Community News: Charleston Restaurant Week 2019

Charleston WV Restaurant Week Year 6 Introduces Restaurants & New Price Points

Charleston WV Restaurant Week will be held Jan. 28 through Feb. 2, 2019.

In its sixth year, #cwvrestweek features 26 independently-owned restaurants, each participating at one of two different price options!  At $25 or $35, each diner will receive an appetizer, entree, and dessert from a prix fixe menu.

Participating restaurants include:

$25: Adelphia, Big Joe’s Bar and Grill, Celsius, Dem 2 Brothers & a Grill, Gonzoburger, Leonoro’s, Mi Cocina de Amor, Nawab, Tin Box BBQ |

$35: Berry Hills Country Club, Bistro at the Barge, Black Sheep Burritos & Brews, Bluegrass Kitchen, Bricks & Barrels, Bridge Road Bistro, Edgewood Country Club, Ichiban, Laury’s, Noah’s Restaurant & Lounge, Sam’s Uptown Cafe, Soho’s at Capitol Market, The Block, The Chop House, The Elements at Quarrier Diner, The Market, Tidewater Grill.

The eight new restaurants this year include: Big Joe’s Bar and Grill, Gonzoburger, Nawab, Tin Box BBQ, Berry Hills Country Club, Edgewood Country Club, Noah’s Restaurant & Lounge, and The Elements at Quarrier Diner.

Organized by local meat and seafood distributor Buzz Food Service, Charleston Restaurant Week has established itself as an annual week-long celebration of the city’s best food and local eateries, bringing together residents and visitors to try new restaurants and support small business. Charleston Restaurant Week offers a specialty menu, with some restaurants serving their most popular fare and others featuring dishes only available during the promotion. Restaurants often partner with local bakeries and pastry shops to feature local desserts, and many have drink specials or live music during the six night event.

Dickinson Gould, President of Buzz Food Service and a founder of Charleston Restaurant Week had this to say: “After five years of growth, it was clear that splitting the promotion into two different price brackets could work well for all parties.  First, the lower cost of $25 will make the promotion accessible for more diners to participate.  $30 was a bargain in this case, but still a lot of money for many people.  Second, some of the more casual venues were reaching up to a $30 price point that was higher than their average ticket.  Offering a $25 option made more of those restaurants feel comfortable participating.  Finally, some of the fancier fine dining establishments felt limited by the $30 price point.  We’re expecting to see a lot of creativity when the menus are released on January 12th and deciding where to dine will be more difficult than ever!”

Reservations are strongly encouraged, not just to reserve a space, but to allow participating restaurants to plan for staff and supplies. Surveys of participating restaurants have shown more than 10,000 total meals served during the week each year, generating an economic impact of roughly $2M over five years.  A number of participating restaurants report filling their entire reservation book during the week, all at an otherwise slow time of year for the industry.

Menus will be posted on January 12 to the promotion’s website,  Diners are encourage to use #CWVRestWeek in their social posts.

Community News: Taste of Our Towns


Taste of Our Towns (TOOT)

The 34th annual Taste of Our Towns (TOOT) festival takes place Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.?Thousands of residents and visitors from across the region gather on the streets of historic downtown Lewisburg to sample delicious food from local restaurants, civic clubs, and nonprofit organizations.?

In addition to food vendors, the festival also features three entertainment stages, a climbing wall, a dunking booth, children?s activities, traveling performers, and much more. The shops in downtown Lewisburg are also open during the day.

This year, TOOT includes vendors?from surrounding areas, such as Snowshoe Resort in Pocahontas County and Elmwood in Monroe County. ?We are hoping visitors can ?taste? their way around the region,? said Carnegie Hall Development Director Anne Bowling Tuckwiller. ?It was our goal this year to really encourage participation from the communities we serve throughout the region, which include Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Monroe, Summers, and Nicholas Counties.?

The French Goat

Other new TOOT vendors include: Blue Skies Ahead, Corn + Flour, Cricket Wireless, Daniel Vineyards, Elmwood Estate/Blue Ribbon Catering, Homestead Creamery, Pretty Penny Caf?, Retro Donuts, SPUDS BBQ, Tastebuds Indian Restaurant, Thunderbird Taco, Travel Monroe, and WSS Main Street.

The Greenbrier

Returning to TOOT are Aviagen Turkeys, Blackwell?s, Davis Stuart, Food & Friends, The French Goat, Glassroots Church, The Greenbrier, GEHS Prostart, Greenbrier Episcopal School, The Greenbrier Sporting Club, Hamrick?s Concessions & Catering, Hawk Knob Appalachian Hard Cider & Mead, PEO Chapter V, Please Save a Cat, Shoney?s, Stuart?s Seafood & Smokehouse, and the WV Renaissance Festival.

Click here for a map of TOOT 2018 vendors!

Entertainment for the 2018 TOOT includes Long Point String Band, The Long Shots, and Thomas Taylor playing on the Lafayette Street stage; the West Virginia Renaissance Festival performing on the Church Street stage; and the Lewisburg Elementary fifth grade choir, Greenbrier Valley Optimistic Ukulele Band, Heartstrings Academy, and Eastern Greenbrier Middle School Band performing on Carnegie Hall?s upper terrace. John Wyatt will roam the street with his guitar and Keith Taylor will play banjo at the green space.

This year?s activities feature a climbing wall, courtesy of the West Virginia National Guard, the Greenbrier Sherriff?s Department dunking booth, the Greenbrier Humane Society Adopt-a-thon, WVSOM Sigma Sigma Phi providing wellness screenings, and free guided tours of historic Carnegie Hall.

TOOT attendees

All food purchases on the day of TOOT require the use of tokens. Tokens cost $1 each and are sold in increments of five. If you wish to buy tokens in advance, they are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (611 Church St., Lewisburg, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., cash/check/credit cards accepted) and the Greenbrier County Convention & Visitors Bureau (905 Washington St. W., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., cash only). Tokens are also be available at the Carnegie Hall token booths on the day of the event. TOOT tokens do not sell out.

Use the hashtag #TOOT2018 for all of your TOOT images on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter on the day of the event to enter to win a fabulous a Carnegie Hall t-shirt. The winner, who will be selected at 2:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Hall booth, will be notified by private message.

Please note that pets are not permitted on festival grounds (with the exception of service animals) due to food safety regulations. Thank you for your cooperation.

Carnegie Hall WV is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV. For more information please call 304.645.7917 or visit



Californians taste WV food for the first time

“These six Californians were lucky enough to try cuisine from the Mountain State and their reactions are seriously priceless. Sorry guys, buckwheat pancakes aren?t your mama?s pancakes and not all jerky is made of beef. ” –