The final weekend of our 2018 Chef & Maker series is for those with a sincere appreciation of southern fare.  James Beard Award-winning Chef Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner  will remind you why the New York called Crook’s Corner “sacred ground for southern foodies.” Maker Shannon Healy of Alley Twenty Six Tonic Syrup will inspire you to create cocktails your guests will rave about. We invite you to rediscover why the South has a flavor all its own.

Chef Bill Smith, Crook’s Corner, Chapel Hill, NC

Chef Smith is as well known for his exceptional food writing—including the New York Times Notable and Food & Wine Best-of-the-Best cookbook, Seasoned in the South—as he is for being a Best Chef in the Southeast, voted into the final five for both a Southeastern Best Chef by the James Beard Foundation and Chefs Collaborative.

Shannon Healy, Alley Twenty Six Tonic Syrup, Durham, NC

Born out of a desire to provide the highest quality cocktail mixers for industry and home use, they search out the freshest and most local ingredients for their products.
With a combined experience of over 40 years of bartending (and drinking), owners Shannon and Rob launched the company in March 2015 with the Alley Twenty Six Tonic Syrup.

Package includes resort accommodations for two nights, all events and breakfast each morning for just $399* per person. Individual tickets to Friday and Saturday events are also available.


6:30 p.m. Oyster Roast
Kick off the weekend with a good old fashioned oyster roast prepared by the Pinehurst culinary team and featuring wine from Scheid Vineyards and Biltmore Estate Winery. View Menu or Purchase Tickets to this event.


11 a.m.  Q&A and Book Signing
Chef Bill Smith is ready to answer your questions and share the secrets behind his renowned restaurant, Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill. It will wrap up with a signing of his cookbook “Crabs and Oysters : A Savor The South Cookbook.” *cookbook included for all package guests.

12:30 p.m. Mixology 101
Learn the basics of a well-stocked home bar! The cocktail resurgence is in full swing and interest in quality spirits and classic cocktails continues to grow. Shannon Healy, of Alley Twenty Six, will lead this interesting session that teaches guests how to use their fabulous tonic syrup to make amazing drinks.

6:30 p.m. Chef’s Dinner
Chef Smith is well known for his sumptuous take on Southern comfort food and his menu will honor the traditions of this celebrated cuisine, while introducing guests to his unique take on a variety of classics, expertly paired with wines from Scheid Vineyards.  View Menu or Purchase Tickets to this event.

Schedule subject to change


The Carolina Hotel

carolina-300x225 Some say you can feel the spirit of Pinehurst as you turn onto Carolina Vista. This majestic century-old hotel with its signature copper cupola and sweeping verandas make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to an era when elegance defined grand hotels and resorts. Dubbed the “Queen of the South,” the Carolina has 230 Four-Diamond guest rooms, including suites.

The Holly Inn

holly-300x225 Built in 1895, The Holly was Pinehurst’s first hotel and is located in the heart of The Village. The Four Diamond Holly features 82 guest rooms and suites each as unique as the hotel itself. As soon as you walk in the door of the picturesque Holly, time stops. Just look at the saying above the door, and you’ll see it’s true. “Time goes you say? Alas, no. Time stays. We go.


  • Plus tax and resort service fee.
  • Enjoy complimentary shuttle service across the resort and access to the fitness center, pools, bikes and afternoon tea.