Expeditions with Patrick McMillan Comes to Kiawah for Naturally Kiawah Garden Grand Opening Saturday, October 26th at 4pm.
Back in April we announced the “Naturally Kiawah Garden” project, a garden with the focus of enhancing the knowledge of plants native to Kiawah Island for students, visitors and local residents. The garden, located in Night Heron Park beside Kiawah Island Parkway, has been completed thanks to donations from the Kiawah Conservancy and an anonymous grant. It is made up of both native plants and plants that respond well to our environment. On Saturday, October 26th, the Kiawah Conservancy is hosting a “Gathering in the Garden” event as the Grand Opening of the Naturally Kiawah Garden. The event will take place in the garden at 4 pm and is a step to secure the future of the Garden. Everyone is welcome to this event. Reservations are required and include cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a walk through the garden with Patrick McMillan, SCETV’s host of Expeditions with Patrick McMillan.
Hard to believe a month has already passed! Chef and I climbed into the car and off we were back over to Rosebank Farms in search of our monthly ingredients. Before bellying up to the stand, I noticed a large yellow sign that read ‘Certified South Carolina’. I’ve seen this sign all over the Lowcountry but never sure what it meant. With interest in learning more about it, I did what anyone would do… I googled it!
South Carolina Certified Roadside Market sign.
Kiawah’s chefs have lunch with Farmer, Sidi Limehouse – a legend in Charleston, especially to our local chefs and kitchen teams. Limehouse Produce extended an invitation to lunch with Sidi to some of our very own chefs on the island (Jonathan Banta of The Atlantic Room, Ryley McGillis of Jasmine Porch, Jason Rheinwald of The Ocean Room and Matthew Fitzgerald of Sanctuary Banquets), as well as other rising chefs of the Lowcountry. The opportunity for kitchen teams and farmers to meet does not happen very often.
Sidi Limehouse speaking to local Chefs on his farm
On Wednesday, September 25th, our chefs had the privilege of meeting with Sidi to tour his 75 acres of fertile soil and enjoy a family-style lunch in his barn catered by Rosebank Café. This one-on-one intimate time with farmers is rare, especially farmers like Sidi Limehouse. Sidi is one of the original pioneers of the Lowcountry in regards to farming and local produce. He has such an enormous passion for the industry. Being a Johns Island native, Sidi holds Kiawah Island very close to his heart and enjoys getting to know our Island’s Chefs. Our chefs had the chance to talk about their needs for produce, their thoughts on the future of their restaurants and the Charleston culinary scene, as well as ask questions.
The Kiawah River is always a special place with an abundance of life, but the fall season is something magical – Kiawah Island Dolphins. The temperatures are starting to cool off and our summer crowds are starting to fade. The cooling air and water temperatures ignite the fall bait run in the river. Large schools of mullet fish (family Mugilidae) start to move in unison throughout the creeks and river. Most of our saltwater fish and dolphins start to gorge themselves to build up a much needed fat supply for the winter when the bait thins out. This is a great time to fish for redfish, trout, or flounder, and for watching our dolphins perform their specialized local fishing techniques. For the past two years, National Geographic videographers have been visiting Kiawah to film strand feeding in the Kiawah River as part of their new series, Secret Life of Predators. For this amazing program, National Geographic film crews traveled across the globe to Africa’s savanna, Indonesia’s tropical reefs, Central America’s rainforest, India’s dry forest, and to Kiawah Island. The footage is spectacular.
Coyotes are grayish-brown often with reddish tinges. Weighing 20-40 pounds, they resemble a medium-sized dog. They are omnivorous and will eat a variety of food items, including deer, rabbits, rodents, insects, berries, and acorns. Although it is considered rare to find coyotes on Kiawah, sightings have increased over the past few years.
The Kootenay and Flathead Tribes of the Western Plateau included the Coyote in their creation folklore and stories, portraying the wiley coyote as a superhero and savior. The Coyote, a highly adaptable creature, has maintained a reputation for its intelligence and crafty ways in much of American culture as well evidenced by Warner Brothers’ still popular cartoons. This adaptability goes beyond image, and has created much debate among the scientific community, as the fossil record shows a great deal of variation as the animals’ morphology and behavior changed in response to various conditions.
By Jocelyn Criswell
Have you ever wondered what happens to the soap you leave behind at hotels? Maybe, maybe not? That’s why there’s the Global Soap Project.
It’s not like you have ever experienced a soap shortage, or even thought about what life would be like without soap. Some people don’t even have to think about life without soap, because they already know. Soap is a luxury that doesn’t come easily to many who live in vulnerable populations. Some people have never even held a bar of soap. Why does this even matter? Two words: global health. Try to imagine what it would be like never being able to wash your hands of the bacteria they gather. It is a very underrated and unknown problem to many who lack access to cleaning products around the world. Diseases that could be prevented by the use of soap are the leading causes of the deaths of about 2.4 million children every year. I believe you are probably beginning to realize the value of soap and why it matters.
Mic check one, two… one, two! Brandon Lapp did a quick check of his microphone before stepping onto ‘stage’ at the Carolina Green Fair for The Ocean Room’s Food Demo at James Island County Park.
Food Demo line up at Carolina Green Fair.
The Ocean Room and Kiawah Island Golf Resort joined in the festivities on Sunday, September 22nd as Charleston celebrated the annual Carolina Green Fair and appropriately with the weather which was given for the day, the first day of Autumn.
Brandon with his ‘Sous Chef’ Scott plating up.
We are all guilty of it, before diving into that first bite we reach for our smart phones, snap a quick pic and post… hoping for well received feedback in jealousy on what we are about to partake in. With programs such as Instagram, Cinemagram or Snapchat to help us boost our ‘average joe’ photo, we all become amateur photographers in a quick click of a few buttons. But before started sharing photos on social media, I got some expert advice from a profession.
Recently a good friend of Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s, Mr. Kevin Foltz was on property for a number of photo shoots for upcoming publications and advertisements.
If you have not heard of the Charleston Harbour House , a charitable organization to benefit veterans, then you have not yet begun to realize the value of their mission- to provide a safe harbor to ease our military & veteran families’ burden while their loved ones receive treatment at the VA Medical Center. Charleston Harbour House was created to raise funds to build a housing facility for these military veterans and their families. With VA Medical Center’s large patient base and the high cost of hotels in the Charleston area, the need for this type of organization is constantly on the rise. The majority of the over 55,000 veterans served by VA Medical Center make an average joint annual income of less than $40,000. Typically, patients stay for around three days during treatment, which equates to around $267-$387 spent on a hotel in Charleston.