your choice of lamb, chicken, or veggies. At dinner, try something more indulgent like the vegan moussaka. $$, L, D, Closed Sunday. 644 N. Main St #100, Greenville. (864) 3739445,


Kimchee’s kimchi keeps locals coming back. Try the Kalbi short ribs (marinated in soy sauce, onions, and sesame seeds) or bibimbap (served in a hot stone bowl for crispy rice). All dishes come with ban chan, side dishes that include kimchi, japchae (glass noodles), marinated tofu, and more. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 1939 Woodruff Rd Ste B. (864) 534-1061,


This Charleston-originated restaurant makes its Upstate mark by serving up heaping portions of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, like slow-roasted kabobs that explode with flavor even before you dip them into the homemade tzatziki sauce. Their chooseyour-own approach leads to options like this salad combo: mixed power greens, roasted chicken, cucumber salad, chickpea salad, tzatziki, and red pepper feta. You can also turn any meal into a pita wrap, bowl, or platter. $-$$, L, D. 1800 Augusta St. (864) 520-1723, KOREAN BBQ

This hole-in-the-wall won’t wow you with its simple interior, but its selection of ban chan (side dishes) will spark your palate with snapshots of flavor before you dive into bowls of bibimbap (rice mixed with vegetables, meat, and an egg) or yukejang (a spicy beef and vegetable stew). $$. L, D. 1170 Woodruff Rd. (864) 286-0505 MEKONG

Chef Huy Tran delivers the nuances of fine Vietnamese cuisine at Mekong. Favorites include the grilled pork vermicelli: marinated pork, lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, peanuts, crispy shallots, and sauce. Try the Vietnamese crêpes or the Pho, which is flavored with fresh herbs from their homegrown herb garden. $, L, D. Closed Monday. 2013 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 244-1314,


Can you say umami? Located on Woodruff Road with a second shop now on North Main, this Japanese noodle house offers an exquisite ramen experience that will have you wondering why you ever settled for the dorm room packet version. Start with the rice balls or edamame, then dive into the Shoyu ramen—marinated pork, bean sprouts, spinach, green onions, nori, and a boiled egg bathed in a soy-based broth.

$, L, D. 1860 Woodruff Rd, Ste C, and 243 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 288-5659 OTTO IZAKAYA

Modeled after the informal, after-work drinking holes of Japan, Otto Izakaya is the

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latest dining concept unveiled by Peter Lieu and Doug Yi—longtime owners of Lieu’s Bistro restaurant. The menu invites guests to embrace familiar favorites—spicy tuna and BBQ eel rolls with assorted nigiri and sashimi—while expanding palates to new tasting territories a la the mac ‘n’ cheese loaded with Panang curry, jack cheese, and radiatori pasta or banh mi sliders with chili pork and spicy mayo. $$, D. 802 S Main St;

15 Market Point Dr, Greenville. (864) 5685880; (864) 568-8009, PITA HOUSE

The Pita House has been family-operated since 1989. Inside, it’s bare bones, but the cognoscenti come here for tasty Middle Eastern fare such as hummus, falafel, kibbeh, and shwarma. And save room for baklava and other Mediterranean sweets for dessert. Also, check out the little grocery in the back of the restaurant for some homemade inspiration. $, L, D.

Closed Sunday. 495 S Pleasantburg Dr, #B. (864) 271-9895, POMEGRANATE ON MAIN

Pomegranate serves traditional Persian cuisine in an eclectic Eastern ambience. Attentive service, reasonable prices, and a flavorful variety, such as the slow-cooked lamb shank or the charbroiled Cornish hen kabobs, make this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. Be sure to sample from the martini menu at the aquamarinetiled bar, or head outside to the street-side patio facing Main. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 618 S Main St. (864) 241-3012, SACHA’S CAFÉ

Bright walls and a long, inviting bar make a sunny backdrop in which to chow down on Colombian food at Sacha’s. Arepas are available with ingredients like beans, chorizo, avocado, shredded beef, and more stuffed inside (rellenas) or piled on top (encima). The patacones, or deep-fried plantains, are thick and sweet. Hungry groups can order the fiesta platter, a sampler that serves six people. To drink, try one of the natural fruit juices, or the imported cervezas. $. L, D. 1001 N Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 232-3232, SAFFRON

It’s worth braving Woodruff Road to visit this Indian eatery. At lunch, the daily buffet lays out a wallet-friendly selection of curries, rice dishes, and chef’s signatures. The a la carte dinner menu boasts a staggering variety, but the yogurt-marinated chicken tikka cooked in a clay oven or the lamb saag stewed with spinach, ginger, and garlic are excellent options. $, L, D. 1178 Woodruff Rd., Ste. 16. (864) 288-7400, SAIGON FAST FOOD

Contrary to its name, Saigon Fast Food is a sit-down restaurant. Inside, the small room is spiffed up with green-clothcovered tables and a host of condiments in the middle of each. Folks come here for steaming bowls of pho—a fragrant broth made with rice noodles and your choice of other ingredients (meats and vegetables)—and an extensive menu of Vietnamese specialties to wash down with a glass of bubble tea $ -$$. L, D. 1011 N

Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 235-3472 SWAD

Tucked off of Laurens Road, this venerable family-run Indian restaurant hones in on vegetarian cuisine. South Indian specialties such as idli (steamed rice cakes) and dosas (thin rice crepes) served with sambar (lentil stew) delight regulars, while those biding their budget go for the value meals that

come with basmati rice or naan. $, L, D. 1421 Laurens Rd. (864) 233-2089 YELLOW GINGER ASIAN KITCHEN

Here, Chef Alex Wong and wife Dorothy Lee have managed to reinvent the conventional. Start off with the homemade pot stickers, or dive right into the soulsatisfying mee goreng, with fresh lo mein noodles, tofu, bean sprouts, green onions, and shrimp with an unctuous soy tomato chili sauce then topped with a fried egg. $ -$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 2100 Poinsett Hwy, Ste J. (864) 605-7551,


Heaping portions and a menu that mixes inventive flavors with customer favorites make Davani’s a Greenville mainstay. The friendly staff doesn’t hurt, either. Try the Muscovy duck, pan-seared with port wine and a sundried cherry demi-glacé, or the veal Oscar, topped with crab meat, asparagus, and hollandaise. $$$-$$$$, D.

Closed Sunday.1922 Augusta St, Ste 111A. (864) 373-9013, JIANNA

With stellar views of Falls Park from its wrap-around terrace, this modern Italian osteria offers patrons daily house-made pastas, the region’s freshest seasonal ingredients, and, of course, oysters—all led by famed chef Michael Kramer. Grab a cocktail or a glass of wine from the 40-foot bar, and nosh on pasta dishes like potato gnocchi, radiatori, or tonnarelli with local tomatoes, corn, and chanterelle mushrooms. $$-$$$, L (Sat–Sun), D. 207 S

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Main St. (864) 720-2200, THE LAZY GOAT

The Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Sample from the Graze and Nibble dishes, such as the crispy Brussels sprouts with Manchego shavings and sherry glacé. For a unique entrée, try the duck confit pizza with a sour cherry vinaigrette and a farm egg. An extensive variety of wine is available in addition to a full bar. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 170 River Pl. (864) 679-5299,


The latest addition to the Larkin’s line-up, this ristorante serves up Italian cuisine out of the former Playwright space on River and Broad streets. The menu ranges from pesto pizzas to chicken marsala to classics like spaghetti and meatballs—but the real winner is an all-Italian wine list, curated from award-winning vineyards across the region. After you’ve had your glass, grab a bite of the housemade limoncello gelato.

$$-$$$, L, D. 401 River St. (864) 263-7000, PASSERELLE BISTRO

Gaze over the lush Falls Park scenery while enjoying French-inspired cuisine. Make a lunch date to enjoy the arugula salad or bistro burger with caramelized leeks and mushrooms, arugula, Gruyere, and garlic aioli. At night, the bistro serves up romance à la Paris, with items like escargot and mussels. Don’t miss brunch on the weekend. $$-$$$, L (Mon–Fri), D

(Mon–Sun), SBR (Sat–Sun). 601 S Main St. (864) 509-0142,


You’ll find Italian-American classics to feed every member of the family at this Greenville icon. For two decades, the familyowned restaurant near Greenville Mall has been pleasing palates with a generous menu

el Thrifty Social Club is a Restaurant, Bar and Gaming Lounge Located Downtown off the Swamp Rabbit Trail Serving Lunch, Dinner and Weekend Brunch Mezcal, Tequila, Craft Cocktail Bar Locally Roasted Coffee and Morning Cafe Workspace Private and Corporate Event Packages Available

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of pasta, seafood, and saltimbocca. For the gluten-sensitive, sautéed vegetables can be substituted for pasta in many of the dishes

$, D. 30 Orchard Park Dr., Ste. 22. (864) 6277706, RISTORANTE BERGAMO

Ristorante Bergamo, open since 1986, focuses on fresh produce and Northern Italian cuisine: fresh mussels sautéed in olive oil, garlic, and white wine, veal with homegrown organic herbs, and pasta creations such as linguine with shrimp and mussels. The bar fronts 14-foot windows along Main Street, making it a prime location for enjoying a glass while people-watching. $$$, D. Closed Sunday

& Monday. 100 N Main St. (864) 271-8667, STELLA’S SOUTHERN BRASSERIE

Boasting French flair and fare, this sister to Stella’s Southern Bistro is the second in Jason and Julia Scholz’s line of quality eateries. Stationed in Hollingsworth Park, Chef Jeff Kelly offers a local twist on French staples—blue-black mussel shells with smoked tomato broth, Marsala-spiked onion soup gratinée, and roasted game hen—served up daily in a lively, chic environment. Don’t miss the breakfast pastries. $$-$$$. B, L, D, SBR. 340 Rocky

Slope Rd, Ste 100, Greenville. (864) 6266900, VILLA FROSI

A Greek and Italian restaurant with traditional flair, Villa Frosi hits Wade Hampton with Southern European staples. Sample specialties like the spanakopita, the seafood fettuccine, or go straight for the pizza. Finish with a slice of limoncello cake, and you’ll be booking you’re Mediterranean dream cruise, pronto. $$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 2520 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 520-0298,


