Chefs and wineries announced for February 7-9 “Gourmet & Grapes” fundraiser benefiting MUSC Hollings Cancer Center

–The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort event features new People’s Choice “Golden Fork Award” 

Kiawah Island, SC (January 28, 2014) – The final list of chefs and wineries participating in The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Sixth Annual Gourmet & Grapes event benefiting MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, were announced today.  The annual fundraiser featuring celebrated regional chefs and worldwide vintners takes place February 7-9, 2014. This weekend-long culinary extravaganza is the only fundraiser in the Lowcountry that brings together renowned chefs and winemakers to raise money for cancer research. Weekend proceeds have been announced to be focused towards Hollings Cancer Center’s Endowed Chairs.

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Jordan Winery with Nathan Thurston of Stars on King at 2013 Wine Odyssey Gala. Photo taken by Andrew Cebulka (weekend photographer)

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Jasmine Porch at The Sanctuary releases their new menu for the late winter. Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s ‘Taste of the Lowcountry’ restaurant brings to the table five new dishes to be on the look out for next time you are craving something different!

Out of Season Tomato Tasting for blog

Out of Season Tomato Tasting

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort today announced it is offering special meetings deals on accommodation rates through the end of March 2014.  Rates start at just $199 per room per night in The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort’s Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond oceanfront hotel and spa, and $99 per night for one bedroom villas.  Additionally, groups will get one complimentary guestroom in the Sanctuary for every 25 rooms occupied per night or one complimentary one bedroom villa for every 25 villas occupied per night.

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The third annual Food for Thought Golf Tournament benefitting Charleston Chefs Feed the Need is right around the corner!  On Monday, January 27th a group of restaurateurs from the Charleston area will gather at America’s Toughest Golf Course, The Ocean Course, for an eventful day of friendly competition, fun, and camaraderie.  The Charleston Chefs Feed the Need Charity, with support from the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association (GRCA) is a coalition of local chefs who are committed to helping area shelters bring food to the hungry.  

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort uncorked its first Beverage Series dinner 16 days into the New Year. This series is made up of collective beverage dinners which are spread over the course of the year. Seven participating outlets will be highlighting their seasonal flavors paired with spirited beverages. Kicking off the series was The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary!

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After nearly 10 years since The Sanctuary’s grand opening, the spa is undergoing a month-long renovation, getting a major face lift of its “wet” areas, i.e. the sauna, steam room and mineral pool in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms.  The Spa will be closed January 2 – February 2, 2014 for these renovations.  So that we can continue to offer services, we have transformed beautifully appointed hotel rooms into spa treatment rooms. Limited services are also available in your Sanctuary hotel room or Kiawah Resort Villa. Hair and Nail services will be available in our salon.

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In addition to stripping and refurbishing the hardwood floors in the Sanctuary during our annual Sanctuary refurbishment, work on other parts of the hotel also went on.  Repairs and deep cleaning of individual guest rooms is taken care of during our annual week-long closure.  In addition, we tackled other projects:

The tile floor in the retail wing of the hotel was cleaned and resealed.

The tile floor in the retail wing of the hotel was cleaned and resealed.

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Annual Hotel Renovation

While some hotels just use the slow season to do minor repair work, at The Sanctuary, we use a week early each year for our annual hotel renovation.  We close down for close to a full week each January, remove all the furniture and rugs from the common area for repair and cleaning.  We then strip and revarnish the wood floors and seal the tile floors.  Managers from across the resort help with the project, moving furniture, rolling up rugs and generally cleaning all common areas.

First thing to go is the furniture

First thing to go is the furniture

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Bird Feeding 101

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Winter can be a tough time for wildlife. Colder temperatures and less availability of food makes every day a challenge, and Bird Feeding 101 is your guide to helping the wildlife around you.  Many animals have adapted to the cold weather and know to stock up on food during the late summer and fall.  However, winter is the perfect example of that adage “less is more.”  With the leaves falling, there is less vegetation and a greater chance to see wildlife out and about.  Birds are easier to view on bare branches and rabbits take longer paths to find vegetation to hide.  Bird feeders and baths can aid birds during the winter and enhance your wildlife viewing.  Some types of seed to place in your feeder are sunflower, white millet, golden millet, safflower or niger seed.  Cardinals, chickadees, grosbeaks and sparrows enjoy cracking the thick sunflower and safflower seeds.  Millet is a favorite with ground-feeding birds including towhees, juncos, sparrows and everyone’s favorite colorful bird, the Painted Bunting. Interested in what we have been seeing around Kiawah Island lately? Check out the Feather Reports on Wildlife: As We See It for Naturalist sightings during our Back Island Birding and Birding for Beginners tours.

Deciding where to place your feeder can be a difficult task.  You want a quiet place where you can see the feeder and easily refill it.  If you want a feeder near your house, try affixing the feeder to your window or window frame.  This will significantly reduce the likelihood and severity of a window collision.  Placing your feeder close to trees and shrubs offers a resting place for birds and a quick refuge if a hungry hawk flies through.  However, if the feeder is too close to cover, nearby branches can provide jump off spots for hungry squirrels and cats.  Don’t want to purchase a feeder or seed?  Fruit is another option in attracting birds.  Cut up slices of oranges to attract Baltimore Orioles as they migrate south.  Looking to get the family involved?  Pick up pine cones around the yard and cover them in peanut butter.  Roll the pinecones in peanuts or bird seed and place them in your backyard.  Bird baths are another option that supplies birds with fresh water to drink and bathe in.  Be sure to change the water every day in order to reduce the growth of bacteria.

Some birds to look for over the winter season: chickadees will feed constantly throughout the day, staying very active.  On colder days birds will fluff up their feathers, creating air pockets to help keep the bird warm.  Titmice are very social birds, traveling together in groups in search of acorns and other seed that they stored earlier under loose bark.  You may see Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers picking at older trees and finding cavities to roost in. Now that you have your feeder or bird bath up in your yard, sit back, relax near the fireplace, and look out the window for some winter visitors.

To learn more about birds and the hot spots on Kiawah, check out our Back Island Birding Tour and make your reservation by calling the Nature Center at 843.768.6001.

 

Naturalist, Kristen Lococo

 

GOURMET & GRAPES BENEFITING MUSC HOLLINGS CANCER CENTER ANNOUNCES SWEEPSTAKES CONTEST AND OFFERING FREE TICKETS WEEKEND’S PREMIER EVENTS

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, host of the Sixth Annual Gourmet & Grapes food and wine celebration benefiting the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, is offering a stellar package of free tickets to some of the weekend’s most popular events.

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