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Poppy Popcorn: This Mom-Founded Small Business in Asheville, NC Makes Amazing Hand-Crafted Popcorn

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Have you tried Poppy Popcorn? If you love popcorn and want to support a local small business, KAG contributor, Kristina, has just the place to get some delicious popcorn.

Poppy Popcorn in the woods

I love my kids dearly but I don’t want to share everything with them. I have to be pretty stealth when it comes to hiding my favorite snacks from them since kids don’t listen when you ask them to pick up their toys yet somehow hear the crackle of you opening a bag of snacks and come running from the furthest place in the house to get some of it. 

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Wildflower Cupcake & Dessert Bar: This Bakery Shop in Greenville, SC Is Working To Help More Than Just Your Sweet Tooth

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Have you heard about Wildflower Cupcake & Dessert Bar? Cupcakes are amazing little personal size baked goods that can turn your day around. Making amazing cupcakes for the lucky folks of the Upstate could have been enough to allow Local baker Kristen Kay to throw down her apron and call it a day. But for this small business owner, cupcakes and sweet treats are just a means to an end. Find out what Wildflower Cupcake & Dessert Bar does for the Upstate besides curing a cupcake craving! 

Baking cupcakes allow Kristen to help people. Kristen is there to lend her talents to transform flour, eggs and sugar into fundraising efforts. Organizations like Let There Be Mom, Valor, The Booth Fairy, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, The Blood Connection, and others benefit when her piping bag get filled with frosting and a finished cupcake (or cookie) leaves the shop. 

The way she helps also manifests in providing a person with sensitivities, or diet restrictions that would normally keep them from biting into a delicious cupcake, that opportunity. 

One of the questions we get asked quite frequently at Kidding Around is where to find items for people, most often children, with diet restrictions. Every kid deserves a cake, right? Kristen makes every attempt to fill these orders that most places won’t. 

  • vegan/dairy-free
  • gluten-free
  • vegan & gluten-free
  • sugar-free
  • low carb/Keto
  • special request option – soy and corn free

Your child all of a sudden decides that Groundhogs day is THE NUMBER ONE HOLIDAY? Head to Wildflower for that celebratory cupcake to honor old Punxsutawney Phil. 

If you’re not convinced you need a treat from here in your life yet, I have one more feel-good story for you. 

Local floral & Veggie farm Wet Knot Farms suffered a terrible flooding incident in the Spring of this year. The community jumped in to help however they could. Unfortunately, the floodwaters made their edible items non-sellable. The good news is their flower crops made it, and now have a prominent spot in Wildflower Cupcake & Dessert Bar. Waiting in cases to go home with you and your delicious item. 

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Wildflower Cupcake and Dessert Bar in Greenville, SC 

Owners name: Kristen Kay

Do you have a kids menu? 

No – it’s all kid-friendly

What are your contactless delivery options? 

Curbside pickup 

Do you offer outdoor dining? 

Yes 

What makes your spot unique?

In addition to our normal cupcake, and dessert bar options, we cater to kids and adults with special dietary needs. These are available for walk-in or special orders, and custom decorating is offered in most cases. 

What dish is the most popular? 

Strawberry Crush 

What dish are you the proudest of? 

Our carefully thought out and crafted variety of cupcakes, and our signature cookie sandwiches

It’s my first time at your restaurant, what do you suggest we order? 

The Banana Pudding Cupcake, Strawberry Crush Cupcake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich, or Key Lime Cookie Sandwich

Where do you love to eat when not at work?

We’re an indecisive group, and enjoy so many local establishments! Smoky Dreams Barbecue is definitely one of those!

Gifting Options: Gift Certificates 

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What Locals Are Saying About Wildflower Cupcake & Dessert Bar 

My friend bought me their gluten-free chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and they were some of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth.

Alicia Byars

Wildflower Cupcake and Dessert Bar is my go-to place for my daughter who has food allergies! They have been so accommodating & understanding in making “safe” treats for my daughter!

Jessica Sammons

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Wildflower Cupcake & Dessert Bar 
3730 Pelham Rd Greenville SC 29615 | 864.775.5554

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Feed & Seed: Cafe, Local Market, and Meeting the Needs of the Community in Greenville, SC

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Feed & Seed is a unique nonprofit in Greenville, SC that seeks to reduce food waste while producing excellent products for consumers and giving access to food to families who live in a food desert in Greenville. 

Feed & Seed, located in Judson Mill right off the edge of downtown Greenville, is home to a fairly unique operation that opened in 2022. And they are in that exact location for a very good reason: because it’s a food desert. 

