Tastiest Town Art Display
Location: Uncork & Create
WHEN: Thursday, June 23, 5-8 p.m.
WHERE: Uncork & Create, 901 Quarrier Street
COST: Absolutely free!INFO: Join the Gazette-Mail for its first ever ArtWalk Photo Display featuring our esteemed photography staff and Steven Keith “The Food Guy,” along with delicious samples of food from some of Charleston's best restaurants. Uncork & Create False DD/MM/YYYY
The Tastiest Town winner has been announced. Morgantown — best known as the home of West Virginia University and the famous Mountaineers — took the culinary crown. Now the series itself will be celebrated in an art exhibit and meet-and-greet at Uncork & Create's brand new downtown location on Thursday.
For the first time in the history of Charleston Newspapers, the combined work of our photographers and videographers will be prominently featured in a public photography and video exhibit held during ArtWalk. The evening will include an address from Steven Keith “The Food Guy” as well as free tastings from a number of the Charleston restaurants included in the series. In addition to the photos from the Tastiest Town series, we'll also have select, iconic photos of Charleston and Morgantown — the photos you see on this page — on display and available to order for purchase.
Come join us! Get some amazing free food! Meet Steven! And chat with our incredible photography staff: Christian Tyler Randolph, Sam Owens, Chris Dorst, Brian Ferguson, Tom Hindman, Lisa Bernheim and Visuals Editor Kenny Kemp.
Back when the temperatures were still well below 50 degrees, when there were no leaves on the trees and no reason to be out and about for any longer than was absolutely necessary, when the Gazette-Mail features department first started to contemplate a Food Guy series, absolutely no one envisioned it would lead to an exhibit.
But early on, we realized this project pushed our visuals staff beyond the daily parameters. News photographers and videographers are accustomed to working independently, to arriving at a location and finding the photos to tell a story. But this was a different kind of mission.
As our photographers and videographers set off in teams for destinations across the state, they were armed with the names of the towns and the list of restaurants Steven Keith had visited. Their challenge: to explore those towns and create photos and videos that would showcase the culinary scene and the vibe in each of them, to set the tone, to give viewers a sense of what it feels like to walk down those sidewalks, stopping here and there. And to highlight each town's distinctions, its unique culture.
And they knocked it out of the park. For me, and I think for many of us intimately involved in this project, the Tastiest Town series underscored the beauty and the importance of photos created by skilled photographers.
The Gazette-Mail has a brand new website, rolled out just last month — just in time for our Tastiest Town series and perfectly designed to showcase photos and videos. We hope you've been enjoying it! But even with this new website and a much more engaging, interactive user experience, we began to feel like the photos and the videos that were a part of this series deserved their own space.
The rest, as they say, is history.
In preparing for this exhibit, we've chosen favorite photos from each town to display and put the videos on a reel for all to see. There's a slideshow that features every image that has been a part of this seven-week series, and we pulled some of our favorite, most iconic photos of Charleston and Morgantown, our Tastiest Town winner.
All of them will be available for viewing and for purchase. Steven Keith will try to convince everyone that it was a really tough assignment for him, eating and drinking his way across this gorgeous state. And our photography staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
We hope you'll join us — and make history.
Reach Maria Young by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to go?
Gazette-Mail Tastiest Town ArtWalk Photo Display WHEN: Thursday, June 23, 5-8 p.m.
WHERE: Uncork & Create, 901 Quarrier Street
COST: Absolutely free! INFO: Join the Gazette-Mail for its first ever ArtWalk Photo Display featuring our esteemed photography staff and Steven Keith “The Food Guy,” along with delicious samples of food from some of Charleston's best restaurants.