October 2010

November 2010: OUR TOWN - 21st Annual Taste Of The Season, A Culinary Gift To The Lowcountry

Author: Anne Feldman

Taste of the Season…so much to see, taste and savor; it’s truly a culinary gift to the Lowcountry. Treat yourself to the crème de la crème of the island’s restaurants and sample the best of the best from more than 35 of the area’s top chefs at the 21st Annual Taste of the Season, presented by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. The sumptuous sampling of gourmet fare will be held Friday, December 3, at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa.

Showcasing the culinary skills of Lowcountry chefs, this landmark event has long been a holiday favorite, a tradition of excellence and elegance as chefs compete for the honor of “Best Cuisine.” Last season’s win went to Aqua Grille & Lounge’s walnut encrusted sea bass served over sweet potato risotto and finished with a cherry gastrique.

A food-lovers’ dream come true, Taste of the Season dishes up culinary fare with phenomenal presentation and on-the-spot preparation.

New this year, a special V.I.P. preview party “Conversation with the Chefs” brings attendees in for a pre-showing an hour before doors officially open, to enjoy tantalizing tastings and preview the dazzling array of fabulous cake designs on display along with a wonderful selection of silent auction items.

“The opportunity to meet and converse with the chefs is something the crowd really responds to,” said Cathy Havens, Chamber special events manager. “The V.I.P. option offers an intimate approach that showcases the culinary arts in a very special way. And it gives everyone a chance to marvel and admire the stunning cake design showcase!”

Feast your eyes on this year’s Cake Design Showcase. Showcasing the extraordinary talents of area confectionery artists, these gorgeous creations will compete for the top holiday honor of “Best Cake.” Unbelievable detail, décor and design are the signature of these sophisticated and awe-inspiring cakes—an absolute must see!

“Best Cake 2009” went to the splendid towering cascade of gift-wrapped packages, complete with sweet trimmings, topped with a snowman, created by Sheri Davis of Sheri’s Edible Designs. Signe Gardo of Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery & Café created a festive tribute to the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, that placed second.

Gingerbread houses will glisten with gumdrops and white frosting trim in the newest addition to the design showcase. Local schoolchildren will put their best talents to the test in this colorful junior division category. Resort chefs will join in the friendly rivalry, and may the best gingerbread house win!

Help choose the winning cake design competition, and vote on your favorite culinary creations for the winning honor of Best Cuisine. This year’s new venue at Hilton Head Island Marriott Resort & Spa will offer attendees wider avenues to stroll as they enjoy award-winning cuisine and sample the best of the best served up with creative inspiration.

Once again, our area’s top chefs will good-naturedly compete for bragging rights to “Best Cuisine.” What better way to sample upscale southern favorites, international inspired-entrées and fabulous pairings of the Lowcountry’s incomparable award-winning cuisine.

Savor the extraordinary experience of Taste of the Season—the gourmands’ gift to the Lowcountry—not to mention all the goodies available in the silent auction: great gift items, luxurious getaways and weekend adventures await, along with dining opportunities and other fabulous offerings.

It’s always a sellout!

What: Taste Of The Season
When: Friday, December 3rd, from 6PM – 9PM
Where: Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. V.I.P. preview party “Conversation with the Chefs” from 5-6PM

Tickets for the event are $45.
V.I.P. Preview Party tickets are $75.

Tickets are available online and at Chamber headquarters. For details, visit hiltonheadchamber.org or call (843) 785-3673. Presenting sponsor is South Carolina Electric and Gas.

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