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Upstate Foodie Fest Updates!

I recently posted some suggestions on eating healthy at the Upstate Foodie Fest. (See post here.) I sent an email to each of the restaurants that offered to substitute healthy desserts (like a cup of sorbet or fresh fruit) to thank them and let them know about the blog. Here are some of the responses I got back:

From The Lazy Goat (part of Table 301 restaurant group):

“Hi there – …We always offer a bowl of fresh mixed berries as a dessert option and will substitute that on the foodie fest menu too. …Thank you.” ~Aimee Maher, General Manager, The Lazy Goat (Aimee is making sure her staff knows this, as when I first called, the lady I spoke with had said no substitutions were allowed. So, go to Lazy Goat and enjoy some fresh berries as part of the 3 for $30 Foodie Fest menu!)

From Table 301:

“Good morning Melissa, My name is Rodney Freidank.  I am the corporate chef for all Table 301 Restaurants.  I wanted to take moment to thank you for sharing your blog post with us this morning.  We really appreciate the time you took to let folks know of our willingness to accommodate their dietary needs during Foodie Fest.  In fact, at ALL Table 301 restaurants, we strive to give ALL of our customers a dining experience that exceeds their expectations in every way. …Please feel free to contact me at any time for information regarding the menu or food in any of our restaurants.  Of course, you should always feel free to contact the restaurants directly as well.  Another great resource for you is Gina Boulware…who is our director of Marketing. She is wonderful at getting the message out regarding what our restaurant group is about, etc. Again, thank you for including the Table 301 restaurants and I am sorry for
the inconvenience of having to change your blog post! Have a wonderful day.” ~Chef Rodney Freidank, Corporate Chef, Table 301, Greenville, SC, www.table301.com

From City Range:

“Melissa, Thanks for your interest and I enjoyed your blog. In lieu of having detailed nutritional info on our entire menu, which is our goal to have soon one day, our chef’s and staff will be over accommodating to any guest request or substitution. It is truly about hospitality here. Also, cooking methods can be changed and most items are made ala minute so ingredients can be altered to appease the guest’s wishes. We are also proud of our children’s menu with healthier choices on it like salmon, salad, vegetable and cucumber side options. Keep up the good work on your blog. Thank you.” ~Cory Wilk, Co-ownwer City Range Steak House

Healthful Options to Enjoy at the Upstate Foodie Fest, August 20-29

Local restaurants have teamed up to provide a week of special menus at great rates! Most of the participating restaurants entrées alone cost $30 on their own. For this week only, you can get an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $30 per person! So, pick an occasion to celebrate and choose a restaurant. Check out individual restaurant websites for directions.

I’ve called each of the participating locations to help you figure out healthful options that allow you to still participate in this cuisine experience! Though not necessary, reservations are encouraged.  For more information and complete menus, visit www.upstatefoodie.com/foodie_fest.

HEALTHFUL OPTIONS:

American Grocery Restaurant – www.americangr.com – 232.7665

STARTER: Romaine BLT Salad (request no bacon or bacon on the side)

ENTRÉE: Hot Smoked Sunburst Trout

DESSERT: Buttermilk Pana Cotta with Organic Blueberry Compote is their lightest dessert option; also willing to substitute house made sorbet upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Saturday, 5PM until

The Brown Street Club – www.brownstreetclub.com – 250.9193

STARTER: Green Salad or Seared Blackened Tuna

ENTRÉE: Oven Roasted Chicken

DESSERT: still waiting to hear back from

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Tuesday thru Saturday, 5PM until

City Range Steakhouse Grill – www.cityrange.com – 286.9018

STARTER: “Hub City” Caprese Salad or Lemongrass Steamed Mussels

ENTRÉE: Oven Herb Roasted Halibut

DESSERT: will substitute a cup of fruit upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Thursday, 4PM-10PM; Friday & Saturday, 4PM-11PM; Sunday, 4PM-9PM.

Devereaux’s – www.devereauxsdining.com – 241-3030

STARTER: Heirloom Tomato Risotto, Tangle of Mixed Greens, or Heirloom Summer Squash Soup

ENTRÉE: Roasted Pheasant or Seared Grouper

DESSERT: Though the chef was not available to confirm, the representative I spoke with believed substituting a cup of fruit or sorbet would be acceptable.

