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Chance encounter with one of the South's best chefs

I was looking through some of my favorite magazines to see if I missed anything when I read them the first time around. In the November 2011 issue of Garden & Gun, there is an article on the 50 best Southern foods and where to find them. The House Smoked Trout Chopped Salad caught my attention because it sounded so unusual, as did the name of the restaurant that serves it, RouXbarb in Knoxville.

I forgot about it and filed it away in my head. Well, lo and behold, the owner of the restaurant came into my store one day not long ago to ask about something I had for sale on my porch. His name is Bruce Bogartz, and he was in town on a fishing trip.

His restaurant is considered to be Knoxville's best. I wish it were a bit closer because everything he cooks sounds really delicious. If I'm ever in that area, I will certainly be dropping in for lunch or dinner.

  • Do you or someone you know want to learn more about boating in our area? The Hilton Head Sail and Power Squadron is offering a safe boating course Saturday and May 5. Both courses are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be held at the Hilton Head SHARE Center at 6 Office Way.
  • The course covers boat handling, how to use a radio and everything else boaters need to know.

    Details: 843-785-8876,

  • The Bluffton Band Boosters are sponsoring a Boston Butts and Yard Sale on May 5 at the Savannah Bank on Bluffton Parkway. All Proceeds will support the band programs at Bluffton High School and the two middle schools.
  • If you would like to donate some wonderful item to the sale or order a perfectly prepared pork dinner, call Cindy Frey at 843-757-3695.

    You can freeze barbecue, so think about putting some away for Mother's Day weekend.

  • If you have ever thought about becoming a lawyer and are interested in how to go about it, the new Savannah Law School may be just the ticket.
  • The school is holding an open house and luncheon so prospective students can meet the faculty. You will also learn about programs offered and how to go about taking the law school admission test. The open house will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

    Details:, 912-346-1657

  • Berkeley Hall Golf Club will hold a clinic, "Women Growing the Game for Girls," from 4 to 6 p.m. May 7. Golf Digest Magazine has named Jean Harris, LPGA Master Professional at Belfair and Rose Hill Golf Clubs, and Krista Dunton among the 50 best women golf teachers in America. Both of these ladies are the lead instructors for the clinic and will be joined by Lindy LaBauve and Nicole Weller, also well-known in their field. Several other local PGA and LPGA professionals have been invited for the event. The clinic is for all levels of women golfers. The program costs $25.
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