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From the

Editor It is not just quality and local ingredients that make great food in the Lowcountry — it is the people. Our mission at Eat This! has been to highlight

We also invite you to kick back on your

those very people that make Charleston

porch with a high-ball glass of Virgil

such a fascinating foodie destination. I

Kaine Ginger-infused Bourbon as you

think it is safe to say that great food is not

watch the light outside begin to change

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Server Spotlights. Tap into your appre-

As the remnants of summer linger, it is

ciation for local craft beer out at Bowens

time for us to celebrate the “R” months.

Island, enjoy a little wine in reverse, and

In this issue, Eat This! pays homage to an

dive into some Mexican fare whether it

oyster farmer and his craft, Jeff Spahr of

be North or South of the Ravenel. We are

Bulls Bay and the harvested, delicious bi-

dishing out the goods this fall — can I get

valve mollusk. I admit that I never truly paid

an AMEN (Street) to that?

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And don’t forget, ‘tis festival time. Be

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Editor

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Contents

In This Issue

30 Reader Recipe Lemon Thyme Vodka Three-Way K. Culver of Mount Pleasant 32 Chef Recipe Cumin Scented Confit Lamb Belly Josh Keller of Two Boroughs Larder 36 Dining Map 40 Restaurant Directory 42 Events Culinary Happenings in the Lowcountry 44 Foodie Quiz

Features

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From the Cellar Movia “Puro” Rose A Disgorgement Delight from the Hills of Slovenia

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From the Tap Hidden Beer Behemoth Bowens Island Restaurant

10 Restaurant Spotlight Raising the (Raw) Bar Amen Street makes the oyster their world 14 Chef Spotlight When Opportunity Knocks Nathan Thurston of Stars 16 Server Spotlight One is Not Like the Others Nate Alton of Pearlz 18 Bartender Spotlight Virgil Kaine - Bourbon, the All-Inclusive Version Jake Johnson & David Szlam 21 Follow This! Chasing Aphrodite Harvesting Nature’s Aphrodisiacs in Bull’s Bay 26 Dine or Dash A Tale of Two Cities Santi’s 28 Do This! Southern Ground Music & Food Festival Wine, Brew & Wishes Too!

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FROM THE CELLAR

Movia “Puro” Rose A Disgorgement Delight from the Hills of Slovenia By Lauren Levine

H

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placed

the

Slowly, the yeast cells begin to die and cre-

my

ate a cloudy looking wine. The tedious ac-

hands very gen-

tion of riddling takes place, slowly turning

tly upside down.

the bottle into an upside down position, pre-

“Handle this with

paring it for disgorgement to remove these

wine

into

care. Do not turn it right side up

expired yeast cells.

and do not let it get warm.” I took

The event that was about to happen is not a

the dark, heavy bottle from him

common one that consumers experience. Ben

and rushed this wine directly to

Arnold Beverage Company carries Movia’s

the cellar. I checked on it every

undisgorged sparkling wine, along with the

day until the day of it’s fate, the

outstanding tasting line-up for the Next Door/

day of it’s disgorgement.

Red Drum wine dinner. With only two thousand

Sparkling wine goes through quite a ride

bottles produced, it is extremely difficult to get

before landing in our hands. Beginning as

your hands on this sparkling wine.

still wine, the juice is bottled and a small

Movia “Puro” Rose 2004 hails from Slo-

dose of sugar, wine and yeast is poured

venia, right along route E55. This very route

into the still wine, initiating the secondary

also glides through Italy and Austria as well.

fermentation. These yeast cells convert the

The man who placed this wine into my hands

sugar into alcohol, causing carbonation.

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veltliner granita iced concoction. The most

ter transformed into a light orange color.

decadent red wine, Cottanera Fatigione

The bottle finally turned upright just as an-

2006 Nerello Mascalese from Sicily was

other bottle flew open on the opposite side

rich and dense, giving off elegant mineral,

of the event. Glasses were passed of this

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pale salmon/light orange colored unusual

wine complimented the roasted pork loin

sparkling and toasted between each other

with ricotta salata in such a way that the

as guests tasted their first undisgorged

flavors melted in your mouth.

wine, filled with hints of apple cider, nut-

Just as dessert was coming to a close, a

meg, raspberries and cinnamon. I picked

small spotlight lit up the grand finale … the

up two glasses myself and headed towards

disgorgement of Movia “Puro” Rose 2004

the kitchen as Chef de Cuisine Nathan Hood

from Slovenia. The room came to a silent

was walking out. I handed him a glass. We

halt as cameras and phones emerged to

smiled as our glasses touched each other,

turn Next Door into a concert of sorts. Ev-

anticipating the first Monday of the next

ery eye was set on the always upside down

month, excited about the upcoming Next

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from the tap

Bowens Island Restaurant

Hidden Beer

Behemoth By Timmons Pettigrew

B

owens Island Restaurant

owner Robert Barber would rebuild. The

should need no introduction.

tragedy turned into opportunity, as the new

The seafood landmark, situ-

Bowens Island Restaurant would have more

ated on a tiny namesake is-

room, including room for an eight-tap draft

land near Folly Beach, has

system and a ten-by-ten beer cooler at

been in “top” lists of national magazines,

the bar. They carried the typical American

profiled on national television, and even

light lager at first, but soon our local brew-

earned itself a James Beard American

ing culture was growing all around them.

