Posts Tagged ‘Honey’

The Royal Treatment

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Diane Leone enjoyed “The Royal Treatment” on her recent visit to The King and Prince.   For Jacksonville Magazine, she writes about her experiences – from our delicious Eggs Benedict to Shrimpin’ aboard the Lady Jane – all on “island time”!

Southern Cuisine, Ocean Breezes, and History — All at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island
By Diane Leone

It’s almost impossible not to feel a bit like royalty while staying at The King and Prince. It’s not just the sparkling water in the sprawling pool area or the ocean breeze from the blue Atlantic just outside your room — it’s also the history of the resort, having started in 1935 as a private dance club only to become The King and Prince Hotel in 1941. And the royal feel continues as you learn the history of St. Simons and enjoy the Southern hospitality of the local residents and business owners. They are on “island time” and it won’t be long before you are, too. Soon you’ll never want to leave this paradise.

Attending the four-day “Southern Culinary Cuisine” event at The King and Prince is an amazing treat.

With the recent addition of Executive Chef Jeff Kaplan, The King and Prince has succeeded in creating an exceptional Southern Cuisine experience for its guests. Chef Kaplan embraces the “Food to Table Movement.” This was apparent from the first evening, when the menu included inventive drinks from Georgia’s 13th Colony Distillery, an amazing spread of artisan cheeses from Sweet Grass Dairy (Thomasville, GA) paired with local honeys and jams, delicious White Georgia Shrimp & Grits, melt-in-your-mouth crème brûlée with fresh Georgia peaches, and buttery Chardonnay made from the Muscadine grape (compliments of Georgia’s Still Pond Winery).

You will awake to the sound of the ocean waves hitting the beach. Don’t miss a chance to watch the sunrise over the ocean before you make your way to the culinary delight that awaits you for breakfast. One such dish is Chef Kaplan’s take on traditional eggs benedict, a delightful meal with perfectly poached eggs resting on fried green tomatoes, bacon, and goat cheese on top of English muffins.

Although you could simply      spend the day at the edge of the ocean or at the pool, basking in the sun and sampling the Southern fare, there are activities to explore on St. Simons that will help you burn some calories so you can enjoy more Southern Cuisine delights. One such option is The King and Prince Golf Course, designed by architect Joe Lee; the course is famous for a group of four spectacular signature holes delicately situated in the marsh. Watch for the eagle nest and alligators if the grand 300-year-old oaks with moss hanging lazily off their limbs are not enough to capture your attention while experiencing this beautiful golf course. If you want to see the island and hear stories of its history, take a trolley tour with Cap Fendig, whose family has resided on St. Simons since the 1800s.

To really feel the local vibe of the fresh food you are tasting, take the Let’s Go Shrimpin’ tour on the Lady Jane shrimp boat, where you’ll have the chance to touch the bounty hauled up from the water. Experience the thrill of seeing all of the different fish, sharks, shrimp, and stingrays. During our excursion, a sea turtle was caught in the nets (it’s rare for this to happen), great to see but always put back in the water. Everything caught is put back after guests get to touch, hold, and photograph the catch, except for the shrimp, because the trademark white shrimp are boiled up for guests to dine on before departing the Lady Jane.

For a truly local feel, consider Southern Soul Barbeque, a casual place with benches outside where you can smell the ribs, chicken, pulled pork and killer ‘sides’ cooking. The restaurant has nationwide appeal (featured on shows such as Diners, Drive-ins and Dives).

Don’t miss a visit to Palmer’s Village Café where you’ll find delightful locally-sourced dishes with a beautiful backdrop of local artists’ paintings. The art makes the café feel light and airy and it’s for sale if you find a piece you just have to have. Palmer’s offers up creative breakfast dishes such as a mini biscuit with café sausage and pimento cheese — a Southern tradition — or challah French toast and blueberry orange compote with warm, fresh maple syrup.

While on the island, you simply cannot afford to miss a meal at the award-winning Halyards restaurant, where Chef Dave Snyder features a “seafood demo” with 10-15 varieties of local fish. Our menu included grilled whole shrimp with salsa, sautéed flounder with caramelized vidalia crab scampi butter, oysters grilled with garlic oil and chimichurri, and much more. It’s a must-experience local eatery.

The delightful Sugar Marsh Cottage, located just 13 miles from Brunswick, offered an amazing chocolate tasting, complete with information on how to rate chocolate. This was wonderful — and yet there was more! A honey sampling from Savannah Bee Company was truly an inspiring experience. Who knew there were so many delectable types of honey?

To round out your gourmet sampling of the incredible Southern Culinary Cuisine event, find Food and Beverage Director Mr. Vinny D’Agostino to get his recipe for homemade limoncello. Not only does this Italian after-dinner liqueur aid in digestion, it’s smooth and sublime.

 

At the end of the day, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, along with St. Simons Island, are worth experiencing. You’ll find yourself on island time in no time at all.

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An Interview With Ted Dennard From Savannah Bee Company

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

The Savannah Bee Company is one of the most amazing ‘corporate stories’ you will ever hear. From a lone man’s interest in beekeeping came a company that now has a warehouse, beautiful store locations and over fifty employees.

Ted Dennard is the creator behind this successful enterprise. Beginning in 2002, this company came into being because Ted devoted his life to a ‘relationship’ with honeybees. In his terminology, the company has grown into a mega-hive, requiring more and more workers to tend to her needs.

For a man who studied religion and philosophy at Sewanee, it was his passion for honeybees and honey that brought him to where he is now. He actually sees the ‘hand of God’ in these small creatures – these most benevolent of all beings. He has stated that:

“Honeybees live a poetic life of Midas, where all they touch is benefited. They have created a place on this Earth that is the most admirable of the species. The song they sing each day, and have been singing for 150 million years, is a harvesting of the collected sunshine that gives us life. Their symbiotic partnership with the plant world is the reason our world looks the way it does with all of its flowering plants.”

