Gwen Fowler



Go for the Gourmet & Grapes in Kiawah Island

Posted 1/29/2013 10:00:00 AM

A group of the nation’s best chefs are heading to Kiawah Island Feb. 8-10 for the fifth annual Gourmet & Grapes Weekend, a festival that raises money for cancer research at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The festival takes place at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

At the Wine Odyssey Gala on Saturday evening, diners will get to meet chefs from across the Southeast and sample their foods. Among the South Carolina chefs participating are: from Greenville, Spencer Thomson of Devereaux’s; and from the Charleston area, Nico Romo of Fish; Lawrence Brubaker of The Sanctuary; Renata Dos Santos of L.I.M.E. (Local.Impromptu.Moveable.Evening); Merrit Brady of The Pampered Palate; Travis Grimes of Husk; Craig Deihl of Cypress; Marc Collins of Circa 1886; Kevin Johnson of The Grocery; Jacques Larson of Wild Olive; Jimihat of Guerilla Cuisine; and Nathan Thurston of Stars

Gourmet & Grapes opens Friday night with a reception and dinner prepared by Executive Chef Justin Bogle, formerly of Gilt at The New York Palace, paired with wines of Lionello Marchesi from Tuscany. Other events include a Saturday luncheon featuring Executive Chef Scott Crawford of The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, N.C., paired with Jordan Winery; a Saturday afternoon wine seminar; and a Sunday brunch.

Gourmet & Grapes tickets are available for the entire weekend or individual events.