Owners of Square Onion think outside the box

  • Friday, June 13, 2014

The Square Onion offers a variety of fresh salads. PROVIDED


Both avid foodies, Mary and Cary Zapatka opened the Square Onion in January 2003. Daily, you can find Mary and Cary in the kitchen of the Square Onion whipping up specials or prepping for catering events. They are an integral part in bringing the fresh, in-house-made taste to every Square Onion creation. Cary was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia and moved to the Lowcountry in 1996 where he honed his culinary skills at the Boathouse Restaurant. Mary grew up in Greenville, South Carolina and moved to Charleston in 1985. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston and has always been active in Charleston's food and beverage industry. She has worked at such fine establishments as Magnolias and Cypress.

Together, they serve up gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads, take-and-bake casseroles, daily dinner entrees, desserts, a variety of dips and spreads and a unique beer and wine selection. They can also bring the delicious taste of Square Onion to your next event with their catering options. They're a local, culinary destination in the heart of the Lowcountry with something for everyone.

And while fresh, local, quality food inspires the couple, so does charitable giving.

They truly think outside the box, if you will, and support what they call “Inspirational Partners.”

Daisy's Place Retriever Rescue is one such partner. The organization is dedicated to saving and finding loving homes for Retrievers (and Retriever mixes) six years and older. To learn more, visit www.daisysplace.org

Louie's Kids is another beloved organization. This tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, raises funds to help treat childhood obesity, which afflicts 25 million American children today. Louie's Kids works to find the best treatment options to meet the needs of each child. They find the fix that fits, one kid at a time. Visit www.louieskids.org to learn more.

Buy Local is a grassroots movement of education and relationship building that promotes the many benefits that come from choosing to buy from local, independent businesses and farmers.

Eat Local is a sustainable agricultural initiative designed to grow and support local food systems by connecting local farms, producers and apprentices to the local restaurants, institutions and people with a hunger for farm-fresh food and goods. Through a variety of education, outreach and apprentice programs, they're working to get good people to good food and ensure that the agrarian culture continues to be an integral part of the Lowcountry economy and way of life.

And from a renovated warehouse in Charleston's creative corridor, GrowFood Carolina is revitalizing the local food system by providing essential aggregation, marketing, distribution and logistical support to local growers. This support connects growers to local grocers, restaurants, community organizations and institutions, to make local and healthy food more accessible to the entire community. Visit www.growfoodcarolina.com to learn more.

This husband and wife team have made their culinary mark on the Lowcountry and invite you and your family to the Square Onion.

They can be found at 18 Resolute Lane in Mount Pleasant or at www.squareonion.com.

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This article published on page 2 of the recent special section, Bites & Sites (June 11, 2014). To view the online edition of the special publication visit http://shop.moultrienews.com/moultrie-sc/special-section/bites-and-sites/06-11-2014.

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