This is a great time of year to live in Florida, with the summer heat and steady rains comes wonderful produce. Our farmers are plentiful and talented, bringing us the chance to create phenomenal dishes, all from within the state. As Chefs, we strive to use local sourcing and organic when we can, we want to educate our guests as well as feeding them.
We had a young, hip group in a few weeks ago, and were asked to produce a menu to WOW this well-traveled group. When it comes down to it, the beautiful produce and meats we can get, really stand on their own, simple speaks loudly here. That was the focus we drove toward, keep an organic, local and sustainable menu, featuring creative presentation and simplified, screamingly good flavors.
It is a pleasure to feed people interested in food, in what we do- like any profession, when you come across someone interested in what you do, it is very reaffirming.
The group loved it all, the food, the lighting, the lounge feel, and the entertainment was amazing. If you ever get a chance to see, meet or hear Anita Goodstory- you will not regret, I had belly cramps from holding in my giggles. What a personality!
Cheers to eating local, supporting small farmers and having the tastiest, freshest ingrediants available!
Since I started in the beginning of January at Park Event Operations we have done quite a few Sustainable and Local focused events. Having the vendors and partners to get such fresh, flavorful and responsible products is great-and important! Anytime you can get your groceries from a local farm will not only help your community, but they are guaranteed to be a better tasting and fresher product!
- Dining Room With A View
A lot of people have been to The living Seas, but the lucky ones have been able to enjoy the tanks in their dining room!
- This was a Salad Bar filled with Goodness!
The Chefs prepared so many salads, marinated and pickled vegetables, the cheeses were amazing- and the breads…oh, the breads!
The Display of Citrus Beet Salad is Gorgeous!
I love the detailed knife work!
Citrus Beet Salad
The food is beautiful enough to stand alone, but the props and decor add so much!
- Rabbit, Duck, Artisan Sausages…But the BEST was the Blue Cheese and Pecan Focaccia Bread- So good!
The guests raved about it all-
A Different Kind of Flower...
- Love the Fireplaces!
And the hot food….Amazing…..
Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Cheers to the South Carolina! Gotta love the Shrimp and Grits!
- Florida Yardbird- Looks soo good!
I loved the shaved fried mushrooms- surprising to me as I really don’t like fungus 😦
- Grilled Pork Belly
It’s hard to beat a slider for lunch- I see them as a way I can eat multiple plates!
Duck Fat Fries- Crispy, Delicious!
- The fish to make these sliders came from The Land- Fresh and Sustainable!
Having The Land right next door is pretty awesome!
The Waygu Beef came from Ocala, another local product!
is considered to be as delicious as Kobe Beef- Great part is it comes from this side of the world!
- Dessert on the Piano!
Well, that’s a little glimpse into an event in a park, a look at some creative, beautiful dishes and a shout out to using all the local and sustainable products you can!!