Eastern Carolina barbecue virtuoso Sam Jones of Skylight Inn is planning to join friend and fellow Fatback Collective member Rodney Scott in downtown Charleston next month for a dinner which will serve as the finale to Scott’s six-state fundraising tour.
Tickets to the Feb. 4 dinner, prepared by the pitmasters and Sean Brock, are priced at $100 apiece.
The Southern Foodways Alliance last year chronicled the relationship between the two wood-and-vinegar devotees: “I’ll joke sometimes and say that he’s my first cousin,” Jones (who’s white) said of Scott (who’s black.) Jones first met Scott at a Charleston Wine + Food event.
The Rodney in Exile tour, which kicked off last month with a $5 sandwich sale in Charleston that drew blocks-long lines, was organized after a fire destroyed Scott’s pit house. Although Scott estimates he needs $100,000 for the rebuild, sponsoring organization Fatback Collective – an elite assembly of heritage-minded chefs, food writers and entrepreneurs — hopes to raise an additional $20,000 for its newly-established Fatback Fund.
According to a press release, the Collective will use the fund to support similarly threatened businesses recognized as “community-focused and culturally-rich.”
To attract more donations, the Fund is selling naming rights to Scott’s pits. For $5000, you can put your name on one of 14 planned pits.