Thursday, May 28, 2015

CIC Alum Micah Garrison Featured in Charleston Magazine

Photo credit: Rachel Doblin
Congrats to CIC alum Micah Garrison, for taking the first class that DHEC certified for mushroom foraging and founding a company to sell his foraged mushrooms, Palmetto Mushrooms. 

"For almost a decade, seeking wild mushrooms was strictly a hobby for Garrison, who’s also the full-time director of food and beverage at Middleton Place, where golden chanterelles grow in droves. The property’s plethora of the nutty, apricot-scented ’shrooms inspired him to start foraging back in 2006, but Palmetto State law forbade him from selling or serving his finds. In fact, South Carolina was one of only three states in the country whose health codes were distinctly fungophobic. The laws reflected serious safety concerns—eating the wrong fungi can be lethal—but given that live oaks are the perfect hosts for chanterelles, they also meant a major local food source was untapped. 'It was heartbreaking to see a remarkable culinary resource go unutilized,” says Garrison, “especially in the dining mecca of Charleston.'”

Read more here.

Monday, May 18, 2015

CIC Plays an Important Role in the Nat Fuller Dinner

CIC grad Chef BJ Dennis and CIC students prepared
 the hors d'oeuvres for the reception
On April 19th, the CIC played a major role in a historic event, Nat Fuller’s Feast. CIC culinary and hospitality students, as well as CIC faculty, worked tirelessly to make it a success. It was a night to be proud of our school.

To quote the event’s initiator, Dr. David Shields: “Nat Fuller had been the enslaved master cook of William C. Gatewood from 1842 to 1852. In 1852, Fuller convinced Gatewood to release him as a self-hire, that is, a self-supporting autonomous public worker. Gatewood would receive a percentage of Fuller's earnings. Gatewood did more than siphon off a portion of Fuller's earnings; Periodically he would bankroll Fuller's initiatives in the game market, as a caterer, and finally as a restaurateur.

 “150 years ago Nat Fuller, Charleston's great chef, held a banquet to mark the end of the Civil War and the beginning of peace. He invited his longstanding white clients, some members of the provisional government, and friends from the city's African American elite to sit as guests at his table and to learn how to interact respectfully with one another. It was a time of privation--rice rations were dispensed daily by the Union Army agents to Charleston's 15,000 residents.”
 The event was covered extensively by the press. Read about it in:

et Fuller's many contacts in the world of food, including old friends from Washington Market in NYC, supplied him with a bounty of fine ingredients. About 80 people ate at the original. Tonight a similar number will commemorate that dinner in Charleston and Columbia. Artist Jonathan Green has painted a portrait of the great caterer and restaurateur to mark the occasion. Tonight it will hang on the walls of the building that was once Fuller's restaurant, The Bachelor's Retreat, in Charleston to remind celebrants of Fuller's self-possession, his generosity, and his love of the arts of peace.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Congrats to CIC Alum Stony Lowe

Stony received a 2015 Tourism Student Award and scholarship from the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Congratulations!

Monday, May 11, 2015

2015 Graduate Awards Luncheon

Special congratulations to Carmenzetta Simmons, given the Chef Bill Stacks Memorial Culinary Award, Brittany Van Allen, given the Dean Frankie Miller Memorial Hospitality Award (both seen with Dean Saboe).

First Networking Hour with CIC Industry Partners a Success!

On Thursday, April 23rd, prior to the Graduate Award Luncheon, the CIC sponsored a Networking Hour for graduates and members of the Best & Brightest Society to meet with CIC Industry Partners. Great connections were made - and jobs offered! So proud.