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Chef Competition and Golf Tournament to Benefit Oak Grove Center

Event Details:

  • What: 12th Annual Oak Grove Classic
  • When: October 20, 2014 at 9am
  • Where: Journey at Pechanga
  • What: So-Cal Chef Open
  • When: October 20, 2014 at 4:30pm
  • Where: Pechanga Grand Ballroom

Attention foodies, golfers and charity supporters! The 12th Annual Oak Grove Classic and So-Cal Chef Open, at Pechanga Resort & Casino, has something to please even the pickiest of palates.

On Monday, October 20th, a full day of fundraising fun starts with a shotgun-start golf tournament at Pechanga’s award-winning and very popular Journey Golf Club. Golfers from all over California flock to this particular course due to its beautiful scenery as well as high degree of difficulty.

Following a round on the beautiful and prestigious course, the festivities move into the Pechanga Grand Ballroom, where twelve of the valley’s most talented chefs will compete for the title of Pinnacle Award Winner.

“We are so grateful for the support we have had from the amazingly talented and generous chefs as well as our loyal golfers who return year after year as well as the new golfers that are signed up for this year,” Tammy Wilson, CEO of the Oak Grove Center said. “We are proud that this has become a signature event and are so honored that Pechanga provides the Grand Ballroom as the backdrop for the competition.”

At the Chef Open, chefs will prepare their finest dishes to be sampled and judged by not only the patrons attending the event, who will be given voting sheets upon entering, but also a panel of celebrity judges including Steve Cazel (“Cutthroat Island,” “Survivor”), Amanda Colello (“Hell’s Kitchen”), Comedian Rocky Osborn and last year’s Judge’s Pinnacle Award-Winner, Chef Steve Stawinski of Wilson Creek Winery’s Creekside Grille.

This year’s group of competing chefs promises to deliver a wide array of dishes providing a true culinary experience to all ticket holders. Confirmed competitors include: Chef Bracken Blucher (Baily’s Old Town Temecula), Chef Steve Bearse (New Life Culinary Creations), Chef Leone D’Arcangelo (Fresco Trattoria & Bar), Chef Mike Newhall (First Class Catering), Chef Rosie O’Connor (Provecho Grill), Chef Michael Cragg (Temecula Catering), Chef Pietro Cinus (Trattoria Toscana), Executive Chef Damian Stanley (Pechanga Resort & Casino), Chef Tony Xu & Chef John Wu (Yuan Boutique Bistro), Chef Louis Lepe (La Bella Vita), and Chef Richard Bustos (Heart Of The House Catering).

In addition to the unlimited tastings included in the ticket price, the evening will also have alcoholic beverages available for purchase and an auction with thousands of dollars worth of great baskets and other items up for bid.

“Our live auction at the Chef Open will include $4000 worth of flooring, cabinetry and/or design, donated by Pacific Floor and our golfers will want the chance to bid on golfing at Pebble Beach, made possible by Lexus Champions for Charity,” Wilson said.

Each player in the Golf Classic costs $250 and Chef Open tickets are $45 each. All proceeds for the Golf Classic and Chef Open will benefit the entire year of sports and recreation programs for the Oak Grove Center for Education Treatment and the Arts; a non-profit organization and residential school located in Murrieta.

“Founded in 1989, Oak Grove is a nonprofit educational center serving over 581 children annually through our residential and day programs,” Wilson said. “Children come to us with a variety of psychological, social, emotional, behavioral and academic problems, suffering from physical or sexual abuse, emotional abuse, mental health needs, cognitive or learning disabilities, neglect or other traumas.”

For more information on the event, or the Oak Grove Center, visit their website at

It doesn’t get much better than a day filled with golf and gourmet good food and, at the 12th Annual Oak Grove Classic and So-Cal Chef Open, attendees can feel good about indulging in both luxuries because they are showing their support for a worthy, and local, beneficiary.

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Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon

Holly has been covering arts & entertainment in the Temecula Valley for as long as she has been a part of the community. She loves San Diego sports almost as much as she loves her family.

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