Chamber Restaurant Week is back
Get your Lowcountry restaurant bucket list ready. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s 13th annual Chamber Restaurant Week is back February 20-27, and residents will have an opportunity to help further support their favorite restaurants.
In conjunction with Chamber Restaurant Week, locals can get an exclusive Lowcountry culinary experience in the Chamber’s first-ever Taste of the Lowcountry silent auction. It showcases experiences such as cooking lessons, wine dinners, private oyster roasts and more, for a deal you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
The silent auction runs February 20-March 8 and benefits our local restaurants. Businesses have stepped up to sponsor these experiences to support our beloved restaurants. A list of experiences and bidding information will be listed at ChamberRestaurantWeek.com.
“We’re proud to keep the tradition of Chamber Restaurant Week going and have this added benefit to support our local restaurants,” said Bill Miles, president and CEO of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.
Whether you are checking out the latest Lowcountry hot spot, trying a new dish at an old favorite, or venturing to a place that you’ve always wanted to try, Chamber Restaurant Week is the one time all year that you can find a phenomenal multi-course meal for a deal.
Over 70 Hilton Head Island and Bluffton restaurants will offer special menus throughout February 20-27 with take-out or dine-in options available.
“We love participating in Chamber Restaurant Week and haven’t missed one yet! There is always a bit of a lull after the holidays, and it seems that when Restaurant Week rolls around, our local residents are ready to participate,” said Rebecca Fazzini of Michael Anthony’s. “It is a great opportunity to showcase what we do, especially to those who have never dined with us. It’s always a fun week, and we love meeting new customers as well as seeing our regulars.”
If you find yourself in a “restaurant rut,” Chamber Restaurant Week is a way to venture into trying a new spot or ordering something other than your “usual” at your favorite locale.
“Chamber Restaurant Week not only allows our chefs the opportunity to branch out of their everyday culinary routine, but it also provides guests the chance to experience more offerings in a cost-effective way,” said Ryan Larson, the SERG Restaurant Group marketing director.
SHHHH! Alexander Trench’s Secret Supper Club is back
Enjoy an intimate dining experience in a secret location hosted by top chefs. Tickets are all-inclusive, including your meal, drinks, tax and gratuity. Location and additional details will be emailed at a later date. Reserve your spot at trenchscellar.com.
What: Trench’s Cellar
When: Thursday, Feb. 11
Where: Undisclosed location in Bluffton
Sign up: trenchscellar.com
Gravies take flight at Bad Biscuit
Due to the popularity of its creative toppings (sage gravy, bacon gravy, etc.), Bad Biscuit has included a biscuit and gravy flight in its updated menu. A made-from-scratch biscuit comes with four toppings of your choice so you don’t have to hem and haw at the counter. New bowls and other savory items also have been added. Learn more at bad-biscuit.com.
Tio’s Latin American Kitchen opening Bluffton location
Chef Lynden Zuniga and Sally Zuniga, owners of Tio’s Latin American Kitchen on Hilton Head Island, are putting the final touches on a new Bluffton location next to the Kroger at Buckwalter Place. The couple signed a lease for the space in 2019, but Covid-19 delayed the opening. The Bluffton Tio’s will feature an open kitchen that will be front and center of the restaurant. The menu will be the same as the Hilton Head location (including their flan-tastic made-to-order desserts), but there are plans to evolve in order to please the Bluffton clientele.
Happy hour hotspot: Dockside
Beer-loving locals will be delighted to learn Skull Creek Dockside has added two quality beers to its lineup. Up your happy-hour game (4-7 p.m.) with Anderson Valley Boont Amber, a new craft selection, or Revelry Back Off Warchild Imperial IPA, a new local selection. Both are perfect to sip at sunset.
Salty Dog’s SOUPer Bowl
Running every weekend until Feb. 21, The Salty Dog Cafe chefs will go head-to-head in their first ever SOUPer Bowl. Each week, two soups will battle it out to remain in the running to be crowned the first ever SOUPer Bowl Champion. Championship weekend starts Feb. 26. Learn more at saltydog.com
Flight Night at Nunzio
Every Monday, you can taste your way through some of Nunzio’s favorite Californian and Italian wineries. The $25 flight, which comes with five wines, changes every month and is available to order in the bar and dining room. Learn more at nunziohhi.com.
Savor Sea Pines celebrates food, wine, spirits
Sea Pines’ monthlong celebration of food, wine, and spirits will include socially distanced events, such as dinners, tastings, demonstrations and classes. Guest chefs from Charleston, Charlotte, Atlanta, as well as brewmasters and vintners, will be showcased. Special culinary events have been planned for Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day. Events will take place Feb. 1-27. Learn more at savorseapines.com.
Hilton Head Social Bakery opening South End location
Fans of Hilton Head Social Bakery who live on the South End will no longer have to make the grueling drive to Mid-Island to enjoy its authentic French baked goods. Marissa Feret confirmed a lease was recently signed for a building on the South End. While she was unable to share the exact location, she said the team is working hard to open this spring.
New Quarterdeck will have rooftop oyster bar
The Sea Pines Resort has been approved for a complete redevelopment of The Quarterdeck restaurant, which will include a new rooftop oyster bar with 270-degree views of the Harbour Town Yacht Basin and Calibogue Sound. The new vision, created by design firm Hart Howerton, will feature a two-story restaurant with a bar and dining area on the first floor and the rooftop oyster bar on the second. There also will be a walk-up market on the ground floor, where patrons can grab a quick bite or stock up on provisions for the day. Opening is anticipated prior to the spring 2022 season.
February food holidays
Feb 1: Cake Pop Day
Feb 2: Tater Tot Day
Feb 3: Carrot Cake Day
Feb 4: Stuffed Mushroom Day
Feb 5: Nutella Day
Feb 6: Chopsticks Day
Feb 7: Fettuccine Alfredo Day
Feb 8: Molasses Bar Day
Feb 9: Bagels and Lox Day
Feb 10: Cream Cheese Brownie Day
Feb 11: Peppermint Patty Day
Feb 12: Biscotti Day
Feb 13: Tortellini Day
Feb 14: Cream-filled Chocolates Day
Feb 15: Gumdrop Day
Feb 16: Almond Day
Feb 17: Café Au Lait Day
Feb 18: Drink Wine Day
Feb 19: Chocolate Mint Day
Feb 20: Muffin Day
Feb 21: Sticky Bun Day
Feb 22: Margarita Day
Feb 23: Banana Bread Day
Feb 24: Tortilla Chip Day
Feb 25: Clam Chowder Day
Feb 26: Pistachio Day
Feb 27: Kahlua Day
Feb 28: Souffle Day
Our top picks for February from the local food scene.
Sformato Chocolate Dessert
A chocolate lover’s dream paired with a scoop of gelato. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this famous Michael Anthony’s dessert.
Fried Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
The banana technically makes it healthy, right? Dig into this sweet treat at Frankie Bones.
Chocolate Mousse Cake
Milk, white, and dark chocolate, all paired together with strawberry and mint. Hurry to Poseidon and order yourself one.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
This classic combo is dipped fresh each day at Kilwins Hilton Head at Shelter Cove Towne Centre.