Lake E. High Jr. was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and except for a few years spent working in Washington, D.C., he has lived there all of his life. One of his earliest childhood memories is holding his father’s hand and being taken to Lever’s Barbeque restaurant, which was then located in West Columbia. He loved it.
High worked as a stockbroker most of his life, but after he first graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in political science, he worked for several years in the public-relations section of the South Carolina Electric Cooperatives Association. While traveling around the state, he never missed a barbeque house. By the time he was in his late twenties, friends were urging him to write a book on South Carolina barbeque, since he had probably eaten in more barbeque restaurants than anyone in the state.
A Feast of Books: Regional Food | Saturday May 17th, 3:20 pm – 4:10 pm, Lexington Meeting Room A