And this is true. Without honeybees, in fact, our world would be in a serious state of duress, mainly because most people do not understand the ‘gifts’ that these tiny beings give to them.

It was with great pleasure that we were able to see the inner workings of Ted’s business, and to sit down with the man who has a true and utter passion for something that many of us do not even think about – except when it comes to the fear of getting stung. But being able to learn something from a ‘professional’ and ‘learned man’ in the beekeeping industry has changed my mind completely about honeybees. In fact, with the greater knowledge came a kind of awe and inspiration.

So head with me into a world that you, most likely, don’t know anything about, and find out everything there is to know about the Savannah Bee Company.

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“See him wiggling?” Ted Dennard says as he points into the hive. “They do a circle – a tangent line – and how much they wiggle is actually a sign of how strong the nectar source is. Honeybees map out where they need to fly in order to get to these high-nectar sources.”

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The King & Prince Resort Serves up the Perfect Addition to the Finest Cuisine!

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

The King & Prince Resort Serves up the Perfect Addition to the Finest Cuisine!

 

After speaking about the King and Prince Resort located on the stunning island of St. Simons off the coast of Georgia, we have all come know that for the ‘best of the best’ there is no other place in the world to stay when ‘pampering’ is the order of the day. Not only are the accommodations magnificent, offering guests every single thing they could possibly wish for and more, but they also have the ‘5-Star’ dining that makes the mouth water just reading about it on their website. Savory is the only adjective to be used when it comes to the unmatched cuisine served inside and out at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.

With relaxed southern hospitality, comes the dining experience of a lifetime. While sitting just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, the King’s Tavern offers the only ocean front dining on St. Simons Island. The King and Prince historic Delegal Dining Room, with its magnificent stained glass window murals and ocean vistas, offers everything from the Southern Charm Sunday Brunch to the Legendary Friday Night Seafood Buffet. And the Ocean Terrace Grille offers the ultimate in casual dining.

For perfect locations you need the perfect menu, and the King and Prince is known to ONLY provide the best dishes at every meal, and now they serve the most unforgettable ingredient that makes any food or recipe even more delicious

The Savannah Bee Company redefines honey, and their delicious lines – from the ‘everyday’ to the ‘varietal’ honey products – offer the sweetness and flavor profile that makes the King and Prince dining even more unforgettable, as it is the perfect seasoning to be offered on that perfectly set table.

Luscious, flavorful – Savannah Bee Company honey is a ‘line’ full of delights from Grill Honey, Cheese Honey, and Tea Honey to an endless line that adds distinctive flavor to a marinade; a smoky sweetness for basting and grilling; and the perfect partner to make that wild salmon come to life. The honey flavors can tame the tang or complement the salty and instantly upgrade any meal, while still being the perfect sweetener for spicy Chai, aromatic Green Earl Grey, or a bold mug of Irish Breakfast tea.

Honey is like a fine wine…

The King and Prince Resort is the pinnacle of excellence…

The combination of the two makes for the most incredible vacation of a lifetime.

Until Next Time, Everybody!

For more information: http://www.savannahbee.com

Savannah Bee Company

211 Johnny Mercer Blvd.
Savannah, GA, 3141

800.955.5080
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Georgia Made, Georgia Grown

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Last week The King and Prince hosted an event for food writers featuring Georgia grown food.  We invited ten vendors from around Georgia to speak about their products.  It was a wonderful experience for all that participated.  We learned the history behind the product and the means of production, but also what led each speaker to the industry. They even brought samples for everyone to try!

1. Flat Creek Lodge- Make their own traditional aritsan cheeses and much more.  They have won numerous awards in cheese competitions throughout the country and it is made in Swainsboro, Georiga.

2. Thirteenth Colony Distilleries- Georgia’s only craft distillery.  Their products are Plantation Vodka, Southern Gin, Southern Vodka and Southern Corn Whiskey. They also demonstrated delicious cocktails with their hand crafted spirits.

3. Savannah Bee- Beekeeper and owner Ted Dennard has been keeping bees since he was a child.  He talked about his passion for honey and how he launched his business.  Not only do they make pure delicious honey, but they also have a body care line including hand cream, soaps and lip balms made from honey!

4. Georgia Olive Growers- The attendees of the event had the pleasure of tasting olive oil from the first olive pressing in Georgia.  This is the first harvest of olives on the east coast since the 1800s.

5. Lane Southern Orchards- They have been growing peaches for over a hundred years and have 2,500 acres of peach orchards! We learned all about harvesting peaches.

6. Sugar Marsh Cottage- Gourmet sweets and specialty confections made 30 minutes from St. Simons in Darien.

7. Still Pond Winery- They produce eleven types of Muscadine Wines.  We learned about the health benefits of these wonderful wines.

8. Vidalia Onion- “America’s favorite sweet onion,” a crop that orginated in Georgia during the depression.

9. Wild Georgia Shrimp- Along with a sampling of shrimp, we heard about shrimping history, what makes the wild Georgia shrimp taste so good and why wild shrimp are better than farm raised shrimp.

10. St. Simons Sweets- A local sweets store right here on St. Simons makes their own sweets.  We learned about the history of Georgia pecans.

Olive Tea Brewing

Honeycomb

Low Country Boil with Crab & Wild Georgia Shrimp

As a part of our goal to transform to ”Farm to Table” products in our Restaurant, we plan to highlight each of these Georgia products in our Restaurant for a week in the upcoming months.

*Photos courtesy of Christine & G.W. Tibbetts