Hello all! Wow! It’s been awhile since I’ve had time to round up a mashup for you, but spring is coming and that means there is a ton of happenings on the horizon in the food world.
BREAKING NEWS: *Okay, so it’s not directly food news, but sure is news for me! Instagram now lets you post from multiple accounts! I’m throwing my hands in the air! Life just got a lot easier! #cheeringloudly
20+ Restaurants Slated to open in 2016
According to my source, 20+ new eating establishments are set to open this year in Greenville. Some of them include Biscuit Head, Caviar and Bananas, Ink and Ivy, Sidewall (second location), The Toss Pizza Pub, and Due South Coffee (moving to N. Markley Street), Ruth’s Chris (second location), all downtown, and Tucanos Brazilian Steakhouse is slated to open at Magnolia Park. A handful of new food trucks are also on the horizon. Stay tuned to Gap Creek Gourmet on Facebook for late breaking news!
Euphoria: Food, Wine + Music announces dates for 2016: September 22 – 25, 2016
It amazes me that I still run into people who don’t know a thing about this amazing event. Euphoria Greenville is one of the South’s premiere food and wine festivals! It draws food lovers and celebrities from across the nation and even the world to Greenville to sample the best our city has to offer, as well as to showcase talent of national award winning chefs, through special dinners, showcase events, learning experiences and more. Proceeds from euphoria Food, Wine + Music Festival benefit charitable organizations that provide sustenance to those in need, educate through music, and support children in need across the Upstate of South Carolina.
One huge change for Euphoria this year? Home base is moving to Greenville Drive‘s Fluor Field! Did you know that our beautiful baseball stadium is modeled after the Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park? This year, the ball field will host Saturday and Sunday tasting tents, chef demos, classes and the popular Traffic Jam food truck event. America’s Got Talent’s Benton Blount will headline this year’s Traffic Jam.
New Visiting Chefs
Charleston Chef Nate Whiting returns this year, and joining him will be Top Chef’s Kenny Gilbert from Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen in Jacksonville, Justin Burdette from Asheville’s newly opened Local Provisions, and Alex Harrell from New Orleans restaurant Angeline. Look for new venus for Chef Dinners from luxurious barns to city rooftops with top talent from across the South, including Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery in New Orleans, South Carolina girl Suzanne Cupps, now Chef de Cuisine of Untitled restaurant in the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC (former Sous Chef Gramercy Tavern).
Kids in the Kitchen Throwdown competition now includes teens!
Euphoria’s Kids in the Kitchen: Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown cooking competition was so popular last year, it has expanded to include teens! This year, kids ages 13-16 are invited to participate in addition to kids ages 8-12. Finalists will compete on Sunday, Sept 25th with Michelin chefs as their sous-chefs. The winning dish from this competition will be incorporated into menus at Greenville County Schools. Last year’s winning young chef, Sarah Walker, just celebrated the addition of her Chicken Creole Recipe to the Greenville County School lunch menu!
Euphoria ticket sales launch April 23 at Roast + Toast where local and visiting Pitmasters will fire up their smokers for the event which previews the new Barbecue Brunch event Fired Up! Tickets for Roast + Toast: Opening Day will be on sale March 21st. Details to come. For breaking news follow Euphoria Greenville on Facebook.
On the bookshelf
Doughnuts for Amy by John Malik
My friend, and Greenville chef, John Malik penned a novel that has just been re-released under Winter Goose Publishing. If you missed the novel in its first release, it’s time to pre-order the second, re-edited edition! The book follows chef and widower Nick St. Germain as he tries to put his life back together again after the loss of his wife. After closing his successful restaurant, he takes a job at a retirement community where he finds an unexpected love and beautiful friendship. It’s really an endearing novel and not-to-be missed for Greenvillians, food lovers and those searching for a little romance. Warning: will make you crave doughnuts. Purchase via Amazon or pick up a copy soon at your favorite local book store!
The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick
Ashley Warlick is an Edible Upcountry magazine Editor and co-owner of M. Judson Booksellers, as well as a talented author. I so enjoyed her last novel Seek the Living: A Novel, “The Arrangement.” This book follows the life of the famed food writer, M. F. K. Fisher, in the years before she became insanely famous. It’s set during at time she was said to be involved in a love triangle involving her husband and her neighbor, Tim Parrish, who is credited with inspiring the writer. In an article for the Greenville News, Warlick says Fisher was careful about her public persona. There isn’t much information detailing this time in Fisher’s life. Warlick’s novel fleshes out this romantic time in her life, which was full of possibility, love and promise of a delicious future. Order your copy via Amazon, or pick up your copy at M. Judson Booksellers, or your favorite local bookstore! I’m ordering mine now!
Food Whore by Jessica Tom
I was totally obsessed with this book by the end of the first chapter. I carried it around with me for a week even after I finished reading, occasionally flipping through and taking in a page or a sentence here or there. It was like a love letter straight to my foodie brain. First time author, Jessica Tom, sucks us into the fast paced, super stressful world of food in NYC. (Oh, did I live vicariously!) Imagine Devil Wears Prada for the food world. Quickly: the main character, Tia Monroe, is fresh out of school and looking for an internship that can take her places. She gets lured into experiencing food for a legendary New York Times restaurant critic who has lost his most valued sense of taste. She exchanges her integrity for all the food and fashion her heart desires. Now how could that go wrong? I (nervously) interviewed Tom about her project and she hinted that there were already talks about sending this one to TV or the big screen. Here’s hoping!
