Fourth Annual Cabin Fever Chili Cook-Off Benefits Four Local Charities

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White Sulphur Springs, WV – January 21, 2016: Love of chili and charity kept the good times flowing at The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s 4th Annual Cabin Fever Chili Cook-off, which raised $6,867 for local charities.

Five teams comprised of members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club and their guests traveled in from near and far for the event held on Saturday, January 16, 2016, as did a regional beer company from Roseland, Virginia, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, along with local Appalachian Soul musicians, Black King Coal.

“It was a great day and a lot of folks joined us to warm up their bellies and their souls!” said Clay Elkins, Director of Food & Beverage at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. “We raised almost $7,000 for local charities and had a great time doing it. What’s best is a lot of the conversations that were started and connections made.”

To participate, each team of members from The Greenbrier Sporting Club picked a charity, devised a theme for their team, and paid an entry fee of $200 per team. The teams competed in two categories, “Best Chili” (“People’s Choice” and “Chef’s Choice” divisions) and “Team Spirit.” In order to win “People’s Choice,” members’ peers were in control of the vote, while the guest chef, Chris Foley, from the Culinary program at Greenbrier West High School, had control over the “Chef’s Choice.” Both divisions for “Best Chili” were rewarded the top three places. 1st place received 25% of the winnings followed by 2nd place with 15% and 3rd place with 10%. The “Team Spirit” award went to the team/charity with the most money provided by their peers as they cast their votes into a mason jar at their team’s booth.

The teams began inside The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s Lodge on Saturday, January 16 at 10am. Cooking took place from 11am (no ingredients were allowed to be pre-cooked for an even cooking field) and tasting began at 2pm.

After a long day of cooking and tasting chili, the winners were announced with Team: ‘Hot Damn Chili’ (benefiting charity: High Rocks) taking top honors for “People’s Choice” and “Team Spirit,” and Team: ‘Puppy Love’ (benefiting charity: Child & Youth Advocacy Center) for “Chef’s Choice.”

“The Chili Cook-off boasted dynamite chili and dynamic people,” said Sarah Riley, Executive Director at High Rocks Educational Corporation. “It was a great chance to connect with supporters, new and old, both from the local community and The Sporting Club community. It’s nice to know there are so many people who are supportive of local causes! We’re using our funds to help start a new youth café in downtown Lewisburg for all the young folks of the Greenbrier Valley. Thanks to Clay Elkins and the other great people at The Sporting Club for connecting great local charities with The Club.”

United Way of the Greenbrier Valley was honored to be a part of The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s charity Chili Cook-off,” said Erin Hurst, Executive Director at United Way of Greenbrier Valley. “What a fun way to spend a Saturday with good friends, and every cent going to charity! We look forward to being a regular at this event.”

“The Chili Cook-off for Charity is such a wonderful event,” said Katherine Thompson, Executive Director at Child and Youth Advocacy Center “We are so grateful to The Greenbrier Sporting Club, our sponsors, and everyone who donated for their generous support of our work with children and families. Every dollar we receive goes directly to fight child abuse and assist neglect victims in Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas Counties. Without the support of our community and organizations like the Greenbrier Sporting Club, we couldn’t do what we do.”

Full results listed below:

Team Spirit Winner – TEAM ‘Hot Damn Chili’ (Charity: High Rocks Educational Corporation)

People’s Choice Winners:
1st Place – TEAM ‘Hot Damn Chili’ (Charity: High Rocks Educational Corporation)
2nd Place – TEAM ‘Eat Chili. Live United.’ (Charity: United Way of Greenbrier Valley)
3rd Place – TEAM ‘Cahora Bassa Chili’ (Charity: Greenbrier Humane Society)

Chef’s Choice Winners:
1st Place – TEAM ‘Puppy Love’ (Charity: Child & Youth Advocacy Center)
2nd Place – TEAM ‘Cahora Bassa Chili’ (Charity: Greenbrier Humane Society)
3rd Place – TEAM ‘Hot Damn Chili’ (Charity: High Rocks Educational Corporation)

Experience Fall at The Greenbrier Sporting Club

Fall is a special time on The Greenbrier Sporting Club and Greenbrier estate, as we get a front row seat to some of the most spectacular colors in the Alleghenies. From the valley floor, to 3,300 feet atop Greenbrier Mountain, you can see this wonderful display right from your backdoor!

Photo Credit: West Virginia State Parks & Forests

The leaves have already started to lose their chlorophyll, and we are beginning to see shades of brown, orange, and yellow, however peak time for foliage in Greenbrier County occurs mid-October. Colors begin to peak earlier in surrounding counties, according to West Virginia State Parks and Forests. Pocahontas County will see their peak coming up in late September, while Monroe County will see theirs after us. There are also wonderful national/state parks and forests around the area to visit, with one being right next door and few others being less than 1 ½ hours away. Greenbrier, Watoga, Monongahela, New River Gorge, Droop Mountain, Seneca, Babcock, and Moncove Lake are just a few you may want to check out!

