Farm Bluffton Presents Oyster Roast to Benefit Southern Foodways Alliance

Chef Brandon Carter and the team from FARM will host an afternoon of food, drinks, music and fundraising on March 3. To raise money for the Southern Food Alliance, an organization that documents, studies and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. Guests will enjoy oysters from Bluffton Oyster Company, as well as a variety of original dishes by chef Carter and other local and regional chefs. The oyster roast will take place from 4-7 p.m and tickets are $100 per person plus tax. The event will be held at a private home on the May River. For more information and tickets: Farmbluffton.com.

Bluffton’s Juice Hive wins national award

The Juice Hive won first place at the Good Food Awards for its Magic Memory Ball. Each year, the national Good Food Awards honors those throughout the country who make food that is delicious, respectful of the environment and connected to communities and cultural traditions. Juice Hive’s owner and chef, Leslie Rohland, describes the Memory Ball as a snack that is both tasty and that may enhance mental function and improve memory. It’s made with organic fruits and nuts, as well as a variety of herbal infusions.

New Italian eatery opens on Hilton Head

MidiCi’s Italian Kitchen has opened on Hilton Head Island. The new restaurant is located in the former Hilton Head Brewing Company location at Reilley’s Plaza. MidiCi’s features specialty non-GMO pizzas. The menu also includes calzones, salads, cheese boards and pasta. There are multiple MidiCi Italian Kitchens throughout the country.

Hook & Reel coming to Bluffton

A new restaurant called Hook & Reel will open at the site of The Brick Chicken in Bluffton. A seafood restaurant with a Cajun twist, Hook & Reel will open in the shopping center near the intersection of S.C. 46 and U.S. 278 that also houses Best Buy and Five Guys. The franchised restaurant also has locations in New York, Massachusetts and Maryland, according to its website. Highlights from the restaurant include snow crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, lobster and crawfish tossed in sauces such as original Cajun, garlic butter, Old Bay seasoning, and lemon pepper.

Taste of Bluffton, Restaurant Week set for April

Planning is underway for the seventh annual Taste of Bluffton, a festival celebrating the sights and flavors of the Lowcountry. This year’s event, to be held April 13, will include a cooking contest for people who aren’t professional chefs, a waiter’s race and a battle of the bands. It’s a day of fun for the whole family in Bluffton Village, sponsored by the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 843-757-1010 or go to blufftonchamberofcommerce.org.

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Starbucks at Shelter Cove

Starbucks plans to open doors to their new storefront in Shelter Cove in March. The coffeeshop will be located near the Kroger Fuel Center. The new Starbucks will feature a 2,500 square-foot storefront and include a drive-thru.

MidiCi's Neapolitan Pizza to open in Jan.

Another restaurant is joining the Reilley's Plaza lineup this month. MidiCi's Neapolitan Pizza at 7 Greenwood Drive will open in January at the former Hilton Head Brewing Company location outside the main gates to Sea Pines, according to a news release from Coastal Restaurants and Bars. At its restaurants across the country — including one in Mount Pleasant — MidiCi serves traditional Neapolitan cuisine; guests can order from the menu or create personalized Neapolitan pizzas. The Hilton Head location will employ about 30 people.

Local chef featured in New York Times

Clayton Rollinson, owner of Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, was recently featured in a New York Times Cooking article about the magic of amari, liqueurs that add structure and backbone to his craft cocktails. His featured cocktail includes bourbon, amaro, maraschino liqueur, dry vermouth, blood orange liqueur and bitters.

Local fitness trainer launches Tiger Butter Co.

Kristen Waters, a trainer at Peak Performance Fitness Center, has announced the creation of Tiger Butter Co. Tiger Butter is made from tiger nuts, a root vegetable from Africa that is high in fiber and healthy for people with allergies and autoimmune disease. Waters discovered the superfood after experiencing digestion issues and stomach pain. For more information, go to tigerbutterco.com.

Hilton Head Brewing Company debuts outdoor beer garden

Hilton Head Brewing Company celebrated the grand opening of its new outdoor beer garden in December. The building’s roof has been expanded to overhang the patio, which can seat up to 35 people. The expanded beer garden is dog-friendly and has heat lamps for year-round seating. The brewery is located at 1 Cardinal Road, Suite 13 on Hilton Head Island.

New distillery proposed for Old Town Bluffton

A proposed distillery is up for consideration by the town of Bluffton. Burnt Church Distillery would include a 20,000-square-foot tasting room across 2.8 acres. However, the land for the proposed distillery needs to be annexed into the town of Bluffton before the project could become a reality. Billy Watterson, the CEO of Patterson Brands, is the owner of Burnt Church Distillery; if approved, his new facility would feature craft whiskey, gin, vodka and moonshine made on-site.

Whiskey spot coming to Hilton Head

HHI Hospitality Group plans to open The Whiskey Room on Hilton Head Island in December. The Whiskey Room will be connected to Charbar Co., a restaurant in Park Plaza also owned by the group. The new whiskey spot will feature a retro-vibe and vintage feel and customers can lounge after dinner and listen to live entertainment.

Delicious Recipes from Lowcountry

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