Chef Clayton Rollison will team with Chef BJ Dennis for a Gullah/Geechee pop-up dinner series Oct. 17 through 21 at Lucky Rooster, 841 William Hilton Pkwy.
A special a la carte menu paying homage to this cuisine with West African heritage will be available Wednesday, Oct. 18 through Saturday, Oct. 22. Guests may select from chef Dennis’s Gullah/Geechee specialties including appetizers, entrees, desserts and specialty cocktails.
The week-long celebration will kick off Tuesday, Oct. 17 with a dinner honoring the heritage and flavors of this historic cuisine. Charleston’s Parcel 32 Chef Digby Stridiron will join Dennis and Rollison in collaboration of this special menu. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with appetizers followed by a five-course dinner with paired wines or mocktails.
The dinner will benefit Greener Grass, a non-profit that helps willing addicts and alcoholics get long-term treatment. The cost is $180 per person and is inclusive of tax and gratuity. To make reservations during the pop-up dinner week, please call 843-681-3474.
The menu includes:
Oyster soufflé baked awendaw
Suya-crusted shrimp with Carolina ivory sauce, red pepper, sweet potato and herb salad
Berbere spiced pork sausage with tomato, gravy with oysters, rye and crème fraiche
Braised oxtail with Hoppin’ John croquette and peanut and coconut creamed sweet potato leaves
Huguenot torte with peanut butter whipped cream
“Gullah cuisine is seasonal, and is pulled from the land and sea at a very specific time of year,” Chef Dennis said. As descendants of West African slaves, the Gullah made their homes in extremely rural areas of the low country. Because they were so often isolated, the Gullah could keep many of the culture influences, aspects of the cuisine and language of their West African ancestors.
About BJ Dennis
Chef Dennis is a low country original. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, he infuses the flavors and culture of low country into his Gullah/Geechee cuisine, bringing a new taste to the ever-expanding culinary palate of the South.
About Digby Stridiron
Chef Stridiron will take the helm at the highly anticipated Parcel 32, opening fall 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina. A commitment to sourcing fresh ingredients, an abiding love for the South and an inventive approach will inspire Chef Stridiron’s coastal Charleston cuisine.
About Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar:
An American bistro with Southern soul, Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar sources fresh ingredients from local farmers, purveyors and waterways. Options from refined comfort food to adventurous dishes change with the seasons and tides on the whim of chef/owner Clayton Rollison and his culinary team. Located on Hilton Head Island at 841 William Hilton Pkwy., the upscale casual restaurant and bar is open Monday through Sunday for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call 843-681-3474, visit LuckyRoosterHHI.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.