Gourmet & Grapes Benefiting Hollings Cancer Center to be Held February 6-8, 2015, at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

December 15, 2014, Charleston, SC – The Seventh Annual Gourmet & Grapes Culinary Extravaganza offers guests a chance to enjoy five-star culinary talents and select wines from around the world while raising money to fund critical research at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center located in downtown Charleston, SC

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center located in downtown Charleston, SC

Jeanelle McCain became involved with Gourmet & Grapes after her husband Will died of melanoma last year.  Through her husband’s experience, she learned of the critical need for advanced therapies, and she quickly became immersed in the importance of clinical trials.  After looking all over for the best therapies for Will, she explains, “We were thrilled to learn that the latest, most innovative care was available right here at Hollings.”

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If you are looking for a great place on Kiawah to warm up this holiday season, you’ve come to the right spot. Bartender Lesly Oliver of The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary is sharing her signature hot toddies to start your own new holiday tradition.

A cozzy chair by the fire place

A cozzy chair by the fireplace

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Chef Michael Perez of Indaco Restaurant joins the culinary team at The Ocean Room at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in its “Guest Chef Dinner” in support of Lowcountry Street Grocery

Chef Michael Perez

Chef Michael Perez

Chef Michael Perez of Indaco restaurant will join Chef de Cuisine, Jason Rheinwald and the culinary team at The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort for a special “Guest Chef Dinner” on Thursday, December 18, 2014.  This dinner will take place in The Ocean Room on Kiawah Island and benefits the Lowcountry Street Grocery. Founded by Lindsey Barrow, a College of Charleston graduate, the Lowcountry Street Grocery’s  mission is to provide the farmers market experience on wheels, providing isolated ‘food deserts’ with access to healthy, local produce and nutritional education while stimulating the local economy.

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From a chocolate 30+ lb. turkey to a Frozen gingerbread display, The Sanctuary Pastry team is letting it go this holiday season!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

You know the saying ‘Christmas in July’, well when it comes to a creative team like our Sanctuary pastry department early planning is what they are all about. Back in July our team was racking their creative brains about what displays they could put forth this holiday season. With the pressure of Thanksgiving and our annual gingerbread display unveiling close together, pre-planning is a must. After all the brainstorming and many hours spent on creating these displays, we think you’ll agree that all that effort paid off!

Planning out for Thanksgiving and Christmas

Planning out for Thanksgiving and Christmas

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Whether you’re having an intimate strategy session for 15 in the Calhoun Boardroom, or a presentation for 115 in Governor’s Hall here at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (KIGR), the one constant to maximizing the ROI of any meeting is to set a humane rhythm to enhance productivity. Meaning: plan a few breaks.

Mingo Point picnic tables

Though it seems like a common-sense approach, improving how we work by not working is still a relatively new idea. A 2011 study from the well-respected journal Cognition found “that even brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one’s ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods.”

Scientists looked at the “vigilance decrement”; or, the rate at which our eyes start to droop, our seat goes numb, and even the simplest concepts and figures become hard to grasp by the end of long meetings. This is no matter the comfort of the setting or importance of the topic. Professor Alejandro Lleras says in the summary that “constant stimulation is registered by our brains as unimportant, to the point that the brain erases it from our awareness.”

Now, any organizer wants to avoid any erasure of what will be an otherwise impeccably organized event. The goal is to plan a stimulating, productive meeting; something memorable where participants are kept fully aware and immersed in the task at hand. To create that atmosphere, distraction plays a key part in immersing participants.

Here are our top tips and suggestions for quick breaks to incorporate into your organization’s meeting plans.

Three of our clubhouses are situated by some of the best leisure facilities in South Carolina, in our decidedly biased opinion. At Turtle Point Clubhouse, the Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center and the Roy Barth Tennis Center, they provide easy access to formal instruction and group lessons. Informally, Night Heron Park and the beach can make a fifteen minute breather into something extraordinarily restful. A covered, wraparound balcony with beautiful views of a challenging course is accessible from both the Legends Room (hosts up to 380 people) and the more intimate Drawing Room (up to 60 people, with an adjacent private terrace.)

The Osprey Point Clubhouse and Ocean Course Clubhouse both provide sweeping views of their respective golf courses as well. It’s a perfect vantage point to take a short breather and discuss strategies useful in both the boardroom and on the greens.

If it will take more than gorgeous scenery to prompt healthy breaks in your business, arrange for a catered break. We can come around with coffee, tea and a selection of standard or much more creative fare. Of course, for proper meals and fantastic team-building dinners, we offer a range of dining establishments from the informal Southern Kitchen to the elegant Ocean Room.

Tying your event to one of the exciting weekends we have coming up through the end of 2014 and into 2015 offers a different tone to any conference. For those who are art & culture minded, we offer everything from our annual comedy weekend to the roster of winter traditions that we celebrate throughout the holiday season.

At any time of year, the weather around Kiawah is mild and beautiful – a fact that’s particularly evident in classic, ecologically authentic settings like Mingo Point or East Beach. We’re entering a mild season in the next few months that’s especially appropriate to meetings and focused conferences. It’s worth noting that conferences and meetings booked between December 15 and January 28 are eligible for a range of special offers.

2015 Kiawah Special Events

For the past ten years, the resort has been expanding its Kiawah Special Event Series. The weekends are varied in their target audience – ranging from golfers and tennis players, to foodies and comedy and music lovers. Watch www.kiawahresort.com and the resort’s Facebook and Twitter feed for exact dates once they become available.

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Complete your Thanksgiving spread with a homemade, Five-Star pastry!

Executive Pastry Chef Remy Funfrock and award-winning pastry team are mixing up the batter this year, taking care of your Thanksgiving pies.  Our chefs are crafting these beautiful, flaky pastry creations to compliment any holiday table. Thanksgiving pies are specially boxed and ready to pick up!

Thanksgiving Pie

Thanksgiving Pies


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Meeting and Convention Golden Key Award

Kiawah Island Golf Resort has been awarded the prestigious Meetings & Conventions 2014 Gold Key Award by M&C’s subscribers.

The Gold Key Award has set the bar for excellence among industry awards. Meeting professionals have relied on the Gold Key mark to symbolize outstanding meeting facilities worldwide for over three decades.

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Ronald McDonald House of Charleston received Five Star treatment during its seventh annual ‘Five Star Day’, courtesy of Forbes Five Star Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

On Thursday, October 30th the staff of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort packed up the hotel and set up camp at Charleston’s Ronald McDonald House to turn a ‘home away from home’ for families of seriously ill children into a Five Star Hotel for a day.

Team Kiawah!

Team Kiawah!

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hummingbird

Fall has begun on Kiawah, with the leaves starting to change and the weather cooling to the comfortable 70s. While you are outside enjoying the beautiful weather, be on the lookout for numerous species of birds migrating over the island. Many of these birds are heading down to Central and South America while some are planning to stay on Kiawah. A species that you may see during winter is the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds on Kiawah Island. As surprising as it sounds, some of these hummingbirds migrate here from the Northern United States and Canada.

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