Classic Award. Most people equate the joint

Robert, being a soul truly dedicated to the

with heaping plates of deliciously prepared,

area, formed relationships with our brewers

local seafood. Their oysters are their real

over time, perhaps culminating in Holy City

claim to fame, harvested by hand from their

Brewing using his oysters for their Bowens

surrounding waters for decades. Unfortu-

Island Oyster Stout last fall.

nately, the bar selection that goes along with a menu like theirs is often lacking at best.

A few months ago, Robert doubled down on his taps, bringing his count up to sixteen.

Check your expectations at the dock, be-

In the meantime, they installed a huge re-

cause Bowens Island sports the Charleston

frigeration unit, mainly for housing their

area’s best local tap selection. Six years ago, the original restaurant tragically burned down. After a rough sixty years in business, there was no question that

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oysters. The BMC (Bud, Miller, and Coors)

beer-centric bars don’t have that kind of lo-

bottles were moved into the unit too, al-

cal coverage.

lowing them to dedicate the beer cooler to

Don’t expect style-specific, beer-clean

kegs. Since it wasn’t being opened at the

glassware, or anything fancy for that matter.

bar constantly, the draft selection could be

Your pint is going in a plastic cup, and you’re

kept there at a consistent temperature, and

going to like it. That goes with the territory,

smaller kegs could be changed out more

however. In a place that lets you write on the

easily. Couple that new system with Robert’s

walls, you should be okay with suspending

love of all things local, and you get the sur-

a few standards. The incredible view on the

prisingly excellent selection they have today.

back deck, and of course the food, should

Though I’d heard of their local focus, on

more than make up for any misgivings.

one recent visit I found all sixteen taps dedi-

Local is certainly not everything when

cated to local beer, equally spread amongst

it comes to beer. But in a budding brewing

our four breweries. Sixteen simultaneous

culture like Charleston’s, dedication to the

local taps during the regular course of busi-

cause is a fun, refreshing thing to

ness is, without a doubt, the best local selec-

run into, especially in unexpect-

tion in these parts. Even our forty-odd-tap,

ed places.

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RESTAURANT spotlight

Raising the

(Raw) Bar Amen Street makes the oyster their world by Patrick Graham

S

ometimes unexpected long

was indeed the case at Amen Street on

rains give restaurants fits,

East Bay Street the day I came to visit.

because precipitation doesn’t

General Manager Don Goodemote was

lend itself the kind of pre-

behind the bar, helping out as managers

dictability that management

do in a pinch, mixing drinks and expedit-

craves. Showers can bring mad rushes on

ing orders. Ah, the bar. The lovely white

a lazy Tuesday afternoon, bringing in the

marble bar. I digress. Chef Stephen Ol-

dampened masses that ordinarily would

lard joined Goodemote to chat about the

wander the streets of our fair city, or they

mission of Amen Street, a mission that

can kill off a seemingly steady lunch shift

is laden with the fruits of the sea, and in

free of surprises, turning a dining room

particular, the oyster. There were three

into a ghost town.

dozen points of origin on the menu, from

The former of the preceding sentence

Alabama Gulf waters to Cape Spear in New Brunswick. Chincoteague, Virginia

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and Fanny Bay, British Columbia are also represented, and based on availability and freshness, a handful of these choices made up the Huitres du Jour. This was looking suspiciously like a wine list. I

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asked Chef Ollard if this was on purpose. “We treat it like wine. Each oyster has a terroir (native locale) as each wine does. We let people sample oysters like they would sample

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wine…the oyster list that we carry, most people have not tried these oysters.” Curious patrons are in for an education as the list changes. Goodemote noted that, as with wine, the region where an oyster is harvested has a lot to do with its characteristics. “A lot of [customers] come in and just think an oyster is an oyster is an oyster, as something from northern Virginia is going to be different from southern Virginia, even something from Georgetown (SC) is going to be different from the Folly River.” Could wines and oysters be paired? “Oh, I think that could certainly happen,” said Ollard. “Other than the South (re: the Gulf oysters), the wine-producing regions are oyster-producing regions; in Oregon, some are produced in California, and Washington, so, yeah, you could pair wines and oysters from the same regions… some of the oysters have such complexity that not only can the wine enhance the oysters, but the oysters can enhance the wine.” Back to the bar aspect. If the oysters provide the “raw” in raw bar, the seemingly endless white marble and wooden platform is but one facet of the essence of the establishment that puts the “bar” in raw bar. There is no shortage of televisions, a full complement of liquors (including the locally produced Virgil Kaine gingerinfused bourbon) and craft beers are available, and an uncompromisingly casual feel to the dining room validated my hypothesis that a dozen oysters on a bed of snowy ice had supplanted

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ity of Amen Street’s plan: can you keep up

much … it’s just fresh.”

with the Joneses in the immediate vicinity while carving out a niche of your own?

