Lowcountry Street Grocery Begins Residency at Meeting Street Eats Offering affordable, fresh produce to Charleston’s East Side

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Colleen Troy

Charleston, SC: Meeting Street Eats (MSE), downtown Charleston’s premier food truck village launched in October 2019 to offer guests a rotating selection of food truck vendors for lunch-time service. Earlier this month, MSE announced the commencement of breakfast and weekend service. Now, the complex is announcing a partnership with Lowcountry Street Grocery.

Lowcountry Street Grocery advocates for food equality and sustainability through initiatives that support local farmers and streamline the process of getting fresh, local produce to Charleston residents. Lowcountry Street Grocery is a mobile farmers market in a converted school bus named ‘Nell’ – offering affordable local produce to the residents and visitors of the East Side Neighborhood.

Lowcountry Street Grocery will be at Meeting Street Eats, 445 Meeting Street Wednesday through Friday from 9 am until 6:30 pm and Saturdays from noon to 5 pm. Any changes to the schedule will be announced via the Meeting Street Eats feed at Instagram.com/MeetingStreetEats.

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Meeting Street Eats (MSE) is Downtown Charleston’s premiere food truck village located at 445 Meeting Street. Featuring a rotating selection of local food truck vendors, MSE offers residents and visitors alike a welcoming, interactive venue where diners can break away from the norm and experience a variety of culinary experiences, inspired by cities around the world. Meeting Street Eats is open six days a week and offers breakfast and lunch service based on food truck availability. Guests can visit Instagram.com/MeetingStreetEats and follow along for daily announcements featuring that day’s food truck offering.


We are lucky to be alive…WHY? – A Thanksgiving Message to the World

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By Mark A. Leon

I recently heard someone say “You are lucky to be alive”.

I then spent a great deal of time thinking about that comment. It wasn’t the first time I had ever heard it, but the first time I really thought through the meaning behind the phrase. An optimist and pessimist could spend hours or days debating the merits of those words until they turn blue, shoot each other or hug it out.

My first reaction was “why?”

Why are we lucky to be alive? We are all going to die. Whether we believe in an afterlife, a spiritual resting place or higher power above our earthly knowledge, it is unknown. It is a realm of belief vs. scientific evidence. I am by no means questioning the validity of those that awake the dead and connect with the afterlife. We are all open-minded to the possibility of the unknown.

As an infant, we are awakened to all things new. Our curiosity peaks and life experiences are new each and every day. As we age and gain further understanding of life, decisions become more difficult and moving forward in age, pain, suffering, hardship, disease, tragedy and loss become part of our expected routines. Then we pass away leaving loved ones to mourn for us as we take the next step to eternal rest.

That being said, “Why are we lucky to be alive?”

Humanity itself has given the prosecution due evidence to take the negative stance on this debate. National disasters are wiping away entire communities, children and infants are dying of disease before they have a chance to experience life, poverty is forcing families to live like rats on the street, greed, religion, and hatred are provoking violence around the world, population increases are threatening the health and well being of the environment and technology is limiting our ability to emotionally connect with
each other.

Are you wondering when this is going to turn positive? Give me a moment, I promise it will.

This has been an extraordinary period in our lives with the Japanese Tsunami, Earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Irene, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, global flooding, Chilean Earthquake and flooding, and the West Virginia mining explosion. All deeply tragic and all exploited heavily by the media.

Then I took a step back, looked at my own life and looked at things the news doesn’t seem to want to emphasis. I thought about the smell of the morning dew that reminds me of home and curling under my warm down comforter on a cold winter night. A saw the wonder of two dolphins playing in the ocean and giving all of us a show for free.

I cannot forget the look on my father’s face when he drops me off at the airport, gives me the slight stare of thankfulness and sadness for seeing me go and then hugging me like men are supposed to hug.

Do you know the feeling when you are kissed gently on the neck and then hold each other so close your bodies come together as one? It is one of the safest feelings you can imagine and one that often cannot be put properly into words. It is that feeling that nothing can happen to harm you and that the knowledge of having each other is the only thing you need in the world.

When a warm summer rain falls on you at the beach and the waves crash into the sand showing its power and beauty with each raise of the surf. The water warms your pores with earth’s shower and you are cleansed and refreshed.

