A Bluffton chef received national recognition for two of her creations Jan. 19 at the 2018 Good Foods Awards in San Francisco.
Leslie Rohland, owner of The Juice Hive and Health Emporium in Old Town, won the pickles category for her Shiso Leaf Kimchi and Low Country Kimchi.
“When I first moved to Bluffton, I remember an acupuncturist recommending kimchi and rice when I got sick. ... I distinctly remember how it helped me feel better,” Rohland said in a press release. “I’m thrilled that not only have people throughout the Lowcountry truly embraced our kimchi, but that we’ve been recognized on a national (level), as well.”
Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish made from raw fermented vegetables and spices and it has been increasingly embraced in the United States for its health benefits. The vitamin-rich dish is high in fiber and probiotics and is often used as an aid to disgestion.
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Rohland, who also owns The Cottage Cafe, Bakery and Tea Room on Calhoun Street in Old Town, was introduced to kimchi at an early age.
“My father in the Army,” she said in the release. “I spent my childhood living in places like Thailand, Korea and Japan (and) experiencing foods that were not typically found in the United States.”
She began experimenting with her own kimchi recipes after she moved to Bluffton.
The Juice Hive, which serves cold-pressed juices and smoothies and includes raw food dishes on its menu, is the only restaurant in South Carolina to be named a winner in the eighth annual Good Food Awards, which recognizes food producers who are committed to “strengthening the sustainable food industry through the creation of ‘tasty, authentic and responsible’ foods.” Winners were selected in 15 categories, and 199 winners were chosen from more than 30 states.
Rohland was presented with her award by Alice Waters, the chef and activist who is considered a pioneer in the locally grown, organic food movement.
For its kimchi recipes, The Juice Hive works with Three Sisters Farm, a certified organic farm on the Colleton River in Beaufort. Both the Shiso Leaf Kimchi and Low Country Kimchi are on The Juice Hive’s year-round menu and will be featured in dishes and specials at The Cottage.