Hidden F&B is going national

Charleston Grit's popular, monthly culinary podcast expands its audience out of town in search of more hidden talent.
This is a picture of Jossie Lukacik.

 

By Robin Gibson / Image of Sweet Spot Studio's Jossie Lukacik via Hidden F&B

 

The first guest to be featured outside of Charleston is Sweet Spot Studio's Jossie Lukacik in Charlotte, NC.

 

Hidden F&B, the podcast showcasing hidden heroes of food, beverage and hospitality, is hitting the road. “Every time I would interview someone, I would ask them who else should be on the show,” says producer and host Helen Mitternight. “Often the person mentioned would be a friend from outside of Charleston and I’d have to tell them that the show only focused on the Holy City.”

 

This is the blue logo for Hidden F&B.
A new blue logo denotes national content while local episodes will continue to be marked by the Charleston Grit branding and font.  

 

That is no longer the case. Charleston Grit remains the home for the show's original format, while two new episodes each month go farther afield. The first guest to be featured outside of Charleston is Sweet Spot Studio's Jossie Lukacik in Charlotte, NC. Listen to the national episodehere.

 

Charleston Grit remains the home for the show's original format, while two new episodes each month go farther afield.

 

The podcast was born out of Mitternight’s observation that women—and, particularly, men and women of color—seemed to not be getting their fair shake when it comes to publicity and accolades in the culinary world. She acknowledges that progress has been made since the show started, including, for example, the prestigious James Beard Awards going to more diverse recipients like Charleston’s own Rodney Scott. But a great deal remains to be done, and many out there still have not made as big a splash.

 

“I’m always going to keep Charleston as a big part of the mix. That’s home,” explains Mitternight. “But now I can spotlight a lot more food, beverage and hospitality heroes elsewhere who shouldn’t be hidden anymore.”