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Culinary Challenge

Group Activities

Restaurant Challenge

• Booking requirements: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participants: Minimum of 10, Maximum of 40
• Estimated Duration: 2 Hours

Have you ever wondered what it takes to open a restaurant? Well in this challenge you will be put to the test in three areas, menu design, food quality/presentation and specialty drink quality. The entire group will be put in teams and given a basket of three main ingredients. After a 30 minute planning period each team will have 1 hour to make a menu, three dishes and a specialty drink. Best overall effort will be award top prize. The planner may select a buffet to follow the event to enhance the event (additional cost will apply).
Agenda:

• Teams are divided and given 30 minutes to design and choose a theme and menu items.
• Each team then divides itself into groups that will be cooking, designing the menu and making the specialty drinks.
• A chef will assist in making sure that cooking is done safely and to provide advice should teams need it.
• A bartender will be available to mix drinks to taste based on ingredients given and will give advice based on the theme.
• Judging will take place after the time is up and they will be judged on: Menu design, Food quality, Food Presentation, Specialty Drink Quality and Overall Execution and Concept
Pricing starts at $50 per person (including all food and equipment needed and pantry)

Bartender fee of $75 per bartender
Chef fee of $300 per chef

Best Burger/Slider Competition

• Booking requirement: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participants: Minimum of 15, Maximum of 60
• Max Number of Participants per tram: Minimum of 5, Maximum of 7
• Estimated Duration: 1 Hour ( competition only), 2 Hours competition + buffet

This entertaining outdoor event allows members to select from a large selection of spices and ingredients to create their custom burger and/or sliders to be judged and enjoyed while preparing them. Attendees will have guidance by our culinary team and access to barbeque grills. The planner may select a buffet to accompany the burgers/sliders (additional costs will apply).

Pricing starts at $35 per person
Chef fee of $300 per chef
Grill Rental $100 each (1 Grill per 10 participants)

Chili Cook Off

• Booking requirement: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participants: Minimum of 15, Maximum of 60
• Max Number of Participants per team: Minimum of 5, Maximum of 8

Teams will be divided into groups of up to 8 and given appropriate chili ingredients. Each team will be given 1 hour to prepare their chili. At the end of the competition judges will sample the chili and judge based on the following criteria: Taste, Keeping with the theme, Creative use of products, Presentation and Texture.

The planner may select a buffet to accompany the chili to create a full meal for the event.

Pricing starts at $65 Per Participant (includes food and equipment rental)
Chef fee of $300 per chef
Set up, cleaning and strike fee of $500.00

Authentic Sushi Class

• Booking requirements: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participants: Minimum of 15, Maximum of 60
• Estimated Duration: 2 Hours

A local sushi chef will take you through the history and art of making Sushi with audience participation and of course sampling.
Agenda:

• Short introduction including History, Equipment, Training and Etiquette
• Sushi Making Presentation – 45 min
• Sushi Participation – everyone makes their own rolls – 45 min
• Everyone eats – 30 min

Pricing starts at $60 per person
Chef fee of $300 per chef

The Sweet and Colorful Macaroon

• Booking requirements: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participants: Minimum of 15, Maximum of 100
• Estimated Duration: 1-2 Hours

Keli Fayard, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge Pastry Chef, is known for being on The Food Network and she will take the group through the sweet and colorful history of the Macaroon, with audience participation and fun. This event is best done in the late morning with the group enjoying a brunch buffet while Chef Keli is speaking about the history and origin of the pastry cookie. The planner may select a buffet to accompany the macaroons (additional cost will apply). After the group has eaten Chef Keli will invite guests to help her fill and create each macaroon and everyone will take home a tube filled with the Colorful macaroons.

Pricing starts at $35 per person
Chef fee of $300 per chef

Let’s Talk Chocolate

• Booking requirements: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participants: Minimum of 15, Maximum of 100
• Estimated Duration: 1-2 Hours

Keli Fayard, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge Pastry Chef, owned two Patisseries in Chicago and will use her vast knowledge to illuminate and entertain the group with everyone’s favorite sweet, Chocolate. With audience participation, she will use the history and process of making chocolate to show the differences in each type of chocolate. Everyone will get to taste the different varieties of chocolate and use pastry paper to make designs & lettering using chocolate. Certain individuals will be brought up to help Chef Keli during the presentation and it is recommended to have a buffet prior to the event and use this as a dessert (additional cost will apply).

