Trying to track down a chef sometimes can be a tall order.
Think about it: Late nights in a tiny kitchen. Hours more after that planning and sorting out the next day. In so many cases, it’s a thankless job. If someone knows who you are and you walk through the dining room one night, someone may say, “Hey chef! Great food!” But otherwise, it’s back into the — most times —windowless hell (based on temperature alone) that most restaurant creatives spend their time. And their spare time.
So I don’t necessarily take it personally when I don’t get an immediate call back or returned email from a chef. Especially Kurtis Schumm, owner and executive chef at both Tybee Island Social Club and Tybee Fish Camp. And in case you are wondering, no, I am not using this forum to call Kurtis out — not at all.
Pinning him down lately was a bit difficult. About 10 days ago, I found out why. Kurtis, I’m told, helped put together the greatest single food event Tybee Island has ever seen. Yes, I know JFK Jr. had his wedding catered in part by The Breakfast Club, but that happened on Cumberland Island. This next foodie extravaganza is going on at the Tybee Wedding Chapel, and you should not miss it.
The Tybee Wine Festival is coming up April 22-26. For seven years, the island as gathered around, eaten some great food and sampled some great wines. The last couple of years, Tybee Island Social Club has hosted some wine dinners that were so popular, they had to be dramatically expanded or have second nights added. That’s how popular the week-long celebration has become.
Not that Tybee Islanders need any real excuse to pour themselves a glass of anything cold, but this week is different. This week is aimed at raising money for renovation and restoration of the Tybee Post Theater. When that project is done, it will seat about 240 people and will be the only facility of its kind on the beach. It’s going to be beautiful, but it takes dollars to pull it off. Hence, the Tybee Wine Festival.
For six years, it has grown and grown and grown. This year, they are throwing a major event. One this city as never seen before. Island, mainland, marsh, tributary, anything. The 2015 Celebration of Earth and Vine has all the makings of a fabulous night of food and drink. Why? Well, I thought you’d never ask.
We’ve made no secret in this space of Savannah’s growing food scene. The names and faces that have chosen to make Savannah their home are the kind that could change the landscape and really put our area on regional and national maps when it comes to the creativity we are seeing in some Savannah kitchens. The mere fact thatThe Grey and Chef Mashama Bailey were named semi-finalists for a James Beard Award will tell you where our food scene is trending. Throw in fantastic offerings from executive chef Kyle Jacovino at The Florence and you have two of the names that are part of the lineup at this dinner.
The other? A Savannah institution: Michael Gottlieb.
The Gottlieb family was synomous with food in the city long before that pretty lady with the white hair put Savannah on the national map. The Gottliebs are making a comeback to Savannah and opening a restaurant downtown. But that’s a story for another day. Michael Gottlieb will be a part of this dinner. Rounding out the lineup, the previously mentioned Schumm, who, along with the guys and gals at Sundae Cafe and 80e Gastropub, are doing the best food on Tybee Island, period.
I should mention that I absolutely love what a lot of chefs do in our city. I’ve heard a good bit of chirping from the locals that all I do is talk up the “shiny new pennies.” But the fact remains, if I had a nickel for every time I’ve sent someone to dinner at Vic’s, Garibaldi’s, The Pink House, Sapphire Grill, Noble Fare or Circa 1875, I’d be a very wealthy man today. Those locations are established brands in Savannah. Far beyond anything I could ever write.
Besides, when was the last time any of those chefs were on a lineup together? For the same dinner? Not that I know of. And if they did, I’d be sitting here writing about it.
Getting some of the city’s best young talent on the same roster putting together a four-course wine dinner and raising money for the Tybee Post Theater is a pretty big deal. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about it. Absolutely honored to have been asked to be your host for the evening.
I promise, I will be bring at least one funny joke.
There are other events related to Tybee’s Wine Festival, culminating with a wine tasting in the shadow of the lighthouse on April 25. It is some of the best fun you can have on that island, and that is saying something. Admittedly, I haven’t been out there in two years because of my weekend commitments at WSAV, but it isn’t lost on me how much fun that event is. The Earth and Vine dinner on April 22 is the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebration, and the menu will reflect that. When I spoke to event organizer Melissa Turner last week about this, she told me ticket sales were ahead of last year. Not surprising. As you are reading this, I’m guessing they are slowly making their way toward a sellout.
