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Hidden f&b blogs/columns


Michael Shemtov

The owner of Butcher & Bee, the Daily, Workshop and Mellow Mushrooms talks about how the way forward should be staff-driven, and how economic recovery from Coronavirus might take until 2021. 

John Zucker

We talk with chef John Zucker of Cru Cafe, Cru Catering and Purlieu about what it's going to be like to do social distancing when your restaurants are tiny. 

Mike Lata

We talk with chef Mike Lata of FIG and The Ordinary about the coronavirus life and why the Payroll Protection Program left his restaurants "in the dust."

Steve Palmer

We talk with restaurateur Steve Palmer from the Indigo Road restaurants about life after Coronavirus and why he's still grateful. 

Junior Vo

Find out why innards are under-rated! 

Micheal Sparks

Coronavirus canceled his mysterious dinner in Charleston, but it takes more than a virus to douse this Sparks' spark! 

Antwan Smalls

A full-time job in the military and re-opening a family restaurant. The man never seems to sleep! 

Burnt & Salty

Condiment company Burnt & Salty's Bob Cook and Cris Miller

Christian Hunter

Sorghum & Salt's Chef de Cuisine

Will Milton

FIG's ace at the top of the menu. 


Lauren Furey

Don't worry about the future of the food scene: it's in Lauren's hands.

Rachel Blumenstock

She loves looking out of the open kitchen at Cru.

Modsquad Martha

Sauce for your chicken and treats for your pup -- ModSquad Martha has it all. 

Nikko Cagalanan

Filipino chef Nikko might be mistaken for the Energizer Bunny

Nora Granger

She sells cheese, but it's not just high-falutin curds...she loves American slices too. 

Vonda Freeman

She says she's not the coolest wine person, but you might beg to differ. 


Katherine Frankstone

She believes in ghosts and she believes in cookies -- the owner of Grey Ghost Bakery.

Valerie Pearson

Go to Charleston Place and taste the cold foods or attend the Teddy Bear Tea, and that's all Valerie. 

Reverend Cornbread

From homeless to cornbread king. 

Sarah O'Kelley

Want to learn about wine without the snooty airs? Check out Sarah O'Kelley at Edmund's Oast Exchange. 

Danetra Richardson

Someday, she's going to have her own place. Meanwhile, she's delivering sweet treats. 

Amanee Neirouz

Chef Amanee loves the smell of food...and she loves the smell of her dog's face. 


Katie Hajjar

She started out in the kitchen, but it only took a few months before she decided to let her personality shine in the front of the house. 

April Robinson

After closing her beloved Butter Tapas, April wasn't sure she wanted to cook again. But she's back. 

Sara Prezioso

She was going to go into psychology. Maybe she's still using those skills at the Darling, one of the city's premiere oyster bars?

Deljuan Murphy

Tourists love Fleet Landing, but locals know that Deljuan Murphy serves up some of the city's best seafood with a view. 

Sarah Baugher

She started as a dishwasher, but cooking's in her blood. 

Karnan Devlin

She may be out of the way on Isle of Palms, but she likes it that way.


Cannon Green

Not every married couple can work together, but these two make it work at Cannon Green. 

Madison Lea Tessener

From Chez Nous to beyond. 

Robyn Luckhaus

Watch out for the after-school hours. That's when the kids swarm the bakery for yummy cupcakes. 

Patricia Smith

Rye whiskey is the most under-rated drink in this sommelier's opinion. 

Emily Kimbrough

She has allergies, but she's figured out a way to serve her clients who don't.

Blair Machado

In this interview, Blair was at Indaco, but he's gone so much farther since! 

By Jonathan Boncek

Jessica Grossman

Her pastries are almost too pretty to eat, but you'd be making a mistake if all you did was look. 

Antonia Krenza

With such a big Italian family and those tables full of food, maybe it was inevitable that she'd become a chef. 

Junior Takebata

He dreams of the fresh fish he used to get in Japan -- and he brings some of it to his sushi here. 


Davee Harned

She returned to making pastries after a "quarter-life crisis."

Analisa LaPietra

She loves her pocket knife, and she loves basil. 

Karen Stabler

Her love of sushi combines with Charleston in dishes like crab wontons stuffed with pimento cheese.