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Charleston Wine + Food Festival 2015:
My Way, Way Upper King Foodie Fantasy

I may have missed the tasty, trendy Charleston Wine and Food Festival that ended this past Sunday amid great fanfare marking the five-day foodie affair, but I didn’t miss savoring the secrets eats loved by Lowcountry locals when I was in the Holy City this past fall.

Charleston fresh

Blue crabs, the Charleston fresh way

Personal Chef/Caterer Benjamin “BJ” Dennis (#GeecheeEats), one of those participating in this past long weekend’s CHSWFF, was kind enough to lead the hubs and me to a little-known local hide-away, The Fabulous Ellen Bright Hall, situated way, way, way up on Upper King early one October Saturday afternoon. Sprawl may be happening to downtown Charleston, but the reno of Upper King has only made it so far as of yet. Thank goodness, this is not one of those places.

Where the Fabulous happens

Where the Fabulous happens

This is a purely local hang, known to us, frankly, only because of Chef BJ, whom I met at last year’s Indigo Retreat. Because BJ’s intense concerns regarding sharing and educating everyone about the local part of the indigenous foods of Charleston means he really cares…and shares.

"BJ" Dennis crackin' into some crab

“BJ” Dennis crackin’ into some crab

The fresh-out-of-the water seafood is point of pride for owner/chef Aaron Short. This Lowcountry seafood scrumptiousness is Saturday-only because the rest of the week, Short’s on the case as an electrician for his entrepreneurial, self-run business. I think he told me it was a 6 days a week/20 plus years situation. I could be wrong; it could be more. Anyway, Short let me visit in his tiny kitchen (it got the job done, let me tell you!) and graciously posed for a pic in between orders.

Aaron Short

Chef/owner electrician Aaron Short

Meanwhile, back at our table, BJ dug right in and showed us the ropes, helping us crack the mess o’ blue crabs were were served in a cardboard box with a lay down of Iocal newsprint. In the mix somewhere in between was Frogmore Stew, a couple of steamed seafood platters and fried mako shark. Possibly a hushpuppy or two. Lord-oh-lordy, I can’t wait to go back!

Charleston, Upper King

Charleston, Upper King

Done and done

Done and done

Charleston, Upper King

Charleston, Upper King

 

New Neighborhood Alert! Sunset Park
and the Burgeoning Industry City Food Hall

As summer finally heats up, get your cool on by heading out to the newest up-and-coming nabe  in Brooklyn – Sunset Park’s waterfront art area anchored by the Industry City Food Hall and Factory Floor.

Industry City Food Hall, Sunset Park Brooklyn

Industry City Food Hall, Sunset Park Brooklyn

A quick ride on the N express takes you to the 36th Street stop, where you walk west to the water. Trust me, this will be the next new “Chelsea Market” of hipsterville (Chelsea market developers own 50% of this venture). Already anchoring the retail fashion, food and art scene  are the Nets, Blue Marble Ice Cream, Steve & Andy’s Organics Modern Primitive Café, Ninja Bubble Tea, Colson Patisserie. Slated are The Fashion Chef, Ruby Beets’ vintage furniture and Liddabit Sweets.

Time it right and hit an outdoor movie, or dance to Mister Sunday’s curated affairs, all while dining al fresco in the City’s open courtyard under the sun and stars.

Under the El walking west from N train 36th Street Stop

Under 278, walking west from N train 36th Street Stop

Industry City Food Hall Industry City Food Hall

Industry City Food Hall Industry City Food Hall Industry City Food Hall Industry City Food Hall