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BY JESSICA FARTHING | PHOTOS BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT

The Southern Peel’s classic truck heats up Bluffton’s food scene

Chloe Zmolek started her food business —The Southern Peel —during the COVID pandemic.  

 After working in catering in Charleston, she moved with her husband to the Bluffton area to follow his new job. Knowing that she wanted a business of her own, she developed a plan to jump into the event market in her new home despite the pandemic and restrictions on events.

By Jessica Farthing

ISLAND NATIVE AND WINEMAKER JOSH PEEPLES RETURNS FOR SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Josh Peeples is coming home, and he’s bringing the wine. 

The native of Hilton Head Island and graduate of Hilton Head Preparatory School and the College of Charleston is returning from his home on the West Coast to participate in the 15th Anniversary Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival.

OPTIONS TO HELP PROMOTE OPTIMAL HEALTH

The new year can bring resolutions of getting healthier. Often that involves a renewed dedication to workout routines or finally taking the initiative to exercise more. But new eating habits can help you maintain your overall health.

SPORTS BAR OPENS IN LOWCOUNTRY

JVZ BONEZ Americana Bar and Grill opened recently on Fording Island Road in Bluffton. The sports bar (in a 4,500-square-foot space) has more than 25 televisions and indoor and outdoor seating. Watch sports with wings, burgers and pizza. Kitchen open Monday, and Wednesday-Sunday.

restnewsBLUFFTON-BASED COFFEE ROASTER LAUNCHES LOWCOUNTRY-THEMED ROASTS 

May River Coffee Roasters has launched three Lowcountry-themed coffee roasts: Lowcountry Blonde, Pluff Mud and Bluffton State of Mind. They “honor something special about Bluffton and the Lowcountry,” a news release said. For more information, visit mayrivercoffeeroasters.com. 

Simple but satisfying, seared scallops make for a fantastic fall meal. Flavorful and filling, a good dish of seared scallops is a great way to enjoy a relaxing dinner. Don’t wait until you go to a restaurant to eat seared scallops. Here are some tips for the perfect at-home meal.

 

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. 

BROOKS REITZ BRINGS CULINARY EXPERTISE TO PALMETTO BLUFF

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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 rnews

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.