Feed & Seed wears many hats and I’ll tell you why a visit to them is a delicious idea. 

About Feed & Seed 

Feed & Seed is a nonprofit located in the middle of a food desert in Greenville. The USDA defines a food desert as, “A tract in which at least 100 households are located more than one-half mile from the nearest supermarket and have no vehicle access; or at least 500 people, or 33 percent of the population, live more than 20 miles from the nearest supermarket, regardless of vehicle availability.”

There are more than 6,500 of them in the United States, including 21 in 14 different counties in South Carolina, according to the USDA. However, Feed & Seed is not a food bank but they certainly have in mind people in low-income areas who are struggling with food insecurity. The nonprofit went through miles of bureaucratic red tape to allow the use of SNAP (food stamps) to be used to buy their products, including nine locations in Pickens and Oconee counties where people can purchase FoodShare boxes for $5 with SNAP.

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Packing FoodShare boxes

They house a cafe where they sell local produce, meat, dairy, and their own housemade take-and-bake meals, as well as a cafe where you can order breakfast or lunch. I’ve had their Italian sub and wow, I’ve been dreaming of that deliciousness ever since. 

They also work with local farmers to buy their produce and fruit, which is awesome because farmers often can only sell their goods on-site or during the farmers’ market season, which is only about a third of the year or even less sometimes. That’s a small window to stay in business.

Feed & Seed also hosts community events and has space for meetings, parties, or other gatherings. 

Meeting the Needs of the Community 

Feed & Seed saw the need for fresh produce and local food and was founded to fill the gap between the people who need that and the people who provide it. That’s the reason for the location they chose and the idea took off from there. 

The nonprofit partners with several local farms and others in the area who grow and produce that nourishing, healthy food that everyone needs but may not have access to. They do that by buying produce directly from farmers, processing it themselves, and selling it right at their store. 

Feed & Seed also has a program for Oconee County and Pickens County called FoodShare where boxes of fresh produce are sold for $20 cash or $5 EBT. There are nine pickup locations. These boxes are filled with 10-12 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables. Anyone can order a FoodShare box. In Greenville, Foodshare Greenville is run by Mill Village Farms.

Feed & Seed often needs volunteers to fill these boxes. You can sign up here.

Reducing Food Waste

You know how you have this grand idea of buying three heads of kale that you plan to cook the following week for your family and then, two weeks later remember it’s there and it really doesn’t look all that great? Or maybe you bought a bunch of peaches, put them in your refrigerator and found them a month later all moldy? OK, please tell me I’m not alone here. Americans waste an enormous amount of food. It’s truly awful and after I toured Feed & Seed, I was determined to make smarter choices in menu planning and remembering what I’ve bought and how to use it. 

Feed & Seed steps in to help make sure that food waste doesn’t happen by buying produce, veggies, and fruit directly from farms and immediately making use of it so it doesn’t go bad. 

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Food banks are a necessary part of the community in Greenville but even they have limitations. With food banks, they often cannot keep enough fresh produce because they don’t have the necessary refrigeration and storage. At Feed & Seed, they have massive refrigerators plus have come up with ways to reduce food waste by freeze-drying and dehydrating fresh fruits and vegetables, which give them long-lasting staying power and significantly reduce food waste. 

They also offer rental refrigeration to farmers who need a place to store extra goods. This is a huge service to smaller farms especially. 

The Cafe & Store

Feed & Seed sells a huge variety of local goods from honey to jams to dairy to meat to produce to coffee. I could have spent a ton of money there! 

I really like that the nonprofit has such a laser focus on local food. Honestly, it makes me feel good to buy something I know was grown or produced right here in the Upstate because it goes right back into our local community. 

Inside of Feed & Seed

The one thing I didn’t try was their take-and-bake meals and soups. They looked so good and I saw some of the chefs preparing lasagna while I was there on a tour and it looked amazing. I did have an Italian sub and cookie and both were delicious. It’s obvious the chefs take pride in their dishes. You can even order online to save time.

For many families with single parents, making healthy meals is a huge challenge. It’s these families especially that Feed & Seed had in mind when they started to offer their ready-made meals that people can purchase and take home and heat up in the oven or microwave. They are nutrient-dense and provide a healthy alternative to fast food. SNAP benefits can be used to pay for these. 

Seasonal Harvest Boxes

Feed & Seed also sells seasonal boxes with 100% local goods, produce, and fruit called a Harvest Box. This is like a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and each season is six weeks long and you pick up the box once a week.

