Attendees of Club + Resort Business’ 12th annual Conference, to be held in Charlotte, N.C. from March 1-3, 2020, will have the unique opportunity to tour the kitchens and dining rooms at Quail Hollow Club, Carmel Country Club and Myers Park Country Club, and get special insights from those clubs’ executive chefs and managers.
As the newest special feature of Club + Resort Business’ popular Chef to Chef Conference, the 12th annual Conference, to be held in Charlotte, N.C., March 1-3, 2020, will include the first-ever “Inside the House” club tour, giving attendees a unique opportunity to get an up-close, exclusive look at the food-and-beverage operations of three of the city’s leading clubs: Quail Hollow Club, Carmel Country Club and Myers Park Country Club.
“We have had many attendees of previous conferences indicate that a club tour would be a great addition to further enrich their overall experience at Chef to Chef ,” says Jerry Schreck, Executive Chef of Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa., and the National Conference Coordinator for the Chef to Chef Conference. “The ‘Inside the House’ tour will add a valuable new educational element to the agenda and other events planned for the 2020 Conference, and the support we’ve received from the Charlotte club-chef community for the tour and the rest of the Conference is unmatched and will contribute to our most successful Conference yet.”
The “Inside the House” club tour will take place on Monday afternoon and evening, March 2nd, after the Conference begins at The Westin Charlotte with a full slate of educational sessions and cooking demonstrations. For the tour, attendees will be bused in smaller groups to each property. Each stop on the tour will be led by the host club’s Executive Chef, with support from the General Manager and others on the Food & Beverage staff, to showcase the unique elements of that particular property’s F&B operation, including a look at how both the front and back of the house are set up.
At Quail Hollow Club—which hosts the annual Wells Fargo Championship on the PGA Tour, was the site of the 2017 PGA Championship, and will host the 2021 Presidents Cup—Executive Chef Justin Sing will share how the club’s culinary operation executes those special events while also maintaining staffing and logistics for regular member dining.
At Carmel Country Club, Executive Chef Ryan Cavanaugh will share how he has been integrally involved from the start to help plan and execute a $20 million renovation project that will add two finishing kitchens and a coffee bar, create a new distinctive fast-casual dining venue, and expand current banquet space. Attendees will also hear about the success of Carmel’s wildly popular poolside Tiki Bar, as well as the club’s pizza-themed food truck.
The final stop on the “Inside the House” tour will be Myers Park Country Club, where Scott Craig, CEC, CCA, WCMC, Director of Culinary Operations, will offer attendees an interactive culinary experience as they walk through each of the club’s five kitchens and taste dozens of locally-sourced ingredients prepared by the club’s culinary team. Craig will also give those on the tour a first-hand look at Myers Park’s extremely successful satellite dining and grab-and-go operations.
“We want to expose attendees to as many local, indigenous ingredients as possible,” adds Craig in describing what his club has planned for the tour. “Beyond the food, I hope they are also inspired by new plating ideas, station concepts and the culture of Myers Park.”
After the tour’s final stop, Chef to Chef Conference attendees will be able to explore Charlotte’s culinary scene, as part of the Conference’s traditional open night for dining that provides an additional opportunity to gain first-hand exposure to regional specialties.
The 2020 Chef to Chef Conference will also feature a keynote address by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein and presentations by several Certified Master Chefs from some of the nation’s leading private clubs. For more information about the Charlotte Conference and to register, visit www.cheftochefconference.com