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42 food-and-beverage recommendations from people who know Charleston area dining best

When we launched the Food Chain feature in this section, designed to connect folks with culinary gems they might not otherwise discover, even we didn’t know where the chain would lead.

We started the series by asking Germaine Jenkins, the founder of Fresh Future Farm, to recommend “a local restaurant, market, menu item, drink or artisan product,” worthy of readers’ attentions. She chose a salad created by LaToya Clement, who then provided her pick. And so on and so on it went, as the chain wound from North Charleston to West Ashley to Wadmalaw Island to downtown Charleston and around again.

In the end, the chain circled back almost to its starting point: One of our last Food Chain stops was La Fogata, a taco truck parked at Rosebank Farms’ market on Johns Island. It seemed only fitting that the chain would ultimately connect one farm to another.

Here’s how we got there.

Germaine Jenkins, founder of Fresh Future Farm, picked Curly Top Crop Sassy Salad made by LaToya Clement

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LaToya Clement of Fresh Future Farm Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in North Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Who picked Swingle key lime pies produced by Cara Tarpin

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Cara Tarpin makes key lime pies.

Who picked The Cookie Chick’s chocolate chip cookies, baked by Faith Keppler

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Faith Keppler -- The Cookie Chick -- had sugar sprinkle, ginger molasses, cinnamon praline pecan, peanut butter cup, lemon sugar, chocolate chip, toasted almond, and espresso toffee chip at the Freshfields Village Farmer's Market on Monday, June 26, 2017. Wade Spees/Staff

Who picked Mitla Tortilleria’s tortillas, made by Grace Newland

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Grace Newland with husband Cliff at Mitla, theirs West Ashley-based certified organic tortilla operation. Friday, July 14, 2017. Wade Spees/Staff

Who picked waffles from Sweet Belgium, owned by Sergio Tosi and Audrey Marques

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A variety of glazed waffles are among some of the offerings at Sweet Belgium, a waffle shop on James Island owned by Audrey Marques and Sergio Tosi Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Who picked alcoholic ice cream from Hard Scoop Distillery, owned by Jason Kirby

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Chris Ledbetter and President Jason Kirby in the tasting room at the Hardscoop Ice Cream distillery on Friday, July 21, 2017. Michael Pronzato/Staff

Who picked Pancito & Lefty’s O.G. margarita, developed by Dave Axelrod

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David Axelrod made Pancito & Lefty's seasonal local fruit margarita Friday, July 28, 2017, in Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Who picked Dalai Sofia kombucha, created by Emily Phillips

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Emily Phillips with Dalai Sofia Ferments sells her kombucha at the West Ashley Farmers market Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Who picked the Herbal Passion shop, owned by Hannah Weber

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Hannah Weber mixes ingredients for her tea blends at Herbal Passion on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. Michael Pronzato/ Staff

Who picked Steady Rollin Smoke BBQ, operated by Wade Martin

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Steady Rollin Smoke owner Wade Martin with his wood- burning grill Friday, August 25, 2017. Brad Nettles/Staff

Who picked Thaddeus Farms, owned by Lindsay and Patrick McKinley

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Patrick and Lindsay McKinley raise chickens, quail, rabbits, and goats at Thaddeus Farms on Wadmalaw Island. Wade Spees/Staff Thursday, August 31, 2017

Who picked Wildhaven Ranch, owned by Karen and AJ Biddlecom

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Karen Biddlecom recommends Storey Farms. Wade Spees/Staff

Who picked Scram food truck, owned by Melanie Durant

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Melanie Durant of Scram food truck. Michael Pronzato/ Staff

Who picked Nano Farms, owned by Ryan Tarrance and Alexandra Purro

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Alexandra Purro with Nano Farms recommends Sharon Aydlette's Tenacious Tart. File/Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Who picked baked goods from Tenacious Tart, owned by Sharon Aydlette

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Sharon Aydlette, owner of Tenacious Tart, an in-home and on-demand bakery. Brad Nettles/Staff

Who picked honey from Moss Farms, owned by Greg and Erica McKelvey

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Greg McKelvey, Erica McKelvey and daughter Natalie McKelvey at Moss Farms bee hives Friday October 20, 2017. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Who picked goat cheese from Burden Creek Dairy, owned by Danny Sillivant and Chris Maher

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Burden Creek Dairy new owners Chris Maher (left) and Danny Sillivant with their goats. Brad Nettles/Staff

Who picked The Lot, where the head chef is Andy McLeod

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Chef Andy McLeod at The Lot builds his menu around what farmers have available and what he also has grown. Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, on James Island. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Who picked Chico Feo, owned by Hank Weed

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Hank Weed at Chico Feo. Brad Nettles/Staff

Who picked Spero, owned by Rob Laudicina and RJ Moody

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Owner Rob Laudicina and executive chef RJ Moody at the bar of Spero. Paul Zoeller/Staff

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Who picked Burnt & Salty Korean mustard, produced by Cris Miller and Bob Cook

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Chef Bob Cook developed the Burnt & Salty line of sauces Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Who picked Lowcountry Grocery, launched by Lindsey Barrow Jr.