I cannot sing. I cannot play the guitar. I can’t even pretend to carry a tune, but I will say this, if you give me a song that moves my soul, my acoustic guitar and a glass of wine, I am in a state of utopia that nothing can bring me down from.

Not a day goes by without thoughts of my mother. For many years, I questioned everything. Why was she taken from us? We needed her. This wasn’t fair. This hit a point of hatred, but for what or who I didn’t even know. Over time, I have reflected less on losing her and more on what she offered me and how she shaped who I have become. Those are the thoughts of fondness that I now think about each day I remember her.

Last month, I witnessed the birth of a baby. I was taken back by the reality of a new life on this earth but not the deepest impact on me personally. It was the candid emotional release from the new mom and dad, the purity of the smiles and tears from family and friends and the unity the room brought in celebration. I took a step back and became an observer of this miracle. How could such a small being who cannot even speak, reach out and help grown adults release their most inner emotions. If a seven-pound baby can bring a whole room to the highest levels of happiness in a brief moment, anything is possible.

Watch your dad play Darth Vader and take on three children at once….You may suddenly feel a warm spot in your heart.

Are we lucky to be alive?

More than you know..
Look around you and see how lucky you are….

Charleston Basket Brigade on a mission to feed 3,500 families

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The Charleston Basket Brigade (CBB) — a nonprofit committed to bringing the community together to provide Thanksgiving meals to local families in need — is gearing up for its 12th annual event. This year, the brigade continues the heartfelt mission to raise $105,000 in order to provide 3,500 families across the region with Thanksgiving meals. The brigade invites community members to volunteer with box assembly, meal assembly, and meal delivery.

It only takes $30 to feed a family of six and all donations raised will be used to purchase food. Each box is filled with the ingredients necessary to cook an entire Thanksgiving meal – a 10-12 lb. turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, fresh rolls and a pumpkin pie.

Also, inside the box is an anonymous letter that reads: “This comes to you from someone who cares about you. All we ask is that you take care of yourself well enough to be able to do this for someone else one day.”

What started in 2008 to feed 75 families, has grown over the past 11 years with CBB raising a total of $850,000 and serving approximately 28,500 local families with Thanksgiving meals.

“Every year is just as monumental as the one before,” said Pam Hartley, co-founder of the Charleston Basket Brigade. “Our mission isn’t only to provide families in need with food; it’s to provide families with a joyous and memorable holiday experience. The physical box of food gives families the ability to cook together, and gather together to enjoy a meal and a special holiday with loved ones.”

“We’re beyond grateful for every donation that we receive, and welcome anyone to participate in our volunteer effort to experience the true awe of the basket brigade. Our hope is that our volunteers leave feeling the amazing impact they made to help our neighbors in need,” added Hartley.

As the largest community effort around Thanksgiving in the Lowcountry, the CBB relies on the efforts of thousands of people each year who donate their time and money. The event is also successful thanks in part to the commitment of its corporate partners — Carolina One Real Estate, which raises money and coordinates volunteers; Piggly Wiggly, which provides discounts on food as well as assistance delivering truckloads of food; Communities In Schools – The Charleston Area, which locates local families in need; and Momentum Marketing, which handles all event coordination, public relations and marketing.

Sign up to volunteer or make a tax-deductible donation online at http://charlestonbasketbrigade.com/


Community members are invited to help with box assembly, meal assembly and meal delivery at the Charleston Area Convention Center in Exhibit Hall C in North Charleston. Due to construction, access to some parking lots and sidewalks will be blocked but volunteers can easily park in Lot C, which is located behind the Convention Center on the side of West Montague Ave.

SET UP & BOX ASSEMBLY: Monday, Nov. 25, 1– 5 p.m. — Help unload food off of the trucks, set up the assembly lines, and assemble the 3,500 boxes needed.

MEAL ASSEMBLY: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7-10 a.m. — Jump into line and help assemble meals in boxes and load them in cars for delivery. The meal assembly moves fast, so please arrive early. Stay after to help breakdown and clean up.

MEAL DELIVERY: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 8-11 a.m. — Help deliver meals to homes, schools, churches and more. A pre-mapped delivery route and information needed for each stop will be provided to drivers at check-in.

