Kiawah Island Joins Charleston Restaurant Week
Three Kiawah Island Golf Resort restaurants kick off the year with special menus to celebrate Charleston Restaurant Week. Although Kiawah Island has always maintained a unique identity, it enjoys a long, symbiotic relationship with historic Charleston, South Carolina’s cultural capital. Over the past decade, Charleston has emerged as one of the nation’s leading culinary centers. Blessed with ingredients sourced from Lowcountry farmers and fishermen, the city’s cadre of innovative chefs transform this local bounty into succulent dishes.
In this regard, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is no different. The resort hosts more than a dozen distinctive eateries that offer everything from authentic barbecue to hand-crafted regional Italian. Yet the common ingredient these restaurants share is the bounty of fresh fare procured from farmers on neighboring Wadmalaw and Johns islands, as well as from oystermen, shrimpers and fishermen plying the waters surrounding the island. Moreover, the diversity of dining at Kiawah also reflects the diverse cultural influences that shaped South Carolina foodways for centuries. After all, waves of African, English, French, German, Jewish and Italian immigrants settled the state from the earliest colonial days up to the present time. And each of those groups brought their culinary traditions to add subtle layers to the state’s incredible culinary diversity.
Charleston Restaurant Week, organized by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, is part of an annual statewide effort to highlight restaurants throughout the state and the rich variations occurring throughout South Carolina’s different regions. While each region of the state bears strong similarities to each other that also relate to the broader Southern culinary tradition, subtle variations from, say, the Piedmont to the Lowcountry are cause for pride and, often, friendly rivalry.
Kiawah’s restaurants are proud to help represent the coastal Lowcountry region in this statewide celebration. Resort restaurants offering prix fixe menus this year include The Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course, Tomasso at Turtle Point and Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House at Osprey Point. The Atlantic Room menu offers three courses for $40, the Tomasso menu offers three courses for $30 and the Cherrywood menu offers three courses for $20. These special menus present an excellent opportunity to sample the range of dishes at all three of these resort restaurants.
Check out the special Restaurant Week menus for each participating resort restaurant to begin planning your Kiawah culinary foray now. Stay tuned for the next installment of Charleston Restaurant Week coming in September.