TALENT

MEET THE EDITORS, LOCAL CHEFS AND PERSONALITIES, ARTISANS,
AND MUSICIANS HOSTING THE CHARLESTON INSIDERS' WEEKEND.

Bacon, Jeremiah (Restaurant Dinner Series, Travel + Leisure)


Jeremiah Bacon, a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef Southeast for the last three years, is Executive Chef and Partner of Indigo Road restaurants: The Macintosh and Oak Steakhouse. Bacon brought new-American cuisine to the Lowcountry table when he opened The Macintosh on Charleston’s upper King Street in September 2011 with Indigo Road Restaurant Group managing partner, Steve Palmer. The Macintosh, a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in 2012, showcases a range of local flavors and ingredients.
 

Bishop, Cortney (Tour of Homes, Coastal Living)


Cortney Bishop is the founder and creative director of Cortney Bishop Design, an interior design firm based in Charleston. With projects that range from classic Lowcountry beach homes to an historic farmhouse in Virginia and The Oliver Hotel in Knoxville, her design vision runs the gamut of style and structure, balancing creativity and functionality with a good dose of modern flair. When she isn't working or scouring markets, Cortney enjoys life on Sullivan's Island with her husband and their two children.
 

Brown, Alphonso (Gullah Tour, Coastal Living)


Alphonso Brown was born and raised in Rantowles, South Carolina, a rural area about 12 miles south of Charleston. He received a BS Degree from South Carolina State University in Music and a Masters Degree from Southern Illinois University, is now a licensed tour guide for the City of Charleston, and he owns and operates Gullah Tours. Brown is the author of The History Press bestseller, A Gullah to Guide Charleston as well as a lecturer on the Gullah language and Black History of Charleston.
 

Canary in the Coalmine


Canary in the Coalmine is an Americana-Folk band fronted by songwriters Jessica Pounds and Sandy Wicker. A haunting quality underscores striking vocal harmonies to provide a perfect focal point for the band’s Appalachian folk and alt country influences. It’s that uniquely characteristic sound of Pounds and Wicker’s combined voices that first caught the girls’ attention in July of 2009, when they crossed paths busking in the streets of Asheville, North Carolina. It was love at first sound. They were immediately struck by an undeniable compatibility, and although they lived 500 miles apart the band was formed within four months. Canary in the Coalmine has garnered local and regional acclaim from sources such as EU Magazine, NPR, Folio Weekly and many others. The band can be found on the festival and club circuit in the southeast and beyond. The band released their first full length album, produced by Matt Grondin, in March of this year.
 

Clowney, Beau (Tour of Homes, Coastal Living)


Architect Beau Clowney, a South Carolina native, became interested in designing houses at a very young age. He is a graduate of Princeton University where he studied under several noted architects, including Michael Graves, who served as his mentor and advisor during his Masters thesis year. Prior to attending Princeton, Beau completed his undergraduate work at Tulane University in New Orleans, and the Architectural Association in London. He returned to Charleston in 1994 to open his own practice. He has designed a unique collection of homes throughout the U.S. and abroad that draw inspiration from the client's sensibilities, the characteristics of a site, and the places he's lived and studied. Beau serves on the Board of Directors at the Preservation Society of Charleston, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He lives in the historic district with his wife and two young children.
 

Cole, Jennifer V. (Deputy Editor, Southern Living)


Mississippi-born Jennifer V. Cole is Deputy Editor for Southern Living magazine. Cole has worked as an editor for Travel + Leisure, is a cornbread-loving member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, and is the founding editor and producer of the Southern Living "Biscuits & Jam" video and concert music series.

You will find Jennifer at the Southern Living Dinner at Peninsula Grill, BBQ & Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Seminar, “Biscuits & Jam” Concert and more throughout the Charleston Insiders’ Weekend.
 

Conrad, Chelsey


Chelsey Conrad began, what she believes was her true culinary education in the kitchen at Slightly North of Broad (SNOB) under the tutelage of Chef Frank Lee in 2006. Conrad spent 5 years learning the art of southern cuisine, and what the true meaning of using fresh local products, along with the understanding of how to spin those products into true classic southern dishes with a French technique. After mastering those skills, Conrad left SNOB in 2011 and joined the kitchen team at Charleston Grill under the guidance of Chef Michelle Weaver and spent her time studying high end cuisine before joining the team at Butcher & Bee later that year.