Simplicity like that will get you everywhere. Then this question: is it more im-

“I think we’re doing both…seafood is

portant to reinvent the seared red snapper

something that is a staple in Charleston

or black grouper dish in a unique fashion,

anyway, and that’s what we do, so we

or would you rather use a unique fish that

have to…on not just a quarterly, monthly,

few have heard of (today it was orange

yearly, but on a daily basis, not just keep

marlin) to drive the originality of the menu?

up, but pass them and raise the bar, and

As expected, Ollard approached the fork in

make them keep up with us.”

the road, and took the fork:

With the surging interest in the “farm-

“It’s both. I personally get more excited

to-table” concept around Charleston’s

about a fish I’ve never heard of before. [Or-

kitchens, a parallel was drawn between

ange marlin] is a fish I had never heard of

farm-to-table and Ollard’s preference for

until a few years ago, and now I can’t get

his restaurant, only the key words there

enough of it … I’m also very classic in tech-

were “sustainable” and “fresh”.

nique and my mindset, and there are staples

“We are a fish and raw bar — we want

that when people come to Charleston, they

the fish to shine, we want the oysters to

want … a menu that will stay inside the box.”

shine. I don’t adulterate the food that

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chef spotlight

When Opportunity

Knocks by Laney Roberts

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Subject: Nathan Thurston Executive Chef - Stars Restaurant Grill Room and Rooftop Bar Origins: Greensboro, NC Education: Johnson & Wales University, Business Culinary Arts. Last class to graduate at Charleston campus.

(gotta ask) Why Leave Such a Prestigious Position? Nate felt an

Evolution: At 15 Nate took a restaurant

isolation on Kiawah. Though the job was

job washing dishes. He noticed that the

amazing, there was a disconnect from

cooks always seemed to be having more

the energy and dynamic among farmers

fun, so decided to give cooking a try. By

and chefs in the downtown scene.

18, Nate was the Sous Chef at Josephines

Opportunity knocked, Nate answered,

in Marion, NC. It was at that point that

and Keith Jones and partners entered

he decided to go to culinary school.

with an interesting concept that is Stars.

The journey that followed includes The Biltmore Estate (Asheville, NC), The White

What the Future Holds: Live fire

Horse Inn (Madison, WI), The Vineyards

kitchen. In greater Charleston, only Heart

(Winston-Salem, NC), Fish (Charleston, SC)

Wood Fire Kitchen on James Island has

and The Atlantic Room (Kiawah Island, SC).

explored the concept‘s potentials, Now,

His last position was the Executive Chef of

after the 20 th draft of their menu, Nate

The Ocean Room, a member of the culinary

feels that he and his staff have finely

team since the opening of The Sanctuary

honed the dishes that will showcase this

(Kiawah Island, SC).

trending restaurant concept. He is ready to bring the “live fire” kitchen to new

Professional Sideline: Nate

levels on Upper King. Incorporating local,

teaches at the Arts Institute of

quality ingredients with a “from scratch”

Charleston. Classes have ranged from

culinary discipline, he is sure to succeed.

Regional Cuisines such as European and Southern American to professional

Personal Philosophy: Nate feels that

Competition classes. Nates feels

a kitchen functions at its highest level when

teaching is an organic process that

there is shared learning and ideas. To develop

occurs both in the classroom and in any

and educate your staff while fostering mutual

successful kitchen.

respect is to nurture potential talents and to create an environment that engenders loyalty

Passionate Distractions: Nate

with a sense of ownership. Nate is well on

loves hanging with his two gorgeous

his way toward creating that collaborative

Weimaraners, tinkering with his Jeep CJ7

kitchen at Stars Grill Room and you can bet

and as all chefs, exploring the dining scene

that Charleston will be tasting the difference

in Charleston.

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server spotlight

SUBJECT: Nate Alton- Master Shucker Oyster Sommelier at Pearlz (Downtown) Origins: Rhode Island

One is not like

the Others by Antonia M. Krenza & Laney Roberts

Education: College of Charleston Business Administration F&B Evolution: Although Nate worked briefly in a hospital cafeteria and as a bus boy

Diversity is what makes the F&B industry so

at Joe’s Crab Shack in his youth, it was working

amazing, from fast food to fine dining, raw

on a farm that brought him fully into the

sashimi to a fish fry; the possibilities are endless.

culinary industry. An oyster farm, that is. After

These culinary complexities and dining styles have forced the server to evolve and diversify

his stint at CofC, he returned to Rhode Island in need of a job. He started as a box packer at the largest shellfish company in the United

as well. No longer is a server simply an order

States- American Mussel. In three years time,

taker; he or she is also a table side entertainer

he moved up the ranks to Quality Assurance

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Manager and discovered his life passion-

knowledge have matured, so has their demand for more inspired and specialized service. Therefore, we, as a public have brought a whole new cadre of “servers” into the limelight.

the oyster. It was Charleston’s wild oyster population, along with the city’s fascinating cultural and historical connection with these succulent aphrodisiacs, that brought him back to the Lowcountry and landed him at Pearlz. That was 7 years ago!

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Virgil Kaine

Bourbon, the All-Inclusive Version by Chris West

I

f simple desire is the mother of in-

we tried it and tasted it with a friend and

vention, then all Jake Johnson and

we said: ‘We may be on to something

David Szlam wanted was a good,

here’ so we just went with it.”

stiff drink. Harkening back to the

The small-time, stovetop operation soon

nights they would wind down after

became full force when the pair brought

a long shift on the line, the former chefs

on third partner Ben Capa and fortuitously

set out to revisit their college love of a

met with Terressentia, a local spirit making

simple bourbon and ginger ale. And out of

and bottling company and arranged con-

that simple desire, Virgil Kaine was born.

