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Augustine Grille to host ‘farm to table’ fundraiser

The Augustine Grille at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa will host a “Farm to Table” Dinner Benefit & Silent Auction on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. A fundraiser for the Beaches Local Food Network’s Children’s Gardening Program and Slow Food First Coast’s school garden installations, the benefit will be held at the award-winning Augustine Grille and will feature a five-course meal prepared by Northeast Florida’s finest chefs – Augustine Grille’s own Executive Chef David Scalise, Chef de Cuisine Brett Smith and Ted Peters of One Ocean, Herman Muller of Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, Scotty Schwartz from 29 South Eats, Thomas Tolxdorf from the Ritz Carlton, and David Bearl from the Southeast Institute of Culinary Arts.  The cost for the event is $150 per person and space is limited.

The five-course dinner will spotlight seasonal and signature dishes using fresh ingredients from local and regional farmers and artisans.  Coastal Wine & Spirits will provide organic wines paired with each course from the world-class Lapostolle winery in Chile.  Guests will also enjoy a cocktail reception featuring a selection of artfully prepared hors d’oeuvres. A silent auction will follow the dinner and will showcase locally-made and green lifestyle products and items which promote environmental awareness.

 “At Augustine Grille and other restaurants at the Sawgrass Marriott, we are committed to using local vendors and farmers whenever possible, and we are honored to host this event for the Beaches Local Food Network and Slow Food First Coast, two vital organizations that makes a difference in our community,” said Mark Butcher, director of food and beverage for the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. “The next generation is an important link in furthering the cause of growing food in a responsible manner, and the Beaches Local Food Network’s Children’s Gardening Program and Slow Food First Coasts’ school garden installations are ways to bring joy and fulfillment while learning to protect the environment and be responsible at the same time.”

For more information about the Farm to Table Dinner Benefit, contact the Beaches Local Food Network at (904) 270-0273.  For more information about the Augustine Grille or the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, call (904) 285-7777 or visit www.sawgrassmarriott.com.


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