Gourmet & Grapes 2016

Eighth Annual Gourmet & Grapes Benefiting Hollings Cancer Center to be Held February 19-21, 2016, at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Food & Wine Celebration Offers Array of Culinary Events Featuring Acclaimed Chefs – The Eighth Annual Gourmet & Grapes Culinary Extravaganza benefiting the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is set for February 19-21, 2016, at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The event showcases the very best of local and regional cuisine paired with outstanding wines from around the world, with the ultimate focus on raising money for research at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Growing in participation and popularity every year, this festive weekend boasts a number of events geared to all levels of appreciation for great food and wine – from casual dinner to connoisseur – with a line-up of top chefs from across the Southeast and an array of wines.

Throughout the weekend, participants are encouraged to savor the best in food and wine offerings while supporting the Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC in a number of ways. The effort is supported through ticket sales, a live and silent auction, and through generous donations of time and product from some of the region’s best chefs and wine suppliers. Designed to encourage interaction, Gourmet & Grapes also offers a unique opportunity for the chefs and winemakers who turn out for this effort to mingle with patients, physicians, researchers, and long-time supporters of the work at Hollings Cancer Center.

Events include a Friday evening black-tie seated dinner featuring a five-star menu paired with select world class wines. Saturday offerings include a culinary luncheon, wine seminars, and the highlight of the weekend, the elegant Wine Odyssey Gala held Saturday evening. The Gala takes place in several venues at The Sanctuary, starting with a wine tasting and silent auction, moving to the Grand Ballroom for more tastings and a live auction, and finishing with the festive Champagne and Chocolates Afterglow featuring a live band, signature drinks and desserts. The fun, packed weekend concludes Sunday with a Farewell Brunch, salute to the chefs, and a golf outing on Kiawah’s famed Ocean Course.

Tickets and Details

Gourmet & Grapes tickets may be purchased for the entire weekend or individual events, and special room rates are available as well. A range of sponsorships are also available for all events. For event details, please visit www.gourmetandgrapes.com or contact the Hollings Cancer Center Office of Development at 843-792-9335 or gourmetandgrapes@musc.edu.

For those looking to make the most of the weekend, The Sanctuary Hotel offers an exceptional value with special rates for Gourmet & Grapes attendees. Gourmet & Grapes attendees wishing to make reservations at The Sanctuary are encouraged to call 1-800-654-2924.

Since its inception in 2009, Gourmet & Grapes has raised more than $1,000,000 for cancer research programs at Hollings Cancer Center. With declining federal funding, this contribution has proved invaluable to cancer research conducted in South Carolina.

About Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Located just south of Charleston, South Carolina, along 10 miles of pristine beach, Kiawah Island Golf Resort was recently named the No. 1 island in North America and the No. 2 island in the world by readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine. The publication also named Kiawah as the No. 3 golf resort in North America. Travel+Leisure magazine named it the No. 3 family resort in the U.S. Kiawah Island also has been named of the 10 best beaches in America by famed “beachologist,” Dr. Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach. In addition to The Sanctuary, the resort’s Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond Hotel, the resort also manages over 500 private villas and luxury homes, nine restaurants, two tennis centers, a renowned recreation and nature program and has five championship golf courses, including The Ocean Course, host of the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship.

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