Sunday Supper with Sean Brock of Husk

Strawberry Moonshine at City House’s Sunday Supper with Sean Brock

Later this month, my husband and I are taking our first trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Beyond the history, the architecture, the beautiful weather, and the beach, it’s supposed to have some of the best food in the country, so as you can imagine, I’m a little excited.

If you know anything about me, then you know that I’ve already figured out where we’ll be eating every single meal. Even before Bon Appetit’ named it the best new restaurant in America, Husk was high on my list. Chef Sean Brock, who not too long ago was the chef of Capitol Grille right here in Nashville, received the James Beard award last year as Best Chef in the Southeast. Best Chef AND Best Restaurant? Our reservations are set.


Rice Griddle Cakes with Boiled Peanut Hummus

When I got word that Sean would actually be coming to Nashville to cook at City House’s Sunday Supper on Labor Day weekend, I saw it as an opportunity to get a little sneak peek of what we could expect in Charleston. In addition, my friend Sherri would be visiting from San Diego, so this would be the perfect way for her to experience some truly amazing Southern cooking.

And truly Southern it was…. the evening started with us being greeted at the door with a cocktail that included bourbon and sweet tea. Really, can you get any more Southern?

Well, perhaps you can. The tables at City House were set up family style so we’d be dining elbow to elbow with strangers that would soon become our friends. If you’re all drinking straight from a mason jar filled with moonshine, you must be friends, right?  Yes, each table was given 2 mason jars of moonshine to be used as a communal drink. No germaphobes here- those jars were passed from person to person and back again as everyone took swigs.

Unlike the hard stuff I’ve had in the past that tastes like liquid fire, these were smooth and easy. Perhaps it was because they were flavored? One jar was Strawberry and one Grape and they were both so good that it didn’t take long for every drop to disappear from the jars.


Crispy Pig Ears with Burnt Scallions and Peanuts


As you can see, there was no lack of libations to go around. So what about the food? Well, they definitely weren’t skimping on that either. In fact, just the snack portion of the evening was probably enough to feed me for the day!


Chicken Fried Chicken Skins with Husk Hot Sauce and SC Honey

Beef Rinds with Jerky Powder

Rice Griddle Cakes with Boiled Peanut Hummus

Crispy Pig Ears with Burnt Scallions and Peanuts

Raw Cucumber, Onions, Tomatoes and Peppers

Pork Ribs with Smoked Edisto Peaches

The overwhelming table favorite: Pork Ribs with Smoked Edisto Peaches

Next we moved on to the Communal plates, where the crab salad stole the show. This dish may actually have been my top choice for the entire evening.

Communal Plates:

Fermented Meats and Vegetables

Salad of Charleston Blue Crab, Corn, and Sweet Potato Leaves (pictured above)

Pickled Shrimp with Cruze’s Buttermilk, Husk Sheep’s Milk Ricotta and Watermelon Radishes

At this point we were all starting to feel a bit stuffed and hadn’t even yet made it to the main courses. Could I possibly hold any more? Well, we all know the answer to that already. Of course I could!

Main Courses:

Cornmeal Dusted Catfish with Pit Beans, Fried Cabbage and Charred Peppers (pictured above)

Wood Fired Okra with Sea Island Benne

Pork, cooked whole on the bone with crispy skin and Collard Green Marmalade, Tomato Gravy, and Lady Peas


Fried Cabbage with bacon. I went back for thirds.

When I think of the proper way to end a southern meal, I don’t know about you, but there are two desserts that quickly come to mind- a fresh fruit cobbler or a pie.

Please allow me to introduce you to one of the most decadent and delicious pies I’ve ever put in my mouth- Peanut Butter Pie with Antebellum Oats, Olive and Sinclair Chocolate + Cocoa Nibs smoked by Alan Benton.

I may or may not have had dreams about this pie when I slept that night. Sherri may or may not have snuck a piece home to eat for breakfast on her flight back to San Diego the next morning.

This sneak preview meal of Husk has made me even more anxious to be in Charleston, but it also made me realize that I may want to embark on a clean eating fast for a couple of weeks in preparation!