High on Low Country grains
Valerie Erwin hosts a special Low Country dinner at Geechee Girl Cafe Tuesday to support the Southern Food Alliance, and the guest of honor is Glenn Roberts, whose Anson Mills in South Carolina pioneered the revived interest in heritage grains such as stone-ground Antebellum grits and Carolina Gold rice. The $65 small-plate tasting menu will feature two of his newest "old" products: Sea Island purple Cape beans and incredibly aromatic barrel-aged and laurel-scented Charleston Gold rice. Luckily for those who can't make the meal, Geechee also sells the products retail, to bring a taste of Low Country home.
- Craig LaBan
Sea Island purple Cape Beans, $7 a pound; laurel-aged Charleston Gold rice, $9.25 a pound. Geechee Girl Cafe, 6825 Germantown Ave. Information: 215-843-8113.
Blue fish dish
Spruce up your summer table with this white terra cotta bowl, made in Portugal, and adorned with a primitive pattern of blue fish. Great for pasta and salads, it's part of a collection that includes a platter, and individual plates and bowls. The salad servers, with distressed blue enamel finish, are made in India.
- Maureen Fitzgerald
Blue fish serving bowl, 11 inches in diameter, $29.95; Antique blue server set, $34.95 at Sur La Table, at the Promenade at Sagemore in Marlton, King of Prussia Mall, and surlatable.com.