Hidden F&B: Dame Oops

Live fundraising episode benefitting Les Dames d'Escoffier to air March 8th at 2 p.m. Tickets available now.
This is the promotional image for a live taping of the Hidden F&B podcast.


By Helen Mitternight


They’ll talk about mistakes they’ve made along the way (that’s the hidden part) and what they’ve learned from them.


The “Hidden F&B” podcast normally showcases up-and-coming, or oft-overlooked, stars of the food, beverage and hospitality industry. That usually means younger people, those earlier in their careers, or, frankly, not male or white, because all too often, no matter how deserving they are the spotlight skips over them.


What’s “hidden” can take on different meanings, though. During the early days of the quarantine, for example, guests included industry giants —The Indigo Road’sSteve Palmer;Mike LatafromThe OrdinaryandFIG;John ZuckerfromCruandPurlieu(temporarily closed); andMichael ShemtovofButcher & Bee,TheDaily,MellowMushroom and the much-beloved but now defunctWorkshop— to talk about the scrambling they faced behind the scenes to stay in business and feed their workers.


That behind-the-scenes look is driving another special episode recording live via Zoom on March 8th at 2 p.m with a virtual audience. “Dame Oops” will feature a panel of Charleston luminaries:Nathalie Dupree;Cocktail BanditJohnny Caldwell; Kelly Chu, owner ofRed Orchids China BistroandCirsea ice cream;and Tanya Gurrieri, owner ofSalthouse Catering.They’ll talk about mistakes they’ve made along the way (that’s the hidden part) and what they’ve learned from them.


The episode is part of a fundraiser forLes Dames d’Escoffier International,a philanthropic organization that raises money to help elevate women in the food and beverage industry. Each panelist is a member of theCharleston chapterand I am on the board. When it came time to replenish much-needed scholarship coffers depleted by a tough year, I volunteered to host this special edition of "Hidden F&B," and the editors atCharleston Gritgenerously agreed.


Charleston Grit will feature the episode after the event airs. If you’d like to be a part of the live taping and virtual audience, tickets are $10 each andavailable for purchase here.Funds go towards the organization’s scholarships.