Yo Bo Cantina Marks My 20th Story Published!

I am very excited that this week marks my twentieth (20th) published food story for Wiser Time Publishing, better known as the West Of and James Island Messenger newspapers. I joined the team last October. For a full slideshow of the stories in print, and links to the submitted stories, click here.

Charleston’s food industry hot trends are taco and tequila joints, Neapolitan (aka wood-fired) pizzerias, and kitchens serving farm-to-table dining. The craft beer scene continues to grow as well–I look forward to the Bay Street Biergarten (if you remember the Boathouse, Arizona’s, Rice Mill on East Bay, it’s in that building) opening in September. There’s also a new brewery in the Upstate (Greenville-Spartanburg), Quest, which I hope to see distributed in this area soon.

Brazil

Recently I interviewed 2 chefs for a local paper. They’re hosting a benefit dinner, the first of 4-5 to be held this year. Each dinner is five courses, and focuses on a different region of Brazil. Part of the proceeds go to a local charity.

Tonight’s dinner focuses on Bahia. Because they had a couple slots open after all the tickets were sold, they invited my spouse and I to join in the fun. So I plan on having a blast sampling this exotic food, and sharing everything I learn on this blog.

This is the first time that my writing has led to an amazing opportunity, so I am taking it as a good sign that this career move is a promising one, but also, in 2013, this blog could be spicier and bolder. Stay tuned!