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 and restaurants around the South to prepare their signature dishes.
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.
Thanks to the support of our generous founding event partner, Sourthern Wine & Spirits of North Florida, Delicious Destinations has developed a reputation for serving exceptional wines that are beautifully paired with the diverse dishes that our team of five-star resort chefs prepare over the course of this fantastic gourmet weekend. Southern Wine & Spirits is the nation’s number one distributor with one of the largest and most impressive portfolios of fine wine and spirits in the industry.
Guests at the Celebrity Chef by the Sea Luncheon will enjoy a series of wines expertly paired with the menu by a nationally known wine educator. As each course is served, the wine educator will discuss the paired wine’s unique characteristics and flavor provile. Then, at this year’s gala event on Saturday, September 9th, over 120 different wines will be served, including premier vintages from the nation’s finest wineries, such as Justin Vineyards, Cuvaison Estate Wines, Wagner Family of Wines (Caymus, Mer Soleil and Conundrum), Jordan Winery, Francis Copploa Winery, and Diageo Chateau and Estates among others. If you’re a wine connoisseur, then you won’t want to miss Delicious Destinations!
It’s not often one has the chance to spend an evening sampling the signature dishes of more than a dozen chefs from such exclusive five-star resorts as The Breakers (a spectacular resort destination), The Greenbrier (an award-winning resort and National Historic Landmark), and Mar-a-Lago (one of the world’s most renowned private clubs). Yet for one special night, at the Delicious Destinations Food and Wine Gala, you’ll have the opportunity to taste the best of the South, all in one gracious and historic location, the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.
Throughout the evening of September 10th, 2016, approximately 500 stylish attendees will experience culinary delights that celebrate our region’s culinary diversity, where Spanish, Carribean, African and Anglo influences have converged to create a truly remarkable original cuisine. Of course, each and every dish will be accompanied by a remarkable selection of domestic and international wines, hand-selected to complement each chef’s creation.
Your job? Just eat, drink, and enjoy. We’ve got the cooking covered.