I’m so thrilled I’ve been given this opportunity to partner with Soul Food Sessions to help promote an exciting event that’s coming to Charleston soon: The Table is Set – A Four City Tour Served with a Coke!
For those who are unfamiliar, Soul Food Sessions is an non-profit organization committed to increasing opportunities for minority chefs throughout the food industry, and I truly feel honored to be able to participate in promoting such a meaningful organization and worthy mission. Now Soul Food Sessions (SFS) is taking their mission to increase diversity in the culinary industry on the road, thanks to a partnership with Coca-Cola Consolidated. Luckily for us, the last stop of their pop up restaurant tour is here in beautiful Charleston and there’s a seat waiting for you.:)
To learn more about SFS and their extraordinarily talented featured chefs, check out their website here!
Before I get sidetracked (as usual;)), here are the Charleston event deets!
What: The Table is Set – A Four City Tour Served with a Coke!
When: Tuesday, October 16th
Where: The Dewberry Charleston Hotel at 334 Meeting Street Downtown
Tickets: Purchase Tix Here
A major perk of this partnership was getting a sneak peak of the dish that will be presented during the last stop of the tour in Charleston, and let me just tell yall….it did not disappoint! If you’re unable to attend the event and enjoy the Charlotte based featured Chef, Greg Collier’s expertly prepared creation, don’t fret because here’s the recipe for his New Orleans Grillades with Green Strawberry Relish to make at home;)
Chef Collier’s dish isn’t complete without a Classic Coca-Cola, which, in his words, cools down the spice and enhances the earthiness of braised beef, while the acidity from strawberries paired with the refreshing pop from a Coke cleanses the palate after every bite. So don’t forget to grab some Classic Coke when you’re at your local Harris Teeter shopping for the rest of your ingredients;)
My hubby and I made this dish on a lazy Sunday last weekend, and while the final result looked divine, it smelled and tasted even better. If they could talk, the only complaints in the house would’ve come from these poor hungry pups who intently supervised our kitchen skills, and didn’t even get so much as a measly crumb in return;)
Chef Collier’s dish was actually quite easy to prepare. Especially if you have a partner in the kitchen to help out a bit. Michael is actually the one who does most of the ‘good’ cooking in our house (when I cook it’s more like basic survival), so he took the lead on this, while I pretended to be his sous chef. I’m not sure who was least helpful, me or Gracie (the dog).
Prepping the meat. Check out that look of concentration!;)
I wish smell-o-vision was a real thing. The spices in this dish create the most amazing earthy aroma, which was perfect to get in the fall mood.
Making the cornbread waffles, which complemented and balanced the savory aspect of the grillades incredibly well.
My mouth is literally watering right now reminiscing about eating this dish. If you can’t make the October 16th event, you should definitely try out Chef Collier’s delectable New Orleans Grillades dish at home. It’s the perfect meal to warm you up on a crisp fall day;)
A huge thanks to Coca-Cola Consolidated and Sole Food Sessions for sponsoring this post. For those who plan to attend the event, please let me know in the comments!
Bon appetit yall!