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Lindsey Barrow Jr. started Lowcountry Street Grocery. Photographed in the bus filled with fresh produce and other grocery items on Nov. 9, 2017. Wade Spees/Staff

Who picked vegetable-topped pizza from First Name Basis, owned by Amanda Click

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Food chain: Amanda Click of First Name Basis — a mobile pizza trailer that stations primarily at breweries around town —at Tradesman Brewing on King Street Extension on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Wade Spees/Staff

Who picked Poke Tea House, owned by Chu Xin Jiang

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Angela Chen, with her parents Qi Ziang Chen and Chu Xin Jiang, at Poke Tea House on Spring Street, between Meeting and King on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Wade Spees/Staff

Who picked Bulls Bay Saltworks, owned by Teresa Gooden

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Teresa Gooden and Yuka Otami lead a tour at Bulls Bay Saltworks in McClellanville. Wade Spees/Staff Thursday, July 23, 2015

Who picked fermented vegetables from 2 Nixons, owned by Jeffrey Stoneberger

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2 Nixons owner Jeffrey Stoneberger (foreground) will join Zero George Restaurant for a guest chef event featuring a collaborative menu prepared with chef Vinson Petrillo. File/Wade Spees/Staff

Who picked Le Farfalle, owned by Michael and Caitlin Toscano

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Caitlin Toscano, owner of Le Farfalle, and her husband Michael Toscano, owner and executive chef, say dating among workers can boost morale and productivity, as long the relationship is healthy. File/Andrew Whitaker/Staff

Who picked Nana’s Seafood & Soul, owned by Kenyatta MacNeil

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Kenyatta McNeil hands out orders at Nana's Seafood and Soul on Thursday Jan. 11, 2018. Grace Beahm Alford/ Staff

Who picked Geechee wings from Nigel’s Good Food, owned by Nigel and Louise Drayton

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Restaurant owner Nigel Drayton and his wife Louise Drayton at Nigel’s Good Food II Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017 in Ladson. Andrew J. Whitaker/ Staff

Who picked Dave’s Carry-Out, owned by Sandra McCray

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Sandra McCray, owner of Dave's Carry-Out, leans against her counter at her restaurant on Jan. 31, 2018, in Charleston. File/Andrew J. Whitaker/ Staff

Who picked Roadside Seafood, owned by Richard Perrine

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Roadside Seafood owner Richard Perrine and general manager Sharon Rollerson on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Wade Spees/Staff

Who picked 9*80* Gourmet Sauces, owned by Smith Anderson

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Smith Anderson and 9*80* Wild Cilantro for March 14, 2018 Food Chain Brad Nettles/Staff

Who picked Vintage Café, where the events coordinator is Erin Fornadel

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Vintage Coffee Cafe on Simmons Street in Mount Pleasant on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Wade Spees/Staff

Who picked Riptide Coffee, owned by Jim Luby

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In a cooling room at Riptide Coffee Company in North Charleston on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, Jim Luby pours roasted, ground coffee into a vat where cold-brewing will take place over a 24-hour period — resulting in less acidity than hot-brewed coffee. Wade Spees/Staff

Who picked Lowcountry Kettle potato chips, made by Clayton Wynne and Andrew Trumbull

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Lowcountry Kettle Potato Chips created by Clayton Wayne, Andrew Trumbull and Nick Hedges Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Who picked Rebel Taqueria, owned by Lew Kesaris

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Lewis Kesaris makes tacos on his food truck, Rebel Taqueria,Friday, March 9, 2018 on James Island . Grace Beahm Alford/ Staff

Who picked Low Tide Brewing, owned by Mike Fielding

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Mike Fielding, founder of Low Tide Brewing on Johns Island, recommends Blackbird Market on Johns Island.

Who picked Blackbird Market, owned by Billy and Delana Hayes

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Billy and Delana Haynes at Blackbird Market Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/ Staff

Who picked “End of the Day” bark from Charleston Chocolatiers, owned by David Vagasky and Mark Gray

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Mark Gray, along with David Vagasky, produce their Bark treats at Charleston Chocolatiers. Wade Spees/Staff Thursday, April 19, 2018

Who picked La Fogata, where the order window is manned by owner Azucena Mandujano’s daughter Sidney Canizales

Who picked the bacon-wrapped stuffed shrimp at Blues Cajun Kitchen, owned by Sean and Cillie Mendes

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Sean Mendes peels shrimp for his bacon-wrapped crab shrimp Wednesday, May 2, 2018 on James Island. Grace Beahm Alford/ Staff

Who picked the Bob Marley chicken sandwich from Cast Iron Food Truck, owned by Victor and Sheila Colbert.

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Cast Iron food truck owner/operator Victor S. Colbert with his Bob Marley jerk chicken sandwiches on Thursday, May 3, 2918. Wade Spees/Staff

Thanks for playing, everyone!

Reach Hanna Raskin at 843-937-5560 and follow her on Twitter @hannaraskin.

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