Freshness, quality, regionally grown, and seasonally correct are words and actions the chefs at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island live by every day.
A group of local and regional farmers, growers and seafood purveyors will gather for the 4th time in four years to celebrate the Meet the Farmers Dinner at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island. What was still a culinary novelty 4 years ago, has been carefully expanded into a farm to table cuisine that has found gourmands the world over in a continuing search for fresh and healthful flavors.
Every year, Executive Chef Thomas Tolxdorf leads a group of chefs to visit farmers, growers and seafood purveyors for a better understanding of their capabilities and how they work. “Our goal is to partner and support our growers so we can offer fresh, sustainable foods. The dinner is a tribute to their dedication and commitment in order to continuously offer us the finest food for our guests,” says Chef Tolxdorf.
For some, Farm to Table may have become a cliché some restaurants use to attract guests, but for The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and Executive Chef Thomas Tolxdorf it is a philosophy that he has ingrained into his culinary team. Freshness, quality, regionally grown, and seasonally correct are words the chefs live by every day. That is no small task given the amount of fruits, vegetables, meats and fish the chefs order weekly for the oceanfront, luxury resort with no less than 5 restaurants on site.
For Chef Thomas, having a personal relationship with growers is essential. He explains, “We visit farms first hand to see how they grow their produce and discuss future trends. Now our farmers and fish purveyors gather at our restaurant to experience how their product looks on a Ritz-Carlton plate.”
This year’s celebrated farmers and purveyors are:
The evening includes a reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by an appetizer buffet of shellfish, cheeses, fruits, breads and meats. The main entrée will include local seafood, meats and vegetables and delectable desserts all served from Action Stations attended by Chefs and Farmers serving specialties that highlight the flavor of their ingredients.