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

Le Creuset Wants to Take Atelier Concept Worldwide

 

The bathroom at L'Atelier Le Creuset.

The bathroom at L’Atelier Le Creuset.

The Grocery’s Kevin Johnson is the next chef scheduled to conduct a cooking demo and tasting at L’Atelier Le Creuset, but nobody – organizers included – knows for sure who’ll take the stage in October.

“Our vision was if we built it, they would come,” spokesman Will Copenhaver says. “Then we had to figure out what we would actually do.”

Copenhaver says the cookware’s first public center has been enormously successful since opening in April, but staffers have had to scramble to develop a calendar for the state-of-the-art show kitchen. In 2014, Le Creuset hopes to schedule and announce guest chef appearances at least six months in advance. Continue reading