One local restaurant is garnering the attention of The Food Network for its special take on a quintessential southern dessert. Grits and Groceries in Due West will be featured on the Food Network’s “Top 5 Restaurants,” sometime next year.
Each show, hosted by Food Network stars, Sunny Anderson and Geoffry Zakharian, uncovers the top five places in the country to get a certain food item. Past episodes have focused on the best places to find fried chicken, the best burger and the best ice cream.
Grits & Groceries will be highlighted for the restaurant’s famous fried pies. The network will be filming at the restaurant from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, according to Heidi Trull, who co-owns Grits & Groceries with her husband, Joe.
“We about fell over ourselves when we got the call,” Heidi said about receiving notice from the Food Network that the restaurant had been chosen for the television show. “Of course we said yes.
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In addition to filming the pie making process, the Network will be looking to interview customers at the restaurant as well, Heidi said. Producers will be looking for people to discuss the fried pies and what makes them so special.
The fried pie has a long history with the Trulls. The two Carolina natives – Joe is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Heidi is from Sumter – grew up eating the specialty hand pies in various forms and flavors. But Joe took the confection to the next level while working as a pastry chef for Emeril Lagassee at Lagasse’s famous New Orleans restaurant, NOLA. The result is a bourbon and brown sugar soaked fresh apple filling enwrapped by a flaky pie crust that is deep fried. Trull then coats the warm pies in a cinnamon and sugar mix to mimic the crust of the traditional skillet fried pies and serves it with homemade cinnamon ice cream.
“We make about 200 pies a week,” Heidi said.
The Food Network appearance will be a first for the Trulls, though the restaurant, and the fried pies, have been featured in The New York Times and Garden & Gun Magazine.
The air date for the show that features the Trulls and Girts & Groceries is yet to be announced, Heidi said. But she hopes the exposure will have a lasting effect on a small business that is the sole provider for seven families and also utilizes local producers and purveyors.
“It’s really more than just a pie,” she said.
Grits & Groceries, 2440 Due West Highway, Belton, SC 29627
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