CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston is hosting its first-ever "Restaurant Week!"
No need to beat around the bush with some clever lead-in here — this is BIG food news, my friends. It's happening Jan. 27 to Feb. 1, and I can barely contain my excitement.
Modeled after similar promotions in many large cities, Charleston's event will feature eight participating restaurants all offering special three-course menus for only $30 that week.
It's a great opportunity to enjoy the culinary handiwork of some of the city's top chefs, or check out some of the area's best restaurants at a fraction of the cost.
Just take a look at this lineup: Noah's Eclectic Bistro, South Hills Market & Cafe, Bridge Road Bistro, Paterno's at the Park, Bluegrass Kitchen, Ichiban, Soho's and Vandalia Grille.
See why I'm salivating?
A single entree at some of these hot spots can cost upwards of $30 alone, so imagine selecting an appetizer, entree AND dessert, all for that same price.
So what's the catch? There isn't one, really.
Some restaurants will offer a prix fixe menu consisting of a single appetizer, entree and dessert, while others will let you select each course from a few different options. The promotion will run during dinner hours only, but may expand to lunch next time around. (Next time? Yes!)
And, of course, drinks, tax and gratuity are not included.
The inaugural event is being organized by local purveyor Buzz Food Service, and Buzz president Dickinson Gould said it couldn't have come at a better time for local restaurants.
"After the holidays is typically a slow time for most restaurants, with a lot of people either tired from the last month's hustle-and-bustle, or worried about being out in winter weather or trying to focus on resolutions to lose weight," Gould said. "So this promotion really gives people a good reason to go out and enjoy Charleston's great local restaurants."
Gould said the lineup of high-quality establishments also gives those who ordinarily can't afford (or are intimidated by) finer restaurants the opportunity to experience them for a good price.
"A lot of times you see these chefs come out to participate in local food events or cooking competitions, and that's the only exposure many residents have to them. This helps us bring new costumers into restaurants so chefs can showcase their own space, service and ambiance."
No tickets are required to take advantage of this special promotion, but Gould said reservations are strongly recommended. And all restaurants offering special "Restaurant Week" selections will still have their traditional menus available during that time.
Gould hopes this will be the first such week of many to come, but that depends on folks like you and me getting out to support it. I pledge to do my part, and hope you'll all do the same.