javaburitoMichael Fekete, owner of Java Burrito Company, recently held a Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundation Day and donated 10 percent of his gross sales to the foundation. Pictured with Fekete are Jim Hicks and Sandy Berthelsen, trustees of the foundation.

Title: Wine director, general manager and certified sommelier for Rollers Wine & Spirits and Wine & Cheese, If You Please?

Q: Best wine (or wines) under $20:
Any wine you like for $19.99 or less!

A few of my favorites these days are:

  • Chateau Famaey Malbec, Cahors, France 2011
  • Jean-Paul Daumen’s Principaute Dórange Rhone, France 2013
  • Château Revelette’s Aix en Provence Rose, France 2015
  • Botani Sparkling Muscat by Jorge Ordonez & Co.

The best bumper sticker seen in the Lowcountry reads: “Friends Don't Let Friends Buy Imported Shrimp,” and we mean it. The sight of the double-rigged shrimp trawlers going out at dawn for the catch in our pristine waterways, with flocks of hungry sea birds hovering about to see what they can pluck from the catch is quite common. We in the Lowcountry feel the pride of watching this shrimping industry still thrive today, both here and in small South Carolina towns like McClellanville, keeping alive an integral part of the history of our coastal paradise. Many a shrimper, typically coming from a long line of shrimpers, will say it’s in his or her blood. We cannot help but make the association of the shrimp with the shrimpers, and we thank them every day for bringing us this delicacy, despite facing fierce competition from imports, rising costs and economic and safety risks.

omnimarpleMaple syrup isn’t just for breakfast at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. The Omni is celebrating its “Art of Water” campaign by incorporating maple into its cuisine all summer. The Buoy Bar will be selling cocktails such as the Maple Smash and the handmade Maple Mule. The Omni will also be serving dishes such as the Maple Chicken Salad Pita and the Maple Buoy Burger. The spa will also feature a facial infused with maple. 

STREET MEET

Street Meet American Takeout and Tavern recently unveiled its recent expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Owner Carey Basciano remodeled a 1000-square-foot vacant space, formerly a beauty shop, into a new dining room to add to the current bar and restaurant.

Michael Fekete, owner of Java Burrito Company, recently held a Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundation Day and donated 10 percent of his gross sales to the foundation. Pictured with Fekete are Jim Hicks and Sandy Berthelsen, trustees of the foundation.

A Bluffton favorite is expected to reopen its doors in a new location in July. The Sippin Cow is moving into the royal blue building being constructed at 36 Promenade St. in Old Town Bluffton. The café will sell lunch and breakfast as it did previously, although hours and the menu could expand. The original Sippin Cow was located up the street at 1230 May River Road. The café also had a brief stint at Pepper’s Old Town before closing.

freshmarketgrillingJuly is National Grilling Month, and The Fresh Market is dishing out its grilling guide geared toward making everyday backyard barbecues extraordinary. From traditional favorites to unexpected pairings, the specialty grocer is encouraging shoppers to get out of the grilling rut by introducing unique flavors to the flame. Find recipies and more online at www.thefreshmarket.com.

kroger1As the demand for healthy choices like fresh produce and organic products rises, Kroger has furthered its commitment to customers by investing millions of dollars in reducing prices for the top 80 most popular produce items — making these items more affordable for the average family. Kroger’s new program is called “Wow!

shop Smooth

The juice and smoothie shop Smooth, which is located behind Starbucks on the south end of Hilton Head Island, is under new ownership but is keeping the same concept of "pay what you can afford." New owner Fith Fithian has worked at Smooth since November and recently took over. He has lived on Hilton Head for four years and was once a personal trainer and nutritional adviser.