Charleston is a food and beverage paradise, and dining here is a beautiful experience. This city is home to very talented chefs, bar tenders, bakers, coffee roasters, brewers, and more.  These professionals take their craft seriously, and I fully enjoy reaping the rewards of their labor :)  Whether you're going out for a fancy seafood dinner, or grabbing some casual drinks with friends, Charleston's service industry will treat you very well.  

Just a few CHS dining highlights.  Front left to right: The Belmont boys, Armando the mascot of Bin 152 and Chez Nous, and the perfect Okonomiyaki at XBB

The service industry is one I admire, respect and appreciate. During my childhood, my father owned and operated several restaurants and I learned first hand how much thought and effort goes into a customer's experience. I also come from a family of serious eaters and chefs.  My mother's side of the family is Argentinian, so I had the good fortune of growing up among delicious, traditional and homemade meals.  Food means family, friendship, tradition, comfort, and community. All of my best memories and experiences revolve around coming together to share a meal or raise a toast. This is a big reason why I feel Charleston is the perfect city for me to call home; it's restaurant industry is a labor of love and work of art.

The Farias girls making homemade empanadas from Aunt Lisa's delicious recipe

I grew up in Annapolis, MD where my father owned a few restaurants. This is a picture of "Annapolis First Light" by artist Richard Bollinger

I grew up in Annapolis, MD where my father owned a few restaurants. This is a picture of "Annapolis First Light" by artist Richard Bollinger

My new Charleston Hospitality series honors the outstanding job this city does of treating its community with exceptional service. I feel very fortunate to live here and I try to never take for granted the wonderful culinary experiences I am able to have on a regular basis. I wanted to create portraits of these impressive establishments where so many are able to gather, share a meal or drink, and make new memories together. My pieces are a way to bring these experiences home, and recall them over and over.

"The Belmont" 24x30 oil on canvas and "Xiao Bao Biscuit" 30x30 oil on canvas

I have finished the first few pieces in the series, and plan on doing many more.  I am truly connected to this series, and am so excited to share it.  I will be making prints and special edition note cards so that everyone can enjoy their favorite Charleston staples. Stay tuned for details on my Charleston Hospitality Pop-Up Show hosted by Candlefish this summer. Thank you to the men and women who keep me well fed and in good spirits, this one's for you!