Eva Moore in the Free Times
In a move that fits right in the middle of the Venn diagram of Free Times‘ various interests, Alex Strickland has taken over as head chef at Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House.
For the previous six years, Strickland worked at Terra under Chef Mike Davis.
The hiring of Strickland, with his fine dining chops, indicates that despite having just opened a new production brewery, Hunter-Gatherer owner Kevin Varner still has big aspirations for his original brewpub. The H-G has been serving up higher-end pub food and nightly specials to go with its brewed-on-site English-style ales near the University of South Carolina for 22 years.
Strickland says he wants to bring his chops to bear at H-G.
“My goal is to elevate the already stellar menu and get us in the forefront of Columbia diners’ minds as a go-to location for great, local, ingredient-driven food with masterful technique without pretension,” he told Free Times. Read more…