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Tuesday thru Sunday, 5:30PM until

Flat Rock Grille – www.myflatrock.com – 987.9383 or 235.6533

STARTER: Sauteed Calamari or you can substitute a small House Salad (ask for dressing on the side)

ENTRÉE: Dijon Snapper Florentine (baked), Coconut Macadamia Mahi Mahi, or Wasabi Tuna

DESSERT: No healthful options, but they are willing to substitute a cup of coffee

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Thursday, 4PM-10PM; Friday & Saturday, 4PM-11PM; Sunday, 4PM-9PM

The Green Room Restaurant & Bar – www.thegreenroomupstate.com – 335.8222

STARTER: House Salad

ENTRÉE: Blackened Trout with Creole Risotto or possibly the Braised Pork Tenderloin

DESSERT: will substitute a cup of fruit upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Sunday, 5PM-2AM

High Cotton Maverick Bar & Grill – www.highcottongreenville.com – 335.4200

STARTER: Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup

ENTRÉE: Roasted Springer Mountain Farms Chicken Breast or North Carolina Mountain Trout

DESSERT: will substitute house sorbet of the day upon request (tonight, they have lemon sorbet available)

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Sunday thru Thursday, 5:30PM-10PM; Friday & Saturday, 5:30PM-11PM

Justin’s Greenville Fine Food and Drink – www.justinssteakhouse.com – 242.0681

STARTER: Shrimp Cocktail

ENTRÉE: Chicken Crepe

DESSERT: will substitute a cup of fruit or sorbet upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Thursday, 5PM-10PM; Friday & Saturday, 5PM-11PM

The Lazy Goat – www.thelazygoat.com – 679.5299

STARTER: Toasted Garlic Shrimp, Braised Octopus, or Grilled Calamari

ENTRÉE: Chef’s Featured Fresh Fish or Entrée Salad

DESSERT: will happily substitute a cup of fresh berries upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Saturday, 5PM until

P. Simpson’s Hometown Grille – www.psimpsons.com – 757.9691

STARTER: Antipasti Salad in Bibb Lettuce Wrap or Fresh Atlantic Salmon Summer Roll

ENTRÉE: Seared Ahi Tuna Steak

DESSERT: will substitute a fresh fruit cup upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Tuesday thru Saturday, 5PM-10PM

The Peppermill – www.staxs.net – 288.9320

STARTER: Chopped Salad, Mandarin Salad, or possibly Soup du Jour (avoid cream and bisque options)

ENTRÉE: Sauteed Shrimp and Grit Cake or Salmon Luis (entrees served with your choice of potato and fresh vegetables; for potato, avoid loaded and ask for toppings on the side; for vegetables, request steamed or sauteed)

DESSERT: will substitute a fresh fruit cup upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Saturday, 5:30PM-10PM

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – www.ruthschris.com – 248.1700

STARTER: Steak House Salad (ask for dressing on the side)

ENTRÉE: Salmon Fillet

DESSERT: will substitute a cup of sorbet upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Sunday thru Thursday, 5PM-10PM; Friday & Saturday, 5PM-11PM

Soby’s New South Cuisine – www.sobys.com – 232.7007

STARTER: Heirloom Tomato Salad or Baby Spinach Salad (request dressing on the side)

ENTRÉE: Soby’s Crab Cakes Remoulade (seared) or Cornmeal Crusted Local Trout (this one is fried, but they will substitute pan-seared upon request)

DESSERT: will substitute a cup of fruit upon request

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Thursday, 5:30PM-10PM; Friday & Saturday, 5:30PM-11PM; Sunday, 5PM-9PM.

Stella’s Southern Bistro – www.stellasbistro.com – 757.1212

STARTER: Road Stand Okra & Black Eyed Pea Soup or Local Heirloom Tomato & Bibb Lettuce Salad

ENTRÉE: Low Country Spiced Carolina Classics Catfish (seared)

DESSERT: Though the chef was not available to confirm, the representative I spoke with believed substituting a cup of fruit or sorbet would be acceptable.

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Saturday, 5:30PM-10PM

NO SUBSTITIONS ACCEPTED FOR DESSERT:

Nantucket Seafood Grill – www.nantucketseafoodgrill.com – 546.3535

STARTER: House Salad (ask for dressing on the side)

ENTREE: Blackened Outer Banks Swordfish or Pecan Crusted Carolina Mountain Trout

DESSERT: They said they might substitute a cup of peaches for the peach tart but made no guarantees on availability. You might try asking if they’d substitute a cup of coffee instead.

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Sunday, 5PM until

Rick Erwin’s West End Grille – www.rickerwins.com – 232.8999

STARTER: Gourmet Greens

ENTRÉE: Salmon Stack or Domestic Porterhouse Lamb Chop

DESSERT: Sorry, no healthful options here and no substitutes. If you have the will, pick one and only take one or two bites, then push the rest away.

FOODIE FEST HOURS: Monday thru Sunday, 5PM until