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Host Stephanie Burt travels the Southern United States (with a fork!) and chats with some of the most interesting voices in the culinary South. From chefs to farmers, bakers to brewers, and pitmasters to fishermen, they all have a story. Listen and learn more behind some of your favorite foods.

Host Stephanie Burt travels the Southern United States (with a fork!) and chats with some of the most interesting voices in the culinary South. From chefs to farmers, bakers to brewers, and pitmasters to fishermen, they all have a story. Listen and learn more behind some of your favorite foods.
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Host Stephanie Burt travels the Southern United States (with a fork!) and chats with some of the most interesting voices in the culinary South. From chefs to farmers, bakers to brewers, and pitmasters to fishermen, they all have a story. Listen and learn more behind some of your favorite foods.




Ep. 119: BJ Dennis, Chef (Charleston, SC)

Listen to the lilt of this Lowcountry accent. Chef BJ Dennis is Gullah Geechie, part of the descendants of Central and West Africans who came from different ethnic and social groups. Originally enslaved together on the isolated sea and barrier islands from Pender County, North Carolina to St. John’s County, Florida and for 30 miles inland, over time, these people developed the creole Gullah Geechee language as a means of communicating with each other. What you’re hearing is that history...


Ep. 118: Cameron Read, Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. (Charleston, SC)

If you’ve ever been on untapped, rate my beer, or otherwise thought about standing in line for a beer release, then listen up, beloved beer nerds, this episode is for you! Cameron Read is the Director of Brewing Operations for Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company in Charleston, SC, and so yes, he just might have what many consider to be a dream job. Edmund’s Oast is becoming a force in brewing in the US, not only with its connections to get rare and special releases for the restaurant, but now...


Ep. 117: In the Wake of a Hurricane: Daniel Doyle and Operation BBQ Relief

Growing up Southern, hurricanes are a part of life. You know the season, the categories, and you know that just because you can’t see the ocean does not mean you won’t see a hurricane’s effects. But things have changed in the past few years -- it feels like it’s become more about capturing those ratings rather than sharing realistic information, and so things are beginning to skew. Not only are we getting more powerful storms as climate change becomes apparent, we’re wondering whose...


Ep. 116: Nico Romo, NICO (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Chef Nico Romo left Charleston’s Patrick Properties about a year before any allegations of sexually suggestive behavior came out about its now-removed CEO. Nico stood beside those who raised the allegations and was one of the named sources in The Post and Courier story that broke the news earlier this year. He was in the midst of a weeks-old restaurant and could have easily been too busy, but Nico wasn’t too busy. The following interview isn’t about that time, or that past, but I wanted...


Ep. 115: Katie Button, Curate and Nightbell (Asheville, NC), Live from FAB Charleston

Chef Katie Button and I spoke a few months ago at the FAB Conference in Charleston, but I’ve held onto this interview a bit because only a couple weeks after it, Katie gave birth 5 weeks early to a little boy. Mom, son, and the whole family are doing splendidly, and life is returning to normal for them, which means her husband and business partner Felix is in Spain right now with Curate Trips (check it out, you’re going to want to go), Katie is supervising the final stages of a new...


Ep. 114: Craig Rudewicz, Crude Bitters and Sodas (Raleigh, NC)

I’ve always been a sucker for pharmacies, apothecaries, and perfume counters. I just can’t get enough of those little bottles and the treasures and tinctures they hold, so part of the fun of visiting a craft cocktail joint for me is looking at all the bottles at the bar. Bitters are always present, but in recent years, the number of brands of these somewhat mysterious concoctions have exploded, and Craig Rudewicz of Crude Bitters and Sodas in Raleigh, NC, is making some of the best. He...


Ep. 113: Sandra Gutierrez, Cookbook Author and Recipe Developer (Cary, NC)

I recently moved to a new neighborhood, and in a move, it becomes painfully apparent how many books one has. These days, I have multiple shelves of cookbooks, and many people have asked me if I’ll ever write one. The answer is not for now, as I don’t enjoy creating recipes nearly as much as making them. Sandra Gutierrez is completely different. A nationally recognized food personality, cookbook author, freelance food writer, and cooking instructor, her articles and recipes have been...


Ep. 112: Steven Devereaux Greene, The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, NC)

Today, it’s time to call it. I’m tired of hearing it. Some of you need to stop saying that modernist cuisine isn’t “real food.” That’s just damn silly, and, frankly, it sounds like a lot of ignorance to me. Here at The Southern Fork, just because I love macaroni and cheese and barbecue and my granny’s green beans that have cooked all day does not mean I can’t also love composed dishes of ingredients transformed and manipulated in ways that delight all of the senses. There is a definite...


Ep. 111: Jill Mathias, Chez Nous (Charleston, SC)

There is a place where there are no TVs blaring, a place where it’s easy to exchange a word with people at the next table or scrape that last bit of dessert off the plate with a spoon. This restaurant glows softly in the twilight as you approach, and yet, open the door, and it’s a-bustle with activity. This magical spot? Chez Nous in Charleston, S.C., and it’s got way more chops that just its good looks. That’s because Chef Jill Mathias creates delicious European bistro fare from local...


