Dispatch From Greenville: New Culinary Tour Spotlights South

After three years of offering culinary tours, Greenville History Tours owner John Nolan is introducing a food-themed walking program with a pronounced Southern accent.

“There’s nothing like it in the Carolinas,” he promises.

The newly-announced two-hour tour will feature samples of lowcountry cooking, New Orleans cuisine and barbecue from High Cotton, Ford’s Oyster House & Cajun Kitchen and Smoke on the Water. Continue reading

Dispatch from Greenville: Putting Every State on the Wine List

sipThe wine list at Sip, Greenville’s impressive new rooftop lounge, would be intimidating under the best of the circumstances: The dozens and dozens of wines offered by the glass are identified only by varietal and place of origin, giving little guidance to the drinker who just wants something floral and light. But the situation’s nearly untenable on the weekend nights, when the attractive patio fills with revelers – most of whom are drinking beer and liquor.

The most common wine order during the hours when the service staff can’t talk guests through their choices is “just give me a Riesling,” High Street Hospitality beverage director Chad Musick admits.

During its first summer, the six-month old bar sold 20,000 glasses of wine. But Musick says he plans to tweak the list just as soon as the opening craziness subsides: His list of edits includes ramping up the domestic selection.

Sip now serves a single wine from North Carolina and no wines from Virginia. Continue reading

Charleston Chefs Get VIP Treatment at Greenville’s Euphoria

The Grocery

The Grocery’s oyster-based contribution to Taste of the South.

Greenville this weekend hosted the eighth edition of Euphoria, the song-and-food festival founded by Edwin McCain and the restaurateur behind Soby’s. While I couldn’t stay for the entirety of the event (Taste of Charleston beckoned!), it didn’t take more than a few hours to appreciate the city’s enormous civic pride, which seems to extend equally to its restaurants and rubberized sidewalks.

But with stiff competition in both directions on I-26, Greenville may still be a few years away from unseating either Asheville or Charleston as a culinary destination. Continue reading