King and Prince Media Invitation SOUTHERN CULINARY TRADITIONS
“Historic King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
…Southern Culinary Traditions’
St. Simons Island, Georgia (July 2012) The ageless The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is a gem in the crown of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Welcome to where your mind and body can relax. AOL Travel, National Geographic & YAHOO all shout their praises for Top Island in America ~ St. Simons Island!
Our FALL 2012 media trip’s theme ‘Southern Culinary Traditions’ introduces true GEORGIA CULINARY PRODUCTS that are featured daily emanating from the hotel’s kitchen. Join us for a true Georgia exploration of some of the finest GEORGIA GROWN products like pecans, peaches, wine and spirits, shrimp, crab, Vidalia onions, honey, chocolates, etc.
+++ plus a hands-on adventure with Vinny D’Agostino**, Director of Food & Beverage.
And Executive Chef de Cuisine Jeff Kaplan**
Spirits and wine tastings, local farm-to-table products and signature muffin baking competition will be woven into the trip’s culinary tapestry.
Let us introduce our Resort’s varied distinctive accommodations ~ from oceanfront suites and beach cottages to Cabana rooms and resort residences. Indulge yourself with Golf Clinic ‘101’ at the award-winning King and Prince Golf Course. Visit our Royal Treatment Cottage before savoring the flavors of relaxed oceanfront dining and allow the staff to open doors to first-class hospitality and service.
If walls could talk, The King and Prince, (on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America), would share a rich legacy that has maintained a reputation for elegance and warm Southern hospitality throughout each decade. The Resort has been a tranquil island haven for dignitaries, celebrities, discerning families and business travelers since 1935 ~ pre WW II until today.
Tour the vast beauty of Georgia’s golden coastline; don an apron while preparing ‘shrimp and grits’ with the culinary team and trace a path of centuries-old heritage that meticulously captures America’s Native Settlers, Spanish Missions, Plantations and The Mill Era.
**Vinny D’Agostino grew up in a large Italian family surrounded by food and passionate people, where the culture of food was a staple in and of itself. His parents, originally from Fornelli, Italy, moved to Rhode Island where Vinny can still find them in their garden preserving vegetables and making their own tomato sauce. During his youth, he traveled to Italy, spending time with his grandparent on their vineyards and farms. This was his destiny – now enjoying nearly 25 years in the hospitality industry. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University (R.I.) with his degree in Culinary Arts and U.S. Sommelier Assn. Courses, he’s a member of the Court of Master Sommelier Assn. His career in food & beverage has included (among a long list of premier properties and global events) The Breakers, Palm Beach, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa, Ponte Vedra Beach and the Graves 601 Hotel, Minneapolis.
**Chef Jeff Kaplan: With a culinary career that has spanned many renowned hotels, restaurant and resorts from New York to Miami, Kaplan’s philosophy and passion combine ‘nature and nurture’. He grew up in family catering and deli restaurants, so his transition into the kitchen was his destiny. One of his first positions was under the direction and watchful eye of Chef Joe Eisenbuchner (formerly of Le Cirque, NYC). The twenty-five year journey took him to highly respected establishments that included The Inn at Great Neck (Long Island), The White Elephant Resort (Nantucket), and Sawgrass Marriot Golf Resort and Spa (Ponte Vedra Beach).
USA TODAY – June, 2012 – ONE OF THE GREAT AMERICAN BEACHES!
AOL 2010 Announces: “America’s Top 10 Islands to Visit ~ St. Simons is #3” ~ The largest of Georgia's four Golden Isles, St. Simons (Top #3) has beckoned bluebloods and birders for a century with marshes, maritime forests, and Mediterranean Revival mansions. Patrol the waters on a working shrimp boat, sail on a dolphin-watching tour, or just bask on pearly sands”.
YAHOO TRAVEL 2010 Announces: “St. Simons Island ~ Top 10 Winter Beach Retreats in US”
National Geographic 2010: Georgia Sea Islands~ Native Americans, British soldiers and wealthy late 19th-century vacationers have all left their marks on Georgia's sun-soaked barrier islands. Local residents have worked to safeguard relics of this multi-layered history. The islands' ecology is also in good shape. Though pressure to overbuild is mounting, most islands remain either "undeveloped or tastefully developed."
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
201 Arnold Road
St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Leigh Cort (904) 806-3613
Journalists are invited to: Experience the expanse, history and beauty of Coastal Georgia for 3 nights – Sunday, October 28 thru Wednesday, October 31 (departure). The Resort’s tour intertwines the area’s rich American history with contemporary award-winning beaches, dining, meeting facilities and golf. Learn secrets of the coast’s eco systems, shrimping on the Lady Jane, ride the St. Simons Lighthouse Trolley and take a private tour of the Lighthouse. Inclusions: Lodging, Meals, Island Adventures, Trolley & Golf Clinic. Note: If you are interested in joining us, please request information from Leigh Cort Publicity. This trip will have a limited number of attendees. All media must pass a selection process prior to being a confirmed attendee.
• Alcoholic beverages outside of planned meals
• Gratuities ~ dining & housekeeping - $65 per person
• Rental car or air transportation
• Items of a personal nature
1 hour from Jacksonville, FL
1.5 hours from Savannah, GA
3 hours from Charleston, SC
4 hours from Orlando, FL
5 hours from Atlanta, GA
5 hours from Charlotte, NC