Rock’in into the Holidays on Hilton Head Island with Taste of the Season

Taste of the Season

It’s a festive atmosphere at Taste of the Season!

Every year the Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce throws down the culinary gauntlet with an event they call Taste of the Season. Yes, it kicks off the holiday season and yes, there are plenty of exciting tastes. But after this year’s amazing showcase of food deemed both creative and tasty, I’ll call it virtually a serious foodie’s paradise!

With almost three-dozen local restaurants and eateries represented, there was absolutely no lack of variety to be found. My only challenge was managing to fit a bite or two from each booth into my belly. Luckily this was not my first rodeo, so I paced myself and had a plan of attack formulated in my mind as soon as I walked through door. After making a quick pass by all the participants and taking a few notes, I circled back to get on with the eat’n.

After stopping only to make a few notes and take a sip or two of water between bites, I doubled back to speak with a few chefs, inquiring about their dish(es) and thank them for their obvious awesomeness.

Chef Brad Blake of Skull Creek Boathouse, offered their cocoa seared sea scallops with pineapple salsa and cocoa butter to an eager crowd. Chef Brad looks forward to this annual event, “ Taste of the Season kicks off the season and really gets every one – chefs and patrons alike – in the holiday spirit. All the chefs bring their “A-Game” to this event, they realize it’s a great chance to shine the spotlight on their talent and their restaurants. It’s a lot of fun too.”

Chef, I could not agree more! So rather than ramble on about who made what, I’d rather show you! Rock on foodies with this culinary tour of the 2012 Taste of the Season!

Top honors for the night went to Hugo’s Seafood & Steakhouse and their “Surf n’Turf Lollipops” – Lobster Wontons & Hawaiian-seared Filet Mignon with Celeriac Puree, Parsnip Chips & Soy Vinaigrette. Yum!

Upon entry to the ballroom what should appear? Not sugar plums, but this impressive chocolate cake by Fusion restaurant.

Skull Creek Boathouse served up their seared sea scallops with cocoa and pineapple salsa.If you missed this at Taste of the Season, now worries – this is a regular menu item at the restaurant!

What a fabulous “line up” of wonderful food from local restaurants!

Marley’s Island Grill nabbed second place with “Savory Surf & Turf Rockefeller”.

Upon entry to the ballroom what should appear? Not sugar plums, but this impressive chocolate cake by Fusion restaurant.

Scallops and a creamy bisque offered by Conroy’s – conveniently located in the Marriott – hosts to this years Taste of the Season!

Upon entry to the ballroom what should appear? Not sugar plums, but this impressive chocolate cake by Fusion restaurant.

Receiving honorable mention for their desserts (Flourless Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Bark, White Chocolate and Pumpkin Crème Brulee Cheesecake and Miniature Christmas Tree Cupcakes) was Flatbread Grill.

Orchid Paulmeier of One Hot Mama’s served up some scrumptious smoked turkey with dressing and gravy.