DISH ON A NEW DISH
Move over, barbecue debaters: Charlotte may have a new Southern specialty. While plenty of barbecue is on the menus at Democratic National Convention delegate parties, another dish is also popular: shrimp and grits.
Caterers are serving appetizer versions in cocktail glasses and hot-bar versions with multiple toppings.
Why is a Lowcountry dish associated with Charleston being featured in Charlotte? Apparently, visitors from other states are expected to think it’s exotic.
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“What is Charlotte known for?” said caterer Dave Byron, who will serve stone-ground grits topped with seared shrimp and house-cured bacon at the party at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.
“A lot of folks tag us as a barbecue place. And you know what? Our shrimp and grits are really good.”
Kathleen Purvis, The Charlotte Observer