The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is hosting it's 4th Annual Meet The Farmers Dinner this Friday, a fantastic event and a great opportunity mingle with farmers and taste a delicious selection of locally grown foods.
This year's dinner will also include local cheese makers, a bee keeper and local seafood purveyors.
The evening begins with a reception of passed hors d’oeuvres such as Vichyssoise Shooters, Honey-Glazed Pork belly Sliders, and Baked Clam Casino. There will also be a local cheese and honey display with Flat Creek Dairy, Sweet Grass Dairy, and Winter Park Dairy.
Definitely save your appetite for the main entree featuring Mayport Cocktail Shrimp, New Smyrna Beach Clams Steamed with Bold City Brewery, and Tanglewood’s Organic Chicken & Ratatouille made with locally grown tomato, squash, zucchini, bell pepper, and eggplant.
For more information, visit Ritzcarlton.com/AmeliaIsland/Dining/
WHEN: Friday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
COST: $75 per person
Interested in more information about Florida's farms? Check out this list of purveyors you'll meet!
Blue Sky Farms, St. Johns & Putnam Counties, Florida
Danny Johns, fourth generation potato farmer with 20 varieties on 600-plus acres including Blue Fingerling, a first for Northeast Florida and SunLite, a low carbohydrate potato.
Bacon’s Select Produce, Jacksonville
Started as a hobby in 2008, father and son Fred and Freddie Bacon currently farm 6,000 square feet under greenhouses and use organic and beneficial pest control for Hydroponic Arugula, Butterhead, Multi-Leaf, Red Oak, Romaine and Upland Watercress lettuces.
Gary’s Seafood & Specialties, Orlando
Gary Reed began his career selling fish out of his truck direct to restaurants and filleted the fish right in his truck. He is one of the most respected suppliers for having the highest quality of fresh Florida seafood. His sources of seafood are from all over the world and his knowledge is invaluable to our chefs.
Cedar Creek Shellfish Farms, New Smyrna Beach
Beginning in 1992, Mike Sullivan started a food clam distribution operation which grew into a successful seed clam business to other farmers. They built their own hatchery and produce 40 million clam seedlings from January through July. As they are producing more food harvestable clams, four million are to be ready in November. Their goal is to harvest and process 100,000 clams per week in the upcoming years.
American Bee Company, Jacksonville
Michael Leach serves as beekeeper for The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. He maintains the resort’s 200,000 bees and harvests the honey used in the kitchens. Michael also holds harvest and honey processing demonstrations for guests and groups.