Local Love: A Treasure Chest of Produce
From dishwasher to executive chef to lead buyer at a local produce staple, Weston Fennell is the epitome of a culinary success story. Weston is the lead buyer at Limehouse Produce, a local treasure chest of produce that shares love with the Charleston community one fruit and veggie at a time. As a primary produce supplier to local restaurants, Limehouse has been a leader in the Charleston industry for over 70 years. But for Limehouse, it is more than just produce, it is about providing the Holy City with quality farmed ingredients year-round. In fact, many of Charleston’s culinary hot spots pride themselves on using the fresh, locally sourced products provided by Limehouse Produce.
When Weston isn’t delivering baskets and bushels of yummy produce to Charleston’s busiest kitchens, you might catch him sipping on a Holy City Brew or visiting his old co-workers at FIG downtown. In fact, before Limehouse, Weston spent six years preparing delightful dishes on the kitchen line as the sous chef at FIG. Now, as the lead buyer at Limehouse, Weston makes sure that chefs like himself are working with the best ingredients to create the signature dishes that make the lowcountry the “Culinary Capital of the South”.
Limehouse Produce has partnered with Charleston Wine + Food for years now in providing our chefs with unique and fresh ingredients to feature during the festival. They ensure the chefs have the highest quality products that are exactly what they need, when they need it. Limehouse also provides the festival aprons that take the splashes, spills and splatters from the culinary genius that happens during the festival.
Limehouse Produce pours more than just produce into the Charleston community; they are stewards of the land that provides the bounty we enjoy. “We also have a responsibility to the land and the community that supports us. That’s why we make sure the product we buy is put to good use, even if it is not sold,” shares the Limehouse website. “We make regular contributions to local charities and are one of Food Waste Disposal’s biggest contributors of organic matter to be converted into compost. And everything from wooden pallets to plastic corner boards and cardboard boxes are repurposed or recycled for future use.”
We thank our partners, like Limehouse, for serving alongside us to #PourIntoCharleston and create a fresh + flavorful economic impact on our city.
*This blog post was written by our 2016-2017 Charleston Wine + Food CofC Fellows. Charleston Wine + Food has partnered with the College of Charleston to offer a communications senior capstone class the opportunity to work with the festival.