The Charleston City Paper's food columnist Jeff Allen has launched a new blog hosted by the periodical. I'm a regular reader of his writing in the magazine, and I did wonder wonder whether with his weekly print gig he'd be able to find enough new material for the blog, but he's been knocking out posts fairly consistently now for a couple of weeks.
Louis Olsteen--formerly of Louis' in downtown Charleston--has heard the siren call and is heading to Vegas. One of his ventures will be called "Louis's Fish Camp," which I assume will be modeled on his current outlet up on Pawley's Island. We wish him all the best, but one does wonder about the pedgiree of Osteen's fish camp fare. I remember "The Old Mill Stream" up in Greenville, SC, having styrofoam plates with fried catfish and french fries and cole slaw, and I remember the massive bear in the chain-link cage outside to whom you could feed a handful of stale hushpuppies for a quater. But I don't remember "Tuna Burger with a Ginger Soy Mustard Glaze on a Brioche Roll" or "Baja Fish Tacos" being on the menu. It's been a while, though . . .
Fred Neuville, chef at Rue de Jean and Coast, is stepping down to open his own restaurant on John's Island.
The Lee Brothers cleaned up at the James Beard Awards, with their Lee Brother's Southern Cookbook winning Cookbook of the Year. Mike Lata of FIG lost out to Scott Peacock from Decatur, GA's Watershed, but the voting was probably rigged . . .