Translation? The event is two weeks away. If you are at all considering being a part of this fantastic evening, I wouldn’t wait. Savannah is a last-minute town, but if you do that here, you will be out of luck.
Tickets are $85 and the event will be in the Grand Ballroom of Tybee Wedding Chapel, simply the most beautiful venue on the island. There is nothing about this event that doesn’t scream “first class.”
Stacye Jarrell will undoubtedly have that room looking like something out of a fairy tale. And you get to sit right in the middle of it. All the chefs will be there, so you don’t have wait on them to return a phone call or an email. For more information, or to purchase your tickets, go to www.tybeewinefestival.com.
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The 2015 Tybee Island Wine Festival, coming up April 22-26, offers everything from the casual Grand Tasting on Tybee Lighthouse grounds to elegant, multi-course dinners with wine pairings.
Ticket prices are ridiculously reasonable ($75 for a five-course wine pairing dinner? Find that in Atlanta!) and Tybee’s right off the coast of Savannah.
Sarah and Kurtis Schumm have been fans of the Tybee Wine Festival in years past. This year, they’re joining the fun by hosting the five-course “Art of Pairing” dinner.
“Savannah is having an exciting year culinarily,” Sarah Schumm said, referencing Hugh Acheson’s new spot, The Florence, and The Grey, located in Savannah’s former Greyhound bus station. “Tybee is getting a lot of exposure, being Savannah’s back yard.”
The Schumms own three restaurants on the island just off the coast of Savannah including the popular Tybee Social Club restaurant, where “Art of Pairing,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. April 23. The main event is the Grand Tasting from 3 to 6 p.m. April 25 at the Tybee Island Light Station.
“The grand wine tasting is really fun for the community,” Kurtis Schumm said. “When you have a glass of wine in hand and you can walk around and see friends, it’s about as good as it gets.”
Photo: Courtesy of the Tybee Island Wine Festival
The seventh annual Tybee Wine Festival supports the Tybee Post Theater, a historic building poised for renovation and revitalization. Built in 1930 as a movie theater for soldiers stationed at Fort Screven, organizers envision a new life as a cultural arts venue.
“We love this place,” Sarah Schumm said. “We believe in having a community theater. Drinking wine to make that happen is a pretty sweet deal.”
Photo: Jennifer Brett
Jim Kluttz, president of Friends of Tybee Theater board of directors, said the wine festival perfectly matches Tybee’s easy-going, welcoming vibe.
“It’s really simple,” he said. “It’s a fun, casual time.”
Organizers expect between 700 and 800 for the grand tasting.
Photo: Courtesy of the Tybee Island Wine Festival
“We could sell more tickets but we don’t,” Kluttz said. “We’ve made the decision were not going to crowd people in.”
Tybee Island Wine Festival, presented by the Tybee Post Theater
Events include the “Celebration of Earth & Vine” dinner with wine pairings starting at 6 p.m. April 22 at Tybee Wedding Chapel (1114 1st St.), $85 per person; the “Art of Pairing” dinner, 7 p.m. April 23 at the Tybee Island Social Club (1311 Butler Ave.), $75; the “Evening of Oysters & Wine” event at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill, (404 Butler Ave.), $40; the Grand Tasting from 3 to 6 p.m. April 25 at the Tybee Island Light Station (30 Meddin Dr.), $55; and the Champagne Brunch from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. April 26 at the Crab Shack (40 Estill Hammock Rd), $35. For complete details or to buy tickets see tybeewinefestival.com.
Photo: Jennifer Brett
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Membership Drive Begins!
The Tybee Post Theater is going to reopen!
Imagine having your own local movie theater where you can watch classic films, children’s favorites or the newest release right here on Tybee!
Imagine watching a play, listening to live music, or just sitting back and enjoying a dance performance, stand-up comedy routine, poetry reading, storytelling, karaoke contest or the latest Tybee’s Got Talent competition!
The Tybee Post Theater will be Tybee’s civic center; the hub for the island’s cultural arts and entertainment!
