We are very excited about the arrival of fall here at the Centre Club because it means we get to host another ClubCorp Charity Classic event! Every ClubCorp property hosts its own fundraiser which in total, since its inception in 2007, has raised more than $8 million benefiting charities including Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Augie’s Quest, the Employee Partners Care Foundation and then each club selects a local charity to benefit from the proceeds. For more information about the EPCF - click here to view a short video.
While Charity Classic is happening all over the US at ClubCorp clubs, what we're excited about is what we have planned for our event, which we've chosen appropriately to title Down on the Farm. The Centre Club is going country with a pitchfork-to-plate style event you will not want to miss. The local charity we have chosen as our third beneficiary is called Sweetwater Organic Community Farm which is located just down the street off of Hillsborough Ave. Sweetwater Organic Community Farm was established in 1995 as a nonprofit community-supported urban organic farm and environmental education center in Tampa, Florida. The Farm operate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Membership program, Sweetwater Sunday Farmers’ Market and Music Series open to the public, educational field trip programs for visiting groups, farm tours, workshops, outdoor movies, seasonal events, volunteer opportunities and more! The farm provides the freshest possible organic vegetables and herbs for hundreds of Tampa Bay residents each year. At Sweetwater, community members come together to grow and enjoy fresh organic food, acquire sustainable living skills, support local agriculture, enjoy nature, make new friends and be a part of the community.
Down on the Farm will take place at the club on Friday, October 26 beginning at 7pm. This exciting Farm-to-Table dinner event will feature a three course menu that highlights locally sourced products from the Tampa Bay area, including produce direct from Sweetwater Organic Community Farm. So...dust off your coveralls and join us for a country casual evening with live music and some clean eatin’ with delicious dishes made with ingredients cultivated in your own backyard. Farm attire encouraged - boots, cowboy hats, and overalls included!
$40 per person advance tickets purchased at http://www.clubcorpcharityclassic.com
Enjoy 10% off by booking online! ($45 per person day of event or by Member Charge)
Reservations are also accepted by contacting the Club Concierge at 813.286.4040
“Since the inception of the ClubCorp Charity Classic, the initiative has always remained close to my heart and I am so proud of our clubs and their members for making this annual event so successful,” said Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp president and CEO. The goal this year for ClubCorp is to raise $2 million. To learn more about the ClubCorp Charity Classic, upcoming events, and the online auction, visit http://www.clubcorpcharityclassic.com.
Wow - what an event! The Centre Club hosted the 6th Annual Dueling Chefs Competition last friday night with Chef Gary Moran of Wimauma facing off again Chef Lance Kraebel of Jackson's Bistro all to support the Children's Cancer Center. Both chefs prepared a three-course dinner featuring the secret ingredient - the Poblano Pepper - which falls on the pepper scale somewhere in between a bell pepper and a jalepeno. Prepared by the chefs we saw Poblanos roasted and stuffed, paired with all kinds of ingredients from pork to seabass and in forms such as spoonbread and cheesecake. However, what I think may have taken the "cake" so-to-speak, was the Dulce de Leche, Sea Salt and Roasted Poblano Pie created by Chef Moran, who SWEPT the competition by winning both the Judge's votes and the People's Choice!
In addition to great food, the event featured our wandering Magician, Crash My Event Photo Booth, there was a live auction that included original paintings created by the Cancer Center's kids, as well as wine glass sales, which were also hand-painted by the kids at the Children's Cancer Center and sold at the event to raise additional dollars for the organization. While the numbers are still being finalized, the event certainly raised more than $13,000 for the Children's Cancer Center. Be sure to check out pictures from the event at relivetheevent.com!
We must extend thanks to both restaurants for participating, to Charley Belcher of Fox 13 for serving as Emcee for the event, to our Judges - Nick Peterson, winner of ABC's Bachelor Pad, Bridgette Mill, President and Publisher of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and John Gilem, General Manager of Toyota of Tampa Bay. We had a number of very supportive sponsors, especially the Tampa Tribune and Morgan Auto Group, and we must all take our hats off to the event's chair, Patrick Moraites of Firm Consulting Group. Patrick serves on both the Board of Directors for the Children's Cancer Center and the Board of Governors for the Centre Club, this is his 6th AWESOME Dueling Chefs event. Thank you Patrick and well done by all!