Dear Charleston Flavor Foray Friends,
Wouldn’t you like to be sitting down to a three o’clock dinner about now? Digging into some pimiento cheese, stone ground grits, or middlins and okra? Or maybe continuing to seriously deplete the local oyster population?
Thanks so much to all y’all. We hope you had as fantastic a time on our Charleston Flavor Foray as we did. After months of planning, Grits, Gullah and the Three O’Clock Dinner exceeded our expectations, largely due to the wonderful company. Some of us were already friends but we happily met new people who ended up as friends after our culinary adventures. The progression from a business relationship to one of friendship was the best possible outcome of our shared experience that included colorful characters, historical perspective, and chefs moving a traditional cuisine forward. History and tradition came to life in the biscuit throw down, the cobblestone streets and pastel mansions, the downhome Tomato Shed, and BJ’s delicious dockside Gullah lesson. And who will forget Bigelow’s eye-opening tea tasting on the only tea plantation in North America?
Our prolific photographer Nanette Bedway was busy capturing the entire foray in pictures which will make their way to you in a lovely scrapbook. You will also be able to see many of her photos posted on FlavorForays.com. We hope each time you tie your Grits, Gullah and the Three O’Clock Dinner apron it will bring back fond memories of our time together in charming Charleston. You were all part of what we intend to be many trips to culinary meccas meeting the characters and the cooks, the farmers and the fishermen who bring a cuisine and a culture to life.
We would love to hear from you about what you found particularly enjoyable or educational. You can also tell us if there are things you didn’t like or think we should avoid in the future. Don’t be shy. But if there’s anything you don’t want to put in writing, we’re only a phone call away if you want to whisper something in our ears, bless your hearts.
We hope all y’all will be with us on future Flavor Forays. Let us continue to make memories together.
Barbara and Beverly
P.S. Please keep in mind if you’re buying tea, there’s only one name, Bigelow. If you’re buying ranges, Jade. If you’re buying ovens, Beech. If you’re buying china and glassware, Cardinal. If you’re buying yummy amenities, Torn Ranch.