Understanding and Applying One-, Two- and Three-Way Wine Pairings


Robert Mancuso, CMC, Executive Chef of the Bohemian Club, shares his philosophy and process for expanding and enhancing wine and food pairings. The rules about pairing wine with food are being rewritten to keep pace with evolving culinary trends. Instead of following old-school guidelines, club chefs are now pinpointing specific characteristics in different wines and […]

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How to Design a Pastry Buffet


Knowing which desserts will be most popular with members on the pastry buffet is a key part of the process. Dessert tables and pastry buffets are true works of art, and club pastry chefs are applying their sweet eye for design to the layout of these delicious displays. Brittani Brooker, Executive Pastry Chef of Ballantyne Country […]

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What Makes Casual Dining Casual?


More clubs are offering relaxed dining options for members who want to wear jeans, socialize and share plates. The “casual” debate is constantly on the table in clubs across the country. Casual, as it applies to food, dress and décor, is generally well-received. But casual—as it applies to how a club serves its members—is not. […]

Time for Wine: Program Ideas That Deserve a Toast


Philadelphia CC offers innovative wine-centric events that increase engagement, introduce new wines to the membership and boost a la carte business. Successful club wine programs often begin with proper planning. They gain momentum with word-of-mouth marketing and end with wait lists, better wine lists and a more oenophilic membership. No one knows this better than […]


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, […]

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 […]