Pricing starts at $35 per person
Chef fee of $300 per chef

Cupcake Demonstration

• Booking requirements: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participants: Minimum of 15, Maximum of 100
• Estimated Duration: 1-2 Hours

Keli will take each individual through the process of decorating 4 cupcakes from simple to most complex. After the decorating each participant will obtain a pastry box to take their cupcakes home.

Pricing starts at $35 per person
Chef fee of $300 per chef

The Wonderful World of Coffee

• Booking requirements: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participants: Minimum of 15, Maximum of 100
• Estimated Duration: 1-2 Hours

Do you want to get your team UP and excited early in the morning? Try this coffee demonstration from our friends at Bouquet Mountain Coffee. David Haddock is an 18 year veteran of the Specialty Coffee Industry. He has served on various committees within the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) as well as a judge in various regional barista competitions and the U.S. championships. He and his team at Bouquet will come in and take you through a coffee tasting and history of their craft with sampling of different coffees from different regions and blended versions that give you an idea of the intricacies of their craft. A perfect way to get a team caffeinated and excited for a meeting!

Pricing starts at $30 per person
Instructor fee of $300

Dining with Etiquette

• Booking requirements: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participants: Minimum of 10, Maximum of 45
• Estimated Duration: 2 Hours

Relationships are developed and strengthened during social interactions. Some of the most successful business meetings are conducted a convivial meal in the dining room, not in the board room. Choreographing a business meal for a client and sharing an intimate dinner with a friend are just as important as socializing on the golf course. All contribute to your competitive edge in today’s business and social climate. If you don’t know how to eat, others will wonder what else you don’t know. This unique tutorial offers participants an opportunity to enhance their dining manners, put aside self-consciousness, and practice the world- class dinning skills that star performers must have in order to shine. A three of four- course luncheon or dinner may be incorporated into this fun and inter-active presentation. Our resident Etiquette Expert will work with you to create a program addressing the areas you wish to emphasize (i.e. cocktail party etiquette, corporate entertaining, etiquette basics, formal dining, etc.)

Pricing starts at $75 per person
Instructor fee of $300

The Scotch Sampling Course

• Booking requirements: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participants: Minimum of 10, Maximum of 45
• Estimated Duration: 1-2 Hours

This course is designed to give general scotch knowledge, from the different regions in Scotland, how to differentiate styles of Scotch and how to navigate the world of Scotch. The length of this course may be varied to meet the specific needs, but the course is intended to be 1 hour in length. Six Scotch panels are involved in this course.

All guests must be of the legal drinking age (21 years)

Pricing starts at $45 per person based on the guest’s menu preferences
Instructor fee of $300 per instructor

The Wine Sampling Course

• Booking requirements: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participants: Minimum of 10, Maximum of 45
• Estimated Duration: 1-2 Hours

This course is designed to provide general wine knowledge, from grape types and growing regions to varietal tastes and flavors. The length of this course may be varied to meet the specific needs, but the course is intended to be 1 hour in length. Six wines are involved in this course, and may be tailored to meet the educational needs or preferences of the guest.

All guests must be of the legal drinking age (21 years)

Pricing starts at $25 per person
Instructor fee of $300 per instructor

Martini Demonstration

• Booking requirements: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participants: Minimum of 15, Maximum of 45
• Estimated Duration: 1 Hour

This course is an educational demonstration intended to teach the basics of the art of martini mixing including a brief history of the Martini as well as its evolution to the modern day martinis. This course involves a live demonstration and tasting of martinis throughout the program.

All guests must be of the legal drinking age (21 years)

Pricing starts at $25 per person
Instructor fee of $300 per instructor

Wine Blending Competition

• Booking requirement: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participants: Minimum of 10, Maximum of 50
• Max Number of Participants per team: Minimum of 5, Maximum of 10
• Estimated Duration: 1 Hour

Participants will be divided into team of ten working with six different wines with tasting cups, bottling materials and labeling materials in order to create their own custom wine blend. All teams will be judged to be eligible for a prize (to be determined by the meeting planner).

