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PROFILE - MAKAROnce upon a time, there was a nice young man from New Jersey who ran nursing homes and assisted living facilities for a living. His love of cooking came from his family. Both his parents and grandparents owned restaurants. So, he tried his hand at that and owned a restaurant in Louisville, KY for a while. He moved to Beaufort in 2006 to run Bay View Manor here in town. One day, he had a thought. Was there a way to combine his love of food and restaurants with something that would suit the needs of the elderly? And thus was born Gourmet on Wheels.

Tony Mazar, founder of this wonderful idea, now rents a kitchen usually at a club that is closed on Mondays, solicits help from family and friends, and creates low calorie, low salt, and low sugar gourmet meals for mostly seniors that are delivered on Tuesdays and are ready to heat and eat. The meals are microwavable and freezable and usually are the right size for two people.

Trey Martin

Trey Martin

Tony found that his audience in the assisted living facilities had many counterparts who were still living in their houses but things like cooking nutritious meals was becoming more and more difficult. Yet nutrition is just as important for seniors as it is for young children.

Many of his customers will buy 4 or 5 meals at a time and use them all week long pretty much alleviating the necessity of both shopping and cooking for themselves.

Mrs. Lee Stevenson, 89, says, “Gourmet on Wheels is one of the best things I have ever found. I need a walker now and I really don’t like to cook so I order all my favorite things from Tony. Plus, my appetite isn’t what it used to be so sometimes there is enough left over for lunch the next day, and sometimes I just eat the whole thing.” She continues, “The food is nutritious and well balanced. You always get vegetables and fruit along with your entrée.”

Tradd Mazar

Tradd Mazar

Gourmet on Wheels is very much a family project. Tony’s mom, Delores, is “100% Italian” as he describes her and many of the dishes they offer are from the old school. Delores comes down from Charleston on Monday to cook and then delivers here in Beaufort as well as on her way home to Charleston on Tuesday. His three children, Tradd (17), Cameron (14) and Lucie (12) all help with the company as well whether it is after school washing dishes or delivering to Hilton Head during the summer. In addition, Tony’s nephew Trey “is a Charleston schooled chef who now works at Saltus as a sous chef and cooks with us on Mondays”. And not to be left out, his wife, Anna is the “admissions coordinator at NHC Bluffton Skilled Nursing Facility” and she helps by serving the leftovers to the family on a regular basis.

Andrea Smith is a 9-5 working professional and is another very satisfied customer of Gourmet on Wheels. She says, “If I had to cook for myself, it would be chicken and spinach every night. With Tony, I order a variety of different items and am constantly trying new and different foods. Today I had Rutabaga. Seriously. Totally new for me as a vegetable.” Andrea has serious food allergies and cannot tolerate high levels of sodium in her meals. “I don’t have to worry with Tony’s foods. They are always low in sodium and I simply am able to enjoy the food which I cannot do if I am eating in a restaurant.”

So, when he’s not cooking, Tony caddies (and maybe plays a little golf himself) at many of the fine clubs in our area. But food is always first on this mind. Mother’s Day is coming up. Think about what a great gift a week of meals would be for your Mom – whether she is 94 or 49. Tony has started to fill a niche in the restaurant world that needed filling. As we all age, this idea didn’t come too soon. Check out his menus at beaufortscmealdelivery.com.

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Meet Jim Marks

Jim Marks and his family moved to Beaufort almost 17 years ago by way of Chicago where he was headmaster of a local school. Jim, and his wife Sally, made their home on Dataw Island and quickly became involved in the greater community – Sally with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry and Jim with Beaufort Academy.

George Stevens, President/CEO of Coastal Community Foundation (left) with Jim Marks (right)

George Stevens, President/CEO of Coastal Community Foundation (left) with Jim Marks (right)

“I grew up in a family who was very community-minded, so volunteering just feels right,” Jim shared. It makes sense that he would settle in a place like Dataw. Jim said, “My neighbors seem to gravitate towards giving time and resources to their community. So, supporting local nonprofits was a natural next step.” In doing so, he continued his lifelong commitment to serving his community that began with his career in education.

