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Published on July 14, 2016

First Coast Floridians

By Jackie Rooney, Shorelines

It’s summer time and the social season is slow. First Coast Floridians look forward to cooler temps when the party season amps up in the fall. The buzz about the upcoming Delicious Destinations’ Farm to Fork event is building as committee members gather for planning sessions for the three-day event at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.

The 15th annual gourmet food and wine gala benefitting St. Vincent’s HealthCare Foundation begins 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Inn & Club. Jacksonville area chefs from the Inn & Club, the Lodge & Club, Epping Forest Yacht Club and the River Club will be joined by chefs from premiere resorts, such as The Greenbrier, The Cloister at Sea Island, The Breakers, Mar-a-Lago, Pacci at the Brice Hotel, Mariner Sands, Chef Darin’s Kitchen Table, Savannah, and Hilton Atlanta Downtown will cook up signature dishes. Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits will provide domestic and international wines. Live and silent auctions, plus a drawing of spa and restaurant gift certificates, catered dinners and getaways add to the excitement.

Preceding the gala is a Celebrity Chef by the Sea reception and luncheon that always sells out. This year’s star is David Guas, host and judge of the Travel Channel’s “American Grilled” TV show. The cookbook author and owner of Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington, Va., will lead a demonstration luncheon with wine pairings at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Inn & Club conference center.

At 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, the sipping and noshing continues elbow-to elbow with the famous chefs, who will schmooze with guests at a special preview reception for major donors and sponsors at the $2,500 level and up. Inn & Club executive chef Hermann Muller will prepare culinary masterpieces that evening.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center was founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1916 to provide medical care and services to the sick and poor of North Florida. “Many of the people who benefit from our community outreach programs are the working poor or migrant farm workers who rely on us for care,” foundation President Jane R. Lanier said. Admission is $150 for the Celebrity Chef Luncheon and $250 for the Saturday food and wine event. For tickets and more information, go to “the weekends events” tab at

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