Tots Tots Tots
Three more words: Tater Tot Bar. Yup. It’s happening on a Tuesday in the near future at LTO Burger Bar after the pop-culture-themed burger joint undergoes a renovation to divide the dining room from the bar to create two separate identities for the space. Co-owner Chad Gangwer says this has been the plan all along since LTO opened last summer. So let’s talk tater toppings: chili, cheese sauces (not just one!), flavored ketchups, barbecue sauces, bacon, and all the fixins’ piled atop fried potatoes. I’m not drooling; you’re drooling. Gangwer says the bar side will also host tater tot eating contests. That should be entertaining. Keep an eye on their social feeds for a launch date.
I’m sure no one has ever used that expression before. Kidding. But not joking, Barista Alley in Greer just built a new bar at the back of the coffee shop where the French pancakes will soon be available. No word yet when that will be, but social media will likely have all the answers in due time.
Kids in the kitchen
One of the most entertaining events of 2017 euphoria was the Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown finals that featured four Greenville County Schools students cooking their own recipes on the culinary stage, assisted by Michelin starred chefs, for a chance to have their creations added to the Greenville County Schools menu. It was an adorable scene to watch three high schoolers and an elementary school student be innocently unaware they were throwing down with three of the best chefs in the entire world. Bless. Meanwhile, the audience full of foodies was fan-girling hard at chefs Dominique Crenn, Michael Mina, and Curtis Duffy.
The 2018 contest just kicked off last week with an event including 2017’s champion, Nayha Hussain, and her winning dish Gobi Manchurian, which she served that day at Riverside High School. “Gobi Manchurian is a vegetarian dish,” she says. “It’s sort of an Indian, South Asian, Chinese fusion dish. I came up with it because I wanted sesame chicken and we didn’t have any chicken. So I used cauliflower instead. I threw it in the sauce and served it over rice, and it turned out to be pretty good.”
Any Greenville County Schools students between the ages of 8 and 18 can now enter the 2018 euphoria Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown until Sept. 7. The recipes will be judged on whether they are original, healthy, affordable, and delicious, and finalists will be chosen to cook during the final event on Sept. 23. during euphoria. Submit recipes to euphoriagreenville.com/kidsrecipe.
Rosé all day
This event isn’t until May 12, but tickets will go fast. What better way to spend the Saturday before Mother’s Day than at a Rosé Social at Community Tap, 2-5 p.m. This event will feature 24 different wines by the Tap’s favorite rosé producers representing six continents, 12 countries, and four states. And tacos. Yes, chef Tobin Simpson of Project Host will be keeping us (because I will be there) fed with carnitas tacos and roast pork tamales with a veg option too. Olé. Cost is $45.