The Food Network was in town last week, filming a special on the Lee Bros.’ upcoming cookbook.
They put out a call for audience members on craigslist:
FOOD NETWORK IS HOSTING A LUNCH FOR AN UPCOMING SPECIAL.
COME JOIN MATT AND TED LEE FOR AN AFTERNOON OF SOUTHERN FLAVORS.
TASTE A TRUE ORIGINAL CHARLESTON DISH – COUNTRY CAPTAIN AND TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!
EMAIL MICHELE AT firstname.lastname@example.org IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING. PLEASE PUT “LOWCOUNTRY” IN THE SUBJECT OF THE EMAIL.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU WILL NEED TO STAY FOR THE ENTIRE 4 HOUR TAPING.
Funny thing is, Country Captain isn’t really a “true original Charleston dish.” It’s more of a regional little old lady dish that first appeared in a Philadelphia cookbook in 1857, according to Sam Sifton’s recent NY Times column on the dish.
Foodies around town, including our own Jeff Allen, fielded calls from the producers about Country Captain, and most of them had little to say. (Perhaps if the dish had been okra soup, they would have been more talkative.)
Food Network does not have an air date yet for the show, but considering the cookbook won’t be out until the fall, we’re guessing that’s when it will air.