It’s March already! Can you believe it? My team here at the Center Club just closed February by hosting ClubCorp executives and Club Sales teams for the Club 100 party. it was a spectacular event with specials guests such as our President and CEO Eric Affeldt, and COO, Mark Burnette.As we look forward to March and the arrival of spring, we look at menus with new items and the featured food of the month, Brussels Sprouts. Yes, you read that correctly, Brussels Sprouts. Chef Lewis shares a delicious recipe you can try on our Encore Menu. We are certain you will become a fan!In March, The Social is presented by Center 39 and is a Tap Takeover from Four Sons Brewing. Four Sons Brewing is a family owned and operated micro-brewery located in Huntington Beach, California (aka Surf City). We’re also featuring live music from Dublin Public, a local Long Beach Band. That combined with tasty appetizers should well get us into St. Patricks Day mode! The Social, as we call them are always a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow members, so be sure to RSVP.Another highlight this month will be the 30 Years of OC, which we are appropriately holding on March 30th. This is going to be a terrific celebration, including our Orange County theme parks, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.Make sure you take a look at the blog post from Private Events this month. On Sunday, March 22nd, we are hosting the Once Gown Wedding Event. Brides-to-be will have an opportunity to find their perfect wedding dress at prices which won’t bust budgets. Some of Center Club’s Creative Partners will also be present. We had such a great success with Once previously, we are happy to welcome this spectacular event to Center Club again. Tickets can be purchased through Once at www.oncegownevent.com.We’ve had a few of our members sponsor at least 3 new members with our 1-2-3 Sponsor Program. If you would like to benefit from sponsoring new members, please contact Gina or Kristin and introduce us to your friends and colleagues.

Shahin Vosough

I have been in the private club business all told now for about 13 years.  I have grown accustomed to working every holiday, Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving and especially Valentine’s Day.  Well this year I put my foot down!  On Thanksgiving last November, my 99 year old Great Grandmother (Grams) looked me square in the eyes from behind her walker and said “I’m turning 100 on Valentine’s Day, you know.  I expect you to be there for my party.”  What do you say to that?  You say “hey Shahin, I need Valentine’s Day off this year or I am in big trouble!” 

So, I missed my first Valentine’s Day Since I started in the F&B business. Thankfully I have a wonderful team that took care of business in my absence while I was celebrating with my family.  Thank you to my team and thank you to Grams for going strong after 100 years!

Grams 100th

In 2015 we have seen many Members taking advantage of our corporate blocks of Membership. Corporate blocks are available in both five and ten Member categories. Members from the same company enjoy all the benefits that come with our 30th Anniversary Membership at a preferred monthly dues rate. Joining this category of Membership is simple. Gather up your colleagues and bring them to your Club or send us their contact information. We will provide everything needed to get you and your associates a corporate block!

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If you missed our Bridal Open House in January, not to worry.  The Once Gown Wedding Event will be hosted at Center Club on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and brides will have the opportunity to experience Center Club while shopping for wedding dresses!Once Gown Event is passionate about helping brides-to-be make their dreams come true, yet not break the bank. They understand that you want to feel beautiful and you don’t have hours to search for the perfect dress. That is why Once was created…a wedding gown event, where you can shop through hundreds of once-worn dresses at prices that will help you meet your wedding budget.

BUY: Brides-to-be will have an opportunity to find their perfect wedding gown at prices that won’t bust your budget. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Once has also invited some of their favorite Creative Partners to be a part of this fabulous event. Get your tickets at www.oncegownevent.com

SELL: Brides with once-worn wedding gowns have the opportunity to have their dress in front of hundreds of brides and make 50% profit from the sale of their wedding dress.

DONATE: Donate your once-loved wedding gown to a bride-to-be. Donations are tax-deductible. For questions, contact oncegownevent@gmail.comFor more info: www.oncegownevent.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/oncegownevent
Drop-off locations: 

Rock Thrift Store 
3191 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

Rock East County (Sundays only)
808 Jackman St, El Cajon, CA 92020

Rock Point Loma (Sundays only)
2277 Rosecrans St San Diego CA 92106

Rock North County (Sundays only)
1740 La Costa Meadows Dr #200, San Marcos, CA 92078

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Christian Women's Counseling. 
CWCI operates three beautiful residential, Christ centered ministry homes for recovering women and children. The homes are designed for women and their children who are in need of assistance in stabilizing their lives after a trauma or traumatic experience. These women are often recovering from divorce/separation, loss, custody issues, addiction, abuse, depression or mental illness.

Brussel Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Who loves Brussels Sprouts? These little cabbages have become quite popular lately. I love cabbage, braised, in Spring Rolls or raw in salads and slaws. But for the longest time I really could not get used to the strong flavor of Brussels sprouts. I would just not eat them if I saw them. I must say once you caramelize them with bacon or in our Thai lime dressing they are just great. Now I can eat them raw in fall salads. I do enjoy them a lot now. Here is our recipe to the Encore’s Crispy Brussels Sprouts menu item. Try them here and then make them at home. Let me know how yours turned out! Enjoy!

