Food & Wine Experience coming to Kohler

    The Kohler Food & Wine Experience will return to the American Club Resort this October with a four-day stretch and full menu of international cuisine, wine, beer and spirits.


    The 13th annual event, organized and hosted by the Kohler Co.’s American Club Resort in Kohler, Wis., is scheduled to run Oct. 17-20 with 99 events encompassing food demonstrations and pairing seminars as well as seminars focused exclusively on wine, beer and spirits.

    “The village of Kohler becomes a mecca of food and wine for four days,” said Tricia Rathermel, special events manager for hospitality at Kohler Co.

    At the head of that mecca will be a cadre of celebrity chefs taking over two cooking demonstration stages.

    New chefs to this year’s lineup include Cat Cora, an iron chef on the Food Network television show “Iron Chef America” and co-host of Bravo TV’s “Around the World in 80 Plates,” as well as Fabio Viviani, owner of three restaurants and a contestant on the fifth season of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef.”

    Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, who star on The Cooking Channel’s reality show “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” will also join the lineup of new culinary experts.

    Rathermel emphasizes that the four-day food and wine extravaganza is a true experience in which attendees will have opportunities to interact closely with world-class chefs and culinary professionals.

    “It’s an experience,” Rathermel said. “We don’t expect people to sit back and just watch this happen. They’re going to be involved. They’re going to be tasting what we’re making.”

    Among the interactive seminars is “Knife Skills with America’s Test Kitchen,” during which attendees will learn how to hold and sharpen knives as well as use them to cut, slice and dice efficiently and effectively.

    Another interactive seminar will feature the “Hendricks Mixing Demo,” during which guests will learn how to make sophisticated cocktails on their own.

    All seminars will fall under the theme “Get a Taste” and will spotlight food, wine, beer and spirits from across the globe with culinary experts who specialize in American, Italian and Mediterranean menu items and beyond.

    “It’s kind of a little taste of everything,” Rathermel said.

    According to Rathermel, the Kohler Food & Wine Experience typically draws more than 8,000 people from across the Midwest – and some from across the country – and expands the American Club Resort’s reputation beyond its greens.

    “We want people to know that we’re more than just golf,” Rathermel said.

    Tickets for the experience start at $15 for individual events. For a complete schedule of seminars and events still open for registration, visit

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