Hilton Head Dining
- Written by By Gail Westerfield
The brothers’ first cookbook won the 2007 James Beard Award; their latest, “Simple Fresh Southern,” offers easy versions of Lowcountry recipes.
- Written by By Christopher Widnell
- Written by By Sally Mahan
Dreams really do come true.
Take the story of Steve Carb, for instance. He came to Hilton Head Island as a young man with little money and few prospects. By day he took real estate classes. By night he worked as a bus boy and dishwasher at the Old Fort Pub. Today he owns some of the hottest restaurants in town, including Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta, One Hot Mama’s, Frankie Bones, the Black Marlin Bayside Grill & Hurricane Bar, The Lodge and WiseGuys.
- Written by By Sally Mahan
There’s one in Cape Town, South Africa. There’s another in Jakarta, Indonesia. And there’s yet another in Laayoune, Morroco. In fact, there are more than 500 chapters of “Green Drinks” worldwide, including one right here in the Lowcountry.
- Written by Daniel Brownstein
We’ve almost made it through our abbreviated winter — which didn’t feel so abbreviated this year — and it's time to begin preparing for one of the highlights of the island’s festival scene: the 2010 Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival, or WineFest, as it’s called by locals.
The festival – now in its 25th year – officially begins at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Red Fish, 8 Archer Road, with Uncork the Festival, a gathering of the people who first put the shindig together and helped it expand over the years, plus their really big fans.
For $30 a person, the restaurant is serving an array of wines paired with entrees. Because it’s being held at Red Fish, a south-end establishment with quite a wine selection, expectations are high. The menu for the evening includes grilled lamb lollipops, smoked salmon blini with crème fraiche, roasted tomato and tapenade bruschetta, Cajun shrimp and lobster sliders, assorted sushi and, of course, an international cheese plate. Call 843-686-3388 to reserve your space.
Those who attend are also asked to consider bringing that special bottle of wine that’s been in the liquor cabinet or wine cellar while you’ve waited for the perfect occasion to open it. “Last year we began the tradition of having people share memorable stories about wine,” said Ann-Marie Adams, executive director of the Hilton Head Area Hospitality Association, which puts on the wine festival.
Don’t worry if you can’t make the kickoff evening. There are plenty of wine-related events all the way up to the giant public tasting, conveniently scheduled for precisely the time of year when our New Year’s resolutions have expired, when we cast aside the long, boring diet and reach for some of the best wines from around the world.
Wine + Spa Treatment + Gourmet Food = A Happy Woman
Guys, if you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift that’s guaranteed to please, consider the festival’s Wine Centered Women weekend ticket package.
For $225, your special lady will be pampered with a luxurious spa treatment on March 11 at All about Me, 32 Palmetto Bay Road, then wined and dined for lunch at a private chef demonstration March 12 at a Sea Pines home followed by access to the grand tasting at the Sea Pines Country Club that evening. Then, on March 13, she’ll get premium admission to the public tasting, WineFest at Honey Horn, which allows her to get in an hour earlier than the general public. A passion-filled evening is bound to follow.
WineFest at a glance
Here’s a roundup of what’s to come:
- Feb. 4-7: International Wine Judging & Competition; Hilton Oceanfront Resort, Palmetto Dunes. By invitation.
- March 11-15: Great Chefs of the South Island chefs have created a unique menu of food experiences. Choose to attend a wine and food pairing dinner at a private home; enjoy a traditional Gullah story-telling feast at the Coastal Discovery Museum; or spend time learning about wine while attending a cooking class. Details will be available at www.hiltonheadhospitalityassociation.com.
- March 12: Chef demonstration at a private Sea Pines home ($110)
- March 12: Grand Tasting at the Sea Pines Country Club ($100)
- March 13, noon-4 p.m.: Public Tasting & Auction at Honey Horn ($40 general admission/$60 premium admission)
For more information, visit www.hiltonheadhospitalityassociation.com or check out next month’s Hilton Head Monthly.
- Written by By Gail Westerfield
For two weeks in January, Lowcountry restaurants and food lovers will fill tummies and coffers with speciallypriced prix fixe menus meant to lure in diners during what is traditionally the slowest month of the year for restaurants.
Restaurant weeks began in New York City, where restaurants could boost business during the cold, post-holiday lull, while allowing diners with limited budgets to experience restaurants they might not otherwise be able to afford.
The Bluffton Farmers Market isn’t going into hibernation this winter. The popular market that started in 2008 on the banks of the May River was supposed to end in November, but it is staying open on a limited basis through the season until March 4. Instead of weekly, the market will be open from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of every month. It will set up at 40 Calhoun St. in the Carson Cottages area of old town Bluffton, though the number of vendors will be smaller than during the warmer months. The decision to keep the market open through the winter was in response to popular demand from both farmers and customers, said Ed McCullough, chairman of the board of directors.
- Written by By Chris Widnell
Getting a good value on vino brings out the spirit of the season.
Winemaking techniques have really improved over the past few decades, so it’s fairly easy to avoid evil gut-rot that causes horrible headaches after a couple of glasses, but harder to avoid wines that are simply ordinary.
Most of the cost of a wine that retails for $10-$12 reflects the bottle, transport and mark-ups by the distributor and retailer. What’s left has to cover the wine itself, marketing the brand and the winery profit.
How these costs are allocated can vary considerably, and, if most goes into the wine, it will be very drinkable. If not, it can be distinctly ordinary. The wines selected here are all produced by family-run enterprises of varying size, which have an established commitment to their wines, and are perhaps less bottom-line focused than the multinationals.
$11.99-$12.99 Bliss 2008 Mendocino Chardonnay
Distributed by Grapevine. Lightly oaked and refreshingly fruity.
Sold at A Wine and Spirit Shop, Reilley’s and Rollers