JUN 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U N E 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 26 SOUTHERN FOODIE DESTINATIONS sales with Visit Myrtle Beach, noted that a local food scene helps paint a picture of the various communities within a destination. "Take for example the northern end of Myrtle Beach, where Calabash-style cuisine is popular with traditional lightly breaded seafood, compared to the southern end, where Lowcountry cuisine is king, with chefs utilizing local ingredients, such as stone- ground grits, shrimp, blue crab and grouper," she said. DaRoja said that the region's abundance of ocean-to-table seafood offerings and Lowcountry dishes are a major draw for groups. For instance, Chef Dylan Foster at the popular Wicked Tuna restaurant in Murrells Inlet offers ocean-to-table seafood selected daily from fishermen in a fresh fish facility at the bottom of the restaurant. Executive Chef Mark Quitney at Hilton New Orleans Riverside said that New Orleans' Cajun culture and heritage has always had strong ties Recipe: Wholly Smokin' Warm Goat Cheese Salad Cheese Crisp • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese Salad • 2 oz. soft goat cheese • 1/3 cup chopped pecans • mixed spring greens (enough to fill a salad bowl) • 6 cherry tomatoes, cut in half • small cucumber, sliced • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced or chopped • 2 dozen pecan halves • oil for frying Directions 1. Preheat oven to 325°. 2. To make the cheese crisp, place Parmesan cheese on a silpat (on a baking sheet), and bake in oven for 12-15 minutes. Cool before removing from sheet. 3. Form the softened goat cheese into a patty, and coat in chopped pecans. Chill for one hour. 4. Arrange greens, tomatoes, cucum- bers, onion and pecan halves in a salad bowl. 5. Heat oil in skillet on low heat. Warm goat cheese patty in skillet on low for 2 minutes on each side. 6. Top salad with goat cheese, followed by cheese crisp. Pair with dressing of choice (raspberry vinaigrette is recommended). n (From The Southern Pecan Trail) Unique twist on the classic treat, King Cake Push-Up Pops Sam Jones of Sam Jones BBQ in Greenville, N.C.

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