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The north maybe getting a few more inches of snow, but down here on Kiawah Island the spring weather is pushing through! Chef Ryley McGillis and team are ready to celebrate the warmer days with their spring harvest offerings at Jasmine Porch. Below, Chef McGillis walks us through the new menu items with a full description of each dish and what to look forward to!

 

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It is with great pleasure to annouce that our very own Garth Herr was named Top Sommelier at the Charleston Wine & Food Festival’s Sommelier Competition, last week!

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Sea Island Builders Runs Giveaway of Dinner for Two on Kiawah Island!

Win tickets for the next event in the Kiawah Beverage Series:
4 courses plus whiskey pairings at Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House located at the Osprey Point Clubhouse.

Sea Island Builders, the luxury home builder based in Sullivan’s Island, is running a giveaway of dinner for two at the latest Kiawah Beverage Series event featuring Cherrywood BBQ & Alehouse on March 20th at 6 pm – a $130 value.
Chef Jason Cote creates a 4-course whiskey dinner menu complete with pairings to delight your appetite. A reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, an international cheese display, and a Louise Redman Bourbon toast introduces this beautifully organic product made from the riches of the earth.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort presents the series of collective beverage dinners on the third Thursday of each month. Seven of the resort’s restaurants highlight their seasonal menu which will be paired with spirited beverages.

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Specializing in the preparation of locally sourced beef, seafood, poultry and produce, The Ocean Room’s culinary team at The Sanctuary have been truly getting back to it’s roots when it comes to beef. Committed to supporting local agriculture, Chef de Cuisine Jason  Rheinwald focuses intently on writing seasonal menus based on availability of fresh produce (Click here to view most current menu: March 4th).

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Hibernation vs Brumation

On Kiawah we can feel spring is in the air; however, much of the northern United States is still feeling the full force of winter.  We humans have the benefit of staying inside a warm building or adding layers of clothing to combat the unusually cold weather of 2014.  Having the luxury of altering our environment allows us to be comfortable and continue to be productive animals.  All other species do not have the ability to change their environment during relative extreme fluctuations in environmental temperature.  This begs the question, to “sleep” or not to “sleep” – hibernation vs brumation? 

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Are you visiting Kiawah Island Golf Resort during the month of March? If that answer is yes, then we have a great month in store for you! In addition to our culinary team participating in this weekend’s BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival, Kiawah has a number of tasty treats ahead with our March culinary events on island.

Local Fishermen Fridays at Jasmine Porch

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Local catch dish at Jasmine Porch

The culinary team is working closely with our local fishermen to offer the freshest offerings possible! Join Jasmine Porch on Friday evenings from March 7th through April 18th and experience our fresh catch of the day!

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Love Birds

Love Birds

February is the month filled with pink hearts, stories of love, and lots of chocolate. It’s a time to celebrate your relationships and show others how special they are. The animal kingdom has a unique way of showing that affection. Alligators bellow at each other, male deer fight other males in front of a female to show dominance, and ‘love birds’ dance for one another. One type of bird species that knows how to dance is the Cedar Waxwing varity of love birds (Bombycilla cedrorum) one of my favorite Kiawah wintertime visitors. These birds are named for their attraction to red cedar and their silky wax-like wing tips.

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February’s Kiawah Beverage Series Dinner featured The Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course Clubhouse. Chef Jonathan Banta and his team created a four-course menu paired with the wines of Napa Valley’s Artesa Winery.
Our Beverage Series is a collection of dinners spread over the course of the year, featuring seven of our resort outlets that will be highlighting their seasonal flavors paired with spirited beverages. On the third Thursday of each month, our chef’s will present their menus with each course complemented by a beverage, while guests join us to educate their palates.

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It’s that time of year again, the winter season is coming to an end and the Charleston tourism season is about to begin! With the 9th Annual BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival on March 6th – 9th, Kiawah’s Chefs are ready for some action after this unusually chilly winter. Our Resort Clubhouse Chefs will be participating in the Grand Tasting Tent Event, while The Sanctuary Culinary Team partakes in numerous events of their own…click here for details on their events! Sponsored by Baker Motor Company – the Grand Tasting Tent is located in the Festival’s Culinary Village in Marion Square. As stated in our vendor handbook, the Grand Tasting Tent is home to “a great mix of chefs and restaurants, winemakers, and purveyors serving up samples and showcasing their companies’ culinary expertise”. This is our second year under the tent and we are one of 46 participants. Offering this type of event provides guests the opportunity to sample new products, meet some of the country’s best chefs, taste some local fare, and enjoy wine by the glass.

Our Clubhouse Chefs are taking turns representing the Resort throughout the weekend…

Friday, March 7th:
First up, Chef de Cuisine, Jonathan Williams of Tomasso at Turtle Point will be serving up his Barolo Braised Brisket with Creamy Polenta and Pickled Shallots. This is Chef Williams second year at the Wine + Food Festival, attending as Sous Chef in 2013, so he is prepared for the 2,500+ visitors perusing through the tent anxious to feed their hungry palates.

Barolo Braised Brisket

Barolo Braised Brisket

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Attending the 9th Annual BB&T Charleston Wine and Food festival this year? Well, here is a true favorite and a few new events The Sanctuary culinary team will be participating in. So while you are perusing the website, be sure to check out these events to experience your favorite culinarians right in your own backyard!

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Kiawah’s culinary team from 2014 Gourmet & Grapes event.

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