Learning About Food in Charleston Thanks to Two Bloggers

If Charleston hasn’t officially been named one of America’s top food cities, it is just because the people of Charleston didn’t want any more people charging into their city and filling up the reservation logs at so many incredible restaurants. But what strikes me in such a major way is that great food isn’t for the elite restaurants in Charleston. In fact, great food is everywhere. For that reason, I figured months ago it would be easy to find a good couple of bloggers who write about food.

There aren’t fantastic directories for bloggers but I played around and found several that held potential. I’m still not sure how I found or decided on the couple of bloggers I did, but can’t imagine I could have possibly found two other bloggers who would have been more engaged or interested in the conversation about communicating and learning about food through social media.

So who did we meet that likes to talk and write about food,  and what did we talk about?

Meet Two Very Different Bloggers

Food is a topic that gets lots of attention in the blogosphere. With that, there is a very wide range of people who talk about food on their blogs. Some are running several different directions doing what they need to balance family, work and home and others have an incredible passion around food and would rather spend their days picking out the perfect ingredients and trying new combinations of them. Rather than focus on just one kind of blogger who features food, we showed some of the spectrum. Little did I know when I was contacting these folks that the two we would have join us would be close friends!

Rebeccah Connelly

Rebeccah Connelly (seated in the photo below) is in the part of the scale that I think most of us identify with most closely. She likes food, wants to make good choices, but also has a million other things going on. Her blogs showcase some of the other things she has going — and the fact she has blogs rather than a blog can tell you a bit about that! Rebeccah’s “mom blog” or personal blog — Connelly Confusion — says “you’ve got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away and know when to run.” How appropriate is that to the lives most of us lead? Well, in case that isn’t enough of a description for you to get a good feel for Rebeccah… Although she grew up in a more urban/suburban world, she remembers vividly the trips back to a family farm in Tennessee to see the grandparents, etc. With that, she seemed to have an excitement for agriculture that mixed with her love of reading could make for a great combination! Oh, and don’t let me forget her other blog. She’s a sports fan — specifically the South Carolina Gamecocks fan. Yep, she has a blog that’s about sports and tailgating called Gameday Goodness — how Southern is that?

Holly Herrick

Holly Herrick is a lot like my friend Karen, I just didn’t know how much alike they were until I met them. Holly is incredibly passionate about food. She’s built her career around it as a former food reporter for a local newspaper. She’s not doing the daily paper thing anymore but she’s seemingly one-upped it if you ask me. She spends her days developing and testing new recipes. She writes about them, posts great photos, etc on her foodie blog Charleston Chow and packages things into cookbooks as well. You can find out more about her cookbooks on her website HollyHerrick.com. Holly is the kind of cook I’d love to live next door to. She loves cooking with the freshest ingredients, whatever is in season at the time. I bought her Southern Farmers Market Cookbook so I can see some of the ways she has come up with to fix them.

The Discussion – What I Learned

There are a couple of things it seemed everyone agreed on. We all want to have real choices and good information from which to make those choices. And there are a lot of voices out there talking about food — some are genuine and some are agenda driven — so its better to read more & seek divergent opinions, especially if you hear something that “pushes your buttons.”

There were a few things that I just had popping around in my head too, some of them raised in the discussion we had:

  • Food is something we all have an inherent connection to whether or not it really taps into our passions.
  • There are a lot of memories and emotions tied to food — good, bad & indifferent.
  • Choice in foods is incredible in the US.
  • Both of them spoke directly to topics that I could connect directly with…. I could really enjoy going to lunch with these two!
  • With the range of choices we have, there are plenty of bad choices as well as plenty of good choices.
  • Today’s discussion about food is frequently charged in a way that can make it hard to be productive.
  • It’s good to talk with people who may see the world a bit differently, especially if you go into it looking for common ground.

Its amazing what kind of awesome people you can find by Googling for bloggers in a given area and the honest kinds of discussion you can advance. For me, it was a great experience. I met a couple of women that I will be touching base with online now and then…. but I’d also love to see them in real life again as well. Of course, I’m always up for a visit to Charleston…. I can almost taste the She Crab soup now.

What have you learned by talking to people with shared interests but different backgrounds or experiences?

The photos in this post are from the awesome Flicker feed of Chuck Zimmerman and ZimmComm with permission

About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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3 Responses to Learning About Food in Charleston Thanks to Two Bloggers

  1. Robyn April 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    I think you touched on a lot of food ideas. Food is a very general term.

    Do you grow it, raise it, process it? Do you have a food business? Grocery store, restaurant, ice cream shop, bakery? Are you the small town meat cutter? Are you a Sweet Genius, Home Cook, Fast Foodie, BBQ Pit Master? This list goes on and on ….

    The fact there is a Food Network dedicated to cooking, baking, eating and competing with food says a lot about our society.

    I also agree that food is a very emotional topic that can be politically charged. Conventional, organic, hormone free, local? How do you like your steak cooked? How does your Mom cook something?

    Don’t forget we are a nation that has eating disorder issues? Over eating to starving and a lot in between.

    I think it is important to be aware of the variety of industries with in the term Food. Thank You for reminding me of that fact.

    • Janice Person April 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      Food is a really big tent and whether you consider it part of your job description or not, its pretty important to everyone. By having different parts of the spectrum represented, I think all of us were able to take a different look at things…. helped remind us where there was common ground and where differences existed…. it really was a positive experience all around.

  2. Rebeccah April 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Thanks so much for such an interesting conversation as well as a very nice write-up. I had a great time and look forward to chatting about food with you again sometime soon!

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