Looking back on a year of awesome food
By Wendy Pollitzer
December 30, 2010
The original Lunch Bunch (from left): Wendy, Elizabeth, Christina, Heather, Kim and April in the Wine Room at Breakwater Restaurant
The Lunch Bunch formed in February of 2010. Every Wednesday, we go to a restaurant, sample their food and enjoy the pleasantries of each other’s company. It’s the only time during the week when the staff of The Island News gets together as a group, and we love it! The Lunch Bunch has changed a bit since its inception. We started with Heather Bruner, Christina Byrne, April Ackerman, Kim Harding Gallant, Elizabeth Harding and myself. We’ve now added two incredible members to the Lunch Bunch and to our growing staff-Pamela Brownstein and Barry Thompson.
I asked each member of the Lunch Bunch to tell me their favorite food or experience from this year. It was a treat to recap memories from our beloved eateries in Beaufort. Here’s what they said:
Christina: One of my most memorable Lunch Bunch foods was the sushi on fire at Sakana Sushi, the Birthday Roll. I’d never seen anything like it – and it tasted amazing! Also I keep going back to Sweetgrass on Dataw… best sweet potato fries ever & great atmosphere.
April: My favorite was Southern Graces and their deserts. Oh My Gosh! Another favorite of mine was the Sweet Potato Roll at Mizu. I know they are closed, but it was the best roll I have ever had. I wish I could find someone to make that for me again.
Elizabeth: I would have to say that I really love the banana pudding at the Sandbar. Also I loved the Prosciutto and fig sandwich from City Java! Incredible! And also, their beet salad was delicious!
Barry: In the short time since joining the Lunch Bunch, my favorite would have to be the fresh local shrimp courtesy of Mike Pressley, owner of Rosie O’Gradys. Being new to this area, I’ve come to realize how great the local shrimp are when prepared perfectly; and, he takes it to another level with the homemade ”Yum Yum Sauce”. It’s a must-try in my book.
Pamela: I loved the food and atmosphere at Patois (and was disappointed to hear it closed); and I can still taste the delicious desserts at the newly opened Sandbar.
Kim: The Coconut Cake at Plums was to die for! And my favorite atmosphere was in the Wine Room at Breakwater Restaurant when Lunch Bunch After Five dined for dinner.
Heather: A chicken salad aficionado, I loved the preparation at Shoofly Kitchen!
Wendy: I love oysters! When Chip Dinkins brought out two-dozen on the half shell at Plum’s, I nearly danced on the table. Also, Will and Grace from Rita’s Italian Ice were very hospitable; and Will and I share a birthday, which happens to be the first day of Spring. Rita’s gives free Italian Ices that day, so mark your calendars!
Thank you Beaufort restaurants for feeding the Lunch Bunch and filling our tummies with your delightful creations! We love meeting once a week and tasting what Beaufort has to offer. There are plenty more restaurants to come, so definitely keep reading the Lunch Bunch column in 2011!
Compliments to the Chef:
Thank you to all of the following restaurants and caterers who have hosted the Lunch Bunch in 2010: Restaurant Fuji, Yes, Thai Indeed, Fryed Green Tomatoes, Rita’s Italian Ice, the Original Steamer, Upper Crust, Bistro Patois (Lunch and Dinner), Plum’s, The Office, Shoofly Kitchen (Breakfast and Lunch), Groupers, Pizza Inn, Mizu, Nippy’s, English Afternoon Tea Parties by Colette Wright, Cat Island Grill and Pub, Bella Luna Café, Sweetgrass at Dataw Island Marina, Panini’s, Gourmet on Wheels by Tony Makar, Happy’s, Southern Graces, City Java, Taco Burger, Sushi Sakana, Barbara Jean’s, Carolina Wings, Alvin Ord’s, Breakwater Restaurant (Lunch Bunch After Five), Firehouse Subs, Outtakes, Mario’s Italian Ristorante, MoonDoggies, Big Joe’s BBQ, Lady’s Island Country Club, Piace Pizza, Keith’s Place, Junsei, Jade Garden, Rosie O’Grady’s, The Sandbar and Uptown Grill.