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Bistro Mezzaluna brings art to your palate and plate

The Lowcountry is recognized for itsarts community, and Bistro Mezzaluna'sowners, Mark and Valerie, haveembraced culinary creativity with theaddition of Chef Khal at their HiltonHead Island restaurant, wine and tapasbar.

Friendly and approachable, Chef Khalknows his food. He has more than 20years experience as a master chef and isa graduate of The New York Institute ofTechnology in Culinary Arts.

"He really knows fusion," Mark said.To showcase this creativity, BistroMezzaluna offers a "chef's table" fromWednesday to Saturday, for two totwenty people. Chef Khal will preparea custom three to five course meal,which can be tailored for diners withdietary or religious restrictions, as wellas health inspired. A sample menu for achef's table could included a diver scallopover a cheese ravioli with a sundriedtomato, garlic and basil sauce, a roasted lollipopNew Zealand lamb chop over rissoto with cranberryand pine nuts, or seared foie gras (delicategoose liver) over Yukon gold blinis.

In addition to Bistro Mezzaluna's regular menu,some of the nightly specials created by ChefKhal include a savory colossal shrimp appetizer,mile high lasagna with veal and sausage, searedrack of lamb with a pesto rub over rissoto,braised short ribs, and an oven-roasted 16-oz.veal chop with a portobello mushroom demiglaze.

Regular or gluten free pasta can be toppedwith Chef Khal's bolognese, marinara, white winegarlic butter or sun dried tomato sauces.With the holidays coming, Mark reminds usthat Bistro Mezzaluna prepares "the finest Italianfood south of New York City" for private parties,office or in-house luncheons, corporate eventsand other gatherings.

Live music sets Bistro Mezzaluna apart fromother establishments. Jazz pianist and vocalistTeri Rini Powers (a.k.a. the first Lady of Jazz) hasperformed with Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton;she's at Bistro Mezzaluna on Wednesdays startingat 7 p.m.

The high energy dance band Target entertainson Fridays starting at 8 p.m. On Saturdays fordate night, Cheryl Christine's cabaret and othersprovide a romantic backdrop for dining anddancing.

Mezzaluna's many regulars are already lookingforward to the restaurant's seventh annualChristmas buffet on Dec. 9. As usual, Teri RiniPowers and the crowd will sing along to holidayfavorites, and everyone will enjoy eggnog andthe Christmas spirit. Call (843) 842-5011 or go for more information.