Sprouting Project Barrel Room
Executive Chef Daven Wardynski has led the culinary team at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort since October 2012. He is the inspiration and mastermind behind The Sprouting Project as well as overseeing nine restaurants, and all conference culinary operations. One aspect of The Sprouting Project is the unique and diverse barrel room.
The barrel room structure is constructed with solid poured cinder block and topped with a reclaimed pallet board roof. Outside the structure, natural earth covers the cinder block and pallet board roof, mimicking the “basement cool” similar to northern areas.
Contents of our thirty-six barrels change often, but we always have a variety of fermented hot sauces (made with chili peppers from our hot pepper patch) and infused balsamic vinegars (comprised of wine and the season’s best vegetation – i.e. Georgia peaches).
The middle section is comprised of our barrel aged cocktail program. Chef Daven has an affinity for gin, so he has made a special “Chef’s Negroni Cocktail”. Other barrels consist of an “Apple-Maple-Rum Old Fashion”, dandelion wine and Omni Amelia Island’s most popular cocktail, “Palmetto Honey Bourbon”.
The honey from the Palmetto Honey Bourbon is produced from the bees that live within the hives of The Sprouting Project Apiary. The hives consist of 27 colonies and nearly 2.5 million bees.
The barrel room and the rest of The Sprouting Project is the culinary team’s answer to local sustainability. Everything produced from the barrels is used at all restaurants throughout the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.
The barrel room is also key contributor to The Sprouting Project Dinners, which are hosted on property once a month. Surprise your palate and experience these amazingly unique cocktails and creations for yourself!