Conrad became sous chef in 2013 at Butcher & Bee and most recently was made chef in March of 2015. Her passions are creating honest to goodness sandwiches that look simple upon approach, but will make someone stop mid-bite and understand that it's so much more. Her passion for allowing vegetables to speak for themselves has earned her high praise in the community. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of Charleston and loves mentoring young eager cooks.
 

Cowin, Dana (Editor-in-Chief, FOOD & WINE)


Dana Cowin, Food & Wine’s editor-in-chief since 1995, has been covering the world of food, wine, style and design for over 25 years. Cowin oversees the Food & Wine brand, including a monthly magazine; digital products, including foodandwine.com, iPad editions; and a books division.

You will find Dana at the Food & Wine dinner at The Ordinary, South Takes on the World Cooking Demo & Tasting at Le Creuset and more throughout the Charleston Insiders’ Weekend.
 

Dailey, Graham (Restaurant Dinner Series, Southern Living)


Drawn to the culinary arts at an early age, Peninsula Grill Executive Chef Graham Dailey transitioned from summers working on fishing and shrimping boats in the Gulf of Mexico to professional kitchens in NYC, where he worked under Chef Anthony Bourdain. After attending the famed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Chef Dailey returned to the U.S. in 1997 and joined Peninsula Grill as a member of the restaurant's opening culinary team. He assumed the role of Peninsula Grill Executive Chef in 2011.
 

Dennis, Benjamin (The South Takes on the World, Food & Wine)


Chef Benjamin "BJ" Dennis is a Lowcountry original. Born and raised in Charleston, SC, personal chef and caterer "BJ" infuses the flavors and culture of the Lowcountry into his Gullah-Geechie cuisine, bringing a new taste to ever expanding culinary palate of the south.
 

Dinaburg, Mary (Curatorial Consultant, DEPARTURES)


Mary Dinaburg, Departures Art Consultant since 2010, is Founder of Dinaburg Arts LLC, co-founder of Fortune Cookie Projects: a global art education, curatorial and art advisory firm focused on Asia, the US, and Europe. Dinaburg received her MFA from Pratt Institute and has taught at Sotheby's Institute of Art – Singapore, University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Pratt Institute.

You will find Mary at the Gallery Walk & Artist’s Studio Visit and more throughout the Charleston Insiders’ Weekend.
 

Evans, Sid (Editor-in-Chief, Southern Living)


Previously vice president and editor-in-chief of Garden & Gun, Sid Evans was named editor-in-chief of Time Inc.'s Southern Living in April 2014. Evans is responsible for the editorial vision, direction, and content for the iconic Southern Living multimedia brand. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Sid resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife and two kids.

You will find Sid at the Southern Living Dinner at Peninsula Grill, BBQ & Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Seminar, "Biscuits & Jam" Concert and more throughout the Charleston Insiders’ Weekend.
 

Gelis, Roger (Drink in the South Cocktail Demo, FOOD & WINE)


Roger Gelis’s career began like many in the business – he started washing dishes at the age of sixteen. His career carried him across the country and back; he worked and learned in Seattle, Portland, Sun Valley, Atlanta, Maine, and has settled in Charleston. He’s held every position in a restaurant. An accomplished master of the handcrafted cocktail, Gelis now mixes it up behind the bar at local Charleston favorite, Proof, where their sophisticated cocktails are matched only by their epic beer and wine list.
 

HAGOOD, JIMMY (BBQ & PAPPY VAN WINKLE BOURBON SEMINAR AND BISCUITS & JAM, SOUTHERN LIVING)


For Jimmy Hagood, Food for the Southern Soul™ isn’t just the name of his specialty food and catering business; it is his way of life. Following his passion, Hagood has made an indelible mark on the Lowcountry food scene. As a barbecue impresario and an advocate of coastal South Carolina’s unique culinary culture, he has brought national visibility to the art of barbecue cooking, and further elevated high-quality Southern pantry items.
 

HOUNDMOUTH (BISCUITS & JAM, SOUTHERN LIVING)


That first November 2011 night, when it all fell together at the Green House, was nothing more complicated than four friends playing music, armed with something to drink and a curiosity about what might happen. Four months later, their homemade EP in hand, Houndmouth made the pilgrimage to South By Southwest. Months of conversation and a proper studio later, their debut album, From the Hills Below the City, will be released by Rough Trade. "We lucked out," Matt says. "We knew we were making good music. We knew we had something. But we didn't know it would escalate so quickly. Always the element of luck." Before and after that bit of luck, Houndmouth have been on the road, building their audience. Opening for the Drive-By Truckers, the Lumineers, the Alabama Shakes, Lucero, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Headlining on their own and turning heads at every show.
 

