For the month of April, we’re spotlighting the daily diets of participants in Lowcountry Local First’s month-long Eat Local Challenge, during which eaters are asked to shift $10 or more of their weekly food budget to items produced, caught or grown in the area. Challenge-taker Gary Collins lives in Mount Pleasant.
Yesterday, I had a sausage, egg and cheese on a plain bagel from Mozzo on Coleman. I don’t do that a lot, but after I drop off my kids, I drive right past it on way to work: It’s tempting.
For lunch, we went to Fuji over in Belle Hall. We had a bunch: We had sushi and one of the chicken teriyaki bento boxes. I think I had a soda water with lime, which is my regular.
So then for dinner at home, we had chicken roll-ups. It’s just breaded chicken that is brined and then rolled, so it keeps it all tender. My wife cooked that; she’s a good cook. We had like a potato salad, but with oil and salt and pepper, not mayonnaise: We had potatoes and cucumber and tomatoes. All of the vegetables were local.
We did the challenge last year as an office. It actually ends up being a lot of money (shifted.) We ended up winning our division, because we have a lot of people who eat out, who don’t have families, and they drink a lot of beer and cocktails. That can go a long way compared to buying a sandwich if you’re buying a few pints. Like for myself, like tonight, I’m going to Tavern & Table for a business meeting, and I’ll try to drink a Tradesman or a Revelry because I know those guys. I try to do it all the time, but I know a lot of people make an extra effort during the challenge.
as told to Hanna Raskin