Heidi Vukov

Years of Participation

Heidi Vukov moved from Pennsylvania to South Carolina in the early 1990s, and shortly thereafter opened Croissants Bistro & Bakery in Myrtle Beach. Since then, Croissants has become a destination restaurant on the South Carolina coast, winning several awards and attracting locals and tourists alike. In 2011 Vukov was named South Carolina Restaurateur of the Year and went on to write a cookbook, “Bonjour, Y’all!” that was published in 2015.

After 22 years in the restaurant business, Vukov wanted to make a difference in the industry and the Myrtle Beach community with her legacy project, Heidi’s Corner Restaurants. In July 2017, Vukov opened a second location of Croissants Bistro & Bakery, as well as a new sustainable seafood restaurant, Hook & Barrel. The restaurants feature the first two completely “green” kitchens in South Carolina for full-service restaurants. The kitchens feature no gas for cooking and utilize energy-efficient induction cooking technology. This environmentally-friendly equipment creates a cleaner, safer, and healthier place to work and visit.

Vukov’s passion for the food service is matched with her love of the Southern lifestyle and the people of the South Carolina coast. Vukov believes in sourcing local ingredients seasonally from locally-grown produce to locally-caught seafood.

Heidi Vukov lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her husband, Gary. Their four children all live in South Carolina and two are involved in the family business.
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