Meet Jim Carnahan
Our New Food & Beverage Director
Jim has over 30 years of club experience, serving as General Manager and Food & Beverage Director of local country clubs including the Philadelphia Cricket Club, Old York Road Country Club, Talamore Country Club and Whitemarsh Valley Country Club.
He has been an active member of the Club Management Association of America and serves on the Board of Directors for the local Philadelphia & Vicinity Club Management Association chapter. He recently served as Education and Certification Chairman for the PVCMA.
He lives in Harleysville, PA with his wife Melissa and their four children Sydney, Cameron, Delaney and Liam.
With his extensive knowledge, we look forward to heightening your overall food and beverage experience in the club.
Learn more about Jim & his future plans for the NAC:
How do you plan to make lives better through the club?
“I plan to make our members lives better by introducing new and healthier options at both Escape and NACafe. We will present relevant information regarding the menu items such as calorie, fat and sugar counts as well as vegan and gluten free options.”
How did you get involved in the food & beverage industry?
“I started in a country club kitchen at age 15 and was trained for several years by an excellent Chef. I later moved to the front of the house and then into management of clubs. During this time, I fell in love with the Hospitality Industry and over 30 years later I still have the same passion for Hospitality.”
Who is a culinary pioneer and/or role model to you?
“Brad Barnes CMC, CCA, AAC of the Culinary Institute of America. Brad served as the senior director of culinary education and senior director of continuing education at the CIA. While I was Education Chairman of the local Club Management Association, I invited Brad to speak to our group. His menu management, healthy living and creative ideas were very inspiring.”
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
“I was awarded the James B. Singerling Scholarship through the Club Management Association of America to attend the national conference. The award is presented to four candidates nationwide to expand their education opportunities.”
If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
“Definitely something healthy! I’m hooked on salads these days so probably something like this… butternut squash, acorn squash, crisp granny smith apple, blue cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, pomegranate, romaine lettuce & butter lettuce with cider vinaigrette.”
What are your plans for the future of food & beverage at the Newtown Athletic Club?
The Food and Beverage team is looking to enhance the menu with healthier options. To start, we will pair ourselves with NAC Nutritionist, Lisa James. In addition, we will be offering a chef attended station at Escape to alleviate some of the ala carte ordering times. Our “NACtion” station will rotate and will include grab and go single hot items. Examples are sliced smoked brisket sandwiches or chicken and beef sliders with accompaniments. Keep an eye out for our Chocolate and Red Wine Tasting on December 7 from 3-5pm in Pulse. An opportunity to taste fine chocolates from a local chocolate sommelier and pair them with red wines. Perfect for the upcoming holidays as gifts or for entertaining at your home. Our team will arrange a selection for you to choose from – just in time for the holidays!”
If you have any questions or suggestions for Jim, he can be reached at email@example.com.