Jim continued to share his time, talents, and resources with many organizations. Three years ago, he added Coastal Community Foundation to that list. Jim now serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Community Stewardship Committee, Beaufort Listening Network, and just completed his first cycle on The Beaufort Fund grants review committee. This year, The Beaufort Fund awarded over $650,000 to local nonprofits, which Jim feels is “a huge testimony showing what you give today will help people forever.”

“I’ve gone from being totally clueless about how Coastal Community Foundation and The Beaufort Fund work to being totally committed. On site visits, I see people doing remarkable work on a shoestring of a budget,” Jim shared. “Through the grants process, we help them to carry out their mission and truly make a difference in people’s lives.”

Jim considers his community service a very important part of his life. “All of us have been recipients of gifts or assistance,” says Jim. “To now be able to give back and truly benefit future generations is a wonderful opportunity to be relished.”

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Kenneth Szarek: Former marine supports military 24/7

Kenneth Szarek is the Field Service Representative for Boeing and he’s in charge of the training and support of Marine Corps customers relative to the operation and maintenance of the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft at the Marine Corps Air Base Beaufort. A former Marine himself, Kenneth says he’s humbled and honored to support the USMC mission through his work.

Ken Szarek with his wife, Fran and daughters, Erinn and Eli.

Ken Szarek with his wife, Fran and daughters, Erinn and Eli.

“What they do every day is amazing and necessary,” he says. “I’ll do whatever it takes to support them.”

Kenneth’s USMC active duty aviation maintenance background, his MBA from Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri, and a lifelong appreciation of the engineering behind military aircraft led him to his current occupation. He’s also worked as an Adjunct Professor at both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and USC Beaufort.

Father to 20-year old Errin, a Beaufort High School graduate now attending Coastal Carolina University, and 13-month old Elijah, Kenneth says nothing makes him prouder than being a dad.

He enjoys pick-up volleyball and basketball games and has visited five of the seven continents. He’s a writer, an inventor and owns “a 1958 Oldsmobile, a Russian motorcycle and other really cool stuff in my office.”

A true example of the old adage, “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”, Ken says, “I have been with Boeing for 20 years. I was with Marine aviation for even longer. I absolutely love going to work every day. For that, I am truly grateful.”  So are we, Ken. So are we.

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James McTeer II: Local author and school librarian draws on family history for first novel

Born and raised in Beaufort, James Edwin McTeer II was inspired by the life of his namesake grandfather – James Edwin McTeer – for Minnow which will be published by Hub City Press in May of this year. Minnow won the “First Novel Prize” from the South Carolina Arts Competition in 2014.

“[My grandfather] was High Sheriff of Beaufort County for thirty-seven years,” James says, “and also worked as a local witchdoctor. His forays into the strange world of voodoo were an inspiration for me as I tried to capture the weird and spooky atmosphere of the Lowcountry on the page.” PROFILE -james - mcteer

Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk calls Minnow  “A gorgeous fever-dream of a novel. McTeer’s story of a young boy’s quest achieves a narrative drive and depth that are rare in any novel, much less a debut effort. Minnow picked me up by the scruff of the neck and carried me along as powerfully as a novel by Pat Conroy or Toni Morrison.”

James works as a school librarian at Polo Road Elementary School in Columbia. He ventured into teaching while completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. He then went on to receive his Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

According to James, “My first job was as a substitute teacher, and I loved it right away. I was working on an English degree when I started subbing, and that degree became a great foundation for me as a writer. After that, I wanted to pursue a degree that would give me an avenue into teaching, which was such a fulfilling line of work for me as a substitute. I loved books, reading and writing, so I decided to become a school librarian.” PROFILE - BOOK Minnow

“I grew up reading,” he says. “We read as a family when I was a child. As soon as I could read on my own I never stopped. Writing was a natural extension for me. I wanted to create the same sort of stories I was reading—the same sort of stories that engaged and excited me. So at night, I write stories. During the day, I live and work among the books, telling stories, teaching my students, bringing the world of literature to them.”

James believes in working hard, both as a writer and as an educator and has ready praise for both his dedicated co-workers and his publisher.

“The educators I work with are heroes,” James says. “Educators are hard workers, and the work they do is hard, but the ultimate reward is being there for the kids, unconditionally. On the publishing front, I have the best support a writer could want in Hub City Press. They have guided me through the entire process. I’ve been given so many opportunities, so many chances to reach out to my audience, all because of the folks at Hub City.”

