Palmetto Bluff, bacon trees, gorgeous weather -- except for one brief downpour -- lots of laughter, and music in our mouths. What a weekend.
The seventh annual Music to Your Mouth was once again a boozy, delicious success. This gathering of wonderful chefs, artisans, wine makers and distillers from Nov. 19 through 24 was over the top. A portion of the proceeds of the event was donated to the wonderful Second Helpings organization, which made the whole affair even more special.
My daughter Tat and I were guests of Kingbean Coffee Roasters, which supplies Palmetto Bluff and other high-end customers with delicious coffees from around the world. Kingbean's tent was set up next to Georgia Olive Farms display. I was thrilled to meet Kathy and Jason Shaw, who along with their whole family, grow and produce the olives. They even have their own stone ground grits company and sell olive trees. I was so excited to meet them because I have read about their venture lots of times. It was a joy to get to know the adorable couple. I now have an olive tree that I plan to coddle during the winter in the hopes it can produce an olive or two.
I also got to meet John Edge, who is the director of Southern Foodways Alliance. Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies and celebrates the South's diverse food and all that goes along with it. A screening of short and long documentaries produced by Southern Foodways Alliance about everything from hot chicken and fixings to barbecue and oysters were shown all day in the chapel. Edge is also a wonderful writer. He is a columnist for The New York Times and has written several food-related books. If you are interested in food and great storytelling, get his books. Edge presided over the Chef's Kitchen, where he gave wonderful talks about kitchen goings-on.
Frankie Denmark of Hawg Wild BBQ served up great barbecue as football played on the TV and whiskey sours were poured. There was also a beer garden, where six producers of craft beers handed out their potions while ChaBar Company served delicious hamburgers that seemed to be the popular hit of the day.
Mingling and munching in the middle of it all were Diana and Mark MacDougall, Joan and Charlie Weaver, Bess and Mike Soper, Kate and Mike Hughes, and two Beaufort sisters-in-law, Margaret Pearman and Marti Golson -- not to mention hundreds of very happy guests putting lots of music in their mouths. Palmetto Bluff should pat themselves on the back for the wonderful way everything was handled. It was really a swell event.
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