By Becky Billingsley
Friday, August 10, 2012, Myrtle Beach – The Myrtle Beach area restaurant industry is slowly shifting from the summer season to school time, and with that comes the start of local food festivals and competitions.
Two local general managers of Darden Restaurants – Ron Smith at LongHorn Steakhouse in Myrtle Beach; and Jim Lawson of Red Lobster in Myrtle Beach – were presented with the Joe R. Lee Diamond Club Award. The award is given annually to North American general managers who, “…demonstrate outstanding results by delighting guests and achieving top financial performance in the company’s fiscal year.”
Russell Unger of R&R Edge knife sharpening service will be at the Conway Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. The market is at 217 Laurel St.
Have a sizzling chili recipe? You may want to enter it in the Lip-Rippin’ Chilympics Chili Cook Off, which will be held Sunday, Oct. 14, at Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet. Chilimasters who wish to participate can download the entry form HERE. Proceeds from the event fund projects of the Grand Strand Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, which works to protect our oceans, waves and beaches.
Blue Plate Specials
On Monday, Aug. 13, Brat Haus in Longs will begin to offer lunchtime blue plate specials for $6. The first week’s specials are:
Monday – Theuringer Brats Plate with red cabbage and warm potato salad; or Paprika Schnitzel with mashed potatoes and red cabbage.
Tuesday – Smoked Brats Plate with sauerkraut and potato salad; or Pork Roast with steamed potatoes and green beans.
Wednesday – Knackwurst Plate with home fries and green bean salad; or Swedish Meatballs with steamed potatoes and sweet corn.
Thursday – Half a Cornish Hen with mashed potatoes and glazed carrots; or bowl of Lentil Soup with roll.
Friday – Chicken Cordon Bleu with mashed potatoes and cauliflower; or Spaghetti Bolognese with cucumber salad and garlic roll.
Until Aug. 31, evening diners can buy one entrée and get one entrée of equal or lesser value free.
Brat Haus is at 7050 S.C. 90 E. in Longs, and the number is (843) 492-0091.
More German Treats
Another area restaurant long known for delicious Austrian and German fare is Café Old Vienna at 3901 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. Owners Werner and Martina Horvath have added three new dishes to their menu: Weisswurst, Osso Buco and the Oktoberfest Plate for Two ($35), which includes Wiener Schnitzel, Knackwurst, Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, Spaetzle with Gravy, Home Fries and appetizer salads.
Haunting Book Signing
Stephen Lancaster, author of “True Casefiles of a Paranormal Investigator,” is having a book signing at The Brentwood Wine Bistro at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24. For $39 per person, the event includes a copy of the book, dinner and an author presentation. To make reservations, call (843) 249-2601. The Brentwood is at 4269 Luck Ave. in Little River.
Other upcoming Brentwood events include Mysteries of the Mind on Sept. 14 (advance tickets $45, includes dinner); and cooking classes return on Sept. 11 with Tarts, Quiches and Pies.
Sell to Restaurants
If you produce a food product and want to learn how to sell it directly to restaurants and retail stores, Clemson Cooperative Extension Service and the S.C. Dept. of Agriculture are offering a training workshop. Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers said the workshop is in response to a demand from chefs and stores that sell food products for locally grown and produced foods.
The cost to participate, $60, includes lunch. The workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Clemson Extension Johnny M. Shelley Agriculture Facility at 1949 Industrial Park Rd. in Conway. To pre-register, contact Blake Lanford at (843) 365-6715, Ext. 115.
J&J Butcher Shop, which offers many Italian foods in addition to fresh meats, has two new ravioli choices: Prosciutto Gorgonzola and Prosciutto Asparagus. The shop is at 830 Inlet Square Dr. in Murrells Inlet, and the number is (843) 357-7407.
Restaurants wishing to provide bite-size samples of their food to an event that draws more than 10,000 people can now sign up to participate in the 29th Annual Taste of the Town, which is Tuesday, Oct. 9. Go HERE to download the restaurant application.
So far the 2012 restaurant participants include:
21 Main at North Beach
Ben & Jerry’s
Bimini’s Oyster Bar & Seafood Cafe
Bliss Restaurant And Lounge & Seafood Cafe
Blue Crab Oysters Steamers & Raw Bar
Blue Elephant Thai Cuisine
Bovine's Wood Fired Grill
Bubba's Fish Shack
Cakes By The Sea
Capriz Italian Feast & Candies
Carlos' N Charlie's
Divine Fish House
Divine Prime Steakhouse
Docksider's Waterfront Grille Steakhouse
Flying Fish Public Market & Grill
Gauchao Brazilian Steakhouse
Greg Norman's Australian Grille
Hard Rock Café
House Of Blues
Jimmyz Original Hibachi On 62nd
Kansas City Steakhouse
King Kong Sushi Bar & Grill
Kono Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi
Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery
Liberty Tap Room & Grill
Longbeards Bar & Grill
Murray's Savory And Sweets
New York Prime
405 28th Avenue North
Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse
River City Cafe
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Soho Cafe & Bar
T-Bonz Gill And Grill
The Melting Pot
The Sea Captain's House
Ultimate California Pizza
Ucp Game Zone