We could not be more excited for our third annual Friends of James Beard benefit dinner, Beard on the Beach, on Thursday, September 12th! Azurea’s kitchen will be shared by five of the top beach resort chefs in our region – Executive Chef of One Ocean Resort & Spa Ted Peters, Executive Chef of TPC Sawgrass Hector Gonzalez, Executive Chef of The Cloister at Sea Island Jonathan Jerusalmy, Executive Chef of The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island Thomas Tolxdorf and Pastry Chef of One Ocean Resort & Spa Courtney Slipko. All wine pairings for the courses are from the exquisite Foley Family Wineries.
Can’t wait until Sept. 12th to see what this all-star culinary team has up their sleeves for Beard on the Beach? Take a look at what you can expect to see on the menu:
Florida Grouper Ceviche, Sweet Pea Gelee, Smoked Calico Scallop, Crispy Zucchini Flower, Tomato Soubise
Chalk Hill Savignon Blanc 2010, Russian River Valley
Spiny Lobster Salad in a skin of colored sweet and sour turnips and local Honey Vinaigrette
Two Sisters Chardonnay 2010, Santa Rita Hills
South East Family Farms’ Pork Belly, Indian River Clams, Black Garlic Noodles, Salsa Verde
Kuleto Rosato (Rose of Sangiovese), 2010 Napa
White Oak Pastures Guinea Hen, Fresh Local Field Peas, Pedal of Tomato Confit, Benton’s Ham Jus
Roth Estate Pinot Noir, 2010 Sonoma Coast
Sweet Grass Dairy’s Lil Moo Crema, Berry infused Rosa Regal, Candied Cocoa Nib Crunch
Chalk Hill Estate, Botrytised Semillon, 2008
Beard on the Beach will present an intimate seated wine dinner for $135 per person for non-James Beard Foundation members and $110 per person for James Beard members. To join us at the Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner at One Ocean Resort & Spa, visit www.oneoceanresort.com/jamesbeardfoundation.aspx or purchase tickets atwww.oneoceanjamesbeard3.eventbrite.com.
Families looking to enjoy a fun filled weekend will love spending an afternoon exploring Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, the only walking safari in Northeast Florida with our new “Zoo With An Ocean View” package. Enjoy deluxe accommodations and breakfast for four at our award-winning Azurea restaurant before taking in more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants up close at Jacksonville Zoo, named by Parents magazine as the 14th Best Zoo in America for Kids.
The “Zoo With An Ocean View” Package at One Ocean Resort & Spa
Deluxe accommodations for four
Breakfast for four at Azurea
Tickets for four to Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
Rates starting at $324
Vacationing parents’ lives are made easier by One Ocean Docents, who act as instinctive resort hosts, packing and unpacking items, steaming garments, stocking amenity cabinets with items personally selected by parents, delivering a hot beverage of choice each morning, arranging last-minute plans and excursions and more. I have attached the news release below.
For traveling families, children have a blast at the Sea Turtle Kids Club, the marine biology-based children’s program that offers attention to each of the resort’s youthful visitors. The kid’s camp is offered half-day and full-day daily with reservations made 48 hours in advance. With learning to build sandcastles, beach volleyball, marine-themed lessons, cooking classes, surfing lessons, beach yoga, scavenger hunts and beach-themed crafts, it is debatable who will have more fun this summer at One Ocean Resort & Spa, the parents or the kids?
For more information or to reserve the “Zoo With An Ocean View” package at One Ocean Resort & Spa, use this booking link or call (800) 874-6000.
Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month? Azurea Lounge is celebrating all month long with a coastal Blueberry Ocean Breeze cocktail featuring fresh muddled blueberries that perfectly capture the essence of our artfully-inspired beach restaurant’s atmosphere. Request this cocktail while lounging on Atlantic Beach or make a batch to take by your own pool this July:
Blueberry Ocean Breeze Cocktail
2 oz Stoli blueberry
4 oz Blue Curacao
2 oz Sour Mix
Fresh Muddled Blueberries
Take a handful of blueberries and muddle them for a few seconds. Add vodka and Blue Curacaos, shake it and then add sour mix. Mix and pour into a martini glass. Add a few fresh blueberries for a final touch.