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The judges are experts in their field including a professional chef, an acclaimed artist, a professional stylist and a mixologist. Categories include: Food, Drink, Art, Style, Home and Crafts.
Owner and Executive Chef of Nunzio Restaurant + Bar
Nunzio Patruno is passionate about creating memorable experiences of friendship and community that good food and wine inspire in all of us. It is normal to encounter Chef Patruno tending his garden at his latest adventure, Nunzio Restaurant + Bar, most likely thinking about what is he going to cook tonight for his guests. As a classically trained chef, he brings to the table a culmination of an impressive career from the culinary meccas of the Italian Riviera and Monaco to the popular & iconic restaurants in the Philadelphia area such as the Monte Carlo Living Room, Trattoria Primavera Pizza Kitchen and the South Jersey gem, Nunzio Ristorante Rustico.
Co-owner of Charlie’s
Growing up in the area for the past 40 years, Margaret has seen the growth and change
firsthand. She started clearing tables and washing dishes at her father’s island restaurant,
Charlie’s L’etoile Verte when she was around ten years old. Her love of travel took her abroad
several times as a youth, and ultimately formed her love of the arts and wine. She began her
career as a wine sales rep and is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Today, she is co-owner of Charlie’s. Her day-to-day is split between running the restaurant, raising two little girls, and painting in acrylics. Lowcountry wildlife and landscape are her inspiration for her artwork, which serves as a solace from the fast-paced life of a restauranteur.
Owner and President of Camellia Art
Owner and President, Adrianne Lively, earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She went on to complete a concentrated study at The Art Institute of Pittsburg before attending Lorenzo de ‘Medici Institute in Florence, Italy for graduate studies.
Independently owned and operated by Lively since its opening on Hilton Head Island in 1986, Camellia Art began as a frame shop that sold local folk art and art supplies. In 2009, Camellia Art began exhibiting eight local artists as a fine art gallery. Now, Camellia Art now hangs diverse portfolios from over 30 artists from across the country and has since evolved into one of the area’s favorite fine art galleries and custom frame shops.
Camellia Art expanded from its one location on the South End of Hilton Head to a second location inside of J. Banks Retail Showroom on Main Street in the Fall of 2015. Camellia Art expanded once again, adding a third location on Calhoun Street in Bluffton in Spring of 2019.
Owner of River Dog Shop and Hair and Makeup Artist
In addition to owning River Dog Shop, an apparel shop for stylish dogs, Courtney Marine is a top hair and makeup artist in the Lowcountry. She works with top models and retailers to create the beautiful looks in the Style Section of LOCAL Life magazine. Years behind the camera have given Courtney a keen eye for fashion trends, fads and what styles will have enduring beauty. As an active Instagrammer and Tik Toker, she always knows what’s trending.
CEO and Design Lead with BESTNEST by Beverly Serral Vacation Rentals
Since 2010, the BESTNEST brand has been lauded as one of casual sophistication, consistency, comfort and convenience. In 2020 the brand expanded to include a portfolio of BESTNEST/Luxe properties. Ms. Serral designs the firms’ acclaimed marketing, and her team of professionals create both interior and exterior living spaces for the BESTNEST vacation properties, focusing on guest and homeowner convenience, comfort, and enjoyment, always with a dash of pizzazz and a dose of fun added in.
Owner of The Spirited Hand
Nancy’s been on the retail scene since she acquired The Spirited Hand in 1998 in Avon, CT. She moved to the Low Country in 2016 and soon missed her shop, the vendors & customers, many became good friends after 20 years! The Spirited Hand is all about North American hand-crafted jewelry, glass, pottery, textiles & more – even a great greeting card collection. We aim to Wow you with items you won’t see everywhere, with a gift for you or anyone on your list!