The weather that threatened from afar all week never materialized last weekend, but what did show up was an utterly beautiful Sunday afternoon, particularly if you headed out to Middleton Place for the Chef’s Potluck event hosted by Lowcountry Local First.


The whole thing was picture perfect: grand oaks dripping with spanish moss, the late afternoon sun slowly dropping behind the barn-like pavilion, kids playing on the grass, peacocks strutting their stuff — we haven’t even gotten to the food part yet.


The chefs cooked up an array of nibbles — from FIG’s softshell crab sandwiches (which went fast) to Poe’s pimento cheese burgers. All the dishes seemed to take great advantage of the springtime bounty. We had a grassfed beef from Fish, some beet ice cream from Roots, and a delighftul deviled egg and big slice of chocolate cake from Glass Onion.


Farrah Hoffmire and her husband Mitchell Davis were giving out samples of her Giddy Goat Cheese and also testing out their new soda, made from the whey that’s produced during the cheese-making process. They’ve flavored it with ginger and apple, giving it a distinctive effervescence similar to (but much better than) your regular store-bought Schwepps. It’s much milder than Blenheim’s, and it’s also healthier since whey is full of protein.


The goal of the afternoon was to raise awareness and money for LLF’s mission, which is to strengthen our living economy by supporting local businesses, farmers, and foodways. All in all, it was a great party for the local community.

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