Lightning strikes at Taste of Golf event

Although a lightning strike on the clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass darkened the venue for an hour, it did not dampen the spirits of 600 guests who came to enjoy offerings by some of Northeast Florida’s finest chefs June 28 during the 13th Annual Taste of Golf to benefit The First Tee of Northeast Florida.

Lack of power and air conditioning in the spacious gathering rooms upstairs caused the good-humored, albeit slightly overheated, guests to taste their delicacies in the dark for the first hour.

Local news anchor John Bachman served as emcee of the event, which included a toast to the chefs, silent auction, and raffle. Chefs from 12 country clubs and resorts, including San Jose Country Club, The River Club and Epping Forest Yacht and Country Club participated in the event. Chef Chris Beck of 3 Palms Grille at the Oak Bridge Club at Sawgrass was judged the winner with his pickled Mayport shrimp, green tomato chow-chow, honeydew melon gazpacho and crispy prosciutto.


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