Sprouts get a raw deal. There are many types and uses for them other than being incorporated or tossed into a salad. Sprouted breads have become extremely popular and are healthful as well. The term “sprouting” refers to the short-term process of germinating seeds, nuts, whole grains and legumes (including alfalfa, bean, chickpea, sunflower, and lentils) to be eaten raw or cooked. It is an easy 3-4 day project to do in the kitchen with a few simple tools: cheese cloth, a one-quart Mason jar, fresh water and sunlight. The easy way to test the waters of sprouting might be to pick up a Chia Pet. We can make all the jokes we want about the humorous figurines made with sprouting chia seeds, but the sprouts can be harvested right off the figurine – it sounds cannibalistic, but it’s not.”


Nick Bergelt remembers the fun he had in Park Plaza while growing up on Hilton Head over a decade ago. Establishments like Monkey Business and Electric Piano made the spot the island’s de facto entertainment district. But over the years, the plaza faded from its popular days. Buildings went dark; tenants came and went. One thing that didn’t change, however, was Bergelt’s love of the plaza and the vision he had to return Park Plaza to it’s former glory.


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.

Future Chef

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.

Taste of BlufftonThe 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.

Paula DeenCelebrity 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. 

pinogelatoAfter 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. 

The French Bakery

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.

WingfestThe 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.