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Easter 2016 at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, March 26 | 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Children will delight in breakfast with the Easter Bunny and parents will cherish a keepsake picture. Indulge in the lavish, buffet adorned with breakfast favorites including a pancake station with fun toppings, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast breads, ham and cheese croissants and array of delectable breakfast pastries.
Price: $40 ages 6 and up | $25 per child 5 and younger

The Cottontail Tea Party
Saturday, March 26 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Join the Easter Bunny and The Springtime Fairy for an afternoon tea with petite sandwiches and sweets including strawberry lemon scones, vanilla crème brulee, orange cheesecake and chocolate peanut butter mousse.
Price: $50 per person ages 6 and up | $18 per child 5 and under, includes service charge.

Easter Garden Brunch
Sunday, March 27 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Enjoy a spectacular Easter Brunch in the classic Ritz-Carlton Ballroom Atrium with ocean views and an elaborate culinary presentation of brunch favorites. Items include a seafood display, smoked salmon, carving station with prime rib and leg of lamb, sushi and a lavish dessert bar. The afternoon will include live music, cookie decorating and a visit from the Easter Bunny!
Price: $110 per person, ages 13 and up | $45 per child 5-12, includes service charge

2015 Holiday Events at The Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island

2015 Holiday Events at The Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island

The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island

Amelia Island, FL – Traditions abound for holiday memories of a lifetime at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Guests and the public are invited to culinary feasts and treasured children’s programs including the following:

Unveiling the S.S. Amelia Gingerbread Pirate Ship
On Wednesday, November 25, the World’s Largest Gingerbread Pirate Ship returns to the lobby at The Ritz-Carlton. This culinary masterpiece is made with over 600 pieces of gingerbread and adorned with sculpted pirates with colorful fondant clothing and a chocolate cannon and cannon balls. The ship sets sail on December 27.

The 20th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Amelia Island’s official start to the Christmas season with thousands of sparkling lights glittering throughout the resort. Hundreds of guests and visitors join together for this event to support the local YMCA’s fundraising efforts for scholarships. The program includes refreshments, music and dance by community groups and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Brass Quintet. Festivities conclude with Santa’s arrival and spectacular fireworks.
This complimentary event takes place on Wednesday, November 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Holiday Lights Bed & Breakfast Package
Cuddle up on your private balcony overlooking the sparkling 40 foot Christmas Tree. The Ritz-Carlton offers a holiday package that includes a coastal view room facing the Christmas Tree, Breakfast for Two and complimentary valet parking.
The offer is valid November 22, 2015 – January 2, 2016, based upon availability. Rates start at $279 per night.

cainpirate shipSanta’s Wonderland Dinner
Join Santa on Wednesday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m. along with his elves, for a new wonderland experience including the Ice Princess and Jack Frost. It is a joyous celebration to start the holiday season. Santa’s Wonderland menu includes citrus shrimp, honey glazed ham, skirt steak, chicken and a children’s buffet. A delectable dessert bar includes Yule Logs, Reese’s mousse, double chocolate cake, candy station and more.
Price: $55 per adult and $25 for children, including service charge. Reservations required.

Thanksgiving Grand Feast
Celebrate Thanksgiving with an elaborate culinary presentation of traditional Thanksgiving favorites accompanied by live jazz music. The scrumptious buffet includes citrus poached shrimp, shrimp and grits, roasted turkey, honey glazed ham, beef medallions and an endless array of desserts. Children will enjoy cookie decorating and holiday inspired crafts and games. Held from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Price: $105 per adult and $45 for children, including service charge. Reservations requested.

Santa’s Storybook Tea
This Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island tradition includes a fireside holiday storybook read by Santa plus an afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, pastries, candy and cakes. The teas are held Saturdays, November 28, December 5, 12 and 19 at 12 p.m.
Price: $50 per adult and children ages 6 and up and $18 for children 5 and under, including service charge.

