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This week, I have focused on a different aspect of food and drink and that is enjoying events at a country club. First, I must admit that when I speak of a country club, people usually ask me is it a country club with cowboys or country club for rich people? The Stirling Club at Turnberry Place is not about cowboys but you don't have to be Bill Gates to enjoy it either.
The Stirling Club at Turnberry Place is certainly upscale and beautiful but also a place to consider for a networking meeting, dinner, birthday, wedding and reception, anniversary or any reason to meet and celebrate. You don't have to be a member to use the facilities and Jill Sullivan, the Catering Sales Manager, staff and chefs can do almost anything from the very traditional to over-the-top. In fact, Sullivan related a story about one of their most lavish weddings recently.
It was to be a traditional Hindu ceremony with the groom riding to his bride on an elephant. On the day of the ceremony, the bride and groom arrived separately and had private rooms for dress, make-up and lunch catered by Charlie Palmer. The elephant came on a 65-foot trailer that couldn't fit though the Turnberry gate and traffic had to be stopped to unload her [the elephant] onto Paradise Road. The elephant actually walked through the gates to the amazement of the residents of Turnberry Place and anyone driving on Paradise Road at that time! When Deepak (the groom) mounted the elephant, all of the groomsmen and bridesmaids cheered from the balcony, but not Sara (the bride), as Hindu custom does not allow the bride and groom to see each other before the wedding The elephant procession lasted about an hour with dancing and singing along the driveway of The Stirling Club. Ceremonial dances also took place and the most famous singer of India, Sukhwinder Singh, serenaded the family. It is Indian custom for the bride to be waiting at the altar for the groom, but Sara wanted her dad to walk her down the aisle. It was her dream to "walk on water" so a special stage was built over the pool, and the bride and her father "walked on water" to her groom. After the ceremony took place, fireworks erupted upon presentation of the couple as Mr. and Mrs. Deepak Nath. Chef Charlie Palmer's kitchen prepared both Indian and American hors d'oeuvres for 650 people that were tray passed at the pool where the ceremony took place as well as a specialty dessert called the "Dream Bar" with coconuts and almonds. It was so popular; the family requested an additional 100 bars be made for them.
Speaking of weddings, the Stirling Club will present "An Enchanted Bridal Affair" on Saturday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be 20 of Las Vegas' top wedding-related businesses exhibiting from planners, photographers and gowns to jewelers, florists and favors. Enjoy Champagne, hors d' oeuvres, entertainment and an informal bridal fashion show. Tickets are $15 at the door and this event is open to the public. So while you might want to rethink riding in on an elephant, if you (or a family member) would love to have the wedding and reception in the most beautiful of surroundings with the most incredible food as part of the Charlie Palmer team, plan on attending.
It was this story that inspired me to think about those special times in our lives, how we celebrate them and the importance of food, drink and our surroundings. Yes, I have attended several events in a VFW Hall or someone's "rec room" in their complex and those times were just as special to those individuals. But today, people want so much more and want to create memories that will last a lifetime. At the Stirling Club, the menu selections, the preparation of the food, the wine and alcohol pairings (or beer) and the many rooms available, from intimate to the expansive pool area will create a phenomenal experience and the cost is not prohibitive.
The fact that the Stirling Club is part of the Charlie Palmer Group spotlights the finest in cuisine offered. Recently, the Stirling Club held a cooking demonstration with Chef Steve making Ahi Tuna Kabobs with a Coconut Plum Glaze Sauce, Citrus Couscous, Green Onion Salad and Heirloom Tomato Martini. Chef Steve really demonstrated how to create a gourmet lunch without intimidating those in attendance. He really expanded my cooking knowledge. I will ask you one question to test you. Do you know what an heirloom tomato is? It is a tomato that grows into a shape naturally while, for example, cherry tomatoes are cultivated to grow that shape and size. I learned that from Chef Steve and I just love his style, food preparation and presentation.
There are mixers to introduce people to the club and you don't have to be a member to hold an event at The Stirling Club, but membership sure has it's privileges. If you are interested, contact Membership Director Kathleen Gustafson at 784-4603 for more information. It is a beautiful place YOU deserve to enjoy.
Stirling Club at Turnberry Place
2827 Paradise Road,
Las Vegas, NV 89109