MUSC Hollings Cancer Center

Gourmet & Grapes 2011

Celebrated Chef Norman Van Aken to Headline Gourmet & Grapes Culinary Event
at Kiawah Island Golf Resort Benefiting Hollings Cancer Center

Third Annual Fundraiser to Feature Golf with Pros, Seminars with Chefs and Wine Experts and a ­Gala on the Atlantic

January 12, 2011, Kiawah Island, SCThe Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina and Kiawah Island Golf Resort are pleased to announce that renowned Chef Norman Van Aken will headline the third annual Gourmet & Grapes fundraiser for cancer research. Gourmet & Grapes, one of Charleston’s most unique charity events, will take place April 29th – May 1st at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

The event raises money for the Hollings Cancer Center, South Carolina’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.

 Van Aken is known internationally as “the founding father of New World Cuisine,” a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African, and American flavor and is also known for introducing the concept of “fusion” to the culinary world.

"I am honored and delighted to join in the tradition of my colleagues Chefs Charlie Trotter and Patrick O' Connell to come and cook at The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island for Gourmet and Grapes,” Van Aken said. “I have loved this amazing region of our country for a near lifetime and to be able to share my take on American Cuisine is uplifting. Combining that with raising money to fight cancer is humbling.”

Van Aken is the only Floridian on the coveted James Beard list of “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage,” and he is a recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef in the Southeast honors.  He is a member of the prestigious James Beard Advisory Board.

The weekend event will feature leading chefs from the southeastern US (to be announced soon) and international food and wine experts Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, also known as the World Wine Guys. Articles and commentary by DeSimone and Jenssen have appeared in Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator,, Sherman’s Travel, International Living, and The European. They are monthly columnists for Wine Enthusiast, and are the magazine’s “Entertaining Gurus.”

“Wine is one of life’s greatest pleasures and we like to make it fun and non-intimidating. That’s why we are thrilled to be part of this year’s Gourmet and Grapes,” DeSimone and Jenssen said.  “The next time the waiter hands you a wine list, we hope you will feel like the competent adult you are, and not a like second-grader trying to avoid a dodge-ball." 

Highlights of this weekend- long salute to culinary excellence include:

Gourmet & Grapes Pro-AM Golf Tournament- Friday, April 29th
Golf with chefs and celebrities while enjoying food and beer stations. Plus, improve your game with tips from Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s golf professionals.

Black Tie Dinner Featuring Chef Norman Van Aken
Friday, April 29th - Van Aken will create a four- course culinary masterpiece paired with excellent wines.

Guest Chef Interactive Lunch & Wine Seminars
Saturday, April 30th - Enjoy a three-course lunch demonstration paired with excellent wines. The World Wine Guys Jeff Jenssen & Mike DeSimone will offer commentary on courses and pairings. After lunch, guests will choose one of the following three wine seminars:

  • Building Your Own Bordeaux
  • Champagne Tasting - Moet & Chandon
  • Pinot vs. Burgundy Tasting

Wine Odyssey Gala
Saturday, April 30th - A collection of first class local and regional Chefs featuring food stations on the Terrace Lawn overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Also includes a live & silent auction, delectable dessert station, Champagne toast, and live entertainment.

Jazz Brunch
Sunday, May 1st- Toast and celebrate a successful weekend as the chefs of Kiawah serve a Lowcountry brunch on the Grand Lawn. Live entertainment with mimosa and bloody mary bars.

Tickets may be purchased for the weekend or individual events. The resort is offering special rates at The Sanctuary Hotel and Resort Villas. For details call 800-654-2924 or visit

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About Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Located along 10 miles of pristine beach just south of Charleston, SC, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is rated as the top resort in the U.S. Mainland by readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine and the No. 1 resort in the U.S. by Golf World magazine. It includes The Sanctuary – a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star-rated, 255-room hotel and spa – and 600 private villas and luxury homes. The resort has five championship golf courses, including The Ocean Course – host of the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship. The resort also ranks as the No. 3 tennis resort in the U.S. by Tennis Magazine.  It has nine restaurants and features a renowned recreation and nature program. For more information visit or call 800-654-2924.

About Hollings Cancer Center
Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina is a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center and the largest academic-based cancer program in South Carolina. The cancer center and has more than $35M in cancer research funding and more than 200 people are currently participating on a cancer clinical trial at HCC.   

Hollings Cancer Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities, therapies and surgical techniques and has multidisciplinary clinics that involve surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation therapists, radiologists, pathologists, psychologists and many other specialists seeing patients under one roof. Multidisciplinary care is provided in disease specific clinics such as thoracic, breast, head & neck, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, hematological, and pediatric cancers. For more information, please visit



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