Birds and Brunch at Hotel Bennett raises over $154K

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The Avian Conservation Center’s fall fundraiser was hosted at Hotel Bennett on Sunday, October 27, 2019, and resulted in $154,940 in funds raised

  • The Center received record-breaking results and raised $154,940;
  • Hotel Bennett provided a beautiful and enjoyable backdrop for this sold-out event;
  • Funds raised will be used to continue the Center’s focused work in avian science, medicine, and conservation.

CHARLESTON, SC – For more than 28 years, the Avian Conservation Center has been a quiet yet persistent advocate for avian science, medicine, and conservation in South Carolina and this year they experienced their most successful fundraiser in the history of the organization. Branded as Birds & Brunch at the Bennett, this sold-out event was an inspiring conservation-themed program hosted at Hotel Bennett in downtown Charleston and resulted in $154,940 in funds to support the Center’s ongoing work. With views extending across Marion Square and décor that includes hand-painted murals of birds, Hotel Bennett, downtown Charleston’s newest luxury hotel, was an incredible backdrop for this purposeful brunch experience. Lead sponsors of this event included Benefitfirst, The Boeing Company, Coastal Expeditions, Compass Rose Business Finance, and Equity, and Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP.

Birds and Brunch at the Bennett was a historic success for the Center with an incredibly active live and silent auction, and a great deal of attendee participation and interaction inspired by the expert encouragement of auctioneer and Master of Ceremonies, Erin Kienzle. Special guest speakers from the Center’s “Year of the Bird” program at Cainhoy Elementary spoke eloquently about the profound way this experience changed students and the Cainhoy community. During this truly poignant moment, teacher Ashley Illig and one of her former students each described the impact of the Center’s educational outreach from a personal and heartfelt perspective, and many brunch guests were moved to tears by their emotional presentation.

The event took place in the Crown Ballroom where guests enjoyed a delicious brunch menu and bar with a variety of mini quiches, fresh fruit, shrimp and grits, and Mimosas, Bloody Marys and more. A lively jazz trio sponsored by The Commodore, a historic downtown Charleston jazz club, was the perfect addition to this spirited event adding a lovely musical flow to the day. Both the live and silent auctions were extremely well-appointed with an array of unique curated items and experiences to bid upon. Auction items included an exclusive chef dinner and distilled spirits tasting experience at Firefly Distillery’s brand-new facility on Noisette Creek, an original painting of a Saker Falcon from world-renowned wildlife artist Tim Donovan, a one-of-a-kind shadow-box mounted Male Greater Argus Feather, an expert-guided private native plant/bird walk for 20 at an historic unspoiled ACE Basin property, a long weekend for up to nine people at a newly renovated luxurious mountain cabin in Hendersonville, a brand new sit on top kayak and paddle from Half-Moon Outfitters, a gorgeous his and hers formal accessory set from Brackish, a hand-hewn table from Landrum Tables made from reclaimed dockwood and pine, a sophisticated cloche hat from Carolina Millenary, a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Auldbrass Plantation from the Beaufort Open Land Trust, and a hand-forged “MeMa” ladle from Waller Handmade.

The event held many special opportunities to embrace the beauty and majesty of nature’s apex avian predators. Upon arrival guests were greeted by a Harris Hawk in flight from the hotel’s piazza overlooking Marion Square and a multitude of birds were presented on the fist by the Center’s trained Volunteer Staff inside the hotel and throughout the program. With the help of Center Volunteer Staff, guests event got to take “raptor selfies” with a striking bird of prey in front of the hotel’s hand-painted bird murals. At the end of the program, the winner of the raffle was selected, Lynn Murray, who won a private “Birds, Brews, & Brunch” event for 40 at the Center that will include a catered brunch buffet and beer samples from six of Charleston’s best craft beer producers.

The Center remains humbled by the support of the community including every donor, sponsor, the guest, raffle ticket buyer, and volunteer who made this event a reality. They are looking at the next 28 years with optimism for the advancement of avian science and conservation and encourage others who are passionate about these topics to join them in this important work. You can do so by joining as a member, participating in their educational programs and special events, or by donating your time and talent as a volunteer.


