When Exceptions Become the Rule


Accommodating members and guests with special dietary needs comes down to open communication between both sides of the house. The rapidly expanding—and sometimes exhausting—number of dietary requests made by members and guests during banquets and events is not likely to slow down any time soon. So what do club chefs say is the most important […]


How Club Chefs Reinvent Classic Dishes


Club chefs are coming up with exciting new ideas for the classic, tried-and-true dishes members love best. Dishes like fried chicken, pot pies and mac and cheese are classics for good reason: They’re close to perfect. But for creative club chefs, they are also a foundation for endless inspiration. At Ridgemoor Country Club (Harwood Heights, […]

What You Need to Know Before Buying Sous Vide Equipment


Before buying any equipment, be sure to evaluate your property’s needs as they relate to capacity, as well as temperature range and accuracy. Temperature-controlled sous vide cooking has become an indispensable technique for many club chefs. It’s much simpler than its fancy name might suggest. Ingredients are sealed in a plastic bag or canning jar […]

Ushering In Upscale Ice Cream


For Gulf Stream GC and Oakmont CC, small-batch, homemade ice cream is the perfect component for creative a la carte desserts. Ice cream is a highly social and nostalgic sweet that members crave.It’s also the perfect canvas that lets club pastry chefs experiment and create upscale a la carte desserts. At Gulf Stream Golf Club […]

Seven Ideas for Small-Plate Menus


The chefs of Oak Hill CC and La Grange CC found that small-plate success is largely dependent on responding to member preference. Small plates and downsized dishes are ubiquitous. They cater to members looking for smaller portions, as well as those looking to dance around a menu and try multiple dishes at once. Chefs also […]