Cocktails, anyone?

CocktailsA new state law allows distilleries in Beaufort County to serve cocktails out of their tasting rooms, which was previously prohibited. The law went into effect in late June. Local businesses Hilton Head Distillery and Daufuskie Island Rum Co. have said they planned to offer visitors the option of buying a cocktail during tastings. 

Greens & Grains


Dedicating more of your plate to fresh-from-the-garden produce as well as rice and grains can lead to a healthier lifestyle, according to Cheryl Forberg, registered dietitian and award-winning chef and nutritionist for “The Biggest Loser.”

“Most of my adult clients who are not veggie lovers usually had little exposure to them growing up, or they just weren’t cooked properly,” Forberg said. “It’s important for parents to get their children involved in cooking, shopping and even gardening so kids can understand the journey from seed to plate.”

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Signe does dinner

Signe Gardo, proprietor of Signe’s Bakery & Café, is now serving complete take-home dinners. The individually prepared, take home service has generated a loyal following. A new menu is emailed each Monday with the choices for that week. Dishes vary widely from Chicken Piccata with pasta to Teriyaki Glazed North Atlantic Salmon. Dinners cost $10.95-$15.95. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Master chef

Brandon Carter, chef-owner of Farm Bluffton, recently was invited to collaborate on sevencourse dinner coordinated by Certified Master Chef Richard Rosendale at Down Island, a fine dining eatery in Vineyard Haven, Mass. Carter made a heirloom tomato and chanterelle tart. In May, Carter also participated in a dinner at the James Beard House in New York City. At his restaurant in Bluffton, Carter crafts an everevolving menu that supports local farmers, producers and artisans. 

Where’s the chicken?

A new fried chicken map showing more than 300 locations in South and North Carolina went on sale in July— on National Fried Chicken Day.

For $9.99, the graphic design firm E.D.I.A. has created a map that gives fried chicken lovers details about where to find stand outs among the many types of fried chicken served in the two states.

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Coffee time

Coffee shop Maywood Davis, which closed its previous location across from Burkes Beach in March, has reopened in a new spot. Alex Snyder, owner of the shop, said the cafe is operating out of Healthy Habit, a restaurant that opened earlier this year on the north end of Hilton Head Island at 55 Mathews Drive.

Let the Marinades Do the Work

Marinades are like flavor elves, working behind the scenes at boosting flavors and tenderizing while the cook is off doing other things. Typically, a marinade consists of oil, vinegar, acidic ingredients such as lemon or lime, and herbs and/or spices. Another type of marinade consists of tropical fruits such as papaya and pineapple and which have enzymes to break down tissues and add flavor. Ceviche (also spelled ‘seviche’) “cooks” the seafood without any heat – only the acidity of the juices used does the trick. 

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Cool down with SWEET TREATS

Going out for ice cream in the Lowcountry? You’re in for a treat. At last count, Beaufort County had more than 20 places where those who love ice cream, gelato, sorbet, soft-serve or fro-yo could get their fix of creamy goodness. While frozen yogurt sold by the ounce is the newest addition to Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, other options abound to satisfy cravings for something cold and sweet on a hot summer day.

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All About Grilling


Ever since the first primitive grillmaster rotisseried a wooly mammoth flank over an open flame, the concept of cooking outdoors has carried a certain mystique that you don’t find in, say, your average microwave.

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New Food Trucks Rolling Onto Hilton Head

takosAs part of Hilton Head Island’s food truck pilot program, four food trucks are serving up a variety of cuisines at beach locations around the island: Murican Border, offering “international tacos” with Greek, Japanese and Korean flavors, can be found at Driessen Beach Park.

Lowcountry Lobster is continuing to serve its specialties, like lobster rolls and lobster nachos, but added hot dogs, hamburgers and cold sides like potato salad to the menu. It also is parked at Driessen Beach Park.

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New restaurant opens in Coligny

sandbarbeachErika Waronsky has opened The Sandbar Beach Eats, a new restaurant on Hilton Head Island in Coligny Plaza Shopping Center near the traffic circle. The restaurant opened June 3 in the former home of Bomboras. Waronsky’s new restaurant has an outside bar, covered outdoor seating, a cooking pit, live music, flip-flop friendly atmosphere and a pick-up window.

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Kilwins Bluffton Celebrates 20 Years

Kilwins chocolate fudge and ice cream is celebrating 20 years in the Lowcountry. We opened our doors in May 1997 and have been serving the Lowcountry at the same location in Tanger Outlet Mall 2. Owners, Rick and Michelle Cheadle, who have lived in the area 35+ years, retired from aviation and decided they wanted to find a small business to keep them busy.

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Delicious Recipes from Lowcountry

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