South Hills Market and Cafe for the Taste America Challenge

cookThe South Hills Market and Cafe is the only restaurant in Charleston, West Virginia who is participating in the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Local Dish Challenge.

Headed by the James Beard Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage, the Taste of America Challenge does exactly that, with a series of national program of events, taking place in 10 cities over five weekends from September 20 and October 19, 2013.

The local dish challenge, however, spans across the United States, including the outlying territories. Representing West Virginia, Chef Richard Arbaugh of the South Hills Market and Cafe chose to feature their Honey Lacquered Chicken with Hand Foraged Chanterelle Puree and Fricassee of Kanawha Country Vegetables, to showcase the best of West Virginian cuisine.

The challenge winner will get $10,000 or 10% of the total amount raised (whichever is higher), donated towards a charity of their choosing. Should South Hills Market Cafe win, their beneficiary is Manna Meal.

To support South Hills Market Cafe, diners are encouraged to visit the cafe at 1010 Bridge Road, order the featured dish at the restaurant from now until October 31, 2013, take a photo and upload it to Instagram, with the hashtags #JBFTasteamerica and #charlestonWV. For each dish sold, $1 will go towards the JBF Taste America Education Drive, which supports educational programs focused on the country’s food system.

For more information about the Taste America Challenge, visit their website at