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Top 5 Grilling Tips You Need to Try

With August in full swing, we are reminded the outdoors are calling and summer is still here. Whether you grill in your garden or on the beach, for the weekend neighborhood BBQ or Tuesdays after work, here are the top five grilling tips from our Executive Chef, Daven Wardynski, to make your meal unforgettable.   1. What's your go to seasoning for your burgers? "Let’s start with the burger blend yes. Most burgers that you see in the stores are 80/20, 85/15 or even 90/10. What that means is that it is 80% lean or 85% lean or 90% lean. We here at the resort choose a 60/40 which means it is 60% lean and 40% fat. That may seem excessive, but that additional fat is the equivalent of great marbling in a good steak. All of that additional fat delivers a more flavorful and more moist burger. That fat will essentially melt away, but what remains is an extraordinary burger like not other. So for that reason……I choose fat as flavor."   2. Favorite drink pairing? "Beer, more specifically, I like a hoppy IPA. You can’t stand in front of charcoal grill with wood permeating the nose without innately wanting to sip on a beer. That is memories and just built in me."   3. Best type of meat combination for grilling? "Grilling should offer textural differences. I like a grilled steak in the middle of summer, sliced and complimented with summer tomatoes, arugula and a charred corn Chimichurri. Crunchy, sweet, sour, umami, salt, all come together really well."   4. What are your go-to burger toppings? "I love Minorcan datil pepper mustard from St. Augustine, sliced raw jalapeño peppers, pepper jack cheese and pecan wood smoked bacon. Another perfect marriage is building onion rings onto your burger with Kansas City style bbq sauce and cheddar cheese." Combinations are limitless, but these are my favorites!   5. The biggest “no-no” when it comes to making burgers? "Thinking that lean is better. That gives you a dry burger that can quickly overcook."   Side Note: Tell us the best burger you’ve had? "Best burger I have ever had was in boy scouts as a child. I remember discovering that the salt and pepper I added made it taste better, then it was GRILLED, not GRIDDLED, over a live wood fire. Certain things resonate from you childhood and I remember this one well as the rain was pouring down, lake in the background, smoke billowing from the fire and just starting to understand how to cook for yourself. Pretty awesome."   We hope your grill transports you to a time and place you’ll remember for years to come.

August 17, 2018 - Leave a comment

Blog, Community, Dining, Nature

Holly Jolly Holidays!

  Holidays are here at Omni Amelia Island Join us in celebrating the holidays at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. The resort is festively decorated with Christmas cheer and offering themed activities that the whole family can enjoy. After you satisfy your fun, satisfy your tastebuds with delicious dining options that are sure please everyone.   The holidays don't end with Christmas! Ring in the New Year with us by relaxing poolside or taking an adventurous Segway™ Tour throughout our tree-canopied property. Enjoy an amazing dinner, then both children and adults can celebrate the night away with a midnight fire works spectacular. Make this New Year's Eve one to remember!    

Independence Day Weekend Celebrations 2017

The sun is sizzling and the Summer fun has started at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, as we get ready to ring in a new year our country! This Independence Day weekend, bask in the sunshine, relax in our oversized infinity pool, take part in numerous family activities and watch a spectacular fireworks display on the beach. Whether you’ve already booked a stay or are still looking to make plans, we have a ton of patriotic activities that are sure to make a memorable bang!

4th Annual Fish to Fork Weekend, Get Hooked!

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is pleased to host the Fourth Annual Fish to Fork weekend, May 18-21, 2017.   This year's exciting chef lineup: Joey Ward, Gunshow, Atlanta, GA James Petrakis, Ravenous Pig, Orlando, FL Russell Jones, Tallulah, Columbia, SC Waylon Rivers, Black Sheep, Jacksonville, FL Tenney Flynn, GW Fins, New Orleans, LA Brad Kilgore, Alter, Miami, FL Shuai Wang, Short Grain, Charleston, SC Mike Mastrantuono, Roux, Singerlands, NY

Holidays at Omni Amelia Island

#HolidayFundays! Twinkling lights, cooler weather, delicious sweets, tacky sweaters... the holidays are finally here! Join us in celebrating this holiday season and the start of 2017 with a full assortment of amazing food, fun and festivities for the entire family.  Right now is the perfect time to get away and make new memories with your loved ones at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.  

Cocktails + Canvases

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort will be hosting the inaugural Cocktails + Canvases event, in partnership with the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, the weekend of November 11-13, 2016. This will be an interactive weekend where guests can relax in a luxurious coastal setting while being able to enjoy visual arts, creative cocktails and culinary explorations. Festivities include creative art shows, interactive cocktail tastings, an art and cocktail paired dinner, a local artist market and a one-of-a-kind interactive experience with our featured guest artists. [tickets may be purchased below]

November 1, 2016 - Leave a comment

Blog, Community, Dining, Events, Other

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.

September 26, 2016 - Leave a comment

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