WHEN WHAT YOU HAVE AROUND THE HOUSE HAS TO BE ENOUGH
Torrential rain is coming down, it’s late, and the gas gauge is on empty. Not great incentives to go food shopping (in a future article, we’ll review “Planning Ahead”). Cooking with what’s on hand does not come naturally to most because we’ve been conditioned to follow somebody else’s recipe. And nine times out of ten, we’ll be missing a key ingredient which requires a trip to the store – exactly what we’re trying to avoid in the first place.
The word “mixologist”, the trendy name for the now passé “bartender,” has a certain ring to it - it sounds like a form of wizardry with vials of colorful, infused liquids being poured into other vials of colorful, infused liquids with effervescent bubbles and smoke dancing on the surfaces of mysterious concoctions. In fact, that’s what a mixologist conjures up with fresh juices, fine spirits, spices, elixirs and garnishes. And like wizards, mixologists have their trade secrets.
Please join The Greater Bluffton Chamber Of Commerce celebrating the opening of The Original 46 Gastropub on Friday, May 30th at 3:45pm. The Original 46 Gastropub is a new and one of a kind restaurant opening in Bluffton mid-May. They have 20 craft beers on tap and the most extensive bourbon list in Hilton Head and Bluffton. The Original 46 Gastropub will be open for dinner service only, six nights a week, closed on Sundays and offer a unique menu foodies will love.
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.