Chefs And Wineries Announced For February 7-9 "gourmet & Grapes" Fundraiser Benefiting Musc Hollings Cancer Center

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.

In years past this weekend brought such culinary experts as Charlie Trotter, Patrick O'Connell, Norman Van Aken, Katie Button, Sean Brock and Justin Bogle. This year's event combines a list of event veterans with a few new faces. Gourmet & Grapes welcomes back Chefs Fred Neuville of Fat Hen, Marc Collins of Circa 1886, Denny Trantham and Nico Romo of Fish, Lacque Larson of Wild Olive, Chris Edwards of The Salamander Hotel & Spa, Nathan Thurston of Stars on King, "jimihatt" of Guerrilla Cuisine, Merrit Brady of The Pampered Palate, Scott Crawford of The Umstead Hotel & Spa, Steven Devereaux Green of An Cuisines and Spencer Thomson of Nose Dive. New for 2014; Mike Lata of FIG and The Ordinary, Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca and Coda del Pesce, Colin Bedford of The Fearrington House Restaurant and Steven Meese.

New to this year's event agenda is the "Golden Fork Award," voted on by the guests attending the Saturday evening Wine Odyssey Gala and presented to the chef creating the favorite dish of the evening. The winning chef will receive an engraved plaque and bragging rights for the year.

Hal Jones of Southern Wine & Spirits was tasked to pair the various dishes from the broad array of chefs with award winning wines and vintners. The winemakers Rob Davis of Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Gustavo Gonzalez of Mira Winery, Sarah Halstead of Laurent Perrier and Thom Horsey with St. Michelle were selected. Other participating wineries are Antinori, Artesa, Milan Neil Empson, Joseph Carr, Josh Cellers, Row Eleven and Treasury Wine Estates.

Saturday Afterglow and Sunday Farewell Brunch

The Gala concludes with a Champagne & Chocolate Afterglow where attendees can celebrate the success of the weekend to the sounds of the Earl Williams Band. The elegant and fun weekend concludes on Sunday with the Farewell Brunch and salute to the chefs at Jasmine Porch.

Tickets and Details

Gourmet & Grapes tickets may be purchased for the entire weekend or individual events. A range of sponsorships are also available for all events. For details, please go to www.gourmetandgrapes.com or contact the Hollings Cancer Center Office of Development at 843-792-9335 or cooperay@musc.edu or whitesie@musc.edu.

Since its inception in 2009, Gourmet & Grapes has raised more than $500,000 for cancer research programs at Hollings Cancer Center. With stagnant federal funding, this contribution has proved invaluable to cancer research conducted in South Carolina.

About Hollings Cancer Center

The Hollings Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in South Carolina and one of just 67 NCI centers in the country. This distinction is based on the depth and breadth of research at Hollings and places the cancer center among the elite research institutions in the nation.

Contact: 

Michael Vegis

Director of Public Relations

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

843-768-2749

mike_vegis@kiawahresort.com