Lee Bros. and Duvall Events Take James Beard Dish for Test Ride

smallleesThe James Beard Foundation journalism awards ceremony, at which Matt and Ted Lee are serving as emcees and first-course cooks, is a private affair. But a local sneak peek of the brothers’ awards dinner dish is free and open to the public.

On  Apr. 29, the Lees and dish collaborator Matt Greene of Duvall Events will host a tasting demo at the catering company’s North Charleston headquarters. The event includes wine, with liquor drinks available for purchase.

Details of the dish have not yet been disclosed, but the Lees are apparently pumped. Continue reading

Tapio Offers Boba Catering

tapioBubble tea retailer Tapio is still on the search for a permanent home, but owner Terry Hung writes to say his team is now accepting private gigs.

“We are offering orders of our milk and fruit teas for friend gatherings, special events, company parties, or even pot lucks!,” Hung e-mails.

Tapio had hoped to open downtown by the end of last year, but ran into lease trouble.

“Be assured that we are still dedicated to bring you the best boba tea ever,” Hung writes.

For more information on Tapio’s services, call 695-7252 or e-mail drink@tapiotea.com.

Two Holiday Options for Hosts Expecting Gluten-Avoidant Guests

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Home cooks who may typically have the luxury of ignoring assorted dietary restrictions are frequently tested at the holidays, when guests come bearing all sorts of firmly-held food preferences.

Caviar & Bananas is wagering hosts may want to buy their way out of the situation: The downtown café has listed 11 gluten-free dishes on its Thanksgiving/Christmas take-out menu, including butternut squash soup, braised collard greens and mashed potatoes. It’s also offering vegetarian stuffing and vegan succotash. Caviar & Bananas is asking customers to place entrée orders four days in advance of pick-up; accompaniments may show up in the store’s display case, but customers who want to avoid disappointment should call in their choices at least two days before pick-up.

None of Caviar & Bananas’ holiday pies are classified as gluten-free, but Sweet Radish Bake Shop is offering a full roster of pies, cakes, tortes and muffins, including a vegan pumpkin pie. The complete ordering guide is here.