Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Golf Kitchen and Kiawah Island Club to Host Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner, Live Auction

(Avon, CT) – 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."

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."

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