When we welcome the month of May, we are always first thinking about Mom and celebrating Mother’s Day. We’ve been talking about Mother’s Day for awhile within the Club, because it is a favorite holiday and a time-honored tradition at Center Club. No doubt, we put on a spectacular brunch with an omelette station and Chef's Spectacular Dessert Station. Kids can enjoy making a gift for mom out on the patio (hint: we are helping them develop their green thumb). We look forward to seeing all of you this weekend. If you haven’t made your reservation, please make sure you don’t miss one of the best events of the year.You have likely received materials and seen promotional banners for our Reserve launch. Reserve is ClubCorp’s Inner Wine Circle and is an added benefit for our foodies and wine lovers. Reserve Members receive exclusive access to “The Curated Experience” a special wine list and Eddie O’s notes and insights. Enjoy invitations to unique events and preferred price such as our Blend Tastings, Bistro Suppers and Epicurean Dinners. And world class travel opportunities, including special trips with Eddie O, are also part of your benefit package. If you missed the launch and sign up opportunity at our 30th Anniversary party last week, you can upgrade your membership on our special website: http://info.clubcorp.com/reserve. I hope you will also join us for a very trendy dining experience this month - Dinner in the Dark. It is said that when you eliminate your sight, your other senses work harder to create a picture for you. And Dinner in the Dark will prove to be an experience which pushes your sense of smell and taste into over drive! We are eager to serve up a secret menu and hear how different food tastes when you cannot see what exactly you are eating. Chef Lewis is creating a fabulous menu for you, so make sure you’ve booked a table, as this will be a memorable evening for sure!
Have you heard the buzz about Reserve, ClubCorp's Inner Wine Circle? Reserve is the ultimate membership upgrade granting access to the world of wines with in the familiarity of your own club. Whether a wine aficionado or an aspiring enthusiast, enjoy a comprehensive and exclusive body of wine experiences. Reserve members are privy to exclusive access, unique events and world class travel. Benefits include; intimate wine events, curated tastings with Eddie Osterland, your Reserve Ambassador and America’s First Master Sommelier, select wines and Reserve Member pricing, wine locker access and the opportunity to travel to our featured wine destination with Eddie O.Reserve debuts this month and benefits will begin in May. We know there are many of you who would enjoy this additional benefit, especially if you’ve attended any of the tastings, showdowns or wine dinners recently. We’re eager to share the details with you. To learn more about benefits and upgrading your membership to Reserve, please contact Kristin or Gina in the Membership Department. We are excited to announce that we have extended the offer to enroll with no upgrade fee through May 31st!
Trend watch! One of the biggest trends that we see on the horizon for private events is the element of incorporating interactive, live entertainment.
Obviously, one always wants to ensure top notch food, beverage, and service in order to create a memorable event for guests. However, if someone really wants to create a lasting impression, we suggest taking it to the next level with live performances.
Center Club recently had a private event at the club that featured interactive performances by Champagne Creative Group. Upon arrival, guests were greeted by a “Champagne Diva” who was wearing a large hoop skirt that held welcome cocktails. At the entrance of the event, guests walked along a red carpet – which was actually an extension of a beautiful performer’s evening gown. Throughout the event, different performers entertained and were an integral part of some of the food presentation. Don’t Chef Lewis’s Lemon Meringue pops look extra sweet when presented by a roaming table?
Not only was the “wow” factor of the event raised several decimals by the look of the performers, but because the performers interacted with guests, the guests truly became a part of event’s experience.
The sky is the limit when considering possibilities, and one of the best parts of live performers at an event is the creativity a host can have requesting specific entertainment that fits their theme. Production companies like Champagne Creative Group can handle the performers from start to finish (creative concepts, costumes, providing & managing talent, etc.), making the process easy.
We expect to see more and more custom performers enhancing events, and can’t wait to see what comes out next!
Kaitlin Kuykendall & Chris Hartley
Private Event Directors
Summer’s Burst of Color
Wow I can’t believe how fast this year is passing us by! I am about to start working on items for our new summer dessert menu. My plan is to have it in place by the end of May, beginning of June. This special desserts will be on offer until September.
I love this time of the year for the colors of the fruits and vegetables. All the stone fruit like peaches, white and yellow, apricots, black and gold, and the plums come in about 5 different colors. Red, Yellow, green and the blood plums sometimes called elephant hearts or dinosaur eggs are super pretty. This is the prime time for these fruits so their sugars are at their peak. There is a farm in Oxnard which delivers our strawberries, unlike any other strawberry. They call them Harry’s Berries, with great dark red color and fantastic sweet flavor. Worth trying!
Then on the vegetable side all the peppers and the heirloom tomatoes are available in a great array of colors. You can pretty well get heirloom tomatoes all year round but the next 5 months are when they are at their best. Drizzle a little olive oil and sea salt and, yum, you are good to go.
