"You can't beat local support and I think West Virginia is abundant in people wanting to support each other. We've had six years of local support. It's good for the West Virginia restaurants and any West Virginia business," Arbaugh said.
"If we are lucky enough to win, it's a great way for us to give back to the community again with the donation to Manna Meal," the chef said.
They became members of the non-profit organization, the James Beard Foundation, last year. "We thought the Taste America Local Dish Challenge was great because it encourages cooking education and explores culinary diversity," Arbaugh said.
South Hills Market and Café is the only restaurant in West Virginia participating in the challenge with 99 other establishments. "We felt it was an honor to be able to represent West Virginia. It's a great feeling," Arbaugh said.
Diners can support the JBF Taste America Local Dish Challenge by following these steps: Visit the Café between now and Oct. 31; Complete list at jbftasteamerica.org/local-dish; Order the Taste America Local Dish; Take a photo of the dish; Post to Instagram with #JBFTasteamerica and the hashtag of your city (#charlestonWV).
"We plan on continuing doing special things for our customers during the month of November to celebrate our anniversary. We want to do something nice for our customers. We really enjoy being here and we enjoy the customers," the chef said.
On Sept. 16, South Hills Market and Café started serving lunch and breakfast on Mondays. On Sept. 30, the restaurant will start serving dinner on Mondays.
Hours will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Reach Judy E. Hamilton at judy.hamil...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.