When viewing fall foliage, it is important to know what trees produce what color. Some of the most popular trees that yield foliage in the yellow spectrum are Silver Maples, Walnuts, and Chestnut Oaks. Dogwoods, Sumac, and certain Oaks produce reds while some may produce brown. The Sugar Maple, Sassafras, and Sycamore feature a range of colors. ( We recommend taking along a field guide to help identify, such as The National Audubon Society’s Field Guide to North American Trees.

And, if you are one of our Sporting Club members, not only will you enjoy nature’s annual event, there are some special events coming to The Club that we think you will also enjoy! The Summit Favorites Buffet is coming up on September 19, the same weekend as Member 3-Guest golf tournament. Our Inaugural GSC Concours d’Elegance and Snout-To-Tail will be held the first weekend of October, and Oktoberfest specials will be held at The Lodge and The Summit every Friday and Saturday. Of course, the annual Taste of Our Towns (T.O.O.T.) will be held in Lewisburg, featuring our famous Shrimp and Grits on October 10. Martias Garces Silva will be joining us on October 21 for a special lunch and wine maker discussion that you simply cannot miss! Last but not least, taking us into November, we have our annual Sporting Clays Weekend, Russell Fallstad joining us again on the 25th for a special music during dinner service at The Lodge, and Thanksgiving.

Sporting Club members, be sure to contact The Club Concierge at or 304-647-6440 for any dining and activity reservations or questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you home this wonderful time of year!
If you haven’t visited for a while and are still in the market for a second home at The Greenbrier Sporting Club, then we encourage you to visit during this colorful time at the resort.

Spring Dessert Menu at The Lodge

Greenbrier Sporting Club Executive Pastry Chef Amy Mills and her talented team have once again been hard at work creating delectable dessert delights! Along with gearing up for the 9th Annual Lewisburg Chocolate Festival (get event details here!), they have been working diligently on creating the perfect spring dessert menu…NOW available at The Lodge!

Be sure to try one…or all! There are 12 total, however 5 are “tastings,” simply meaning a smaller portion. To us, that means you can try more than one at once!

FOR DINING RESERVATIONS: Please contact The Club Concierge at 304-647-6440 or


Happy 10 Year Anniversary to The Lodge and The Snead!


Sneadgroup_cropped copy It is hard to believe, but this time ten years ago, we were celebrating three new amenities joining our magnificent property—these being The Snead course, The Ananda Spa, The Lodge, and The Sports Complex.

The Snead, a Tom Fazio designed masterpiece, showcases the best of what this property has to offer, while highlighting the natural landscape and elements found throughout. Fazio designed a course that is truly unique and harmonious with its surroundings, and honors the legend that inspired its very name. sneadflagrgb “The Snead Course is a fitting tribute to my dad in a place he loved very much and where he truly took his place as golf’s ambassador,” said Jack Snead. “It ensures that his spirit will live on among generations of golfers to come.” The course architect himself could not have been happier with the design. This is what he had to say at the grand opening in 2004. “In my 30 odd years of designing courses, I have never felt as pleased as I am with The Snead,” said Tom Fazio. “The setting couldn’t be more beautiful, surrounded by lush meadows and running streams. The Greenbrier is noted for its world-class golf courses, and the one we just finished is no exception.” lodgeconstruction copy Even after a decade, I think we can all agree that Mr. Fazio is still correct.

On the same date ten years ago, “Ananda in the Alleghenies” Spa opened its doors to members. This Eastern inspired oasis has offered massage, wraps, facials, pedicures, and manicures – each offered in treatment rooms overlooking The Snead course, White Rock Mountain, and Howard’s Creek. scompconstruciton copy

Those members looking to maintain a fitness regime did not have to look much further. The Sports Complex also opened in 2004, and began offering the latest in Cybex cardio-fitness equipment and fitness classes, as well as two ASB squash courts and a 25-foot indoor climbing wall. And, we cannot forget the popular outdoor heated infinity pool and three Har-Tru tennis courts! Last, but certainly not least, the 32,000-square foot Members’ Lodge that features the Pro Shop, several meeting rooms, bar, and exquisite restaurant was at the heart of the grand opening ten years ago and that sentiment remains true to this day. The Lodge, along with The Snead, The Ananda Spa, and The Sports Complex have become over the years the social hub of activity at The Greenbrier Sporting Club, and offer every member the chance to truly experience The Sporting Life.