James says his life as a school librarian and a writer is full of surprises. “I don’t think I’ve worked a day and not had at least one genuine laugh or smile because of a student. The same thing happens when you sit down at the page. It’s not always a smile, but you’ll get something, no matter what. You may find excitement, or satisfaction, or happiness. You might find frustration. But you never know what the page will bring.”

While the world waits for the debut of “Minnow,” James finds happiness and satisfaction with his work and his writing.  How can he not when Publishers Weekly calls Minnow “… a memorable coming-of-age story brimming with unexpected encounters with man, beast, and nature, and some magic thrown in for good measure.”

For more information on James, go to www.jamesmcteer.com.

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Dawn Faivre: Lime Lite Salon owner believes in working hard and love what you do

In high school and college, Lime Lite Salon owner Dawn Faivre was frequently asked by friends to style their hair for special events. “I would often forget to allow time for myself because I enjoyed helping them get ready,” Dawn says. “This is when I knew cosmetology was my passion and decided to pursue it as a career.”PROFILE - DAWN LEFEVRE 2

In 2001, the Greensboro, North Carolina native attended Trident Community College and received her cosmetology license. Since then, she’s been on a path to improve each client’s day.

According to Dawn, running a salon is about “having a not so happy-go-lucky client transform into laughter and smiles or supporting someone through a hard time by just being there to listen.  It’s not just creating great hair, it’s also about the bonds and trust that are built.”

Of course, as owner of Lime Lite Salon, Dawn is also responsible for banking, payroll, orders, day-to-day management, coordinating in-salon education and overseeing all operations in addition to her favorite part of the job – being a full time “behind the chair” stylist.

Although Dawn recently celebrated Lime Lite Salon’s sixth anniversary, she opened the salon with David Watson in 2009.

Dawn, John, Caroline and Thomas Faivre

Dawn, John, Caroline and Thomas Faivre

“The process was scary, but so exciting. We started with four stylists. This past July, I went from co-owner to sole owner of Lime Lite Salon. Over the years we’ve been so grateful to receive the Readers Choice Salon award four times. Lime Lite was also recently featured in a full-page write up in American Salon magazine.  I plan to continue strong community involvement and providing the best service possible. I don’t believe things like this happen without the best stylists and customers a business could have. I am more than grateful and proud of the salon’s success.”

Dawn says that she learns something new every day, from what she calls “hair prickles” – confessions of what someone used as a styling product in a pinch – to details about wonderful trips around the world and a wealth of information people are willing to share.
Lime Lite Salon has supported many local charities and organizations including The Festival of Trees and Dragon Boat Race Day. They also offer free haircuts to anyone who is donating her or his hair.

Dawn’s family includes her husband John, daughter Caroline, who’s in fifth grade at Coosa Elementary School, and Thomas, a first grader at Riverview Charter School.

“We recently added seven members to our family,” Dawn says slyly. “Our seven hens are very happy in their hen house that John built.  At first we didn’t know what we would do with the eggs, but now that’s not a problem at all.”

A snow skier since she was 10, Dawn looks forward to an annual ski trip with her sister. Since snow is in short supply in the Lowcountry, Dawn says her second love is paddle boarding. But it’s obvious that Lime Lite Salon is very close to her heart.

“Lime Lite’s staff is my second family,” she says. “Without this talented group the salon would not be what it is today. Looking back, I had no idea how rewarding being a hairstylist could be.”

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Laura Roddey started down the philanthropy path very early

It’s not many 11-year olds who spend their summer raising money for a favorite charity, but that’s exactly what Beaufort native and Wofford College sophomore Laura Roddey did when she was 11. In the summer of 2006, Laura began selling t-shirts to support Little Red Dog Foundation, which her neighbor, Anne Guthrie, started in 2005. Handling promotion, sales, collections and delivery herself, Laura raised about $700 for Little Red Dog, which provides specially equipped three-wheeled cycles for people who are mobility challenged.