Breakfast with Santa
Join us for a new holiday tradition, Breakfast with Santa. Children will delight in whispering their holiday wishes to Santa and parents will cherish a keepsake picture. Indulge in the lavish buffet adorned with magical gingerbread houses and holiday decorations. Feast on breakfast favorites including a pancake station with fun toppings, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast breads, ham and cheese croissants, an array of delectable breakfast pastries and a holiday cookie station.
Saturday, December 5 and 19, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. for $40 per person ages 6 and up and $25 children 5 and under.

Santa Tuck Ins
Children will thrill to experience an exciting visit from Santa as he brings cookies and milk, reads a holiday story and presents a gift for the child every Friday and Saturday, November 27 & 28, December 4 & 5, 11 & 12 and 17 & 19.
The price is $50 for the first child and $35 for each additional child. Reservations required.

New Year’s Eve Black & White Masquerade Gala
Welcome the New Year with style as The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island celebrates the Fifth Annual Black & White Masquerade with luxurious food buffets including a seafood ice bar, sushi station, living salad station, antipasti and appetizers. You will enjoy cooking stations serving seared scallops, lobster, lamb loin, braised short ribs and a scrumptious display of desserts. Dance all night with international tour group Papa Sol and enjoy an open bar and fireworks with a champagne toast. This year, Fashion Stylist Fitz Pullins will award Ritz-Carlton packages and prizes for categories such as Best Dressed Couple and Best Masquerade Mask. Black & White attire is encouraged. Masks are provided or you can bring your own. The event will be held from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The price is $225 per adult and includes service charge. Reservations required.

You can find all of the resort’s events at www.ritzcarlton/ameliaisland or call 904-277-1087.

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Nassau Humane Society Gala – For the Love of Animals

Nassau Humane Society Gala - For the Love of AnimalsFernandina Beach, FL – The Nassau Humane Society will host its first ever Gala, For the Love of Animals. The Gala will benefit their new facility which opened last year. This grand event will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Talbot Ballroom beginning at 6:00pm with a Cocktail Reception and Dinner at 7:00pm.

Nikos Westmoreland, who Co-anchors on First Coast Living, will be the guest speaker and the 21 piece Big Band, Crescendo Amelia will supply the music for dancing.

There are two Big Dog Platinum Sponsors, Fernandina Beach Animal Clinic and First Coast Community Bank. Both of these businesses have generously contributed $3,000 to enable this Gala to become reality. The Ritz-Carlton has also been kind in their contribution to this worthy cause.

There are four levels of sponsorship available, as well as individual tickets at $150 per person.

A Silent Auction will be held the evening of the Gala. Local merchants have donated a variety of items for bidding. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island donated a one-night stay and a one 50-minute massage, Marriott Saw Grass donated a one-night stay at their resort, and Crawford Jewelry added a $300 gift certificate. Other items include an autographed Kenny Loggins guitar and an Oyster Roast hosted by Anglea Wallace Pierson. Bidding will also be available for a three-night stay at Paul and Mary Anne Murphy’s New Orleans home. These are just a few of the Silent Auction items that will be enticing the attendees on April 18th, 2015.

Please consider joining the pack and attend The Nassau Humane Society Gala, For the Love of Animals.

The Nassau Humane Society is a nonprofit organization which exists fully through the kindness of donations.

To purchase tickets, please call (904) 321-1647 or www.nassauhumanesociety.com.

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Cottontail Tea Party at Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

Cottontail Tea Party at Ritz Carlton Amelia IslandHere are couple ideas for you to celebrate Easter at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island with the little ones in your life:

Cottontail Tea Party
Join the Easter Bunny and the springtime fairies for stories, afternoon tea, petite sandwiches, sweets and a complimentary souvenir photo. Reservations required.
Date: Saturday, April 4
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Place: Courtyard and Lobby Lounge
Price: $50 for ages 6 and up, $15 children 5 and under, includes service charge

Easter Garden Brunch
Enjoy a spectacular Easter Brunch with an elaborate culinary presentation of brunch favorites, Champagne toast and live music. Children will enjoy cookie decorating and holiday-inspired games. Reservations requested.
$105 per adult | $45 children 5-12, includes service charge
Date: Sunday, April 5
Time: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Place: The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
Price: $105 per person, $45 children 5-12, includes service charge

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2015 Salt Cooking School

2015 Salt Cooking SchoolThe Salt Cooking School is returning to the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, for 2015. Class will be held on Mondays, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Chefs welcome students with a tour of the kitchens, mimosas, breakfast treats, and a Salt apron. Then students will learn techniques, cook and dine with the chefs and they receive a class photo.

