Ted Dombrowski has applied a commitment to quality products and unparalleled customer service — coupled with dedication and hard work — to earn a reputation as a trusted source for the best meats and prepared foods in Charleston. A former sales professional (and former vegetarian) he now follows in the footsteps of his Polish grandparents, who operated a butcher shop in New Jersey for nearly 40 years, and his parents, who ran a successful restaurant and catering business during his childhood. Seeing an opportunity in Charleston in 2005 to introduce premium butcher products and prepared foods in a city on the verge of emerging as a top culinary destination, he opened his neighborhood butcher shop and market in the heart of Charleston’s historic district. Today the shop remains a local destination for quality cut to-order meats, fresh seafood, housemade sausages and pate and a host of prepared food options.
Working on local farms as a child outside of Middletown, Maryland, Jamey had a strong connection with food from an early age. Time spent in the kitchen with his mother, whose cooking background is centered on recipes from Georgia and rural Virginia, continues to influence and inspire his technique today. After developing a passion for regional Asian cuisines from a family friend who owned a local restaurant, Jamey decided to pursue cooking as a career and moved to Charleston to attend Johnson and Wales University in 2000. Since then, he has honed his skills in local kitchens, eventually coming to Ted’s for the opportunity to work with the best products on the market and to learn more about butchering and charcuterie.
Marketing & PR
Julie teamed up with her husband, Ted, to open Ted’s Butcherblock in 2005, providing marketing, branding and publicity support as the shop and gourmet cafe evolved. A graduate of Boston University, she worked at advertising and public relations agencies in San Diego and Washington, D.C., before moving to Charleston in 1996. In addition to helping spread the word about the delicious products and creations coming out of the kitchen at Ted’s, she provides marketing and communications services for several Charleston-area clients. A long-time lover of Charleston and the Lowcountry who can’t imagine living anywhere else, she serves on the board of Lowcountry Local First, Charleston’s advocate for local business and a strong local economy.