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By Jens Fisker, Shoals Club General Manager
At the Shoals Club we’re busy preparing for the 2012 season, which officially kicks off on Friday, March 23 when we reopen our doors to members.
We are most pleased to announce two exciting changes to our Culinary and Beverage operations. Joining the Shoals Club staff as our new Executive Chef is Robbie Nicolaisen, a native of Cary, NC, who was selected from an applicant pool of more than 50 outstanding candidates. A graduate of Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute in Charleston, SC, Chef Nicolaisen has 17 years of industry experience in the Carolinas, including his most recent position as Executive Chef at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center. We can’t wait for Robbie to showcase his talent for local and regional cuisine for you in our Dining Room.
Along with a new chef, we’re delighted to announce that F.E. “Woody” Walls was recently promoted by Bald Head Island Limited, LLC to Resort Operations Director. In his newly expanded role, Woody will provide direct support to the Shoals Club’s Culinary and Beverage operations. A native of Florida, Woody grew up in Brunswick County, NC, and graduated from UNC-Wilmington. Woody brings 25 years of industry experience in 4-star/4-diamond properties along the Atlantic coast and at French Lick Springs Resort and Casino in Indiana. In all, Woody has spent 9 seasons with Bald Head Island Limited, LLC successfully managing and directing a variety of food and beverage operations. At the Shoals Club we’re very excited about the skills and leadership that Robbie and Woody will bring and the new programs that will be introduced to further enhance the member and guest experience.
Additionally, we’re proud to welcome back Morgan Avery in his second season as Sous Chef at the Shoals Club. Prior to joining the Shoals Club culinary team, Morgan served for three seasons as Sous Chef at the River Pilot Café. A native of High Point, NC, Morgan brings 15 years of industry experience from a variety of fine establishments in the Wilmington area.
When the Shoals Club reopens, we’ll be unveiling a new A La Carte/Lounge Menu developed by our culinary team. We also ask you to mark your calendar for our first Members Dinner on Friday, March 30 at 6 p.m. The four-course dinner, which is open to full members and their guests only, promises to be a delightful introduction to our new chef’s talents.
Along with making changes to our culinary team, over the last two months we’ve worked hard to spruce up the Shoals Club in a variety of ways, from deep cleaning to taking care of minor maintenance issues. We’ve added two new outdoor showers on the main pool deck, which have built-in “sand mats” to help keep the Shoals Club pools cleaner. Additionally, a handsome wooden pergola (shown above) was constructed over the Sandbar Grille deck area to provide shade and make dining by the pool that much more enjoyable.
We look forward to seeing you at the Shoals Club soon!
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