About the Avian Conservation Center

The Avian Conservation Center is a distinctive regional conservation organization with three primary operating divisions: the Center for Birds of Prey, the Avian Medical Clinic, and the South Carolina Oiled Bird Treatment Facility. As an environmental education asset to South Carolina and the region, the Center for Birds of Prey presents conservation and STEAM education for more than 40,000 individuals and students each year. An epicenter for professional medical services and research pertaining to wild birds of prey and shorebirds, the Avian Medical Clinic has treated more than 10,000 patients since opening in 1991. The South Carolina Oiled Bird Response Facility is held in a constant state of preparedness for response to an oil spill in the region including ongoing oil spill response training and maintaining the readiness of treatment facilities and emergency response supplies. The Center can be found online at www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org and can be reached by phone at 843.971.7474.

SVN | BlackStream opens 6th location in Charleston, SC

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SVN | BlackStream Taps Local Heavyweights to open Charleston Office

SVN | BlackStream, a fast-growing commercial real estate firm headquartered in Greenville, SC has opened its new Charleston, South Carolina office on James Island with Chip Limehouse and Tom Hartnett as Co-Managing Directors. Both Limehouse and Hartnett have long and successful histories in Charleston real estate. Chip has been associated with Limehouse Properties, a leader in hospitality and parking garages. Tom comes from Hartnett Realty, the oldest family-owned real estate business in Charleston.

This will be the sixth commercial office in the Carolinas for SVN | BlackStream and the eighth overall. BlackStream is also the Christie’s international affiliate in Greenville and Asheville, North Carolina. BlackStream’s other offices are in Columbia, Charlotte, Asheville, as well as its, headquarter city. The company was the recipient of South Carolina’s Top Work Places earlier this year and has won several CoStar Power Broker awards as a top-performing commercial real estate firm.

Founded in 2014, BlackStream is one of the fastest-growing real estate firms in the Carolinas, having grown from one person to over 150 today. “We are very excited to be working with Chip and Tom in Charleston, “says Alex Dmyterko, BlackStream’s President. “With its rapid growth and job creation, it is an area that our customers and clients have been asking us to serve. We feel that we have found the perfect partners for our expansion into such a great city”. According to Hartnett, “I am grateful to be a part of the SVN | BlackStream team. The size of the company and the systems utilized will allow us to give our clients more exposure on a national level. “With this partnership, our services expand in leaps and bounds. It’s only natural for us to partner with a professional group like BlackStream,” said Limehouse.


About SVN | BlackStream

SVN | BlackStream was formed in 2014 and now operates franchises in Greenville, Columbia, Charlotte, Charleston and Asheville with over 50 Advisors. SVN | BlackStream provides commercial real estate services to local and regional property owners, investors, and national investment funds. In 2018, SVN | BlackStream ranked 7th out of over 220 worldwide SVN offices. For more information, visit www.svnblackstream.com. All SVN offices are independently owned and operated.

About SVN?

SVN International Corp. (SVNIC), a full-service commercial real estate franchisor of the SVN? brand, is comprised of over 1,600 commercial real estate Advisors and staff, in more offices in the United States than any other commercial real estate firm and continues to expand across the globe. SVN? is based in Boston, MA and has grown to over $11 billion in sales annually. All SVN? offices are independently owned and operated. For more information, visit www.svn.com

CARTA Moves Bus Stop, Helps Homeless Veterans Gain Needed Access to Transit

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Nov. 11, 2019) — Charleston’s regional transit system recently took an important step to improve access by relocating one of its stops on the lower end of Rivers Avenue near Montague Avenue to a new key location.

In a much-needed move, CARTA?collaborated with staff at Patriot Villas, a facility for homeless veterans, to get the stop location relocated, providing the veterans with a much closer and safer access to transit services.

“Patriot Villas is meant for homeless veterans, and we really appreciate CARTA moving the stop closer to us,” said Kristina Goins, Patriot Villas property manager. “Relocating the stop offers our veterans a chance to have more independence by allowing them to find affordable means of travel by themselves, and that’s key to help them feel like they are succeeding in life.”

Opening its doors in 2017, Patriot Villas has remained at full capacity, serving the Charleston area veteran community by providing affordable housing options. Residents have access to a number of services including therapy, counseling and support groups, as well as meeting and job training spaces. Rooms at the Villas are equipped with full bathroom and kitchenette sets, as well as laundry.

With an estimated 38,000 homeless veterans nationwide, according to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development office, having a safe and reliable transit option nearby for homeless veterans there at the Villas was an important move for both the Patriot Villa residents and CARTA.

