Chefs’ Feast

 Chefs’ Feast 2021


A night of great food, wine, and fun to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Transitions Homeless Center


The 5th annual Chefs’ Feast, chaired by Kevin Goldsmith, is bringing the focus back to the regional and local talent we have in South Carolina and Georgia. There will be wine pairings with each course and Cary Goldsmith, our sommelier, will talk about the wine selections.


This year, we will also be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Transitions and the volunteers who have won this years’ Volunteer Leader Awards. Thanks to Presenting Sponsor, Synovus Bank, all funds raised through sponsorships and ticket purchases go directly to support the programs and services we provide to 350 homeless men and women each day.


Highlights this year:

  • The event is being hosted at the Palmetto Club.
  • Sponsors and their guests will enjoy a special sushi and sake /sake cocktail reception with the featured chefs, preceding the five-course dinner.
  • Guests will be able to bid on exciting culinary items and experiences.



2021 Featured Chefs


Kevin Goldsmith: Kevin Goldsmith is an Augusta, GA-based restaurateur and owner of the TakoSushi restaurant group. TakoSushi’s menu is inspired by Kevin’s time living in New Mexico and his love of Asian cuisine. He is a 50-year veteran of the food and beverage industry with multiple successful concepts in the restaurant and catering industries. He is actively developing a new restaurant concept that will debut later in 2021.


Jason Palmer:  Executive Chef of the Palmetto Club for more than 4 years, Chef Palmer has over 20 years of food and beverage experience and is well-versed in American, French, and Hispanic cuisine with Asian influences. Originally from Maine, his career has taken him from positions at top restaurants in Colorado to Executive Chef for the Country Club of the South in Alpharetta, GA., before putting down roots in his wife’s hometown of Lexington, SC.


Chefs Vinnie Livoti and Lawrence Wright: Chef Livoti has been the Director of Food Services for BlueCross BlueShield of SC for 20 years. This was preceded by 20 years in the food service industry working for Harpers Restaurants and Birds on a Wire. Chef Wright has been manager of one of the onsite cafes at BlueCross BlueShield for over 10 years. Previously, he was the Executive Chef at Villa Tronco. Both are well-known participants in many charity food events.


Nate Lindsay: A native of Connecticut, Nate followed his formal training at the Connecticut Culinary Institute with a position at Amelia Island Plantation, FL. From there, his 17-year journey has taken him to the helm of award-winning restaurants in Napa, CA, Washington, D.C., and Jacksonville, FL. Chef Lindsay recently planted roots in his wife’s hometown of Augusta, GA, where he took up residency at Abel Brown Restaurant. A supporter of local farms and sustainable fishing, Chef Lindsay strongly believes that a great recipe requires a chef to source seasonal, quality ingredients, and he is looking forward to sharing his vision with the upcoming opening of his new restaurant concept in Augusta.


Kristian Niemi: Recognized as one of the driving forces behind the culinary growth of Columbia, Chef Niemi has created more than 6 highly successful restaurant concepts over the years, as well as the Great American Whiskey Fair. Currently Executive Chef/Owner of Bourbon and Black Rooster restaurants, he is also the managing partner of the Farm to Table Event Company and Honey River Catering.


*** Unfortunately, due to the special nature of the dinner, food restrictions may not be able to be accommodated.

*If for reasons beyond our control, the event is cancelled, ticket purchases will be honored as fully tax-deductible donations to Transitions.*