Wadmalaw Island Hog Farmer Gives British Critic a Mouthful

When Giles Coren’s producers asked Tank Jackson to appear on “Million Dollar Critic,” they envisioned the Holy City Hogs farmer adding a splash of South Carolina color to their restaurant reality show. But Jackson ended up making the BBC America host the star of his own personal “Punk’d.”

BBC America’s “Million Dollar Critic” last month visited Charleston to shoot an episode for its first season. Although the show centers on local restaurants – Coren, The Times of London’s famously hotheaded reviewer, eats multiple meals and then declares which one he likes best – it’s apparently not worth crossing the pond unless there are guaranteed shots of stereotypical Southern culture. After initially asking to see Jackson’s pigs, the producers expressed interest in his guns.

“I could see where things were going,” Jackson says. “I may have fallen off the turnip truck, but I didn’t get run over: They wanted to make me into a backward hick.”

“I don’t need any help doing that,” he adds, laughing. Continue reading

Firefly Distillery Offers Behind-the-Scenes Tours Tomorrow

sweetTeaFive days a week, Firefly Distillery invites guests onto its property to learn about the brand and taste spirits. But the only glimpse visitors get of the distillery’s inner workings is a video tour and a look at the company’s original still.

On Apr. 15, though, Firefly is offering actual tours of its Wadmalaw Island production line, featuring two 350-gallon stills. “Guests aren’t ever allowed in this area,” publicist Ryan Nelson says. “So it’s great for them to see how it’s truly made.”

The free tours coincide with Firefly’s sixth birthday. Continue reading

Wine Fest Adds Shrimp and Grits

A shrimp-and-grits cookoff is the newest addition to the Irvin-House Vineyards’ annual Blessing of the Vines festival.

On Nov. 9, restaurants including Fat Hen, Rosebank Cafe, Stono Cafe, Seanachi’s  and Tomato Shed Café will converge on Wadmalaw Island to prepare their finest versions of the iconic dish. Tickets cost $5, and all proceeds will be donated to the Frierson Elementary After School Program and The Center for Women.

Other activities on the 12 noon-5 p.m. schedule include live music; pony ride; wine and spirit tastings and a sugar cane crushing. Admission is $10 per car; call 559-6867 to learn more.