Taste of Amelia Island 2017
This year’s Taste of Amelia Island Gala will be held on Sunday, October 1st, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, with additional food and wine special events being held around the island throughout the weekend.
This year's Gala includes over 20 of the island’s best Chefs, complementary fine wines, a 50/50 Raffle, live Chef Demo, live music and Guest Chef Judge Tom Gray, of Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails and Town Hall Restaurant, deciding the Chef’s Best Dish of the Taste. Attendees will also cast their votes for the People’s Choice for Best Dish of the Taste. Rhineland Cutlery will provide the engraved Chef awards.
“This year, we will have everything from fine dining to ethnic cuisine to fresh seafood and more. This event is a wonderful celebration of our culinary talent and their generosity in giving their time and talent to raise money to further the work of the Nassau County Volunteer Center and increase our capacity to help more of those most in need throughout our local community,” said Executive Director Lori Hoerl.
The Taste weekend will include special events that can be added to the Taste Gala to create a full weekend package of food and wine experiences, with hotel accommodation options also being offered as part of the event.
“With the increase in regional traffic that we saw at last year’s event, we realized this was ready to grow into something bigger. Our culinary community includes top national chefs and award-winning talent. Thanks to the generosity of these chefs and select hotels, we are able to offer a truly first-class food and wine experience on a top island destination.”
Taste of Amelia Island tickets are now available online through 904 Tix and through the Nassau County Volunteer Center website at www.volunteernassau.org. Tickets are $100 per person for the Taste Gala and are non-refundable. Additional special events can be added to the Taste Gala on the 904 tix site with prices varying upon the special event.
For regional attendees, the Taste has added hotel packages offered by Residence Inn Amelia Island and Amelia Hotel at the Beach. “Last year we saw about a 50% regional draw with attendees coming from Atlanta, Orlando and several hours south of Amelia Island. This is an opportunity for food and wine lovers to come and experience the best of Amelia Island’s culinary talent, while enjoying a top island destination in the country,” said Hoerl. “This year promises to be a truly memorable destination event.”
Taste sponsors include Robyn Branch Design, Christina King Design, Total Wine & More, Island Grove Wine Company, Fast Signs Fernandina Beach, Encore Event Technologies, Launch Printing and Promotions, The Sheffield Family, Rhineland Cutlery, Resort Talent, KBay 106.3, Cheney Brothers, Edible Northeast Florida Magazine and Devouring Jax.
This year’s culinary line-up includes:
29 South, Ahan Thai, Amelia Tavern Restaurant & Brew Pub, Burlingame Restaurant, The Crab Trap, David’s Restaurant and Lounge, Espana, Fancy Sushi, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, LaMancha, Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Pablo’s Mexican Cuisine, Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Salt Life Food Shack, The Sandbar and Kitchen, Sliders Seaside Grill / Ocean Club of Amelia, The Surf Restaurant and Bar and White Oak Conservation.
Special events for this year’s Taste will be offered by 29 South, Amelia Tavern, Burlingame Restaurant, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen and White Oak Conservation. They include:
29 South – Four Course Chef’s Tasting Menu Highlighting the Best of Coastal North Florida – Thursday, September 28th, and Friday, September 29th, with two seatings each evening.
Amelia Tavern – Three course tasting, southern American fusion with beer pairing. Friday, September 29th, 6 p.m. seating only.
Burlingame Restaurant – Chef’s Tasting of the Best of Burlingame – Thursday, September 28th, Friday, September 29th, and Saturday, September 30th – multiple seatings each evening.
Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen – Hosted by Bravo's Top Chef finalist, Chef Kenny Gilbert, A Meat Lovers Affair – Three Course Family Style Southern Experience - Friday, September 29th, one seating – event runs 6-9 p.m.
White Oak Conservation – Winos for Rhinos – A three and half hour adventure including a tour of the new and expanding rhino facilities, meet and greet with the rhinos and their caretakers, complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres and gourmet dinner with wine pairings.
For more information or any questions regarding Taste event details, please contact Lori Hoerl, Executive Director, at 904-261-2771 or email email@example.com.