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“We’ve been friends for about 15

two-year old, “baby bourbon” are sourced

years,” Jake said. “I was Dave’s sous chef

from Kentucky and infused with local

and we just started thinking about ways to

John’s Island ginger and other recipe ingre-

get ourselves out of the restaurant busi-

dients. Then the infused spirit is “treated”

ness. We always drank Makers [Mark]

using Terresentia’s patented technology,

and ginger in college, it was sort of our

which not only removes impurities (in the

drink. So we started thinking about ways

case of bourbon, the tannins imparted from

we could replicate that, but in a bottle.”

barrel-aging) from the liquor but also adds

Rooting the product in the South, the

an aged taste to the final product.

pair chose lyrics from The Band song

The whiskey is a deep brown, much the

“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” to

color of a tawny port. The infused ginger

give the bourbon a name. In the song, Vir-

hits the nose immediately and tames any

gil Cane was a railroad conductor tasked

boozy aroma from the whiskey. The sweet

with supplying Civil War troops with sup-

bourbon and the natural ginger add a

plies. Taking a bit of historical liberty,

sweet flavor profile to the whiskey, but it

Johnson and Szlam’s “Kaine” smuggled

doesn’t sip cloyingly sweet. Think more

his homemade hooch to thirsty troops via

a complement to the bourbon’s natural

his train line.

sugar content. The straight shot does

The initial batches of the ginger-in-

drink more like a mixed drink simply over

fused whiskey were cooked on Dave’s

ice and I’ve found that is arguably the best

stovetop. “Dave is the mastermind be-

way to enjoy it. As the ice begins to melt, it

hind the recipe,” Jake said. “He literally

continues to mellow into a smooth sipper.

took some bourbon and infused it with all

Virgil Kaine started a year ago and this

these flavors. Later he called me over,

past January saw the full product launch

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through local distributors, Ben Arnold. But the fledgling company is by no means think-

For more information visit www.virgilkaine.com

ing of keeping it only local. “We are moving into Georgia next, Tennessee and then probably North Carolina,” he said. “We’re thinking the southeast and SEC football. A lot of college kids drink bourbon and ginger ale so we’re trying to push towards that.” While Johnson and Szlam are continuing to push Virgil Kaine into the local market, they aren’t putting all their eggs in one basket either. “We’re going to launch a few new products this coming year, maybe not a bourbon but different brands,” Johnson said. “But I can’t really talk about them because they are just in the development stages right now. But we certainly want to get more products out into the market.”

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Chasing Aphrodite

Harvesting Nature’s Aphrodisiacs in Bull’s Bay by Antonia M. Krenza & Laney Roberts

P

erhaps the myth of the oyster arose from the sea with the birth of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty and sexual rapture. The goddess was said to have possessed the ad-

miration of both gods and mortals. Her image has been immortalized in paintings, poetry and stone - most famously at the hand of Botticelli in the depiction of her birth, delivered from the waves upon a cockle shell. It is said that Aphrodite, also known as Venus in Roman mythology, held certain animals sacred, among them shellfish - mussels, clams and oysters.


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Somehow it was the oyster, not the clam

an oysterman.

or mussel, that took on the persona of the

Jeff Spahr was not always headed to the

goddess. Oysters are a food of seduction.

sea. He chose to major in Business Admin-

Actually, they are the cliché of all culinary

istration and soon after graduation moved

aphrodisiacs. The myth of Aphrodite may

into a marketing position with AT&T. It was

have lost its power through the centuries,

a position in which he excelled. There were

but her sacred progeny has not. Whether it

promotions and ever increasing salaries.

be Apalachicola oysters, Malpeques, Blue

Jeff married his childhood sweetheart,

Points, Kumamotos, Olympias, or Belons,

Carrie. Success courted him. Though he

their briny promise of passion and flavor

was happy, there was something missing.

still tempts discerning diners to the plate,

Passion and profit are rarely good bedfel-

and lures the more ambitious men and

lows. In the halls of corporate America,

women into the sea.

Jeff was smelling the briny sea air and lis-

Jeff Spahr is a devotee of Aphrodite. He

tening to the wind whisper through the sea

probably wouldn’t call himself that, but he

grass. It was not long before his heart led

“I do not weep at the world. I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.” Zora Neale Hurston is. As he works his lease on Bull’s Bay, he

him back to Bull’s Bay.

is helping to preserve a natural sanctu-

So what makes Bull’s Bay oysters so

ary for her sacred animals. Jeff is one of

unique? Writer Antonia Krenza, Photogra-

many local oyster harvester operating in

pher Stacy Howell and I went out on the bay

the coastal Carolina waters. He has grown

with Jeff Spahr in early June. Under his tu-

his business over the years from one boat

telage, we began to understand the special

to two and from a solo enterprise to a team

nature of this body of water. The bay itself

of four. Still, this past season, he honestly

stretches from Awendaw, SC to McClel-

admits, is the first to have seen a real mar-

lanville, SC and, though large, is still very

gin of profit. It is a fact that he is proud of

shallow. It is completely open to the ocean

and one that validates his choice to become

creating a perfect habitat for oysters. The

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incoming tides flush the bay and surround-

winter oysters taste better than summer

ing creeks with high salinity waters and

oysters. In late spring with warmer water

outgoing tides purge the bay of low salinity

temperatures, oysters begin to lose their

rainwater and runoff. To the oyster, a sed-

sweetness and become more fishy. It is a

entary creature which filters the water for

matter of converting glycogen to gonad or

food, this tidal yin and yang in Bull’s Bay is

reproductive material. In the early sum-

like an aquatic meals on wheels.

