Food notes: Sept. 4, 2013

Ribfest The 15th annual Ribfest runs Sept. 5-8, across from Dow Chemical in South Charleston. It will feature a number of award-winning barbecue rib vendors from around the country as well as barbecue chicken, sauces and a variety of other foods and beverages.Activities include live concerts (among them Wyatt Turner and Charlie Brown's Coasters), a carnival, face painting, and eating competitions. You can also see the world's tallest pinball machine.Hours are 4 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 11 p.m. Sept. 6, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 7 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 8.Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-12 (includes a free carnival ride) and free for ages 5 and under. This does not include food. Friday lunch hours are free admission, and there will be lunch specials and to-go orders.Visit for more information. Style Show and LuncheonThe Woman's Club of Charleston will feature a Style Show and Luncheon at noon Sept. 11th at the clubhouse at 1600 Virginia Street E. The show is a fundraiser for two programs the Club has supported for many years, Camp Kno-Koma and Garnet Career Center Nursing Scholarship Program.
A light lunch will be served at noon. The Style Show features Club members as models, wearing clothes from Ivor's Trunk and Talbot's (Charleston Town Center). Day, evening, casual and cruise wear will be featured.Camp Kno-Koma provides a summer camping experience for diabetic children. The camp has a specialized medical staff focusing on diabetic care. The Club awards four scholarships to students from the Garnet Career Center Nursing Program at their May meeting.Reservations are required for the fundraiser, which costs $20 per person. Call (304) 776-7800 by  Sept. 7, or tickets may be purchased in advance at the club, between 11 and 1  Sept. 4th through 6th. Taste America ChallengeSouth Hills Market and Café, 1010 Bridge Road, is participating in the James Beard Foundation's Taste America Local Dish Challenge, which explores America's culinary diversity, from September 1st through October 31st. 
Chef Richard Arbaugh has chosen to feature Honey Lacquered Chicken with Hand Foraged Chanterelle Purée and Fricassee of Kanawha County Vegetables."As a James Beard Foundation member, I have composed a dish to showcase the best of our local food scene in Charleston...We are the only West Virginia restaurant participating in this national event, and if we win the challenge, $10,000 will be donated to Manna Meal on behalf of the James Beard Foundation," said Richard Arbaugh, owner and chef of the South Hills Market and Café.South Hills Market and Café will donate $1 from each dish sold to the JBF Taste America Education Drive, which supports educational programs on topics surrounding our country's food system.Diners can support the JBF Taste America Local Dish Challenge by following these steps: Visit the Café between September 1 and October 31; Complete list at; Order the Taste America Local Dish; Take a photo of the dish; Post to Instagram with #JBFTasteamerica and the hashtag of your city (#charlestonWV).
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