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Taste the State Tour

Oct. 12 - Dec. 9 , 2021 @ Time varies by event | Location: Aiken, Charleston, Columbia, Grand Strand, Greenville, and Virtual

Oct. 12 - Dec. 9 , 2021 @ Time varies by event
Location: Aiken, Charleston, Columbia, Grand Strand, Greenville, and Virtual
Hosted by: University of South Carolina Press

Join us on the Taste the State book tour! Meet authors Kevin Mitchell and David S. Shields and learn about South Carolina's rich food history featured in their new book, Taste the State: South Carolina's Signature Foods, Recipes, and Their Stories. The tour includes in-person and virtual events. See events calendar below.

In Taste the State, Kevin Mitchell and David S. Shields present surprising stories and engaging profiles of 82 of South Carolina’s most distinctive ingredients, such as Carolina Gold rice, Sea Island White Flint corn, and the cone-shaped Charleston Wakefield cabbage, and signature dishes, such as shrimp and grits, chicken bog, okra soup, Frogmore stew, and crab rice. These portraits, illustrated with original photographs and historical drawings, provide origin stories, tales of kitchen creativity, and agricultural innovation throughout the Palmetto State.

Taste the State details the cultural histories of native ingredients and showcases the evolution of the dishes and the variety of preparations that have emerged. Here you will find true Carolina cooking in all of its cultural depth, historical vividness, and sumptuous splendor.

Kevin Mitchell is the first African American chef instructor at the Culinary Institute of Charleston in South Carolina. In 2020 he was named a South Carolina Chef Ambassador.

David Shields is Carolina Distinguished Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina, chair of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation, author of numerous books, and the recipient of the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award.


Aiken

Author Talk, Tasting, and Signing
Saturday, October 23, 11am–12:30pm
Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Rd, Beech Island, SC
Tickets: $15 for program, $35 for program and book

Charleston

Kevin Mitchell South Carolina Chef Ambassador Dinner
Friday, October 15, 6pm
Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC
Tickets: $140 (includes dinner and a copy of the book)

Book Signing
Sunday, October 17, 1pm–3pm
Buxton Books, 160 King Street, Charleston, SC
FREE event

Book Signing
Wednesday, October 27, 2pm–4pm
Historic Charleston, 108 Meeting Street
FREE event

Author Talk and Signing
Wednesday, November 10, 6pm–8pm
Itinerant Literate/Commonhouse Ale Works, 4831 O'Hear Ave, North Charleston, SC
FREE event

Book Signing
Saturday, November 13, 12pm–2pm
Turning Page Bookshop, 203 East 3rd North Street, Summerville, SC
FREE event

Book Signing
Saturday, December 4, 1pm–2:30pm
Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King Street, Charleston, SC
FREE event

Book Talk
Tuesday, December 14, 5:30pm–6:30pm
Charleston County Public Library, Baxter-Patrick James Island branch, 1858 S Grimball Rd, Charleston, SC
FREE event

Columbia

Book Signing
Saturday, October 30, 1pm–3pm
South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC
FREE event

Farm to Table Harvest Dinner
Saturday, October 30, 6:30pm
City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd, Columbia, SC
Tickets: $105 (includes dinner and a copy of the book)

Grand Strand

Litchfield Books Moveable Feast
Saturday, December 3, 11am–1pm
Inlet Affairs, 4024 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC
Tickets: $30

Greenville

Luncheon, Author Talk, and Signing
Friday, October 29, 12pm–2pm
Fiction Addition and Pointsett Club Luncheon
Tickets: $63 (includes lunch and a copy of the book)

Virtual

Drayton Hall Virtual Book Club
Thursday, October 28, 5:30pm
FREE event

Cookbooks with Virginia, Instagram Live
Friday, November 12, 11:30am
FREE event

Richland Library Book Talk Moderated by Eva Moore
Thursday, December 9, 6pm
FREE event

Published on October 6, 2021 | Categories: Events

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