Sixth Annual Gourmet & Grapes Culinary Extravaganza Benefiting Hollings Cancer Center To Be Held February 7-9, 2014, At The Sanctuary At Kiawah Island

Food & Wine Celebration to Bring Private Dining to Friday's Classic Black-tie Evening
November 5, 2013, Charleston, SC - The Sixth Annual Gourmet & Grapes Culinary Extravaganza benefiting the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina is adding some twists to its lineup of events raising money for research at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.
The weekend-long celebration is scheduled for February 7-9, 2014, at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. This festive weekend boasts a number of events geared to all levels of appreciation for great food and wine - from novice to connoisseur - with the best chefs from the Southeast and winemakers from around the world.
New this year will be private dining during Friday's black-tie Epicurean Affair, an elegant multicourse dinner with wine pairings. These private settings for small groups in The Sanctuary's private dining rooms bring a more intimate feel and allow guests to spend time with The Sanctuary's culinary visionaries, and vintner Rob Davis, of the renowned Jordan Vineyard and Winery, of Sonoma, CA.
Other Gourmet & Grapes hallmarks - Saturday's multicourse Culinary Luncheon and accompanying food and wine demonstration - will be featuring Executive Chef, Colin Bedford of Fearrington House Restaurant of Pittsboro, NC. Pouring wines that afternoon will be Mira Winery of Napa, CA.
"Glad to lend a hand in raising funds to support cancer research. Cancer seems to touch the lives of just about everyone at some point. Here's hoping the research will lead to more breakthroughs and more cure," exclaims Chef Colin.
Wine Odyssey Gala & Farewell Brunch
Gourmet & Grapes peaks Saturday night with the lively Wine Odyssey Gala under an elegant tent on the The Sanctuary's oceanfront Grand Lawn. The Gala brings together an elite group of talented chefs with some of the world's leading winemakers. The Gala features silent and live auctions, live music, dancing, and a champagne and chocolate afterglow.
The elegant and fun weekend concludes 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.
About Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Kiawah Island Golf Resort features five golf courses including The Ocean Course, site of the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship, two tennis centers, 10 miles of beach, 35 miles of bike trails, 11 dining establishments, two pool/water park complexes and an award-winning nature and recreation program on a barrier island just 21 miles south of beautiful and historic Charleston, South Carolina. For more information, visit www.kiawahresort.com or call 800-654-2924.

Contact: 

Contact: Contact: Michael Vegis
Public Relations Director
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Phone: 843-768-2749
Email: mike_vegis@kiawahresort.com

Contact: Kiki Cooper or Lauren Whiteside
Director of Special Events
MUSC Hollings Cancer Center
Phone: 843-792-9335
Email: cooperay@musc.edu; whitesie@musc.edu