New year, new you: Basic Kitchen's Plant-Based Challenge underway
By Robin Gibson
Inspired by Chef Charlie Layton’s recent shift to an all-vegan lifestyle, Basic Kitchen felt that a healthy “reset” in January could embolden guests to take on new year’s resolutions.
Basic Kitchenhas kicked off its third annual Plant-Based Challenge, a month-long commitment to whole foods and clean eating inspired by the restaurant’s core values of seasonal produce, food education and local businesses. For the month of January, the downtown healthy hot spot will shift its menu to solely offer plant-based dishes and drinks and will partner with four local tastemakers to offer weekly specials throughout the month.
With Chef Charlie Layton’s recent shift to an all-vegan lifestyle, Basic Kitchen felt that a healthy “reset” in January could embolden guests to take on new year’s resolutions. Each week, the restaurant will partner with a local tastemaker, highlighting two special dishes and teachings about a plant-based lifestyle. The lineup of tastemakers is as follows:
● Week of January 3 - Lauren Zimmerman, MD, RD atSynchronicity,Charleston Wellness Center and the Dreamboats Campaign
● Week of January 10 - Dana Bufalino, founder ofKind Rootsand National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach
● Week of January 24 –Dr. Will Bulsiewicz,local gastroenterologist and New York Times bestselling author
Leading the helm at Basic Kitchen, Layton has long been interested in food-based education and doing so by creating healthy approachable dishes that excite customers about eating better. Over the past three years, he has worked his way into the best shape of his life, becoming vegan and is now preparing for the challenge of a lifetime - rowing the Atlantic Ocean, unassisted. Layton and Basic Projects founder, Ben Towill, under the team name, The Dreamboats, will participate in the2022 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge,raising money along the way for two environmentally-focused initiatives,The Green Heart Projectand2041 Foundation.
Over the past three years, Layton has worked his way into the best shape of his life, becoming vegan and is now preparing for the challenge of a lifetime - rowing the Atlantic Ocean, unassisted.
The series kicked off this week and will continue throughout the month. Basic Kitchen is located at 82 Wentworth Street and is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 – 10 p.m. with lunch service on during the week from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., and weekend brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Reservations are available onResy.For more information visitbasickitchen.comor follow @BasicKitchen. For more information on The Dreamboats or to make a donation, visitdreamboats.usor follow @dreamboats.us