casual club dining

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. […]

The Right Cook is in the Kitchen at Hammock Dunes Club


Hammock Dunes Club’s Executive Chef Lance Cook has big dreams for the club’s F&B operation —and for himself. Good cooking is about passion, organization and skill. It’s both an art and a science. To some, it may look temperamental or frenzied, but to Lance Cook, Executive Chef of Hammock Dunes Club (HDC) in Palm Coast, […]

Joseph Leonardi, CMC

Chef’s Thoughts with The Country Club’s Joseph Leonardi, CMC


As the Director of Culinary Operations for The Country Club (Brookline, Mass.), Joseph Leonardi, CMC, says he is motivated when he sees progress being made on a project that he or a group of individuals are working on. As one of the American Culinary Federation’s newly minted Certified Master Chefs, Joseph Leonard, Director of Culinary […]

Change is Needed and Change is Coming


Edward Leonard, CMC, Director of Culinary Operations and Executive Chef of The Polo Club of Boca Raton (Fla.) believes chefs need to offer their cooks a better work-life balance. So you want to be a cook, a chef, run a restaurant, own a restaurant, or perhaps work in the kitchen of a club, resort or hotel. […]


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, […]

Finding Balance in Our Busy Season


In the midst of his busy season, Kelly Greens G&CC’s Executive Chef Drew Tait strives to find a work-life balance that best suites him. The air is cool, humidity is low and traffic has begun to pick up. You can feel the energy buzz around Kelly Greens G&CC as the season begins to come back in South West Florida. […]