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. 

cocktail partyThe RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing is a fantastic excuse to throw a great cocktail party. Just remember, a spectacular soiree takes more than just excellent drinks. The food must be on point as well. To help turn your Heritage cocktail party up a notch, we reached out to two catering experts for recipes that are both easy to make and guaranteed to please.

Twisted Cork Cocktail & Wine Bar is hosting live music every Friday and trivia every Monday. Call 843-802-0510 for details. 

SERG Restaurant Group recently released a conceptual image of the new Skull Creek Dockside restaurant. Construction on the building, which used to be Chart House, has begun. The building will feature a large patio space and an expanded second level that will be used for private events. The restaurant will share open space with neighboring SERG restaurant Skull Creek Boathouse for oyster roasts and family entertainment. Chart House closed after Hurricane Matthew. Skull Creek Dockside has targeted a summer opening. 

Jim LisenbyJim Lisenby, a Hilton Head Island man famous for his tropical frozen fruit concoctions, is back in business. Lisenby has teamed up with Dave Peck, owner of A Lowcountry Backyard restaurant, to reopen Pool Bar Jim’s at the beach bar behind The Sea Crest Resort on North First Beach. Lisenby served his frozen drinks at the Marriott Grande Ocean Resort for many years, but his arrangement with the resort ended last year. The new bar is open seven days a week and offers a Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 843-816-4648.