Chef John’s Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

December 18th, 2014

Chef John Palacio

Resort Executive Chef John Palacio was born in Seville, Spain and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. After high school he joined the U.S. Marines and soon after completing his time in the Marines he signed up for a five-year chef’s apprenticeship at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Because he was willing to travel to gain experience and advance in his career field, over the past 25+ years he has worked in hotel kitchens in Kansas City, Beverly Hills, Tucson and Chattanooga before moving to St. Simons Island.

He has been married for 22 years to his wife Linda and together they have 3 children; Alexandria, Giovanti & Gulliano who all love to travel.

As a Christmas tradition, the Palacio family starts with everyone helping to make the big Christmas meal for the evening. The kids make pumpkin pie and fresh bread, Linda prepares the vegetables and Chef John makes the entrees. The morning is started with homemade hot chocolate, tamales and Mexican sweet breads. They embrace this time of year to spend time with family and have fun.

Chef John’s Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

8 oz. of bittersweet chocolate

1 cup of sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

A pinch of nutmeg

2 cups of water

3 cups of milk

marshmallows

In a small pot, add the water, sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg. Bring to a simmer and then add the chocolate. Stir until it dissolves. With the liquid simmering, add the milk and simmer again. Place marshmallows in your favorite mug, pour in the hot chocolate and enjoy!

For more information about Chef John Palacio and for more recipes, visit our website!

Winter Wedding Reception Ideas

December 14th, 2014

Winter can be a magical time for a wedding. Most people associate winter weddings with colors such as white, blue and silver. Our experts recommend adding a pop of color to your reception to liven up the space a bit! Also, try using strands of mini white lights or candles to decorate the space and, if there is a fireplace available to you, use it! Here are some of our favorite ideas for a winter wedding reception.

 

Add winter elements and color to your bouquet to make it unique.

WInter Wedding Bouquet

www.nadiadphoto.com

Use fresh flowers to brighten up the reception space. You can also use crystal for an extra “winter” effect.

Crystal in Wedding Bouquet

www.kristenweaver.com

 Use candles to make the space feel warm, inviting and cozy.

Candle Centerpiece

www.whitelilacinc.com

 Help your guests get into the winter spirit with a hot chocolate bar.

Hot Chocolate Bar

Have fun when choosing wedding favors! You can give candles, s’mores kits, and our favorite, Christmas ornaments. 

Ornament Wedding Favor

www.ginameola.com

Wow your guests with a delicious, winter-inspired wedding cake!

Winter Wedding Cake

www.fayecahill.com.au

For more information about planning your wedding, visit our website.

5 Catering Trends for 2015

December 11th, 2014

St. Simons Island Catering

Meeting planners and event venues are always looking to please their attendees. Our catering department has done some research to bring you the top 5 catering trends of 2015.

1. Vegetarian Dishes- Studies show that many Americans are now eating at least one meatless meal a week. Many of us also now enjoy a vegetarian meal from time to time just “because.” Diners are also starting to ask for more vegetarian options. As a rule of thumb, you should offer a vegetarian menu option during your event.

2. Tapas- Instead of a full buffet or plated dinner, the new trend is bite-sized appetizers and small plates of entrees. This enables the attendees to taste a variety of delicious foods while mingling with other attendees and networking.

3. Local Ingredients- Chefs will continue to source as much of their menu locally as they can. This translates into dishes with a fresh twist and more seasonal menus based on what is available locally during your event.

4. Retro Cocktails & Craft Beers- Bartenders are doing a throwback to the past with fun, retro drinks like the Manhattan and the Gimlet. Craft breweries are popping up all over the country and those who enjoy beer are taking notice. Adding retro cocktails and craft beer to your meeting mixer will surely make your attendees happy to be there!

5. Healthy Menu Options- These days it seems like almost everyone is on one diet or another or is watching what they eat. The surefire way to please everyone is to add some healthy items to your banquet menu. Many event venues including The King and Prince are now offering delicious, healthy options to their guests.

Enjoy Christmas Dinner on St. Simons Island

December 9th, 2014

Christmas Dinner Restaurant on St. Simons Island

Join us this Christmas for a buffet with all of the traditional favorites as well as some delicious coastal cuisine. This year, our Christmas buffet will be from 11am to 7pm on Thursday, December 25th, 2014. Adults are $59 per person, children ages 8-12 are $24 and children 7 & under are complimentary.

