French Words A Week: Fromage Et Saucisson

Friday, April 30, 2010

Bin 152

A few weeks ago, Tami and I stumbled upon a cool little place in town called Bin 152. A wine bar, situated at 152 King Street. But it's more than a wine bar. It's a cheese bar. A charcuterie and cured meat heaven. It's also an art/antique gallery. It's also lots more than that. It's Fanny's (the French half) and Patrick's (the American half), the owners. It's a place where we know we can pop in any time of the week, afternoon or after dinner and have good company, good libations and food. Seriously love those guys and hanging out there.

Fanny & Patrick
Fanny and Patrick in front of Bin 152

For this round of French Word A Week, I thought it'be nice to tag along a little interview I did with Fanny and Patrick. We met one very sunny day at their establishment and they patiently played the game of a few portrait shots as well as plating some charcuterie and cheese for a beauty shot. So yes, today you get to learn two more French words.

Cheese - Saucisson - Bread
Spicy saucisson and Tomme at the bar.

If you ever travel to France, beside "glace a la vanille", you'd better know how to pronounce "Fromage" (cheese) and "saucisson"! (cured dry sausage) (click on the words to hear)

The fromage and charcuterie lists are Bin 152 are among the best I have seen around. I don't do restaurant reviews here because my heart always beats too passionately when it comes to people and food but Fanny and Patrick's concept is too good to keep secret (although they are such a gem that we are a handful of locals who are torn about singing their praises out loud or keeping them all to ourselves!).

Bin 152 - Interior during Exhibition
Each month Bin 152 hosts a different exhibition, collection or artist.

The beverage list comprises wines from France, Italy, Spain, Australia, beers (drawing a blank here on the various ones), as well as some non-alcoholic options. Prices range from $7 to $16 for glasses and bottles start under $30. The food is not to be missed either. No matter what you order, every item is $7 from the creamy, hard, aged, stinky, cow or goat cheese to chorizo, duck mousse, saucisson, or cured bresaola (and that's not the end of it!). Everything is served on wooden cutting boards with just a couple of knives and plenty of fresh baguette. Simple, non pretentious and easy going.

Alright, so clearly I love the place but I also love those guys. Fanny is from Nice originally and traveled to many countries before landing in the US and meeting Patrick who was born in New Jersey but grew up in Colorado. After opening the Charleston branch of a bakery in NYC, Patrick and Fanny decided to venture on their own and improve on the wine bar concept. Hope you enjoy the little interview!

Bin152-Night
From cozy Happy Hour hang out to slightly mysterious night spot.

Helene: How did you come up with the concept of Bin 152? How do you select the wines and the cheese/charcuterie that go on the menu?
Fanny: Patrick had a wine bar in San Francisco of which we used the basic model, but then we expanded the cheese and charcuterie menu and included the antique furniture twist. So basically we improved upon an existing model that was and is still successful in SF.

Helene: What has been the most challenging part of opening Bin 152 so far?
Fanny: The biggest challenge has been the long hours. Other than that it's been fabulous.

Helene: Fanny, what's your favorite word in the English language? Patrick, what is your favorite word in the French language? The toughest to pronounce (for each)?
Fanny's favorite: rhythm and toughest to pronounce: any word that ends in a "th"
Patrick's favorite: bisous (kisses)(!) and toughest to pronounce "emporter".

Helene: At home, do you guys share your cooking/baking time?
Fanny: We do. But I mostly cook and Patrick bakes.

Helen: What would be your idea of the perfect feast? (name dishes, place, people, whatever comes to mind)
Fanny: My grandmother's cooking -- cassoulet, paella, au feu de bois; and Patrick's pizza with mushrooms, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, truffle oil and his special crust.
Patrick: I usually like the simple things done really well. I like roasted chicken with herbes de provence, a great pasta bolognese, any fresh fish cooked perfectly, I love fried zucchini flowers and anything my lovely wife cooks -- she's an awesome cook.

Mention food and feasts and we all start to sound poetic, don't we?

Snack Plate At Bin 152
Even the cheese has a "smiley" face...

Bin 152 is located 152 King St in Charleston, SC (Tel.843.577.7359). As Fanny mentioned, they do keep long hours and we are selfishly happy for that: they are open Monday through Friday from 4pm to 2am, Saturdays from 4pm to midnight and closed Sundays. Their website should be up in the next few weeks.

36 comments:

Lorna Yee said...

That saucisson looks incredible. What a find! The café looks like such a cozy spot to while away a few hours, with some cured meats, cheese, and a cooling glass of sparkling wine.

Kate @ Savour Fare said...

Two of my MOST favorite French words!

Penney said...

Thanks for writing about Bin152! My husband and I have been enjoying Fanny, Patrick, the wine and cheese since shortly after they opened in December. Your description was perfect.

Barbara said...

What a charming place. I can see why it has become a favourite with you Helene.A perfect combination of food and drink.

Andrea Walker said...

oh my goodness, you have to know that is my favorite meal. I can't have any of it (except the bread) right now, but as soon as I have this baby I am having first that meal, and then sushi. And of course your photographs are lovely lovely lovely as always!

