Avon, CT (February 23, 2017) – Golf Kitchen announces its second dinner event, which will be held on March 30, 2017, at Cassique at the Kiawah Island Club, to celebrate Golf Kitchen and the talented chefs in the golf club industry.
Founded in 2014 by CEO Diana DeLucia, an internationally recognized culinary writer/photographer, Golf Kitchen™ (GK) is truly a culinary journey through many of golf's finest kitchens around the world. The dinner will feature Executive Chef Doug Blair from the Kiawah Island Club in South Carolina, Chef Rhy Waddington of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY, Chef Anthony Giacoponello of Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, NY, and special guest Chef Jose Carles of Royal Isabela, Isabela, Puerto Rico. They will prepare a feast of fine-dining recipes, a selection of fine wines, and a signature cocktail from Golf Kitchen sponsor Pin High Spirits for the lucky members and guests of Cassique at Kiawah Island Club and the media.
"We couldn't be more excited to host the second Golf Kitchen event here at Voysey's at Cassique," said Doug Blair, Executive Chef at the Kiawah Island Club. "The first event last fall at the Winged Foot Golf Club was a huge success, and we look forward to bringing the same caliber of chefs to Voysey's for this event in honor of Golf Kitchen and the James Beard Foundation."
Diana DeLucia, who will share both her vision and incredible journey from concept to launch at the dinner, remarked, "As a member of the culinary scene for many years, I am indeed honored to be hosting my second Friends of James Beard Benefit. I am truly grateful for the support of each and every golf club and resort that I have worked with globally, not only in Golf Kitchen but in my other publications as well. It's been a long and rewarding journey to get here."
Pin High Spirits will also feature a tasting at the event. Jeff Grindrod, the CEO of Pin High Spirits, said, "We are honored to participate in this charitable event, which not only promotes future chefs, but also the connection between the food and spirits world and the golf world. Our only thought when creating Pin High was marrying golf and spirits, which is why we use graphite to filter out impurities. Not only does it lead to a premium drinking experience, but because graphite is used to make golf club shafts, it offers that deep connection to golfers we were searching for. We look forward to connecting with the golf community at Cassique."
Friends of James Beard Benefits are held by chefs and restaurants who want to help the next generation of great American chefs. Chefs have the opportunity to stage a high-profile event that supports James Beard Foundation scholarships and other culinary programs.
"We are very thankful that proceeds from the auction will benefit our Foundation," said Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation. "Funds from the evening's auction will go to various Foundation initiatives, including the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program, which is awarding more than $750,000 in financial aid that was raised in 2016, the largest annual total in the Foundation's history."
About Kiawah Island Club:
Kiawah Partners is the master developer of Kiawah Island, a 10,000-acre barrier island located 21 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina. The Kiawah Island Club is an exclusive private membership club for property owners with an unmatched collection of amenities and distinctive venues, including the Tom Fazio-designed River Course, the Tom Watson-designed Cassique, The Beach Club by Robert A.M. Stern and Sasanqua, the members-only spa. The Club also includes premier dining venues Voysey's at Cassique led by executive chef Doug Blair, the River Room at River Course and Tides at the Beach Club.
About Pin High Spirits:
Pin High Spirits, a new addition to the super premium vodka category that aims to serve golfers at courses and country clubs around the world, will be featured at the event as well. Pin High will offer tastings of its specialty vodka, which is uniquely filtered through graphite to give the liquor an unparalleled smoothness, as well as a signature drink created by Executive Chef Doug Blair from Voysey's at Cassique. For more information visit: http://www.pinhighspirits.com/
About Friends of James Beard Benefits®:
James Beard is fondly remembered by friends and colleagues as a man who offered unstinting help and encouragement to people embarking on a culinary career. Upholding Beard's legacy of culinary education and support through a scholarship program is an essential component of the James Beard Foundation's mission. The JBF National Scholars, the Friends of James Beard Foundation Scholarships, and the James Beard Foundation School Scholarships have been established to assist aspiring culinary professionals who plan to further their education at a post-secondary institution for food studies. Professional grants are also available for independent work, study, and travel. For more information visit: www.jamesbeard.org/events/fojbb
About Golf Kitchen:
Founded in 2014 by CEO Diana DeLucia, an internationally recognized culinary writer/photographer, Golf Kitchen™ is a unique portfolio of recipes, photos, and interviews from the kitchens and fairways of 16 well-known golf destinations. Diana initially introduced the concept in 2013 through her first book Golf Club World, Behind the Gates. She will showcase the high class 500+ page "coffee table" book and collectible - Golf Kitchen – March 30th at a Friends of James Beard Foundation Dinner featuring chefs from participating Golf Kitchen™ teams at Cassique at Kiawah Island Club in South Carolina. This illustrious event will celebrate the world of food, chefs, recipes, and kitchens coming together with the history, photographs, and stories of 16 high-end golf clubs and destinations around the world, including Winged Foot Golf Club - New York, USA, Golf de l'Ocean – Morocco, Kingston Heath Golf Club – Australia, Emirates Golf Club – Dubai, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado, Puerto Rico, Banyan Tree Phuket – Thailand, and other unique destinations. Portions of the proceeds from book sales will benefit World Central Kitchen and Folds of Honor.