Since 2015, this taco truck has delivered new wonders and old favorites. Owner Nick Thomas treats the tortilla as a work of art, with the likes of Nashville hot chicken or Thai shrimp with fried avocado stuffed into soft shells. Sides like the street corn are must adds. Don’t miss a chance to reinvent your taste buds—check the Automatic Taco’s Facebook page for their weekly schedule. $, schedule varies. (404) 372-2266, CHUCK TRUCK

Owner David Allen uses only local ingredients to make his burgers. Treat yourself to a pimento cheeseburger and fries, or salute our Cajun neighbors with the truck’s signature N’awlins burger—a fresh-ground beef patty served with andouille sausage, peppers, onions, and applewood-smoked white cheddar, topped with the Chuck Truck’s very own herb aioli. $, schedule varies. (864) 884-3592, KEEPIN’ IT FRESH

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As healthy as it is tasty, Keepin’ It Fresh food truck serves up a diverse menu of locally sourced cuisine guaranteed to please your appetite and your waistline. Catch them at Grateful Brew and the Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Taproom for a crispy fried Brussels sprouts salad, mouthwatering shrimp taco topped with peach slaw and guava crema, or a golden-brown fried fish plate. $$, schedule varies. (864) 386-5050, @keepinitfreshtruck_gvl KICKIN’ PIG BAR-B-QUE PIG TRUCK

If you’re in the mood for some authentic

Southern eats, look no further than the Kickin’ Pig’s on-the-go ’cue truck. Go for the smoked bologna sandwich seasoned with BBQ rub and finished with cole slaw, or grab a fork and dig into the BBQ Sundae, a non-confectionary concoction of pulled pork, potato salad, slaw, and sauce of choice. $, schedule varies.

(864) 608-6187, MOBILE MELTDOWN

Not to be cheesy, but the latest addition to Greenville’s food truck scene is melting hearts, one grilled sammie at a time. Lauren Kulesz of Mobile Meltdown has been delivering creamy grilled cheese, paired with tomato bisque or fried mashed potato balls, to comfort-food cravers from her truck window since fall 2018. Grab your typical American cheese and bread blend with the classic, or dig into the likes of the spicy pig. $, L, D. Times

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Catch a summertime vibe year-round every time you drop by this Caribbean-inspired restaurant-on-wheels. Wrap your hands around One Love’s take on traditional favorites; the tropical gyro is rolled up with fresh mango slaw, pico, seared lamb and beef, and jerk-infused tzatziki sauce, while the Jinju hero comes topped on a grilled roll with kimchi, Italian sausage, provolone, and tangy Asian sauce. $, schedule varies. (864)


Smokin’ Blues keeps things hot with a smorgasbord of savory sauces and smoked staples—pulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken, and ribs—that can be enjoyed solo or packed into sandwiches and tacos. For a treat that’s extra smokin’, go for the glutenfree loaded fries or homemade chips piled high with pork, white BBQ sauce, sour cream, pickled jalapenos, and three-cheese sauce. $, schedule varies (864) 444-4752,


From culinary school to the streets of Greenville, Neil and Jessica Barley have made it their mission to bring people together through food. Not only has Thoroughfare proved that tater tots can be eaten with every meal (their disco tots are topped with white cheddar gravy), they’ve driven their way into our hearts. Don’t miss the mahi mahi tacos topped with kale slaw and chipotle aioli. $, schedule varies. (864) 735-8413,


Proving that not all street food is created equal, We Got the Beets is Greenville’s very first plant-based food truck. This crueltyfree fare encourages diners to “celerybrate” vegan eats. Favorites include the Philly grilled cheese with marinated portobello mushrooms and cashew mozzarella cheese, and the sushi sandwich with sushi rice, Korean BBQ jackfruit, and more in a nori sheet pocket. $, schedule varies. @wegotthebeetsfoodtruck


Pizza and beer—flowing from 27 taps downstairs and 31 upstairs—are what bring patrons to Barley’s. Besides the tap, there’s a long list of selections by the bottle. Try the classic New York–style pizzas, or go for one of Barley’s specialty pies. Afterwards, make your way upstairs to the billiards tables and the dartboard lanes. $-$$, L, D. 25 W Washington St. (864) 232-3706, COASTAL CRUST

This Charleston-based catering joint

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graces the Greenville scene with artisan, Neapolitan-style pizza pies. Served out of a turquoise ’55 Chevy tow truck, the pies are baked in a wood-fired brick oven and topped with local produce from Reedy River farms. Stick with the classic margherita pie, or branch out with the red Russian kale and Gorgonzola, sprinkled with almond pieces and drizzled in olive oil. Location information available on their website.

$, L, D. Location varies. (843) 654-9606,


From the owners of downtown's beloved Coffee Undergroud, World Piece brings Chicago-style pizza to Greenville’s dining scene from their laidback, 16-seat bar on Stone Avenue. Offering a line-up of draft beers, as well as menu features — buffalo chicken wings, assorted salads, beef and veggie burgers, french fries, and, of course, savory pies—this pizza joint ensures there’s a little something to please everyone. $-$$. L, D. 109 West Stone Ave Suite A1. (864) 568-5221

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Hailing from Charleston, D’Allesandro’s Pizza brings its dough lover’s paradise to Greenville. The D’Allesandro brothers’ philosophy is simple—if the pizza is good and the beer is cold, people will come. Created with quality ingredients, D’Allesandro’s pushes out pies in the North Main area, where guests can enjoy a variety of savory pizza, calzones, and even signature CalJoes. $$, L, D. 17 Mohawk Dr, Greenville.

