Stick a Fork in it

The Spring 2007 edition of the City Paper’s dining guide supplement, Dish, hits newsstands today. Inside the issue, which features a perfectly pretty dessert from Muse on its cover, you’ll find articles about Craig Deihl’s new cookbook, the best sustainable seafood dishes in the city, Lucas Belgian Chocolate, Ciarán Duffy’s experience at the Fat Duck in England, great places to drink wine, and a piece by Sienna’s Ken Vedrinski about the importance of serving sustainable. And, of course, you’ll get our critical take on eating out in Charleston — from the dives to the divas. Look for it in City Paper racks all over town. —Stephanie Barna

The Old College Try

Well, the news from New York wasn’t good for one of our favorite chefs who didn’t win the Best Chef Southeast prize at the James Beard Awards — of course, FIG’s Mike Lata still cooks a mean short rib and has the freshest greens in town. It’s an honor for Lata, FIG, and Charleston to even be chosen as a nominee and I would anticipate that this is the first of many trips for him to the Big Apple soirée. Nominations like this give legitimacy to a restaurant scene that has long deserved more attention in the national spotlight. Let me be the first to publicly say that fellow nominee John Fleer, who recently left The Inn at Blackberry Farm, would make a stout addition to the Charleston scene. Ya’ hear me, John-Boy? —Jeff Allen

Super Lee Bros.

The Lee Brothers (Matt and Ted), on the other hand, snagged the James Beard Cookbook of the Year award for their bestselling cookbook, The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, which also won the 2007 Julia Child Award and the American Cookbook IACP award. The quote of the week on their website comes courtesy of Chef Mario Batali: “Congratulations Mutha#*&%%%%%%s!!!!!” The boys will be back in town on Wed. June 20 to sign copies at Indigo Books at Freshfields Village. Or you could always visit — they’ll be happy to ship you a signed copy. —Stephanie Barna

Neuville hatches hen

A moment of silence may soon preside over 39 Rue de Jean as patrons and staff extend an au revoir to longtime executive chef Fred Neuville, who has worked at the French brasserie for the past six years. His departure, though bittersweet, marks a new endeavor for Neuville, who will open his own French outpost on Johns Island. The Fat Hen will take roost in the old St. Johns Island Café location at 3140 Maybank Hwy., and the fare will be a fusion of French and Southern cuisine, inspired by Charleston Huguenot culture. Look for it to open later this summer. —Laura Zapp

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