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Flashback Friday: Charleston Cuisine Ten Years Ago 3.27.15

char cuisine 2004 A staple every year is American Cuisine’s “Charleston Cuisine” menu book that features a variety of local chefs, along with a profile on their respected restaurant and their current menu. As a change for this week’s Flashback Friday, we look at the 2004 book cover. Ten years ago Charleston looked very different than it does today and we highlight some of those changes below:

  • John Zucker, Cru Cafe: Cru Cafe is a lowcountry institution and Chef Zucker has continued to offer great food in this charming single house. The restaurant celebrates its 15th year anniversary this year….cheers to that!
  • Aaron Siegel: At the time of the photo, Aaron was executive chef at Blossom. In 2006, he left and opened Home Team BBQ in West Ashley and now has a location in Sullivan’s Island and will soon open a downtown spot.
  • Craig Deihl, Cypress: Chef Deihl is still chef at Cypress and has gone on to open Artisan Meat Share future expanding his charcuterie offerings for the city.
  • MariElena Dickson, Robert’s of Charleston: MariElena Raya, daughter of fame local chef Robert Dickson, has since married Joe Raya and together opened The Gin Joint where Robert’s was located. They also started Bittermilk, a company making and selling craft cocktail mixers.
  • Marc Collins, Circa 1886: Ten years ago, Chef Collins was working hard on the original Planning Committee for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival and has been chef at Circa 1886 for over ten years. Circa 1886 just completed a restoration and continues to be a local favorite.
  • Scott Crawford, Woodland’s: Woodland’s has since closed and Chef Crawford has moved to Raleigh where he is working on opening Standard Foods in a few months.

Who do you recognize from this photo?

We applaud those chefs who 10 years later are still a significant part of Charleston’s ever evolving culinary scene. Who will be around in another 10? We will have to wait and see.

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