I received an email one day telling me that there was a family coming to Myrtle Beach as a Make a Wish family. The little girl named Peyton was receiving the wish and as part of her wish she wanted to have a private cooking lesson with a Chef. Of course, I agreed to do it right away. I was honored that they asked me out of all the great Chefs in Myrtle Beach. I didn’t realize at the time that this would be one of the most amazing experiences in my professional career.
After putting together some choices, Peyton decided on Oven Roasted Filet Mignon with balsamic mushrooms, mashed potatoes and grilled Zucchini, Peyton has excellent taste. We also prepared a pound cake dessert with a strawberry compote. We had the absolute best time and the family and I are now friends.
On top of everything Peyton and I share a birthday so when they came to visit again for Peyton’s Birthday we got together for pizza night at the condo again. My sweetie came with us and he absolutely loved the ocean view and running through the condo with the kids, until he ran face first into the glass door…. ouch!! But even with that, he loved sitting on the balcony playing his iPad looking at the view.
Here in Myrtle Beach, I am actively involved with the community. Although, over the past few years I have had to take a step back a bit due to the decision to home school my son James, who has Autism, and focus on his therapy. I still do what I can, participating in fundraiser events for the Chamber of Commerce and Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association. Along with my participation and fund raising efforts for two local organizations that help children and adults with autism.
Now that my son, James, is back in school, I am hoping to get back to it, but with all the of stress homeschooling, his active therapy schedule, the restaurant and life has brought, I am taking a little time to decompress. I will be getting back hands on with the community soon.
If you want to check out our story with Autism and how it affects our family, click here.