Although local partners of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership are trying to encourage area residents to eat seafood at least two times a week for better health, this year’s Charleston Seafood Week is being brought to you by the number three.
It’s not only the third annual event, but the number of participating restaurants has more than tripled from 10 to 32 as well.
What’s more, a new website (www.CRWSeafoodWeek.com) now makes it even easier to see which restaurants are participating — and, even better, what seafood specials they will be running during the Oct. 22-29 event, which caps off October’s designation as National Seafood Month.
While most restaurants have only shined a light on their regular seafood menu so far, a few are stepping up to offer “this week only” specials during the celebration.
Guests at The Block, for instance, can enjoy any of the downtown wine bistro’s regular seafood offerings, including their popular scallops with Brussels sprout hash and fennel agrodolce, as well as the Chilean sea bass with warm mint feta couscous and honey-glazed carrots.
Or, diners can try something new.
New appetizers that week will include curry shrimp cocktail or little neck clams in white wine garlic butter sauce with toasted baguette, while a special entrée will feature pan-seared ruby trout with coconut basmati rice and cumin-roasted tri-colored baby carrots.
At Bridge Road Bistro in South Hills, Executive Chef John Wright hopes to delight guests with a special Coquille St. Jacques a la Parisienne appetizer, followed by entrees of seared diver sea scallops with orange butter over roasted corn polenta and sautéed snow peas, or seared Scottish salmon with braised kale and steamed red bliss potatoes in a tarragon Dijon and Reisling broth.
While Wright hopes these limited-time menu items bring more guests into the restaurant that week, offering quality seafood options isn’t a special-occasion affair at Bridge Road Bistro.
“We run a seafood feature every night we’re open, along with a meat feature,” he said. “I believe in the benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids for our health and well-being, and fish high in Omega 3s is really what’s guiding the market and the restaurant industry right now.”
As more restaurants send in their seafood specials, that information will be added to www.CRWSeafoodWeek.com. With 32 restaurants on the hook this year, there should be plenty of options from which to choose.
Those locations include Adelphia Sports Bar and Grille, B&D Gastropub, Berry Hills Country Club, Bistro at the Barge, Black Sheep Burrito, Bluegrass Kitchen, Brick Salt Bar+Kitchen, Bricks and Barrels, Bridge Road Bistro, Celsius, Chow Thai, Edgewood Country Club, Fazio’s, Fresh Seafood Company, Ichiban Pan-Asian Cuisine and Joe’s Fish Market.
Additional spots are Laury’s Restaurant, Lola’s Pizza, Mi Cocina de Amor, Noah’s Eclectic Bistro, Paterno’s at the Park, Pies and Pints Pizzeria, Recovery Sports Grill, Sam’s Uptown Café, Soho’s, South Hills Market and Café, Starlings Coffee & Provisions, Su-Tei, Sushi Garden, The Block Restaurant and Wine Cellar, Tidewater Grill and Tricky Fish.
Supporters of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s efforts are thrilled with that level of participation.
“We are blessed with a vibrant local restaurant scene in Charleston and people should really try the seafood specials offered during Charleston Seafood Week,” said Buzz Food Service president Dickinson Gould, who has worked with local chefs and restaurant owners to provide some of the seafood they’ll need to satisfy hungry diners.
Despite its location in the heart of landlocked West Virginia, Charleston was chosen as one of eight cities to participate in the Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s national health awareness campaign due to the state’s nation-leading percentage of residents diagnosed with heart disease or dying from heart-related complications.
Nutrition experts with the USDA say eating fresh seafood at least two times a week can significantly improve heart health, although only 10 percent of all Americans currently report following that recommendation.
For more information on the Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s efforts nationwide and here in Charleston, visit www.SNPCharleston.com.