Cooks-BooksSample gourmet food prepared by 17 top restaurants in the area. Mingle with 17 Lowcountry authors and purchase autographed books. Watch a heated chefs’ competition.

If this sounds like the perfect recipe for curing the mid-winter blahs, join the crowds and help celebrate the 8th annual Cooks & Books celebration February 23, 2014 from 11-2 pm at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa! The Marriott is the Platinum Sponsor. Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram is Presenting Sponsor. TD Bank is Supporting Partner.

Coordinated by the Friends of Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, this highly anticipated event draws locals and visitors alike to an afternoon of food and fun for the entire family. Sonny Dixon of WTOC-TV Channel 11 in Savannah will serve as master of ceremonies.

Foodies have come to anticipate savoring the signature dishes of our wide-ranging award-winning local restaurants. Attendees have the opportunity to vote in the People’s Choice Award for their favorite among these outstanding presentations.

Admission to Cooks & Books is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The ticket includes unlimited tastings, access to the Lowcountry authors, the chefs’ competition, “The Heat Is On” and the opportunity to vote for a favorite tasting in “The Peoples’ Choice.”

Authors will include 2014
Ken Burger – Swallow Savannah, Sister Santee, Salkahatchee Soup
Mark Etheridge – Grievances
Cassandra King – Moonrise, The Same Sweet Girls, Queen of Broken Hearts (NYTimes bestseller)
CJ Lyons – After Shock, Kill Zone, Broken (NYTimes Bestseller)
Kathryn Wall – St. John’s Folly, Canaan’s Gate, Jericho Cay

Teresa Bruce – The Other Mother
William Carson – Emancipation Procrastination
Barbara Muller – Legendary Locals of Hilton Head

Marge Agin – Bluffton: Changing Tide
Frank Sullivan – Carchitecture

Pat Branning – Magnolias, Porches, Sweet Tea; Shrimp, Collards, and Grits
Debbi Covington – Celebrate Everything
Sallie Ann Robinson – Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way; Gullah Cooking Morning, Noon, and Night

Randy Bazemore – The Legend of the Putter Frog of Frogmore SC
Kim Likins – Charlie’s Perfect Day & Charlie Finds Friends
Helen Wilbur – Finnegan and Fox, the Ten-Foot Cop; M is for Meow, a Cat Alphabet; Lily’s Victory Garden
Mark Yarbrough – The Legend of Jake, the Salty Dog

Restaurants will include;
Bistro 843, Bomboras Grille, the Chart House, Corner Perk Café, CQ’s, Ela’s Blu Water Grille, Frankie Bones, HogsHead Kitchen & Wine Bar, Hugo’s, Mulberry Street Trattoria, The Joyful Palate, Old Fort Pub, Pino Gelato, Skillets, Sunset Bay Seafood Restaurant, The French Kiss Bakery and Wise Guys.

Chefs’ Competition
Peggy Beck – The Joyful Palate
Brandon Arieta – Hugo’s
Joseph Sullivan – Mulberry Street Trattoria
Keith Josefiak – Old Fort Pub
James Wooten – Sunset Bay Seafood restaurant
Stephen Stewart – TidePointe
Greg Tucker – Wise Guy’s
Luke Lyons – Frankie Bones

In addition to the Sunday festivities, you can kick off this exciting weekend at the Cooks & Books Preview Party Friday, February 21, from 6 to 9 pm. This gala is held at TidePointe, a Vi Community which is also the event’s Platinum Sponsor. Savor a lavish buffet, decadent desserts and an open bar. Shop at a unique silent and live auction. Mingle and chat with some of the authors and chefs slated to appear at the Sunday event. Tickets are $95 per person in advance, and space is limited.

Jean Heyduck, Executive Director of LVL, sums up the agency’s impact: “This year, Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry is celebrating 40 years of offering literacy instruction to Beaufort County adults. In these 40 years, we estimate we’ve helped more than 9,000 adults become more successful and more self-reliant at home, at work and in our community. We couldn’t serve this many people without the dedication and commitment of over 200 volunteers and the support of the community. Literacy changes lives and Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry is changing lives every day.”

For further information contact LVL at the Bluffton office at 815-6616 or purchase tickets online at