To celebrate the stories behind Lowcountry kitchens and tables, the Southern Foodways Alliance debuted its Oral History Bus at the 2015 Charleston Wine + Food Festival, filming oral history interviews of Charleston’s culinary past and present.

Capturing the lives of Charleston’s cooks, artisans, chefs, farmers, and purveyors, here are culinary luminaries sharing their stories of the Lowcountry. While some are Charleston natives and some are from afar, all claim this place as the source of their influence and inspiration.

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