Middleton Marks Rice-Planting Season With Demos and Stroll

SONY DSCThis month’s Wine Stroll at Middleton Place will celebrate Carolina Gold Rice with “rice-influenced” appetizers and a rice lager from Holy City Brewing.

The May 21 event, titled an “Evening With Jonathan Green,” will also feature the sale of artwork from the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project chair, who will be on hand for autographing. Additionally, a portion of proceeds from the sale of “Carolina Gold Rice” candles will benefit the project. Continue reading

Charleston Museum Acquires 18th-Century Feeding Device

papAn artifact of a eighteenth-century childhood feeding scheme blamed with elevating the infant mortality rate is one of the newest additions to the Charleston Museum’s collection.

Chief Curator Grahame Long received the silver pap boat from two members of the Pinckney family, who also donated a hulking wine trolley and a hot water urn to the museum.

Although pap boats were sometimes used to feed sick patients and wounded soldiers, Long suspects the boat made by Thomas You delivered pap to the children of Harriott, Thomas or Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. Continue reading

Benne Oil Admitted to Ark of Taste

benneoilBenne oil, the South’s second-favorite choice for frying until the late 19th century, has been granted a place aboard Slow Food’s Ark of Taste.

The international program seeks to protect and draw attention to foods which are tasty, regionally-important and endangered. Other South Carolina products already admitted to the virtual Ark include Bradford watermelon and Carolina Gold rice.

The nomination form, submitted by the state’s Slow Food regional governor, claims benne “was grown in all great Carolina kitchen gardens, in particular in the forbidden subsistence gardens of African slaves.” Benne oil was commercially produced beginning in the early 1800s; its flavor impressed Thomas Jefferson, but its success was stemmed by the introduction of refined cottonseed oil, a flavorless and economical repurposing of cotton industry waste. Continue reading