**What a great week on the Savannah food scene. Everything just got better with the announcement of the Savannah Food and Wine Festival in November. Having the James Beard Foundation and the Mondavi Family involved is going to draw a national spotlight to Savannah. No question. Read more about it by clicking here.
**There was a ground breaking ceremony this week at the site of One West Victory, the planned development along Victory Drive at Whitaker and Bull Streets. Part of that property will be home to Celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson’s new restaurant. Oh and a quick by the way, the bacon cheddar biscuits from Back in the Day Bakery were to DIE for. (Yes,that’s them up there.)
**Speaking of that new Italian spot, Mr. Acheson tells me the name has changed. It was Vittoria. Tentatively it will now be The Florence. When I asked him if that was permanent he said “who knows, it will have an official name someday” Fair enough. Regardless, he says it will be open in March 2014.
**Cashew Nut at King and I on Hodgson Memorial. Wow.
**Speaking of Thai, Chiriya’s has now re-opened on Victory Drive near Thunderbolt.
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**I’m told Chive -the new seafood spot on Broughton- will open within a week. Much sooner than anticipated. Great news.
**New business lunch friendly menu at 700 Drayton (The Mansion on Forsyth’s restaurant). Their goal is to get you in and out quickly and attract more locals. A brand new dinner menu isn’t far behind.
**New brunch spot coming to Broughton street as well. The Funky Brunch Cafe is in the process of building out right now. Corner of Lincoln. Great news! Follow them on Facebook here.
**I’m hearing great things about Pie Society in Pooler. More on them later this week.
**We have a pretty big event coming to River Street 4th of July Weekend. More on that this week as well.
**Skip Fridays is a new pool party for locals at ANDAZ Savannah. Every Friday Noon to 9pm. Live music, great cocktails, and a grill whipping up Chef Lauren’s great summertime bites. Once word gets out, this could be a summer go to spot in town. There is a cover charge and it’s 21 and up.
**I’ve been asked a couple of times in the last few weeks. Production continues on Season 3 of Eat It and Like It. Savannah’s best local television show will be back, have no fear.
**Now if we can only win that EMMY on June 8th. Fingers and toes crossed.
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