LICKING OUR CHOPS HAS NEVER BEEN SO MUCH FUN.

Mmmm ... Barbecue

More than 900 people basked in a sweet hickory-smoked plume at historic Honey Horn Plantation last month, sinking their teeth into the best ribs, pulled pork, cornbread and side dishes the Lowcountry has to offer at the 13th annual Kiwanis Rib Burnoff.

“This is a good, southern, hometown, little festival right here,” said Eric Anthony of Barrier Island Barbecue, a griller for the Iron Pig team, the amateur team that won first place for ribs in both the blind tasting and the popular vote, first place in barbecue in the popular vote and the coveted Showmanship Award. “All the competitors know each other. We’re all friends up until 11:30, then from 1:30 until 4 o’clock we don’t talk to each other, and after that we’re all friends again.”

Throw a Holiday Party for Charity.

Throw a Holiday Party for Charity.As the holidays draw near and families look forward to spending time together, get creative with the recipes you make and the parties you host. Celebrity event designer Preston Bailey, who has planned events for such notables as Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey and Catherine Zeta-Jones, has partnered with Uncle Ben’s to encourage people to consider a charitable approach to holiday entertaining this year.

“I am urging my guests to give back to a cause that is dear to my heart this holiday season,” said Bailey, author of three entertaining books. “For me, it’s the fight against hunger. In lieu of traditional hostess gifts, I’m suggesting on my party invitations that guests make a charitable donation to Feeding America.”

A little fruit with big benefits

CranberryCommonly associated with Thanksgiving Dinner, cranberries and cranberry sauce offer much more than serving as a colorful accompaniment to turkey and stuffing.

According to a variety of health professionals and sources, such as the Cranberry Institute (cranberryinstitute.org), maintaining a lower risk of chronic disease is closely related to maintaining a diet high in fruits and vegetables.

Hilton Head Island–Bluffton Chamber to serve up its 19th culinary event at Sea Pines Country Club.

Taste of the SeasonWhen it comes to holiday gatherings, it’s all about the food. Taste of the Season has become one of the area’s premier events for foodies and for those just looking for a deliciously good time.