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Kanawha Metro - April 24, 2020

When Café Appalachia in South Charleston was mandated by state government edict to suspend indoor food operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak last month, an idea was planted to make fruitful use of the down time that suddenly became available: social distancing gardening.

“We grow our own food,” Café Appalachia owner/founder Cheryl Wilson Laws explained last week in a telephone interview. When the COVID-19 closure led to layoffs of staff members, she said, “I saw it as an opportunity to do something I’d wanted to do: finish the outdoor eating space I wanted to expand on at the café.  More

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West Virginia Explorer, March 10, 2020

Café Appalachia is teaming up with the West Virginia State University Extension Service to host a six-part series of gardening workshops through October 2020.

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The free Lunch-&-Learn events will begin March 26 with a session on raised bed construction and irrigation. Each session will take place from 10 a.m. until noon at Café Appalachia in South Charleston, West Virginia.

Extension Agent Kristie Martin said the café provided the ideal venue for such a program.

“Café Appalachia’s beautiful garden is the perfect venue for these informative and hands-on sessions,” Martin said.

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Charleston Gazette Mail, February 18, 2020

The goal of those organizing Camellia Mountain and Cafe Appalachia’s first Fat Tuesday Dinner is pretty straightforward.

Camellia Mountain co-founders Rachael Porter and Candice Maxwell laughed and said, “We’re just hoping to raise a good amount of money.”

The fundraising event at Café Appalachia, which takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25, will feature authentic Louisiana bayou favorites like jambalaya and red beans and rice.

Patrons can buy small plates of food for $10 or large plates for $12. Meals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

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West Virginia Explorer, February 17, 2020

A growing foodie's paradise, South Charleston, West Virginia, may now boast the highest concentration of international restaurants in the Mountain State, according to some estimates.

The city of 12,000 now boasts 60 restaurants, including nine Asian, five Italian, four Mexican, ten American, and four Mediterranean eateries, as well as four dessert shops and 36 chain and fast-food eateries.

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