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Featuring The Mix Band
Toast to the Chefs
Raffle & Silent Auction Last Call
Silent Auction Closes
Raffle Drawing & Closing Remarks
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Welcome to the 2022 Taste of Golf. I am so excited to have our Taste of Golf back in person again this year. We have all experienced some challenges and had to adapt in many ways since the pandemic. As your Event Chair, it is my honor to thank you for investing your time, talents, and finances to this worthy cause. Each year we come together to raise awareness, money, and celebrate our success for the kids of First Tee – North Florida. Through your generosity and support of this magnificent event, we continue to reach more children and provide the foundation they need to be successful in life. You are sowing seeds into the future of children in your own back yard. Our goal is simply to reach, impact, and touch the lives of children through the game of golf and leave them with some lasting life skills.
Through golf our youth learn and develop the nine core values…. Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship,Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy, and Judgment. It is through your investments in this program and organization that we can promote the development of these characteristics in our youth.
I am incredibly proud of the support we receive each year from Computacenter & Cisco, our corporate partners, chefs, support staff, volunteers, family, and friends of First Tee – North Florida. Thank you to this year’s Taste of Golf committee. Your dedication to the success of this event makes a world of difference. Thank you to our First Tee – North Florida Board Members. It is through our collective and intentional efforts we are making a real difference in our community. Last, but not least, the amazingBrooke Edmondson who works overtime to ensure every aspect of the Taste of Golf is of excellent standard.
Nothing great can be accomplished without teamwork, enthusiasm, support, and tireless efforts. I want to personally thank the incredible leadership team at TPC Sawgrass for hosting this extraordinary culinary event. Providing this beautiful space for this amazing event is a true act of love, I am humbled by their generosity and grateful to have their continued support.
Enjoy tonight’s event.
Nicky Sparrow Moreland
2022 Event Chair
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Welcome to the 2022 Taste of Golf presented by Computacenter & CISCO at TPC Sawgrass.You are in for an incredible night of fun and food from some of North Florida’s finest private clubs, resorts, and restaurants. While the night is designed for fun and entertainment, it also brings together a substantial network of supporters of First Tee – North Florida. This event would not be possible without our committee members, board members, and staff, most notably – Nicky Sparrow Moreland (Event Chair), Brooke Edmondson (First Tee – NorthFlorida), Tory Eulenfeld (NGCRA) and TPC Sawgrass Staff. Months of preparation and countless hours of hard work happen behind the scenes to make this event incredible. For nearly two decades, Taste of Golf has brought friends together not only for a great night, but a great cause – the children of our community!
Our First Tee program provides children of all demographics and abilities the opportunity to grow their character foundation while learning the game of golf. We guide kids and teens to show up stronger in everything they set out to do, including golf. Experiences are our greatest teacher. We believe in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. Each year, we can Impact, Influence, and Inspire over 100,000 children in NorthFlorida. As our donor base grows, so does the capacity to reach more children. Each donor is helping solidify that our next generation’s dreams will turn into achievable goals.
Sponsors and supporters of events, such as Taste of Golf, are much more than donors to a local nonprofit. You are key investors in our children and leaders of tomorrow! To all the area clubs and courses that provide their facilities and sometimes their chefs, we would not be able to do what we do without you. From each participant, staff, volunteer, and family member ofFirst Tee – North Florida, we thank you for all that you have invested into this program and organization.
I hope you enjoy the evening,
First Tee – North Florida
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As National Director of Member Services and Programs for The Restaurant Society and the NGCRA, Tory Eulenfeld is living the life she has dreamt of since she could first remember – working with Chefs and putting a smile on peoples’ faces.
Tory works with Club and Restaurant Chefs throughout the country, customizing the needs of an incredibly unique sector of the Food Service industry. Tory has been an integral part of the organization since 2010. She has created an army of the most talented chefs around the country, who now depend on the NGCRA and The Restaurant Society as their most important resource.
