Luckhaus & Brubaker Unveils 50-Pound Easter Bunny

luckrabbitRobyn Luckhaus’ Easter tradition doesn’t involve spiral hams or fancy hats: The James Island chocolatier annually creates a giant themed holiday display.

This year’s vignette, now set up at Luckhaus’ shop, features a 50-pund chocolate rabbit; 10-pound chocolate chicks and flowers made from meringue and sugar cookies.

“The display is made out of homemade modeling chocolate, which is basically a Tootsie Roll,” Luckhaus explains. “We take Belgian chocolate and combine it with glucose and water until it becomes like a working clay. We use cocoa butter to color, and then let our imaginations go to work.” Continue reading

Luckhaus & Brubaker Sweets and Treats Now Open on James Island

devilAfter spending a cumulative seven years in the pastry department of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Robyn Luckhaus and Larry Brubaker learned how to accommodate any request on deadline and how to make enormous figures out of chocolate. Luckhaus says they’re bringing both skills to their new James Island sweets shop, sensibly called Luckhaus & Brubaker.

The pair renovated  the former Athens Express Pizza and Café so the 1200 square-foot shop would accommodate their seasonal displays. For yesterday’s grand opening, they created five-foot tall chocolate palm trees and a sunning Santa made out of brown sugar.

“It’s the kind of thing you have to come in and see,” Luckhaus says. Continue reading

Edmunds Oast Introduces Lord Proprietors Ale at Jubilee

beerFolks who paid $85 to attend Garden & Gun’s Jubilee today, tomorrow or Sunday bought the chance to enjoy a sunny day at Charles Towne Landing; mingle with the editors of the swanky magazine; and meet many of the craftsmen who’ve been profiled in its pages. Mostly, though, their tickets allowed them to shop, much the way an airline trip comes with a SkyMall catalog.

Just in time for Christmas, Garden & Gun has assembled the world’s classiest flea market of handmade Southern goods, including a section devoted entirely to food and drink. Hot sauces from Baltimore; mustards from Asheville and chocolates from Charleston – among dozens of other edibles — are tagged for sale. The beer samples, though, are free.

Edmund’s Oast is pouring four brews, including an English-style mild ale, made with British yeast, British hops, British malt and Charleston Tea Plantation black tea. Continue reading

Good Food Awards Honors Charleston Products

Two Charleston products this week received recognition from the Good Food Awards, an annual competition for artisan edibles.

Cypress’ culatello (salumi made the from the rear portion of a pig’s hind leg) and Christophe Artisan Chocolatier’s Dark Chocolate Espresso were both named finalists in the contest, along with another 198 items divided into categories such as beer, cheese, coffees, preserves and pickles. The list will be whittled down to 100 winners at a San Francisco gala in January.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, this year’s competition received a record 1450 entries.