Laura Roddey and her brother, Thomas

Laura Roddey and her brother, Thomas

Fast forward to Christmas 2011. Laura and her brother Thomas, 17, who’s now a junior at Beaufort Academy, made a meat rub to give to family and friends as holiday gifts. The rub proved very popular and Laura and Thomas hatched a plan to sell the rub through a new company – Sea Island Seasonings – and donate 100 percent of net profits to charity. With help from parents Tim and Emma, Sea Island Seasonings was soon up and running.

“With Sea Island Seasonings, Thomas and I have provided financial assistance for some of our favorite charities that have helped so many people near and far,” Laura says. “We’ve come to realize that nothing makes our efforts more worthwhile than seeing the smiles of people we get to help. Whether we’re under the same roof or 200 miles away, Thomas and I stick together to help change the lives of those we’ve never met.”

Laura is chief executive officer of Sea Island Seasonings and Thomas is production manager. While she’s at college, Laura handles web design and public relations while Thomas is in charge of production. Both work on sales because, as Laura says, “Sales is a constant job!”

Sea Island Seasonings annually donates to the Little Red Dog Foundation and HELP of Beaufort, and recently donated to the Hope Center for Children in Spartanburg, Prevent Child Abuse America and the Military Heroes Campaign.

“Sea Island Seasonings has given me a wonderful opportunity to meet some incredible people from all around this country and Canada,” says Laura. “The reactions of pleased costumers are incredible and surprising.”

Sea Island Seasonings was recently chosen as one of ten student-run companies to go to the finals of Wolford College’s Impact & Launch Competition. Laura and the other finalists will compete in a head-to-head competition at the end of March for a share of $10,000 in cash and $10,000 worth of professional services.

Asked about the future, the not-yet-20-year old says, “As far as what the future holds, that is a loaded question! I plan on graduating from Wofford College in 2017, and from there I just can’t tell you where I will be. I love Sea Island Seasonings and hope that it will continue to grow. But five years ago I would not have been able to tell you I would be a sophomore in college competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes for a business that, five years ago, didn’t even exist! So for now I’m enjoying the ride.”  Interested?  Check out their website at:  http://seaislandseasonings.wix.com/seaislandseasonings.

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An insurance agent who is a really good neighbor: Amy Bowman

For Amy Bowman, time seems to fly. The Jacksonville, Florida native moved here in 1996 to start the State Farm Insurance Agency which means, since she has been in business here for almost 20 years, she’s now has clients she’s known since they were babies.

Starting as a claim adjuster, Amy has worked with State Farm for most of her career. “Our mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and have our clients realize their dreams,” Bowman says. “Insurance is not a tangible product and can be difficult to understand. Working with clients throughout their lives, helping them tailor their insurance and financial services needs as their families grow or they near retirement, is gratifying to me.”

Bowman goes on to say there is never a dull day at her agency. Aside from handling the duties of the agency, she and her staff have been known to rescue stray pets along Ribaut Road, jumpstart disabled vehicles, and give driving directions to Parris Island for families coming to see their sons and daughters graduate from boot camp.

“Being a part of the lives of so many wonderful people for so long has been a pleasant surprise for me,” says Bowman.  “Having been affiliated with State Farm in operations, claims, and then running the local agency, I can truly say that I am proud to be a part of this organization.  The customer focus and integrity that State Farm offers, in my opinion, is unparalleled in the industry.  I have an amazing staff which is like an extension of my own family.  We all work as a team to take care of our clients.”

Amy and her husband Craig have four children: Monica, a senior at USC Columbia; Savannah, a sophomore at Clemson; and sons CJ and Lance, who both attend Holy Trinity Classical Christian School.

Amy believes in giving back to the community she loves.  Military and veteran organizations such as the USO and the Wounded Warrior Project are near and dear to her heart as much of her family was, or is, in the military. She also loves the Lowcountry so The Nemours Foundation and the Lowcountry Institute are also important to her.

When asked about future plans, Amy is looking forward to more of her present. Besides continuing her rewarding career as a State Farm agent, She, Craig and her whole family is embarking on a new adventure to cultivate a ten acre orchard on their property in Hampton. “I am looking to add “orchardist” to my many qualifications!”