Tory has worked in many restaurants and catering companies throughout her career where she has seen first-hand how important it is to be working with the right strategic partners. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University’s famed culinary school and former Golf Club Resort and Restaurant Chef, Tory is the perfect advocate for showcasing the importance of Food & Beverage in the Golf Club and Restaurant industry. When Tory is not dedicating her time to The RS or NGCRA, she proudly serves as the Director of F&B for the Furyk & Friends Golf Tournament, which recently became an event on the PGA Champions Tour, as Constellation Furyk &Friends.
Tory has served for many years as the Chef Liaison for the “Taste of Golf” fundraiser. It is rare anyone will come across someone with as much passion and enthusiasm for food as Tory.
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John Bachman is an evening anchor at Action News Jax. He anchors the 5, 6, and 11 p.m.weekday newscasts on WJAX and the 6:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts on WFOX. News runs in my blood. I grew up in a newsroom with my dad, also John Bachman, who was in the business for about 40 years.
I didn’t always want to follow in my dad’s footsteps. Despite loving the newsroom energy, and following my dad to St. Olaf College, I thought I wanted to be a doctor. I was pre-med, a biology major. I took the MCAT to get into medical school. At about that time, though, I was offered a chance to get into TV. I took an internship at KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, and after a few months they hired me. From there, I went to Raleigh, North Carolina, and WRAL-TV.After four great years, I had the opportunity to go to WSB-TV in Atlanta, our sister station. I reported and anchored there for seven years.
While I was at St. Olaf College, I played golf and baseball (I’m a certified golf and baseball nut).More importantly, though, I met my wife, Jen. I convinced her to go out with me, and a year after graduation we got married. We live in St. Johns County and have three amazing girls.When I’m not working or chasing my girls, I’m busy running after Teddy Roosevelt, my golden retriever! I also love to chase that little white ball.
I love raising my family in the Jacksonville community. I serve on the Make-A-Wish Advisory Committee for NE Florida. I’m on the board of Day1 media ministry and First Tee – North Florida. I look forward to learning about getting involved with other great organizations here in Northeast Florida.
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We exist to enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills curriculum, we create learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids carry to everything they do.
With the belief that all kids deserve the chance to grow in a supportive environment with mentors guiding them, we are dedicated to building programs that are accessible, welcoming, and as impactful as they are fun.We take great pride in our mission and our accomplishments, and with your help we can continue to influence the lives of youth in NorthFlorida.
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This was delivered to more than 95,000 children at 140+ participating elementary schools.
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Over 1,800 children received essential character foundational core values, life skills, and healthy habits through our program.
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Over 5,000 children were reached via other youth serving organizations.
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Last year alone 100,000+ children were impacted in our seven county service area which includes Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia.
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Our Life Skills Experience is delivered at 20 different golf courses around North Florida.
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Executive Chef Kevin McCaffery
Pan Seared Diver Scallops
Shaved Asparagus Salad, Red Tobiko Caviar, Julienned Radish, Rice Wine Vinaigrette Mascarpone Mixed Herb Polenta Cake, Orange Rosemary Gastrique Drizzle
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Executive Chef Joseph Lennon
Raw Osyter topped with Uni,
Salmon Roe, Crispy Nori & Cured Lemon Zest
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Executive Chef Hermann Muller & Chef de Cuisine Thomas Grossman
Shrimp with Plantain Mash
Tomato Jam & Chive Oil
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Executive Chef Azhar Mohammad
Foie Gras and Smoked Oxtail Croquettes, Israeli Cous Cous, Heirloom Tomato & Truffle Goat Cheese
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Executive Chef Darek Stennes & Executive Chef Tim Turner
Creekstone Farms Veal Cheeks
Celery Root Coulis, Fingerling Potato Crisp, Heirloom Tomato Relish & Palm Valley Radish Sprouts
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Executive Chef Christopher Pickren
Vindaloo of Chicken Thigh with
Boiled Peanuts, Fingerling Potatoes & Reparation Earth Butter Greens
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Executive Chef Eric Butcher
Presa Iberico, Cold-Smoked & Dried Chili Rubbed with Stracciatella & Roasted Mushroom Cannelloni, Ramp Silk, Egg Yolk, Truffle
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DESSERT STATION Provided By:
Executive Pastry Chef Paige Murray
Sous Chef Lauren Feel & Chef Erika Reed
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Stephen Bechan – Florida Yacht Club
Chef Stephen graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania Institute of CulinaryArts and performed his internship with the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island. After a two year term at the Mobil 4 Star Cincinnatian Hotel, he returned to Florida and spent the next four at the Amelia Island Club. Chef Stephen then spent two years at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach where he was responsible for the seafood bar and restaurant, a high volume seafood themed restaurant that served between 250 and450 members and guests per day. He then joined us at The Florida Yacht Club and we have been eating well ever since! He is married to Jennifer Bechan and they have two young boys, Carson and Peyton.
