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HOTBOX BOOK TOUR–stay tuned!

Posted on Jan 30, 2019 5:15 pm

A 12-city tour is being planned this spring for Matt and Ted to introduce readers to their new book, a “captivating tell-all” about the catering industry, that launches April 9. Atlanta, Boston, Charleston, Dallas, DC, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Oxford MS, Seattle, San Francisco, and possibly Chicago are in the works, though not in that order! Details will be posted soon. In the meantime, read what others have said about HOTBOX here, here and here, to get a sense of what this book is about.
From the cover:
“Matt Lee and Ted Lee take on the competitive, wild world of high-end catering, exposing the secrets of a food business few home cooks or restaurant chefs ever experience.

Hotbox reveals the real-life drama behind cavernous event spaces and soaring white tents, where cooking conditions have more in common with a mobile army hospital than a restaurant. Known for their modern take on Southern cooking, the Lee brothers steeped themselves in the catering business for four years, learning the culture from the inside-out. It’s a realm where you find eccentric characters, working in extreme conditions, who must produce magical events and instantly adapt when, for instance, the host’s toast runs a half-hour too long, a hail storm erupts, or a rolling rack of hundreds of ice cream desserts goes wheels-up.

Whether they’re dashing through black-tie fundraisers, celebrity-spotting at a Hamptons cookout, or following a silverware crew at 3:00 a.m. in a warehouse in New Jersey, the Lee brothers guide you on a romp from the inner circle―the elite team of chefs using little more than their wits and Sterno to turn out lamb shanks for eight hundred―to the outer reaches of the industries that facilitate the most dazzling galas. You’ll never attend a party―or entertain on your own―in the same way after reading this book.”

Vintage Canned Foods Story in Garden and Gun Magazine

Posted on Dec 19, 2018 8:38 am

New online is this story we wrote about classic (and endangered) Southern canned goods:

Come Foraging with us in Charleston!

Posted on Sep 28, 2018 2:00 pm

We are frequently asked to lead urban foraging expeditions in our hometown—and in other cities as well! Here’s a peek at what that adventure is like. Enjoy!

RIP Anthony Bourdain, 1956 – 2018

Posted on Jun 8, 2018 2:21 pm

We didn’t know Tony well, but were fortunate to work with him twice—when he traveled to Charleston for his show, and also at a film festival in Florida. Insatiably curious, generous with his time and attention, humble and respectful, he was such a fun and inspiring person to be around, and he influenced us in so many ways. We can’t imagine how sad this loss must be for his close family and friends; we’re trying our best to channel our own sadness into action and resolve—to provide a platform, whenever possible, for the most diverse array of voices to tell deeper, better stories about food and culture. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255; you can also text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. People are standing by, ready to help without judgment.

Join us the SCDA’s Kitchen Stage at SEWE 2018!

Posted on Feb 15, 2018 3:50 pm

February 16 – 18th, we’ll be hosting the Kitchen Stage sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, at the 2018 Southeastern Wildlife Expo. Join us for storytelling, cooking demos and more from a roster of the Palmetto State’s greatest chefs, food producers and farmers. For full schedule click here.