March 23 – Asian Food Truck Fare: Prepare Asian Street Food with a modern approach
June 15 – Italian Favorites: Learn the art of making sauces, handmade pastas and fish fabrication
September 14 – Classic German Cuisine: Braising, soups, dumplings and meat selections
November 2 – Holiday Classics: Learn new techniques with some surprises

Tuition is only $250 per person and reservations are required. (This is a great gift idea, especially for birthdays, Mother’s or Father’s Day)

For information and reservations please call Leisure Reservations at (904) 277-1087.

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World’s Largest Gingerbread Pirate Ship Arrives on Amelia

World’s Largest Gingerbread Pirate Ship Arrives on Amelia
The World’s largets gingerbread pirate ship arrives at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island.

Imagine a 17 foot Gingerbread Pirate Ship with pirate characters sculpted from chocolate standing before you. Festive garland hangs from the elegant molding as if to encase the ship and the sounds of holiday songs play gently through the lobby of this dynamic hotel. Your eyes are drawn into the Courtyard where hundreds of gleaming lights twinkle on a 40 foot Christmas tree. Spellbound, you are captivated by the essence of tradition.

“Holiday tradition,” says, General Manager, James E. McManemon, “is what grandparents and parents want a child to experience and every child remembers their first Ritz-Carlton Santa’s Storybook Tea or the desserts at Santa’s Holiday Dinner and taking family pictures in front of the pirate ship,” continues McManemon.

The festivities start on Wednesday, November 27 at 8:00 a.m. when the Gingerbread Pirate Ship is unveiled. The ship is a tribute to the famed privateer Louis Aury who held the island captive for three days in 1817.

Later in the evening, guests and the public will line the Courtyard sipping hot chocolate and eating cookies from the pastry kitchen to attend the 17th Annual Tree Lighting to benefit the YMCA Scholarship Program for families in need. The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Brass Quintet plays holiday music accompanied by local students who sprinkle fairy dust on the tree moments before Santa and Mrs. Claus light the tree to start the holidays on Amelia Island.

Santa’s Storybook Tea
A Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island tradition; a fireside holiday storybook read by Santa plus an afternoon tea, with finger sandwiches, pastries, candy, cakes and a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Join us in the Lobby Lounge on Saturdays, November 30, December 7, 14 and 21 at 12 Noon. Price is $49.00 per adult and children ages 6 and up. $10.00 for children 5 and under, includes service charge.

Santa Tuck In
Children will enjoy a visit from Santa as he brings cookies and milk, reads a holiday story and presents a gift for the child every Saturday, November 30, December 7, 14, and 21 for $25.00 per child. Reservations recommended.

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2013 Thanksgiving Grand Feast at the Ritz Carlton

2013 Thanksgiving Grand Feast at the Ritz CarltonCelebrate with the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton for Thanksgiving! On November 28, 2013, enjoy an elaborate culinary presentation of traditional Thanksgiving favorites accompanied by live jazz music. Children enjoy cookie decorating and holiday inspired games.

With a variety of dining options, please check out the unbelievable menus below and make your reservations today at (904) 277-1100 for a Thanksgiving you won’t ever forget!