Reservations must be made in advance by calling 912-268-5967.

The menu includes: assorted salads, a seafood display featuring Carolina oysters, crab legs, shrimp, salmon & tuna. There will also be a carving station with turkey, prime rib & ham as well as all of your favorite Thanksgiving sides. To view the full menu, please visit our website.

December 2014 Events in the Golden Isles

December 4th, 2014

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, December 5th- Take a stroll down Newcastle Street & Gloucester Street in downtown Brunswick and visit the shops, restaurants and galleries that call the port city home. There will be live music from local musicians, restaurant specials and art openings.

The Cassina Garden Club’s 30th Annual Tour of Homes: Saturday, December 6th from 9am to 5pm- The tour will showcase five beautifully decorated Sea Island homes and will also include a bake sale. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the historic tabby cabins on Gascoigne Bluff. Advance tickets are $45. For more information visit the Cassina Garden Club website.

The Pier Village Holiday Market: Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th- Stroll through the village and enjoy the annual “Holiday Market” from 10am to 5pm. There will be vendors from across the Southeast selling artwork, jewelery, photography, organic teas and much more.The best part is Santa’s arrival at the pier by boat at 2:30pm on Saturday, December 13th!

The Small Town Throwdown Featuring Dierks Bentley: Saturday, December 13th 6pm to 11pm- The Wainwright Foundation’s inaugural benefit weekend kicks off with a concert featuring country music superstar Dierks Bentley with special guest Thomas Rhett! For more information, visit our website.

Eco Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing: Tuesday,December 16th. Bar opens at 5pm, lecture begins at 6pm- The guest speaker will talk about environmental topics and preserving Georgia’s coast. Admission is $10 and space is limited. Please RSVP by visiting their website.

New Year’s Eve-Partying with Ease Cooking Demonstration at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, Wednesday, December 17th from 5-8pm- New Year’s Eve is coming to the island early this year with one of the most informative and fun culinary ‘events’ that blends creative party ideas with easy-to-make recipes. In anticipation of one of the biggest party nights of the year when family and friends get together, our chef has planned an interactive demonstration that’s as easy as 3-2-1-Party! Visit our website to learn more and to register for the event.

Holiday Cookie Class: Thursday, December 18th from 5-8pm at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort- This cookie demonstration features 3 types of cookies, icing, and colorful decorations. Join us for a memorable evening of hands-on participation for adults and children. Sip a specialty holiday cocktail (hot chocolate, milk and other child-friendly beverages also served). Start a new tradition this year and come on over for a cookie bash! Visit our website to learn more and to register for the event.

Wedding Do’s and Don’ts

November 30th, 2014

Wedding Do's and Don'ts

There are so many different things to remember and consider when planning your wedding. Everyone will give you advice on what to do and it can be information overload. Here are some top “Do’s and Don’ts” from our wedding experts.

Wedding Invitations

Do: Double-check the wording on your invites several times and have someone proof-read them to make sure all information is correct.

Do: Order a few extra invites just in case you forget to add someone to your list.

Don’t: Include your registry information in the wedding invites. This information should go out with bridal shower invites or save the dates.

 

Budget

Do: Hire a wedding planner. This single decision can help save you from a lot of unnecessary stress up to and through your wedding day. (They can even help you save money!)

Do: Clearly communicate your budget with your partner and anyone else involved in the financial aspect of your wedding.

Do: Make a budget and stick to it!

Don’t: Ask guests for monetary gifts.

Don’t: Overextend your bridal party. They may be on a budget as well. Make sure everyone is clear on what they are expected to pay for (if anything).

 

Beauty

Do: Have someone else do your hair and makeup. You will be too nervous!

Do: Make sure to do a trial run with hair and makeup prior to your wedding day. Take photos when you are finished and bring them with you to ensure that you look as beautiful as you did on your trial run!

Don’t: Look drastically different from how you look every day.

Don’t: Look like a lobster (or an orange). Work on your tan well in advance. Or, test out your spray tan before the big day.

 

The Reception

Do: Set up a time for a menu (and cake) tasting prior to your wedding day. It is important that you are completely satisfied with the food at your reception and it is also a good time to clearly communicate with your caterer.