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Spring Harvest Box at Feed and Seed

The team at Feed & Seed includes recipes in the boxes and you’re able to preview what is in it in the beginning of the week so you can menu plan. I absolutely love this feature plus purchasing these boxes is a fantastic way to support local farmers. 

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Volunteer Opportunities

As you may imagine, this operation requires a lot of effort and Feed & Seed needs a lot of volunteers to make their vision a reality. 

Volunteers are needed to assist in packing boxes for their FoodShareSC program to feed families in need. You can see current volunteer opportunities on their website or sign up for their email newsletter to get all the information right to your inbox.

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FoodShare volunteering

Volunteers must be 14 years old to give of their time at Feed & Seed and those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult age 18+. 

Besides the box packing, volunteers are needed on local farms that Feed & Seed works with, to help with tax preparation, and to assist with events. 

Visiting Feed & Seed: Review 

Obviously, Feed & Seed has a lot on their plate (no pun intended) and have chosen to tackle some pretty massive issues in the community. They truly hit the ground running when they opened and have only expanded as they have continued to seek to bring fresh food to everyone. Plus, they’ve got a really great thing going at their cafe and market, which I highly recommend you visit. 

They are open Monday – Friday 8 am – 5:30 pm. They serve breakfast those days from 8-11 am and then lunch is served 11 am – 2 pm. 


Feed & Seed
701 Easley Bridge Road, Suite 6010, Greenville
864.412.4720

30+ Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for discounted kids meal deals at restaurants where kids eat free? Greenville, SC has some options to fit what your kids are craving. You may be wondering “What about deals where kids eat free near me”? We have all the location information you need! Finding meals that your kid will enjoy is made easy at these local restaurants that offer meal deals throughout the week. Grab your calendar and add these restaurants to your meal plan routine for a cheap and stress-free dining experience with the family!

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Where to Find Upstate Meat Farms and Local Meat for Sale: Greenville, SC

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In need of local meat for sale in Greenville, SC? If you are searching for “meat farms near me” or “local meats near me”, then we have got you! The Greenville area has a number of local farmers that sell their meat products directly to customers. In addition, there are a number of locally run stores that sell local meats. Here’s where you can find locally raised meat near Greenville, SC.

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5+ Best Burgers Greenville, SC Has to Offer According To Readers

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Looking for the most delicious, best burgers in Greenville, SC? Kidding Around Greenville readers have recommended their favorites giving you options for the tastiest burgers around town. If you find a burger you love based on this list, show us some love and let us know!

Where to find the best burgers in Greenville, South Carolina

We asked where to get the best burgers and Kidding Around Greenville readers delivered big time. You guys really love your burgers! When I’m craving a burger, and believe me, if I wasn’t before writing this post, I am now, it’s all about the juicy center with gooey cheese melting over mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions with perfectly cut and seasoned French fries and a pickle. It’d be hard to find something more satisfying than a really good burger. And look no further than this list!

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Simpsonville, SC: The Vaughn’s Food Hall Literally Has Everything You Need for a Fantastic Family Night Out

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Vaughn’s Food Hall  in Simpsonville, SC is a fantastic food hall and entertainment venue that literally has everything you need for a really fun, family night out (or date night!). We checked it out and have all the details on how to make Vaughn’s your family’s new go-to spot. 

Located in downtown Simpsonville, SC, Vaughn’s Food Hall (previously the Warehouse at Vaughn’s) could not be more perfect. Honestly. There are multiple, delicious restaurants, a huge outdoor space with tables, a sand pit, and big area to play ball, nightly entertainment, and an easy, laid-back vibe that is ideal for relaxing with your family. 

I’m going to go old school here and dare you to go and not want to go back the next week, and the week after that, and the week after that. It’s that good. 

Vaughn’s Food Hall is a 2024 KABOOM Awards Winner for the Top 5 Date Night Spots in Greenville, SC.

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Backyard of the Vaughn’s Food Hall

The Video Tour: Vaughn’s

About Vaughn’s Food Hall 

Vaughn’s Food Hall is pretty much like the name suggests except cooler. The food hall is inside a big warehouse and consists of multiple restaurants and bars that have nearly any type of food you’re in the mood for. 

Want pizza? Get some Humble Pie. Want a burger? Get a smash burger from Bourbon St. Burgers. Want fried cheese curds, a Patty Melt, or Loaded Nachos? Then the Grub Box is your spot. In the mood for a cold, craft beer? Try any number of them at the Taphouse. Or maybe you just want dessert? Yogi’s Cups & Cones is where it’s at. 

