Columbia, S.C. Chef Returns to Kiawah Island Golf Resort for Cancer Research Benefit
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Jan. 8, 2014 (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Joining notable chefs from Nashville, Louisville and Charleston, Executive Chef Wesley Fulmer of Motor Supply Co. Bistro will represent Columbia, S.C. when he returns to his alma mater, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort near Charleston, S.C., to participate in the 7th annual Gourmet and Grapes gala, Feb. 6-8, 2015.
The weekend-long Gourmet and Grapes event benefits Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. The weekend-long event will take place at Kiawah Island Golf Resort – home of The Atlantic Room – where Chef Fulmer steered the kitchen under the leadership of Jonathan Banta prior to returning to the Midlands to take the helm at Motor Supply. This will be Chef Fulmer’s first time participating in the cancer research benefit.
A who’s who of culinary talent in the Southeast, Gourmet and Grapes will host six events – from dinners to seminars – for guests to enjoy Friday through Sunday.
“I’m excited to contribute – it’s a great cause for Hollings Cancer Center,” says Chef Fulmer, who is a leader in the capital city’s farm-to-table movement. “I get to return to where I honed a lot of my skills, and I get to be around familiar peers with whom I spent a great deal of time, who saw me grow and get to where I am today.”
Notable chefs participating in the prestigious event include fellow initiator in the farm-to-fork movement, Executive Chef Anthony Lamas of Seviche in Louisville, Ky. (an emerging culinary destination much like Columbia); Mike Lata, Chef and Owner of Charleston, S.C.’s FIG and The Ordinary restaurants and Best Chef: Southeast winner of the 2009 James Beard Award; and Tyler Brown, sustainable farmer and Executive Chef at Capitol Grille in Nashville, Tenn. – one of Esquire Magazine's Four New Chefs to Watch in 2011.
Chef Fulmer is excited to join these revered chefs at Gourmet and Grapes 2015. “It’s an honor to be in the company of such great professionals in the industry.”
Curtis Clark, Chef Tournant at Motor Supply Co. Bistro, who also previously worked at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, at The Sanctuary, will join Executive Chef Fulmer at the benefit.
“This is exciting for both of us, because we're both revisiting a job that we each really enjoyed,” says Chef Fulmer, recalling fond memories. “It was great being a part of the team at The Atlantic Room that was able to pull off the PGA, culinary-wise – and being the one to cook Rory McIlroy’s victory meal.”
Saturday evening’s Wine Odyssey Gala, held at The Sanctuary, encompasses a cocktail hour, silent auction, and culinary meet and greet where guests will have a chance to meet some of the most talented chefs in our region – including Chef Fulmer. Guests will also get to witness the awarding of the coveted 2015 Golden Fork Award.
Since Gourmet and Grapes began in 2009, more than $850,000 has been raised for cancer research programs at Hollings Cancer Center.
To view the full schedule of events and purchase tickets, visit www.kiawahresort.com/gourmet-grapes.
About Motor Supply
Known for its artisan cocktails, refined yet relaxed atmosphere and daily-changing, chef-driven menu of sustainable, farm-to-table fare, Motor Supply Co. Bistro has been serving New World, made-from-scratch cuisine in the historic Columbia, S.C. Congaree Vista since 1989. A new, temperature-controlled outdoor patio features tables made from reclaimed, N.C. barn wood, roll-up garage doors and original, vintage brick. Reservations can be made by calling (803) 256-6687 or by visiting www.motorsupplycobistro.com.
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