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December Restaurant News

Hot products, chef news, and new restaurants from around the Lowcountry.

A Tasteful Gift for the Holidays

Celebrate the flavors of the Lowcountry this holiday season by picking up a copy of Local Flavor, a new 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. Recipes for many Lowcountry classics such as crab soup and fish tacos are included. You will also find recipes that appeal to modern tastes, such as honey energy bites and caramel pecan cheesecake. The book meets LOCAL Life’s high standards for photography, design and paper quality and is a useful guide to home chefs of all skill levels. Gift a copy to every food lover on your list!

How to purchase: Grab a copy at LOCAL Life headquarters (400 Main Street, Suite 200A, Hilton Head Island or buy online here.
Cost: $15 ($11 if purchasing 10 or more)

Vivian Howard brings stories, recipes to Hilton Head

Celebrity chef Vivian Howard brought her stories and recipes to Hilton Head Island for two pop-up dinners with local chef Clayton Rollison at Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar. Howard, known for her award-winning PBS show A Chef’s Life, presented recipes from her cookbook “Deep Run Roots.” The book is named for her hometown of Deep Run, N.C. — a place she describes as the middle of nowhere. After a decade in New York, however, she returned in 2005 and opened her popular restaurant Chef & the Farmer in nearby Kinston.

‘Two for Tuesday’ deals at Coligny Plaza

Many food and dining spots at Coligny Plaza are offering special “Two for Tuesday” deals each Tuesday at Coligny Plaza through February 2019. Find buy one, get one free deals at The G-Free Spot, Big Bamboo, Skillets Cafe, The Sandbar, Island Fudge Shoppe, Hilton Head House of Jerky, FISH Casual Coastal Seafood, The Spice and Tea Exchange and the Carolina Tasting Room. Many other Coligny shops are also participating in the promotion.

Thai restaurant opens in Bluffton

Thai Smile Cuisine has opened at 1534 Fording Island Road in Bluffton. The restaurant offers authentic Thai dishes such as Moo Dad Diew, Tom Kah, Nam Tok, Pad see ew and Pad Kee Mao. The restaurant is located across from Moss Creek in the standalone building that once housed Plantation Cafe and Pino Gelato Gourmet Cafe. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

New Italian restaurant coming to New Orleans Road

Chef Nunzio Patruno is opening a new Italian restaurant in the old Reebook Crossfit building at 18 New Orleans Road on Hilton Head Island. The building is being renovated and hopes to open by March 2019. Patruno told The Island Packet the restaurant will offer a lighter menu with a lot of seafood and homemade pasta. Patruno is best known for operating the nationally acclaimed Monte Carlo Living Room and Club in Philadelphia. He helped Michael Cirafesi open OMBRA Cucina Italiana.

Coffee and chocolate fest coming to Bluffton

On Saturday, Dec. 8, Bluffton will be brimming with the sights, smells and tastes of the region’s finest coffees, desserts and chocolates as the first-ever Bluffton Coffee and Chocolate Fest happens outdoors next to Gigi’s Boutique on Calhoun Street. The event will feature eight local vendors, showcasing and sampling their product lines. The event is being coordinated by Leslie Rohland, owner of The Cottage Café, Bakery & Tea Room, The Juice Hive and May River Coffee Roasters.

Island Winery expanding

Island Winery is expanding into a new building directly across the street from its 15 Cardinal Road location. The new stand-alone building will feature an outdoor area for picnics and events, a wine production area and a tasting room. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Belfair completes $1 million outdoor dining expansion

As part of a $12.5 million capital improvement project for its facilities, Belfair recently completed a major outdoor dining expansion at its clubhouse. With the $1 million expansion, Belfair members and guests can now enjoy a four-season dining sunroom with an expanded veranda and firepit, indoor/outdoor bar, screened porch with retractable electric screens and more.

Whiskey Room hopes to open Dec. 5

To honor the end of prohibition (Dec. 5, 1933), HHI Hospitality Group hopes to open its highly anticipated Whiskey Room on Dec. 5. The room is masked behind a camouflaged bookcase door inside of Charbar Co. at Park Plaza. The room is reminiscent of a Prohibition-era speakeasy with muted lighting, eclectic dark leather furniture, distressed brick walls and vintage mirrors. Whiskey Room will serve more than 100 whiskeys and bourbons, and will offer jazz music with a modern twist.

Sprout Momma Breads unveils holiday menu

Impress your family and friends at your next holiday gathering with a festive treat from Sprout Momma Breads. The artisan bakery, a favorite at the Bluffton Farmers Market, unveiled its holiday menu, which will be available Dec. 5-21. Items include chocolate dipped cream puffs, decorated sugar cookies, black bottom pecan pie and more. For more information, call 843-715-2649 or go to