How Good Were Your Wine + Food Phone Pics?

jouleInveterate Instagrammers who were vindicated by a recent study suggesting that snapping a picture of a dish before eating it could enhance their food enjoyment* now have another reason to keep up their plate-rearranging, friend-testing habits:  A West Ashley financial firm could make them famous.

On Mar. 26, the second annual Food Phone Photo Show at Jericho Advisors will exhibit the 20 best images submitted by eaters nationwide.  The top three winners will receive unspecified prizes and trophies.

To enter the contest, submit a photo via Twitter (@foodporn2014) or Instagram (@jerichoadvisors). Only photos taken with mobile devices are eligible. All entries must be uploaded by Mar. 21 at 11:59 p.m. Continue reading

Meet #FirstBiteCHS, Our New Instagram Feed

rhubarbHave you made a New Year’s resolution to try something new this year? If that something involves food and drink, we’d like to see it.

Since Charleston and its eaters are always at the forefront of dining trends, we’ve set up an Instagram hashtag to help the city’s eaters document new culinary experiences.

Whether you’re eating a lobster roll at The Ordinary for the first time, or making a chocolate babka you’ve never before baked, snap a photo and label it #FirstBiteCHS. Starting later this month, we’ll share the images on our website and begin printing a few of our favorites in Wednesday’s food section.

But it’s never too early to form a good habit. Next time you eat or drink something new, tag it #FirstBiteCHS. We can’t wait to discover what’s on your plate in 2014.

Pix From the Prix Fixe Front

Charleston Restaurant Week kicked off last week, and local eaters are documenting their three-course dinners on Twitter and Instagram. Here, a few early visual reports:

Checked off another spot on foodie bucket list on 1st Day of Charleston Restaurant Week

@l8nrfan “checked off another spot on (her) foodie bucket list at Peninsula Grill.” She reports she was sorry a slice of coconut cake wasn’t included.

Charleston Restaurant week... Dinner at The Grocery: seafood bouillabaisse (top), roasted pork shoulder w/ corn and butter bean panzanella, & lemon semifreddo w/blueberries #3for30 #ieatwell #irecommendit

At The Grocery, $30 bought @theewillmill1 seafood bouillabaisse, roasted pork shoulder with corn and butter bean panzanella and lemon semifreddo with blueberries. His conclusion? “#irecommendit”

Have you had a Restaurant Week meal yet? How was it? Let us know in the comments section.

James Beard Foundation’s Local Dish Challenge Returns

TasteAmericaKickOff-027With a single dish order, Charleston eaters this fall can support the work of two charitable organizations.

During the annual James Beard Foundation Taste America Local Dish Challenge, which runs from Sept. 1-Oct. 31, the foundation’s education department will collect $1 for every featured dish sold at one of 11 area restaurants. Additionally, diners are being asked to Instagram the JBF dish with the hashtags #JBFTasteAmerican and #Charleston. The city which produces the most Instagram images will receive the greater of $10,000 or 10 percent of the money raised nationally.

The money’s earmarked for a cause selected by participating chefs; In Charleston, Feed the Need’s been selected as the potential recipient.

Restaurants in 35 states and the District of Columbia are joining the effort. Locally, the line-up includes Fish, O-Ku, Cypress, Fleet Landing Restaurant, Indaco, Oak Steakhouse, Poogan’s Porch, Ruka’s Table, The Grocery, The Macintosh, Tristan and Wild Olive.

For more information, visit the foundation’s website.