A few elderberry flowers still left. My favorite edible part of this plant. #edible #foraging

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This Sunday Chris Bennett, a.k.a Forager Man, will be serving up some bites along with his new book, Southeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Angelica to Wild Plums at a reception at McCrady’s.

Bennett’s guide follows him throughout the Southeast where he gathers wild edibles from the mountains to the beach. He says that one way in which he feels connected to Charleston is through its seashore. “I first learned about wild beach edibles from Jeremiah Langhorne while at [Charleston Wine + Food Festival] two years ago,” he says. 

McCrady’s has its own connection to foraging — even our favorite celebuchef Sean Brock is into it. Two years ago, inspired in part by Brock’s foraging expeditions in Japan, a group of 16 chefs from around the world came to Charleston’s first ever Cook it Raw event where they planned to “hunt, fish, and forage their way across the Lowcountry.” 

While we’re pretty sure most foraging expeditions are free (although they may cost you your life if you aren’t careful), this ticketed event is $50 (before tax and gratuity), which includes a menu of canapes, a foraged-infused cocktail, and a copy of Bennett’s book.

The menu features such nibbles as Calico scallops marinated in citrus, skewered on and grilled over Virginia pine and watermelon compressed in bay oil and lime charred tomato. We’re hoping that none of the bites have anything to do with berries of not so holly jolly nature. 

To reserve your spot call McCrady’s, or email shebble@ndgcharleston.com.

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