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.

Missed Husk’s Fried Chicken on Friday? Too Bad.

huskadAs first reported by Eater Charleston, Husk last Friday night fried up a test batch of chicken. Unfortunately for fans of the dish who weren’t tuned into the right Twitter feed, there’s no telling when the chicken will appear again.

“The fried chicken may make some surprise appearances on the Bar at Husk menu, but it will not be a scripted or weekly occurrence as it is in Nashville,” says Husk’s general manager Dan Latimer. “In Charleston, if we have it again, the production will be limited, not on a specific day, and will most likely be in the same vein as Friday, where we hit social media and see what happens.”

At Husk Nashville, fried chicken is the centerpiece of Tuesday’s $12 plate lunch. The restaurant this month debuted a rotating menu of meat-and-twos, available on weekdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In addition to chicken, Husk Nashville is serving roast beef, meatloaf, catfish and pork chops. Continue reading

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.

Limehouse Offers Reward For Photo of Newest Truck

limetomatoesLimehouse Produce latest promotion comes with a sizable prize package and an important safety warning: Don’t try to photograph the grower’s newest truck while you’re driving.

But assuming you’re well out of harm’s way, Limehouse is looking for snapshots of the newest addition to its fleet: A truck decorated with cartoon-style produce characters. Shutterbugs who submit a picture of the truck on its delivery route are eligible to win tickets to the Charleston Wine + Food Festival launch party; tickets to the Charleston Restaurant Association’s Taste of Charleston; Limehouse apparel and bags of vegetables.

Entries can be submitted via Limehouse’s Facebook page or Instagram account. One winner will be randomly chosen each week through Sept. 27.

Jestine’s Sweet Shop Still Open

jestinesAs of this weekend, Jestine’s Sweet Shop remained open, but it remains unclear why Jestine’s Kitchen closed without warning on Thursday, and whether the popular restaurant plans to re-open.

A Sweet Shop staffer refused to comment on the situation, but a man in the shop who identified himself as a friend of its employees said they’re as curious as the general public about what prompted the abrupt closure for unscheduled and unspecified renovations.

Although messages left on the restaurant’s voicemail and with the Sweet Shop for owner Dana Berlin Strange weren’t returned, rumors that the closure could be prolonged or permanent are swirling on social media. Continue reading