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Outdoor dining hotspot: The Sandbar Beach Eats
Make the most of this beautiful weather by enjoying casual locally flavored food and unique cocktails in a fun atmosphere, streetside at Coligny. The Sandbar Beach Eats is located just steps from Coligny Beach and is pet friendly. The kitchen receives daily local deliveries. Menu items include beach snacks, shrimp, oysters, sandwiches, tacos and more. Happy hour with drink and cocktail specials from 4-6 p.m., seven days a week.
Hot Product: Foglie D’ulivo Pasta
Hailing from the southern province of Bari in the “heel” of Italy, these Foglie d’Ulivo from Marella are produced with a blend of organic, IGP-certified hard (durum) wheats. While industrially produced pastas are typically made with Teflon-coated steel dies, Marella is extruded through a bronze die, giving a rougher surface texture that holds sauce better. Their name means “olive leaves,” and the lovely green color of this pasta comes from spinach. Try these with a light cream sauce to fully appreciate the beauty and hearty flavor of this Pugliese classic. Find it in the Market at Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana.
SERG Group purchases Charbar, Holy Tequila
Two popular restaurants and the new Whiskey Room on the south end of Hilton Head Island are now owned by Southeast Entertainment Restaurant Group, the largest employer on the island. Charbar, Holy Tequila and the Whiskey Room were sold by HHI Hospitality. SERG has no plans for immediate changes. “We aren’t going to change what’s working already,” said Alan Wolf, SERG director of operations. Both Charbar and Holy Tequila have won local, regional and national awards since opening their Park Plaza restaurants. Nick Bergelt, the restaurants’ former owner and CEO of HHI Hospitality Group, decided to move his focus to franchising his QSR concepts Stoner’s Pizza Joint and Healthy Habit.
Long Cove Club hires new executive chef
John Soulia brings more than 21 years of culinary leadership and management to the position. He worked as the director of food and beverage and executive chef at Berkeley Hall for six years and had long and highly successful tenures at Belfair and Hampton Hall. He has a degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University, Providence, RI, and has continued his education at the Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley and The Gourmet Institute, New York, NY.
Local student takes top spot in cooking competition
Fifth-grader Kandace Henderson was a finalist the past two years in the Sodexo Future Chef Competition, and her persistence paid off March 15 when she won the annual event. Henderson, who attends Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary, was one of 12 elementary school finalists from across the district who prepared healthy Mexican-inspired dishes – this year’s competition category – for a panel of five judges at River Ridge Academy. Judges awarded points based on the recipes’ originality, taste, healthy attributes, plate presentation, ease of preparation and kid-friendliness. Henderson’s winning dish was “Latin Spiced Salmon with Tortilla Boats.” For her first-place finish, Henderson was awarded a prize basket of cookware, kitchen utensils, cutting boards and a Future Chef apron. She now has a chance to move on to the 2019 regional and national Future Chef competitions.
Local bakers win RBC Heritage cookie contest
Two “hole-in-one” cookies were named the official cookies of the 2019 RBC Heritage and were served at the eight concession stands located on the course during the 2019 PGA Tour golf event at Harbour Town Golf Links. The winning cookies were Harbour Town’s Dye-abolical Delights, baked by Tina Daley of Hilton Head Island, and Pockets Full of Sunshine’s Peanut Butter Putters, baked by Laurin Rivers and team. As winners, Daley and Rivers both received a champion package including tickets to the tournament and plaid swag, in addition to bragging rights.
One Hot Mama’s opening Bluffton location
Bluffton residents will no longer have to cross the bridge when they have a craving for One Hot Mama’s famous slow-cooked barbecue. The Southeast Entertainment Restaurant Group (SERG) will bring its flagship restaurant to the Buckwalter Corridor in Bluffton this year. One Hot Mama’s will open in June in Berkeley Place in the 4,300-square-foot corner space adjacent to the Cinemark Bluffton movie theater. Working with Kelly Caron Interior Design, renovation plans of the Bluffton locale will replicate many features of the Hilton Head Island location.