Taste of the Season 2010

01-Dec-2010 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 region'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 at a new venue this year, the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa on Friday, December 3rd.

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 Eric Seaglund'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 was 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!”

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.

LET THEM EAT CAKE Feast your eyes on this year's Cake Design Showcase. Showcasing the extraordinary talents of area confectionary 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 that holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, that placed second.

NEW THIS YEAR... 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!

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-entrees 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 sell-out! Taste of the Season will be held on Friday, December 3 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa.  V.I.P. preview party “Conversation with the Chefs” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Presenting sponsor is South Carolina Electric and Gas. Tickets for the event are $45. V.I.P. “Conversation with the Chefs” preview party tickets are $75 and will be available at Chamber headquarters, the Hilton Head Island Welcome Center, and at the chamber's Bluffton office. For more information call (843) 785-3673.

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