Not long after nearly making an ace on The Cradle while Golf Channel’s cameras were rolling, Gil Hanse took a quick minute to provide an update on his redesign of Pinehurst No. 4. The comment came at the end of Morning Drive’s live broadcast from The Cradle.
The marquee event of our delectable Chef & Maker Weekends is the Chef’s Dinner on Saturday night, and below we give you the first peek at what James Beard Award nominee and acclaimed Charlotte Chef Paul Verica has planned for that special dinner, which will take place during the first of our Chef & Maker Weekends on May 4-6.
Chef’s Dinner with Paul Verica
May 5, 2018
Wine pairings by Italics Winegrowers
J.Q. Dickinson Cured Trout Toast
Roe, Radishes, Ramps, Nasturtium, Fennel and Herbs
Reynolds Family, Pinot Noir, Los Carneros 2013
Asparagus, Morels, Ramps, Green Garlic with Hollandaise
Italics, Estate Proprietary White Blend, Napa Valley 2015
‘Surf & Turf’
Salt Crusted Tenderloin, Shrimp, Potatoes, Peas, Carrots, Turnips, Mushrooms with Red Wine
Italics, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014 and Italics, Estate Proprietary Red Blend, Napa Valley 2015
Biscuit, Strawberries, Vanilla, Ricotta and Mint
Reynolds Family, Naughty Sticky, Chardonnay, 2006
Friday night’s Farm-to-Table Dinner reception should not be missed, either, and is included as well with any Chef & Maker resort package. You can view its menu here.
There is still time to book a package and ensure you will have the ultimate VIP experience in visiting Pinehurst for the Chef & Maker Weekend with Chef Paul Verica, which will be May 4-6.
By booking the package, guests will receive access not provided elsewhere during the weekend. Here are three top moments you won’t want to miss at our first weekend of the 2018 Chef & Maker Series season.
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Lunch Cooking Demo with Chef Paul
Saturday, 11:30 a.m.
Chef Paul Verica has been part of the emerging culinary scene of Charlotte for quite some time, and is on the cusp of opening a new restaurant, The Stanley. You’re catching Verica at the best time in his career, which features a recent James Beard Award nomination, and here you’ll be able to interact with him in an intimate and fun cooking demo just for guests. A three-course lunch will be served throughout the demo, with pairings by Paragon Wine Group.
Know Your Salt Demonstration
Saturday, 10 a.m.
Before lunch, guests will get to spend time with 7th-generation saltmaker Nancy Bruns of J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works. She will guide guests through a unique tasting of salts and how they pair with foods while also allowing guests to experience the differences in artisan salts from around the world. Imagine how your cooking at home can change after a few tips from Nancy.
Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
From Friday’s night’s fun farm-to-table dinner reception that kicks off the weekend to the Chef Dinner, no one will be as familiar with the sights, sounds and, most importantly, the culinary delights of Chef Verica’s talent as you. Celebrate the weekend with new and old friends, reveling with an inventive four-course meal rooted in Verica’s Southern background. The dinner is sponsored by Italics Winegrowers, and will highlight tastings throughout.
We all face stress – some of us more than others. And while we may never get rid of every anxious moment, there are ways we can work on relieving stress. Here are five ways to do just that, and a few options where The Spa at Pinehurst can lend a helping hand.
The mind, heart and body can improve with regular meditation. Taking a break from your office or daily routine to just sit or even lie down and focus on your breathing can improve your heart rate and focus. These benefits go even further when you include a quiet massage as a form of meditation. Tension and muscle tightness will depart from your body and mind and leave you feeling rejuvenated. While The Spa offers many forms of massage therapy, we recommend you try the customized massage where you can enhance your experience to suit your needs.
Find ways to laugh and laugh often – obviously at the right time, of course! Laughter is directly linked to reducing stress hormones and blood pressure, as well as increasing blood flow and oxygenation to the cells and organs. Gather up the girls for a fun pedi and mani at The Spa and generate some fun-filled memories as you enjoy fruit smoothies and great company.
This is an obvious benefit to reducing stress. Legally Blonde Movie Reference coming…
While the spa does have a fitness center available to guests and members, we also offer Yoga and Customized Stretching. The physical benefits of yoga and stretching are endless but a few of the notable ones are increasing your flexibility, improving respiration, energy, and vitality as well as cardio and circulatory health.
A Hot Bath
I am sure your bathtub at home has been used more by your kids or grandkids than yourself. It’s funny how that dream bathroom can also be a storage bin for toys. Let us help you enjoy a bath sans toys and find yourself soaking in a tub filled with pine, rosemary, arnica, and eucalyptus oils. Soaking in a hot bath relaxes your muscles, which will soothe you not only physically but mentally as well. Read about our body care therapy at The Spa.
No, we’re not talking “Going off the grid.” We’re talking about putting your electronics away for the time you are at The Spa. Emails, social media and life will keep rolling on just fine without you for a few hours. Promise! Check in at The Spa 30 minutes early to relax in a fluffy white robe, enjoy a fruit smoothie and some quality time to yourself as you unplug from the world. Trust us – you will be glad you did!
During the Golf Channel’s Wednesday broadcast of Morning Drive, Gil Hanse joined a group to play The Cradle, Pinehurst’s short course, live on television. The round was streamed in full on Facebook, and at the 8th hole, Hanse, who designed The Cradle, came AGONIZINGLY close to making an ace in front of about 200 spectators – and with Golf Channel’s cameras rolling.
Golf Channel, though, didn’t get nearly as good of an angle as we did. You HAVE to see just how close Hanse came to acing the 8th hole.
It reminds us of a brilliant old story about another great golf architect – Donald Ross:
A Life Lesson
Old Tom Morris was against gambling in golf and advised Ross to never bet on the golf course beyond a small wager. “Why make a horse race out of a game like golf?” Morris posited. Ross took Old Tom’s words to heart and for the rest of his life rarely played for stakes beyond a quarter Nassau. Ross said that Calcutta pools “don’t belong in such a fine, clean game.”
Once at Pinehurst, a young man who didn’t know Ross asked him for a game and a $25 Nassau.
“Let’s just play for the fun of the game,” Ross countered.
The young man insisted, so Ross relented, played the visitor and beat him soundly.
“I built the course,” Ross told his opponent. “Let this be a lesson to you: Don’t play for high stakes with a stranger.”
Here’s how Gil’s shot looked on Instagram when it happened: