Posted: Nov 23, 2021 / 4:38 pm CSTUpdated: 11/23/2021 / 4:59 PM CST
Champaign, Illinois (WCIA)
Ryan and Abbie are known for their quality farm-to-table cuisine at The Wheelhouse in St. Joseph, Illinois. Both are from St. Joseph and look forward to sharing their culinary passion with the Champaign / Urbana community. The key to their operation is the use of organic farms that practice regenerative agricultural processes. Chef Ryan Rogiers is committed to using the freshest ingredients, along with the right techniques, to deliver a memorable dining experience. Unique to this venture will be the use of farmland within the Stone Creek neighborhood; “The Homegrown Gardens” which delivers fresh ingredients from just off the street. Whenever possible, Homegrown uses local produce to showcase the amazing produce grown here in Central Illinois.
Chef Rogiers has extensive experience in delivering a top quality product. He is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, California. He previously worked at Alinea, a top-class restaurant in Chicago. His passion and expertise even took him to the White House when he and his son won the 2013 National Healthy Recipe Contest.
Abbie Layden-Rogiers has connections not only with central Illinois, but also with the University of Illinois. She and her son are both alumni and passionate fans. Abbie loves meeting and connecting with people. She strives to create a warm, positive atmosphere to enhance the homegrown experience.
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ATKINS GOLF CLUB AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS:
The Atkins Golf Club is a public 18-hole golf course covering approximately 190 acres. The course that was formerly Stone Creek was the home of the Fighting Illinois golf programs for men and women for many years.
The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced in June 2020 that the University of Illinois Atkins Group (TAG) and the University of Illinois Foundation. DIA will own and operate the golf club, which will remain closed for the 2020 season while it is being upgraded, as a championship-level public golf course and home to the Fighting Illinois Division I golf programs for men and women. The total value of the gift exceeds $ 15 million. In recognition of TAG’s generosity, the course will be renamed The Atkins Golf Club of the University of Illinois pending approval by the Board of Trustees.
Upon completion of the donation, DIA intends to hire a golf course management company and develop plans to reopen the restaurant and eatery, pro shop and other banquet and dining space. The redesigned Atkins Golf Club at the University of Illinois is expected to open to the public in the spring of 2021.
As part of its redevelopment plans, the DIA will sensibly improve the course in order to better adapt it to its golf programs for men and women. It will also include new amenities for the exclusive use of the university’s student athletes.
Atkins Golf Club
The Stone Creek Golf Club vision came true in 1999 thanks to Clint Atkins and architects Dick and Tim Nugent. The beautiful 18-hole course in Urbana, Illinois has been a great test of locals and visitors for nearly 20 years. Ownership shifted in 2020 when the Atkins family gave the University of Illinois and the University of Illinois Foundation an incredible gift of over 300 acres of real estate. The $ 15 million gift included Stone Creek Golf Club (now the University of Illinois Atkins Golf Club) and its associated buildings and equipment. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is currently working with architect Drew Rogers as the course is undergoing a renovation project that will upgrade an already strong golf course. The renovation will result in a championship course that will provide a fun and challenging experience for golfers of all skill levels.
Atkins Golf Club will proudly be the home of the Fighting Illinois men’s and women’s golf teams.