mer, oysters spawn and after spawning

To be on the water with Jeff is to better understand his passion. The day was

they lose body weight and any flavor. Why would anyone want to harvest then?

swelteringly hot on the shore, but once on

Most people obsess with the bacteria

the boat the ocean breezes made us for-

factor, swearing off oysters when water

get the heat index. It was high tide when

temperatures rise. There is wisdom in

we departed shore, but that would change

that philosophy for, in water temperatures

soon, exposing the oyster beds we had

below 65 degrees, little or no potentially

come to see. It was peaceful on the water,

deadly bacteria is detectable. It would be

with the expanse of sea grass and open sky

easy to attribute this bacteria to pollution,

spreading out around us. Motoring in and

but they are actually a naturally occur-

out of small creeks among the grasses, we

ring phenomenon. Truth is, this bacteria

encountered orange billed oyster catch-

has no affect on most healthy people. Still

ers, dolphins, fiddler crabs, elegant white

the choice to err on the side of caution is

egrets and a Bonnet Head shark. With the

one even Jeff Spahr adheres to. Though he

hypnotic lapping of bay water against the

opened several of his oysters for us on that

hull of the boat, the experience was a ma-

June day, he would not let us try the tempt-

rine zen — one that could seduce even the

ing morsels. He also knows, like Robb

most devout landlubber.

Walsh author of Sex, Death and Oysters,

The idea of the ‘R’ months actually originated in Europe. Oysters are har-

that … “Summer oysters, like winter tomatoes, are out of season foods.”

vested worldwide and seasons and water

This very seasonal-

temperatures vary widely. Oddly enough

ity poses a dilemma

the ‘R’ concept fits perfectly into season-

for local oyster har-

ality of the calendar right here in the US.

vesters. How do you

Just to clarify this age old adage, truth is,

generate

income

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during the ‘R’ months? Loyalty and trust.

traditionally seasonal business with ancil-

Though Jeff may not be cruising the cor-

lary streams of income. Seems someone

ridors of corporate America anymore, he

hasn’t lost his marketing chops.

is sagely putting his business degree to

Most of us would love to have a sea-

work. He has developed commercial ac-

sonal job and lay back during the off sea-

counts like Fleet Landing, Amen Street and

son. That’s not the way it works in reality

Highway 17 North Roadside Kitchen, as

though. Oystering is no exception. There is

well as an established private client list. He

a responsibility in the ownership of his oys-

manages and markets to his accounts via

ter bed lease, that of preserving the marine

his website — localoysters.com. He builds

environment and the future sustainability

relationships not only with the quality of

of Bull’s Bay oysters. Jeff and his lease

his product, but also with service. With an

partner are required to seed their leased

unconcealed smile of pride, Jeff told us of

beds in the off season. The day that we met

his “oyster education” for the staff at Fleet

with him, the Department of Natural Re-

Landing. Within a restaurant, there is a

sources was loading thousands of pounds

trickle effect when a vendor extends him-

of empty Louisiana oyster shells onto a

self in this way. There is a positive impact

barge to be distributed along the beds in

on not only owners, but chefs, servers and

the bay. In the early summer when oysters

ultimately the guests. On the private side,

are spawning, their “spat” seeks a shell

he provides personal delivery of his product

upon which to anchor its succulent life. By

and offers catering services for his clients.

seeding the bay with empty shells, DNR is

Jeff has also developed relationships

cultivating South Carolina’s oyster popula-

with colder water Atlantic oystermen. Dur-

tion. The bill for the seeding is being paid by

ing the months when he cannot harvest his

Jeff and the other lease owners.

own lease, he is able to offer his accounts

The fiscal responsibility of seeding is not

oysters still in season despite the lack of

the only requirement of lease owners. There

an ‘R’ in the month. Restaurants and oyster

is a more laborious responsibility. During

lovers alike do not suddenly lose their de-

the off season, Jeff and his crew are con-

sire for oysters in May and suddenly redis-

stantly raking down the beds, breaking the

cover their desire in September. By meeting

clusters and creating individuals that will

demand year round Jeff is re-invigorating a

develop into the selects that restaurants

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desire. They also do this by hand which is

opment. In order to harvest those deeper

called culling. Donned in heavy duty galosh-

water selects that have been hand culled

es (which he replaces monthly), waders and

during the off season, Jeff will use a small

gloves, Jeff moved from the boat onto the

mechanical dredge. He has invited us to

beds. Though the novice, might worry about

join him in September to have a hands on

the threat of sharks or even alligators from

harvest experience.