(864) 252-4700, GRIMALDI'S PIZZERIA

Experience Big Apple flavor without the bustle at this NY-style brick-oven pizzeria. Serving up pies and calzones in a traditional yet chic environment, Grimaldi’s is dedicated to authenticity, down to the imported NYCwater used to craft their dough. Grab a slice of the buffalo chicken pizza, or build your own, just don’t miss the daily house-made cheesecake or wine pairings. Located in Magnolia Park Shopping Center, it’s an ideal spot to snag a bite before a cinematic viewing. $, L, D. 1025 Woodruff Rd, St. K101.


Located on the main drag of Travelers Rest, on Cleveland Street downtown, and now on Pelham Road, this pizza joint is a fast favorite with its handcrafted, brick-oven pies made from local ingredients. But their salads are nothing to ignore, not to mention dessert: the homemade ice cream will make you forget about those fellas named Ben & Jerry. $$, L,

D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 35 S Main St, Travelers Rest, (864) 610-0527; 99 Cleveland St, (864) 558-0235; 3598 Pelham Rd, (864) 991-8748, STONE PIZZA

Serving both Neapolitan- and New York–style pizzas, the latest edition to the corner of Stone and Park avenues is no pie in the sky. Ideal for a classic family outing or catching the game with a few friends (beer, sports, and pizza, amirite?), STONE and its fire-inspired pies are crafted with house-made mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, Caputo flour, and baked for a flat minute in their wood-fired oven. $$, L (Sat & Sun), D. 500 E Park Ave. (864) 609-4490, TOSS PIZZA

Located in the South Ridge Apartment Community, the TOSS menu is loaded with artfully crafted pies that are a far cry from your typical pepperoni. Head far east with the Phuket Thai pie, based with curry sauce and topped with peanuts, arugula, and shiitake mushrooms. The chile relleno is guaranteed to light a fire in the ol’ belly— thanks to a few poblano peppers. $$, L, D.

823 S Church St, Greenville. (864) 2830316, VIC’S PIZZA

The sign that says “Brooklyn, SC” at this walk-up/take-out joint makes sense when you see what you’re getting: piping hot New York–style pizza, served on paper plates. Purchase by the (rather large) slice, or have entire pies delivered (as long as your home or business is within three miles). $, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 12 E Coffee St. (864) 232-9191,


Tex-Mex has a new home in Greenville with the addition of Cantina 76, where the tacos shine. Play it safe with classic handhelds like fried tilapia and ground beef with lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded cheese, or turn up the heat with fried chicken doused with jalapeño aioli. $, L, D. 103 N Main St. (864) 631-2914,


Hand-crafted and locally sourced, this TR taco joint is the love child of Mexican cuisine and Southern soul food. Start the meal with a few small plates—try the fried green tomatoes or the pan-seared crab cakes—then dig into pure taco bliss with the Travelers Rest hot chicken. Go a little lighter with a farm-fresh salad, and end with the campfire s’mores. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 164 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-0586, NEO BURRITO

Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, this locally owned spot takes—the burrito. Stop in for spicy tacos, cheesy quesadillas, zesty breakfast burritos, fresh salads, and more. Save room for the chipotle BBQ chicken burrito or the farm burrito, packed with rice, kale, hummus, beets, cilantro, cabbage, and more. $, B, L, D. 1268 Pendleton St. (864)

552-1054, PAPI’S TACOS

Table 301 plankowner Jorge “Papi” Baralles brings family tradition and the familiar childhood flavors of Cuautla, Mexico, to this walk-up taqueria on the Reedy River. The menu is short and to the point. Get your tacos with shrimp, barbacoa, al pastor, carne asada, carnitas, or chicken and chorizo, or sample some gelato in the display case. Get in, get out, and enjoy Falls Park. $, L, D. 300 River St. (864) 373-7274,


Dishes here bear the creative touch of Trish Balentine, former owner of Corporate Deli. Her made-from-scratch menu items include tamales, burrito bowls, and all the other Tex-Mex suspects. “Tipsy” nods to the bar, where you can swill tequila flights, frozen margaritas, and house-infused spirits. Take your pick of three locations—two in Greenville and one on Fairview Road in Simpsonville. $$, L, D, SBR. 15 Conestee Ave,


Much like its Spartanburg-based sister, Greenville’s Willy Taco is a straight-up Mexican fiesta! Housed in the former Feed & Seed, the atmosphere pairs perfectly with its festive food presentation. Choose from a variety of taco flavors; we suggest the crispy avocado—topped off with a house-crafted margarita. $-$$, L, D. Closed

Monday. 217 Laurens Rd. (864) 412-8700,

(864) 558-0775, and 215 Pelham Rd, (864) 603-1144, WHITE DUCK TACO SHOP

The new kid on the taco block, White Duck sets up shop at Hampton Station in the Water Tower District, and feels right at home next to Birds Fly South Ale Project. Try the Bangkok shrimp taco or the mushroom potato with romesco, and pair with their fresh peach sangria or Birds Fly South’s crisp bungalow golden ale for the complete taqueria experience. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1320 Hampton Ave, Ext Ste 12B.


