Canadian TV to feature Charleston mobile dining venture
Charleston’s culinary scene is about to get some more northern exposure.
Canada’s Travel + Escape channel will feature a mobile local dining venture on a new food show it is launching.
Steven Page, former front man for the band Bare Naked Ladies, is the host of “The Illegal Eater,” which explores unusual underground dining and pop-up restaurants throughout North America.
Producers will film an episode focusing on Charleston’s L.I.M.E., Local. Impromptu. Moveable. Evening, on April 19, according to statement.
“This is a mobile experience, and as such a top-secret unique location is selected for each event,” Travel + Escape said in a statement. “In keeping with the allure of the underground supper club, confirmed L.I.M.E. ticketholders will receive venue information in the form of a password and instructions two days prior to the event.”
Travel + Escape publicist Penelope Jean said the show will air in the summer but the date has not been set. It was not immediately clear whether the channel is available in Charleston on cable or satellite TV services, but it’s widely available in Canada.
L.I.M.E was created by local chef Renata Dos Santos in 2010. “It’s more than just food; it’s an out-of-the-box experience with a creative format to help the community grow; from farmers, butchers, musicians, as well as local nonfood related businesses, unique venues and local charities,” Dos Santos said in the statement.
L.I.M.E. events raise money for nonprofits. In this case, proceeds will go to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association.
The show is being produced by Canada’s Farpoint Films. Page was filming in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago, according to Facebook posts.
Go to YouTube.com to see a promotional clip.
The city of Charleston’s quasi-private high-technology arm has earned some kudos from a website that caters to young business owners.
“Charleston is becoming a prime location for information technology jobs and corporations and has experienced some of the highest growth in this sector between 2011 and 2012 due in large part to the Charleston Digital Corridor,” according to Under30CEO.com.
The software-focused corridor is funded with a combination of public and private dollars. Founded and run by the city of Charleston’s business development director, Ernest Andrade, it operates two “Flagship” business incubators near East Bay and Calhoun streets.
The website highlighted the 12-year-old group in its recent ranking of the nation’s 30 best places for entrepreneurs. Charleston took the No. 3 spot in the small city category behind No. 1 Chattanooga and No. 2 Columbia, Mo.
One day, visitors to Charleston will marvel at the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers, sailors and airmen honored in the proposed $100 million Medal of Honor Museum at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant.
But until then, a lot of details have to be worked out, including the delineation of land to be set aside for the building.
Patriots Point Development Authority, a state agency, has taken a step in that direction by voting on a plan that will go to the S.C. Budget and Control Board for approval. It marks out a few acres for the proposed tourist attraction between the parking fee booth to Patriots Point’s parking lot and the Renaissance condominium complex. Plans show a realigned Patriots Point Boulevard running closer to the Cold War Memorial.
Because some of the property is wetlands and Mount Pleasant requires a 30-foot setback from the tidal line, the museum could have less space to build on, said Patriots Point executive director Mac Burdette.
Patriots Point hopes to gain some relief from the setback rule. If not, it’s prepared to move the museum property line into the existing parking lot, possibly up to 30 feet, Burdette said. In that case, the authority would require the museum to replace the lost spots elsewhere on the property.