Sixth Annual Gourmet and Grapes on Kiawah Island – February 7-9, 2014

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Food & Wine Celebration to Bring Private Dining to Friday’s Classic Black-tie Evening

The Sixth Annual Gourmet and Grapes on Kiawah Island – a Culinary Extravaganza benefiting the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina – is adding some twists to its lineup of events raising money for research at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The weekend-long celebration is scheduled for February 7-9, 2014, at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. This festive weekend boasts a number of events geared to all levels of appreciation for great food and wine – from novice to connoisseur – with the best chefs from the Southeast and winemakers from around the world.

New this year will be private dining during Friday’s black-tie Epicurean Affair, an elegant multicourse dinner with wine pairings. These private settings for small groups in The Sanctuary’s private dining rooms bring a more intimate feel and allow guests to spend time with The Sanctuary’s culinary visionaries, and vintner Rob Davis, of the renowned Jordan Vineyard and Winery, of Sonoma, CA.

Other Gourmet & Grapes hallmarks – Saturday’s multicourse Culinary Luncheon and accompanying food and wine demonstration – will be featuring Executive Chef, Colin Bedford of Fearrington House Restaurant of Pittsboro, NC. Pouring wines that afternoon will be Mira Winery of Napa, CA.

“Glad to lend a hand in raising funds to support cancer research. Cancer seems to touch the lives of just about everyone at some point. Here’s hoping the research will lead to more breakthroughs and more cure,” exclaims Chef Colin.

Wine Odyssey Gala & Farewell Brunch

Gourmet & Grapes peaks Saturday night with the lively Wine Odyssey Gala under an elegant tent on the The Sanctuary’s oceanfront Grand Lawn. The Gala brings together an elite group of talented chefs with some of the world’s leading winemakers. The Gala features silent and live auctions, live music, dancing, and a champagne and chocolate afterglow.

The elegant and fun weekend concludes Sunday with the Farewell Brunch and salute to the chefs at Jasmine Porch.

Tickets and Details

Gourmet & Grapes tickets may be purchased for the entire weekend or individual events. A range of sponsorships are also available for all events. For details, please go to or contact the Hollings Cancer Center Office of Development at 843-792-9335 or or

Since its inception in 2009, Gourmet & Grapes has raised more than $500,000 for cancer research programs at Hollings Cancer Center. With stagnant federal funding, this contribution has proved invaluable to cancer research conducted in South Carolina.

About Hollings Cancer Center

The Hollings Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in South Carolina and one of just 67 NCI centers in the country. This distinction is based on the depth and breadth of research at Hollings and places the cancer center among the elite research institutions in the nation.