Ask a Chef: Sean Brock, Where Should We Eat in Charleston?

Sean Brock
We asked 2010 JBF Best Chef: Southeast award winner Sean Brock of McCrady’s in Charleston to tell us the best places to eat in his hometown.

1. Late-Night Dining
Tattooed Moose
843.277.2990
1137 Morrison Drive
“This place is a favorite of all the employees at McCrady’s for after-work snacks. They use duck fat in their fryers!”

2. Quintessential Charleston Cooking
Hominy Grill
843.937.0930
207 Rutledge Avenue
“Chef Stehling is using great products to replicate the iconic dishes of the Low Country. One of our favorite places to take out-of-town guests.”

3. Family Dinner
Monza
843.720.8787
451 King Street
“It’s always a lot of fun to relax with a bunch of different pizzas and pitchers of beer at this great little spot. I love the smell of the woodburning oven.”

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Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Timon Balloo's bacon-wrapped dates When Miami chef Timon Balloo cooked at the Beard House in early November, he took the ubiquitous canapé-tray combo of dates and bacon and packed it with Iberian flavor—literally. He stuffs the fruit with a combination of Manchego and linguiça, a garlicky sausage from Portugal. Get the recipe here.

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On the Menu: December 5 through December 11

A view of the Beard house from the back patio. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, December 5, 6:30 P.M. 9th Annual Greens Holiday Party Join the James Beard Foundation Greens (foodies under 40) as we celebrate the holidays with great food and drink at the 9th Annual JBF Greens Holiday Party at the historic James Beard House.  Don't miss this chance to explore our muse's home and sample culinary delights from some of the city's most exciting chefs. A selection of fine wines from Palm Bay Imports and Stella Artois beers will be served to keep everyone in good spirits. Guests will leave with a goody bag and heaps of holiday cheer. Monday, December 6, 6:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Richmond, VT Winter Feast in Vermo

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On the Menu: Jose Garces

Jose Garces Since his last Beard House visit in 2008, Jose Garces has snagged a JBF Award, published a cookbook of contemporary Latin recipes, and joined the ranks of the Food Network’s Iron Chef. The Philly-based superstar returns to the Beard House on Monday night, and will be joined by the talented chefs de cuisine from his restaurants. Check out what's on the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Passion Fruit Gazpacho with Jamón Ibérico, Goat Cheese, Melon, and Avocado Montaditos > Duck Confit Sandwiches with Serrano Ham, Black Cherries, and La Peral Cheese Housemade Jamón Serrano with Raw Honey Candy–Coated and Toasted Marcona Almond–Crusted Crispin Apples Salt Cod Croquettes with Truffled Winter Squash Purée Pairings: Broadbent Vinho Verde NV; Pardevalles Blanco 2008 Dinner Pulpo

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Recipe: R. J. Cooper's Brown Butter–Bourbon Pound Cake

R.J. Cooper's recipe for brown butter–bourbon pound cake A pairing of bourbon and beurre noisette injects some soul into the classic tight-crumb cake. Make this on a cold winter evening, perhaps topped with a scoop of rosemary–brown butter ice cream.

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November's Best Recipes

November recipes from the James Beard Foundation Here are our recipe tester's favorite recipes from the past month: Apple–Fennel Butter This autumnal condiment from Jonathan Bennett has a way of winding up on anything we're making. Ham Hock–Tomato Stew Jose Garces is often seen showing off his bag of culinary tricks on Iron Chef, but this hearty dish, which he'll prepare at his upcoming Beard House dinner, gets its magic from the simple art of the braise. Savory Cranberry Bread Pudding While we originally suggested this side for Tha

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