Lowcountry monks move on from mushrooms

Bygone ingredient still being namechecked on local menus

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Up until a month or so ago, Mepkin Abbey mushrooms were listed on menus all over the Charleston area.

Guests at The Ocean Room at Kiawah Island Golf Resort could order them as a sauteed accompaniment to their porterhouse steaks. Halls offered them to catering clients as the starring ingredient in a localized cassoulet. In October 2021, Charleston Harbor Fish House unveiled its “new pork chop entrée featuring Mepkin Abbey mushrooms and Carolina gold rice.”

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