Mountaineers Pile Up Pepperoni Rolls for Annual Bake-Off

roll1It’s a 10-hour flight from Atlanta to Honolulu, so when Jeannie and Joe Scheirman packed for a Hawaiian vacation celebrating their 38th anniversary, the twice-over Charlestonians (they’re natives of Charleston, W.Va.) made room in their carry-ons for snacks.

“Pepperoni rolls sustained us,” Jeannie Scheirman says proudly.

The iconic pepperoni roll – a meat-filled yeasty bread developed nearly a century ago as a coal miners’ lunch – is still hard to find beyond West Virginia. In Charleston, the Pep Rolls food cart is working to remedy the local deficit, but the snack’s acolytes living beyond Appalachia are usually forced to mail-order or bake rolls when they want them. Last Saturday, West Virginia University’s Lowcountry alumni club staged its seventh annual contest to determine who bakes them best. Continue reading

Wild Wing Cafe Offers $5000 for Winning Wing Recipe

Bar patrons like to grouse about the rising price of chicken wings, but Wild Wing Café is willing to pay $5000 for the perfect wing.

The chain restaurant is again staging its Battle of the Bones competition, in which customers compete to concoct the best new wing recipe. Wild Wing is now accepting recipes online; eight of the recipes will be selected for the contest bracket. Starting Dec. 16, the wings will be served in select restaurants (including the Charleston, North Charleston and Mt. Pleasant locations.) Customers can cast their votes in person or online.

The last wing to survive elimination will earn a permanent spot on the Wild Wing menu, and its inventor will receive $5000 and a private party hosted by the Zac Brown Band’s executive chef. Continue reading

Cupcake DownSouth Competes on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars

lamantinIn an event which would have been unthinkable a few decades ago, a local bakery is competing on food television to win $10,000 for its cupcake.

Cupcake DownSouth, which has stores in Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and Columbia, will appear on the Oct. 19 episode of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, an elimination challenge  judged by a cupcake mogul and online macaroon company chef. Four bakeries are featured in the showdown, which has previously produced winning entries such as a “Salted Caramel Cupcake with Pecan Coconut Brittle Crumble and Caramel Swiss Buttercream” and a chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake.

Charleston’s cupcakery may want to claim its cash prize while it can: the Wall Street Journal in April reported “the icing is coming off America’s cupcake craze,” citing the slippage of the Crumb chain’s stock price from $13 a share in mid-2011 to $1.70 earlier this year.

The show airs at 8 p.m.

Callie’s New RV Needs a Name

calliervHot on the wheels of Limehouse Produce’s photograph-our-truck promotion comes another contest involving an oversized vehicle, this one sponsored by Callie’s Biscuits.

In conjunction with the fall release of owner Carrie Morey’s book, Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions: Heirloom Recipes From Our Family Kitchen, the bakery recently purchased a used Coachman RV. While the company’s taking care of the clean-up, it’s looking to customers to supply the perfect name for the promotional vehicle.

The person who provides the best name will receive four dozen biscuits, delivered by the RV. To enter, post your suggestion in the comments section of Callie’s Biscuits’ blog.

Big Billy’s Offering Cash for Best Burger

billburg2If your ideal burger is dressed with sardines and kimchi, you’re out of luck at Big Billy’s Burger Joint. But if you can combine the North Charleston restaurant’s existing patties and toppings to create the perfect sandwich, there may be $250 in it for you.

Big Billy’s this month started choosing a weekly winner in its “Build a Burger” contest, which runs through Sept. 6. The top finisher will receive a $250 prize and the priceless honor of having his or her creation added to the specials menu.

The dozens of ingredients available for burger construction include sliced mushrooms, ham, chow chow, queso and honey horseradish sauce. The second week’s winner garnished his burger with roasted red pepper, fried pickles, caramelized red onions and mac-n-cheese.

To play, ask a Big Billy’s server for an entry form.

Southern Living Tailgate Contest Returns: Can Clemson Win Again?

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Fans of defending Southern Living Tailgating Champion Clemson University have until Sept. 30 to cast an online vote in this year’s edition of the popularity contest.

Fifteen schools, described by the magazine as hosts of the “greatest pregame parties,” are competing for the “Best Tailgate” title. Editor-in-chief Lindsay Bierman is quoted in a release as saying the poll is supposed to determine which collegiate football program has “the most stylish and spirited spread.” Of course, voters don’t need to provide a reason for rejecting Ole Miss, Florida State or the Universities of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, among other contenders.

If you can tear yourself away from the TV, votes carry double the weight on Saturdays. And one voter will be randomly selected to win a $2500 prize. Good luck (to you and your school of choice.)