OAK Chef Brett Mckee gets INKED, Helps Darkness to Light

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Chef Brett McKee of Oak Steakhouse has another rock star accomplishment to add to his list: a profile in Inked, a magazine that celebrates the art of the tattoo. Appropriately enough, he’s featured in the Ink for a Cause column by Heidi Minx, which highlights people (with tattoos) who raise awareness and money for worthy causes. McKee’s support goes to Darkness to Light, MUSC Children’s Hospital, the American Heart Association and the Lowcountry Food Bank. Of course, McKee takes part in what seems like every charity event and auction in town, generously donating his time and talents.

Brett on Darkness to Light: I am one of the few chefs who have been involved with this incredible organization since day one. Being that technology has advanced over the years and computers are the new gateway for pedophiles, there is more child sexual abuse than ever before. Once again, having 3 daughters and hearing about the horrors of what happens to other children, I give what I can and help out whenever they ask. Sometimes it’s cooking for events and sometimes it’s offering an auction item.”

McKee gives a nice shout-out to homeboy Jason Eisenberg at Holy City Tattoo for doing most of his tattoos, which include portraits of his three daughters.

In more Brett McKee news, the chef/owner of Oak says he’s purchased a new restaurant in Mt. Pleasant to be called 17 North, set to open Nov. 1.

And finally, he’s bringing back Sunday Suppers at Oak. As the summer winds down and tourists return to the far flung regions of Ohio, Oak retreats back to their regular Sunday schedule, including a four-course dinner available each week for a mere $35.

McKee keeps the Sunday menu fresh by featuring a different culinary region each week. This Sunday’s Supper will highlight Italy, offering dishes like gnocchi and braised short ribs. If the Sunday menu doesn’t lure you in, the rest of the menu should do the trick as it offers a wide range of Italian-American favorites like steak tartare, eggplant parmasean, jumbo lump crab cakes, and linquini alla carbonara. Call for reservations.

Charleston City Paper

Stephanie Barna

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