Restaurant Week is just around the corner
Turns out I wasn't the only one all "a'Twitter" over the news about Charleston's first Restaurant Week coming a little later this month.
As soon as last Wednesday's Daily Mail hit newsstands, a new Facebook page covering the event was created and generated nearly 900 likes in its first five days - even with a water crisis dominating the news - and my phone immediately blew up with tweets, posts and calls from readers either celebrating the news or hungering for more details.
Will restaurants announce menus ahead of time? Which chefs will offer set menus versus a choice for each course? Will more restaurants come on board?
I'll be posting information as it comes in on The Food Guy blog, Twitter and Facebook pages listed at the end of this column. But you can also be the first to know by following CWV Restaurant Week on Twitter (@eatlocalcwv, #cwvrestweek) or liking "Charleston WV Restaurant Week" on Facebook (www.facebook.com/eatlocalcwv).
For those who missed the news, eight top local restaurants will all be offering special three-course dinners for just $30 from Jan. 27 through Feb. 1.
Participating restaurants are Noah's Eclectic Bistro, South Hills Market & Cafe, Bridge Road Bistro, Paterno's at the Park, Bluegrass Kitchen, Ichiban, Soho's and Vandalia Grille.
The inaugural event is being organized by local purveyor Buzz Food Service.
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As much as people were buzzing about Restaurant Week, there was no escaping the week's biggest local news, a tainted water supply that forced the closure of almost all local restaurants.
Like many people, I turned to social media for all the latest updates and occasional comic relief to help laugh away the pain. Among the witty banter I saw, one post that particularly resonated with me involved a New Year's do-over.
Lamenting the wave of subzero temperatures that gripped the area and a subsequent chemical leak that poured more salt in our wounds, one friend called for another celebration to ring in 2014 once all this mess is cleaned up.
So in honor of ringing in a "new" New Year, here's a sneak peek at what's supposed to be hot on this year's food scene.
Marketing and communications agency JWT has just released the results of its ninth annual forecast of world trends, including some that relate to food and drink . . .
Spice company McCormick also compiled its annual list of the top flavors to look for in 2014 . . .
Steven Keith writes a weekly food column for the Daily Mail. He can be reached at 304-348-1721 or by e-mail at email@example.com. You can also follow him on Facebook and Pinterest as "DailyMail FoodGuy," on Twitter as "DMFoodGuy" or read his blog at http://blogs.charlestondailymail/foodguy.