On the Menu for Jan. 21, 2014

On the Menu provides the latest news from the Charleston area’s extensive culinary community, including new restaurants, new menu items and upcoming events, as well as details about local chefs. Submissions should be sent to dailyjournal@scbiznews.com.

Cupcake DownSouth is holding the “Make My Office Sweet” Pinterest contest. Entrants should “pin” items and ideas that show what would make work or their office more inspiring. The contest ends Feb. 10 and two winners — one in Charleston and one in Columbia — will have a cupcake package valued at $200 delivered to their office. To enter, follow @FreshCupcakes on Pinterest, and then pin items onto a board showing what would make your office inspiring. Name the board “Make My Office Sweet,” and tag each pin with #cupcakedownsouth. Once your board is complete, visit the Cupcake website (cupcakedownsouth.com/office) by 5 p.m., Feb. 10, to fill out the Pinterest contest entry form. Winners will be announced Feb. 21.

Fish Restaurant chef Nico Romo has been named a 2014 Sustainable Seafood Ambassador by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The aquarium recognizes Romo’s commitment to ocean-friendly seafood and sustainable cuisine, which shapes his role as culinary executive director of Fish Restaurant in downtown Charleston. Romo will be honored as part of this year’s Cooking for Solutions celebration at the California aquarium May 16-18.

Throughout the three-day event, Romo will take part in a variety of culinary events alongside 25 chefs and notable personalities, including Alton Brown, Carla Hall, Hugh Acheson and Richard Blais.

“I’m thrilled to receive this prestigious award along with these distinguished chefs and take part in the larger vision of Cooking for Solutions,” Romo said. “Sustainability means connecting food choices with the health of the ocean for the long run. As a chef, I can help others make responsible dining decisions — by sourcing local ingredients, supporting our Charleston fishermen and letting Fish Restaurant guests know what’s on their plate.”

Romo will serve up his own sustainable seafood dish for the Cooking for Solutions 2014 Gala on May 16. Then on May 17, Romo joins Carla Hall of ABC’s The Chew and award-winning chefs for the open-air Street Food Extravaganza beside Monterey Bay at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa. Proceeds from Cooking for Solutions support the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium and its Seafood Watch program

Restaurants in the Avondale area of West Ashley are hosting the fifth annual Avondale Restaurant Week, now through Sunday. Diners can enjoy special culinary offerings, including three courses for $20 or $30. Participating restaurants include Triangle Char & Bar, Pearlz Little Oyster Bar, Mellow Mushroom, Al Di La, Mex 1, Your Pie and Avondale Wine & Cheese.

Freshfields Village will host the ninth annual Art & Wine Walk, 4-7 p.m., Feb. 14. This free, public event will feature live art demonstrations and works from local and regional artists in participating stores that double as pop-up galleries. This event is sponsored in part by Charleston magazine.

In addition to art displays in various media, including watercolor, pottery, hand-blown glass, oil paintings and photography, visitors will be able to samples wines and hors d’oeuvres, while enjoying live music.

Featured artists include Marina Cantlon, Teri Whitner, Illene and Larry Olanoff, Betsy Turner, Cindy Ellsworth, Kim West, Kate Mullin, Patrick O’Brien, Steven Jordan, Ron Chamberlain, Sara Jane “Sally” Reynolds, Colleen Wiessmann, Sandy Scott, Jennifer Koach, Christian Royal, Erika Sturm, Pamela Cohen and a collection of artists from the Lowcountry Artists Gallery.

Participating stores include Aubergine Home Collection, Carolina Clay Gallery, Coastal Footwear, Coastal Palms Island Apparel, GDC Home, Holly & Brooks, J. McLaughlin, Kiawah Fine Jewelry, Ladles Homemade Soups, Palmetto Island featuring Tommy Bahama, Papaya Island, Photographics, SeaCoast Sports and Outfitters, The Old Rangoon, The Resort Shop, The Spot and Wonder Works.

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