By Peter Ingle

Debbie Marlowe has been operating The Wine Shop of Charleston since 1995. She started her career in the wine wholesale business before opening her retail shop now at 3 Lockwood Drive. Debbie is a premier authority with in-depth knowledge of international as well as domestic wines. As a longtime chef and foodie, she also specializes in helping customers pair wine with food, which is as much of a skill as knowing about wines themselves and which is not common to most wine merchants or sales people. Peter Ingle sat down recently with Debbie to talk about wine, food and the art of appreciating them together.

By Patra Taylor

From his second floor office window, Jim “Bear” Dyke enjoys a picturesque view of Downtown Charleston’s French Quarter. For both Dyke and his wife, Dawn, it was love at first sight when the couple visited the Holy City a dozen years ago. They immediately decided to move here, eager to embrace the pace and pleasures of life in the American South.

By Peg Moore

Those who fear that traditional Lowcountry dining is being upstaged by noisy bars and places focused on burgers, barbecue and pizza need worry no longer. The arrival of Stella’s is a breath of fresh air and reassurance that all is gastronomically well in the Holy City.

Stella’s delicious Greek food fills an important niche. It celebrates the importance of our sizeable Greek community, which has deep roots in Charleston history.

By Peg Moore

Samuel Gaillard Stoney once wrote, “If you take away the rice spoon from the Charleston dinner table, the meal that follows is not really a meal.”

Rice was traditionally served daily, sometimes at every meal. For 200 years Carolina Gold rice supported the local economy, which was the wealthiest of the colonial era. Rice created the wealth that built our historic district. Those buildings continue to attract heritage visitors who also seek a taste of place — culinary tourism is surging. “To know Charleston is to know rice and rice culture,” points out author John Martin Taylor in Hoppin’ John’s Lowcountry Cooking.

By Charleston Mercury Staff

One of the most anticipated annual spring events in Charleston is the opening of St. Philip’s Church’s famous Tea Room. The opportunity to catch up with friends and simultaneously support many important causes returns this April, offering daily Lowcountry lunch and delicious desserts.

By Peg Moore

During the recent fast casual craze, it was feared that fine dining was over. Charleston did lose some cherished restaurants — Carolina’s, La Fourchette, and Il Cortile del Re. However, we also gained delicious new dining options — Vincent Chicco’s, Michael’s on the Alley, Barony Tavern and Le Farfalle, for example.

By Peg Moore

Kale and quinoa may grab a lot of culinary headlines, but surveys show it is steak and burgers that are actually increasing dramatically in popularity and flavor. A good steak has traditionally starred at celebrations, but, in recent years, it is popular for everyday dining as well.

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