Crave to Take Over Space Vacated by Rosebank Farms Cafe

crave3Four months after reopening its location damaged by an electrical fire, Crave International Foods and Catering is on the cusp of opening a second Johns Island restaurant.

“We’re hoping to do it by May,” owner Michael Petrillo says, speaking from the former Rosebank Farms Café space he’s planning to renovate.

Rosebank Farms Café closed earlier this month. Although owner Julie Limehouse didn’t return messages, Sidi Limehouse speculated she was exhausted by more than two decades in the restaurant business.

“She was just tired,” he says. “She just wanted to do something else. You know, restaurants are a tough business. Business has fallen off; there’s a lot of competition here now.” Continue reading

Crave, Mosaic and New Moon Take Home Mac-Off’s Prizes

macoffWhen last week I spoke to mac-and-cheese expert Stephanie Stiavetti, she bemoaned cooks’ reluctance to add seafood and Asian flavors to their customized mac-and-cheeses. Entries at this weekend’s Mac-Off suggested her concerns weren’t unfounded: Competing restaurants were far more likely to use pork than shellfish, and a bottle of Sriracha at the Southern Season station was the rare nod to Eastern cuisines.

But Mosaic, which my fellow judges and I unanimously selected for the Critics’ Choice award, at least made smart use of panko. The bread crumbs added an attractive texture to a mac which was already distinguished by jalapeno heat. In a field of very creamy entries, Mosaic’s mac stood out for its complexity.

The People’s Choice award went to Crave, which has won the prize every year since the event’s 2009 debut: Folks are fools for classically-cheesed cavatappi — and reminding voters that Esquire‘s already deemed Crave’s mac “life-changing” probably doesn’t hurt the restaurant’s annual chances. Continue reading