Event organizers announce guest chefs

Plans for the 11th Annual Delicious Destinations, an event that has become one of the region’s most regaled culinary events, are coming together in true gourmet fashion. Organizers recently announced the featured chefs for this year’s event, which raises important funds for the community outreach programs of Riverside-based St. Vincent’s Health.

If the caliber of the 2012 guest chefs is any indication, it is no wonder a growing number of guests make a getaway weekend out of the Ponte Vedra benefit. This year the event will be September 6-8, 2012 at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.

This year’s guest chefs include:

  • Tony May and Matteo Bergamini, SD26 — New York City, New York
  • Olivier de Busschere, Executive Chef, Nikolai’s Roof, Atlanta Hilton — Atlanta Georgia
  • Karl Edlbauer, Corporate Executive Chef, Peabody Hotel — Orlando, Florida
  • Aaron Fuller, Banquet Chef, Mar-a-Lago/Trump International — Palm Beach, Florida
  • Dusty Grove, Executive Chef Marshwood Clubhouse, The Landings Club — Savannah, Georgia
  • Steve Mengel, Executive Sous Chef, The Greenbrier — White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
  • Hermann Muller, Executive Chef, Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, — Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
  • Mitchell J. Pagan, Executive Sous Chef, Mariner Sands Country Club — Stuart, Florida
  • Darin Sehnert, Culinary Director, 700 Kitchen Cooking School at Mansion on Forsyth Park — Savannah, Georgia
  • Thomas Tolxdorf, Executive Chef, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, — Amelia Island, Florida
  • Elmar Wolf, Executive Pastry Chef, The Breakers—Palm Beach, Florida

Many of the celebrity chefs have supported the annual event particularly because it benefits the migrant farm workers, who are providing local produce for our area, and their children.

The stars of the gourmet food and wine event  are world-renowned restaurateur, Tony May and his executive chef, Matteo Bergamini of New York City restaurant, SD26. The chefs will prepare a fine dining experience at the Celebrity Chef by the Sea Champagne Reception and Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Sep. 6 at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club.

May, Matteo and the other chef lineup will showcase their talents on Sept. 8 at Delicious Destinations — Jacksonville’s Premier Food and Wine Event. Each of the chef’s presentations will be paired with a variety of exceptional wines selected by Southern Wine & Spirits of North Florida. Reservations for the Saturday food and wine event are avail be for $250 per person. For more information, visit www.DeliciousDestinationsJax.com

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