Indigo Road Offers Hotel-and-Dinner Deal in January

proj_oak_pixThe post-holiday restaurant lull usually produces a raft of good eating deals, but a new stay-and-dine promotion from Indigo Road and Charlestowne Hotels is pretty good even by January standards.

During January, the restaurant group and hotel management company are offering discounted downtown rooms which come with a $100 Indigo Road gift card, good at Oak Steakhouse, O-Ku, The Cocktail Club, The Macintosh or Indaco. The rates are slightly higher on weekends, and six nights are excluded from the promotion, but there are plenty of attractive arrangements available. For instance, $179 buys dinner and a weeknight room at the Andrew Pinckney Inn, The Elliott House Inn or King Charles Inn.

The French Quarter Inn and King Charles Inn are also participating.

For more information, call your chosen hotel directly.

Oak Steakhouse Plans Second Location Near Atlanta

oakdessertAnd, speaking of Indigo Road, the restaurant group recently released additional details about its Atlanta area Oak Steakhouse location, set to open in Alpharetta next year.

According to a release, the menu will mirror the menu currently available at the Charleston location, described as “a mix of classic steakhouse features, as well as a farm-to-table locally driven selection of seafood and vegetarian dishes.” (That’s maybe a slight stretch: I recently ate at Oak, and noticed the only dish on the entrée page suitable for non-carnivores was an undescribed $18 item poetically called “vegetarian plate.” But what would a vegetarian be doing in a steakhouse anyhow?)

Jeremiah Bacon, executive chef of the Oak Steakhouse here, will help hire the new restaurant’s chef. Continue reading

Indigo Restaurant Group Gets Sheepish in January

rengberLamb barbecue is mildly popular in northern Japan, but it’s not slated to make a January appearance at O-Ku, the only Indigo Restaurant Group property sitting out a month-long lamb bonanza.

In partnership with the American Lamb Board, Oak Steakhouse, The Macintosh, The Cocktail Club and Indaco are putting sheep-based dishes on their menus, and providing tie-in recipe cards to interested patrons.

“Charleston is known for pork and seafood but we wanted to help these restaurants go on the lamb,” a press release quotes the American Lamb Board’s executive director as saying. Continue reading

Local Chefs Band Together to Support Share Our Strength

nokidWhether they prefer fancy or folksy food, Charleston diners have a number of opportunities this fall to support Share Our Strength’s fight against childhood hunger.

Throughout the month of September, restaurant chains including Mellow Mushroom, Arby’s, Denny’s, CiCi’s Pizza, TGIFriday’s and Bruegger’s Bagels will donate a portion of their sales to the No Kid Hungry campaign. The campaign last year raised $5.9 million to fund school and summer nutrition programs; educate families about healthy eating and raise national awareness of child hunger. This year, the goal is $10 million.

Restaurants are also offering various incentives for customers to give directly to Share Our Strength: At Mellow Mushroom, customers who donate $25 or more will receive a free sausage hoagie, chips, drink and a t-shirt.

The Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry dinner at L’Atelier de Le Creuset on Nov. 3 is likely to be short on hoagies and chips, but it will have a surfeit of chefs. The four-course dinner, sponsored by the Indigo Road Restaurant Group, features 23 of Charleston’s top chefs, including – among the non-Indigo representatives — Sean Brock, Mike Lata, Ken Vedrinski, Craig Deihl, Kevin Johnson, Josh Walker, Sarah O’Kelly and Josh Keeler.

Tickets to the 6 p.m. dinner, preceded by a VIP reception at 5 p.m., are $125. To reserve, call (202)808-7859 or visit the website.