Celebrated Chef Brian Sonoskus is preparing a mountain-to-table feast for The Grand Prix Calcutta

Saturday, October 7, 12:00 pm

The Preserve at Little Pine
8055 Little Pine Road
Marshall, NC 28753

Marinated asparagus and baby heirloom tomatoes … Jumbo lump crab cake soufflé … Prime beef tenderloin and pulled pork shoulder … Local apple crisp with cinnamon sugar … Pineapple mashed sweet potatoes …

These are just some of savory delicacies—utilizing locally grown and sourced ingredients where available—being prepared by chef extraordinaire Brian Sonoskus for the $25,000 Grand Prix Benefit Calcutta: a much-anticipated outdoor event to unveil the new state-of-the-art Equestrian Center at The Preserve at Little Pine. To find a chef worthy of such a lavish occasion the party organizers didn’t have to look far. In fact, they found him right in their own back yard, so to speak, in the quaint mountain town of Marshall. Chef Brian Sonoskus is head chef at downtown Marshall’s new Star Diner, an inviting and intimate fine-dining spot known for its casual, friendly atmosphere and excellent mountain-to-table cuisine.


“I’m very excited and honored that they asked me to prepare the menu for such a high-profile event. The Marshall community has really embraced the restaurant and we are delighted to do anything we can with the people and businesses that call this place home—and Preserve Communities certainly plays a big part in supporting the town of Marshall as a whole.” – Chef Brian Sonoskus, Head Chef at Star Diner

A Mountain-To-Table Chef

Chef Brian is no stranger to success—or to Western North Carolina. He has 30+ years of restaurant experience, including serving as the longtime executive chef at the regional chain Tupelo Honey, which started in Asheville in 2000. “Over the years, I’ve grown very fond of Western North Carolina,” Brian says. “It’s home. It’s a great place to live. And its rewarding when I can contribute to events like The Inaugural $25,000 Grand Prix Calcutta, which not only brings recognition to the community, but the proceeds are being donated to the MANNA FoodBank—a great organization that fights to overcome hunger in the region.”

For years—even before it was trendy—Chef Brian has cultivated relationships with area farmers and growers, using seasonal vegetables and meats to create his ever-revolving menu at the Star Diner. It is this inspired approach that he is using to create the menu at The Grand Prix Calcutta. “Fall is a special time of year here,” Brian says, “and we are excited to bring some of the local seasonal favorites to this festive occasion. We have tried to include a little bit of everything—fruits, vegetables, meats, fish—foods that we think are indicative of the area and the state of North Carolina. It’s been a lot of fun and we look forward to people’s reaction—especially since many of these folks are from out of town. We hope it will be a treat for them.”

Thanks to Chef Brian, The Grand Prix Calcutta promises to be an occasion to savor—on many levels.


Get your Tickets

Don’t miss this exciting Grand Opening, at one of Western North Carolina’s premier mountain communities. It promises to be a day of fun and exciting equestrian competition. Tickets are $75 each and Tables are $1,500 (for 8)—all for a great cause.

Make it a Weekend

October is a magical month at this pristine mountain sanctuary. Little Pine is within minutes of unlimited outdoor recreation and quaint mountain towns. Our on-site concierge will be happy to help schedule reservations and activities. To learn more, call us at 828-649-9424 or email events@PreserveCommunities.com.

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