If you’re not already a member of the Theater, now is the time to join! Membership has its privileges: You get discounts to all events, invitations to members-only gatherings, our Post newsletter and a nifty membership card! Plus, you’ll be helping fund our restoration, cover our operating expenses and pay for programming once we’re open! Your membership is vital to our mission! We need your support now more than ever!
Originally Posted by Savannah Morning News Posted: July 8, 2014 – 3:23pm
The Tybee Post Theater moved closer to raising the curtain this week when it hired a new architect and announced a substantial donation to recharge the restoration of the 1930s movie house.
The theater received an unexpected donation of slightly more than $100,000 from a donor with ties to Tybee who asked to remain anonymous. It’s the largest single donation ever received by the Friends of Tybee Theater (FOTT), the non-profit organization formed more than a decade ago to restore and reopen the Theater.
The donation, which came in the form of stock that the Theater board sold for $106,000, was deposited into a new restoration fund dedicated exclusively to the Theater renovation. Along with two foundation grants of $10,000 and $5,000 received this spring, the new funding is a much-needed boost to a rehabilitation project more than a decade in the works.
The Theater board will add a $500,000 construction loan to the restoration fund and use that money to begin renovation on the auditorium and reopen the Post Theater, possibly as soon as the end of the year, according to Melissa Turner, executive director of the Theater.
Watch for a notice about a Membership meeting early this fall. As soon as we have construction documents, we’ll invite our Members to the Theater for a presentation on the upcoming work on the auditorium. It’ll also be your chance to see the new lobby, restrooms and concession area that were completed last year — if you haven’t already!
We’re planning some special fundraising events for the Fall. Remember Membership has its privileges and that includes discounts to all events! If you haven’t renewed your membership this year, please do! You won’t want to miss a thing! This is going to be a benchmark year for your Theater!
Our website TybeePostTheater.org is open 24/7. There you can renew your membership, purchase an engraved brick or star, sign up to be a volunteer or purchase Tybee Post Theater event tickets.
Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing you at our next Tybee Post Theater event!
Here’s a recap of our fun-raising events so far this year:
We rang in the new year, as we do every year, with the annual New Year’s Day Polar Plunge
This year’s Plunge took place under cool cloudy skies and some spurts of rain, but we still had nearly 1,000 locals and visitors plunge into the Atlantic at noon! The popular Gang of Goofs costume parade brought nearly two dozen gangs of crazily-clad contestants vying for a bunch of great prizes. The “Tybee Island Calendar Girls” took first place and won a weekend stay in a Tybee Beach Vacation Rental, a boat trip to Little Tybee Island from Sundial Charters and lots of other neat prizes. The Plunge keeps growing in popularity; we have visitors come from surrounding states every year to participate! This year’s Plunge raised about $12,000 for the Tybee Post Theater!
In February, the Theater hosted the Tybee Island-wide Yard Sale along with founding partner, The Fish Art Gallery. In addition to the super sale at the Theater, some 24 island homeowners also staged sales in their yards or garages. Most donated a part of their proceeds to non-profits on the island. It was chilly but sunny, and the island was packed with bargain hunters. We so appreciate the volunteers who spent several days picking up and delivering, cleaning, pricing and finally
helping sell all our treasures. This sale netted more than $3,300 for the Theater. We will probably have another sale in October, so save all those castoffs taking up space in your closets and garages and we’ll put them to good use! Bill Blakey discovered an old alto saxophone in storage that, to his surprise, netted $500 for the yard sale! Let’s see who can top that trash-to-treasure story!
In April, the Theater hosted the 6th Annual Tybee Wine Festival with five fun-filled days of wine and culinary events. This year’s events included two evenings of Wining and Dining, the popular five-course wine-pairing dinner at the Tybee Island Social Club; as well as the ever-popular Evening of Oysters & Wine, hosted once again by Jenny Orr and Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill; and a scrumptious and relaxing Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Crab Shack. Our afternoon cooking school at the Tybee Lite Shrine Club added a new first course: a table decorating class hosted by Holley Jaakkola. The celebrity chefs included Roberto Leoci, Martha Nesbit, Amberley Rowe-Stewart and our multi-talented hostess, Pat Hackney. The signature event, The Grand Wine Tasting, took place under sunny skies with tastings from eight restaurants and a hundred international wines from our generous distributors.
