Charbar Co. of Hilton Head Island has announced its second annual Burgers and Books event, a community outreach program in partnership with the Literacy Center of Beaufort County. Every Monday till May, Charbar will donate a percentage of proceeds to the center. The nonprofit groups works to promote adult literacy locally.
FARM Bluffton is featured on the front cover of the April edition of The Local Palate, a national Southern food magazine based in Charleston. In addition to the cover, the restaurant is featured in a 10-page spread in the publication. The article includes recipes and photos of the restaurant’s creations. FARM serves lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays at 1301 May River Road in Bluffton. For more information, call 843-707-2041 or go to farmbluffton.com.
Dempsey Farms on St. Helena Island has opened for strawberry picking. The farm lost a large percentage of its strawberries and pumpkin crops last fall during a freeze, so call ahead to make sure it is open before you go. Dempsey Farms is at 1576 Sea Island Parkway on St. Helena Island, 11 miles east of Beaufort. For more information, call 843-838-3656 or “like” Dempsey Farms on Facebook.
Jennifer Brewer brings to Downtown Catering Company more than 20 years of experience in management, customer service, event planning, community relations and food and beverage — both in restaurants and food education. She was the community relations manager for Earth Fare supermarket in Ashville, North Carolina, and for the last four years has worked on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton four years as a server, a baker and a manager. Brewer is also a certified yoga teacher.
Parker’s, a chain of convenience stores, has expanded its kitchen concept to 30 stores in Georgia and South Carolina. Parker’s Kitchen serves fresh, Southern-inspired food made from scratch daily and is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
After months of back-and-forth with the town of Bluffton, Crabby’s Corner in Old Town Bluffton is now fully reopened and serving food. Last year, the town shut down the establishment, saying the business violated zoning laws that prohibited the sale of prepared foods. It was determined that Crabby’s Corner was purchased months before the new zoning laws were put in place and the restaurant was able to reopen. Crabby’s Corner specializes in treats like ice cream, milkshakes, shaved ice, frappuccinos, coffee and tea. Crabby’s Corner is at 7 Lawton St. at the same site as Mameem & Maudie. For more information call 843-757-0786.
The recent James Beard Foundation Hilton Head Surf and Sand dinner in New York highlighted some of the best dining in the Lowcountry.
Clayton Rollison of Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, Chris Carge of Poseidon, Andrew Carmines of Hudson’s Seafood House On the Docks, Brandon Carter from FARM, Tim Nelson from The Porch at Beach House and Nick Unangst from SERG Restaurant Group shared some of their favorite dishes and local flavors.
WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL SERVES UP THE BEST OF HILTON HEAD
In March, foodies flock to Hilton Head Island for the Hilton Head Island Food & Wine Festival, a six-day celebration starring Lowcountry cuisine and wine from all over the world. Chefs Matt Roher, of The Sea Pines Resort, and Joe Gilleland of Rock Fish Seafood & Steaks at Bomboras offer a peek at what’s on the menu for this year’s festival.
Hilton Head Brewing Company has created Java the Bock beer, a “mad brewer’s dream” libation. It’s a classic, big-bodied Weizenbock full of banana and wheat flavors, plus a hint of coffee. The direct-trade coffee is a medium roast with notes of crisp honey, floral aromas and brown sugar.
The Juice Hive and Health Emporium has been named a winner in the 2018 Good Food Awards for its two kimchi creations in the Pickles category. The national award recognizes those making delicious food that is respectful of the environment and connected to communities and cultural traditions. Leslie Rohland, owner of The Juice Hive, was presented with the award at the historic San Francisco War Memorial in January. The winning recipes, Shiso Leaf Kimchi and Low Country Kimchi, can be found year-round on the menu at The Juice Hive and Health Emporium.
Bee-Town Mead & Cider is opening in Bluffton. Owner Mike Tripka will start with six products, including hard cider, traditional meads, coffee-flavored meads and fruit-flavored meads. Patrons will be able to taste and purchase a glass of the products. Mead is a fermented alcohol drink that uses honey; Bee-Town plans to use locally sourced ingredients.
A new Italian restaurant is opening at The Fresh Market Shoppes on Hilton Head Island. Gusto Ristorante is scheduled to open this month and will feature a full bar, extensive wine list and al fresco dining on a garden patio. Executive chef and owner Giancarlo Balestra and his wife, Nancy, plan to bring the vibrant flavors of his hometown Rome to Hilton Head.