Thanksgiving Grand Feast
Seatings: 12 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Soup
Smoked Butternut Squash

Cold
Ultimate Salad Bar
Caesar Salad
Citrus Poached Shrimp & Amelia Island Ceviche
Roasted Local Vegetable Display
Florida Tomato & Mozzarella Salad
Pastrami Salmon Flatbreads
Compressed Florida Melon

Artisanal Cheese Display

Surf and Turf Station
Local Shrimp Cake, Sous Vide Beef Medallions, Seared Local Fish

Vegetable Station
Ratatouille Nicoise
Individual Candied Sweet Potatoes
Boursin Mashed Potatoes

Carving Station
Roasted Turkey with Sage and Thyme
Honey Glazed Ham

Dessert Bar

Adults $99.00 Children 5 – 12 $45.00 under 5 Complimentary

Café 4750 Thanksgiving
4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Soup
Smoked Butternut Squash

Cold Selection
Ultimate Salad Bar
Caesar Salad
Citrus Poached Shrimp & Amelia Island Ceviche
Roasted Local Vegetable Display
Florida Tomato & Mozzarella Salad
Pastrami Salmon Flatbread
Compressed Florida Melon

Artisanal Cheese Display

Local Shrimp Cake Station

Hot Selection
Seared Local Fish
Candied Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

Carving Station
Roasted Turkey with Sage and Thyme
Honey Glazed Ham Herb & Garlic
Roasted Prime Rib

Dessert Bar
Fourteen Classic Favorites

Adults $78.00 Children 5 – 12 $28.00 under 5 Complimentary

Salt
4 p.m.−9 p.m.

1st Course
Foie Gras Terrine-Plum-Spiced Bread-Pickled Celery-Smoked Almonds
Or
Jones Farm Lettuce-Grilled Toma Cheese-Vegetable Crumble-Pear-Lemon Vinaigrette

2nd Course
Butternut Squash Soup-Cranberry Froth-Spiced Pecans-Vanilla Oil
Or
Seared Scallop-Parsnip Puree-Porcini & Romano Bean Ragout-Kumquat

Entrée
Roasted Turkey Breast-Sweet Potato Bread Pudding-Braised Collards-Yukon Gold Potato-Cranberry & Clementine Marmalade-Turkey Jus
Or
Bison Tenderloin-Farro Risotto-Brown Butter Carrots-Pine Jus-Georgia Gouda
Or
Hawaiian Sea Bass-Florida Clams-Brussels Sprouts-Artichoke Nage-Pepper Jam

Dessert
Sweet Potato Maple Soufflé-Cinnamon Ice Cream-Rum Anglaise
Or
Caramelized Walnut Pumpkin Tart-Pomegranate-Brown Butter Ice Cream

Price: Adults $105 and $160, paired with wines Children $45

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Tickets On Sale Now for 2014’s The Amelia

Tickets On Sale Now for 2014's The Amelia

Tickets are now available on line for the 19th Annual Amelia Island Concours. The three-day Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 7-9, 2014 at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island Resort, Amelia Island, Florida.

The centerpiece, Concours d’Elegance, is schedule for Sunday March 9, 2014 on the Golf Club of Amelia Island. The field opens at 9:30 A.M., remaining open until 5:00 P.M.

Discounted advance sale tickets are available now online at www.ameliaconcours.org for $60.00 per adult and $40.00 per youth (ages 12-18). Early entry tickets (allowing entry to the field at 8:30 A.M., one hour before the general public) are available for $80.00 per adult and $60.00 per youth (ages 12-18). Early entry with a buffet lunch tickets, called Concours and More, are available for $150.00 per adult and youth.

Tickets at the gate are $80.00 per adult, $40.00 for individual youths 12-18 years of age, and $40.00 for active duty military personnel (with ID) and their accompanying individual immediate family members. All tickets include an official program. Children under 12 years of age are admitted to the Concours field free on Sunday March 9, 2014 with a paying adult.

CLUB AMELIA is also available in advance. Club Amelia guests will be hosted for breakfast, lunch, a snack, and three-drink tickets at the Club’s private bar in the CLUB AMELIA PAVILION on the concours field. Also included are an official program, admission to the Concours, one VIP parking pass valid from Friday through Sunday, and a 2014 event poster (one per couple). Individual tickets are $400.00.

