Reel Food: Behind the Scenes at the Beard House with Charleston’s Nate Whiting

 

An equal-opportunity dining city, Charleston has everything from authentic Lowcountry fare to avant-garde tasting menus. Nate Whiting’s acclaimed cooking encompasses it all, offering creative, Southern-rooted dishes that “take diners on a delicious romp through modern cuisine,” as per the Charleston City Paper. At his recent Beard House dinner, Whiting did just that, serving an innovative tribute to Lowcountry flavors while incorporating whimsical and modern techniques. He riffed on fried chicken with buttermilk powder–dusted squab, and put his own spin on chicken and waffles with a poussin liver parfait served in miniature pizzelles. Watch the video above to go behind the scenes at his dinner, discover how he first became enamored with the culinary world, and learn about how his cooking philosophy has evolved along the way. 

 

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Eye Candy: Chilled Heirloom Tomato–Berry Soup with White Chocolate Parfait, African Blue Basil, and Red Ribbon Sorrel

 

An equal-opportunity dining city, Charleston has everything from authentic Lowcountry fare to avant-garde tasting menus. At Tristan, Nate Whiting’s acclaimed cooking encompasses it all, offering creative, Southern-rooted dishes that “take diners on a delicious romp through modern cuisine,” as per the Charleston City Paper. At his recent Beard House dinner, chef Whiting served this vibrant chilled heirloom tomato–berry soup with white chocolate parfait, African blue basil, and red ribbon sorrel as the first course. Staying in step with the color palette, the delightful soup was paired with a crisp, salmon-hued rosé. 

 

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Photos: Friends of James Beard Benefit in Charleston

 

By now you've probably heard all about last week's JBF Award nominee announcement in Charleston, South Carolina. But the excitement didn't stop there: after the reading of the names, we headed over to the historic Fort Moultrie for a Friends of James Beard Benefit, which was hosted by our partners at the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Patrick Properties, and the BB&T Charleston Wine & Food Festival. Sean Brock, Mike Lata, Robert Stehling, Craig Deihl, and other local powerhouses collaborated on a multi-course menu that paid tribute to Lowcountry cuisine. You can see more photos from this lovely event... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Next Week's Nominee Announcement

 

Let’s see: we’ve revealed the 2013 semifinalists, shared our latest batch of America’s Classics, and announced who’s hosting the ceremonies at Lincoln Center and Gotham Hall. What could be left to tell about this year’s James Beard Awards? Ah, yes: the final nominees!

 

To continue our annual tradition of unveiling the nominees in a vibrant food city, we’re bringing the Beard Awards show to Charleston on Monday, March 18. The announcement will take place at Lowndes Grove Plantation, and will begin at 11:30 AM... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Date and City Set for 2013 Nominee Announcement

 

Before everyone scurries off for summer's last hurrah, we have a bit of news: the 2013 James Beard Awards nominee announcement has been scheduled for March 13 in the great city of Charleston! What's more, our friends at the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® and the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will be hosting a Friends of James Beard Benefit fundraiser at Fort Moultrie in nearby Sullivan's Island, and you can bet that many of Charleston's finest chefs will be there. The announcement of nominees will also be streamed live exclusively at Eater.com. Read the full press release about the 2013 nominee announcement and the fundraiser here.

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Talking Sustainability and Scale in Charleston

 
 

In preparation for our 2012 JBF Food Conference, A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust, we're holding regional salons around the country to discuss the concept of trust in our food system. Our conference season officially kicked off on April 10 in Charleston, South Carolina, where we met with a diverse group of 18 insightful chefs, farmers, restaurateurs, educators, and other members of the Charleston food community. The participants were asked to consider the notion of trust through a variety of lenses—science, scale, and place. Last week, we shared the feedback on the concept of place, and yesterday, we shared the group's insights on science. Next up, we’d like to share what everyone had to say about the context of scale as... Read more >

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Talking Sustainability and Science in Charleston

 

Last week, we filled you in on our recent regional salon, held in preparation for our 2012 JBF Food Conference: A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust. The salon drew a diverse group of 18 insightful chefs, farmers, restaurateurs, educators, and other members of the Charleston food community who shared their opinions on what’s happening in today’s food system. The participants were asked to consider trust through a variety of lenses, and yesterday’s post was devoted to the notion of “place.” Next up, we’d like to share what everyone had to say about the context of science as it relates to trust in our food system:

 

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Talking Sustainability and Community in Charleston

 

The JBF Food Conference season kicked off last week with our first regional “salon” held in Charleston, South Carolina, at the beautiful and historic McCrady’s Restaurant. Conceived as a way to engage food system stakeholders from around the country and to gather input on the themes for our annual conference, our salons spark fascinating discussions on the critical topics we face. The theme of this year’s conference (click here to learn more) is: A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust.

 

Facilitated by JBF executive vice president Mitchell Davis and food system consultant Karen Karp of Karp Resources, a diverse group of 18 insightful chefs, farmers, restaurateurs, educators, and... Read more >

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