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Long before Meryl Streep went from The Devil Wears Prada to a witch wearing a prosthetic chin, this original musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine was taking the theater world by storm. This enchanting musical collides the worlds of some of the most well-known fairy tale characters; the cast includes Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack of Beanstalk fame, and others, each on a personal journey to make their dreams come true. A little bit dark and a little bit humorous, Into the Woods makes for a perfect family outing. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $22-$35. (864) 233-6733,


Riding high on the overwhelming success of its production of Prince Caspian, the Logos Theatre hopes to recreate that magical moment with another adaptation from the C.S. Lewis anthology. Set in the fictional realm of Lewis’s Narnia tales, this installment follows four runaways— two of whom are talking horses—as they flee the obligations of family and royalty. Using life-size puppets and incredible set scenery, the Logos team will have your rapt attention from the moment the curtain goes up. The Logos Theatre, 80 School St, Taylors. Thurs, 11:30am; Fri, 7pm; Sat, 2pm. $38-$53. (864) 268-9342,



Join two of folk music’s most passionate proponents as they take the Carolina Music Museum stage for an intimate evening performance. Styling his tunes in the vein of country blues artists like Peg Leg Sam, Freddie Vanderford has been a master of the mouth harp (harmonica for the layman) since

his grandfather taught him how. Vanderford is joined by Piedmont Blues guitarist—and Jellyroll Antennae Blues Trio cofounder—Michael King. Carolina Music Museum, 516 Buncombe St, Greenville. Fri, 7:30pm. Adults, $15; students, $5. (864) 520-8807,

5–6 HUB CITY HOG FEST The best way to prep for this two-day meat-fueled extravaganza? Make lots and lots (and lots) of room in your stomach. Benefitting Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, the Hub City Hog Fest gets cooking on Friday with a wing-off competition and live jams. Stick around on Saturday for the main event starring the region’s most talented roasters and smokers doing their best work on Boston butts and ribs. Downtown Spartanburg. Fri, noon–11pm; Sat, noon–9pm. $5; under 10, free.

5–20 SYLVIA! When Greg finds stray dog Sylvia in a New York City park, the last thing he expects is for his entire

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CAN’T-MISS CULTURE / EVENTS / ATTRACTIONS life to be upended. But that’s just what happens in this play written by Love Letters playwright A.R. Gurney. Upon their return home, Sylvia’s arrival is met with contempt by Greg’s wife Kate, who resents their seemingly untouchable bond. As Sylvia and Greg grow closer, all else seems to unravel, and the pair is left wondering what defines the meaning of true love. Flatrock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Wed–Thurs, 2pm & 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 2pm. $17-$54. (828) 693-0731,

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iMAGINE Upstate, a ten-day event dedicated to providing the Upstate’s top minds with a platform for community outreach and communication, comes loaded with events to stretch the brain and the soul. The extravaganza is capped off with a downtown family-friendly festival that includes interactive stage shows, robot races, learning experiences, and much, much more. Downtown Greenville. Sat, 11am–5pm. Free. (864) 238-7117,

UNLEASHED 6–7 VIRTUOSITY Penn State professor. Founding board member of the International Women’s Brass Conference. Principal tubist of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra. She’s got a great many titles, but Velvet Brown is, above all else, a musician. The internationally acclaimed tuba player will unite with Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra to showcase a trio of tunes that will allow Brown’s astounding talents on the tuba to truly take the limelight. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $19-$75. (864) 467-3000,


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VIRTUOSITY UNLEASHED April 6–7; Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $19-$75. The Peace Center. Renowned tubist Velvet Brown joins the Greenville Symphony Orchestra for an evening of brass-based tunes.


Greenville restaurants unite to throw down some of the best cooking our beloved foodie community has to offer. This year’s New Orleans– style brunch will feature music by the Greenville Jazz Collective and St. Anthony’s Men’s Choir, and lethal Bloody Marys, and enticing cuisine from around the Upstate. This year, guests will have the chance to check out and bid on amazing works of art by local creatives. Taste of the Upstate provides much-needed funding for

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Dedicated to celebrating Jewish heritage in the Upstate, ShalomFest is back again. Family-friendly and free, ShalomFest features interactive educational exhibits and activities centered around Jewish faith and history, as well as unique dancing and music. Traditional Jewish delicacies will be on hand for dining, and guests are invited to expand their knowledge further with an informative panel discussion. Temple of Israel, 400 Spring Forest Rd, Greenville. Sun, 10:30am– 4:30pm. Free. upstateinternational. org/event/shalomfest-2019

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Who says the cello can’t rock and roll? Certainly not these guys! Comprised of Croatian duo Luka Šulicć and Stjepan Hauser, 2Cellos has won numerous international awards for their electrifying take on both classic and contemporary hits, with each of their five studio albums featuring a diverse medley of originals and cover pieces by the likes of AC/DC, Enya, Elton John, and Hans Zimmer. Singer, songwriter, and pianist Jon McLaughlin will join the pair during this stop of the Let There Be Cellos tour, named after last year’s album release. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Tues, 7:30pm. $54-$85. (864) 241-3800,



