Seabrooker Mike Morris takes over as Editor of The Seabrooker Newspaper after Sally Schenck and Marcia Hider announced their retirement as Co-Editors. Mike graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and immediately went to work with NBC-TV representing the NBC network to national advertisers. His second career lasted twenty-four years in the capital markets arena with Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, Soloman Smith Barney and UBS/Paine Webber. Mike and his wife Jane moved to Seabrook in the summer of 2004. The new Editor promises to maintain the high standards that have been set by Marcia and Sally and ensure The Seabooker will be the most important source for information that all Seabrookers will look forward to reading.
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One of Seabrookers’ favorite restaurants is the Fat Hen and it is good to know that its Chef Fred Neuville is hatching some new menu ideas. First, Chef Fred is expanding his locally grown ingredients to herbs from his micro-greens grown in his kitchen and will be adding more herbs by building planters. In addition to experimenting with new herb beds, Neuville is also testing out some ideas with a local product composed of crushed, fermented strawberries known simply as “mush”, and is talking with several local farmers about bringing in new ingredients from closer to home. Currently, Fat Hen buys 98% of their seafood from Crosby’s and they purchase their chickens from Ambrose Farms. The result of working within the parameters of what’s available locally has inspired some amazing menu items such as sautéed oysters with country ham, spinach and wild mushroom in a cream sauce over grilled bread and a dish that is simply known only as “The Rib” a 16 oz. bone-in short rib cold smoked over pecan wood then steamed over apple cider vinegar, grilled, and topped with pomegranate barbeque sauce. Chef Fred states that he likes to watch ‘Dinners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ and ‘Man vs Food’ because they encourage him to look at traditional dishes from a new angle. To learn more about the Fat Hen visit its web site www.thefathen.com
One of the best things about living on Seabrook Island is its wild life. A recent report states that the Grey Fox is making a comeback after being nearly wiped out in early 2008 by a canine distemper outbreak. In 2009 there were only 31 reported sightings, but in 2010 there were 125 sightings. The upside to fewer Grey Fox was that the Red Fox began to move back to Seabrook however their stay was short lived as they fell victim to a strain of mange for which there is no cure. So the Grey Fox population is back to a healthy level, but sightings of the red Fox are now rare.