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Experience Charleston in Good Taste with the Lee Brothers

Wild Dunes Resort Launches Interactive Culinary Offerings for Meetings & Groups

CHARLESTON, S.C., May 05, 2014 – Now through fall 2015, meetings and groups visiting Wild Dunes Resort, by Destination Hotels & Resorts, can share an unforgettable Southern meal with the Lee Brothers, masters behind Charleston’s thriving culinary scene. 

James Beard award-winning cookbook authors and regular contributors to Travel + Leisure and Bon Appétit, Matt and Ted Lee are beloved icons in the celebrity chef world. With multiple TV appearances on Food Network, Travel Channel, NBC’s “The Today Show” and CBS’ “Early Morning Show” as highlighted in this video, the Lee Brothers’ lively personalities and flair for the flavors of Charleston make them a favorite among such stars as Bobby Flay and Mario Batali.

With choice from a conversational cooking class, traditional Lowcountry oyster roast or custom dinner featuring recipes from any of the Lee Brothers’ award-winning cookbooks, groups can sip, savor and shuck their way through authentic Charleston cuisine with the iconic duo themselves. Matt and Ted Lee will introduce guests to the distinctive concepts and ingredients unique to the city with cuisine options like Hoppin’ John, Oyster Pie and the acclaimed Southern specialty Shrimp and Grits.

Groups can customize their Lee Brothers Charleston culinary experience based on the size of the group and food preferences with a variety of one-of-a-kind dinners available including:

Demonstration Cooking Class

Groups can choose from demonstration-only, demonstration with tasting samples or demonstration with a full meal. Four unique and carefully crafted menu options include:

  1. The Lowcountry’s Greatest Hits: An introduction to the classic treats of the region, with stories and personalities featuring Artichoke Relish, Shrimp and Grits, Hoppin’ John, Oyster Pie, Banana Pudding and Mint Juleps.
  2. Simple Fresh Southern: A look into contemporary cooking and Southern food as a living art featuring Honeydew Wine Coolers, Pimento Cheese Potato Gratin, Smoked Shrimp with Buttermilk Dip, Butterbean and Mint Spread, and Cornmeal Drop Biscuit Peach Cobbler.
  3. The Charleston Kitchen: This demo highlights the Lee Brothers’ hometown, weaving in the characters that make Charleston a unique place to cook and live, featuring St. Cecilia Punch, Oyster Pie, Crab Gratin, Chicken Purloo, Benne Wafers, Roast Duck and Huguenot Torte.
  4. Barrier Island Cuisine: Groups explore the rare bounty of island food that Matt and Ted grew up foraging, featuring Cactus Pear Margaritas, Conch Fritters, Roast Venison with Mulberry, Whiting in Parchment with Smilax and Sea Beans, Roast Duck and Jasmine Custard.

Oyster Roast Experience

Groups can discover the most quintessential of outdoor Lowcountry traditions as the Lee Brothers host and preside over a traditional oyster roast. Guests will sip Brandied Plum Cocktails and local beers as Matt and Ted walk them through three stations including an oyster-roasting griddle stoked by a wood fire, the crab crack table and the Frogmore stew table.

*The Oyster Roast Experience can serve as a dinner itself or can be an appetizer/cocktail hour to a seated Lee Brothers Custom Dinner (see below). 

Lee Brothers Custom Dinner

Groups seeking to create their own custom dining experience can collaborate with the Lee Brothers and craft a menu complete with dishes from any of their award-winning cookbooks or recipes of their own choosing. Matt and Ted will mingle with guests throughout the cocktail hour and make remarks at the beginning of the meal as well as throughout the dinner if guests so wish, describing the backgrounds and flavors behind the recipes.

 

-Best of Both Worlds Meeting Destination-

Driving distance to downtown Charleston, Wild Dunes Resort offers the “best of both worlds” for a corporate outing or group vacation, pairing an island setting with the tremendous offerings of historic Charleston minutes away. With the recent introduction of JetBlue flights from the Northeast, as well as service on Southwest, American, Delta, US Airways and United, Charleston is now more accessible for meetings and groups than ever before. Wild Dunes Resort offers a variety of meeting venues from traditional boardrooms to beachfront spaces including the The Sweetgrass Pavilion, Palmetto Hall, an Executive Boardroom and Club Room at the Boardwalk Inn and the Grand Pavilion. While on property, meetings and groups can also enjoy the resort’s abundance of amenities including 36 holes of championship golf, 17 tennis courts, watersports, spa services, resort-wide pools and delicious dining options. After enjoying an unforgettable Lee Brothers culinary experience, groups can take advantage of the Resort’s amenity rich offerings steps away from their meeting rooms and accommodations or head off property to explore one of the many offerings of downtown Charleston including shopping on King Street, the Historic Charleston market, group carriage rides, walking tours, plantation tours and much more.

To book a Lee Brothers Charleston culinary experience, Wild Dunes Resort suggests at least a two week lead time and culinary experiences are based on availability. For more information on any of the Lee Brothers culinary experiences or for more meetings specials and packages, please call 866-499-7142 or visit www.wilddunesmeetings.com.

About the Lee Brothers

Siblings Matt and Ted grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. When they left to attend colleges in the Northeast, they so missed the foods of their hometown that they founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalogue for southern pantry staples like stone-ground grits, fig preserves, and, of course, boiled peanuts. When an editor of a travel magazine asked them to write a story about road-tripping their home state in search of great food, they embarked on a second career as food and travel journalists. Since 2001 they have been contributing editors at Travel + Leisure and they frequently write food stories for Bon Appetit, The New York Times, GQ and Food & Wine, among other publications. Their three cookbooks, The Lee Bros, Southern Cookbook, The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern and the new Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen have won a combined six James Beard Foundation and IACP Awards. For more information on the Lee Brothers, visit www.mattleeandtedlee.com.

About Wild Dunes Resort

Nestled on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort, by Destination Hotels & Resorts, is located less than 30 minutes from the charm and grace of historic Charleston. The Resort occupies 1,600 acres of oceanfront paradise with a variety of accommodations ranging from the AAA Four-Diamond Rated Boardwalk Inn and The Village at Wild Dunes to private condos and luxury home vacation rentals. Offering a year-round menu of championship golf, nationally-ranked tennis, award-winning recreation, spa services and restaurant options, Wild Dunes Resort has been distinguished by many publications and associations as a top destination for families, golfers, tennis lovers, and meeting and event planners. It is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. Visit Wild Dunes Resort online on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts

Destination Hotels & Resorts is an authentic collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels and resorts across North America. Offering enriching, locally-inspired experiences from alpine adventures and stunning beachfronts to urban landmarks, each property reflects the natural surroundings and culture of its distinctive locale. With more than 40 properties in premier travel destinations, including Aspen, Chicago, Denver, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles, Maui, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Santa Fe, Seattle, Vail and Washington D.C., the award-winning portfolio features renowned golf courses, indigenous spas, and exceptional culinary venues. For more information on Destination Hotels & Resorts, visit www.destinationhotels.com. Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

 

Media Contacts:

Gillian Love / Gina Stouffer

Lou Hammond & Associates

843.408.4398 / 843.408.4360

gillianl@lhammond.com / ginag@lhammond.com

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