Wow. Can’t believe it’s been just over a week since the Eight Broads were all together in Charleston at the annual Innkeeping Conference and Trade Show. What a great time! It was sunny most of the time and certainly warmer than in the frigid northeast. And the food…Charleston restaurants are just the best! As a newly diagnosed celiac I found it necessary to switch from fried green tomatoes and fried chicken (in the past consumed with glee at Poogan’s Porch, Magnolia, Cypress, and Virginia’s on King to name a few) to rediscovering the goodness of an iceberg wedge dressed in various yummy ways and shrimp and grits (this year at 82 Queen, Slightly North of Broad, and, once again, Poogan’s Porch). Isn’t it amazing how each chef can put a personal signature on a dish to create something different and special under the same name? I love exploring the tastes that each offers and am never bored because each is just a little different (and sometimes very different). This trip’s tip-of-the-hat goes to SNOB with a plate brimming not only with grits and shrimp, but sausage, Virginia ham, tomatoes, and garlic. Really, really top-notch.
Oh, to return another time to continue the search for the best shrimp and grits! So many great restaurants and too little time.
Deb, Lynnette and I didn’t just consume great food in Charleston, we also did some work and presented a workshop on “Sidekicks.” Here is the first of several recipes we promised to post that were part of the dishes we demonstrated at the Innkeeping Conference.