When you want to make a statement with your soiree, there’s nothing like gathering a few dozen of your closest friends for a lavish dinner party. The drinks flow, the food entices, the conversation buzzes and memories are made. But then it all comes to a screeching halt when you have to decide who’s going to clean up.

As part of its planned culinary institute, Technical College of the Lowcountry recently proposed a museum dedicated to the Lowcountry’s unique regional food culture, a venture it’s calling the Lowcountry Culinary Arts Interpretive Center. According to a presentation to Beaufort County Council, the museum would host rotating and permanent exhibits dedicated to area agriculture, cultural foodways and seafood heritage. In addition, the museum could be used to host cooking classes chef lectures and more.

One of the hottest culinary trends parked itself north of the Broad for the inaugural Food Truck Festival this past month. The surprising popularity of the event led to a few long lines, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for some of our area’s most popular trucks including Murican Border, Time to Eat, Lowcountry Lobstaaah and Chazito’s Latin Cuisine. Proceeds from the event benefited the Lowcountry Jaycees Camp Hope.

Local Savannah brewery SouthBound Brewing Co. will soon open a taphouse inside the Savannah-Hilton Head Island International Airport just outside security. The taphouse will not only offer a place to grab a cold local beer before a flight, it will also offer a full menu as well as pool tables. Southbound Brewing Co. opened in 2013 and offers a full suite of craft beers brewed right in Savannah. Launched in partnership with HMSHost, this represents the brewery’s first restaurant venture following new laws allowing breweries to sell direct to consumer in Georgia. For more information, visit

Blue Heron PubThe Sea Pines Country Club unveiled the newly remodeled Blue Heron Pub and Grille at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in October. The 6,250-square-foot casual dining restaurant, offering a Lowcountry-inspired menu, features a modern design with marsh views. The renovation is a part of the ongoing $2.7 million commitment to refresh the clubhouse at Sea Pines Country Club. Robbie Ames is the general manager and chief operating officer of the Sea Pines Country Club.

Offering a unique menu of globally inspired dishes, Andes Rotisserie will open in November at 7 Johnston Way in Old Town Bluffton. Dishes like Andean Chicken and Ancient Italian Pig Roast, inspired by European food truck fare, reflect owner Andrew Fishkind’s travels around the world. While full dine-in dinners won’t begin until later this year, the restaurant will launch with lunch and dinner pick-up services. For more information, visit

The former space of the Chart House Restaurant will see new life as the fully renovated Skull Creek Dockside, the latest venture from the SERG Group. Featuring an expansive outdoor patio bar, second-story private event space and playground for children, Skull Creek Dockside is located next to Skull Creek Boathouse, with the are between the two restaurants serving as outdoor family entertainment space. For more information, visit

The CottageThe Cottage Cafe, Bakery & Tea Room won the People’s Choice Award for Best Shrimp Recipe at the 23rd annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival in October. The Old Town Bluffton restaurant’s shrimp salad beat out recipes from 15 other local recipes to take top place. The Cottage also won second place in the festival’s prestigious Silver Cup awards. The Cottage serves breakfast, lunch, Sunday brunch, tea, Thursday tapas and weekend dinner and is located at 38 Calhoun St. For more information, call 843-757-0508 or go to

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.

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.