Food

Gwen Fowler

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

'Bliss' is a delicious family affair

Posted 8/6/2010 6:51:00 AM

You can always go to Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club to enjoy the food of Executive Chef Ernest Bledsoe – or you can try it at several produce markets.

Since spring, Bledsoe’s wife, Kimberly Bledsoe, and her aunt, Christine Fassas, have been taking his dressings, soups, dips, tomato pies and more to three community produce markets each week – Pawleys Island on Wednesday, North Charleston on Thursdays and Georgetown on Saturdays.

They’ve named their company Bliss, and they’ve recently added a website, www.blisseats.com. By fall, they hope to begin selling their products online.

But for the summer, they’ve built up a good following at the three markets, and are hoping to add a day in Mount Pleasant and at the Charleston market in Marion Square.

Bledsoe’s food also is being sold at Lee’s Farmers Market in Murrells Inlet. His cheesy tomato pies have become a popular item there.

On a recent day at the Pawleys Island market, Kimberly Bledsoe and Fassas were sharing samples of tomato cucumber gazpacho, a refreshing treat on a hot day. They had several types of vinaigrette dressings, including smoked bacon and asiago cheese, and most are $5 for an 8-ounce bottle. They also had shrimp cakes, crab cakes and blue crab dip.

The new Bliss web site says the company is family-owned and operated, and they’re not kidding. Usually the Bledsoe’s four children, ages 3 through 10, are with their mom and aunt at the markets. In fact, they set up their own lemonade stand for part of the summer to earn money to go see their grandmother.