Celebrity chefs join forces for food and wine event


Tickets are on sale for the 16th annual Delicious Destinations event, which will be held Sept. 7-9 at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.

The three-day celebration of inspired food and notable wines benefits St. Vincent’s HealthCare’s community outreach programs, which provide free medical care for underprivileged children and adults throughout the area. St. Vincent’s is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.

“Through our community outreach programs, we are able to provide free care to thousands of children and adults,” said Jane R. Lanier, CFRE, president of the St. Vincent’s Foundation. “We are blessed to have so many wonderful chefs, sponsors and patrons who support this worthwhile cause.”

The theme of this year’s event is “Come Sail Away” and features executive chefs from some of the most prestigious restaurants and resorts throughout the nation.

The first of three events, the Celebrity Chef Reception and Luncheon, will take place Thursday, Sept. 7 at 11:30 a.m. Chef Lior Lev Sercarz, the “Spice Guru,” will lead a demonstration-style luncheon complete with wine pairings. On Friday, Sept. 8, there will be a preview reception for major donors, sponsors and chefs. Guests will enjoy culinary masterpieces prepared by Ponte Vedra Inn & Club executive chef Hermann Muller.

The Gourmet Food & Wine event is Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. Chefs from some of the South’s premier resorts including Mar-a-Lago, The Greenbrier, The Cloister and the Montage at Palmetto Bluff will showcase their culinary talents. Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits will provide wines from select domestic and international vineyards. The event also includes live and silent auctions and a drawing for prizes, including spa and restaurant gift certificates, catered dinners and weekend getaways.

To learn more about Delicious Destinations or to purchase tickets, visit deliciousdestinationsjax.com.