Two enthusiast seminars are scheduled for the 19th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. At 3:00 P.M. on Friday, March 7, 2014 in the Talbot Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island will be the Great Offy Drivers Seminar. Indy 500 winning driver Johnny Rutherford will moderate a pannel of Offenhauser winning drivers. Tickets are $30.00 per person, in advance or at the door, while supplies last.

On Saturday March 8, 2014 the Talbot Ballroom at the Ritz Carlton will host the Merchants of Speed seminar at 10:30 A.M with team owners from all disciplines of motor sports regaling the triumphs, trials and tribulations of owning a successful race team. Panel to include John Mecom, Bobby Rahal, Jack Roush, Alwin Springer and others. Tickets are $30.00 in advance or at the door, while supplies last.

The PORSCHE DRIVING EXPERIENCE will commence with a Drivers’ Meeting at the Fernandina Beach Airport at 7:00 A.M. Friday March 8, 2013. Participants will travel to Mayport Naval Station in their personal vehicles where they will enjoy activities to include an autocross in one of the latest Porsches and a high speed ride with Hurley Haywood. Lunch will be held at Mayport Ocean Breeze. Your day will also include a visit to the private Brumos Collection. You do NOT need to own a Porsche to participate. The entry fee is $110.00 per individual.

Donations to The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation, a 501C3 charitable organization, are appreciated and accepted in the Ticket section of the Amelia Concours website.

About The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws over 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated over $2 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast. The 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 7-9, 2014.

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Ritz Carlton Amelia Goes Red, White and the Deep Blue for July 4th

Ritz Carlton Amelia Goes Red, White and the Deep Blue for July 4thAmelia Island, FL – Summer’s deep blue Atlantic Ocean provides a dramatic background for an All-American Independence Day Barbecue on the Oceanfront Lawn at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The Red, White and The Deep Blue Celebration on July 4 begins at 7 p.m. with fun and games for the whole family including crab races, bounce house and live music by Yankee Sliver a country-rock band.

Guests will enjoy an authentic, Southern-style cookout buffet. “We are grilling and smoking summertime favorites including steak, chicken, pork and local fish,” says Executive Chef Thomas Tolxdorf. Complementing the meats, poultry and fish are chilled seafood, salads, Cajun buttered corn on cobb, seasonal vegetable medley, house baked beans with smoked bacon, baked potatoes with condiment bar and a dessert bar with pineapple tart, cherry pie, Key lime pie, milk chocolate mousse, banana bread pudding, w/anglaise from the resort’s acclaimed pastry department.

The annual fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m. and is accompanied by music.

Tickets for The Red, White and The Deep Blue Celebration are $85.00 per adult and $25.00 per child, ages 5-12 plus tax. Price includes barbeque, draft beer, soft drinks and service charge For information and reservations, call 904-277-1100 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland.

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2012 Salt Cooking School at the Ritz Carlton

2012 Salt Cooking School at the Ritz CarltonThe chefs guide students step by step in a format designed to accommodate every skill level in this exciting cooking school offered by Salt at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island. The classes are limited to twenty students to create an intimate environment where fun and camaraderie are apparent.

Each cooking series begins with a continental breakfast each morning. The first day features a tour and an overview of the responsibilities held by each member of the Salt culinary team. Students then visit work stations for personal instruction to a four-course lunch menu. Later that day, students and teachers share a family-style, communal lunch paired with a selection of fine wines and lively conversation about morning experience.

On the second day, students refine their new skills as they rotate throughout the kitchen preparing a complete gourmet feast and once again dine with the Salt chefs in the Salt dining room overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. At the conclusion of the session students are proudly packing their apron, recipe book, and exchanging e-mail addresses with new friends.

Step out of the dining room and into the kitchen with a new series of interactive cooking schools at Salt.

Cooking at the Ritz CarltonCooking School 2012 dates and themes:

French Rivera Favorites
June 20-21 2012
Eating along the coast with tapenade, ratatouille, bouillabaisse, cassoulet, pat au feu and tarte tropezienne.

Salt Cooking School: Asian Cuisine
August 29-30, 2012
Eating healthy with Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese traditions with peking duck & dim sum, sushi rolling & shabushabu, pad thai & red and green curry.

