Monday, April 28, 2014

Chef BJ Dennis to Bring Gullah/Geechee Cuisine to the Stable at Husk

Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 7:27 AM

Chef BJ Dennis
  • Chef BJ Dennis
When Chef Sean Brock of Husk says he is impressed by somebody, you'd better sit up and take notice. In his recent interview with the James Beard Foundation, Brock talks about his historical research into the origins of Lowcountry cuisine, especially with regard to the African roots of Gullah/Geechee food in South Carolina. One leader in the new emphasis on traditional Gullah dishes is Chef BJ Dennis, and we're lucky enough that Brock is bringing him to town for a couple of dinners at the Stables at Husk May 30 and 31.

Here's what Brock has to say:

We’re going to do an event about the Gullah/Geechee food of the Lowcountry, and its links to Senegal and West Africa. Even though it's all around us here, I think a lot of people don't understand the extent of those influences on our culture. One guy here in Charleston, B.J. Dennis, is a classically trained chef who decided to step out of the kitchen and chase the cuisine of his grandparents. He's really the only person I know who is doing that kind of food, which is great because we need to tell people how special it is. It's the only way to preserve it and stop it from dwindling. So, for the event, I will speak about my trips to Senegal, my work with Glenn Roberts, and my work with the University of South Carolina. There will be a Gullah prayer, some Gullah music, we’ll watch a cool film about the Gullah culture. I will do three dishes, and B.J. will do three dishes.

Here are the details:

Two dinners, May 30 and 31
$135 per person including tax and gratuity
Six-course menu with beverage pairings
Lecture/video start at 6 p.m., dinner at 7
24 seats at each dinner

Make reservations by calling Husk 256-6565.

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