Goat cheese salad and sour beer

The restaurants at Vaughn’s Food Hall are The TapHouse, Grub Box, Humble Pie Co., Tacos & Bla Bla Bla, Bourbon St. Burgers, Anchor Raw Bar, Yogi’s Cups & Cones, the Peanut Co., and Outlawed Ramen.

After dinner, head over to the Upstate Pinball Museum & Arcade and play all the games you want for just $10/person. No coins are required. You could easily spend a few hours here. 

The Outdoor Space & Entertainment at Vaughn’s 

I love a good place where you can sit outside and where there is space for kids to get their energy out before and after dinner. That’s exactly what you find at Vaughn’s. The backyard has lots of tables with umbrellas that overlook a small stage and big, grassy area. That part literally looks like a backyard. It’s awesome. 

There’s a small sand pit, soccer balls, a plastic baseball bat, and some other soft toys. My girls decided to make up a new game that combined baseball with a big, soft die that they used instead of a baseball. It was awesome and we saw other kids pick it up after we started eating. They are obviously trendsetters. 

Kids playing at Vaughn's
Kids playing at Vaughn’s

Vaughn’s has nightly entertainment like Music Bingo on Tuesdays, Team Trivia on Wednesdays, and our favorite, Kids Eat Free on Thursdays. For a current schedule, check the Vaughn’s Food Hall Facebook page — they usually post specials and a weekly schedule.

Ordering is the Easiest Thing Ever

Vaughn’s was recently acquired by new owners, hence the new name. One of the changes they made was the ordering system. You use your phone to scan the QR codes throughout the Food Hall and on the outdoor tables, which pull up the menus on your phone. You start a tab and then just order everything – beer, wine, appetizers, entrees – right from your phone. You can even share your tab with other people (think responsible teens or for a party) to make payment easier. 

Once you submit your order, you’ll get a text message confirming your order and then you’ll get text messages when the different parts of your order are done. 

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Taphouse, Fried Cheese Curds, Grub Box at Vaughn’s

So, for example, I ordered a salad, fried cheese curds, and nachos from the Grub Box, a beer from the Taphouse, and a kids’ meal from Bourbon St. Burgers all on my phone. Everything came out pretty fast and I only had to make a couple of trips inside to pick up my orders, which were right on the counter at the restaurant.

It’s super easy and way, way better than waiting in line at each place, especially if everyone in your family wants to eat and drink at different restaurants. Waiting in line would take forever. But you don’t have to with this new system! 

The ordering system currently works for all the restaurants within the Food Hall itself (a couple are outside but still part of the Food Hall), which are the TapHouse, Grub Box, Humble Pie Co., Bourbon St. Burgers, Anchor Raw Bar, and Yogi’s Cups & Cones.

There’s a water station right near The Grub Box as well, if you only want water and not any special drinks. 

Kids Eat Free on Thursdays

While I already mentioned this earlier, in case you missed it, Kids Eat Free on Thursdays with a paid adult meal. If everything you’ve already read isn’t reason enough to go to the Warehouse at Vaughn’s, let this be it. 

Mac and cheese and a quesadilla kids meal
Mac and cheese and a quesadilla kids’ meal

Discover more Kids Eat Free options in Greenville, SC.

Visiting Vaughn’s Food Hall

Be sure to check the website and Facebook page for current hours and events at the Fodd Hall. hat’s the best way to stay up-to-date on everything.

They have limited hours on Monday so check their website for details. Weekly standard hours are: 

Tuesday – Thursday from 11 am – 10 pm
Friday and Saturday from 11 am – 11 pm
Sunday from Noon – 8 pm 

Parking is behind the Food Hall, in front of it, and further in the back on the other side of Trade Street. 

Vaughn’s Food Hall
109 W. Trade Street, Simpsonville
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20 Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Across the USA

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Wondering which national chains kids can eat free? There are serveral national restaurants that offer free or discounted kids’ meals. Kids Eat Free promotions are one of the most popular deals restaurants offer families. No matter what city you live in, or where you travel, there are national chain restaurants with deals on kids’ meals. Here’s a list of national chain restaurants with kids eat free (or cheap) deals.

National Kids Eat Free promotions

This list is intended for informational purposes only. Please confirm with individual restaurant locations prior to visiting and ordering.

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National Chains Where Kids Eat Free

The national chains in this list offer free or discounted meals for kids! Many of these locations may or may not participate in the kids eat free promotional deals, so always check with your local location to confirm the meal deal is available.

Bob Evan’s

(Tuesday only) If you download and use the Bob Evan’s app, you can receive a free kid’s meal with the purchase of $15 or more. Your purchase must be made through the app the receive the promotion.