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Andy Corriveau: Dedicated to his customers and community

Andy Corriveau and his wife, Nancy

Andy Corriveau and his wife, Nancy

It’s not every day that you meet someone who was directly affected by John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro. Not that Andy Corriveau, president of Corriveau Insurance Agency, Inc., ever met either iconic leader. But his career Navy father was deployed to Guantanamo, Cuba, twice and during the second deployment, Andy and his family were evacuated as a result of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Andy’s life following evacuation from Cuba has been much calmer. He’s nearing his 50th year of working with State Farm Insurance Companies, starting with the company before he graduated from high school.

According to Andy, “I came home from school one day and my father said to me, ‘A lady from State Farm called and wanted to know if you would like a part time job after school and I told her you would be there tomorrow at 2 pm!’ I started working after school and after graduation they made me one of the best employment offers so I stayed with them.”

State Farm moved Andy to Beaufort in 1973 as a claim representative. In 1981 he was appointed as an agent and he has been selling and servicing insurance and financial products since then. Andy also employs State Farm team members to better meet client obligations.

Andy has a bachelor of science in Economics and has completed many years of training sponsored by State Farm, including the prescribed studies by the Insurance Institute of
America. Andy also completed the course of studies by the American College and was awarded the Chartered Life Underwriter designation.

“I wasn’t a great student in school but somehow I developed a knack for Economics and all of the complicated relationships involved in our economy including Insurance,” says Andy. “I was fortunate to have held many positions in operations, but I really enjoyed helping people solve issues involving risk management. So here I am.”

Andy says his competitive nature has driven him to race any other sailboat he sees on the water and he enjoys participating in one design races and off shore races. He was even invited to compete in a National Regatta at Long Beach, Ca.

“But as I got older, fatter and slower,” he says, “I eased into cruising the waterways from the New England coast all the way down to the Bahamas.”

Three of Andy’s four children – Andy Jr., Jennifer and Matt – attended Beaufort County schools. Jennifer and Matt graduated from Hilton Head High School and Andy Jr. from Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Florida. Patrick graduated from high school in St. Simmons, Georgia. He says the family is a Clemson family with ties to Georgia Southern and University of Georgia.

As busy with community efforts as he is professionally, Andy was a member of the school improvement councils for Lady’s Island Middle School and Hilton Head High School. He has also served as a Boy Scout leader, member of the Rape Crisis Center board, board member and Fleet Captain of the South Carolina Yacht Club, past Commander of the Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron, member of the Beaufort Little Theater board, United Way fundraising chair for business donations, past president of the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association, past president of the Windmill Harbour Homeowners Association, past chair of the Port Royal Design and Review Board and current chair of the Beaufort County Construction and Appeal Board.

Andy has recently moved operations to a new location and says that Corriveau insurance Agency is here to stay.

“The products and services provided by the insurance industry are a moving target and keeping current is key to meeting the changing needs of our clients,” Andy says. “We are driven by the needs of our clients. We do not feel we have met our responsibility to our clients unless we have thoughtful conversations about the risk they face and the options that are available to them. No hard sell here, just a desire to help our clients make informed decisions.”

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NAMI: Offering the Beaufort community access to needed programs and education about mental illness

By Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer

There are fifteen beds on the mental health floor at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. During any given week, the floor is full with no prejudice given to race, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, active duty or veteran status. Group sessions hold an audience that defines the word “diverse,” which accentuates the fact that mental illness affects everyone.

Volunteer Laurie Shay

Volunteer Laurie Shay

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness, which includes major depression, major anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia.

We are fortunate to have the 2012 National NAMI affiliate of the year right here in Beaufort County, and they are champions at advocating for access to services, treatment, support and research as well as raise awareness to build a community for hope for all those in need.

The local NAMI chapter provides programs of support for people with mental illness and their families, always without charge. Additionally, NAMI provides one-on-one support for anyone in crisis, referrals to community resources including crisis and long-term counseling and apartments in Hilton Head and Beaufort. One of these programs is NAMI’s evidence based Family-to-Family Education Program beginning Saturday, January 10th. Family-to-Family is a free 12-session education program for family caregivers of adults living with mental illness. It will be held Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until 12 Noon at Harrington Place, 1211 Harrington Street in Beaufort. The course provides a broad perspective that will help parents, spouses, siblings and adult children better understand and support loved ones living with  mental illness.

