Charleston this year served as a sanctuary for newsmakers in the culinary world, hosting a series of events that drew the nation's top chefs - and the attention of the world's eaters.

A year crammed with food happenings began in March with the announcement of James Beard Foundation award nominees at Lowndes Grove Plantation (2012 event location: Las Vegas). In June, Bon Appetit editors dropped by town to lead a Grub Crawl dining tour (2012 event locations: Brooklyn, Los Angeles and New Orleans).

While event organizers smartly avoided scheduling many summertime activities, a busy fall started with Cook It Raw, a global gathering of the planet's most celebrated avant-garde chefs (2012 event location: Suwalki, Poland).

The season continued with a national summit of Chefs Collaborative, a network of chefs, writers and activists at the forefront of the sustainable food movement (2012 event location: Seattle), and StarChefs.com's Rising Stars gala, featuring talented young culinary professionals from across the Carolinas.

HANNA RASKIN

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Two chefs and cookbook co-author from Charleston nominated for James Beard Foundation Awards

Charleston to host Grub Crawl

Cook It Raw comes to Charleston

Chefs Collaborative conference underway in Charleston

StarChefs.com Assembles Carolina Culinary Talent for Awards Gala