Crispy Brussels Sprouts/ Spicy Asian SauceServes 5Prep Time: 10 minCook Time: Varies on cooking method   2lbs Brussels sprouts, cleaned and halved lengthwise   Canola oil as needed for frying or baking   1/2 cup fish sauce   1/4 cup sugar   1/4 cup water  2 Tbs rice wine vinegar   2 garlic cloves, minced   1/2 cup cilantro + stems chopped, also leaves for garnish   1 Lime, Juiced   1 Jalapeno, minced   2Tbs Sriracha

  •  Heat the oil to 350
  •  In a bowl mix the fish sauce, sugar, water, rice wine vinegar, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, Jalapeno and Sriracha sauce together
  •  Deep fry the sprouts in the oil for about 5 minutes until brown
  • Remove from the fryer and toss in the sauce
  • Serve

I cannot believe I am writing an article for February already!  February is a busy month for me.  My mom and brother have a birthday and this year my Great Grandmother turns 100 years young on Valentine’s Day!  Since I have been in the private club business, I have never missed a Valentine’s Day.  Although my Grams turns 100, she still has the wit and energy to tell me that I had better be there, so I will leave Center Club for the evening in the very capable hands of my management team.  I know they will do and awesome job for you….

And if you want to do an awesome job for your special someone, please do not wait to make reservations!  We have a great menu for the special evening and will be offering it on Friday 13th and Saturday the 14th.  Some of the highlights are a Maine Lobster Salad, Chateau Briand for Two, Crab Crusted Salmon and a real Chocolate Soufflé!  Whether you join us on the day before or on Valentine’s Day, make sure you make your reservations early!  We hope to see you here!

This February “Love is in the Air” as sang by Tome Jones, and we are bringing fun events to enjoy at your Club. 

February’s main event is Valentine’s Day. Leading up to the day, on the 9th, Chef will be teaching couples how to make the ultimate fondue. At the same time we have our Family Fun Event for the kids featuring Bears and Chocolate! This is a great opportunity for “Date Night” for you while kids have fun. 

For Valentine’s Day weekend, we are offering a special menu on Friday as well as Saturday the 14th to provide you more opportunity to celebrate with your loved one. Be sure to read Chris Sarten’s article to find out what special celebration is taking him away from the Club that night. 

The Inaugural City Cup Golf Classic will be held at Morgan Run Resort on February 21st and 22nd. Center Club will be competing with City Club LA and University Club in San Diego for the Cup and of course bragging rights. You are invited to participate on the team or join us to cheer your fellow members on. 

As a reminder, we are pleased to offer the 1-2-3 Sponsor Program again for 2015. New Members enhance our culture and create more opportunities connecting at the Club. Gina and Kristin are anxious to receive your candidate and have friends and colleagues become part of the Center Club family. With the whole year ahead of us, you can maximize your sponsorship rewards now by facilitating an introduction now via email or in-person at the club.  

On behalf of the entire staff at your Club, I wish you a LOVEly February and look forward to seeing you at the club. 

It’s wedding booking season here in the Private Events Department, and we have been enjoying connecting with many new brides!  In January we hosted our annual Bridal Open House which featured some of our favorite Creative Partners including: Baker Party Rentals, Elegant Designs, Designs by Tricia, Flowers, Etc., Tomgirl Baking Company, Reverend Russell Williams, Invisible Touch, Extreme DJ, Honored Occasions, Robert Hollywood, Friar Tux, Mon Amie Bridal, LVL Events, Trina Schmidt Weddings & Special Events, Brett Hickman Photography, Christopher Todd Studios, Godfather Films, Invitation Design Studios and Pure Beauty by Danielle.  Brides enjoyed Chef Lewis’s new hors d’oeuvres including potato blinis with caviar served atop champagne shots, mini margaritas served with mini ceviche tacos, and mini doughnuts while having the opportunity to connect with top notch Creative Partners.  All in all, it was a fabulous event, and we want to extend our sincere appreciation to all of our Creative Partners who came together to pamper our brides with a fun wedding planning experience. 

                                           February News Letter

February Food

Love is in the air.

After all the rush of the holidays are done, I find that Valentines sneaks up on you very fast. I usually create the Valentine’s Day Menu in the middle of December, which seems early but before you know it, the holiday decorations are gone and hearts are everywhere.

I love that you get to do heart shape foods and use pastels and pinks, and incorporate flowers in the dishes. It makes the dishes so fresh and vibrant. 

Years ago, I did not propose to my wife on the actual Valentine’s Day as I was working, but did take her out to dinner the day after and popped the question. Just after the holidays and after Valentine’s Day any catering department gets busy with wedding inquiries, which makes a busy time for our Catering Managers.  Not a lot of people know but my wife and I were married at our sister club in San Diego, the University Club. This was even before I worked for Center Club! 

We also have Fat Tuesday this month which makes me think of New Orleans and their great food. I love all Creole food, lots of good items from Gumbo to Beignets. 

It is also the Chinese New Year this month.  Don’t get me started on all the Asian food that I love to eat and cook!

February is definitely a great time for food even if we are still in winter and the produce is coming out of Mexico and the green houses in Arizona. Wish you a lovely month!

Our 1-2-3 Sponsor Program is back for 2015!

Sponsor a Member in 2015 and receive a $100 Food and Beverage Credit

Sponsor a 2nd Member and receive $50 per month in Food and Beverage Credit through 2015

Sponsor a 3rd Member and receive a total of $100 per month in Food and Beverage Credit through 2015

Just introduce us to your candidate via email or in person here at your Club and we’ll do the rest!

Congratulations to Rob Selway, for sponsoring THREE new Members in January, and being the first to qualify for all of the above credits. Will you be next? We want to give out sponsor rewards to more Members!

Kristin Kuchyt and Gina Oddo

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