Friends of James Beard Enjoy Dinner Benefit at Winged Foot Golf Club

Hundreds of pages filled with elite club histories, intimate photographs, recipes and stories from select golf clubs & destinations.

On November 10th of this year, the reserved, private, and internationally famous Winged Foot Golf Club welcomed guests to a “unique and groundbreaking” benefit event. On a pleasant Thursday evening, this exclusive club in Mamaroneck, NY played host to a Friends of James Beard Benefits (FOJBB) dinner, held to launch a new coffee table book you'll be sure to see gracing fine living rooms around the country: Golf Kitchen.

This unique and much anticipated project developed by GK CEO and world class culinary writer and photographer, Diana DeLucia, ushers readers through a culinary tour of some of the world of golf’s most impressive and beloved kitchens and dining rooms. The book’s many hundreds of pages are filled with elite club histories, intimate photographs, recipes, and stories from a selective 16 upscale golf clubs and destinations. “Diana has worked tirelessly to create this world class publication, which promotes the top caliber chefs and their craft in the private club world,” says Winged Foot Golf Club Executive Chef, Rhy Waddington, who is no stranger to performing culinary miracles in the name of the James Beard Foundation. And of Waddington, Diane Harris Brown, Director of Educational and Community Programming for the James Beard Foundation, says that his cooking is “elegant and technique-driven,” and that “the results have dazzled our guests and enriched our legacy.”

The illustrious dinner also featured executive chefs from around the world who are featured among Golf Kitchen’s 500+ pages celebrating renowned world of the best culinary professionals of the high-end golf club world. This elite group of chefs guided Winged Foot Golf Club’s membership, as well as FOJBB benefactors, on a culinary journey through some of their most beloved dishes featured in the book. About the success of the evening, Winged Foot Executive Chef, Rhy Waddington told Private Club Marketing, “The whole room was just full of this fantastic smell. One of the most well-received dishes was a braised rabbit with Swiss chard ravioli and white truffles. We did a _foie gras_ with crab apple lollipop as a sort of appetizer which people loved as well…Often club chefs get forgotten about, so this was a real celebration.” The international chefs of the evening were from Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, while the domestic chefs were from Winged Foot, Sebonack GC in Southampton, and Cassique at Kiawah Island Club.

In addition to Winged Foot Golf Club itself, the Golf Kitchen coffee table book also features stories, recipes, histories, and photographs from kitchens at places like Golf de l'Ocean in Morocco, Kingston Heath Golf Club in Australia, Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, Dorado Beach (a Ritz-Carlton Reserve,) in Dorado, Puerto Rico, and Cassique Golf Club in South Carolina, among others. According to Golf Kitchen’s media contact, “Portions of the proceeds from book sales will benefit World Central Kitchen, supporting impoverished children around the world,” as well as the Folds of Honor Foundation. “These chefs and their teams have inspired me,” said DeLucia after the special night. “…they are influencing other private clubs and staff to improve their culinary culture; they are making their members very proud.”

The book is now available online at

Newport Beach Cigar Lounge Lights Up on PCH

Newport Beach investor and Instagram celebrity, Manny Khoshbin has opened a brand new business dedicated to one of his many loves in life – cigars, with the opening of the first private Newport Beach Cigar Lounge.

The real estate investor and luxury car collector partnered with a private club entrepreneur Zack Bates in Newport Beach to open Cubano Room.

Inside the private lounge, members house their personal collection of fine cigars, wine, and whiskey and settle into the yacht-inspired retreat.


Situated on the top floor of Khoshbin’s Landing, next to Billy’s at the Beach. The open-air, covered patio features an on-site hostess, complimentary Wi-Fi and espresso bar, partial harbor views, ocean breezes and monthly luxury and leisure events. Their most recent events included partners like Ferrari of Newport Beach, Watch Expo, and Nobleman Magazine.

The lounge has limited the number of memberships available (80 to be exact). In the first month, they were flooded with over 50 applications, and have been selective with whom they’ve allowed in.

Want to get a sneak peek? The lounge will host pre-registered previews on October 25 – 27. Interested parties should email <a href=””></a> for more information.

New Twists on an Old Favorite: 2016 Updates to the “Arnold Palmer” Cocktail

The classic “Arnold Palmer,” might as well be the official beverage of golf. Named after famed PGA tour rock star, Arnold Palmer himself in 1960 at the U.S. Open at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver. This mix of iced tea and a generous splash of lemonade started out as a refreshing post-round soft drink but more than five decades later in 2016, we still love the classics, but things have gotten a whole lot more exciting at the club bar. Ask your favorite mixologist (even if that’s you) to whip up one of these ingenious 2016 updates to an old favorite.

1. The Dirty Arnold

In a wickedly delicious ‘Dirty Arnold Palmer,’ the flavor and kick of each base ingredient gets souped up with a 21+ twist. Start with your basic half iced tea and half lemonade mix. Add a healthy pour of sweet tea infused vodka (now available from a number of top-shelf brands) and a splash of classic Italian _limoncello_. Summer perfection that packs a punch.


2. Tamarind Treat

When you’ve left it all on the course and are ready for a well deserved beverage, there’s nothing more refreshing than a cool drink with a unique kick. For an inventive and surprisingly tasty take on the citrus flavor of a traditional Arnold Palmer cocktail, substitute a dose of tamarind nectar for the lemonade. As it has recently become widely available in U.S. markets, the lemon, apricot, and date notes of this global fruit juice has been gaining epicurean attention. Swirl with iced tea and a jigger of vodka to complete your masterpiece.



3. Arnold’s Mint and Berry Mocktail

If you’d like to keep your wits about you out on the course, the fresh flavor of this updated soft beverage will give you a kick without any alcohol. The trick is to take the basic tea, lemon, and sugar flavors of the original drink and pump them up. Basic black tea is brewed with a hefty handful of crushed mint leaves thrown in, while the classic lemon base is replaced with its punchier cousin, strawberry lemonade.