'The Chew' in Bluffton: You never know what you'll hear when you keep your ears open

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 25, 2013 

  • 2 bags of frozen pearl onions, thawed

    1/4 cup olive oil

    1/2 cup port

    1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

    3 tablespoons brown sugar

    1/2 cup golden raisins

    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


    Saute onions in olive oil until browned a bit. Add rest of ingredients and stir. Simmer until liquid is reduced. Serves 6. Good with pork or baked chicken.

The other day I had two ladies in my store who were on vacation. They had just had a wonderful lunch at The Cottage and while there asked where they could find a place to watch television. It seems the son of one of the ladies was going to be on the television show "The Chew," and they wanted to see him. Their waitress at The Cottage told them to go to Vineyard 55, where there is a nice big TV set.

Well, of course, I was all ears. I asked who the son was and it turned out his name is Michael Franey and he is the chef at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York.

Nitehawk Cinema is a movie theater-cafe-bar where, while you watch first-run movies, you can also be wined and dined. They serve all sorts of delicious small bites and finger foods. The popcorn sounds fabulous, too. I looked up the menu, and it seems very reasonable, as do the drinks. All of this sounds like so much fun.

On the television program the ladies had just watched Michael cooked up tasty dishes with Mario Batalli. They were featuring food to eat while watching the Academy Awards. If you find yourself in New York and have a night to spare, you might want to venture over to Brooklyn. Everyone says to arrive 45 minutes or so before the movie starts. You can have a drink or a beer while waiting. Seems like a fun time to me.

* I discovered John Lurie the other day. He is the founder of the jazz trio The Lounge Lizards. He also has many YouTube segments, and they are hilarious. Google his name and you will be entertained. Trust me. By the way, make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy Mr. Lurie because you'll be glued to your computer.

  • The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce 2013 Leadership Class is selling its "hand print" pavers for $140. The money will be used to fund the playground the class is improving at Dubois Park on Lawrence Street.

  • Children and or pets can have their hands or "paws" cast in the cement that will be used in the park's design. Two kids' hands or several "paws" can be fit on a single paver. Details: Lainie Crose, 843-837-2627; Sheri Bush, 843-815-8789

  • Beaufort County is sponsoring Household Hazardous Materials Roundup and Medicine Cabinet Clean-out from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Public Works South at 9 Benton Field Road, off of Ulmer Road in Bluffton.

  • This is important because it is here you can dispose of all sorts of hazardous materials. This is for Beaufort County residents only, and no business or commercial contractors are allowed. Details: 843-255-2734, or go to www.bcgov.net/recycle for a list of accepted materials

  • On March 10 The Bluffton Township Fire District Auxiliary will serve a delicious chili feast that will also include hot dogs and dessert from noon until 3 p.m. Proceeds will go toward items for first responders on emergency calls.

  • The fun will be at the district headquarters at 357 Fording Island Road. Bring the kiddies because they will be able to tour the firetrucks and the station. Takeouts will be available.

  • Today is the last day for PALS registration. Spring sports are under way at the Buckwalter Recreation Center, which is on Buckwalter Road. Baseball, soccer, softball -- all of the things children love -- are waiting for them. Interested volunteers must complete a coach application. Details: www.bcgov.net/PALS

  • Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.

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