Vandy Vanderwarker '00 and co-owner Will Love have opened French bistro Maison in Charleston, S.C.
Vanderwarker, a classically trained French chef, began dreaming of opening his own bistro when he realized there was no place to get escargot in the city. He plans for Maison to embrace not only the intimacy of a classic French bistro, but the French approach to food as well.
"We are going to take the food, a lot of French food is heavier, and breathe in lightness to it, that sense of modernity," he told Charleston City Paper. "It's balanced food, all my food is balanced – if you make a heavy butter sauce, it pairs with a very light protein."
Maison opened over the Saint Patrick's Day weekend, and is located at 708 King Street.