The Club Chef’s Club


Before I ever spoke with Chef Donald Smith of St. Charles Country Club (in Chicago’s far Western suburbs), I imagined that he was a skilled leader. My hunch was right. Not only is he the Executive Chef at a very busy club, he is also President of the 112-member Club Chefs Association of America (CCAA). […]

Oakmont’s Keys to Dining Excellence


Oakmont Country Club, outside Pittsburgh, is a gem of a golf course steeped in history, having hosted more major championships than any club in history: seven men’s U.S. Opens, five U.S. Amateurs, three PGA Championships, and one Woman’s U.S. The likes of Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus have all won titles […]

Taking Casual Dining Beyond the Club Sandwich


Clubs get lazy with their casual dining menus and fall back on the tired old standards are doomed to have sleepy F&B revenue lines, too. Here’s how special themes, regional themes, and other spirited alternatives can greatly reduce the need to rely on frilly toothpicks for a “special” touch.

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