When legendary restaurateur Charlie Golson fell ill, friends and family rallied to keep his beloved island restaurant running.

If there are two things that define a visit to Charlie’s L’etoile Verte (French for “Charlie’s Green Star”), they are constant change and a sense of sharing.

MidiCi Pizza will open in the spring at the old Hilton Head Brewing Company location in Reilley’s Plaza. The restaurant will serve authentic and traditional Neapolitan cuisine with natural, fresh ingredients. Acclaimed Italian restauranteurs Peppe Miele and Mario Vollera created the menu and Los Angeles architect Sam Marshall designed the 3,000-square-foot restaurant. For more information, go to www.myMidiCi.com

The Cracked Egg will be Ridgeland’s latest breakfast spot, taking over the former Joe Loves Lobster Rolls location at 2915 Okatie Highway. The Cracked Egg’s first location opened in Port Royal in April and a third location is in the works for Beaufort. The menu will include simple breakfast, lunch and dinner items. The Cracked Egg will be open from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. 

Nonna Rosa, an Italian restaurant in Okatie, has opened a second location in Bluffton. The new restaurant serves Italian dishes with a modern twist. Chef Mariona Carannante of Naples, Italy, attended culinary school in Rome and trained throughout Italy and Europe. Carannante’s brother Peppe Gialone is a co-owner and chef. The Bluffton location opens every day at 4 p.m. for dinner at 5 Godfrey Place. 

Paul Rabe of Bluffton, who serves up specialty cocktails at The Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar on Hilton Head Island and Calhoun Street Tavern in Bluffton, won the grand prize for the second year in a row at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival bartender challenge in December. His two winning concoctions were Darjeeling 1888 Punch, which won the bourbon category and can be sampled at The Lucky Rooster, and Farrier’s Reward, which won in the tequila category and is available at Calhoun Street Tavern in Old Town Bluffton. 

Hilton Head Distillery’s new barrel-aged rum, Two Traditions Dark 23 Rum, is handcrafted using a granulated molasses base and aged in pre-used port wine barrels. The process uses 23 of these barrels, which are made of charred American oak, rich in flavor. The result is a bourbon-esque rum with a delightfully complex palate. 

FARM Bluffton will host a wine dinner from 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 19. The theme is “Resolution Solutions,” and the dinner will include flavorful dishes that will feel decadent, but won’t ruin anyone’s commitment to a healthful new year. For reservations, call 843-707-2041 or go to www.farmbluffton.com

SOME MOMENTS IN LIFE CALL FOR CELEBRATION. AND SOME CELEBRATIONS CALL FOR A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA.

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.