Do: Offer a vegetarian entree option.

Do: Seat older guests away from the music or the DJ. They may not enjoy the loud music as much as the other guests and may be happier talking to the others at their table.

Don’t: Drink too much. You’ll regret it.

Don’t: Go over 4 minutes when delivering a toast. As a rule of thumb, ask the bride and groom is there is a certain time allotted for each speech.

 

Do make sure that when you are planning your wedding, you are happy with the choices you have made. If you have any questions about planning your wedding or would like to learn more about weddings at our oceanfront resort, visit our website.

 

 

 

A Resort Wedding on St. Simons Island, Georgia

November 26th, 2014

On a beautiful spring day, Erin & Chris were married in an oceanfront ceremony at our historic resort. A reception followed in our newly-renovated Delegal Dining Room. Photographer Brooke Roberts captured their special day with these beautiful images.

Oceanfront Ceremony on St. Simons Island

Wedding Ceremony on St. Simons Island

Delegal Dining Room Wedding Set-up

Father Daughter Dance in Delegal Dining Room

 Georgia Oceanfront Wedding Pictures

Georgia Oceanfront Wedding Photos

Book a Pet-Friendly Hotel and Bring Your Dog to the Beach!

November 25th, 2014

Pet-Friendly Resort on St. Simons Island

Our guests asked for it and, we heard you! Our resort now welcomes dogs up to 50 pounds! Bring your whole family to the beach….including your pup. Fido will even get a special welcome gift!

Dogs are permitted in the Wynn Cottage, Familia Meadows House and select rooms in the Oleander Building. A pet fee does apply and hotel staff must be notified in advance that your pet will be joining you on your trip. For more information, visit our dog-friendly page!

Read What Meeting Planners are Saying about Our Resort!

November 24th, 2014

Delegal Meeting Room on St. Simons Island

Over the course of a year, hundreds of meetings and events take place at our oceanfront resort. After each meeting ends, we ask meeting planners for any feedback they have. Here is what meeting planners are saying about their time at The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia:

“Could not be happier with the way the event went. Great job King and Prince!” -H.S.

“Great year. Very accommodating. We will definitely be back. Thank you.” -L.W.

“Always great!” -S.H.

“The resort and service are excellent and that’s why we keep coming back. Staff go out of their way to make sure our event runs smoothly. They are a pleasure to work with.” -B.P.

“Ruth Driggs was wonderful to work with and extremely helpful at all times!” -S.L.

“Thank you! Everything was wonderful!” -D.S.

“The staff here do an outstanding job and are in the top 3 I’ve experienced in 30 years of meeting planning. Great job!” -A.E.

“The renovations look great!” -G.L.

“Everyone wants to return in 2014. I don’t see how you can top what you did in 2013, but have confidence that you will.” -B.A.

“King and Prince always does an excellent job for us.” -R.L.

“Excellent support from the staff in putting on another successful conference at The King and Prince!” -J.M.

“Once again, another great conference! I want to personally thank Kaitlin Rouh for her patience and professionalism!” -T.B.

“It is a pleasure working with Julie. The renovations are beautiful!” -B.P.

“Julie, Kaitlin & Laurie did an excellent job helping us with check-in, changes and special needs. Incredible job!” -G.L.

“Many compliments from association members. A great and needed from our previous meeting location. Many thanks to your staff.”-C.F.

“The entire staff at The King and Prince deserve a huge pat on the back for the outstanding service they provide to the guest. I received nothing but positive feedback from our board members and they are looking forward to returning in the future.”-P.B.

 

To learn more about meetings and events at our resort, visit our website or call us at 912-638-3631.

Top 5 Unique Bridal Manicures

November 22nd, 2014

A good manicure can add that extra sparkle to your wedding day. Here are our picks for the perfect way to add sparkle and shine to your big day!

1. This manicure adds a new twist to the traditional french manicure. 

Sparkly Wedding Nails

www.apolishaddict.com

 

2. Add lace for a touch of elegance. 

The Nailasaurus

www.thenailasaurus.com

 

3. Something  blue. 

Tiffany Blue Nails

www.theposhpolish.blogspot.com

 

 4. Add some sparkle to your  big day.

Glitter Manicure

www.naildesignsx.com

 

5. Try a manicure that complements your bouquet.

Pastel Wedding Manicure