Hot products, awards, and new restaurants around the Lowcountry.
Restaurant group announces SERG Takeout Kitchen
For busy families and professionals on the go, the SERG Takeout Kitchen is offering scratchmade, fresh frozen meals that are easy to heat and serve with no prep time required. Menu choices include seven styles of pot pies, cannelloni, chicken tetrazzini, lasagna, shrimp and grits, meatballs, pulled pork, meatloaf and more. Each item costs $16 and serves two. Family sizes are also available for many items. Soups, side dishes and desserts are also available. Pickup hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Find the full menu online at serggroup.com. To order, call (843) 682-3663.
World renowned chocolatier stops in Bluffton
One of the top chocolatiers in North America was in Bluffton recently for a chocolate tasting tour. Oliver Kita of Oliver Kita Chocolates, based in Rhinebeck, N.Y., presented the exclusive event, which was cohosted by The Store at The Pearl Kitchen + Bar. Guests learned about growing and harvesting cacao from around the equator and enjoyed a special tasting from five different regions. Takehome samples were given. Babbie Guscio, owner of The Store, collaborated with Kita to come to Bluffton for the occasion. “Oliver loves Bluffton and enjoys visiting his family here when possible,” Guscio said. “We are fortunate to have such a talented artist offer this special presentation in our town. His store in New York is one of the most famous in the country. He travels all over the world to share his passion for chocolate, and we’re thrilled that Bluffton made his list of stops this year.” Purchase his chocolate online at oliverkita.com.
MidiCi’s Italian Kitchen now open
A new Italian restaurant has opened at Hilton Head Island’s Barmuda Triangle (aka Reilley’s Plaza). MidiCi Italian Kitchen offers Neapolitan woodfired pizzas, authentic pasta, signature appetizers, salads, and desserts made with fresh, natural and mostly nonGMO ingredients. Their drink menu includes woodfire roasted coffee, a gourmet tea collection, craft beer and a mix of Italian and global wines. Order online at mymidici.com.
Want to cook like a pro?
Celebrate the flavors of the Lowcountry by picking up a copy of Local Flavor, a Lowcountry cookbook compiled by LOCAL Life magazine. The 80 page cookbook includes easy-to-make recipes from many acclaimed chefs, fun food facts, useful tips and more! Pick up a copy at LOCAL Life headquarters (800 Main St.) or buy it online at LocalLifeSC.com for $15 ($11 if purchasing 10 or more).
Wine dinner to benefit the Children’s Relief Fund
Rose Fotia, founder and chair of the Children’s Relief Fund, has planned a new event for this year’s fundraiser. An Evening in Italy Wine Dinner will be an intimate and elegant event at the new Venue 1223 on May River Road in Bluffton. Chef Ryan McCarthy will create a multi-course dinner paired with fine wines in an exciting and glamorous venue. “We wanted to be creative with our fundraiser this year,” Fotia said. “Our faithful supporters will be treated to a special evening of fine dining, celebration and camaraderie. Only 140 reservations can be accepted.” The evening will include dining, wine pairings, live music and a limited live auction. All proceeds benefit the Lowcountry’s special needs children and their families. Programs that are supported include Area 8 Special Olympics, Heroes on Horseback, SOAR, Fishing with Friends, Pockets Full of Sunshine and the Island Rec Center. Reservations are $250 per person and can be made online at thechildrensrelieffund.org.
Magic Memory Ball wins national award
The Juice Hive recently won an award at the Good Food Awards in San Francisco. The Bluffton-based healthy eatery, known for its cold-pressed juices, smoothies and all-natural raw foods, earned the national award for its Magic Memory Ball. The snack was created by owner and chef Leslie Rohland, who feels eating it could enhance mental function and improve memory. The ball is made with a variety of herbal infusions and organic fruits and nuts from Beaufort’s Three Sisters Farm, which provides organic products for many local eateries. The Juice Hive’s Berry Bluffton Fruit Leather was also a finalist to win an award. The Cottage Café, Bakery & Tea Room also had the honor of being recognized as a finalist for its Curried Pickled Red Okra. Each year the national Good Food Awards celebrate people throughout the country who make food respectful of the environment and connected to communities and cultural traditions. It is the second consecutive year The Juice Hive has been recognized. Winners were selected in 15 categories, with 199 winners chosen from more than 30 states.
New lunch items at Sprout Momma
Popular Bluffton bakery Sprout Momma has added artisan pizzas and sandwiches to its lunch menu. The restaurant, located at 21 Cardinal Road on Hilton Head Island, also unveiled a lunch punch card. Purchase nine lunches at regular price to get one free. Find more information online at SproutMomma.com or by calling 843-715-2649.
Red Fish offering Tuesday wine special
If you love wine and Red Fish restaurant, Tuesday might be your new favorite day of the week. Each Tuesday, bottles of wine from the restaurant’s extensive list will be 50 percent off with the purchase of a dinner entree. Cheers!
New Girls Scout cookie unveiled
With the holiday season behind us, Girl Scout cookie season is officially here. The Girl Scouts shared some exciting news recently on “Good Morning America,” unveiling a new cookie flavor — Caramel Chocolate Chip. The decadent new treat features rich caramel, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a hint of sea salt in a chewy cookie. Along with the return of the Toffeetastic, which was introduced to the cookie lineup in 2015, the Caramel Chocolate Chip is an additional gluten-free option in the 2019 collection. The cookie will only be sold in select areas this season. Fingers crossed the Lowcountry is on the short list!