ABC’s The Chew to Feature Chef Kevin Johnson of The Grocery

  • Friday, January 17, 2014

Chef Johnson


January 21 episode to highlight chef’s Outstanding in the Field event

On Tuesday, Jan. 21 The Chew is set to air a segment featuring Kevin Johnson, executive chef and owner of The Grocery, and his participation in the Outstanding in the Field dinner held at Thornhill Farm last Fall. The show will air at 1 p.m. on ABC.

The segment focuses on the Lowcountry, including the return of the traveling dining experience to Thornhill Farm in McClennanville. The event took place on October 3, 2013 and included a cocktail hour with bites, a tour from host farmers and a multi-course, family-style meal conceptualized and executed by chef Johnson and his team.

The event also highlighted many local businesses and products, including Thornhill produce, Le Creuset cookware, Grassroots Wine and spirits from High Wire Distilling, mixed by The Grocery’s own bar manager Hallie Arnold. Students from The Culinary Institute of Charleston also had the chance to participate on-site and help prepare the meal.

The dinner began with hors d’oeuvres representing the restaurant’s ethos, then progressed through a four-course, family style supper that was a narrative of his cooking, from his start as a vegetarian to a dessert inspired by his days with his grandfather.

The menu included: hors d’oeuvre such as grilled chicken heart lettuce wraps and grilled flatbread with butter bean hummus and charred eggplant. A warm salad of kale and collards with bagna cauda vinaigrette and ricotta salata began the seated portion followed by a braised golden tilefish with Hoppin’ John of Charleston gold rice and crowder peas with a pickled shrimp vinaigrette. A mix of Border Springs lamb was served with okra, spiced tomato gravy, cotija cheese and butter bean and broccoli rabe gratin and dessert was an apple tarte tatin with Tillamook extra sharp cheddar with salted peanut and sorghum swirl ice cream.

About The Grocery

Evoking memories of the small-town grocery, executive chef and owner Kevin Johnson has created a gathering place of warmth and familiarity, with a menu based on seasonal ingredients available from local and regional farmers and fishermen and has worked with for many years in the Charleston, S.C. area. The Grocery’s kitchen is stocked with house-made charcuterie and fresh, local fish and seafood, and the restaurant accommodates an in-house canning program to preserve fresh vegetables for the menu. An extensive cocktail and wine list are available as is craft beer on tap, and a wood-burning oven heightens the cordial atmosphere in the former furniture warehouse. Complimentary parking is available on-site in an adjacent parking lot. For more information on the Grocery, please visit www.thegrocerycharleston.com, become a fan on Facebook or follow the restaurant on Twitter.

About The Chew

The Chew airs weekdays at 1:00 pm on ABC and strives to share new and exciting food ventures while exploring notable chefs, recipes, and lifestyle topics and nutrition tips. The show includes co-hosts chef Carla Hall, author Clinton Kelly, health and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz, chef Mario Batali and chef Michael Symon.

About Outstanding in the Field

Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls. Since 1999 Outstanding in the Field has set a unique table while re-connecting diners to the origins of their food and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it. The table is set indoors or outdoors located at beautiful farms, islands or in museums. The theme of each dinner is to honor the people whose hard work brings nourishment and life to the table while indulging in a meal made of local ingredients executed by a celebrated chef.

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