R.W. Apple Dies

New York Times editor, accomplished foodie, and the guy who helped put Charleston’s cuisine on the international map, R.W. “Johnny” Apple, passed away last week after a battle with cancer. Apple, who had been an integral part of the Times since 1963, returned to town last March, with his native Charlestonian wife Betsey, for the inaugural Charleston Food + Wine Festival. His post-event New York Times feature reminded the world that our burgeoning cuisine scene has grown into a rather cosmopolitan one, despite the ubiquity of shrimp and grits. He described in characteristically vivid detail his experiences at places like Hominy Grill, Fig, Red Drum, Sienna, Bowens Island, See Wee Restaurant, and Gullah Cuisine. As a champion of our wonderful little food scene, and as a reporter of incomparable skill, Apple will be missed. –Stephanie Barna

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

We’re not the only ones who love Ted’s Butcherblock. The neighborhood gourmet butcher shop got a mention in the October issue of Food + Wine magazine, which included Ted’s as one of “America’s 50 Most Amazing Wine Experiences.” Ted’s hits its one-year anniversary this October and to celebrate they’re having a party on Saturday with live music, cooking demos, food and wine tastings, raffle prizes, and gift baskets. The fun starts at 10:30 a.m. and goes all day at 334 E. Bay St. For more info visit www.tedsbutcherblock.com or call 577-0094. –SB

Breaking (Fast) and Entering

Are you one of those folks who enjoys a fine meal at a restaurant, then points out that one of the reasons it was so good was because the chef had a huge kitchen stocked with every imaginable necessity? Now you have a chance to watch culinary talents like Brett Thomas (Boathouse), Tarver King (The Woodlands), Marc Collins (Circa 1886), and Brett McKee (Oak Steakhouse) prove you totally wrong as they set up shop in residential kitchens during the Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour. Take in a feast for both the eyes and the stomach as you travel through 12 gorgeously decorated homes along Golf, Spring, and Spring House roads, each one featuring a Lowcountry chef in the kitchen, flower arrangements on the tables, and bluegrass and classical musicians in the … uh, music rooms. The Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour takes place on Sun. Oct. 15 from 1-5 p.m., admission is $50, and a portion of the ticket price benefits Children in Crisis. Advance tickets are available by calling 875-1551 or visiting www.dorchesterchildrensctr.org. –Sara Miller

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