Grist for the Mill

Grist for the Mill

By Ashley Warlick | August 28, 2015
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We have a lot of big ideas.

Some of our big ideas track right back here to these pages, and you’ll see with our new bling down below, a lot of folks think we’re doing pretty well. We brought home three Reader’s Choice Eddy Awards this year from the annual meeting of Edible Communities. We’re super-proud of Brad Allen, who won Best Imagery for his Winter 2014 illustration “Meet Your Dairy Farmer.” And John Byce just knocked it out of the park with two awards: one for Best Home Cook Feature in Winter 2014 (“The Cheesemaker At Home”), and one for Best Preserving Recipe in Fall 2014 (“The Pickle That Isn’t: A Son-in-Law’s Introduction to Jerusalem Artichokes”). All in all, we were nominated for six awards by some of the best professionals in media and food journalism, one of the highest numbers of nominations amongst our peers. And our readers got online and voted in droves. We won, because of you.

There are currently some 80 edible magazines being published in distinct food communities across the nation, from edible Westside in LA to edible Brooklyn and edible Queens. Virtually anyplace you go, you can find an edible magazine to open a window into the kind of local food stories (and recommendations) you’ve come to know and love in these pages.

We think you need an easy way to get your hands on these magazines here in Greenville.

We think you need a bookstore to do it.

Opening this summer on Main Street in Downtown Greenville, M. Judson Booksellers and Storytellers, brought to you by edible publisher Samantha Wallace, longtime edible advertiser (and former owner of the great Booksmith in Seneca) Tricia Lightweis, local businesswoman June Wilcox and myself. We’ve ordered a grand selection of cookbooks and food books. Our café will serve our signature blend of coffee from the folks at Leopard Forest, local beer, small plates and bites sourced from the local farms and food artisans we’ve met on the edible Upcountry trail. We’ll plan special events around each issue in the store, where the pages of edible Upcountry can come to life in cookbook signings, informative garden talks, recipe samples and more. Our first event will be August 2nd, a Sunday Happy Hour, when Chris George will be on hand to show off his recipe for The Pinot-Fashioned from “Summertime Wine: Sips Beyond Sangria” (page 30). And in our travel section, you’ll find a wide selection of edible magazines from other places, at the ready for you to peruse and plan from when you’re headed farther afield.

Our big ideas keep coming together. Stay tuned for more.

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