Culinary Happenings Top Calendar of Events at Destination Kohler, A Delicious Destination All Year Long

Inaugural Chefs' Night set to open the culinary season on January 7, 2016

KOHLER, Wis. – (December 16, 2015) – Talented chefs of The Kitchens of Kohler are set to host educational and experiential events in 2016. Inaugurating the culinary season of signature events is the first Chefs' Night where chefs merge together for a culinary night of meet, greet and eat on January 7, from 6-8:30pm at the Kohler Design Center.

"Following the festive holiday season, our culinary team is eager to get out of the kitchen to inspire foodies of all skill levels and interests during the resort's food-focused events," said Tom McGinty, Executive Chef and Manager Food & Beverage for Destination Kohler.

The culinary calendar includes a combination of new and annual events noted below. Special event weekend hotel packages are available at The American Club, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort-hotel, and at the picturesque lakeside Inn on Woodlake. For more information and reservations, call 1-800-344-2838 or visit DestinationKohler.com.

2016 Calendar of Culinary Events

Chefs' Night – January 7
Chefs host an evening where attendees make their way through delicious food stations featuring tasty bites from the restaurants and specialty kitchens of Destination Kohler. The casual event hosted at the inspiring Kohler Design Center affords the opportunity to meet the personalities behind the dishes while enjoying great food and beverage pairings and live local music. The list of Destination Kohler participants include: The Immigrant Restaurant, The Winery Bar, The Horse & Plow, Blackwolf Run, River Wildlife, Whistling Straits, Cucina, KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates, Wisconsin Room, Kitchens Of Kohler Catering, Craverie Chocolatier Café, Take 5 Café at Sports Core, Executive Chefs, Banquets, and Pastry. Chefs' Night is set for Thursday, January 7 from 6-8:30pm. Tickets are $25 per person.

Wisconsin Food Favorites – January 29-31
The chefs of The Kitchens of Kohler celebrate Wisconsin’s delectable fare at the 2nd annual Wisconsin Food Favorites. The festivities incorporate and celebrate products from local farms and producers during special tastings, demonstrations and dining experiences.

Gather for a celebration of all things Wisconsin - brats, beer, cheese, pastries, wine and cocktails. The culinary team creates interesting renditions of traditional food and drink recipes including twists on the classic Wisconsin cocktails – the Old Fashioned and Bloody Mary. The weekend’s signature events include a themed Friday Night Fish Fry at Blackwolf Run, Field-to-Table Breakfast at The Wisconsin Room, and a Wisconsin Heritage Dinner at The American Club. Discounted hotel rates available.

In Celebration of Chocolate – February 19-21
Fall deeper in love with chocolate during the 4th Annual In Celebration of Chocolate, a weekend full of cocoa-themed demonstrations, pairings sessions and culinary events. It is a celebration that acts as a showcase and celebration of the Kohler Co.’s own line of hand-crafted chocolates: KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates. Hosting many of the presentations are two of the resort’s top talents: Chocolatier Anette Righi DeFendi and Executive Pastry Chef of The American Club Josh Johnson. For the first time Anette hosts an interactive two-hour session where participants will go through the step-by-step process of making chocolate at The Secrets of Chocolate – A Hands-On Experience. Chef Johnson is set to host a variety of captivating sessions: Ice Cream Making: From Lean to Mean, The World of Macarons and DIY - Chocolate Sculptures. Annual favorites include the In Celebration of Chocolate Wine Dinner at The American Club, Sugar High at the Kohler Design Center and Chocolate Lovers’ Brunch at The Wisconsin Room. À la carte tickets are available and hotel packages - Chocolate Indulgence or Sweet Treat - start at $161 per person.

Demonstration Kitchen Series – Saturdays, January through April
The annual Demonstration Kitchen series returns for another season of engaging sessions hosted by the culinary talents of Destination Kohler. Home cooks of all skill levels are afforded a delightfully delicious way to enhance cooking skills and expand their recipe box during educational programming in the intimate, informal working kitchen at The Shops at Woodlake. Each Saturday at 11am and 2pm, chefs demonstrate selected recipes from preparation to presentation to final tasting paired with a complementing beverage. This year’s topics vary from mastering traditional cooking skills such as pasta making to specific interests such as Paella and Dashi hosted by a variety of chefs, chocolatiers and pastry masters. Tickets are available for $39 per person.

Save the date for the resort's top culinary weekends set for the year:

Kohler Festival of Beer – April 29-May 1
The annual Kohler Festival of Beer celebrates one of Wisconsin’s top industries with the country’s premiere craft brewers and beer fans from around the nation. The Village of Kohler comes alive with music, food pairing events, cooking demonstrations, and flowing taps that highlight the weekend.

Kohler Food and Wine Experience – 16th annual – October 20-23
A four-day extravaganza of food, wine and fun. This interactive culinary event features celebrity chefs, libations specialists, wine experts and epicurean enthusiasts from around the world for dynamic culinary seminars, tastings and signature festivities. Celebrity chef headliners and regional talents to be announced Summer 2016.

About Destination Kohler
The American Club, a Forbes Five-Star Recipient and the Midwest’s only AAA Five-Diamond resort-hotel was named #3 Golf Resort in North America, by Golf Digest Magazine. The resort is one of only 48 hotels in North America with both the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond distinction. Kohler Waters Spa in Kohler, Wisconsin is the first and only Forbes Five-Star spa in Wisconsin and one of 48 spas worldwide to hold this distinction. The resort features 12 dining establishments from the Forbes Four-Star Immigrant Restaurant to traditional pub fare at Horse & Plow and rustic Italian at Cucina. The resort is located in the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, one hour north of Milwaukee and two and a half hours north of Chicago.

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