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Restaurant news – January 2022

Toast the New Year: Dreamy winter cocktails by Hilton Head Distillery

Hilton Head Distillery graciously shared recipes for two of its dreamy new winter cocktails — Spiced Winter Punch and Campfire Bananas. The distillery, located on Cardinal Road, is open for daily tours and tastings. Best days to go:

January 1: National Hangover Day. Special deals and bundles.

January 17: National Bootlegger Day. One-day sale on all spirits.

January 20: Ginuary Cocktail Class. Featuring special guest bartender Tony Bagnulo and Bulrush Gin. Book online at

Hilton Head DistillerySpiced Winter Punch


1 1/2 ounces HHD Spiced Rum

1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice

1/3 ounce cinnamon syrup

1/4 ounce apple cider

1/4 ounce tart cherry grenadine

3/4 ounce ginger beer

Directions Shake everything except ginger beer over ice. Strain into ice-filled rocks glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with cranberries and apple.

Hilton Head DistilleryCampfire Bananas


1 1/2 ounces HHD Bananas Foster Rum 

2 ounces half & half

1/4 ounce marshmallow syrup

4 dashes walnut bitters

Directions Shake all ingredients over ice. Strain into coupe glass rimmed with graham cracker crumbs. Garnish with toasted marshmallow and banana chip.

Nectar opening Old Town location 

Bluffton fans of Nectar Farm Kitchen soon won’t have to cross the bridge to enjoy the restaurant’s grits, fried chicken or catfish. SERG Restaurant Group is opening a new location in Old Town Bluffton where Fat Patties used to be. A January 10 opening is being targeted. The Chicago Tribune recently listed Nectar one of “7 must visit restaurants for superb Southern cuisine.” Learn more at

Giuseppi’s offering cauliflower crust

Did you know that you can now get cauliflower crust pizza at Giuseppi’s Pizza & Pasta? The popular locally owned restaurants are celebrating with a special pizza creation each week. Past creations have included the Muffaletta (a sun-dried tomato pesto base, ham, capicola, salami, fresh mozzarella and chopped olives) and the Chicken Fajita (chicken, peppers, tomatoes and local Ringstar hot sauce). Follow their Facebook page for updates on their newest creations. 

Meet the Artist Wine Dinner

Mark your calendars for Lulu Kitchen’s upcoming “Meet the Artist: Jeff Keefer Wine Dinner,” which takes place at 6 p.m. on January 8. The event includes a 5-course meal and special wines featured from Orin Swift. RSVP at 843-648-5858.

Private cooking classes at Michael Anthony’s 

If you’re interested in learning a new cooking skill with friends or family but can’t attend any of the special cooking demonstrations offered at Michael Anthony’s, they offer private hands-on cooking classes for 5-10 guests at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays or Saturdays. Simply call Camryn McCarter at 843-785-6272 to schedule your class and pick your menu. 

Cooking demos at Alexander’s 

Gather ’round the table for cooking demonstrations each month by Palmetto Dunes Resort executive chef Charles Pejeau at Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar. All demonstrations are $25 per person and include a glass of sparkling wine and culinary gift to take home. All the money collected will be given to the Palmetto Dunes Employee Assistance Program. Make reservations at

Upcoming demonstrations

January 23: Game day food. Homemade salsas, queso and guacamole

February 20: Shrimp and grits

March 20: Alexander’s signature Wiener Schnitzel

Chamber Restaurant Week returns 

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Restaurant Week is back (Jan. 29-Feb. 5) for you to enjoy prix-fixe menus. With over 70 of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island restaurants participating, there will be something for everyone. Restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus starring new entrees, signature dishes and fan favorites. View this year’s menus at

Underground Burritos kiosk open 24/7

The worker shortage has caused many restaurants to alter their hours, but Underground Burritos owner Jimmy Soules turned a crisis into an opportunity by introducing a new burrito kiosk at his Bluffton restaurant. Every night burritos will be stocked in a high-tech refrigerated case on their back porch next to a microwave. Customers can scan their cards, select items for purchase and, based on laser recording technology, will be charged for what they took. Soules hopes to open more kiosks at other locations in the future.