Owner/chef- Husband, father, and Marine Corps Veteran. Trey Hartinger is obsessed with bringing the stories and foods of the region to your table. The lack of local and regional farm representation on menus in the area has driven Trey for years to honor the Slow Food Movement’s philosophy and source food locally and deliver it authentically. Cast Iron Grit Catering and Consulting is his vehicle to do so. He also operates The Hush Puppy Supper Club, the highest-end, in-home culinary project he has to offer; a 10-course experience best suited for 10 couples, featuring elevated cooking techniques, full kitchen staff, professional service, and with each course described upon it’s arrival to the table. The HPSC highlights seasonally available products and exemplifies the respect they hold for the true producers of food by treating their products with critical detail and love.
Amelia Island native, Chef Lee Aquino, got a head start on his culinary career by bartering the dishes he created in a culinary class for “extra credit” with his high school teachers.
Trained under an apprenticeship with the American Culinary Federation in St.Augustine, Chef Lee has spent his career finding his culinary voice, one that pairs seasonal flavors with bold presentations to excite the senses. Lee’s favorite dish is the one he has yet to create. With that in mind, he prefers to cook hungry, noting that hunger allows him to really taste the nuance in a dish and keeps his palate open.
With a pencil tucked behind his ear, and a passion for creating interesting meals, this hands-on chef welcomes the challenge of working with people in both the front and back of the house. Creating plates that are not only delicious, but memorable, is what drives Chef Lee’s creativity in the kitchen.
After six successful years, as executive sous chef of the Tampa Yacht andCountry Club, Chef Lee has set his sights on the more exciting side of theBay! He joins the Birchwood as the new Executive Chef, cooking up amazing new dishes for you and your palate!
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Bidding ends at 9:00 PM
Featured Auction Items
- Chicago Cubs Getaway
- Threesome at La Jolla Country Club in La Jolla, California
- Jaguars 20 Person Suite
- Get a one of a kind Kevin Costner Signed Guitar!
- Threesome at Pablo Creek Golf Club
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Tom Tiner, Board Chair – Wells Fargo
Idan Matos, Board Vice-Chair – CISCO Systems
Stephen Horne, Treasurer – Palmer Knight Financial
Shelley O’Neal, Secretary – Dream Finders Homes
Nicky Sparrow Moreland, Director – iHeart Media
John Ream, Director – The Connect Agency
Nick Trefry, Director – Member Benefits
Travis Norman, Director – Hampton Golf
Maria Mark, Director – University of North Florida (Retired)
Mark Stuart, Director – Berkshire Hathaway
Ken Tonning, Director – UBS Financial
Matt Devereaux, Director – Dream Finders Homes
Drake Mosley, Director – PGA TOUR
Rachel Maruno, Director – The Brandr Group
Michael Muldoon, Director – PwC
Randy Chesak, Director – Hancock Whitney Bank
Alby Toto III, Director – Morgan Stanley
Todd Wright, Director – Alexander DeGance Barnett Law Firm
Janda Nelson, Director – AWS Space Technology
Dugan Murphy, Director – The PLAYERS (PGA TOUR)
John Bachman, Director – Cox Media Group (Action News JAX)
Todd Mollitt, Director – Baptist South
Rick Cannington, Director – Allergan
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Nicky Sparrow Moreland
Thank you to our committee for the time and effort you put into making this event a success!