It’s Not Thanksgiving Without A Late-Night Run to Piggly-Wiggly

November 4, 2012 | By | Comments (9)

We asked some of our favorite scribes to riff on the part of their down-home Thanksgiving they simply couldn’t do without. Here’s what they said. (Stay tuned for more…)

The Lee Brothers

Photo by Ralph Lee Anderson

Thanksgiving Eve is the most underrated holiday of the year.

No matter how early we begin preparations, and despite the many shopping lists we create in the run-up to the holidays, we always find ourselves missing an ingredient late Wednesday night. It might be nutmeg, mace, or turnips, but usually it’s butter or eggs.

Fortunately, Charleston’s Meeting Street “Pig” is open until 11 p.m., so however late it might be, we can pick up the butter or nutmeg—and let’s add a growler of beer while we’re at it.

But more than coming through in the clutch, the store is such a happy scene at that hour. We run into friends doing exactly what we’re doing and swap “What’d you forget?” stories, which turn into “What are you cooking?” stories, which become chats about Southern cooking traditions. And the spirit of the store is amazing: giddy with the anticipation of friends and family tearing it up at the table.

COMMENTS

  1. eliza

    I can almost guarantee that these guys have never stepped foot in the meeting street pig.

    November 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm
  2. ponza vaughan

    unsalted butter!

    November 4, 2012 at 7:02 pm
  3. Nancy Long

    I guess Ialmost hate to say, I check things off the list as I get them, so don’t need to run out last minute. I just bought 8 lbs of unsalted butter at Costco today so I would have plenty. Probably have enough to start w/the Christmas cookies as soon as Thanksgiving is over – have a good one all

    November 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm
  4. Suzanne Tuck

    Have had to run to ColumbiabSC’s Devine St Pig on Thanksgiving Day a few times in the past to get items I forgot to bring with me from Alabama. Wonderful, very helpful staff. Eggs, butter and cream cheese.

    November 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm
  5. William Cochran

    Wish there was a Pig near me but I usually end up at Kroger or Publix.

    November 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm
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