Charlotte Ascue Jenkins was raised in Awendaw, South Carolina. She left the Lowcountry for the bustle of New York, where she married her husband, Frank, who grew up in Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina with Gullah roots like Charlotte’s. In 1995 the couple opened Gullah Cuisine in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Together they published a cookbook, Gullah Cuisine: By Land and By Sea. Gullah Cuisine closed its doors in October 2014. Jenkins continues operating her catering business.