James, Olivia Rae (Photography Tour, Travel + Leisure)


After growing up in Nashville and against her insatiable travel itch, Olivia Rae James found a home in muggy Charleston, South Carolina where she lives with her redheaded beau and seven pound pup. With an English degree from the College of Charleston, she's a self-taught lifestyle, editorial, and wedding photographer. James shoots with a warmth that brings ease and authenticity to her photos. She's been published in Kinfolk Magazine, Food & Wine, Garden & Gun and Monocle, among others.
 

Jenkins, Charlotte (GULLAH TOUR, COASTAL LIVING)


Charlotte Jenkins, chef and owner of Gullah Cuisine in Mt. Pleasant, SC, has been cooking Gullah foods since she was nine years old. It wasn’t until she moved to New York and started entertaining guests in her home that she realized there was something special about her Gullah culture. Jenkins’ first stint was catering. While catering throughout the Lowcountry, customers suggested they wanted to be able to eat Jenkins’ food more often. In 1997 she opened Gullah Cuisine.
 

Johnson, Kevin (Sunday Funday Brunch at The Grocery)


Chef Kevin Johnson began his career in Charleston at Slightly North of Broad (S.N.O.B.), while attending the esteemed culinary institute, Johnson & Wales University, Charleston, S.C. Johnson realized his long-time dream when he opened The Grocery in December 2011. The restaurant evokes memories of the small-town grocery, and is a gathering place of warmth and familiarity, with a menu based on what’s available from the local and regional farmers and fishermen he knows and has worked with for many years.
 

Keenan, Jenny (Tour of Homes, Coastal Living)


Jenny Keenan is a Charleston-based interior designer and founder of Jenny Keenan Design. Her work has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living, and Charleston magazines, and her firm’s projects stretch from the Lowcountry to Charlotte, North Carolina; Baltimore, Maryland; and New York City. Her 14 years of hands-on experience have established her as a prominent force in both residential and commercial design, with a focus on creative lighting design, found objects, and original art. Jenny has served on the Board of the Young Collectors Historic Charleston Society and as a consultant to Operation Home, a local charitable organization that makes repairs and improvements to the homes of the impoverished and elderly. She resides in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant with her husband and two children.
 

Kelly, Shawn (Sunday Funday Brunch at High Cotton)


Shawn Kelly has been putting out fires and making waves with Maverick Southern Kitchens for 11 years. Originally a student of fire protection at The University of Akron, he came to realize his true calling was working with the flames on the stove. Kelly now mans the flames as Chef of Charleston’s own High Cotton where his strong relationship with local growers and producers has allowed him to introduce unexpected seasoning and ingredients to the familiar food of the region.
 

Lata, Mike (Restaurant Dinner Series, FOOD & WINE)


Mike Lata is Chef/Partner of FIG Restaurant and The Ordinary, an oyster bar and seafood hall, in Charleston, SC. He opened FIG in 2003 with Adam Nemirow, which garnered him a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southeast, and in 2013, a nomination for The Ordinary for Best New Restaurant. Lata’s longstanding and outspoken commitment to support local farmers, fishermen, and purveyors has cemented his position as a champion for Charleston’s flourishing culinary renaissance.
 

LaVerne, John (Cemetery Tour, Southern Living)


John LaVerne, a native Charlestonian and Citadel grad, became fascinated with history and tourism while interning at The City of Charleston Tourism Department. LaVerne began his career as a tour guide leading carriage tours. In 2001, LaVerne founded Bulldog Tours and has grown the business from a ghost tour business to the award-winning walking tour company of Charleston, which boasts an array of exciting and educational tours such as, The Dark Side of Charleston, Charleston Chef’s Kitchen Tour, and the Holiday Walking Tour.
 

Lee, Frank (Interactive Cooking Experience & Lunch at Charleston Cooks!, Travel + Leisure)


Although he’s been standing at a stove for nearly forty years, yet Frank Lee has never lost his passion for combining French technique with his beloved Southern ingredients. On any given day, Lee oversees the breaking down of a whole hog or innovative experimentation with seasonal vegetables. In 1992, restaurateur Richard Elliott recruited Lee to The Colony House, Charleston’s then-oldest restaurant. Lee later became a partner with Elliott and David Marconi at Maverick Southern Kitchens.
 

Lump, Nathan (Editor, Travel + Leisure)


Nathan Lump has served as Editor of Travel + Leisure since September 2014, leading the strategic and creative development of the T+L brand across platforms. With over 15 years experience leading teams in both media and marketing environments, Lump is devoted to the power of storytelling. His work has won Webby and OMMA Awards and been nominated for multiple National Magazine Awards.

