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Meet Executive Chef Christoper Tothero

July 23, 2015

It has been an amazing summer for SearStone's Executive Chef Christopher Tothero. Dining at SearStone is one of the most important aspects of community life, and it is something that culturally bonds our residents, staff and guests together.

SearStone offers several choices for dining – The White Horse Bar & Grille, Casual Dining, Private Dining and our ever-popular Fine Dining Restaurant. Starting this summer the Bar & Grille has been serving sandwiches, salads and several casual entrees for folks to enjoy. We are open all day to help accommodate our resident’s busy schedules and also provide take-out and home delivery services. The Bar & Grille also offers a made-to-order breakfast from 7:30 AM-9:30 AM.

In June, the Casual Dining restaurant started a new menu program which offers special selection of entrees, salads, sandwiches and desserts. Residents get up to 25 different choices of main courses and side dishes to choose from, and the menu changes on a weekly basis. Guests have really enjoyed the different choices and love that there is a wide variety of delicious food – the only problem is that they only have a week to try everything!

Since many of our residents like to eat later in the evening, we have started opening the Fine Dining Room at 6:30 PM. The weekly menu program is available in Fine Dining, and we also offer several special events throughout the month. Our latest special occasion night was “Cuban Night” and we created several native Cuban dishes that were well received.

This year Chef Tothero started a chef’s garden program at SearStone, and has been able to use local tomatoes and fresh herbs in many dishes. We’ve benefited from the Urban Farmers Market which comes to SearStone each Saturday morning bringing local produce, eggs and seafood from the coast.

Healthy Shopping – Made Easy

July 22, 2015

One thing that Ann Mullin appreciates is enjoying fresh, healthy vegetables. “I love going to farmers markets and purchasing whatever is in season,” says Ann.

The only problem is that Ann’s dogs, Bitsy and Roscoe, are no longer welcome at local farmers markets. “Most markets have regulations that dogs aren’t allowed,” said Pat, Ann’s husband.

Now that the Mullins live at SearStone, they don’t have to worry about traipsing all over town and leaving their dogs behind.

On Saturday mornings during the summer, SearStone offers the Urban Market. The market sets up from 10:00AM-3:00PM and sells fruits, vegetables, eggs and seafood from the coast. The team from Urban Market is very accommodating to what types of foods the residents would like to have, and the residents enjoy supporting a local business.

During the hot summer months, the market provides fresh made smoothies. “It’s a nice, refreshing treat to cool off during the summer,” said Wellness Director, Mark Johnson.

SearStone Celebrates Inaugural Regatta on the Lake

May 25, 2015

SearStone resident Ron Watts didn’t think he’d enjoy boating so much again.

In the past, boating was a big hassle with the maintenance and upkeep, says Watts. Now all he has to do is drop the boat in the water and go. The only thing he needs to do is make sure the battery is charged.

Watts and several other residents of SearStone have started a Remote Controlled Boat Club on Lake SearStone. Several people have purchased model motor boats, speed boats and sailboats to enjoy on the lake.

“This is a great way for residents to get outdoors and have some fun,” said Mark Johnson, SearStone’s wellness director.

On Memorial Day, the residents started what they hope is an annual tradition of launching their boats on the lake and racing them around.

“It is just gorgeous to see these different colored boats against the backdrop of SearStone,” says Eirene McSwain, a SearStone resident.  McSwain also provided the photography for the event.

SearStone’s lake was the former cattle pond on the property, and now serves as a public area for recreation. Residents and community members are welcome to walk around the lake and enjoy the surrounding beauty that was originally the Sears Family Farm.


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