New York Kissed Our Grits

South Carolina made grits took top honors at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. Luquire Family Foods’ Carolina Creole Stone Ground Grits won a National Association of Specialty Food Trade Gold sofi™ award during the show. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation, and this win comes only a year after […]

Night Owl Chocolate — from Her Kitchen to Your Store

The US chocolate market is about a $20 billion per year industry, with markets of organic and boutique chocolates now growing roughly 20% annually. Americans love chocolate, and an Upstate entrepreneur is working to capitalize on that love. Building a small commercial kitchen in her home, Makesha Duncan and her husband have worked late in […]

CRESCENT’s Editor is a Big Loser

By: Taft Matney If you’ve spent almost any time reading CRESCENT, you know that as we discuss “South Carolina life, politics, and a little bit in between,” we talk about food. We talk about food A LOT. Why? South Carolina has some amazing food…and almost every kind you can imagine…and some of it is REALLY […]

Know What Restaurants are Keeping it Local? There’s an App for That.

In homes across the state, it’s not uncommon to hear: “Hey, Honey. Where do you want to go for supper tonight?” “I don’t know. Where do you want to go?” “I don’t know. Where do you want to go?” “I don’t care. Just pick something.” That discussion may have just gotten shorter thanks to the […]

Ready for Some SC Shrimp with Your Grits?

If you are, then you’re in luck. The commercial shrimp trawling season opened in South Carolina state waters within the General Trawl Zone (GTZ) on Thursday, May 30. The shrimp season normally opens in mid- to late-May after the peak spawning period of white shrimp has occurred. This year’s unusually cool spring resulted in slower […]

Operation Cronut

  By: John Malik By now the entire food world has heard of and salivated over a Cronut.  It’s a doughnut made from croissant dough, says Chef Dominique Ansel, owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York’s SoHo district.  Now Chef Ansel is no flash in the pan; he was Daniel Boulud’s pastry chef for […]

Everybody Wanted to be in SC TODAY.

More and more, South Carolina’s national media attention is the kind we want…and the kind CRESCENT has been dedicated to promoting since launching in October 2011. We have towns people want to visit, chefs who have become celebrities, food that is the envy of the snobbiest culinary critics, and products people can’t wait to get […]

SC Again Recognized for Culinary Excellence

During today’s press luncheon at the historic Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro and JBF board chair Emily Luchetti announced the finalists for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition program honoring professionals in the culinary world—from restaurants and chefs to cookbook authors and media. “The […]

The Lee Brothers Present THE LEE BROS CHARLESTON KITCHEN — Part 2

In this segment, Matt and Ted Lee demonstrate “Skillet Asparagus with Grapefruit,” another selection from their new book “The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen.” Filmed at “Charleston Cooks!” in Columbia, SC, Ted and Matt “bring together that early March mojo” as the asparagus is just popping up on Johns Island. As Matt said, “We want people […]

Greenville to Lose Landmark at the End of March.

On March 31, The Clock, an old-school greasy spoon drive-in and a Greenville institution, will close its doors for the last time. Owner George Madeckas told the Upstate FOX affiliate that based on a recent rent increase, he cannot afford to operate the restaurant at its current location. With Bob Jones University resting in the […]

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