You have to wake up pretty early in the morning to surpass the tastiness at The Red Rooster Cafe

By Pamela Brownstein
The little touches at The Red Rooster Cafe create an intimate environment that makes you feel like you

Egg salad sandwich on wheat with sweet potato fries.

could be in your grandmother’s kitchen. (If your grandma was cool and kitschy and an amazing cook.)
I quenched my thirst right away with a strawberry-pineapple lemonade that was not too sweet, but refreshing. I also like that it’s served in a mason jar.

The Rooster Cogburn burger with chips.

Owner Courtney Keith offered little samples of the Creamy Turkey soup of the day that was so flavorful and satisfying, the perfect way to start a meal.
Kim knew exactly what she wanted: the Fried Green Tomato BLT, made with bacon, organic lettuce, crunchy fried green tomatoes, ranch sauce and provolone cheese on a toasted hoagie.
April and Elizabeth ordered sandwiches that they both thought were excellent. April had the Egg Salad Sandwich on wheat with a side of sweet potato fries, and Elizabeth tried the Pepper Jack Skip Jack: tuna salad, pepper jack cheese and tomato served on sourdough. She said it was creamy, with a kick.
I also had a delicious sandwich, The Gobbler. It is served on warm sourdough with roasted turkey, soft Brie, bacon and homemade strawberry sauce.
Buck and Nikki had burgers, and they were both giant, and tasty. Buck opted for the Butch Cassidy Burger topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and bacon. Then Nikki tried the Rooster Cogburn

Fruit tart dessert.

special: A half pound burger topped with spicy pepper jack, bacon, homemade chipolte and lettuce. She said it was excellent. She also got a side of the homemade potato chips with ranch that are so good it’s easy to sit and eat a whole plate (which I don’t recommend if you’re on a diet, but if you’re out with friends and treating yourself, go for it).
Speaking of treating yourself, we all shared two fabulous homemade desserts. One slice had a chocolate cookie on the bottom with peanut butter mousse and pieces of Reece’s Peanut Butter cup on top — a chocolate lover’s dream. And the other was a lighter fruit tart that we all agreed was a must-have dessert.
Red Rooster Cafe is located at 1210 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, and is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 843-379-2253.

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Group honors year of focusing on literacy

The Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women has once again wrapped up the school year with a big push for literacy sponsored by the Lowcountry S.C. Alumnae Club.
This year’s efforts kicked off March 2 on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, when the club hosted an assembly at Riverview Charter School celebrating the life of the famed children’s author. Riverview students gave poetry readings from the works they created in the 2011 Pi Beta Phi reading program, and the club installed a collection of reference books for the library. This gift, generated in part through an educational grant by the National Council of Youth Services America, recognized student Henry Harper for his literacy leadership in leading a student committee in selection of the materials.
The Dr. Seuss fun continued as the Alumnae Club kicked off their 2012 program that evening at the Wardle YMCA. This year’s initiative, known as Read Your Way Around The World, was presented in a two-week reading and writing workshop for students in second through sixth grad. Volunteers worked with the children in writing groups to create a chapter poem book titled “The Marvelous Meanderings of Montague Miller.” Program participants received certificates of achievement and a copy of their published book.
As the program closed in a celebration Wednesday, May 30, the young authors were also presented a book of their choice for summer reading. These books were provided through the Pi Beta Phi Foundation. Since 2007, the foundation has donated over 2 million books through its Champions are Readers program. In 2010, Pi Beta Phi and First Book launched the Local Literacy Initiative, a program that allows alumnae clubs to directly provide new books to schools and programs in their own communities.
Outgoing Lowcountry Alumnae Club President Cece Boyne passed the gavel to incoming President Janet Gregory after a diligent year in support of community efforts. Philanthropy and Literacy Chairs of 2012, Judy Johnson and Nina Bass, will be joined by Mary Foster in 2013 service projects.

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