Bull’s Island, the oyster shells themselves

In consideration of the aphrodisial quali-

are more of a menace to those who harvest

ties of the oyster, well, few actual studies have

them. Their edges are razor sharp and of-

been done. Some say it is only the “power of

fer the promise of nasty consequences to

suggestion” that lends this salacious shell-

the careless and clumsy. Jeff handled the

fish its provocative reputation. Even Aphro-

clusters like old friends, with equal parts of

dite had her detractors. One fact, however,

respect and affection. He revealed to us the

supports the myth. Oysters are loaded with

pluff mud covered complexity of the clus-

zinc, a mineral which controls progesterone

ter, bringing to mind weekend oyster roasts

levels. Higher progesterone levels have been

and cheap beer. He spoke of how they would

linked with healthier libidos.

grow in size over the ’R-less” months. He

As for the local oystermen and women

broke away the more promising oysters,

on Bull’s Bay, and those locals in coastal

tossing them to deeper water to develop into

communities world wide, debates over the

prized selects.

libidinous nature of this shellfish are ir-

When the intense heat of summer begins

relevant. The cultivation of oysters is more

to wane, Jeff and his crew will once again

than a living, it is a way of life. It is hard,

begin to harvest. The process is tedious

honest work that requires an understand-

when harvesting selects. Clusters are har-

ing of the ocean’s rhythms and respect for

vested by hand or brought in by using a tool

the delicately balanced cycles of life that

which resembles an oversized salad tong.

flourish there. It is an ageless homage,

The process is actually called ‘tonging’. On

however unintentional, to a goddess whose

a makeshift table on the boat, the clusters

beauty was born in the waves and whose

are sorted, gathering the “keepers” into

legend lives on in these amazing shellfish.

bushels and throwing undersized oysters

We are all chasing Aphrodite in every briny

back into the bed to continue their devel-

sip that we take from the oyster shell.

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Santi’s

A Tale of Two Cities

T

he original Santi’s, on Meeting

Dash that would feature not one, but two

Street, has been around for

spots. I didn’t feel that having two totally

quite some time. It took them

different meals would really showcase

opening their newest location,

their consistency, but I was also torn about

in Mount Pleasant, to reinvig-

the fact that … well if its good, it should all

orate my curiosity. So, on a mission, I ventured out in the summer heat to the beloved Santi’s on the South Side of the Ravenel.

be good. As we sat with the menus before us, and no decision in mind … we sprung for a

In an eager dash to hit both spots before

couple lime margaritas on the rocks … they

the dreaded witching hour of work, I arrived

couldn’t hurt the process. The lunch menu

at 11 a.m. on the dot. Their sign was still

featured twelve to fifteen items. We debated

off, and for a brief moment I feared my plan

back and forth until I finally knew what had

had been shot to hell. I made my friend “hop

to be done. Tamales.

out and tug on the door”, but as she obliged

I have not ordered a Tamal since I left

a nice young man assured her, “We are

Birmingham, Al. I cooked side by side with

open!” I loosened a belt notch in preparation

a guy named Javier who had a friend that

for the two lunch gustation that was ahead.

made the most incredible Tamales, fresh

Once inside, it was time to decide how

every week. There were two options, red

to launch a fair compare/contrast Dine or

or green-both would have pork. I always


requested the green … with its slow serrano heat and vibrant cilantro flare. Once I saw that Santi’s offered these in three different styles: ranchero, green, or red and also with the option of chicken or pork, my mind was made up. I opted for what I knew best … green and pork, hoping I would get a slight glimmer of my old home. Within minutes our dishes arrived. Lunch #1 had begun. The Ta-

Downtown: Two Green Sauce Pork Tamales

male’s outside “masa”, (a corn dough typically steamed in a corn husk wrapper) was moist and

litely replied with a, “It’s July in Charleston.”

fork tender, while the pork insides poured out of it

Admittedly my friend always orders tacos at

the way it should. The verde sauce that accompa-

Mexican restaurants. The American way - crunchy

nied it was full of that spice and effervescence that

shell with all the trimmings. She stepped outside

I described earlier. I was a happy girl.

the box and tried a Mexican taco — soft tortilla,

My friend decided upon Beef Flautas. The clos-

spiced beef, cilantro and fresh lime. It was simple

est thing she’d ever had to this particular dish

and fresh and each ingredient shone brightly. She

was “taquitas” from the freezer aisle of the Piggly

felt that maybe the beef was a little dry, but she

Wiggly. Needless to say, the dish was a revelation

would definitely try it again.

for her. As much as she enjoyed the food, I actu-

I stuck to the Tamal agenda and ordered a sin-

ally think the ambience of the place ran a close

gle Ranchero, again with pork. This time it came

second in captivating her. She kept babbling about

to me by the third, maybe fourth server. It was

a retro-chic Mexicano feel. It was her first time

clear that it was not going to be the same as my

at Santi’s and I got what she was saying. There

previous experience. The Ranchero was deflated

is a sort of funky, authentic vibe in the place that

and stiff and crumbled like overcooked cornbread

leaves you a bit off kilter, yet oddly comfortable.

at the touch of my fork. This Ranchero was just,

Neither my friend or I were as enthusiastic on

‘eh, okay.

the other side of the Ravenel. The ambiance was

While I appreciated their positive energy (that

pleasant but you knew it was something else be-

even made me forget about my wobbly table) at

fore. Sometimes changing restaurant concepts

the new comer in Mt. P, I was undoubtedly miffed

in a single space is like fitting a square peg in a

by their lack of consistency. For those Santi’s afi-

round hole. The staff was more inviting-with an ob-

cionados and those that have yet to try either, I

vious “we just opened” attitude. The manager even

definitely suggest sticking to the South Side of the

swung by and apologized for the heat and said it

Ravenel until the crew over in Mount Pleasant has

would be under control by the following week. I po-

had a chance to work out their kinks.

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Southern Ground’s Table

W

by Antonia M. Krenza

hat do you get when

hell of a “Southern Ground Music and Food

you put multiple,

Festival” hosted by The Zac Brown Band and

South Eastern chefs

Daniel Island’s Blackbaud Stadium.

together at one event?