Italian Holiday Classics
December 19-20, 2012

    – Overnight accommodations for two nights in a coastal view room
    – Two-day cooking school at Salt
    – Daily breakfast, champagne du-jour, and luncheon
    – Salt apron and recipes
    – 4 p.m. check-out
    – Overnight valet parking

One person rate: $879 for the two night package
Two person rate: $1,239 for the two night package

Package is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Advance reservations are required; rates do not apply to groups. Rates listed are per room, for two nights, single or double occupancy, and exclusive of taxes, gratuities and other charges unless otherwise noted.

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Cruiselines Are Taylor Cutting their Programs

searchamelia.com introduces Good Moon Farm in Tortola BVI

The Biodynamic Good Moon Farm on Tortola BVI

In an effort to attract an ever wider circle of customers with special interests, the cruise lines are starting to do some weird stuff these days.
Of course we have known specialty cruises for many years now. We did some fun radio station stuff in the early MTV days with Captain Burke (RIP) and his unfortunately defunct Windjammer Cruises in the 80s and since then we have seen romance/match cruises, blues cruises, learn to play an instrument cruises or how tot take great pictures cruises among many others, but Carnival’s initiative to host the First Horror Convention at Sea, gives it a new stretch, yet does not tickle my senses. The cruise is called “The Tides of Torture” and will feature stars from more than a half dozen “slasher” movies that include “Friday the 13th” and “Zombie’s Halloween.”

The four-night scare fest kicks off in Tampa on the 2,052-passenger Carnival Paradise and organizer Dark Star Fantasy Cruises says it’ll include entertainment by national acts, movie screenings, a “scream queen” contest and a “Dance of the Dead.”

Cruise and Cook Trips

Personally I’m much more interest in another trend that is being embraced in the cruise industry: food. Cruise ships have always carried the reputation of being a 24 hour a day food fest free for all, albeit not always on the level of fine dining. However latest studies have revealed that cruise consumers now rank fine dining as the number one benefit of a cruise vacation. A 2011 survey revealed that 3 out of 4 cruise consumers are looking for new and different dining experiences onboard ships.

And for those trendsetters I think we have found a once in a lifetime opportunity to join Amelia Island’s the Travel Agency on their Cruise and Cook Tour with Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island’s executive chef Thomas Tolxdorf on Oceania’s new ship the MS Marina on January 23 out of Miami. Chef Toxldorf, a known promoter of healthy cuisine directly from the farm to the table, will share techniques, choices and exclusive Caribbean excursions with the group on the islands of Tortola and Puerto Rico.
In addition to the EXCLUSIVE shore excursions, participants are receiving two complimentary PRIVATE cooking classes onboard the ship.

Culinary Shore Excursions

Here is a passage out of one of the Chef Thomas guided tour descriptions in the British Virgin Island of Tortola, where you will be taken by safari bus to the biodynamic Good Moon Farm, where plants are cultivated with the lunar calendar and fertilized with compost.

You will enjoy the scenic drive up over the high ridge to the north shore, and along the winding back roads to this secluded farm. Amidst these stunning views you will be made welcome with refreshing tea on the farm house veranda.  Feel free to start asking questions to the knowledgeable farmers, Aragorn and Drake.

– Now that you are settled in, you will be escorted around this beautiful farm where you will learn about the different local fruits and vegetables and be given the opportunity to fill a locally woven basket with sumptuous produce to bring to the cook out on the beach later.  Enjoy the experience of harvesting your own food, smelling the freshly plucked leaves and snacking on guava berries and fig bananas.

With baskets on laps you will take off on the second leg of your tour. En route along the ridge road you can catch views of Guana, Necker and Mosquito Islands, homes to the rich and famous, as well as Virgin Gorda, home of the famous Baths.  Take in the views and chew on a stick of sugar cane until arriving at Trellis Bay.

