Whether it’s with unique serving platters, “poufs” of cloth to simulate clouds, or gravity-defying displays, club and resort properties are expanding their array of tabletop tools and techniques to create signature atmospheres in their restaurant and event venues. Floor-to-ceiling windows make golf course views a stunning backdrop for creative tabletop designs at Fairway One, which…
Whether it’s to celebrate a season, a culture, an ingredient, a spirited pairing, or simply a family night out, theme dinners give culinary staffs a chance to exercise their creativity and members to delight in something different.
For some diners, “comfort food” can be homestyle meatloaf or chicken pot pie, while others may get especially warm feelings from an upscaled pot roast or fried okra Caesar salad. Club and resort chefs around the country are expanding how they define, and serve, the dishes that can make a deep-down connection with members and guests.
Just because they’re not eating in the dining room doesn’t mean that members and guests expect less than outstanding food. For takeout and grab-and-go fare, club and resort chefs’ satellite menus are displaying creativity and attention to delicious details.
Today’s couples want wedding venues that can create a one-of-a-kind experience. At clubs and resorts across the country, catering professionals are working with brides and grooms to customize every aspect of their special day, from cocktails to dessert.
Whether the menu features burgers and steaks, luxe lobsters or a succulent suckling pig, just about anything cooked on a barbecue grill or in a smoker is sure to fire up members’ appetites. And for chefs, open-air cooking also opens the way to exercising new creativity with deeply flavorful combinations of woods, seasonings and sauces.
A spirited sip or fragrant smoke can give members and guests a big finish to a great dinner—and good reasons to linger a little longer.
With their distinctive combinations of specialty ingredients, French-inspired cooking techniques and sassy seasonings, Cajun and Creole cuisine have earned their place on dining-room menus far beyond their original bayou boundaries.
Beverages sometimes take a backseat to food at clubs and resorts. But thoughtfully curated and promoted offerings of both spirited and spirit-free libations can reap high profit margins, while enhancing member and guest interest and loyalty.
From humble hot dogs to lobster dinners to full, ready-to-eat holiday feasts, members and guests are hungry for ways to enjoy their favorite foods beyond traditional dining rooms. Club and resort chefs are responding with inventive ways of providing to-go meals and snacks for those who want to pick-up-and-play at the golf course or pool, or bring them home for the entire family to enjoy.
More chefs are including sous vide in their kitchen-equipment arsenals as a way to yield consistent results, save cooking time during service, and free up oven space. For one fervent convert, it’s “the best thing since fire.”
Chafing dishes are making way for more action stations and interactive, build-your-own setups, as entertainment now shares the stage with stellar food at clubs’ banquets and on their buffets.
Grilling can make heroes out of humble hot dogs and hamburgers. And when that firepower is put in the hands of talented chefs, the resulting magic is much more than smoke and mirrors.
Instead of requiring members and guests to come to the food, some clubs and resorts now have tricked-out vehicles that can bring creative and top-quality cuisine to any spot on the property.
Whether it’s to help them gain exposure to new flavors and ingredients, control their portion sizes, or share their dining experience with friends, club chefs are responding to their members’ growing preference for finding good things in smaller culinary packages.