Eating Slow at Charleston's Ark of Taste Dinner

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Eating Slow at Charleston's Ark of Taste Dinner

Sometimes celebration and success tastes sweet. Such was the case recently in Charleston, S.C. when diners, James Beard-winning and -nominated chefs, producers, and purveyors from all throughout the Southeast got together to support and celebrate the region’s commitment and successes to foodshed diversity through heirloom foodstuffs.

Dr. David Shields (that’s right — we published an interview with him last year about his book Southern Provisions) served as one of the hosts of the unofficial hosts of the evening. And we supped and sipped on many Ark of Taste ingredients, or the “endangered species of the American food catalog.” Think Native American Groundnuts, Bradford Watermelon, Carolina Gold Rice, and Mulefoot Hog.

That sounds fancy and forward-thinking, and it was. But more than that, it was delicious. Full disclosure: I promote Slow Food often on my podcast, The Southern Fork, so I was just planning to enjoy the evening of good food, good friends, killer cocktails, and chef chats, but I was so blown away by the event, I simply had to share. Flip through these photos to wish you had joined us, get inspired with a fun cartoon seed story narrated by David Shields, then get out there and find a new heirloom foodstuff to add to your fall table.

Stephanie Burt is a contributor for Paste based in Charleston, S.C. who used to think that she didn’t like beer. Boy was she wrong. You can find her on Twitter or Instagram at @beehivesteph or listen to her distinctive Southern accent weekly on her podcast The Southern Fork. ;