HILTON HEAD ISLAND’S HOME FOR AMERICAN BAR FOOD GETS HEALTHY.
On a Venn diagram showing American food and health food, you wouldn’t expect to find a lot of overlap. This is, after all the nation where the Burger King reigns beneath golden arches. The country whose finest scientific minds came together to finally figure out how to deep-fry Coca-Cola. The country that loves fried chicken so much, we created a sandwich that uses it as bread.
When quizzed, movie buffs and TV show fans can clearly remember the drinks of their favorite heroes, heartthrobs and villains. What they drink becomes part of the characters they play and becomes etched in our pop culture — “pop” as in Champagne, colloquially known as “bubbly.” And please note from this point forward, when the actors’ names are mentioned, we are referring to the characters they played, not the stars themselves — that’s another article.
Fifth-grader Henry Lovett likes to cook eggs for his family’s breakfasts, and that practice paid off when he took top honors at the 2017 Sodexo Future Chef competition. The Beaufort Elementary School student’s “Spicy Egg Wrap” recipe includes fresh avocados, tomatoes, cheese and sriracha wrapped in a whole-wheat tortilla. Henry was one of 12 elementary school student finalists from across the district who prepared healthy comfort foods — this year’s competition category — for a panel of five judges at the new Advanced Technical Center at Battery Creek High School.
The Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce hosted Taste of Bluffton on April 8 on Calhoun Street in Old Town Bluffton. The Best of Taste 2017 Award went to Hank’s Lowcountry She Crab Soup. The Best Sweet of the Taste Award went to It’s a Southern Thing. The Best Savory of the Taste Award was given to Bluffton Oyster Company. The Rib Cookoff winner was Jarod Jester.
Celebrity chef Paula Deen is opening a new restaurant in the Savannah area called Paula Deen’s Creek House Seafood & Grill. Deen’s oldest son Jamie broke the news on Twitter, posting: “We’ll save y’all a seat. Coming this summer. #Goodfood,” along with a “coming soon” photo. The restaurant will occupy the space that once was home to Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House on Whitemarsh Island. Deen co-owned that restaurant with her brother, Earl W. “Bubba” Hiers Jr., until it closed in 2014.
After 14 years, Ramona Fantini has decided to transition the ownership of Pino Gelato Hilton Head to a new licensee. Fantini started the popular gelato shop in 2004. It has grown to include several license agreements in airports and stores across the United States. In 2012, Pino Gelato received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Award, given to just 75 small businesses that demonstrate excellence in business strategy, employee development, community involvement and customer service.
Original art of Hurricane Matthew is now available at The French Bakery. Candace Whittemore Lovely, an American impressionist painter, recently introduced “IRISES after Vincent Van Gogh” on debris logs from Hurricane Matthew. Sales from the exhibition help support Hilton Head Heroes. Lovely’s works have garnered attention from notable Americans, including former first lady Barbara Bush, for whom Lovely painted the official White House portrait in 1990. That portrait now hangs in the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
The 22nd Wingfest presented by Hargray saw a record crowd turn out on a beautiful afternoon. In the judges’ competition, GW’s took first place followed by Wild Wing Cafe and World of Beer. In the “people’s choice” competition, Coconutz took first place, followed by GW’s and the Hilton Head Firefighters Association. Isaiah Holland of Fort Steward, Georgia, won the wing-eating competition.
SERG Restaurant Group recently released a conceptual image of the new Skull Creek Dockside restaurant. Construction on the building, which used to be Chart House, has begun. The building will feature a large patio space and an expanded second level that will be used for private events. The restaurant will share open space with neighboring SERG restaurant Skull Creek Boathouse for oyster roasts and family entertainment. Chart House closed after Hurricane Matthew. Skull Creek Dockside has targeted a summer opening.
Jim Lisenby, a Hilton Head Island man famous for his tropical frozen fruit concoctions, is back in business. Lisenby has teamed up with Dave Peck, owner of A Lowcountry Backyard restaurant, to reopen Pool Bar Jim’s at the beach bar behind The Sea Crest Resort on North First Beach. Lisenby served his frozen drinks at the Marriott Grande Ocean Resort for many years, but his arrangement with the resort ended last year. The new bar is open seven days a week and offers a Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 843-816-4648.
After years of renting the kitchen from Piggly Wiggly in Coligny Plaza, Sprout Momma has found a new home on Hilton Head Island. The popular bakery will be located at 21 Cardinal Road, Suite 105, off Beach City Road. Over the next month, the bakery will be waiting on permits, knocking down walls, installing equipment and getting the building ready to open. Like always, the bakery will specialize in made-to-order breads and pastries with a focus on wholesale customers. One new addition will be grab-and-go lunches. The bakery will also appear at farmers markets in Bluffton, Port Royal, Columbia and Savannah.
The Salty Dog Cafe is hosing its Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 15. The annual event is one of the largest free egg hunts in the Southeast. Thousands of eggs will be hidden around South Beach Marina for kids ages 12 and younger to find and trade in for fun prizes. The Salty Dog Luau will follow from 4 to 8 p.m. Other events this month include the Salty Dog Heritage Cruise on April 13-15 and the Salty Dog Burger Bonanza on April 29. For more information, call 843-671-2233.