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.

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

Dissecting the Difference Between Corn Vodka and Unaged Whiskey

spvodkaCharleston’s Striped Pig Distillery, which this week released its first batch of spirits, recently dropped off a sample bottle of its Striped Vodka. If you’re wondering how the liquor tastes, imagine a rowdy Saturday night followed by a Sunday family dinner which ends with you face down in a bowl of creamed corn.

The vodka comes by its alcoholic sting and corny sweetness naturally: It’s distilled from Bowman, S.C. corn. The mash bill led an editor here to wonder about the difference between vodka and white whiskey, which is equally clear in color and also made from corn. Since I couldn’t adequately explain, I put the question to distilling expert Matthew Rowley, author of Moonshine!

“The difference between vodka and white whiskey boils down to three things: ingredients, oak, and proof,” Rowley says. Continue reading