Dustjacket Attic said...

This sounds and looks so delicious. I just adore the photo's. You are so lucky to have something like this nearby.

I was happy to see they stock Ausralian wines, we have some really wonderful wines.

xx DJ

Danielle said...

Ooooh j'aime bien les saucissons...et la table de bois dans les photos!

Thanks for having these French word a week series, it's a good opportunity to revise my rusty French :) Will bookmark this post for a trip to Charleston one day!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

That place sounds so charming! :) Two great words here today!

Alicia said...

I just found your glorious gem & then poof!!! You're in Charleston!!! My best friend moved their last year & I drooled all throughout its glorious streets, deciding to relocate in 2011 when my AZ job is done.
By the by she's, we are cheese junkies so I'm sending her for lactose lovelies!!!
Have a glorious weekend!!!

James B said...

Wish I had a place like this local to me!

Janicetan said...

hi! you take beautiful pictures (: which camera do you use?

Dani said...

mon fiancé aimerait très bien y aller... il me semble un "retaurant" formidable :)

bunkycooks said...

Such a great place to have locally! I will definitely bookmark this for our next trip to Charleston. We are overdue for a visit as it has been a couple of years.

Losgatos said...

Du saucisson et du fromage, accompagnés d'un bon vin de Bordeaux! La vie !!!

Thanx for those pics :))

Silvia said...

Oh, sweet memories! This reminds me of one bar in Paris where I used to go with my sister and her husband. They always used to bring us of those sausages with our cocktails, but as we are vegetarians we always asked for some cheese, unfortunately without any success. However, I love your French Words a Week articles. They bring me back to France every time!
Sunny smiles,
Silvia :)

Punctuation Mark said...

what a beautiful place... love the amazing images in this post and all the other ones... have a great weekend!

boogie said...

such charming pictures & a charming place! I love little wine & cheese tours!

Anonymous said...

super post ! merci !! quand vs "relocate" a Geneve, je jouerai le role de client avec grand plaisir ;)
Bonne continuation :)
corinne

Julie said...

Yesterday I was purchasing some saucisson sec at a little cheese and meat shop and the counterperson gently corrected my pronunciation. I thought "too bad this wasn't one of Helene's words of the week..." I feel sure that I will never mis-pronounce saucisson again!

tara said...

the exact sort of spot that's made for a chatty afternoon over wine. and like Kate said, two of my favourite French words right there!

Broderick said...

Thanks for sharing a little bit of Charleston with us! I love the photo of the two of them

Gaby said...

Fromage is one of my favorite words in any language because I LOVE CHEESE!!!!! Bin 152 looks darling... I guess the LA girls will just have to make a trip out east so we can join you there!

Elisabet Figueras said...

Nothing better than fromage and saucisson with a glass of red wine,
à votre santé !!!

food lover kathy said...

Bin 152 looks like such a great place to hang out with wine, cheese and charcuterie--or should I say vin, fromage et charcuterie. I can't say any French word correctly (so sad because I lived in Paris for 2 yrs), but the words with 2 or more vowels are impossible(to spell and say), especially whisk (is it feuitelle? and the rue Montorgueil). Oh, and the French "R" is pretty hard too.

Thank you, thank you for these posts. I love them and the audio...so helpful. Now if I can just get my mouth to move correctly.

my little expat kitchen said...

I love cheese and I love saucisson. Especially saucisson. I'm drooling over the photographs.
That's a wonderful shop/cheese bar. If I lived anywhere near there I would definitely visit. But... different continents :)
Magda

robyn michelle-lee said...

gorgeous! this reminds me of two favourite places in vancouver...
salt - a wine, cheese and charceuterie tasting room
and
bin 941 (also the address) - a tapas tasting restaurant.
looks so delicious and your photos are stunning!

Prerna said...

You're slowly turning an Indian to French, that would be a deadly combination I must say ;-)
Love love love the pics of this post!

Nikki said...

Well I certainly wish that I lived closer... what a beautiful little spot!

Rhonda said...

What a cool wine bar/place to meet and I am glad one of my favorite food groups is easy to pronounce...ah cheese. Fromage with a Texas accent.

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

I love that they serve these tasty morsels on wooden cutting boards. Creative, inviting touch. Nice to learn about this dynamic couple, sweet interview. I would love to try those fine cheeses and charceuterie slices.

Kim said...

I live in Charleston, my husband is French, and we are on our way tomorrow afternoon! Merci beaucoup!

Junglefrog said...

Since I will be going to France soon (going twice this summer actually!) I really have to remember how to pronounce the words correctly...:) Fromage is not so difficult but the saucisson part is giving me trouble and raised eyebrows from the french.. :) Lovely little place you found there!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

Loving your 'French Words A Week' series. Nice place! Wish I lived close by to taste their wine & food.

Missy Manning said...

Looks like a lovely place!

Nat said...

Thanks for the address: it could be useful...
The place looks cozy ;-)

Inge said...

Food looks amazing! such simple thing and my mouth is already watering. http://ingridslifeandluxury.blogspot.com/

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