“It’s more than just transporting people to us. We’re thankful for the sacrifices our veterans have made for our country, putting themselves in harm’s way to protect the freedoms we have today,” said Ron Mitchum, executive director at the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments. “Their service doesn’t go unnoticed, and we’re glad to work in partnership with the staff and system riders there to relocate the stop, providing additional access to transit and helping improve their quality of life.”

View the feature video for the project.

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority is a public transportation system dedicated to providing affordable transit in the Charleston community through local fixed routes, on-demand paratransit service, and express commuter routes. For the latest on CARTA, visit www.ridecarta.com, like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @RideCARTA. All customers are encouraged to plan rides and track buses with the CARTA-endorsed Transit app.

Kahuna Poke Bar in Mount Pleasant, SC Announces Fundraiser To Support My Sister’s House

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Kahuna Poke Restaurant, a locally owned and operated small restaurant located in Mount Pleasant, is hosting its first inaugural fundraiser, Sushi-thon for My Sister’s House. The event will be held from November 21?to January 1. This initiative hopes to raise awareness and funds for resources as well as donate a match for meals to provide to the women and children residents of My Sister’s House. The support to My Sister’s House Charity will come from two sponsorship opportunities.

First, Kahuna Poke Bar will be launching a Sushi Scavenger Hunt. Locals who find their Sushi Squishy Emojis spread throughout Mount Pleasant will receive a FREE Specialty Sushi Roll for each one returned plus a meal will be donated to a resident of My Sister’s House Charity.

Secondly, 20% of the Sushi Sales during this time will be donated to the residents of My Sister’s House to fund any additional resource needs.

My Sister’s House is a local non-profit that provides emergency shelter, crisis line, court advocacy, and counseling services to victims of domestic violence in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties.

“We could not be more grateful to Kahuna Poke Bar for supporting domestic violence victims of the Lowcountry with this fundraiser. Donations will go towards providing victims with essentials such as undergarments for women and school uniforms for children in our emergency shelter,” says Melanie Bias, Director of Development at MSH.

Kahuna Poke Bar hopes to gift at least 100 meals to residents during the holiday season. Their fundraising goal is $2,000, which will be donated to My Sister’s House to further their kindness and efforts to support women and children throughout the local community.

Visit Kahuna Poke Bar on their social media outlets @kahunapokebar or drop by their location at 976 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC. Inquiries may be emailed to contact@kahunapokebar.com or call 843-790-4984.

To learn more about how you can personally donate or support My Sister’s House, please contact them directly:

Bank of America Names Lowcountry Local First as Its Inaugural Neighborhood Champion in Charleston as Part of Its Commitment to Economic Mobility and Nonprofit Leadership

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Program Provides $50,000 in Grant Support and an Opportunity for Virtual Leadership Training

Charleston, S.C.— Bank of America has named Lowcountry Local First as its inaugural Neighborhood Champion awardee.?Neighborhood Champions supports the role strong nonprofit leaders play in advancing economic mobility and is an extension of the bank’s signature philanthropic initiative, Neighborhood Builders, the largest corporate philanthropic investment in nonprofit leadership in the country.?Alongside Charleston, S.C., the bank has brought the program to 40 communities across the U.S. this fall as part of its commitment to investing in the long-term health of communities.

As part of the program, Lowcountry Local First will receive $50,000 in grant support and an opportunity for engagement in virtual leadership training delivered by experts in the nonprofit sector.?After a rigorous review process, Lowcountry Local First was the organization that stood out to the local market selection committee and to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Lowcountry Local First was chosen by the committee based on their efforts toward cultivating an economy anchored in local ownership and fostering a better environment for creating and sustaining local businesses.

“We’re thrilled to bring the Neighborhood Champions program to Charleston,” said Mark Munn, Charleston Market President for Bank of America.?“Through flexible funding and leadership resources, partners like Lowcountry Local First have the power to plan strategically for growth and long-term sustainability, and we look forward to seeing how this investment helps Lowcountry Local First?make even greater strides to support local businesses.”

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The Neighborhood Champions program is invitation-only for nonprofits who are poised to take their work to the next level.?Leading members of the community participated in a collaborative selection process to identify this year’s awardee. Examples of the topics for the virtual leadership training awarded include human capital management, increasing financial sustainability, and storytelling.

