Captain Woody’s Bar & Grill will host a special oyster roast at its Hilton Head Island location from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. The event will feature live music from Chris Jones. Enjoy fresh oysters, great food and happy hour specials. A portion of the proceeds will help the Hilton Head Humane Society. For more information, call 843-785-2400 or go online to

Charlie Graingers Hot Dogs, Brisket and BBQ will host a grand opening at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 at Shelter Cove Towne Centre on Hilton Head Island. Franchisees Marcie Bindes and Adam Markowitz will offer $1 original hot dogs, prizes and giveaways.

Country Captain has been a favorite chicken and rice dish since the late 1800s and appeared in cookbooks including the timeless “The Joy of Cooking, “The American Heritage Cookbook” and “The New York Times Cookbook,” but over the past half-century, more well-known recipes like Hoppin' John and Frogmore Stew have usurped its popularity. According to culinary lore, this dish made its way to the United States from India, probably thanks to British captains who brought it along with their goods while sailing to Charleston and Savannah in the 1800s.

Question: You open for business at 7 a.m. What time do you wake up each morning? 

Answer: I personally work several different shifts through the week and I have two locations, so that varies from day to day, but I am usually up by 5:30. My baker, Antonio, arrives around 2:30 in the morning in order to make the bagels in time to be delivered to the Bluffton shop before they open.

cubanrestA popular Cuban restaurant in Savannah has opened a Bluffton location. Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant is located at 4490 Bluffton Park Crescent, behind the Enmark and where the short-lived Crescent City Café was located. The menu includes award-winning paella Valenciana, homemade mojitos, sangria and Caipirinha.

 Twisted European BakeryA new bakery is opening in Old Town Bluffton. Twisted European Bakery is located at 1253A May River Road. The family-owned bakery specializes in European handmade baked goods and desserts. For more information, call 843-757-0033.

hhdistileryHilton Head Distillery, a world-class craft spirits producer located at 14 Cardinal Road on Hilton Head Island, will open to the public in September. The company received its long-awaited distilled spirits permit in late July, allowing the facility to begin production. Once it is operating on a full schedule, Hilton Head Distillery will produce many variations of rum, including its flagship, Two Traditions Dark 23 Rum, as well as a super-premium and incomparable Aermoor vodka.

bestsoutbeersLooking for a good southern beer? Here are the top 10 rated beers made in the South, as rated by Beer Advocate:

1. BDCS, Ozark Beer Co. (AR) 
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.20% ABV

2. Ghost In The Machine, Parish Brewing Company (LA)
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV

3. El Gordo, Good People Brewing Company (AL)
Russian Imperial Stout / 13.90% ABV