She-crab soup — a Southern seafood staple — has a rich history that began right here in Charleston. According to legend, the first bowl of she-crab soup was made at John Rutledge House Inn in the 1920s.
The Rutledge House was home to the former mayor of Charleston — Robert Goodwyn Rhett. Mayor Rhett’s butler — William Deas — prepared a meal for President William Howard Taft, who was visiting the city.
Deas created an elevated version of crab soup for the president. He used an unusual ingredient — crab roe. Crab roe is the egg mass found on “pregnant” female crabs, which is how the dish got its feminine name. Deas’ creation later became known as she-crab soup.
The traditional recipe calls for crab meat, heavy cream, sherry, and crab roe. However, female blue crabs are protected by law in South Carolina, so the roe is often omitted today.
The dish became a Lowcountry favorite and took the South by storm. Today, Deas is remembered as the inventor of she-crab soup, but the talented chef was also a shrimp soup trailblazer.
The truth is, every iteration of she-crab soup is unique, which makes them hard to compare. Some are rich and creamy, others light and buttery. Many are elaborate, others no-frills. It’s up to you to decide which style floats your bowl.
Drink ○ Lowcountry sisters Megan Broderick and Kelly Broderick Lamie just released their new canned coffee drink, a|dash, a less-caffeinated cold brew that includes adaptogens – natural healing + restorative herbs. This is the first beverage released by their company, Matriarch Beverage Co. ☕️ (Charleston City Paper)
Civic ○ A 2-month-long construction project to create a stormwater pond has begun in Summerville. Locals should be prepared for possible traffic jams during the day. 🚙 (WCIV)
Coronavirus ○ Hundreds of parents have shown an interest in having their children join aCOVID-19 clinical trial. MUSC has plans to begin enrolling children in a trial for the Moderna vaccine in the near future. (The Post and Courier) ○ DHEC has confirmed that the CDC + FDA issued ajoint statementlifting the pause on the use of the Janssen(Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine after determining the known and potential benefits of the vaccine outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine. ○ Visit SCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data and stats+ information regarding the vaccine. Data and stats regarding South Carolina’s employment, businesses, economy, and education can be found on accelerateSC’s website.
State ○ Gov. McMaster has proclaimedApr. 25-May 2, 2021 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week. The community is encouraged to promote natural resource conservation. 🌳 ○ Gas prices in SC have been dropping for weeks. State prices recently fell to an average of $2.58 per gallon — well below the national average of $2.87.(WCIV)
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A fullpink supermoon was visible from the Charlestonarea on Sunday and Monday night. This lunar event was the first supermoon of the year.It shone brightly over the Lowcountry while locals + visitors snapped photos.
Supermoons look larger than normal in the night sky because they are closer to Earth. Why isn’t it pink? Full moons in April are nicknamed pink moons because they fall when moss pink flowers bloom.
If you missed it, the moon will still appear to be full tonight.
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TryThis ○ Developing the Sculptor’s Eye with Simon Kogan| Through Fri., Apr. 30 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr., Murrells Inlet | $650+ | This hands-on sculpting workshop will teach artists how to capture action, energy, movement + emotion in their works. 👁️ ○ Hello, Goodbye: Farewell to Workshop| Tues., Apr. 27 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Workshop, 1503 King St. | Free | Join Ohm Radio for a farewell workshop party as the station plans to relocate to another location. 🎉
Art ○ Lunar Love| Tues., Apr. 27 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist, 2511 N. Main St., Summerville | $41+ | Paint the phases of the moon on a canvas or board.
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