Mark your Calendars!
February 14: Pop-Up Brunch at M. Judson Booksellers
The Pop-Up Suppers at M. Judson have been a hit! Now, they are throwing Sunday Brunch into the mix. This Valentine’s day, pop on over to M. Judson for brunch with Amanda from Flour Sugar Happiness. She’ll be preparing a decadent sweet treat: a double chocolate cherry biscuit stuffed with almond and mascarpone, plus a side. $8 a plate. No reservations necessary but remember it’s first come, first served. Brunch starts at noon on Sunday, the mimosas will be ready and they’ll server them until they run out!
March 5: Cultivate
Cultivate 2016, an event focused on networking and on education in the areas of sustainable agriculture, animal husbandry, gardening, and food, will be held at the Greenville Technical College’s NW Campus on Saturday, March 5, from 8AM – 4PM. Hosted by the SC Organization for Organic Living, the Culinary Institute of the Carolinas at Greenville Tech, and edible Upcountry, in partnership with the Southern Goat Producers Association and Gardening for Good, the conference will feature some of South Carolina’s and the nation’s premier sustainable and organic growers. Daniel Parson of Oxford College will discuss business planning and converting soil test recommendations into organic amendments. Shawn Jadrnicek will be teaching Managing Water and Weeds in Farms and Gardens, and holding a book signing for The Bio-Integrated Farm. John Quinn and team from Furman University will present their new online tool for measuring and monitoring biodiversity on the farmstead. Other classes include Genetics of Grassfed Beef; Medicine in the Garden; Modern Homesteading Skills; Mushroom Cultivation; Small Scale Aquaponic System Construction; Introduction to Permaculture; Soil Health; Raising and Keeping Goats; Canning; Cheese Making; Composting; Beekeeping; Low Input Fruit; Basic Chicken Health; Agritourism Laws and Liability; Home Brewing; Farm Branding and Event Hosting; and other timely subjects.
To register, visit www.upstatecultivate.com. For additional information, visit www.scorganicliving.com or contact Rebecca McKinney, Executive Director of the SC Organization for Organic Living, at Rebecca@scorganicliving.com.
March 22-24: Greenville Small Plate Crawl is coming!
In case you didn’t know, I have quite a few hats. One of them, is co-producer of Greenville Small Plate Crawl with my Carolina Epicurean Events co-founder Laura Huff (of CarolinaEpicurean.com). This is our third year organizing this fabulous three day taste of Greenville event. Some of Greenville’s most awesome restaurants create special Small Plate Crawl menus of 5-7 items priced from $4-$10. Crawlers check out the menus, plan their path and are entered to win prizes based on the number of restaurants they visit. Prizes include pieces from Le Creuset, restaurant gift cards, overnight stays at hotels, and other fabulous prizes. Gather your friends, mark your calendars, and check out the growing list of restaurants at www.greenvillesmallplatecrawl.com. Menus will be posted closer to date! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, too.
April 23: 4th Annual Craft Beer Fest
The Community Tap’s 4th Annual Craft Beer Fest will be held at Larkins Sawmill at North Main and will feature 40+ breweries showcasing their small batch beers, funky seasonals, and one-off selections. Tickets are $55 per person (plus online fees). Tickets for this one sell fast, so get yours now here.
May 7th: Lamb Jam
Chef Mike Moore of The Blind Pig Supper Club and Jeff Banister of Bovinoche are joining forces with The American Lamb Board for Mountain Lamb Jam – A food and music festival held on Franny’s Farm in Western Buncombe County, NC. The event will feature tasting stations and a wood fired and pit cooked family style meal. Butcher and writer Meredith Leigh, of recently published Ethical Meat Handbook, will be putting on an Ethical Meats Workshop for attending guests. The guest chefs are too good not to list. Let me say this before I jump into listing. So many times there are these amazing dinners and you have no idea who the chefs are or where they came from! This list’s a doozie, folks!
Elliot Moss: former chef of The Admiral and currently at Buxton Hall Barbecue in Asheville; Carey Bringle: the famous “Peg Leg Porker” from Nashville, Tennessee; Ryan Kline of Buffalo Nickel in Asheville (competed in 2015 Competition Dining Series Greenville); Nate Allen: chef/owner Knife and Fork and Spoon in Spruce Pine, NC; Jacob Sessoms: known as the “father of creative cooking in Asheville” and chef at Asheville’s Table and The Imperial Life; Joe Marple of The Southern Kitchen and Bar, Asheville; Michelle Bailey: formerly of Highland Lake Inn and Resort, now executive chef of Smoky Park Supper Club (a restaurant made of shipping containers!); Tank Jackson: raising the South’s tastiest pork at Holy City Hogs farm; and Craig Rogers or Border Springs Farm in Patrick Springs, Virginia (Did you know THE go-to hormone free, antibiotic free lamb guy was once the dean of the College of Engineering at the University of South Carolina? Who knew?!)
That’s a wrap! Cheers, y’all!
— Nichole Livengood (@gapcreekgourmet) February 10, 2016