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Get Wild in the Kitchen at SEWE with SCDA

South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Hugh E. Weathers, Commissioner

Media Contact: Meredith Atkinson, 803-734-2196,  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 28, 2015

Get “Wild in the Kitchen” at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) is teaming up with the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) to get “Wild in the Kitchen” during the nation’s largest wildlife art and nature event February 13-15 in Charleston.

Food enthusiasts can visit the SCDA tent on Marion Square in downtown Charleston to watch a variety of cooking demonstrations from local chefs. They will be preparing unique dishes with fresh, Certified SC ingredients. This year, our SC Chef Ambassadors, a program initiated by Governor Nikki Haley, will participate in sharing their culinary talent.

Guests will also be able to shop a variety of SC Specialty Food Association members showcasing and selling their product. Pick up a “Wild in the Kitchen” cookbook to take home all the great recipes and product information.

Make sure to take a creative picture in our photo booth for your chance to win a Specialty Foods Gift Basket valued at $250. To enter, upload your photo(s) to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the #SCDAgoesWild. The more pictures you post, the better your chances are for winning.

The cooking demonstrations are currently scheduled for:

Friday, February 13
Noon              Michelle Weaver, Charleston Place
1 p.m.             John Ondo, Lana’s
2 p.m.             Steven Lusby, 82 Queen
3 p.m.             Bob Waggnor, UCook with Bob

Saturday, February 14
11 a.m.            Holly Herrick, Cookbook Author
Noon              Simon Andrews, Swamp Fox
1 p.m.             Miles Huff, The Culinary Institute of Charleston
2 p.m.             Jimmy Hagood, Blackjack BBQ

Sunday, February 15
11 a.m.            Chef Ambassador Brandon Velie, Juniper
Noon              Chef Ambassador Heidi Trull, Grits and Groceries
12:30 p.m.     Chef Ambassador Cooper Thomas, Victors Bistro
1 p.m.             Nathalie Dupree, Cook Book Author
2 p.m.             David Pell, COAST Bar & Grill
3 p.m.             Jason Reed, Boone Hall Farms

The SCDA tent will be open Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit for a complete list of events and hours. For more information on the “Wild in the Kitchen” cooking demos, official rules for SCDA’s social media contest, and information on vendors, please visit

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