The “Yabba Pot” in which we will cook up your freshly cut vegetables will already be heated before your arrival. These clay pots produce a great heat in which vegetables are flavored with coconut oil and scotch bonnet peppers.  Rastas produce fantastic broths in these when preparing their ITAL food and today we will be enjoying a classic Caribbean dish of Pepper Pot with local seasonings and fresh vegetables.

At this time of year we can harvest bok choi, arugula, spinach, beets, cabbage, Tanya greens and casava.  Accompanying your meal we have rice and peas and cassava bread.  For meat lovers we have local goat curry, souse and seasoned fish.

Some time will be given to enjoy a tall glass of local ginger beer along with a stroll along the crescent beach and amongst the excellent works in Aragorns’ art studio.  This trip is also a feast for the eyes.  Slowly wind you way back to the ship on your safari bus, we hope with the tastes of Tortola still lingering on your palate.

There is still time to book for this exquisite experience, just call Angela at the Travel Agency (904) 491 – 0520 and she will take care of it for you.

The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island Presents Holiday Season Program

Ritz Carlton Amelia Island Holiday Lobby Decoration

1,200 lbs of Sugar and 3,000 Eggs make a Gingerbread Pirate Ship

The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island is gearing up for another rich tradition memory filled Holiday Season.
Days of wonder and nights to remember are waiting at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, which invites guests and locals to come and enjoy coastal holiday traditions including the Gingerbread Pirate Ship that annually dominates the luxury resort’s beautiful lobby. The size and perfection of this “edible” piece of holiday art is the perfect backdrop for your Christmas keepsake photo. And once again there will be magic in the air with Santa tuck-ins, story book teas, beach bonfires and holiday wagon rides down dune-lined paths.

The resort’ popular holiday event season start off on Wednesday November 23 when

• The S.S. Amelia Gingerbread Pirate Ship Arrives
The S.S. Amelia Gingerbread Pirate Ship docks in the lobby for the holiday season. Live televised event with children’s chorus. Made from 1,200 pounds of sugar and 3,000 eggs, the S.S. Amelia serves as a festive backdrop for countless holiday memories. All are invited to welcome this Amelia Island holiday icon.

at 5:30 pm our 40 foot Christmas Tree will be lighted in the courtyard which will officially mark the beginning of The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island holiday season and at the same time over 200,000 lights will glitter throughout the resort grounds. This festive evening includes a fundraiser for the YMCA, entertainment, holiday cookies and hot apple cider, Santa’s arrival and a spectacular fireworks display.  The entire event is Complimentary and open to the public.

• Santa’s Festive Holiday Dinner will begin at 6:30 pm in the Talbot Ballroom, immediately following the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Santa and Mrs. Claus with elves and reindeer will be present to share this Buffet style dinner with all of the children’s favorites, local seafood, braised beef short ribs, a delectable dessert and candy station. Admission includes a photo souvenir with Santa in a festive, magical ambiance. $49 per adult, $25 per child, ages 5 – 12, price is inclusive of gratuity. Reservations are required.

THANKSGIVING

On Thanks Giving Day, Thursday November 24 choices are

The Family Thanksgiving Grand Feast from 12 pm – 4 pm in The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
Celebrate and give thanks with a traditional meal with all of the trimmings. The feast features live music, family entertainment plus a lavish buffet that includes shellfish, smoked salmon, sushi bar, steak and eggs station, local fish and carving station.
$99 per adult, $45 per child, ages 5 – 12, price is inclusive of gratuity.

A delicious Thanksgiving buffet in Café 4750 between 3 pm – 9 pm
with all of your favorites plus shrimp, smoked salmon, sushi, steak, seared local fish, carving station and desserts.
$69 per adult, $28 per child, ages 5 – 12, plus gratuity.

Thanksgiving in Salt between 4 pm – 9 pm where Chef Rick Laughlin presents a four-course Thanksgiving menu with a contemporary and elegant twist, including citrus scallop carpaccio, butternut squash soup, organic turkey breast and chocolate soufflé.
$95 per adult, $140 paired with wines, $45 per child, ages 5 – 12, plus gratuity.

