Gwen Fowler



Chefs at Euphoria create innovative dishes for perfect fall evening

Posted 9/28/2013 10:25:00 AM

From shrimp and grits to braised beef short ribs to Frito pie, Greenville’s chefs put on an amazing spread at Taste of the South Friday night, one of Euphoria’s most popular events.

All that food, combined with cool fall weather and the sounds of the Drew Baldridge band and later headliner Kim Carnes, combined for a perfect Upstate evening. The event was on the banks of the Reedy River, with food stations around the Wyche Pavilion, and the entertainment performing at the Peace Center Amphitheatre.

Chef Shaun Garcia of Soby’s offered one of my favorites of the evening: the braised beef short ribs with a cherry coke glaze, topped with a delicious poblano slaw.

Another favorite was the meatloaf and tomato mozzarella bruschetta served by Chef Patrick Long of The Green Room

Two especially tasty vegetables made an appearance: collards and Brussels sprouts. The Westin Poinsett Hotel served pork loin with collard greens, cooked just right. And hooray for The Lazy Goat for serving Brussels sprouts, the delicious vegetable that gets absolutely no respect. Served crispy with crumbled bacon, they would have converted any Brussels haters.

Chef Joey Pearson of Nose Dive, always one to serve up a surprise, prepared a very tasty Frito pie, made with pork cheek, queso blanco, pickled jalapenos, tomato and Fritos, of course.

For the Bacon Bros. Public House, Chef Anthony Gray was serving a quail and housemade bologna with pimento cheese grits.

Chef Brian Sonoskus of Tupelo Honey Café, which opened in Greenville in June, served his shrimp and grits with roasted red pepper and goat cheese grits.

Another restaurant that has opened since the last Euphoria festival, Roost, served watermelon feta salad with heirloom tomato vinaigrette in very cute little bamboo troughs.

Devereaux’s served fried flounder with Carolina Gold rice, and High Cotton served ceviche, with seafood and coconut milk.

Everything about Euphoria gets more first class every year. Improvements at The Peace Center in recent years have led to better facilities for the concert, and permanent restrooms have been added. We even had a complimentary Land Rover ride home to our hotel.

The Greenville food, wine and music festival started earlier this week and runs through Sunday, Sept. 29.