Delicious Destinations presented its annual culinary tour de force — with a French twist this year. The event is an annual three-day celebration of food and wine featuring acclaimed chefs from some of the South’s most iconic restaurants and resorts. Celebrating its 14th year at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, the event raised funds for the St. Vincent’s Foundation and supports its critically important community health outreach programs.
Event organizers report that more than $300,000 were raised at this year’s event. All of the proceeds will benefit St. Vincent’s community outreach programs, which provide access to free medical care for underprivileged children, men and women throughout the area.
This year’s theme was “Tour de France,” and the celebrity chef featured at the annual luncheon that kicked off events was be Chef Jean-Pierre of Ft. Lauderdale.
The events began on Thursday, Sept. 10 with a celebrity chef reception and luncheon at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Conference Center. This event was followed by a private chef reception for major donors and sponsors on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Inn & Club. Guests at this reception enjoyed a culinary selection prepared by Executive Chef Hermann Muller of the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. The main event was hosted on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. In addition to food and wine pairings, the event included silent auctions and drawings for items including spa and restaurant gift certificates, catered dinners, weekend getaways and other gifts.
The St. Vincent’s Foundation is a faith-based charity that strives to meet the health needs of the sick and poor, continuing a journey by The Daughters of Charity that began almost 100 years ago in our community. To learn more, visit www.deliciousdestinationsjax.com.