Awards Watch: Craig Deihl, where were you when…?

“I got the good word while I was elbow deep in ice receiving a shipment from a local fishmonger. Ice went flying everywhere when I threw my hands in air. I think I scared my new stage a bit.” –Craig Deihl of Cypress in Charleston, S.C., on what he was doing when he found out he was nominated for Best Chef: Southeast.

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Food Matters: Artisan Meat for All

As we foresaw in our 2010 food trend predictions, CSAs aren't just for produce anymore. Take the Artisan Meat Share in Charleston: run by Craig Deihl of Cypress, the operation distributes quarterly shares of house-cured and -smoked meats to about 100 members. Customers get to enjoy fresh product at home, and the restaurant raises revenue and reduces waste. You can read more about Artisan Meat Share here. (And check out

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Recipe: Lard Biscuits

lard biscuits In addition to running his restaurant, Cypress, and its in-house charcuterie program, chef Craig Deihl operates Artisan Meat Share, a CSA-based business that produces house-cured and -smoked meats for 100 local members. He includes these savory lard biscuits in the quarterly shares—we love them slathered with rillettes or butter.

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