Sure, you can scream-sing along to your favorite Broadway tunes during the rush-hour commute. Or, you can just let the experts handle it. Smash hits from Broadway’s all-star productions including Les Misérables, Chicago, Wicked, and more will be dished out by some of the Upstate’s finest leading guys and gals—not to mention a delicious selection of adult beverages and hors d’oeuvres available for your tasting come intermission. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Tues–Wed, 7pm. $50. (864) 233-6733,



For its 12th annual iteration, the Clemson Literary Festival is packing out its schedule with even more authors and activities to sate every lover of the written word. The three-day fest kicks off with a morning book fair at the Cooper Library Bridge before segueing into an exciting itinerary of roundtable discussions, readings, and social events. Guest authors this year include Pulitzer Prize–winner Tyehimba Jess, Fine Arts Center creative writing director Sarah Blackman, poet Cynthia Cruz, and other craft masters. Times, locations vary. clemson. edu/caah/sites/literary-festival/ index.html



It’s National Poetry Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with one of Greenville’s own award-winning authors. Join author Jacqueline Woodson as she recounts her experiences growing up in the Upstate’s Nicholtown community and

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observations on the civil rights movement through the vehicle of Brown Girl Dreaming, a bestselling memoir that racked up a National Book Award, a Coretta Scott King Award, and a Newbery Honor Award. Huguenot Loft, 101 W Broad St, Greenville. Wed, 6:30pm. Free. (864) 467-3000,

11–13 SPRINGSKUNK The sister event to fall’s Albino Skunk Music Fest, this warm-weather version still has all the offerings you’ve grown to love. Whether you’re camping out or just spending the day, feel free to imbibe a few local brews, pick up some local craft art, or indulge in a food-truck delicacy. The 2019 lineup is yet again stacked high with incredible talent; acts like the War and Treaty, Dangermuffin, The Steel Wheels, and Wild Ponies will all be at the farm. Will you? SkunkFarm, 4063 Jordan Rd, Greer. Thurs–Sat. $30-$350.



The Greenville Chorale welcomes the season of April showers with its annual springtime concert. In addition to a performance by one area high school’s vocal choir, the Chorale will also perform seasonal selections from Antonin Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, and Nimrod by Edward Elgar. First Baptist Greenville, 847 Cleveland St, Greenville. Fri, 8pm. Adults, $30; students, $15. (864) 467-3000,



Ah, family vacations. Hour after hour spent crammed next to your older brother in the back seat of the Honda Odyssey, fistfighting for control of the one air-conditioning vent and trying not to lose every piece to the car checkers set your aunt gave you. It’s

memories like these that catapult Don Browning back into the era of simpler times while he drives around his hometown seeking the perfect final resting place for his father’s ashes. When past and present collide, you’re bound to discover there’s no place like home. Greenville Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thurs–Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 3pm. (864) 2336238,



Oh, go fly a kite. No, seriously. Designed to encourage community members to embrace the great outdoors, the Spartanburg Soaring! initiative took flight back in 2014, and has since expanded to attract guests from across the globe. Bring your own aircraft or pick one up on-site, then sit back and let the wind do the rest of the work. A makers market, kids zone, entertainment, and food-truck vendors round out this gravity-defying day of family fun. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Sat, 11am–5pm. Free. (864) 542-2737,



Here comes little Peter Cottontail . . . kicking dirt in your face with his big floppy feet as he dashes ahead of you to the finish line. The second in Greenville County Rec’s Dirt Series of trail races, this Easter-themed trek encourages runners to hunt for that elusive little bunny—and the eggs he leaves behind—as they cut a path through scenic Lake Conestee Nature Park. And if you leave empty-handed, don’t worry; a kid’s egg hunt will take place after the race. Lake Conestee Nature Park, 840 Mauldin Rd, Greenville. Sat, 9am. $25-$35. (864) 288-6470,

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Join the American Heart Association in the battle against heart disease once again. Broken up into either one-or three-mile walks, the Heart Walk encourages Upstate residents to get healthy and raise funds that meet this year’s $475,000 goal. Each year, more than a half-million Americans experience some form of cardiac dysfunction, so there’s no better time to get your Heart Walk on for an excellent cause. Main St, Downtown Greenville. Sat, 9am. (864) 605-7227,



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FROM AWAY 16–21 COME While the darkest of our fears were exposed when the World Trade Center came down on September 11, 2001, there is another story—one of kindness and love— that deserves to be told. This musical love letter heralds the residents of Gander, Newfoundland, who opened their homes and hearts to thousands of diverted passengers. Based on true accounts, Come From Away won the 2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm. $35-$100. (864) 467-3000,

