Wednesday, November 28, 2012

CIC Grad Opens New Restaurant

Were you in school with Nathan Conkle? Perhaps you'll want to visit this CIC grad in his new resto, The Gathering Cafe.

Kristin Hackler wrote in The West Ashley News: "According to Conkle, the menu comes from a variety of inspiring source...s. From Wolfgang Puck to Jamie Oliver, Conkle also drew from his training at the Trident Technical Culinary School and his experience working in area restaurants from Magnolia’s downtown to the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island....

“'I’d say my greatest inspiration recently has been the menu at the River Cottage in England. Overall, I try to keep it simple and health conscious but still in the comfort food style.' ... 'I try to do as much local and organic produce as possible,' says Conkle. 'A lot of the produce comes through GrowFood Carolina, the sausage comes from Kingstree, the eggs are local through Limehouse, the grits are Adluh grits, and the chicken and bison are both from North Carolina.' Even the bread is baked just up the road at Pane di Vida, a bakery that currently sells exclusively to area restaurants.

"The sides, Conkle noted, will also change with the seasons and with demand. Right now the menu features winter favorites such as Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Acorn Squash with Honey and Sea Salt, and Potatoes Au Gratin, but as the weather warms up again the sides will switch out for whatever is ready to pick in local fields."
Check it out. The Gathering Café is located at 1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in the Orange Grove Plaza. For more information, call 297-8380 or visit

UPDATE: The Charleston City Paper notice Nathan's restaurant. Read what they had to say, plus see a picture of the interior.

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