You will find Nathan at the Travel + Leisure dinner at The Macintosh and more throughout the Charleston Insiders’ Weekend.
 

McGauley, Ellen (Homes Editor, Coastal Living)


Ellen McGauley is the homes editor at Coastal Living magazine, where she’s written and edited design stories on dwellings stretching from Santa Barbara and the Hamptons to the coast of South Africa. Before joining Time Inc., she spent 10 years in Charleston as homes editor for Charleston magazine, where she wrote and produced house and garden stories, working with design notables.

You will find Ellen at the Sullivan’s Island Home Tour and more throughout the Charleston Insiders’ Weekend.
 

Minkin, Tracey (Travel Editor, Coastal Living)


Tracey Minkin was named travel editor of Coastal Living magazine in August 2014. An award-winning writer who has traveled the world over, Minkin seeks out coastal destinations from the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, and beyond that will delight and inspire readers.

You will find Tracey at the Coastal Living dinner at Charleston Grill and more throughout the Charleston Insiders’ Weekend.
 

Mitchel, Kevin (GULLAH TOUR, COASTAL LIVING)


Chef Kevin Mitchell is a Chef Instructor at the Culinary Institute of Charleston located at the Trident Technical College in Charleston. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, an active member of the ACF, and a founding father of the BCA (Bridging Culinary Awareness).
 

MOREY, CARRIE (BISCUITS & JAM, SOUTHERN LIVING)


Carrie Morey founded Callie's Charleston Biscuits in 2005 with the goal of making the tender, buttery, made-by-hand biscuits of her mother accessible across the country. Touted by Food & Wine, Southern Living and The New York Times among others, Carrie and her small team of bakers are keeping the tradition of Southern biscuit making alive. In addition, she authored Callie's Biscuits and Southern Traditions, a cookbook and narrative on entrepreneurship and life in the lowcountry. Callie's Hot Little Biscuit – a grab-and-go biscuit restaurant on Charleston's Upper King Street is Carrie's latest tasty endeavor. She has appeared live on the NBC Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Fox & Friends, and QVC and has been twice profiled by The Food Network's hit television show Unwrapped. In addition to her role as owner at Callie's Charleston Biscuits, Carrie operates an incubator, offering baking space along with mentoring to small artisan food businesses on location at Callie's Charleston Biscuit’s bakery.
 

Nelson, Craig (Drink in the South Cocktail Demo, FOOD & WINE)


When Craig Nelson was a child, the school bus dropped him off at his grandmother’s liquor store. According to family legend, he had his first taste of bourbon before he was one. Today, he mixes drinks at Proof, the intimate craft cocktail bar in Charleston, South Carolina that he opened in 2012. Over the past several years, he has competed in and won a handful of cocktail competitions on local and national levels. In 2013, FOOD & WINE named Proof one of the fifty best new bars in the country.
 

Quinlan, Christine (Deputy Editor, FOOD & WINE)


At Food & Wine since 2005, Deputy Editor Christine Quinlan oversees a number of magazine sections and digital strategies. She writes about cooking trends and equipment as well as design, creating new editorial platforms and issue themes. Quinlan works closely with Food & Wine's publishing team in developing fresh ideas for special sections and marketing programs.

You will find Christine at the Drink in the South Cocktail Demo & Tasting and more throughout the Charleston Insiders’ Weekend.
 

Simmons, Carlton (GULLAH TOUR, COASTAL LIVING)


Carlton Simmons began his apprenticeship with his legendary and award-winning uncle, Philip Simmons, at the age of 13. Today he is less known for utilitarian ironwork, but his decorative and artistic pieces are highly sought-after. Carlton carries on the work of his uncle through demonstrations each weekend in his uncle’s workshop on Black Street, transforming a piece of steel into art.

You will find Christine at the Drink in the South Cocktail Demo & Tasting and more throughout the Charleston Insiders’ Weekend.
 

Weaver, Michelle (Restaurant Dinner Series, Coastal Living)


An Alabama native, Chef Weaver was raised with a passion for cooking and learned the importance of “farm-to-table” at an early age. Her formal training at the New England Culinary Institute combined with her Southern roots and global palette have come together to create a unique and spectacular culinary experience. After 16 years at the Charleston Grill, with five years serving as Executive Chef, Weaver continues to carve out a lasting legacy while developing the reputation of culinary excellence consumers have come to expect at the Charleston Grill.