August 7, 2011
by rbcchef





the best kitchen store in Charleston!”

I have recently signed up to do a series of Cooking Classes at the Coastal Cupboard ( in Mount Pleasant at Belle Hall Shopping Center

If you haven’t been to Coastal Cupboard you are missing out.  The store is full of anything and everything that you could possibly need in the kitchen or for entertaining.  Coastal Cupboard has the best Pots/Pans and Knives to the most comprehensive array of kitchen gadget that I have ever seen.  I mean they have gadgets for gadgets.  Brad Pitner  and his staff are friendly, helpful and always there to answer a question.  And most importantly to me buy LOCAL! LOCAL! LOCAL!

The cooking classes take place in the back of the store in a state of the art beautiful teaching kitchen with plenty of room, good visual and a closed circuit TV monitoring system that makes the classes jump out at you from every angle. My friend and Colleague  Amanda Johnson ( ), Coastal Cupboard’s  in-house Chef and Cooking School coordinator has made the difference, she has created an easy going, laidback, yet professional environment.  All classes have wines paired with them, so Loosen Up, Sign Up and Belly Up to the Coastal Cupboard Cooking Classes.

My Cooking  Class Schedule at Coastal Cupboard

Tuesday August 9th…Farm to Fork

Friday August 12th…Tailgate Nation

Tuesday August 23rd…Behind the Butcher’s Counter

Thursday August 25th…French Farmhouse Cooking

Wednesday September 7th…”A” is for Apple

Fiday September 9th…Italian Family Suppers

Tuesday September 13th…”B” is for Bisquit

Thursday September15th…Comfort Foods with a Conscience

Wednesday September 21…Girls Night Out

Wednesday September 28th…Pigs and Pinot


August 6, 2011
by rbcchef


 After 24 years in and around the restaurant business, I have been flattered with questions about this crazy business that I have chosen…or maybe it has chosen me.  Questions have run the gamut from how to cook certain things and how to fix them when something goes wrong (wish I could take credit for blackened redfish) to how to purchase quality ingredients.  Friends inevitably want to know the ins and outs or behind the scene tricks of the trade…stories about customers that I have met or have cooked for.  So, this blog is an open ended invitation to view my stories, experiences and insights of my Culinary Journey…

I also want to invite you to use this blog for yourself to ask questions…seek inspiration…become more at ease in the kitchen and customize what you get out of it.  I will do all I can to answer your questions in a timely manner with the same respect and enthusiasm that you have by reading this blog.

In this blog, I want to blend my Professional life with my Personal life…sharing Charleston’s Charm through Quality, Culinary and Uniqueness.  I will periodically update this blog with fun and exciting things that are going on in my Personal and Culinary life…some posts might be about a cooking class, a TV show that I am on…maybe about a catering event that I do or even a charity event that I am participating in….others might include a family picnic, a dock party or a trip to a winery.

So Remember…

Good Food…
Good Times…
Good Friends!