LUCKY ROOSTER IS AN AMERICAN BISTRO WITH “SOUTHERN SOUL.” THE HILTON HEAD-BASED EATERY, WHICH SERVES LUNCH, BRUNCH AND DINNER, ALSO OFFERS A FANTASTIC SELECTION OF COCKTAILS THAT ARE PERFECT FOR FALL. LUCKY ROOSTER SHARED SOME OF ITS FAVORITE RECIPES WITH MONTHLY.
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BROOKS REITZ BRINGS CULINARY EXPERTISE TO PALMETTO BLUFF
By his own definition Brooks Reitz is an entrepreneur, but that general term lacks the true scope of his successful career.
In the competitive and highly regarded culinary scene of Charleston, S.C., he co-owns three restaurants with partners Tim Mink and Kelly Dougherty, his own cocktail mixer brand, the Jack Rudy Cocktail Company and has a massive following on Instagram for his short, fun cooking videos.
MOBILE BEVERAGE SERVICE DEBUTS
Tap Truck Hilton Head, a mobile beverage service, launched in September. Serving from a classic 1964 Chevy Panel five-tap truck, it offers beer, wine, cider, lemonade, sweet tea and other drinks. For more information, visit its Facebook page.
Like your favorite Auslese Riesling, the Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival continues to get better with age. Longtime fans of the event say that just as the best grapes mature, the festival’s biggest selling point is that it continues to evolve with the tastes of the times.
COVID concerns caused a shortened event in 2020 and a move from the traditional March window to its Sept. 14-18 schedule this year.
BLUFFTON BREWERY WINS BEER-TASTING TITLE
Bluffton’s lot 9 brewing co., won Best of the Southeast for its “Mai Lord Mai Bock” beer in the United States Beer Tasting Championship. The brewery also received two honorable mentions for “Dana’s Big DIPA Imperial Hazy IPA,” as well as its “Lil’ Slice of Hefen Wheat Beer.” The competition analyzed 775 beers from 177 breweries across 18 different beer categories, a news release said.
“Tarpon Cellars was founded with the focus of bringing people together through wine, music, art, and philanthropy. We feel the best way to do this is through not only crafting inspired wines that speak to a sense of place and vintage, but by being a heart-centered business that values connection, sustainability, and community over anything else. We make wines to share with our friends and our family, and the sense of gratitude we have for that is what encompasses everything that we do.”
BREWERY OPENS ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Lincoln & South Brewing Company has opened on Island Drive on Hilton Head Island. The Vermont-inspired brewery was founded last year. It offers beverages on draft and is planning to make them available in cans. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Dog friendly. Food trucks and live music featured.
JUICE HIVE NAMED BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
Bluffton-based The Juice Hive, the healthy eatery and juice bar known for its cold-pressed juices, smoothies and a variety of all-natural, predominantly raw foods, has been awarded a 2021 Recommendation Badge from Restaurant Guru. The award, based on visitors’ reviews, recognized The Juice Hive as Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Bluffton. Restaurant Guru provides users with complete information on restaurants, including visitor reviews, menus and photos.
ICONIC ‘POOL BAR’ JIM SHOWCASES BUSINESS SAVVY
Don’t let Jim “Pool Bar Jim” Lisenby’s laid-back demeanor and permanent smile fool you: behind the ever-present Hawaiian shirt beats the heart of a businessman. It’s just that for the last 40-plus years, his business has been good times and fuzzy memories that last a lifetime.
And you’d best believe business is good. In one week this past June, 35 gallons of Lava Flow slaked the thirst of thousands of locals, and Lisenby said Pool Bar Jim’s likely sold more Painkillers than any other bar in the state.