Last year, Eat This! Charleston had

One hell of a music

the amazing oppor tunity to get be-

festival, if you can believe it. In this case, one

hind the scenes with the ver y innovative and highly-praised food Lords of

Saturday, October 20 & Sunday, October 21

the day. With welcoming aprons and

Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, SC

chef Rusty Hamlin, Exec chef of the

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Zac Brown Band, and pastr y chef Da-

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vid Gaus of Bayou Baker y in Arlington,

come hither hoe cakes, chef R.J. Cooper of Rouge 24 in Washington, D.C.,

VA lured us into their kitchen to sneak

Wine, Brew & Wishes Too!

front Park on Henry Hallman Boulevard will be the site for a twilight tasting of wines from the Wine Shop. Debbie Marlowe from downtown Charleston’s Lock-

Saturday, October 13

wood Drive vino merchant is prepared to

Memorial Waterfront Park, Henry Hallman Blvd.

to this event — more than 100 bottles’

bring a heckuva lot of adult grape juice worth. Marlowe and her staff has had

The

charitable

that

plenty of experience in throwing tastings

grants kids the biggest favors they can

like these, as the porch adjacent to the

think of is appealing to the over-21 crowd

Wine Shop has been the site of weekly of-

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ferings for some time now, and the shop

dation. Mt. Pleasant’s Memorial Water-

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Southern Ground & Food Festival Musical Lineup Zac Brown Band The Avett Brothers Grace Potter & the Nocturnals The Charlie Daniels Band Michael Franti & Spearhead The Wailers Jerry Douglas Los Lonely Boys a peak at how world class chefs get down and dir ty on southern ground. Their passion for food and the uttermost dining experience shown through as much as The Zac Brown Band’s desire for their fan’s to have an epic music encounter. Stay tuned to eatthischarleston.com for

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Nic Cowan

and other local food vendors that will break

Dugas

bread and jam when Southern Ground re-

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Levi Lowrey

Blackbaud Stadium.

The Wheeler Boys The Wood Brothers

niversary. Come taste dozens of wines

that has

that will include some of the favorites

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from previous outings, like the south-

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the wines of Tuscany, and dry rosés from

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Reader recipe

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1 c superfine sugar

¼ tsp Salt

4 tsp Lemon Zest

¾ c Maverick Citrus Vodka

¾ c Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

3-4 Sprigs of Thyme

1 tsp Freshly Ground Pepper

1. Cocktail: Combine vodka, lemon juice, and sugar in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, and strain into a martini glass, garnish with thyme and enjoy! 2. Granita: Place sugar, basil and zest in food processor and pulse until thyme is ground.

Lemon Thyme Vodka

Three-Way by K. Culver of Mount Pleasant

What better accompaniment to a quivering oyster on the half shell than icecold Vodka. K. Culver was inspired to create a light and uncomplicated cocktail that would not compete with the tex-

Transfer to bowl and add pepper, 2 cups water, lemon juice, Vodka, and salt. Whisk Let mixture stand until sugar and salt are dissolved, stirring occasionally. Pour mixture into 9 inch square metal baking pan and place in freezer.

ture or taste of oysters. Here is a simple

Stir mixture, pulling a fork back and forth every 45 min. or so for 4 hrs. or until frozen.

and as it melts — pools in the shell to

Mixture should be fluffy and icy. Garnish with thinly sliced peppers for color and texture.

you can channel your patience and allow

3. Oyster Shooter: Let Granita chill your oyster and once fully melted- bring the shell to your lips, tilt and slurp. Repeat.

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recipe. If you are feeling more adventurous, we invite you to create the cocktail as a granita. A spoonful of this intensely flavored ice keeps your oysters chilled create an excellent pairing. And lastly, if the granita to melt in the half shell-viola — gourmet oyster shooter, a miraculous ménage a trois.


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CHEF recipe

4 Border Springs Lamb Bellies, cleaned

1 Quart Rendered Duck Fat (or clear liquid frying oil)

1/4c Cumin (ground and toasted)

1 Quart Heavy Cream

1/4c Coriander (ground and toasted)

4 Sprigs Thyme

1T Buttermilk (Cultured)

1c Kosher Salt

1/2c Whole black peppercorns

1/4c Sugar

1 Head Garlic (split)

12 Padron peppers

1 T Extra virgin olive oil

1 Pint Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

6 Leaves Mint 1 Lemon (Juiced)

Cumin Scented Confit

Lamb Belly by Josh Keller of Two Boroughs Larder 186 Coming Street Josh Keller grew up in North Eastern Pennsylvania. It is a place he would not exactly say has good food but the cor-

1. One Day Before - Make Crème Fraiche Take one quart of heavy cream and mix in 1 tablespoon of buttermilk. Mix together until incorporated. Place in a container with a vented lid (Cheesecloth securely placed on top works the best.) Set aside for 24 hours in a room with a temperature of 70 degrees. 2. Make Cure for the bellies Take the bellies out of their packaging and pat dry any moisture. Combine the cumin, coriander, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl. Once it is well mixed together, use it to season the bellies on both sides, and place them on a sheet tray with wire rack in the refrigerator for 24 hours. 3. The Next Day/Meal Day Make sure that the crème fraiche has thickened. If not just keep letting it sit until you have to use it. 32 | Eat This! Charleston

ners are lined with Irish bars, simple red sauce Italian restaurants and a tradition of family largely influenced by the Pennsylvania Dutch. While Josh did have an Italian grandmother who passed off hard rocks as gnocchi, his family was not a foodie family. Scrapple and grits were an every other day staple. It was not until he was older that he discovered the wonders of Pennsylvania cuisine including fries with brown gravy and corn beef hash. Is Northeast PA a culinary mecca? No. But a great place to grow up. When


