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 […]

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 […]

Pimento Cheese Babka

Inside Forsyth CC’s New Bread Program


The Winston-Salem, N.C. club’s comprehensive bread program caters to members’ tastes and preferences. Bread is the staff of life, and more clubs are paying closer attention to the breads they serve to their members. Such is the case at Forsyth Country Club (Winston-Salem, N.C.), where the newly appointed Pastry Chef, Cody Middleton, is in the […]

How Clubs Are Reinventing Snack Bars


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 […]