I am a big chocolate fan but this time of the year I really get into the fresh fruits and the different things you can do with them. So keep a look out for our new summer dessert menu around the end of this month.
To inspire those who are still getting acquainted with Center Club Cares, we wanted to share with you how your fellow Members are giving back to the community, and how you can also get involved through the convenience of Your own Club!
The mission of Center Club Cares is to empower the citizens of Orange County through educational opportunities and human services. From early learning initiatives to veterans programs, we want to take an active part in helping Orange County thrive.Center Club Orange County is proud of our community and our members, and wants to give back in a truly meaningful way, as well as help you fulfill the desire to make an impact in the community.To help us fill Orange County with more dynamic leaders for today and tomorrow you can get involved in many ways. Please reach out to management, or visit us online.
Brandon Moody, Board of Governor, Community Affairs Committee Member, and Center39 Committee Member
Here are just a couple of things that Brandon has invested his time and heart into. Being part of the Community Affair Committee behind Center Club Cares, Brandon has been involved in the birthing process of this new empowering Center Club Cares fund.
Anaheim Family YMCA Directing Staff - Camp Miehana Jr Leaders in Training
Anaheim Family YMCA Major Gifts Campaign
2013 Gold Sponsor Susan G Komen Race for the Cure OC
2014 Printing Sponsor - Susan G Komen Race for the Cure OC1st
3rd Annual Dave + Busters Golf Tournament Printing Sponsor benefiting TACA (Talk About Curing Autism)
Co-Founded the “No Kids Left Behind” Campership Fund with the assistance of C39,
The 12 Movement + Josh Boyd in February 2015
Member and Incoming 2016 Marketing Chairman of Rotary Club of Irvine
Bronze Underwriter + Printing Sponsor of Human Options Black Tie Masquerade
Printing Sponsor of Young Professionals Leadership Summit 2012-2014 produced by Ed Linck
Named Emerging Professional of the Year by Irvine Chamber 2013-2014
Member Irvine Chamber Ambassadors Committeemost
Recently named 1 of 6 Men of Style by Riviera Magazine
Spring had sprung and there is a bit of pep in our step at the Center Club. We’ve noticed that Members are starting to venture out to the patio to enjoy an after work cocktail or dinner. And with more sunlight at the end of the day, we all seem to become a bit more social. April is certainly a social month!We kick off the month with one of our favorite Member Traditions - Easter Brunch. The clubs fills will families and friendship, eager to enjoy a leisurely day. Chef Lewis and his culinary team produce the best Easter Brunch in Orange County. I am always impressed with new creations, brunch favorites and creative presentation. The kids are always ready to take a picture with the Easter Bunny and with facepainting, a balloon artist, and a bounce house, we’ll keep them entertained so that you can enjoy brunch, too! I really look forward to welcoming you and your family this Sunday.
As Chris Sarten mentions in his news, it is baseball season! We’ve got some great ballpark events lined up and will have our Encore Lounge TVs tuned into Angels games. On the 30th, we continue our own 30th Anniversary celebration with 30 years of OC Sports. The 30th Anniversary celebration have been fantastic. We provide complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and beverages, enjoy live music and a special theme each month. Mark you r calendar now for the 30th and plan to join us.I also want to draw your attention to a brand new member benefit. Reserve was created especially for our wine enthusiasts and wine lovers. Kristin and Gina have done a terrific job sharing some details with you. I’d like to highlight that only Reserve members will receive special pricing and exclusive invitations to wine events. Club Corp is working with America’s First Master Sommelier, Eddie Osterland to provide tastings and dinners, travel opportunities and unique selections for purchase. You’ll be hearing a lot about Reserve this month as we roll out this new member benefit. We’re upgrading memberships this month so that you can receive benefits beginning May 1st. Reserve is an exclusive benefit of ClubCorp.
Be sure to come out for our Sous Chef Knockout on April 16th with Food Network host, Simon Majumdar! Be entertained, and wined while watching Center Club's Sous Chefs, Kyle and Frank battle it out on the stove. We will have guest judges to critique the entrees such as Wing Lam of Wahoo's Fish Tacos, Amar Santana of Broadway, and our very own Executive Chef Lewis Butler.
There are many exciting events this month with different offerings and opportunities for you to get involved. I'm sure that you will enjoy!
See you around the Club! Shahin Vosough, Club Manager
A Bus Man’s Holiday
I was talking with our produce rep the other day, a conversation that sparked these thoughts for this month’s newsletter.
We were having a conversation about our free time and how we are still very much engaged in this industry during “off” hours. We go out to restaurants with our families, we are cooking at home. We look at the magazines in the stores to get ideas, grocery shopping, checking out the top restaurant reviews and menus on line. Even at the movies we go out to see films like “The Chef” and “100 Foot Journey”. This is what my mother would always call a “bus man’s holiday”. Here is the description of the phrase:
First recorded in 1893 in the UK. The idea is that a busman, to go off on a holiday, would take an excursion by bus, thereby engaging in a similar activity to his work.