Prior to joining America’s premier ballet company the Joffrey Ballet in 2012, dancer Cara Marie Gary was a member of COOKBOOK SIGNING the Upstate’s own International Ballet WITH KATIE BUTTON family. The ultra-talented alum is Chef Katie Button is the proprietor bringing it back home to the Gunter and creative force behind two Theatre stage alongside her male celebrated Asheville eateries: tapascounterpart, Brazilian dancer Edson heavy Cúrate and Button & Co. Bagels. Barbosa. Barbosa, Gary, and the rest The Upcountry Provisions Cookbook of the International Ballet troupe will Club will host Chef Button at its perform a variety of traditional pieces outdoor event space for an intimate featuring live musical accompaniment, gathering that will include welcome including works from Giselle, Don cocktails, a book signing, and smallQuixote, and Italian-style folk dancing plate selections from Button’s Cúrate known as Tarantella. cookbook. PARTIES | WEDDINGS FAMILY EVENTS | SOCIAL Corporate Gunter Theatre at The| Peace The &Grove at GATHERINGS Upcountry Provisions, Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. 6811 State Park Rd, Travelers Rest. Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm. $35. (864) Thurs, 5-7pm. $45. (864) 834-8433, 467-3000,



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CASTING CROWNS April 18; Thurs, 7pm. $33-$83. Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The Grammy-winning Christian rock band brings their contemporary Gospel music to the Well in celebration of their latest album. 864.859.4001

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CULTURA April 13–14; Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm. $35. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center. Dancer Cara Marie Gary returns to her roots with the addition of male counterpart, Edson Barbosa, for an unforgettable ballet performance.



The contemporary Christian rock band has released an album nearly every year since their record debut in 2001. A seven-member ensemble, Casting Crowns won acclaim for their second album, Lifesong, which peaked at the numbernine slot on the Billboard 200, and received a Grammy award for best pop or contemporary Gospel album. The Only Jesus tour celebrates the 2018 album of the same name, and will feature guest performances by Zach Williams and Austin French. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Thurs, 7pm. $32.50-$82.50. (864) 241-3800,



An Upstate institution for some time now, Bob Jones University presents the culmination of the hard work by its gifted team of makeup artists, costume creators, musicians, techs, and models through the Living Gallery. Sacred works of art come to life before your very eyes, accented by striking visual elements, vocals, and musical accompaniment—it’s an experience that must be seen to be believed. Rodeheaver Auditorium at Bob Jones University, 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. Thurs–Fri, 4:30pm & 7:30pm; Sat, 2pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm. Adults, $16; ages 6-12, $14. (864) 770-1372,



From the moment that the first beautiful bud bursts open, spring is here. For over 30 years, the city of Pickens has celebrated this rite of the season, fêting the flower by inviting Upstate vendors, artists, and performers to showcase their talents. The 2019 festival gets an extra night of fun with Thursday’s family movie, followed by Friday’s car cruise-in and Saturday’s jam-packed festival. 102 W Main St, Pickens.

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For more than 40 years, this springtime jaunt has been a must-run for locals and visitors alike. Both the 5K and 10K courses wrap their way around the downtown area before winding up at TD Stage on the Reedy for a post-race festival. Celebrate your finish with a yummy Jersey Mike’s sub, Southern Pressed Juicery treat, live DJ, and door prizes from Upstate establishments. Downtown Greenville. Sat, 7:20am. $10-$40.


MOZART TO POP CHARTS WITH NAT ZEGREE Straight off his sensational turns as musical bad boys Amadeus Mozart and piano fireball Jerry Lee Lewis, jack-of-all-talents Nat Zegree makes a comeback to the Leiman Mainstage. Joined by a full sixteen-piece orchestra, Zegree is slated to roll through decades of musical favorites from the early classics to twenty-first century charttoppers. With five chances to catch the show, there’s no excuse to miss out! Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 2pm. $17-$48. (828) 693-0731,



Things get smokin’ hot when Project Host presents its 10th annual BBQ Cook-Off, taking place on the banks of the beautiful Reedy River. Scoop up plenty of fixins during Friday’s “Anything Butt” competition before piling on the ribs and pulled pork on Saturday. There can only be one king of the ’cue—will it be you? 320 S Hudson St, Greenville. Fri–Sat. Free. (864) 235-3403, html#bbqcookoff

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Country music’s outlaw is making a stop in the Upstate during his solo Double Down tour in support of last October’s release, Desperate Man. Church’s decade-long career has seen countless chart-topping singles including “Give Me Back My Hometown” and the unofficial anthem for getting down at the bar “Drink in My Hand.” Now, he’s giving his Church Choir fans what they really want: two sets of live music that’s all Eric, all the time. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri–Sat, 8pm. $39-$139. (864) 241-3800,



It may be warming up outside, but spring hasn’t officially sprung until the city of Spartanburg hosts its yearly street festivities. This family favorite will debut a new food-truck rodeo for 2019, in addition to its already popular staples like the family fun zone, cycling race, and four entertainment stages. Downtown Spartanburg. Fri, 5–10pm; Sat, 10am–9pm; Sun, noon–6pm. Free. (864) 596-2976,

26–May 12 CRY IT OUT What with all the late-night wakeup calls and poopy diapers, being a new mom isn’t easy. Things are

especially difficult for Jessie, a former Manhattanite who’s been transplanted to the suburbs with her newborn. Seeking companionship to break the solitude, Jessie befriends neighbor (and new mom) Lina. But when the entrance of a third party shakes the women’s quick friendship, the real fun begins in this dark comedy crafted by Molly Smith Metzler. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Days, times vary. $35. (864) 235-6948,

MUTT STRUT 27 GHS Remember when you didn’t share that last slice of pizza with your dog? The look on his face? Make it up to your best four-legged friend by joining the Annual Mutt Strut! Benefiting the Greenville Humane Society, the Mutt Strutt invites runners of all ages (and legs) to take on a 2-mile trek through downtown Greenville. Afterwards, hang out at the Mutt Market and lap up some treats, eats, and family-friendly caninentertainment. Main Street, Greenville. Sat, 8:30am. $30-$35.



There may not be enough time to go around the world in 80 days (or ever), but this Upstate festival is happy to bring the world to you in a single afternoon. Greer Goes Global will feature cultures from every corner of the globe, stirring up a melting pot of

culinary delights, live performances, crafts, and more. Little adventurers will have an opportunity for hands-on activities, such as the safari adventure starring animal guests like baby camels, prairie dogs, and pygmy goats. Greer City Park, 301 E Poinsett St, Greer. Sat, 11am–4pm. Free.



Whether you’re gearing up for the 10-, 25-, 50-, 72- or 100-mile stretch around the Upstate, you’re guaranteed a scenic view of the surrounding Travelers Rest and Saluda communities— plus a fantastic challenge for those quads. Post-ride festivities include a celebration party and expo, with each dollar raised going to support systems, meals, and other food programs provided through the Meals on Wheels Greenville organization. Trailblazer Park, 235 Trailblazer Dr, Travelers Rest. Sat, 7:30am. Registration, free-$60.



Fundraising and fun. Those are the pillars of the Greenville Area Parkinson Society’s Strike Out Parkinson’s event. In the weeks leading up to the Fluor Field event, participating teams strive to raise funds to benefit the organization’s efforts to help those affected by the disease. When game day arrives, harness all that team spirit to compete in a number of activities to score “runs,”

including trivia, bocce ball, cornhole, Rock Steady Boxing, and a dance party! Fluor Field at the West End, 945 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 10am– 12pm. (864) 905-2574, gapsonline. org/events-community-outreach/ strike-out-parkinson-s



France has given us a few amazing things, like Champagne, macarons, and brie. And in honor of our baguette-totisng comrades across the Atlantic, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra closes out its Masterworks series with a harmonious tribute to some of the region’s most notable musicians. Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel will lead the GSO through a trio of très bien tunes, including Paul Dukas’ symphonic poem, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Bolero by Maurice Ravel, and Hector Berlioz’s epic Symphonie Fantastique. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $19-$75. (864) 467-3000,



Hit movies like Pitch Perfect may have made a cappella “cool,” but the gentlemen of this elite nonet have been rocking out with their vocal chords for more than two decades. An overnight sensation thanks to a YouTube version of The 12 Days of Christmas in 1998, the Indiana University–formed SNC sound has echoed far and wide, transitioning the traditional take on pop tunes into

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something totally organic—no chaser needed. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, 7:30pm. $40-$60. (864) 467-3000,

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Interested in joining the biggest classic car cruise-in that the Upstate has to offer? Then motor on over to this annual fest, where retro rides, shag dancing, and prize raffles create the perfect opportunity to give back to community charities. Beginning in 1998, Blue Ridge Fest has become the gathering spot for good times and good fun for all. Kicking off with the cruise-in, the evening will also have live beach music with Jim Quick and Coastline, MAGIC, The Tams, and the Oak Ridge Boys. Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, 734 W Main St, Pickens. Fri, 5:30–10pm. Adults, $25; ages 7-12, $15; 6 & under, free. (800) 240-3400,

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ERIC CHURCH April 26–27; Fri–Sat, 8pm. $39-$139. Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Country music’s favorite outlaw makes his way to Greenville to promote his newest album, with classic favorites fans just can’t get enough of.

Photograph of Eric Church by John Peets

WALK May 11 NEDA Sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association, this organized morning stroll at Fluor Field will include a balloon release along with an onsite florist and DJ, all to change the discourse surrounding eating disorders through community engagement. Fluor Field at the West End, 945 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 9am.


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Mad World The Upcountry History Museum features culture-shaping ads of midcentury America


nown to be one of the initial mad men of Madison Avenue’s competitive advertising scene, MacCauley “Mac” Conner illustrated some of the most prominent ads of the 1950s and 1960s. The Original Mad Men: Illustrations by Mac Conner at the Upcountry History Museum highlights his use of dramatic perspectives and eye-catching patterns. Featured in popular publications like Cosmopolitan, The Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping, and more, the allure of Conner’s prolific work helped to redefine American culture post World War II. With advertising at its peak, these pieces took part in altering the image of what Americans strived for, reflecting the American Dream and mirroring the values of the time.—Sydney Taylor The Original Mad Men: Illustrations by Mac Conner will be on display at the Upcountry History Museum at 540 Buncombe Street, Greenville, until May 12. The museum is open Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–5pm, and Sunday, 1–5pm. For more information, visit

Clockwise from top left: Illustration for “We Won’t Be Any Trouble” in Collier’s, November 13, 1953. Gouache on illustration board; “Hold on Tight” in Redbook, March 1958. Gouache on illustration board; “Let’s Take a Trip Up the Nile” in This Week Magazine, November 5, 1950. Gouache and graphite on illustration board; “Don’t Be Like Me” in Collier’s, September 8, 1953. Gouache on illustration board; “Strictly Respectable” in Redbook, August 1953. Gouache on illustration board. All © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist.

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