HOLIDAY MOMENTS

Santa’s Storybook Tea
Saturdays, November 26, December 3, 10 and 17 – 12 pm, Seaside Room
A Ritz-Carlton treasured tradition with a fireside holiday storybook read by Santa plus an afternoon tea, with a selection of finger sandwiches, pastries, candy and cake.
$45 per person, ages 5 and up, price inclusive of gratuity.

Create a Gingerbread House

Saturday, November 26 –  3 pm, Salon 1
Children will be thrilled working with our pastry chefs to create their own gingerbread masterpiece. Young chefs will receive a chef’s hat, apron and diploma.
$35 per child, ages 5 and up.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S EVE

Christmas Eve Dinner at Café 4750
Saturday, December 24, 5:30 pm – 9 pm
Choose from the day’s regionally inspired seasonal menu including local seafood and prime meats or a la carte menu of coastal favorites.

Christmas Eve Dinner in Salt
Saturday, December 24, 6 pm – 10 pm
Celebrate Christmas Eve at Salt with a festive, contemporary American, four-course menu with duck prosciutto, brioche crusted cod, braised bison short ribs and gingerbread soufflé. Salt’s seasonal a la carte menu is also available.
$95 per adult, $140 with wine pairing, $45 per child, ages 5 –12, plus gratuity.

Champagne Christmas Brunch at Café 4750
Sunday, December 25, 12 pm – 3 pm
Celebrate Christmas with a delectable array of fresh coastal seafood, herb-crusted prime rib, seared local fish, bountiful hot selections and mouth-watering dessert bar.
$69 per adult, $25 children 3 – 12, plus tax and gratuity.

Christmas Dinner in Café 4750
Sunday, December 25, 5:30 pm – 9 pm
The Café presents a special coastal-inspired menu prepared for the day or the delicious a la carte menu with regional favorites.

Christmas in Salt
Sunday, December 25, 6 pm – 10 pm
Classic four-course Christmas menu including, four-course menu, with duck prosciutto, brioche crusted cod, braised bison short ribs and gingerbread soufflé. A la carte also available.
$95 per adult, $140 paired with wines, $45 per child, ages 5 – 12, plus gratuity.

New Year’s Eve in Cafe 4750
Saturday, December 31, 5:30 pm – 10 pm
Enjoy a three-course menu of fresh and regional favorites or coastal favorites from the a la carte menu.
$68 per adult, $28 children 5 – 12, plus tax and gratuity.

New Year’s Eve in Salt
Saturday, December 31, 6 pm – 9 pm
Celebrate this New Year’s Eve with a memorable four-course culinary experience featuring the best local seafood, prime meats and game.
Seating 1: 6 pm – 9 pm
$125 per adult and $170 per adult, paired with wine, plus gratuity.
Seating 2: 9 pm – Midnight
Count down to the New Year with a five-course menu, party favors, fireworks and a champagne toast
at midnight. $185 per adult and $240 per adult, paired with wine, plus gratuity.

New Year’s Eve Black & White Masquerade Ball

Saturday, December 31, 9 pm – 1 am, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Ballroom
An evening of glamour and style reminiscent of Truman Capote’s infamous Black and White Ball of 1966.  Lavish food, live music, dancing, open bar and fireworks.  Black & White attire is encouraged. Masks will be provided and guests are welcome to bring their own. Make this New Year’s Eve a Night to Remember!  Must be 21 or older and provide valid ID at registration.
$185 per adult, inclusive of gratuity.

NEW YEAR’S DAY

New Year’s Day Brunch

Sunday, January 1, 2012, 2 pm – 3pm
Ease into 2012 with a Bloody Mary bar and a scrumptious brunch with slow roasted prime rib, Eggs Benedict, fresh shrimp, local fish and all of your breakfast favorites including a delectable array of specialty desserts.
$49 per person, $15 per child, ages 5 – 12.

Reservations are required for holiday events and are available at (904) 277-1100.  For room and package reservations, please call (800) 241-3333, visit www.ritzcarlton.com, or contact your travel professional. Valet parking is complimentary for day events.

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