TPC-Twin Cities hosting Culinary Pro-Am

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.

To benefit youth organizations committed to defeating childhood hunger, the TPC-Twin Cities in Blaine on Sept. 5 is hosting a Culinary Pro-Am that will feature chefs cooking some of their finest dishes before playing golf with a foursome team.

“I’m a big fan of the Minnesota food scene and supporting the independent local restaurants. The Twin Cities is one of the most underrated food scenes in the U.S.,” said Kurt Stangler, director of food and beverage operations for the TPC-Twin Cities course in Blaine.

Stangler decided to combine his love of food and golf into this new Culinary Pro-Am event.

A dining tent will be set up at each tee box. Prior to the tournament, chefs from Twin Cities restaurants will prepare signature dishes. But once the games start, the chefs will be playing alongside the foursome groups so they can have some fun and not just be working. Their assistants will serve the food, according to Stangler.

Alex Roberts (Restaurant Alma and Brasa Rotisserie), Russell Klein (Heritage), Ann Kim (Young Joni), Ryan Cook (Sea Change), Erica Straight (Foxy Falafel) and Jorge Guzman, who most recently was a chef at Surly’s Brewer’s Table, are just a couple of examples of chefs who are participating in the Culinary Pro-Am.

Local breweries and distilleries will also be serving their beverages at each hole. Summit Brewery, Schell’s Brewery, Finnegans Brewery, Gallo Family Vineyards and Jackson Family Wines will be there.

Check-in time is from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 5. The shot-gun start time is at noon.

After the golfing is done, there will be a reception at the clubhouse featuring live music performed by Good for Gary and an auction.

Proceeds from the Culinary Pro-Am will benefit Youth Farm and No Kid Hungry. Youth Farm offers classes on farming, cooking, project planning and leadership. No Kid Hungry works with multiple community partners to fund programs dedicated to ensuring no child grows up hungry.

As of Aug. 22, there were still five openings for foursome teams. The cost per foursome team is $1,000 and includes golf, a tee gift, on-course food and beverages and the reception.

For more information or to request to register your foursome, contact the TPC-Twin Cities at 763-795-0800 and ask to speak with Kurt Stangler. Sign-up online by visiting

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