In March of 2016, John Brunty and partners opened Crave Artisan Specialty Market to sell regional products such as jams, honey, grits, cheese biscuits, benne wafers and so much more. Later that year, the group added a kitchen to showcase how well all of the flavors blended. The jams from Cameron, SC were great with the goat cheese from Aiken, SC. The "cafe to go" and small counter top was an immediate success.
By April, 2017, it was clear we needed professional help. Hello, Ola Helsing, a trained chef from the French Culinary Institute, NYC. Soon, we began removing the retail shelves and replaced them with tables. Accolades pour in on a daily basis and business has reached heights we never dreamed possible in our tiny space.
"It takes a special culinary mind to take a turkey sandwich and make it into something special but these folks pulled it off. There is an art to building complexity of taste and texture in food and foodies are the masters. They start with something familiar and build it until it becomes a culinary experience of hot and cold, sweet and sour, crisp and soft... There is something very special going on in this small space. Bravo for bringing creativity to simple food." Maria Leaks, Facebook review
Cafe Artisan Specialty Market and Cafe specializes in regional products, artisan sandwiches and salads made with fresh, local ingredients. We are widely known for our tomato pies, paninis, chicken pot pies, quiches, salads and more!