All photos courtesy of Post Theater board member Sloan Knudson
The Tybee Post Theater moved closer to raising the curtain when we received an unexpected donation of slightly more than $100,000 from a donor with ties to Tybee who asked to remain anonymous.
It’s the largest single donation ever received by the Friends of Tybee Theater, the non-profit organization charged with restoring and reopening the Theater.
“It’s from an individual who has strong connections on Tybee and has a deep appreciation for what a performing arts and cultural center can do for our island,” says Jim Kluttz, president of the Theater board of directors. “He believes our island really needs a community gathering place where we can experience the arts together, be it movies, music, plays, dance performances. You name it. This Theater will be that place.”
The donation, which came in the form of stock that the board sold for $106,000, was deposited into a new restoration fund dedicated solely to the Theater renovation. Along with two foundation grants also received this spring, the new funding is a much-needed boost to this rehabilitation project more than a decade in the works.
The Theater board will add a $500,000 construction loan to the restoration fund and use that money to begin renovation on the auditorium and reopen the Post Theater, hopefully by the end of the year.
The construction loan will cover the cost of heating and air conditioning, insulation, an electrical upgrade, the installation of permanent theater seating, and the construction of a platform to stage live productions. The Theater then will be able operate as Tybee’s only venue for plays, music, movies, community meetings and special events with a permanent occupancy permit from the city.
The money in the restoration fund is not enough to completely finish the theater. The architects will work up a final price tag, which we will announce later this summer. In the meantime, we’ll have to rent or borrow theatrical lighting and a sound system for live performances, as well as a digital projection system and screen for movies.
“But the exciting news is that this substantial donation and the construction loan will push this restoration project forward in a meaningful way,” says Melissa Turner, new executive director of the Theater. “Tybee is ready to get back inside the Post Theater, and we’re so glad we will now be able to make that happen.
“We still have a lot of money to raise to pay off our loan and mortgage and fund the rest of the restoration,” she emphasized. “But we know that once we can show the community the potential of this theater, they’ll embrace it and renew their support.”
Along with the $106,000 anonymous donation this Spring, we received several additional generous gifts from supporters of the Theater.
The Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation gave their annual $10,000 grant. And the Salisbury Community Foundation gave us a $5,000 grant on behalf of longtime Theater supporter Anne West.
And Ocean Plaza owner Harry Spirides donated $1,500 in royalties from the sales of his book, “Hotel Tybee.” It’s the story of Tybee’s seaside resort history and the legendary Hotel Tybee, which once stood on the location of the Ocean Plaza. Harry pledged all the royalties from his book, which was published last year, to the Theater. Thank you, Harry! And remember, every purchase of “Hotel Tybee” is a donation to the Theater, so buy a copy for all your friends and relatives!
At the June board meeting, the Theater board agreed to hire Palmer Architects of Statesboro to complete the design and restoration.
Palmer has worked extensively with the Georgia Board of Regents, designing new college classroom buildings and dormitories, but also has been deeply involved in adaptive redesign projects, such as the conversion of two historic buildings on the Georgia Southern University’s Sweetheart Circle into new schools of Psychology and Communications Arts.
The board earlier had contracted with Graham, Swift & Co., theater design consultants in Atlanta, to work with the board and the architect in the design of the theater for both live performances and movies.
Kevin Palmer’s family has owned a condominium across the street from the Theater for years. This project is near to his heart.
“Tybee is simply part of who I am; and getting the opportunity to have a positive impact on the community, while helping to preserve the island’s heritage, is something we’re very excited about,” he says. “I often walk my kids past the Theater on the way to get key lime ice cream at the Sugar Shack. When my children have children of their own, they can tell them all about the movies, music and shows they saw at the Tybee Post Theater as kids; and that their grandpa helped renovate it.”
The design consultants will ensure that every step of the rehabilitation process – from the sound, stage and lighting to sight lines – enhances the theater experience for guests.
“We are delighted to be engaged in this project,” says Charles Swift, who has more than three decades of lighting and theatrical design experience, “because of the significance it carries, not only to those who visit the island, but for those who live and work here as well.”