How Clubs Are Reinventing Snack Bars

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With fresh, fast and casual fare, snack bars are becoming one of the hottest dining spots at the club. When someone asks Ben Lorenzen what he does for a living, he smiles and says, “I run a small restaurant.” In truth, Lorenzen is the Creative Director and Director of Aquatics & Fitness at Champions Run […]

Club Chef Go Beyond Basic BBQ

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Club chefs are enhancing this classic cooking technique by introducing global flavors, more complex techniques and non-traditional cuts. Traditional barbecue will always have a place in clubs—especially in the summer. But as adventurous chefs introduce global flavors and dishes and employ more complex cooking techniques, barbecue is becoming increasingly more interesting. At Tulsa (Okla.) Country […]


North Shore GC Makes Healthy, Fresh Juices

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North Shore GC now offers seasonal, fresh-squeezed juices for use in drinks, smoothies, and libations. Sometimes the best F&B ideas start with one consistent member request. That was the case at North Shore Golf Club, located on Lake Winnebago in Menasha, Wis. And the request was for fresh-squeezed grapefruit mimosas. “One of our most active […]


Bringing Variety to Breakfast Pastries

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Woodstock Club’s Laura Lachowecki is expanding the pastry program by offering a wider range of homemade, morning-baked goods. Pastry Chef Laura Lachowecki’s pecan coffee cake—made with a layer of rich cake, topped with sweet pecan filling, topped with more cake and finished with a heavy layer of streusel—is easily the most popular breakfast pastry at […]


Would Your Club Benefit from a Sommelier?

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When it comes to wine, a certified expert is perhaps a club’s most valuable asset. When a club has a certified sommelier on staff who can act as an authoritative figure on wine, members tend to listen to and trust his or her suggestions, whether they’re looking to purchase a $200 bottle or a $5 […]


Satisfying Vegans and Vegetarians

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As more members and guests opt for meat-free lifestyles, club chefs are coming up with clever, well-crafted vegetable and grain-focused dishes. Trying to make braised beef short ribs without beef is a basically an exercise in futility. But it’s possible, club chefs report, to create delicious meat-free dishes to satisfy the growing demand for vegetarian […]