One of the best things about living in the South is its diversity of not only people, but also the food culture. Its marshy system of estuaries has helped to provide a cuisine that is rich in seafood and rice. This is another one of the many traditions inherited by the Gullah Geeche people. They have given us much of the dishes and ingredients we think of as Low Country today: okra soup, purloo, garlic crab, anything served with rice.
For Thanksgiving this year, try honoring the historic Gullah tradition with a menu inspired by the Low Country region. It may not be a traditional Thanksgiving spread, but will wow your friends and family!
Of course, begin your feast with a traditional roasted turkey. But what about the sides? In addition to your grandmother’s mashed potatoes and stuffing, consider serving spicy collards, and sweet potato casserole. Then you can build on your southern menu by adding southern style deviled eggs, spicy okra pickles and pickled shrimp. For a new spin on cranberry sauce, try to serve it chilled or warm with bourbon and pecans. It is sure to be a hit with your guests!!
For the final course, you simply cannot have a southern Thanksgiving dinner without pecan pie. The pecan pie was originally introduced in 1902 by the company that makes Karo corn syrup. Since then it has become a much-loved pie, always a favorite on the holiday dessert table. Today there are many different versions of this traditional dish.
Whatever tasty dishes you place on your table, the best part of Thanksgiving is the warmth of the family and friends that gather around. We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving blessed with good company, good food and grateful hearts.
The culinary scene on Hilton Head is ever-growing and expanding. Local seafood, globally known chefs and one of a kind dishes have been and are available on our 12-mile island. There are intimate settings for you and your significant other to enjoy a nice meal, and there are also larger restaurants with local entertainment and outside areas where everyone can enjoy a big, family meal!
While we have a long list of favorites, we decided to narrow down some of our best picks for this time of year. The cooler weather, darker nights bring one thing to mind to our locals and that’s oyster roasts and yummy, warm seafood. Not everyone enjoys the taste of a steamed or raw oysters from the sea, but if you do, you have come to the right place!
Summer is officially over on Hilton Head with kids back in school and less-crowded beaches, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops! Fall in Hilton Head is such a great time of year with festivals, football games and a chill in the air. We dream of those chilly mornings all year long!
Golf is a main attraction during the “off-season” since its more enjoyable to be outside for 18 holes, but if you aren’t a golfer there is so much more to do! The island comes back to life with great outdoor events that will make you want to visit more often!
Don’t miss what we have going on around here this fall and make sure to come down and celebrate with us!
Labor Day weekend on Hilton Head is ideal for families and it’s that one last summer hoorah for the island.
Hilton Head is special for many reasons, but it has always been an ideal location for families. Many families over the years have made Hilton Head their special vacation spot because there are many activities for children and other family members as well. Most families like to come to Hilton Head for Labor Day weekend because they can enjoy the last Gregg Russell concert, go to Coligny beach for the day and go on one last dolphin cruise before summer comes to an end.
Keeping the kids happy and entertained on vacation isn’t always easy, but when you’re in Hilton Head you have plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied. The 12-mile island is full of fun, delicious food and plenty of ways to escape the stress of everyday life.
Rain at the beach is something that is always expected, but never really planned for. You never really have a “rain plan” and the fear of being stuck indoors all day begins to fill your brain. We have decided to share with you a few of our favorite things to do while it rains.
You may not think of pizza as a staple of Hilton Head Island cuisine, but Local Pie has made a solid move in changing that thought process. These wood fired pizzas are nothing short of delicious and their unique menu with pie and not-pie selections is sure to make your mouth water. No matter where you are in the world, if you’re enjoying a good pizza with the family you’re in for a good time – it just helps if you’re on vacation and you’ve got one of the most unique joints in the Lowcountry to stop by!
We reached out to Local Pie so they could share their story with you.
FISH Casual Coastal Seafood is one of the more recent additions to the restaurant scene on Hilton Head Island and is a must-visit next time you’re on vacation! Palmera is proud to partner with FISH, but that isn’t the only reason we feel like we need to spread the word about the great culinary experience that is available right in Coligny Plaza for you and the whole family to add to your list of must-eats next time you’re in Hilton Head.
We did a little Q&A with a representative from FISH and want to share what they had to say about the casual coastal seafood experience you can expect on your next visit.
The much anticipated family vacation has finally arrived and Mom & Dad, the in-laws, the four kids convey a care-free attitude as they embark on their travel to the award-winning, foot-shaped sea island of Hilton Head. With the weather forecast looking good and the stresses of work and a busy home life in the rearview mirror, the family imagines their days making memories that will be cherished from year to year. Last year’s trip didn’t include the grandparents and the youngest had not yet made her arrival. The twins are now teenagers and their siblings, a toddler and a baby will be a handful. Suddenly the thought of pleasing everyone seemed like an impossible task. Could Mom and Dad sneak away some alone time? Would there be fun teen activities for the oldest two? How could the little ones find safe and age appropriate activities? Would there be family friendly activities that the entire group could enjoy together? We all love the entertainment value of Chevy Chase with his on-screen family all eye rolling as he attempts to drag them on his planned itinerary in the classic hit, National Lampoon’s Vacation. Those kinds of hilarious moments belong on the big screen but not in the annual family vacation memories!