Bruster’s Ice Cream

If your child is less than 40 inches tall, he or she can receive a free baby ice cream cone from Bruster’s any day of the week!

Cici’s Pizza

At participating Cici’s Pizza locations, you can free kids’ meals with the purchase of an adult buffet. The offer is only valid for children 3 and under. The promotion is for any day of the week that your local Cici’s Pizza location is open!

Chili’s

My Chili’s Rewards Members can redeem rewards points for free kids’ meals at Chili’s. Join the Rewards program to learn more.

Denny’s

Kids (10 years old and younger) eat free at Denny’s on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 10:00 pm with the purchase of at least one adult entree. The offer is good for up to two kids’ meals, dine-in only.

Fuddrucker’s

(Monday only) At participating Fuddrucker’s locations, you can grab a kids’ meal for only $1.99! You must purchase an adult entree to receive the promotion, and the meal includes an entree, a side, a cookie, and a drink.

Jersey Mike’s

(Sunday only) You can grab a free kids’ meal with an adult purchase at participating Jersey Mike’s throughout the US on Sundays. Contact your local Jersey Mike’s to confirm that they offer this deal.

Golden Corral

(Tuesday only) At participating Golden Corral restaurants, you can get a kid’s meal for $2.99 with the purchase of an adult buffet. The deal is valid for children aged 4 – 10. Check with your local Gold Corral to confirm that they offer this deal.

Ikea

(Wednesday only) If you are a member of Ikea, you can enjoy the perk of two kid’s entrees free when you purchase an adult entree. This promotion is available at Ikea stores throughout the US.

Moe’s

Select Moe’s locations offer one kids meal for children under 12 years old every Sunday with the purchase of an adult entree $6 or more at many locations. Children can customize their kid’s meal with a kid-sized burrito, quesadilla, or taco plus a cookie and drink.
The offer is valid in-store only at participating locations.

O’Charley’s Restaurant and Bar

Though O’Charley’s Restaurant and Bar does not offer kids eat free deal, they do have super cheap kids’ meals. Participating O’Charley’s locations offer a kid’s meal for 99 cents!

Pizza Inn

(Tuesday only) At participating Pizza Inn locations, you can enjoy a free kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult entree on Tuesdays. Check with your local Pizza Inn location to confirm this promotional kids eat free meal deal.

Rapid Fired Pizza

With locations expanding across the US, Rapid Fired Pizza offers Tuesday kids eat free meal deals at participating locations. Kids eat for $1.99 on Tuesday evening with the purchase of an adult entree.

Red Robin

Kids eat free, with the purchase of at least one adult entree, on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at participating Red Robins.

Ruby Tuesday

Kids eat free every Tuesday after 5:00 pm at Ruby Tuesday with the purchase of an adult entree.

Smashburger

Smashburger is quickly expanding across the US and offers a kids-eat-free meal with the purchase of an adult entree. The promotion is dine-in only. Check with your local location to make sure they offer this deal.

Steak n Shake

Kids eat free all weekend long at Steak n Shake for every $9 you spend.

The Melting Pot

(Select days only) You can have a unique dining experience at The Melting Pot and also get a free kids entree with the purchase of an adult entree. The deal is valid at participating locations across the US but may have varying days of the week the kids eat free meal deal is offered. Contact your local location to confirm.

Zaxby’s

(Wednesday only) At participating Zaxby’s locations, they offer a 99-cent kids meal when you purchase an adult entree. Check with your local Zaxby’s location to confirm that they offer this deal. Day of the week of the meal deal may vary by location.


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Ready to Eat? There’s a Food Truck Near You in Greenville, SC

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Looking for food trucks near Greenville, SC? No matter what type of cuisine you are seeking, there is sure to be a food truck in the Greenville area that has something tasty to satisfy your hunger. Read all about Kristina’s love of food trucks and find a list of some of her favorites in this article.

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The advent of the modern-day food truck – a kind of hip repurposed truck that serves up amazing food on the go – can be traced back to Los Angeles in 2008 with the Kogi Korean BBQ truck. The idea of patrons buying food from a mobile unit wasn’t new but what was unique about Kogi, and others that followed their success, was the incredible food they served (Chef and founder Roy Choi was named “Best New Chef” in 2010 by the prestigious Food & Wine magazine – a first for a food truck chef) and the interactive social aspects of a roving kitchen on wheels. Since 2008, the food truck revolution has swept the nation, including Greenville in recent years. In fact, our awesome city has some truly unique and delicious options when it comes to food trucks.

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