Ep. 110: Michael Mai, Arabica Soda (Charleston, SC)

It’s summer, I get it. So why are you doing a coffee show right now Steph, you may ask? Because it’s not just coffee, it’s cool, refreshing Arabica Soda, made from Cascara fruit and coffee and meant to be a welcome lift anytime but especially welcome as we enter these dog days of summer. Michael Mai, master barista and now bartender, is the man behind this delicious beverage. You might remember him from Episode 33 when we talked all things coffee. His enthusiasm for self-education, wit,...


Ep. 109: Kat Kinsman, Extra Crispy (Live from FAB Charleston)

The first time my eyes beheld Kat Kinsman was on my TV screen. There was this woman chatting about food on CNN, and she seemed goth? I thought, how good do you have to be to a CNN food reporter? and a food reporter allowed to express your own style on a mainstream news outlet? Well, the answer is pretty damn good. Kat Kinsman is the former managing editor of CNN’s Eatocracy who now is the food and drinks editor for Time Inc’s all-breakfast site Extra Crispy. She has written a book called ...


Ep. 108: Eddie Hernandez, Taqueria Del Sol (Atlanta, GA)

Chef Eddie Hernandez and I really thought it was a good idea. We really liked the idea of chatting on a warm spring day on the enclosed, empty patio at the Howell Mill Road location of Taqueria Del Sol in Atlanta. The birds were so peaceful, we said, and it’s quiet out here, we said. But there is nothing quiet in the world of Eddie Hernandez. This energetic man has been going full tilt since the age of 16 when he started a music career, and so, sitting in his world for a mere 30 minutes,...


Ep. 107: Micah LeMon, The Alley Light (Charlottesville, VA, Live from Charleston Wine + Food)

I think Micah LeMon, bar manager at the James Beard Award–nominated Alley Light in Charlotttesville, VA, wants us to slow down and take a beat, probably over a lovely, stirred cocktail in a fancy glass. On the day we recorded a few months ago, I was at high-energy, just starting Charleston Wine + Food, and I went and collected Micah from the book signing tent to have a chat. Despite all the people buzzing about (literally and figuratively) and despite the fact I chose a room at the Embassy...


Ep. 106: Rodney Scott, Rodney Scott's BBQ (Charleston, SC)

There was a time when how good Rodney Scott’s family barbecue was, was pretty much a locals secret. Unless you were lucky enough to meet him at a food event or lived in Hemingway, SC, you probably didn’t know about him, that is unless you were the kind of people who roadtrip for good food. So yeah, you and me. Chances are, if you’re listening to this podcast, you’ll drive for good food, right? Anyway, the chorus of praises for this barbecue pitmaster have been steadily rising, and word...


Ep. 105: Mike Davis, Terra (Columbia, SC)

At this stage in the game, Terra Restaurant in Columbia, SC, is an institution -- but that doesn’t mean that it’s staid. Go there any night and you’ll find that you’re walking into the best that a neighborhood bistro can be. Multiple members of the staff have been there for years, the menu rotates seasonally, and the seats are filled with people who know all of this, often greeting each other and the staff like old friends, ready to have a great meal composed of what is best and brightest...


Ep. 104: Bob Peters, The Punch Room at the Ritz Carlton (Charlotte, NC)

It’s a bit disconcerting when you step off the elevator for your first visit to The Punch Room at the Ritz Carlton in Charlotte, NC. First, it’s not on the rooftop or penthouse floor, something I was expecting, but on a random floor. Secondly, other than a small host stand outside what appears to be a usual hotel suite, there is no indication you’re walking into a public establishment at all. But open the door, and there’s no doubt you’re somewhere special, that exclusive VIP experience...


Ep. 103: Jean-Paul Bourgeois, Blue Smoke (Live from Charleston Wine + Food)

I promise you Jean-Paul Bourgeois makes some mean barbecue at his wildly popular restaurants, Blue Smoke, in NYC. I promise. But when I sat down with him at a conference table in the Embassy Suites hotel, steps from the Marion Square hub of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, I was all about getting the lowdown on frying. This Louisiana-born chef is a master at many things, and frying chicken is near the top of the list. If you know me, you know we are talking about my favorite food. So I...


Ep. 102: Joe & Katy Kindred, & Craig Deihl. Hello, Sailor (Cornelius, NC)

My trip to Cornelius and Davidson, NC, was a trip down nostalgia’s lane. As a native Charlottean, I’d spent time at the lake growing up, and one of my first writing gigs was as a features writer at Lake Norman Times, so when I went to visit Joe and Katy Kindred at Kindred and Hello, Sailor, I was having all the feels checking out my old stomping grounds. But that was just the beginning -- friend and chef Craig Deihl, from the recently closed Charleston, SC faves Artisan Meat Share and...


Ep. 101: Gillian Zettler, Charleston Wine + Food Festival (Charleston, SC)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, folks. I’m so happy to debut a new season of The Southern Fork, spring is springing in Charleston (hello, pollen), and we are in the middle of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival! I’m so proud to be a part of this festival and to celebrate with friends near and far as they visit my city, but since I’m up close and personal to this event, I know how much went into getting to this weekend! I thought you’d like to know some behind-the-scenes stuff...


Ep. 100: Steph's Lookback & Lessons Learned So Far -- 9 Themes

As I considered, what the hell am I going to do for my 100th episode (?), I decided to just be me, sharing a few recurring themes I've noticed after recording 100 interviews. So it’s just you and me today, from my house on a road thawing out from an epic freak Charleston snowstorm! Anyway, I hope you’ll take some of these themes into the new year with you. Let’s dig in, shall we?