It’s not every day that an envelope from Buckingham Palace arrives in the mail. But in 2012, professional golfer Darren Clarke was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to golf, an honor awarded by the queen of England. Having won the British Open in 2011 served him well in many ways. Born in Northern Ireland, Clarke currently plays on the European Tour and previously played on the PGA Tour. He became enamored with the American South when he played Division 1 Golf at Wake Forest University in the late 1980s, before he turned pro in 1990. Clarke has taken up a new vocation that some find more challenging than professional golf: restaurateur.

The day after Halloween, our family of seven would scrape out the fibrous strands of our pumpkins to reveal the bright orange flesh, cutting it into pieces and roasting in the oven — along with the seeds — to make the most delicious pumpkin soup. These days, pumpkin soup goes well beyond the traditional dollop of cream and pinch of nutmeg and can act as a host for so many diverse flavors, both savory and sweet. While it often takes a starring role on the table in the form of pies and bread, pumpkin also marries well with spicy ingredients without losing its distinct taste. For even more proof of its versatility, look no further than “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” — the movie’s humorous wit and innocence have stood the test of time and are adored by pumpkin lovers of all ages.

Every Halloween I cringe not because of the ghoulish costumes and decorations but because of the amount of sugar my children load up on at school and trick or treating. Sugar consumption is related to an array of health concerns like digestive problems, cavities and mood swings. In an effort to be holistic but not a fun vampire that sucks the life out of the holiday, try these healthy candy recipes:

Hilton Head Brewing Company has created a new brew called Surf Sweet Wheat, a light, cloudy and malty American-style beer with hints of stone fruit and pine. This true island beer is available on draft only at Marriott’s Surf Watch Resort, in partnership with Hilton Head Brewing Company. Marriott Surf Watch Resort is located at 10 Surf Watch Way on Hilton Head Island. 

crabrestCoastal Restaurants and Bars and Hilton Head Island High School’s athletics department have teamed up to share school spirit and save families money. Every child wearing a CRAB Hilton Head Athletics shirt at any CRAB location on Friday nights eats free with the purchase of one adult entree. Children who also wear the shirt to any home game will receive free entry into the sporting event. CRAB restaurants include Reilley’s, The Crazy Crab, Aunt Chilada’s Easy Street Cafe, Carolina Crab Company and Fish Camp on Broad Creek.

lobsterThe owners of Lowcountry Kitchen and Lowcountry Lobster food truck have opened a delivery division called Lowcountry Kitchen 2 Go. The new service will deliver soups, salads and sandwiches in the Bluffton area. A minimum of five lunches is required and delivery is offered between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Other orders can be picked up at the Lowcountry Kitchen location at 258 Red Cedar St., Suite 15. For more information, go to www.lowcountrykitchen258.com or www.lowcountrylobster.com.

A new food truck is rolling through Beaufort County, serving up coffee, tea, espresso and frappes. All About That Bean will also serve boba tea, a drink similar to the traditional Taiwan milk tea that is known for its fruity, nutty flavor and tapioca bubbles. For more information, go to All About That Bean on Facebook.

The farmers market at The Village at Wexford will hold its fall outdoor market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 25. The market brings the freshest produce, delicacies and other locally inspired items to area residents and visitors this fall. For more information, “like” The Village at Wexford on Facebook. 

itheritagefestDue to Hurricane Irma, the Hilton Head Island Italian Heritage Festival has been postponed to Nov. 18. The event, to be held at Shelter Cove Community Park, will now include the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head Island’s Meatball Madness event, in which members will attempt to mix, assemble and cook a 1,500-pound meatball, setting a Guinness World Record. For more information, go to www.iachh.org.

A Bluffton mother and son have co-authored “The College Man’s Cookbook,” a beginner’s guide to cooking on a budget. It was released in July on Amazon and immediately began trending in the online retailer’s "Budget Cookbooks" category. Carrie and George Hirsch Jr. say they’ve created “100 easy recipes to prepare on a budget, in tiny kitchens, with dull knives, microwaves and distractions while earning a degree.”