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July Restaurant News

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Sandbar Saturday Nights at Sonesta Resort

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is hosting Sandbar Saturday Nights at its Sandbar at Marker 72 beach bar on most Saturday evenings throughout the summer. The event is from 6-10 p.m., July 6 and 13; and August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. The special nights also will be held on Thursday, July 4, and Sunday, Sept. 1. Each of the evenings will feature a live band, family-friendly games, drink specials and optional Lowcountry food stations.

Burnt Church Distillery breaks ground

Burnt Church Distillery hosted a groundbreaking ceremony May 30 at 120 Bluffton Road, the future home of the distillery. Founded by brothers Billy and Sean Watterson, the distillery will invest $10.3 million and provide 27 jobs in the community. “Our distillery was inspired by the mystery of Burnt Church Road. When I took it upon myself to search for answers on Google, the best I could find was old folklore, half stories and cloudy recollections. For some reason, I couldn’t get the road out of my head and needed to know more,” Billy Watterson said. “Our search for the truth has inspired our architecture, interiors, recipes and brands. It’s almost like the road found us.” The distillery is tentatively set to open in the summer of 2020.

New Italian restaurant opens in Beaufort

A new Italian restaurant has opened on Ribaut Road in Beaufort. Briciole Bistro and Bakery is located in the building where Bella Napoli used to be. In addition to Italian cuisine, the restaurant offers baked goods, salads and sandwiches.

Wine & cheese pairing

Cheese Recommendation

We reached out to local cheese expert Diane Rudolph for a good Fourth of July cheese suggestion. “Well, since we’ve had record heat lately, my pick is feta,” Rudolph said. “It’s so refreshing mixed with watermelon and a balsamic glaze. Serve with a crisp dry white like sauvignon blanc.” Check out the feta spread along with the rest of the impressive cheese selection at Murray’s Cheese inside of Kroger.

Wine Recommendation

Roth Sauvignon Blanc: If you’re looking for a little wine with your feta cheese, Betsy Trish of Red Fish suggests this Bordeaux-style wine from Sonoma County, Calif. Wine aficionados report this particular blend offers notes of nectar and papaya, and a bright, crisp finish. “It’s delicious,” Trish said. You can pick up a bottle for $22.99 at the Red Fish retail wine shop.

Hot Product

Taggiasca Olive Spread

This is one of the best olive spreads you will ever have. Taggiasca olives are the sweetest olives of Italy, making this spread a unique black olive spread completely free of bitterness. It’s ideal with soft, buttery cheeses. Find it in the Market at Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana.

Treat yourself: Toasted Coconut Fudge

Smooth toasted coconut flavor is laced with decadent fudge and sprinkled with coconut flakes for a satisfying crunch. Find it at Kilwins Hilton Head located at Shelter Cove Towne Centre. Kilwins offers a variety of ice cream, cased chocolates, hand paddled fudges, caramels, corns and other confectionary creations.

Must-try chocolates: Sammy the Sea Turtle and Grandpa Gator

Check out these cool critters done by the Lowcountry’s chocolate queen, Nancy Paris. Sammy the Sea Turtle weighs in just over a pound and Grandpa Gator is just over half a pound. Find them both at the Chocolate Canopy on New Orleans Road.

Sip this

C’Mon Sunshine

This beer from Greenville’s Birds Fly South Ale Project is a blend of two open-fermented wild beers. One is Petite Galaxy and one is a Citra hopped pale ale. The result is a dry, fruity, slightly sour farmhouse ale that is perfectly refreshing for the hot summer months. Find it at Rollers Wine & Spirits.