Wine at a Gas Station? Who Knew?

Plantation Station in Sea PinesAt Plantation Station in Sea Pines you can fuel your car, select a case of vintage cabernet sauvignon, arrange a catered dinner for 30, pick up today’s newspaper and grab a meal-to-go.

Need a certified sommelier, a classicallytrained chef or a lottery ticket? You’ll find those at Plantation Station, too.

Orchestrating this most curious and delightful mix of services and products is Gabe Pica, proprietor of Plantation Station since 2006. Paying equal attention to preparing the hot lunches served daily, individualizing catering menus and selecting fine wines for clients, he brings new meaning to the “full-service” station.

Plantation Station has been transformed from a tired convenience store to four gas pumps and a fresh, well-stocked shop with traditional and contemporary food and a topshelf topshelf wine selection. Plantation Station also offers breakfast on the weekends and a gas discount for residents.

This winter, Elizabeth Shaver and Kevin Cavanaugh, experienced chefs with impressive backgrounds, joined Pica on the culinary team forming Plantation Station Catering.

Shaver is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and obtained a master of Italian cooking degree at the school of Italian Regional Cooking in Jesi, Italy.

Plantation Station in Sea Pine“Trust a skinny chef,” said Shaver, who is tall and slender. “I’m passionate about healthy slow food (as opposed to fast food) and the joy of eating. Local, traditional, authentic, organic foods will bring people back to the table.”

Cavanaugh’s special interest in Asian and exotic international cuisine introduces bright new flavors to the menu. He won the Iron Chef competition at the Historic Art and Seafood Festival in Bluffton in 2008.

Both worked with the James Beard award-winning chefs at Palmetto Bluff before joining Pica.

A surprisingly spacious and well-equipped kitchen at Plantation Station enables the catering team to offer a wide selection of items that is innovative and diverse. The menu can include such favorites as homemade gnocchi with walnut sage cream, bourbon-glazed flank steak on crotini, ahi tuna with wasabi aoli and homemade gelato.

“We are as inspirational as our original setting,” Cavanaugh said.

Catering services are provided for cocktail and dinner parties, business and social functions, private in-home dining, chef-attended events and complete party planning.

Plantation Station in Sea PinesInnovative meals-to-go are also ready for pick up at Plantation Station with menus changing daily.

Among the selections are pot roast, meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, Pica’s famous meatballs and marinara sauce, and homemade soups.

“There is nothing we like more than talking food and wine,” said Pica, who once served major defense contractors, the Pentagon and heads of state from around the world.

“Food should be fun, accessible, healthy and enjoyable,” he said. “It’s our passion at Plantation Station Catering.”

Plantation Station is open daily at 111 Lighthouse Road.

Call for catering consultations and daily specials, (843) 671-5101.