All guests must be of the legal drinking age (21 years)

Pricing starts at $25 per person and varies dependent upon menu and wine selection
Instructor fee of $ 300, 1 instructor per 20 guests required

Cocktail Hour

• Booking requirements: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participants: Minimum of 15, Maximum of 30
• Estimated Duration: 1 Hour

Participants will be able to learn what is like to be a bartender from the basics to the advanced and do it themselves in an hour long lesson and competition. It is best done with some appetizers or food displays to ensure no one is on an empty stomach (additional costs will apply).

Agenda:

• INTRODUCTION-
Basics of the bar, basics alcohol and mixers, basic bartender mixing technique (shake face competition), drinks all bartenders should know (originals)

• BREAK INTO 3 TEAMS-
Recreate the originals, Flare routine competition, Cocktail competition (use ingredients from the pantry in addition to a secret ingredient/s that MUST be included in the drink) drinks will go head to head in a taste test and be judged in 3 categories by 2 judges.
o Drink must be made in front of judges (flare is a scoring category).
o Best drink team wins a round at Gallery bar

All guests must be of the legal drinking age (21 years)

Pricing starts at $50 per person
Instructor fee of $300 per instructor

Community Service Events

• Booking Requirements: Typically book around 30 days in advance but can accommodate programs with less lead time if necessary.
• Range Number of Participants: No limits, they will work with whatever size group
• Estimated Duration: Only limited by guest – shorter time periods would require the group to do something on-site. If the group has more than 3 hours, and will pay for transportation, we can set something up for off-site.

The United Way is an organization whose mission is: To create lasting change for those most in need, through strategic community philanthropy.
There are a lot of in-house options that groups can arrange to do with the nominal cost of purchasing the items to be sorted and packed.
• Making snack packs for homeless children so they have a meal for the weekend
• Stuffing pencil packs with school supplies for homeless children
• Making sandwiches for Urban Ministries or the Men’s Shelter
• Build a Bike

With all of these, our United Way contact would arrange for a representative from the charity or an actual person who will benefit from the donation to speak to the group so it has a more resounding impact on the group.

Competition

We will set-up teams to do a build a bike community service event but they have to answer trivia questions, brain teasers and handle physical challenges to get the components of the bike. First team to have a working bike wins.

Pricing for arranging the event starts at $20 per person
Attendant fee $75 per station for the competition.

Night Golf

• Booking requirement: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participant: Minimum of 10, Maximum of 30
• Estimated Duration: Dependent upon number of participants

Play golf under the stars of The Golf Course at Ballantyne. This event is a six holes golf outing for your team. Available after dark on weeknights only.

Pricing starts at $100 per person.

Glow in the Dark Night Putting

• Booking requirement: Must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance
• Range Number of Participant: Minimum of 10, Maximum of 100
• Estimated Duration: Dependent upon number of participants

This contest is typically set up on the putting green next to the Pavilion. The guests are grouped into two or foursomes. They all start together and move through 9 holes outlined in glow in the dark sticks. We provide putters and glow in the dark balls as well as a staff member to facilitate the event. The winning team is announced at the end.

Number of players Cost
Up to 25 $600.00
26 - 50 $750.00
51 - 75 $1,000.00
76 - 100 $1,500.00

Glow in the Dark Long Drive Contest

This contest is held at several different places on the golf courses, often on the 1st tee which is very close to the Pavilion. We provide the necessary equipment including golf clubs, glow in the dark balls and staff to facilitate the event.

Number of players Cost
Up to 25 $600.00
26 - 50 $750.00
51 - 75 $1,000.00
76 - 100 $1,500.00

Other Games

The following games can be set up near the Golf Pavilion. An initial rules instruction is given by a member of the golf staff and scorecards are provided.

BOCCE (1 set) HORSESHOES (1 set) CROQUET (1 set) CORN HOLE (3 sets)

The cost is $300 per game. In case of inclement weather the only game that can be set up indoors is corn hole.

UNIQUE CHALLENGES & RECREATION

  • Spa, Tennis & Golf On Property
  • NASCAR-Style Pit Crew Challenge On Property by Area Provider
  • Go Kart Challenge On Property by Area Provider
  • Whitewater Center Canopy Tours, Rafting, Kayak, Ziplines View Website
  • Xtreeme Challenge Ropes Course View Website
  • Race car ride-a-long and/or driving experiences View Website
  • Victory Lanes Indoor Competition-Style Karting View Website
  • Hall of Fame & Group Race Tours View Website
  • Carolina Motorsports Park View Website

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