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Real Estate Scorecard Reveals Southern Master Planned Communities with Culinary Experiences Second to None

Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) March 17, 2015

When it comes to pleasing “the sophisticated palate” of Baby Boomers relocating at retirement, the best master planned communities in the south are taking note by promoting healthy eating, gourmet restaurants, community gardens and impressive culinary events to satisfy even the most discerning property owners. Wine tastings, cooking classes and high end dining experiences round out the formula for living that perfect retirement life. Real Estate Scorecard sees smart real estate developers taking heed by adding these luxury amenities to their developments. Catering to foodies has become the norm and events are planned annually to insure club members can partake in these impressive culinary happenings right within their own neighborhoods.

One such event is the 6th Annual Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival set for March 20 and 21 at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge located at Reynolds Plantation. The food and wine festival begins at 7pm on Friday, March 20 and will feature some outstanding guests chefs from the region. General admission tickets are $ 85 and will allow guests to sample food creations from the area as well as participating restaurants offerings. Attending this event will also benefit local children’s arts and education organizations including the Gatewood School, the Oconee Performing Arts Society’s Educational and Outreach program and the Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation.

The event will also offer an exquisite “sponsors only” 5-course dinner at Linder Longer Steakhouse by acclaimed executive chef Andrew Litherland accompanied by superb wine selections; a live demonstration by Atlanta artist Thomas Arvid, renowned for his oversized, highly realistic paintings, and live farm-to-table cooking demos by Celebrity Chef Steven Satterfield of Atlanta’s Miller Union who will be offering VIP guests the chance to purchase signed copies of his “Root to Leaf” cookbook. VIP tickets can be purchased for $ 250 and will offer all-night access to the VIP lounge hosted by The Local Palate. The event will also feature a silent auction to benefit local schools and performing art throughout the evening of Saturday, March 21.

“It is an honor to welcome such distinguished chefs and artists to our hotel for the Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival,” said Ralph Vick, The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation’s general manager. “I am excited to highlight our resort and showcase all that we have to offer while celebrating fine food, wine and community.”

Edward Leonard, the new executive chef and director of culinary operations at Reynolds Plantation, who has served as Vice President of Culinary Education and Corporate Chef at Le Cordon Bleu College of North America and authored seven cookbooks, is part of the festival lineup. In addition to the upcoming food and wine festival, Reynolds Plantation and other communities are adding “dining perks” for folks living at their properties. Here are some of the amenities found at Reynolds Plantation in addition to other communities we found worth noting.

REYNOLDS PLANTATION – Greensboro, Georgia

Reynolds Plantation is an award winning master planned community located in Greensboro and features five community clubhouses with dining options that range from elegant dining to more casual venues located lake side. Overlooking Lake Oconee, the gated community has 6 resort-style swimming pools, 16 tennis courts, 14 miles of walking trails and a 38,000 square foot health and wellness center. Beautiful Lake Oconee spreads across 19,000 acres hugging 374 miles of shoreline.

Residents here can enjoy the newly opened Waterview Pub where the menu offerings range from morning bagels, eggs and cheese muffins to fish-n-chips and burgers for lunch or dinner. The bar is well stocked and offers a unique array of local and national craft beers. There are several restaurants available here. Exceptional dining in a range of culinary styles greets residents, club members and guests at The Plantation Grille, Great Waters, The Landing, Kathy’s Café at The Lake Club, and The Creek Club. The Landing, Great Waters and The Plantation Grille are open to the public, while Kathy’s Café, Infinity Pool Bar, and the Creek Club are club member-only. Along with spectacular cuisine, diners enjoy a selection of wines that helped Reynolds Plantation receive the “Award of Excellence” from WINE Spectator Magazine for four consecutive years.

For health conscious residents, the concept of farm to table and a community garden where residents grow their own produce has rapidly caught on. “We started with fifteen gardeners and eight raised beds in April as a ‘trial run,’” says Carolyn Taylor, full-time resident and chair of the landscape committee. “After just three short months, I have a list of twenty-five additional residents who are interested in starting their own beds or sharing with another member.”

Living at Reynolds Plantation, residents also can enjoy the multitude of drinking and dining venues at the elegant and prestigious Ritz Carlton Lodge located nearby. Folks will find Georgia’s Bistro, Linger Longer Steakhouse, Gaby’s by the Lake, Chiminea Dining, Lobby Lounge, The Coffee Shop, and the BBQ Butler located within the Lodge.

THE CLIFFS – Western Carolinas

The Cliffs is comprised of seven private, luxury mountain and lake gated communities in the Carolinas which run along the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With one club membership, property owners have access to all 7 seven clubs with first class amenities found at the multiple The Cliffs locations. With seven award winning golf courses, a full service marina and Beach Club on beautiful Lake Keowee, authentic equestrian center, expansive wellness centers and programming, a premier tennis program, a community garden and 23 total upscale and casual dining venues scattered throughout the properties, members have found that living at The Cliffs is the most rewarding lifestyle experience. From fine dining and wine experiences to a casual lunch by the fireplace in the Tavern Bar, culinary choices found here are endless. No matter the food cravings, no day and no meal is the same at The Cliffs.

Known for its wine programming, The Cliffs has edged up in the ranks as “one of the country’s most exclusive private clubs.” With sommeliers on board and an impressive wine and food festival for its members, true “foodies” looking for a sophisticated living experience should consider The Cliffs. The luxurious mountain and lake communities are located in the Blue Ridge Mountains between the two award-winning cities of Greenville, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina and boasts 7 championship golf courses, five wellness centers, wine clubs, an organic farm and more than 1,000 social activities annually. The 2014 Cliffs Wine & Food Festival featured six sold out events and generated over $ 50,000 in wine sales. For three days, The Cliffs Wine and Food Festival offered savvy members some fabulous dinners, exquisite wine as well as expert panel discussions. The event was enjoyed by all, and plans are under way to make this year’s event – planned for September 18-27 – even bigger.

