If you’d like to visit the charming golf mecca that is Pinehurst – but aren’t much of a golfer – here’s a new reason to go. The historic Pinehurst Resort, known for its beauty and its storied PGA and U.S. Open history, will host a series of “Chef and Maker” weekends beginning this month. Each weekend will pair a celebrated chef with an acclaimed artist or craftsman/craftswoman for eating, learning, creating – eating once more.
You don’t have to have an artistic bent to attend (but you might want to bring your appetite). These weekends are meant to provide a creative framework for a retreat, and each weekend has its own distinct flavor.
The series’ first installment May 12 – 14 features chef Clark Barlowe of Heirloom Restaurant in Charlotte and artist Steve Watkins of fine knifemaker Ironman Forge. You’ll begin the weekend with an informal pig pickin’ Friday evening before a Saturday itinerary including knife forging, a cooking demo, and a four-course locavore dinner feast. Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen will be the chef July 7 – 9 when she will preside over a Poole’s Diner-inspired welcome reception, cookbook signing, and a Saturday dinner. Before dinner, there will be a glass blowing demonstration and whiskey tasting with artist Colin O’Reilly of Terrane Glass Designs. Come fall, Sept. 15 – 17, chef Katie Button of Curaté in Asheville and artists Scott and Bobbie Thomas of Thomas Pottery have planned a weekend of tapas, Spanish wine, a pottery demo, and a coffee tasting with Durham-based Counter Culture Coffee. –J.A.
$399 per person; pinehurst.com/chefmaker