Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort will host its second annual “Fish to Fork” culinary weekend in collaboration with the James Beard Foundation from April 30- May 3, benefitting the James Beard Foundation scholarship program.
Building on last year’s successful event and featuring new exciting activities, the 2015 “Fish to Fork” culinary weekend is a great “foodie” experience with true farm-to-table and dock-to-dish specialties creating one-of-a-kind dining opportunities.
Located along the northeast Florida coast north of Jacksonville, Omni Amelia Island Plantation is one of the South’s great resort destinations. The resort, which recently completed an $85 million “re-imagination,’’ features 404 oceanfront guest rooms and suites, 54 holes of golf, the largest pool deck in Northeast Florida, 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting space; and a variety of new culinary and recreation options.
“Fish to Fork” festivities challenge six award-winning chefs from around the country to join Amelia Island charter captains for a fishing excursion before turning their catch-of-the-day into seafood during the weekend’s main event. Additional resort activities available “Fish to Fork” weekend include interactive chef-led cooking classes, exclusive spirit tastings, the opportunity to fish alongside the chefs and more.
The culinary competition will culminate in a chef showdown on Saturday, May 2 from 6-9 p.m. featuring five renowned visiting chefs as well as Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort Executive Chef Daven Wardynski. This year’s competitors include 2015 James Beard Award semifinalist, Kathleen Blake of Orlando’s “The Rusty Spoon,’’ three-time James Beard Award semifinalist Hector Santiago, previous owner of Atlanta’s award-winning “Pura Vida’’ restaurant and current owner of “El Super Pan’’ slated to open in Atlanta in fall 2015.
Also competing are previous James Beard Award semifinalist for “Best Chef South,” Tom Gray of “Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails’’ in Jacksonville, Fla; owner, executive chef and wine director of “The Fig Tree’’ in Charlotte, N.C., Greg Zanitsch, and grilling guru Linkie Marais who became a household name when she competed on the Food Network’s hit show “Next Food Network Star.”
The main event showcases the chef’s skills as they compete in individual and group challenges; transforming a secret ingredient and local seafood sourced during their fishing excursions into delectable delicacies. The chefs will ultimately be tested with a live vote from guests who sample dishes throughout the event.
Tickets are available for $95 by calling 1-800-648-9999.
VIP, weekend and main event travel packages are available for purchase through April 29, offering varying amenities, accommodations and tickets to the main event.