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August 30, 2012

Grande Lakes Orlando Brings Table-to-Farm With Debut of Whisper Creek Farm

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

PRIMO Organic GardenThe Ritz-Carlton Presidential SuiteJW Marriott Presidential SuiteOrlando, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

While sumptuous farm-to-table packages abound and variations on sustainable dining seem endless, no luxury destination has encapsulated the concept as remarkably as Grande Lakes Orlando. The exclusive resort at both The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott will debut its incredible Whisper Creek Farm on October 12, a 7,000-square-foot fruit and vegetable garden with an adjoining 6,000-square-foot outdoor events space.

Set amidst the sprawling 500-acre Grande Lakes estate, the farm will take an extravagant and all-encompassing approach to the customary farm-to-fork experience, catering to events of up to 250 people. The fresh farm produce will be featured at an array of event options as well as used throughout the resort in restaurant dishes and beverages, as well as in spa treatments at the esteemed Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando.

Promising an intimate behind-the-scenes look into the hotels renowned farm-to-fork practice, custom curated events at Whisper Creek Farm will include a number of interactive and educational dining choices where guests will be encouraged to explore the fruit and vegetable gardens to pick and taste the ingredients that comprise their favorite meals. From family-style seasonal menus served at long communal tables for groups of up to 250, to Argentinean and Uruguayan outdoor barbeque grilling, these wonderfully designed events offer one-of-a-kind group experiences sure to leave you satisfied and more importantly, inspired.

“From the beehives and butchering to pickling and PRIMO, Grande Lakes Orlando is proud to maintain sustainability and conservation in our culinary practices. Whisper Creek Farm is a natural evolution of this commitment,” explains Grande Lakes Orlando Vice President and Managing Director Jim Burns. “The farm will provide a unique educational opportunity to show our guests where their delicious meal is coming from.”

Pedi-cabs will chauffeur guests from PRIMO organic garden to Whisper Creek, located next to the sixth tee box on the resort’s Greg Norman-designed golf course and bordering a peaceful nearby creek, the inspiration for the farm’s name. Surrounded by a perimeter of 120 pineapple plants, Whisper Creek Farm will produce cucumbers, acorn squash, collard greens, avocado, mango, sweet potatoes, a variety of herbs, and a pumpkin patch. Befitting the Central Florida location, the space will house eighteen seven-foot citrus trees, including sparkling varieties like tangerine, kaffir lime, and kumquat.

To naturally sustain the immense garden, Whisper Creek will keep resident bees in three hives to help in the pollination of the flowering plants and provide more of the Grande Lakes signature nectar. Whisper Creek Farm events can be booked October through April, with evening affairs being particularly picturesque, complete with romantic string lighting and lanterns.

Grande Lakes Orlando has additional exciting plans for the site in the future, which include permaculture methods for fertilization, a chicken coop, a composting area, a fenced area for cows and chickens, a communal fire pit, and barn-style event space.

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