This is so very true! On top of all the those things I am reading right now, I’m also reading a very funning book called Food, a love story by the comedian Jim Gaffigan. It keeps me chuckling. If you get a chance pick it up. I am sure you will enjoy it.
A couple of other great classic reading books about cooking are:
Heat by Bill Buford. A journalist in New York City who did a stage in Mario Batali’s restaurant. This one is great as it gives you a outsiders point of view into my industry. But another older book is Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. This one I am pretty sure most people have read. It follows his culinary journey up to his famous restaurant, “Les Halles” in New York.
A few good documentaries out there on food and wine are Jiro Dreams of Sushi. The story follows one of the best sushi chef in Japan. Somm is all about wine and the sommelier life. There is also an English series from the 80’s called Chef. Very funny. You’ll fall in love with the English comedian named Lenny Hernry.
Just a few things in the culinary world to keep you occupied and inspired if you have a few hours to spare. It is good to see that there is so much out there for foodies and I am sure there is much more to come! What food & wine books or movies are you enjoying at the moment?
April 22, 2015 is Administrative Professionals Day. In the Private Events Office, we often coordinate directly with administrative professionals to plan corporate events. The projects on the desk of an administrative professional are constantly flowing. Many admins do assist with event planning while also managing their duties in the office. Event planning is a profession in itself, so we’ve devised a few tips to help you help your admin streamline the event planning process so that they can stay focused on their commitments in the office as well.
It’s important to begin the planning process for your admin by providing all of the essential information including preferred date, if there is flexibility with the date, preferred time frame, how many expected guests, preferred room set up, budget as well as any specific details you can provide about how you are envisioning the event. The more information your admin has going into planning an event, the more focused their hunt for a venue will be.
You will also want to be sure you connect your admin with professionals. Different venues provide different levels of service, and you want to be sure your admin has all the assistance they can get. At Center Club, your admin can call the Private Events office, tell us exactly what you need, and we can personally assist with the details including a detailed food and beverage proposal along with referrals for florists, photographers, etc. This can help to make the planning process more efficient for your admin, as make for a successful event.
It is essential to provide your admin with all the tools necessary to book an event. Most venues require signed contracts, banquet event orders and credit card authorizations to confirm an event. Typically, space can be held for 24 hours without signed confirmation agreements to confirm. It will be helpful to your admin for you to be available for a quick review of options they have gathered if there is a specific date that you are interested in.
One final note… Since your administrative professional is so incredibly supportive of you, why not thank them for all that they do, in the office and beyond the call of duty. Treat your admin to lunch at the Center Club and let them know just how much you appreciate them!
As always, please feel free to contact Kaitlin or Chris directly with any questions at 714-438-3860.
Kaitlin Kuykendall & Chris Hartley, Private Event Directors
There are very few things I am passionate about in life and one of them happens to be baseball. “Pitchers and catchers report” are four of the greatest words in the English language. For baseball nuts it’s the equivalent to “let’s get ready to rumble” or “gentlemen, start your engines”. I am not the only baseball fanatic on the staff and I have talked to plenty of you who are just as stoked as we are! So it’s no surprise that there is some excitement at Center Club about the upcoming baseball season.
How excited are we? Well, the Club has secured group seats for some awesome upcoming MLB action. The first game is on April 21st when the Angels take on the division rival Oakland A’s. From the east coast? Perfect! We also have tickets to the Angels/Red Sox on July 20th. Of course you can’t buy tickets to those games and not get tickets to the Freeway Series! Tuesday September 8th, to quote the great Vin Scully, “it’s time for Dodger baseball” when the Dodgers visit the Angels. And we have great seats! You don’t want to miss this series! All games will sell out so don’t wait to get tickets! See you at the ball park!
MembershipWe are simply thrilled to introduce you to Reserve: ClubCorp’s Inner Wine Circle. Reserve is the ultimate membership upgrade granting access to the world of wines with in the familiarity of your own club. Whether a wine aficionado or an aspiring enthusiast, enjoy a comprehensive and exclusive body of wine experiences. Reserve members are privy to exclusive access, unique events and world class travel. Benefits include; intimate wine events, curated tastings with Eddie Osterland, your Reserve Ambassador and America’s First Master Sommelier, select wines and Reserve Member pricing, wine locker access and the opportunity to travel to our featured wine destination with Eddie O.Reserve debuts this month and benefits will begin in May. We know there are many of you who would enjoy this additional benefit, especially if you’ve attended any of the tastings, showdowns or wine dinners recently. We’re eager to share the details with you. To learn more about benefits and upgrading your membership to Reserve, please contact Kristin or Gina in the Membership Department.