Laurie Shay has volunteered for NAMI since the winter of 2013.  She is a facilitator for two support groups, called Connections, a mentor for the Peer-to-Peer program and a speaker for the In Our Own Voice presentation.  She recently joined the Board of the local affiliation.

“I chose to volunteer for NAMI because I believe in their cause.  Educating people about mental illness is key to the recovery of the mentally ill.  Without a proper support system including, but not limited to caregivers, doctors, therapists, teachers, and clergy, recovery is hopeless.  NAMI ‘s programs help to facilitate the development of the network necessary for the mentally ill to reach and maintain stability in their daily living,” explains Shay.

Shay has suffered with mental illness since she was a teenager. She is now 53.  Her diagnosis is Bipolar Type 2. Although her treatment has been sporadic, through years of perseverance, ongoing counseling and medication, she has obtained stability in her life.

“Traversing the mental health system wasn’t easy, but worth the effort,” says Shay.

“Finding the services necessary for treatment of the mentally ill individual can be a taunting task. It takes a core group of people to overcome the obstacles. Finding a good doctor and therapist, and educating the mentally ill individual along with their caregivers is paramount to treatment.  This process can be expensive, frustrating, and demeaning because of the pervasive stigma toward mental illness, but with persistence, recovery is possible,” she adds.

NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness with NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1,100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission.

“Treatment of mental illness as a disease and not some curse or fictitious ailment requires us to remove the fear around mental illness through educating people.  That is what NAMI is all about,” explains Shay.

For more information or to register for the Family-to-Family Education Program, please contact Sarah Eliasoph, Executive Director, at nami@hargray.com or by calling (843) 681-2200. For more information about NAMI’s mission and programs, please visit www.nami.org.

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Rhett House Inn’s chef, Beverly Mayo, recognized by national magazine

By Lanier Laney

The editors of National Geographic Traveler magazine have lauded Penn Center and Beaufort’s Gullah culture with a spotlight on the Rhett House Inn as one of the ‘Top 20 Best Trips’ in the world to make in 2015. The Rhett House Inn’s Gullah chef Beverly Mayo’s breakfast is detailed in the article online.  Chef Beverly says writers of the magazine found her through rave reviews on TripAdvisor.

“I was shocked and thrilled. It’s an honor to be in there because that’s a nationwide magazine, and a lot of people read that magazine,” Mayo said.

Mayo is well known for her Southern breakfast and famous grits, for which preparation begins the night before.

The Rhett House Inn’s Chef Beverly Mayo with her famous sweet potato pancakes.

The Rhett House Inn’s Chef Beverly Mayo with her famous sweet potato pancakes.

“To us, food is love…you put your love, heart, and soul in it, and that’s what makes the difference; the ingredients follow,” says Chef Beverly who grew up in the local Gullah tradition cooking with her mother and grandmother in Sheldon. She remembers her grandmother making sweet grass baskets by the stove while also turning bread or churning butter.

“At Christmas, we would all cook and give each other presents of beautifully presented food and Christmas cookies,”she adds.

About working at the Rhett House, Chef Beverly says, “The Rhett House has a wonderful spirit, and our guests are our first priority. That’s why I love it so.”

She’s had guests from all over the world tell her ‘they’ve never tasted grits like hers before.’ Her secret? She uses chicken stock instead of plain water with cream and butter and adds Gullah seasoning at the very end. The recipe is online at www.rhetthouseinn.com. For Christmas this year she made cinnamon pancakes in addition to her renowned sweet potato recipe. The complimentary breakfast comes with a nightly stay at the Inn.

The historic Rhett House Inn, built in 1820 is celebrating its 150th anniversary as an Inn in 2015 and has been a AAA Four Diamond Inn for the past 19 years.

Rhett House Inn owners Marianne and Steve Harrison are justly proud of Chef Beverly and the Inn being singled out by a national magazine online. “I am so glad that National Geographic Traveler recognized the wonderful African-American Gullah history and its rich ongoing culture we have in this area; it’s what makes it so special and unique to live and visit here. I also thank them for their kind words about The Rhett House Inn and Chef Beverly’s breakfast. Our staff works very hard to give all our guests the best Southern Hospitality experience possible,” says Marianne.

For more information, please call The Rhett House Inn at 524-9030 or visit 1009 Craven St. in the historic district.

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