centrally located in historic downtown Charleston, Husk, the newest offering from James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock of McCradyâ€™s and the Neighborhood Dining Group, transforms the essence of Southern food. Led by Brock and Chef de Cuisine Travis Grimes, a Lowcountry native, the kitchen reinterprets the bounty of the surrounding area, exploring an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to cook and eat in Charleston.
Starting with a larder of ingredients indigenous to the South, and set within a building complex dating to the late 19th century, Brock crafts menus throughout the day, responding to what local purveyors are supplying the kitchen at any given moment. The entrance beckons with a rustic wall of firewood to fuel the wood-fired oven and a large chalkboard listing artisanal products currently provisioning the kitchen, but like the dĂ©cor that inhabits the historic building, the food is modern in style and interpretation.
At Husk there are some rules about what can go on the plate. â€śIf it doesnâ€™t come from the South, itâ€™s not coming through the door,â€ť says Brock, who has even stricken olive oil from the kitchen. As he explains, the resulting cuisine â€śis not about rediscovering Southern cooking, but exploring the reality of Southern food.â€ť This modern approach results in playful dishes such as Deviled Eggs with Pickled Okra and Trout Roe, and new classics like South Carolina Shrimp and Choppee Okra Stew with Carolina Gold Rice and Flowering Basil.
Seed-saving, heirloom husbandry, and in-house pickling and charcuterie efforts by the culinary team are the basis of the cuisine at Husk. The restaurant is as casual as it is chic, evoking a way of life centered on seasonality and the grand traditions of Charleston lifeâ€”one lived at a slower pace, preferably with a cocktail and a wide porch in the late afternoon. It is a neighborhood gathering place for friends, and a destination dining spot for travelers, with a little bite of the South for everyoneâ€™s palates.
NDG is a restaurant management company with three operations in Charleston, SC and one in Atlanta, GA that range from nationally award-winning, fine dining destinations to family-friendly restaurants.
"The strength of our company comes from our fine staff of over 250 talented individuals that inspire me on a daily basis. They are loyal, professional, long-serving, enthusiastic, and hard working," says David Howard, NDG's president.
An industry veteran, Howard has been committed to the best in hospitality throughout his career and enjoys an expanding role in Charleston and in the restaurant community of the south.
"Through expansion, we have not only been able to create jobs in the restaurants, but in our communities where we operate. This expansion also provides deserved growth for those within our organization," says Howard.
The group currently operates McCrady's, Husk, and the Queen Anne's Revenge restaurants in Charleston, SC; Chicago's Steak and Seafood in Roswell, GA; and in spring of 2013, will open a Husk restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee.
To contact The Neighborhood Dining Group, Inc. , please call (770) 645-9944.
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McCrady's Restaurant in Downtown Charleston, SC
Queen Anne's Revenge on Daniel Island, SC
Chicago's Steakhouse in Roswell, GA