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Big Delicious Event
Cast Iron Chef Edition

For thousands of years, food has served an undoubtedly vital purpose of bringing people together. Holidays, special occasions, events, and celebrations would not be complete without flourishes of savory or sweet indulgences, designed to facilitate conversation or to simply delight guests. At Gravatt, food means a lot to us. From the local farms and even the onsite garden where we acquire it, to the hands that prepare it, food is a priority in the interest of the hospitality offered in this place in the woods. Campers and guests from all over the state leave Gravatt happy and well-fed; our food is one of the primary reasons groups choose to gather at Gravatt.

Many of these same guests that frequent Gravatt’s conference facilities throughout the year find themselves back for Gravatt’s bi-annual Big Delicious Event, where Gravatt is proud to partner with the staff from Juniper of Ridge Spring to offer an evening of culinary enjoyment. The fall Big Delicious Event was a HIT. With a new twist on a long-time beloved event, guests came from Columbia, Aiken, and North Augusta communities for a SOLD OUT evening. The Big Delicious Event was started as a 3-course cooking demonstration, where guests were able to view a menu as they arrived and even take home recipes for the dishes they enjoyed. The October 28 event was something a little different. Chef Brandon Velie decided to challenge himself in a brand new way, surprising guests (and even himself!) with 6 surprise ingredients revealed to him AT the event.

The five secret ingredients were: locally sourced ground pork, chicken livers, chicken feet, shrimp, quail, and tempeh. Including these ingredients, Brandon prepared six delicious courses right on the spot in front of the hungry audience.

  • Course 1: Chopped Salad with Tempeh Croutons
  • Course 2: “Dirty” New Orleans style mac and cheese w/ Chicken Livers and Local Pork
  • Course 3: Hearty Roasted Chicken and Sweet and Red Potatoes
  • Course 4: Autumn Shrimp and Grits with Brussel Sprouts and Butternut Squash
  • Course 5: Quail Cassoulet seasoned with herbs and Chicken Feet
  • Course 6: Pumpkin Cheesecake (thankfully sans any secret ingredients)

This one-of-a-kind event got all of our guests and staff in the perfect mindset for the holidays and inspired to use creativity in the kitchen to bring together loved ones this holiday season!

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Camp Gravatt is a faith-based, co-ed, overnight camp located in Aiken County, South Carolina. Platform tents and screened cabins that make up the campers’ living area are nestled among 270 acres of beautiful pine trees, hardwoods, lakes, and ponds. Camp Gravatt is an affirming Christian community where campers of all backgrounds and ages make friends, learn responsibility, become leaders, and grow in their understanding of themselves, their community, and their God-given gifts.
Shalom Circle Update
2018-2019 Project: Wet Willie Waterslide

We have made TREMENDOUS progress in the last month on the Shalom Circle 2018-2019 Project through numerous gifts and pledges! If you're interested in helping us complete the project, let us know! Smaller monthly payments quickly add up to large, truly impactful gifts. Join the Shalom Circle this year and join us for the launch party next spring as we prepare to 'slide into summer 2019!'
Deeds and Needs
A place to show gratitude to faithful supporters and acknowledge current need. 

Deeds: We want to give a HUGE thanks to Phillip Koutrakos for donating his time and energy to benefit Gravatt for his Eagle Scout Project. Phillip built 14 Adirondack chairs (pictured at right) for the new cottage porches. Gravatt guests will be relaxing in style thanks to Phillip and his endless love for Gravatt and his experiences here! Thanks, Phillip!

Needs: We are still in search of groups willing to provide, prepare, and serve meals for the Christmas Retreat for Military Families, December 14-16, 2018. If you or someone you know is interested in providing a meal, please contact Kara at!
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