The Food Guy, Steven Keith Eating his way through the state, plate by plate

I’ve got to give a big shout-out to Charleston’s April Hamilton, who has been named a “hero” in celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution to establish healthier eating habits in schools and communities across America.

In addition to pitching in when Oliver filmed the inaugural season of his new show in Huntington last year, Hamilton also introduced the “Launch a Lunch” campaign to improve the food served in school cafeterias here in Charleston. According to, she also organized a fund-raising campaign that generated enough money to hire a consultant to conduct a countywide assessment of changes needed to improve school menues.

Outside of this cause, Hamilton is known for the cooking classes and deomonstrations she conducts around town, often for children. My own boys have attended one at the downtown library and can’t wait for their next lesson from “Chef April.”

They’ll get their chance with a variety of programs coming up this summer. Stay tuned here and in the Charleston Daily Mail for more details!

Hey Charleston!

Don’t forget to come out TONIGHT for a great talk on healthy eating, served with a side of appertizers and booze!!

Yes, we get the irony, but the discussion with former Charlestonian/Daily Mail reporter/Marshall alum should be fascinating …

See you in the library at Marshall University’s South Charleston campus, 6 p.m. sharp!

Hey, fellow foodies, here’s an event worth checking out!

“The Revolution Has Been Televised. Now What?”

Charleston native and former Daily Mail reporter Brent Cunningham will be in town later this month — along with his wife, former Washington Post food writer Jane Black — to discuss their upcoming book on the efforts to build a healthy food culture in Huntington. The event will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the library of Marshall University’s South Charleston Campus.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver put Huntington on the map through his Emmy-winning TV series, “Food Revolution,” that shed fascinating light on his efforts to serve healthier school lunches in Cabell County. Huntington was unceremoniously chosen as the site of the series because it had recently been named the unhealthiest city in America in some national ranking. (The series was eye-opening and, in my opinion, very well done, by the way. Netflix it if you missed it.)

Brent attended Marshall University and worked at the Charleston Daily Mail before moving on to write for The Nation, The Washington Post, USA Today, and Harvard’s Neiman Reports, among other publications. He is now Managing Editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, the national oldest journal of media criticism, and a member of the adjunct faculty at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Jane now covers food politics, trends and sustainability issues and has written for the likes of the BBC, Businessweek Online, Boston Magazine, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Slate, Gourmet (may it R.I.P.) and Body & Soul. She attended the Leiths School of Food and Wine in London and her podcast, Smart Food, airs on Edible Radio.

Their new book is set to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2013.

Come on out and hear what they have to say, welcome Brent back and toss a few hard questions his way. (I know him, he can handle it.)