“We are humbled and honored to be the inaugural recipient of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Champions award,” says Jamee Haley, Executive Director of Lowcountry Local First. “The support allows us to fuel economic and social progress by providing aspiring entrepreneurs with business training, mentorship, and incubation. This key partnership with Bank of America is critical to helping us transform lives, build legacies and support economic self-sufficiency. The grant will have a significant impact on supporting the growth of the organization as we look to build a more equitable economy where all have opportunities to prosper.”

Over more than fifteen years, Bank of America has invested $240 million in 49 communities through Neighborhood Builders, partnering with more than 1,000 nonprofits and helping more than 2,000 nonprofit leaders strengthen their leadership skills.? The Neighborhood Champions program in Charleston will strengthen the bank’s commitment to advancing economic mobility and nonprofit leadership.

Bank of America is very committed to the local Charleston community. In fact, the Bank has invested nearly $650,000 this year alone to support various efforts, including community development, basic human needs, and workforce development.

Over the past 5 years, Bank of America has contributed more than $2.5 million to the Charleston market through grants. Bank of America employees gave over $500,000 to local causes – most of which was matched by the Bank of America Foundation. The Bank’s employees also contributed more than 24 thousand volunteer hours over the past five years.

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At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com, and connect with us on Twitter (@BofA_News).

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Crowd Cow: Farms to Table – Buy Local Directly from the Farm

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To create an alternative to the current meat commodity system, and to create a meaningful connection between the farmer and the customer, so people can know and appreciate exactly where their food comes from.

We are the marketplace for high-quality craft beef and meats from farms and ranches around the world. We only work with farms that we know personally because we believe that when you know where and how your meat was raised, you’re able to make better decisions for yourself, your family and your health.


Our co-founder Ethan went to an upscale grocery store to pick up some steaks and found himself wondering where the meat was from and why it cost so much.

In talking to his friend Joe, they discovered that many of their friends had purchased beef directly from local farms, and had bragged about how great the meat was. But the trouble of finding a good ranch, coordinating payment and pickup, and the idea of having to purchase and store up to a year’s worth of beef at once was too much.

There had to be a better way. Ethan suggested they “crowdfund a cow” so that 50 people could each buy a tiny amount of beef directly from a local farm. After a couple of weekends visiting ranches and building a website, Crowd Cow was launched and the first cow was sold in 24 hours.

Come join the food transparency movement, and taste the difference, because the difference tastes better.

How it works

By farm or by cut, it’s easy to explore and shop our high-quality craft beef, pork, and chicken.

Your vacuum-sealed, frozen meat is being sustainably shipped directly to your door.

Share the experience of this incredible craft meat with friends and family around the table.

“FORTUNATE” Art Exhibit at the Vendue raises over $13,000 for I Heart Hungry Kids as new rotating art exhibit is unveiled

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CHARLESTON, SC (November 11, 2019) – The Vendue, in collaboration with Robert Lange Studios, is pleased to announce that “Fortunate,” the latest in a line of rotating art exhibits at the hotel, has raised $13,377 which will be donated to I Heart Hungry Kids. The money was raised through the sale of limited edition prints by Robert Lange and Nathan Durfee, in addition to proceeds collected from fortunes generated by the hotel’s Zoltar machine.

“We could not be more thrilled to be able to give back to our community and use art as a vehicle for philanthropy. I Heart Hungry Kids is such a wonderful organization and we are glad to help in some small way,” said Jonathan Weitz, owner and operator of The Vendue, Avocet Hospitality Group.

I Heart Hungry Kids is a local nonprofit founded in 2013 by three brothers Jackson, Gabe and Riley Silverman – all under the age of eight. They saw a need to help source food for needy classmates on weekends and organized monthly backpack food packing parties that were then distributed to area children in need. Six years into their mission to help kids beat hunger they have been recognized at local, state and national levels.

“This charity is extremely close to our hearts! Knowing Jackson his entire life and seeing how he and his brothers have impacted thousands of young people is beyond heartwarming. Every charitable collaboration we’ve done with The Vendue has been amazing. The donations we’ve raised really highlights how much positive impact can come when we all support each other,” said Rober Lange, owner of Robert Lange Studios

The donation will be presented to I Heart Hungry Kids during the opening reception of GLOW, the hotel’s next rotating art exhibit. The reception will be held on November 14th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in The Vendue’s lobby. The event is free, open to the public, and will feature live music, complimentary cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres.