“Farm to Table” Goes Luxe in Orlando — With No Mickey in Sight (Really!)
Orlando resort Grande Lake’s new Whisper Creek Farm brings a new a luxurious meaning to the phrase “farm to table.” Get the inside scoop here!
“Farm to table” is definitely a buzz phrase that shows no sign of slowing down. But why not take the table out to the farm?
Orlando resort Grande Lake’s Whisper Creek Farm recently opened a 7,000-square-foot fruit and vegetable garden with an adjoining 6,000 square foot outdoor event space. The farm sits on the 500-acre Grande Lakes estate and is a totally authentic farm-to-fork experience for groups of up to 250 people. Products from the farm are already used throughout the resort at both of its hotels, the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott, in restaurants and even in some spa treatments at the Ritz-Carlton Spa. They have created a luxurious and very unique dining experience, where you are encouraged to peruse the garden and even pick and taste the products.
If you want to dine there, Whisper Creek will be available in four different ways to the public. First, there are plated dinners for groups of 100 or less served tableside by the chefs themselves. For groups of up to 250, there are long, communal family-style tables. There’s also an Argentinian and Uruguayan outdoor barbecue grilling option; and then there’s the most exclusive pick, a Chef’s Table with seating (and hammocks!) for up to twelve diners. I experienced the Argentinian outdoor barbecue and it was pretty amazing. I’ve traveled extensively through Argentina, so believe me when I say that I can tell you it was pretty authentic, too. Here I am at the farm, chatting with the chefs and getting the story behind the concept. See for yourself!
Shuttles chauffeur guests from the hotels to Whisper Creek Farm, which is situated right next to the sixth tee box on the resort’s Greg Norman-designed golf course. Surrounded by a perimeter of 120 pineapple plants, Whisper Creek Farm is also a working farm. It will produce cucumbers, acorn squash, collard greens, avocado, mango, sweet potatoes, and herbs—and it will even have a pumpkin patch.
While the farm is already up, running, and ready for business, plans for more features are already in the works. On the slate are a chicken coop, a composting area, cows and chickens, Argentinian grilling classes, a communal fire pit, and a barn-style event space.
So, when you hear the words “farm to fork,” at least here, it feels especially authentic—but still undeniably luxurious. As a wise man once said, “Whenever you do something right, it always feels like luxury!”
Check your local TV listings for more of Celebrity Style Expert, Courtney Cachet’s ideas and tips. You can catch her frequent appearances nationwide on TV and online, where she dishes out all the latest in celebrity home and lifestyle! Keep up with her on www.courtneycachet.com or Facebook and join the conversation!