River Hills Country Club names new chef

May 3, 2014 

Club names new chef

Oscar A. La Fuente has been named new executive chef at River Hills Country Club.

La Fuente was born in Peru to a German mother and Spanish father. His love of cooking began at an early age, while learning from his grandmother.

Following culinary school, Fuente won the prestigious Canadian Black Box Championship. He gained experience working in some of the finest restaurants in Toronto, including Canoe, Scaramouche and Liberty Grand. Oscar then moved into the world of hotels, where he was invited to open new properties, including Westin properties in Toronto and Charlotte. The AAA five-diamond Umstead Hotel and Spa lured him to the Triangle-area, where he worked as executive sous chef before taking positions with The Cypress of Raleigh and the Carolina Club at UNC-Chapel Hill.

La Fuente’s culinary style is rooted in the classic French tradition, however he also enjoys bringing a fresh and modern flair to his dishes. He plans to partner with community farmers and suppliers to bring local and seasonal offerings to the club menus. To learn more about him, visit oscarlafuente.com.

Image Gallery opens in Belmont

Image Gallery Photography recently celebrated a grand opening and Montcross Area Chamber “Network After Work” at its new location at 132 N. Main St.

The photography studio and gallery formerly was in Gastonia. Owners are Dodie and Scott Huffman.

For information on Image Gallery, call 704-869-8968 or visit igstudio.biz.

Chamber celebrates Zaxby’s opening

Zaxby’s opened its Lake Wylie location April 28 at 143 S.C. 274 with a Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Store hours are 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. The number is 803-831-2634.

Small business summit Friday

Gaston County’s Small Business Focus Summit, presented by CaroMont Health, will be held at 7:30 a.m. Friday, May 9, at 2525 Court Drive, Dogwood Room, CaroMont Regional Medical Center.

The Summit will be moderated by Brad Rivers, director of the Gaston College Small Business Center.

Speakers include: Don Harrison, president and CEO of Alliance Bank and Trust, discussing accessing capital; Jesse Cole, managing partner of the Gastonia Grizzlies and president of Team-Cole-Associates, discussing maximizing marketing dollars; Randy Boyd, partner at McCannon, Rogers, Driscoll & Associates, L.L.P., discussing tax strategies.

This business educational program happens quarterly with panel discussion summits presented by the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $10 for members, or $15 for nonmembers.

Register at gastonchamber.com.

Lowe’s hosts Women Can Build event Saturday

Lowe’s of Lake Wylie and Habitat for Humanity of York County are partnering to host a free Women Can Build clinic at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the store, 5288 S.C. 557.

The clinic teaches installing exterior siding.

Register at yorkcountyhabitat.org or call 803-985-9244 for more information.

Clover Farmers Market open

The Clover Farmers Market behind Clover Community Center, 120 Bethel St., is now open 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays through fall, weather permitting.

The mission of the Clover Farmers Market is to provide a venue where local farmers, high-quality crafters and artisans come together to provide fresh, healthy produce and related products directly to the consumer. The market is meant to promote nutritious food choices and to foster social opportunities between the farmers and the community.

The town business license fee is included in the annual fee of $40. For more information or to request a registration form, email bdenny@cloversc.org.

York farmers market opening Saturday

The Market at Inman Farms is accepting vendor registrations for the second season to start Saturday, May 10.

The market is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through mid-October.

Inman Farms will be hosting the Second Saturday Art Adventure, sponsored by the Yorkville Artist Guild, opening day. Call 803-981-3598 for more information or to register.

Market vendors must meet homegrown and handmade product criteria. Vendor space is free but limited. Vendors wanted include those selling local produce; fermented, pickled and staple foods that meet guideline standards; flowers, plants and herbs; soaps, candles and pottery; and other artisan and agriculture items. Nonprofits, Scouts and church groups are invited to participate with fundraisers.

In addition to the weekly Saturday market, there will be a Midweek Market offered for a trial time from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays this month.

For more information or to register, call 803-207-6682 or visit inmanfarmsyorksc.webs.com.

Nominees for arts partnership award accepted

The Business and the Arts Partnership Award was created in 1992 to recognize businesses whose dedicated partnership with the arts has been demonstrated during the calendar year. The judges represent business, the arts and government. The winner will be honored at the Arts Council of York County’s Annual Celebration to be held June 12 at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St.

Past recipients of the Business and the Arts Partnership Award include: Bi-Lo, Founders Federal Credit Union, O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits, The Herald, Williams & Fudge and Comporium Communications.

The following criteria will be considered for each business: impact; involvement in the arts such as employee volunteers, donation of in-kind services and goods, tie-ins that involve the arts in advertising, marketing, promotion and public relations campaigns, establishments of arts collections; and originality of the support programs.

Nomination forms are available through the Arts Council of York County. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. May 23.

For more information, call 803-328-2787 or visit yorkcountyarts.org.

Bojangles’ MDA fundraiser sets record

Bojangles’ announced the company raised a record-breaking $536,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during its 13th annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy in-store fundraiser. With the more than a half-million in funds raised, Bojangles’ will send 660 children affected by neuromuscular diseases to MDA summer camp this year.

From Feb. 28 through March 16, Bojangles’ customers at all company-owned restaurants and participating franchised locations were given the opportunity to support MDA by purchasing a green shamrock for $1 or a gold shamrock for $5.

The MDA Summer Camp offers children a wide range of activities specially designed for young people who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs. An MDA partner of 16 years, Bojangles’ has raised more than $3.5 million to support health care and research efforts through the Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Fundraiser each spring and the MDA Golf Classic each fall.

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