Redfish Always Serves it up Fresh On the Menu

It would seem like once you get to be an adult, and an adventurous eater at that, new foods would require a passport, extra bag fees and various immunizations. Truth is, that exotic foodie experience is as close as a long weekend trip to Hilton Head Island. Grab your bags and head to the Island for sunny skies and a sampling of the best Lowcountry restaurants and chefs have to offer – no matter if you’re a wine connoisseur, gourmand-in-training or a seasoned foodie. The folks involved with the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival have given me a peek at the menus for the Great Chef’s of the South Dinners and some of the other events like the Grand Tasting and the public tasting (Winefest). So much deliciousness to taste and so little time to diet!

Chef Sean Walsh of Redfish (with Chef Chaun Bescos of Alexander’s) amongst last year’s tomato crop at Bear Island Farms. You can’t get much more local than this!

Chef Sean Walsh of Redfish (with Chef Chaun Bescos of Alexander’s) amongst last year’s tomato crop at Bear Island Farms. You can’t get much more local than this!
I spied a favorite restaurant participating in the Great Chefs dinners lineup and as luck would have it; I had just interviewed the chef, Sean Walsh. Chef Sean is executive chef of Redfish in Hilton Head. Like their sister restaurant, Alexander’s, Redfish is a member of the Fresh on the Menu program and serving locally grown produce and products is a priority at the restaurant. Chef Sean tells me that they are gearing up for a bountiful spring and summer courtesy of the harvest expected from their company-owned property, Bear Island Farms.

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Days of Wine & Great Food In Hilton Head Island!

This time of year Hilton Head Island finds itself on the cusp of spring. When the azalea buds are ready to burst forth with a colorpunch of pink and purple and the warm, sunny afternoons simply demand a leisurely walk along the beach, locals and visitors in-the-know ready themselves for festival season in the Lowcountry. My all time favorite local festival combines two of my passions – great local food and terrific wine from all over the world – the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival. Starting out 26 years ago as a modest, low-key affair simply called Winefest, the festival has grown into a multi-day event including Great Chefs of the South dinners, a Grand Wine Tasting & Auction and a public wine tasting event, Winefest, held at the grounds of historic Honey Horn . In fact, Winefest is considered one of the largest outdoor wine tastings on the East Coast. But to me is so much more – an event that truly showcases the best characteristics of Hilton Head Island – southern hospitality, delicious food prepared with care by local restaurateurs and a relaxed, fun atmosphere perfect for groups of friends, couples and even multi-generational families. Winefest has provided me with many fond memories and a whole collection of wine glasses over the years! And I do have some insider information on the festival that I am happy to share.

The 2011 Festival includes Great Chefs dinners, a Grand Tasting and Wine Auction as well as the public wine tasting at Honey Horn.
The 2011 Festival includes Great Chefs dinners, a Grand Tasting and Wine Auction as well as the public wine tasting at Honey Horn.

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