Culinary Scene at Shadow Wood
Our Chefs at Shadow Wood work hard to provide our members an exceptional dining experience. With a wide variety of tastes and preferences to accommodate from such a diverse membership, it is important to provide options on all ends of the culinary spectrum. Amongst our innovative breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, our endless dining choices range from casual to gourmet. For our wine enthusiasts, we offer Fine Food and Wine, Vintners Wine Dinners, and Wine Tastings. Foodies will enjoy a plethora of various gourmet events offered year-round. For those who opt for a lighter fare, our Casual Dining options include Brick Oven Pizza Night, Taco Night, Burger Nights and more. At select social events, our culinary team offers exciting Live Action Stations where they prepare the food right in front of your eyes! There is something for every taste palette and dining preference at Shadow Wood Country Club.
Roasted Rack of Lamb (left) & Bouquet Salad (right)
A top priority for our Chefs at Shadow Wood is providing quality food from sustainable sources, and we do so by acquiring farm to table from local farmers and seafood from sustainable fisherman not harming the environment with practices such as overfishing. “At Shadow Wood, we take pride in ensuring the sustainability of our food. We do so by buying from vendors that produce natural, hydroponic, GMO-free, and pesticide-free ingredients,” said Executive Chef Richard Crisanti. As environmental needs are evolving, and food sustainability is becoming more and more important, it is our commitment to be ethically responsible in this sense. “We work hand in hand with our vendors to know exactly where our food comes from and won’t bring in anything that is subpar in quality,” he added. For example, the Steelhead Trout currently offered on the menu is raised in pure Rocky Mountain spring water, in the heart of Idaho, raised from their own elite pedigree, 100% traceable steelhead eggs.
Tropical Lobster Salad (left) & Skillet Roasted Steelhead Trout (right)
One of the many benefits of dining at Shadow Wood Country Club versus a regular restaurant establishment is that our Chefs are here solely to serve you. They use your feedback to constantly improve and evolve our dining options. We change our dining menu every few weeks to keep our offerings fresh and relevant, while still providing your classic Club favorites. We always make sure to provide heart healthy, gluten free, and vegan dishes for our members. To go a step further, our culinary team takes our members preferences into very careful consideration while serving them, by keeping record of various allergies and dietary restrictions to ensure a dining experience catered to them.
Tuxedo Tuna (left) & Pan Seared Scallops (right)
To provide top quality cuisine, we enlist only top quality talent. Our head Chefs, Executive Chef Richard Crisanti and Chef de Cuisine Boun Chanthavong have a combined 40 years in the culinary industry. Both Chefs graduated from top culinary universities; Chef Rich from Johnson & Wales and Chef Boun from Le Cordon Bleu. Chef Rich is a Certified Executive Chef (CEC), a World Certified Executive Chef (WCEC), a Certified Culinary Administrator (CCA), and a Certified Culinary Evaluator. He is the President of the ACF (American Culinary Federation) Caxambas Chapter of Southwest Florida and received the Presidential Medallion Award at the national convention in 2017. In 2013 and 2014 he received the honor of Chef of the Year through the Caxambas Chapter. Chef Rich is a member of many prestigious culinary societies such as the Disciples of Escoffier and the Chaine des Rotisseurs. Chef Boun is a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and has been an active member of the ACF (American Culinary Federation) for over ten years. He recently placed first at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s “Farm to Table Vegetarian Signature Competition" with his delicious Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini Cannelloni featured below.
Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini Cannelloni (left) & Roasted Beets with Apple Salad and Pesto Vinaigrette (right)
We truly do have the best of the best here at Shadow Wood, including flavorful cuisine, top notch wine events, unparalleled culinary expertise, and distinguished service. All the aforementioned characteristics attribute to what makes Shadow Wood one of the top Clubs in Southwest Florida, and the Club where people are proud to belong!