Taste of the Season serves up best of Lowcountry cuisine


Where else can you taste the very best signature dishes of more than 35 Lowcountry restaurants? 

Only at Taste of the Season, held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. 

In time to ring in the holidays, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s annual culinary event showcases the variety of the area’s best cuisine and the talents of local world-class chefs, while indulging the foodies of the Lowcountry. Tickets are $65 each, or $95 for Chamber Patron VIP tickets, which include a private area with lounge seating, private bar, and preferred parking. All food is included in ticket prices. Tickets are available by visiting www.hiltonheadblufftonchamber.org

 Taste of the Season2“For 28 years, Taste of the Season has treated visitors and residents to the Lowcountry’s culinary arts scene with award-winning cuisine from many of the area’s top chefs, who delight in giving attendees the highlights of their signature dishes,” says Bill Miles, chamber president and CEO. “There’s no better way to savor your way through the diverse offerings of our area’s finest cuisine all in one venue.” 

Each participating restaurant offers a unique culinary experience and signature menu items. Between seafood, Southern soul food and creative concoctions, there’s something to please every palate. 

Taste of the Season is a favorite event of locals, visitors and chefs alike. 

“Taste of the Season is one of my favorite annual events,” said Chaun Bescos, the executive chef of Red Fish. “It's a fun and festive way to kick off the holiday season. Chefs are usually in the kitchen, so I like to be able to interact with some of our customers and people who share a passion for food. It's great to see the other locals chefs and sample their dishes as well.” 

Each year, winners of Taste of the Season are chosen by the hundreds who attend the event and cast their ballots for their favorite dishes. Awards are presented to the restaurants serving the most popular dishes. Last year, the People’s Choice Award for Best Cuisine went to Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana for executive chef Chris Johnson’s Veal Agnolotti with Butter Sage Sauce. Runner-up was Bescos’ Seared Chilean Sea Bass with Wild Mushroom & Piedmontese Ox Tail Ragout. Best Decor was awarded to ELA’s Blu Water Grille. 

While food is the focus, attendees are also able to browse great gifts offered in the silent auction, including getaways, artwork, golf packages and more. With a chance to win prizes, the auction and raffle are always very popular. Bidding heats up as appetites wind down, allowing tasters to indulge in great gifts. Participants can get an early view of great auction items and trips online at www.hiltonheadblufftonchamber.org


What: Taste of the Season
When: 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2
Where: Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa
Tickets: $65-$95
Info: 843-341-8379