Fried chicken from Leon's Oyster Shop | Jonathan Boneck file photo

Summer dishes with three American writers

Zachary Sharpe of North Charleston would like his dream dinner to include all the flavors of summer from earthy beet juice to classic fried chicken with three scoops of ice cream to top it all off. 

DREAM DINNER GUESTS: American writers Hanya Yanagihara, Eudora Welty and Truman Capote

DRINK: Beets by BK from Basic Kitchen. “Hydration is key in this heat, so a nice mocktail at Basic Kitchen would do the body good.”

APPETIZER: Roasted beets from Butcher & Bee. “I’ve been really inspired by the taste of summer … I love the bright colors and bold flavors this season has to offer. Butcher & Bee’s roasted beets appetizer offers just the bold and fresh punch I crave.”

ENTREE: Fried chicken from Leon’s Oyster Shop. “For me, nothing quite says summer like crispy fried chicken — and Leon’s has the best in town. Fried chicken always makes me think of gathering with family, especially our infamous backyard celebrations of years past.”

DESSERT: Three scoops of Brambleberry Crisp ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. “The Charleston heat makes a cool treat like Jeni’s ice cream all the more sweet this time of year.”

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