5 Moments You Simply Can’t Miss at Chef & Maker

If you haven’t booked your reservation to attend Pinehurst’s second Chef & Maker series event with James Beard Award-winning Chef Ashley Christensen (Poole’s Diner Beasley’s, Fox Liquor Bar), there’s still time. Everything you need to know is here, but to save you a click, here’s a quick summary of what you get with the package:

Packages are $399 per person and include: 

  • Resort accommodations for two nights
  • Overflowing breakfast buffet both mornings
  • Friday night culinary event
  • Chef’s Dinner
  • Interactive maker events

Now that you know how to book, you’ll be glad to know the event with Chef Christensen, which takes place July 7-9, will certainly be one to remember. Here are five moments you absolutely cannot miss.

1. Meet and Mingle with a Rock Star Chef

Seriously, Ashley Christensen is a star chef, and the best part of the Chef & Maker series is that it is an intimate, relaxed and interactive event that will allow you opportunities to mix and mingle with the talent on display, Christensen included. Christensen will also participate in a Q&A and cookbook signing during the weekend on Saturday morning at 10. Christensen’s “Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner,” is a must-have, and a copy of the book is included in your package.

2. Get Blown Away

Colin O’Reilly of Terrane Glass Designs will give a special glass-blowing demonstration on site at 2 p.m. on Saturday. With work that was honored as Overall Winner in Garden & Gun’s 2016 Made in the South Awards, O’Reilly will share some of his secrets and create intricate glasses designed expressly for maximizing spirits, which leads us to another can’t-miss moment…

3. What’s up, Doc?

Following O’Reilly’s demo, there will be a spirits tasting led by Doc Porter’s. The Charlotte-based distillery crafts handmade vodka, gin, and bourbon from scratch using locally-sourced grains.

4. The Poole’s Diner-Inspired Dinner

On Friday night at 6:30, to kick off the Chef & Maker Weekend, Pinehurst will take a cure from Chef Christensen and host the Poole’s Diner-Inspired Dinner. Our culinary team has put together a menu inspired by Chef Christensen’s philosophy of bright, fresh flavors and locally grown, seasonal ingredients.

We will be serving beer from Double Barley and Mystery Brewing along with spirits from Doc Porter’s Distillery, Topo Organic and Piedmont Distillers. Wine will be provided by Biltmore and Carmel Road. This event is also open to the public. Purchase tickets now at EventBrite.com. 

5. The Grand Finale

Cap the weekend in grand style. Join Chef Christensen for a meal that champions the new and evolving Southern food scene. Her four-course menu will honor the traditions of this celebrated cuisine, while introducing guests to her unique take on a variety of classics.

The dinner will be paired with Barrymore Wines – created by actress Drew Barrymore – from Carmel Road.

This event is open to the public. Purchase tickets now at EventBrite.com.