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CHEF recipe Pull the bellies out of the refrigerator. In a skillet on medium high heat add 2 tablespoons of blended oil. When the pan is hot place each belly gently in the pan and brown on both sides. Sear the bellies one at a time (unless you have a pan large enough to hold them all). Once they are browned, transfer into a Dutch oven (it is fine if they overlap). Add the thyme, peppercorns, and garlic. Cover the bellies with duck fat (or the liquid frying oil), put on the lid and place in a 300-degree oven for 5-­6 hours. It is important to check the bellies ever so often so they don’t burn and depending on your oven it may take more or less time. The bellies should be fork tender but not broken. Let them cook. 4. Prep Veggies Cut the pint of cherry tomatoes in half lengthwise and set aside, while keeping them at room temperature. Inspect the Padron peppers to make sure there are not soft or wilted and trim the stem, leaving about ¼ inch on. Set aside, but do not combine. 5. Remove Lamb Bellies from the oven and Cut Let cool in the fat to keep the meat as moist as possible. When cool, transfer to a sheet tray with a wire rack, so liquid can drain. Cut the bellies into approximately 4 ounce portions (we like small equal squares for presentation).

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6. Sear the Bellies In a cast iron skillet on medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon of blended oil and sear the lamb on both sides to get the outside crispy but not burned. Place the pan in a 300 degree oven to finish cooking.

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7. Char the Peppers & Tomatoes Heat a large cast iron pan on high with no oil. Once the pan is hot, add the Padron Peppers, charring them with some nice color but not burning them. About halfway through, when they are browning, add the halved tomatoes and char as well. Once the tomatoes have some color, add 1 tablespoon of EVO, salt to taste and continue to cook, about 2 minutes. Turn off the flame and add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice (approximately 1 Lemon)

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8. Serve & Enjoy Place a spoonful of crème fraiche on the plate. Arrange the peppers and tomatoes with the pieces of lamb belly. Garnish with a chiffonade of mint leaf and a pinch of sea salt. Bon Appetite!

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a story, Josh was lost. There are no pigs in Northeast PA. Infact, there is no cattle either. What they did have was goats, lamb and dairy cows. The school, Josh and two friends got summer jobs working on a sheep farm a few miles from his home. It was an amazing summer of fixing fencsheep, but it was also the first time he realized that someone raises the food we eat. He watched animals he had become attached to- go to slaughter. At first, he struggled with this and then came to realize that this is where meat comes from. In honor of that summer on the farm, Josh chose a lamb dish to emphasize who and what defines him as a chef. This simple recipe is full of flavor. While this cut of meat may take a little longer to cook, it represents true lamb flavor with his own Northeast, PA panache.


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50 Shades of Sexy Food

Kiss Summer Goodbye and Embrace Fall What happens when you mix black and white? Grey. Various sultry shades. The shell of an oyster can easily be described as gray in addition to red, purple, and white. Food has evolved in such a way that it can seduce and inspire. Chefs often describe the tastes and textures as sexy, hot and inviting. In this issue, Eat This! offers an oyster cabaret to show you the sensual side of one of our favorite zinc-laden aphrodisiacs. We invite you to jump into our oyster bed, tease your senses and unleash your imagination and curiosity to other feisty foods that tickle your taste buds and awaken your libido. 1. What sexy green stalk is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamins A & C and folic acid and is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes? a. Broccoli b. Rapini c. Asparagus d. Celery 2. This nut was long regarded as a fertility symbol which aroma said to arouse passion in females: a. Peanut b. Walnut c. Pistachio d. Chestnut e. Almond 3. This fruit was forbidden by Catholic priests in Spain due to it’s obscenely sexual shape. It is also said to boost the immune system and is rich with folic acid, B6 and potassium. a. Banana b. Pomegranate c. Avocado d. Apple e. Fig

4. This bright fruit contains chelating minerals and the bromeliad enzyme, said to enhance the male libido. a. Orange d. Banana b. Mango e. Papaya c. Strawberry

7. Chocked full of allicin, this strong food is said to enhance blood flow in men. a. Garlic d. Shallots b. Onion e. Rakkyo c. Leek

5. In addition to the benefits on the human body, this herb’s aroma is said to have an aphrodisiac effect and is also stimulating. a. Thyme d. Rosemary b. Parsley e. Basil c. Sage

8. This food helps the body use and metabolize estrogen and may also enhance testosterone levels in the blood. a. Peach preserves b. Agave Nectar c. Honey d. Elderflower Extract e. Fig Preserves

6. This delight contains compounds including anandamide and phenylethylamine (aka the “love chemical’). It is said to help induce feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria. a. Strawberries b. Champagne c. Red Wine d. Chocolate e. Jello

9. Georgia O’Keeffe may have been inspired by this budding fruit. As an arousing stimulant, a dissection can reveal something believed to emulate the female sex organs. a. Persimmon b. Papaya c. Kumquat d. Fig e. Peach

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