Volunteers from James Island Christian Church dish out ‘Casey’s almost famous Boston butts’ and campfire beans to hungry patrons at the “James Island: Taste of the Churches” event put on by local non-profit James Island Outreach this past Saturday
The Separation of Church and Stomach
Inaugural culinary event to benefit island-based non-profit draws crowd of hundreds
By Charlie Morrison
Local non-profit James Island Outreach played the part of event planners this past Saturday in hosting James Island: Taste of the Churches. The event served as a celebration of the church, community, and all things culinary. But more importantly, it served as fundraiser and canned food drive, with all proceeds going to James Island Outreach.
Groups from nearly a dozen James Island churches were on hand to serve up various dishes, the recipes were provided by patrons of their respective churches. The sound stage was packed all afternoon, with a series of musical acts serving up tunes. The large children’s activity area was highlighted by a pair of giant jump castles that ensured the parents in attendance had the time to enjoy a bite. Although rain clouds hung ominously over the head of attendees for parts of the afternoon, the rain never came and attendance for the event stayed strong throughout the afternoon.
In its daily operation, James Island Outreach is directly supported by a group of area churches and businesses, who also came out in strength for Saturday’s event. Epworth United Methodist offered attendees New Orleans jambalaya and southern corn bread. Harbor View Presbyterian provided sausage cheese balls and homemade desserts, with Emmanuel AME serving up fried chicken, yellow rice, and macaroni and cheese. James Island Baptist offered up their secret weapon, a gentleman named Bad Bob and his ‘Almost like Kickin’ Chicken’ grilled chicken wings. James Island Christian, which hosted the event at their Crosscreek Drive facility, served up ‘Casey’s almost famous Boston butts and campfire beans.’
The menu was as diverse as it was delicious. The local branch of non-profit Remember Niger served up ethnic delicacies native to the African country. Beignets were served up by folks from St. James Episcopal. James Island Presbyterian served up a couple of dishes, changing every hour to a new offering.
James Island Outreach itself contributed, serving up a couple different desserts throughout the afternoon. Rounding out the menu was Smoky Oak Taproom, which offered up some of its signature BBQ and the Kickin’ Chicken, which provided all the bottled water, napkins, plates, silverware, and sweet tea necessary for the event to go off without a hitch.
James Island Outreach is located at 1853 Maybank Highway, on James Island. For more information about the organization, give them a call at 762-3659 or check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/JamesIslandOutreach.