Delicious Destinations, the gourmet food and wine event that brings some of the culinary world’s biggest names to Jacksonville, returns this September to the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. Over the past decade, renowned chefs from Paul Prudhomme and John Ash to White House chefs Walter Scheib and Neil Connonly have joined executive chefs from exclusive five-star resorts around the south to prepare their signature dishes.
This year, legendary chef Norman Van Aken headlines the three-day event. Charlie Trotter calls Van Aken “a true gastonmic pioneer, even a culinary pilgrim,” and those lucky enough to have visited his famous restaurants in Miami and Orlando know that his cuisine is innovative and intensely flavorful. Van Aken will be joined by the executive chefs of the Mar-a-Lago Club, the Greenbrier, the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island and the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. The La Florida-themed festivities will begin with a Celebrity Chef Lunchen by the Sea on Thursday, September 5. Event sponsors will be treated to an exclusive Evening Patrons Reception on Friday, September 6th. Then the grand event, the Delicious Destinations Gala, takes place Saturday, September 7th. As always, the fantastic food will be paired with fine wines provided by Southern Wine & Spirits of North Florida.
Proceeds from Delicious Destinations benefit St. Vincent’s Community Outreach Ministries. These ministries provide free medical care to underserved men, women and children in our community – including the St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry, a doctor’s-office-on-wheels that provides necessary immunizations, health screenings and diagnostic testing.