For those seeking to grow their own organic food and flowers, The Cliffs Organic Farm spans over more than 5 acres and has two 100-foot greenhouses as well as a 30-foot Microgreen seed-starting greenhouse. Over 155 varieties of 60 different vegetables, herbs and flowers are grown here and members are invited to workshops on how to grow, harvest and cook with seasonal food celebrations offered to residents. There is also a farm staff on hand to assist property owners on farming techniques and conservation practices. The Cliffs definitely provides a first class living environment for its members enabling them to enjoy the finer things in life while promoting healthy eating with this incredible resource.

CURRAHEE CLUB – Toccoa, Georgia

Another fascinating and well managed real estate development to explore with a ‘flavor’ for life is the Currahee Club. Located on Lake Hartwell in Toccoa, the gated community is spread across 1,200 acres. Considered one of the best golf communities in the south, it was honored as the “Best Golf Community of the Year in 2014” by Real Estate Scorecard. In addition to golf, new amenities include a $ 2.5 million Sports Club and a community boat dock. For food enthusiasts, Currahee Club features a “world class” Chef who oversees the Food and Beverage Operations. Chef Anca Timmons who hails from Bucharest, Romania and a graduate from The Culinary Institute of America, has an impressive background in the culinary arena and joined the staff at the Currahee Club in 2012. Through her leadership, the restaurant venues offered here are definitely worth noting.

For a formal dining experience, The Overlook Restaurant offers an impressive and sophisticated menu that reflects the region with offerings like “Pork Meatballs and Grits”, “Crab Hushpuppies” and “Prawns and Arugula Salad” as appetizers, the main course offerings range from “Catfish and Prawns Creole” to mouth-watering steak selections. The Fazio Pub is known as the gathering spot for members for lunch or pre-dinner conversations where folks will find a fully stocked bar, a warm and welcoming fireplace and impressive views of this immaculate property. Closed for the season but reopening on Labor Day, The Golf Snack Shop is open on Saturdays and Sundays for breakfast and lunch and features a stone terrace with mountain and lake views as well as an outdoor fireplace to “sit back and relax”. The Canoe Bar and Grill is located in the Sports Club and is a perfect spot to enjoy lunch and a refreshing beverage after a mid-morning workout.

Neighbors here are very social and impromptu pot luck dinners and wine tastings are the norm. Currahee Club exemplifies southern living and there are multiple foodie events planned annually. They also host events open to the public including a Symphony Orchestra Patriot Pops Concern and as well as a Farmer’s Market. There is also a community garden located at the Currahee Amenity Center for health enthusiasts to grow their own produce. The Grand Lawn provides a picturesque backdrop for a family picnic or simply a place to fly a kite while enjoying the lifestyle the scenic property has to offer.

THE RESERVE AT LAKE KEOWEE – Western South Carolina

Set in the “Garden of Eden”, here’s another enticing location to consider for retirement living revolving around savory food. The Reserve at Lake Keowee spreads across 3,900 acres on a lake that has over 300 miles of shoreline. Lake Keowee has been nicknamed “the Garden of Eden” because its undisturbed lush forestry, cascading waterfalls and warm emerald green waters. The Village Market is the place to be on Tuesday’s for the community’s family style dining under the twinkle lights in the courtyard. Real Estate Scorecard has attended one of these events like many others at the finest southern master planned communities and was ‘wowed’ by the delicious food, attractive presentation and friendliness of the club members. The Village Market is an old fashioned European-style market providing convenience within the community to purchase box lunches, fine wine, groceries and one-of-a-kind gifts.

An upcoming offsite “foodie” field trip planned for club members is slated for March 30. The Tastes of the South Culinary Tour will visit to some of Greenville’s renowned Southern-theme restaurants to sample some of their signature Southern regional preparations. The tour will include four restaurants and folks can sample dishes like “fried green tomatoes”, BBQ and some fresh seafood as well as a Southern style dessert to complete the event. The tour will visit Soby’s New South Cuisine (fine Southern cuisine), Tupelo Honey (NC/SC cuisine), Smoke on the Water (BBQ and more), Breakwater Restaurant & Bar (new Southern cuisine).

With over $ 100 million dollars of amenities completed, this well designed community features an award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, the Lakefront Pool Complex & Grill, a Tennis & Fitness Center, 4 Har-Tu tennis courts and 5 ½ miles of manicured hiking trails with walking and bike paths that connect the neighborhoods. The Waterfront Park & Trail along the lake is popular with residents. The Reserve at Lake Keowee’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course has been selected, for the third year in a row, as one of the three host courses for the 15th Annual BMW Charity Pro-Am Tournament. The Tournament will take place May 14-17. Since 2001, the BMW Charity Pro-Am Tournament has raised more than $ 10.8 million for 150+ charities—including The Reserve’s Charitable Foundation. For boating enthusiasts, the gated community on Lake Keowee has a private 200 boat slip marina with 19 community docks.

The Orchard House is an elegant 20,000 square foot clubhouse with picturesque lake and mountain views from the top of the hill and is another place where food lovers can enjoy a superb dinner. The delectable menu items such as “Brazilian Coconut Shrimp”, “Southern Fried Chicken”, “Seafood Ravioli” and “Certified Angus Filet “Oscar” keep palate refined members coming back for more. The Great Lawn is the centerpiece of The Reserve at Lake Keowee and completes the package offering outdoor concerts and community events for centered around fine wine and food.

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