Because I'm personally annoyed (borderline enraged) by the proliferation of mobile phone use in restaurants - whatever happened to talking to the folks you're with, people! - I was a little suspicious of these new gadgets.
But traditionalists need not worry about a compromised dining experience. You still interact with your server to place your order. The tablets contain no games, social apps or web-surfing capabilities, and are removed from the table once orders are placed.
I'm definitely on board.
The Chop House is open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. For reservations or more
information, call (304) 344-3950 or visit www.thechophouserestaurant.com.
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Thanks to everyone who came out for this past weekend's Taste of Home Cooking School at the Charleston Civic Center.
I especially enjoyed meeting those who came up and introduced themselves as fans and complimented my emcee skills.
This is me, blushing.
I was glad to do it. After getting over the initial shock of not being able to taste all of the mouthwatering goodies being prepared onstage - "What do you mean they are door prizes for the audience?! - I settled right in and had a great time.
And watched others walk away with pineapple-cashew chicken salad, spinach-brie-bacon quiche, pulled pork tostadas with slaw and chipotle cream, braised beef short ribs, steak and bleu cheese bruschetta with caramelized onions.
But I did manage to enjoy a few bites.
Not only did Chef Michael Barna surprise me with a huge slice of Upside-Down Apple Pie at the end of the show, but a woman in the audience came up afterward to offer me a taste of the platter of sausage-stuffed mushrooms she won.
This is me, grateful.
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