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Grande Lakes Orlando to Host Harvest Celebration


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Orlando’s Luxury Leader Celebrates Tenth Anniversary at 
Resort’s Whisper Creek Farm with Chef Melissa Kelly


Orlando, Fla. – September 26, 2013 – JW Marriott Orlando,Grande Lakes Orlando announces a very special Harvest Celebration at the resort’s new on-site Whisper Creek Farm on Saturday, November 16. Guests and locals alike are invited to join in this first-of-its-kind dinner to celebrate the resort’s 10th anniversary this year and its continued commitment to farm-to-fork dining. The Harvest Celebration menu will be led by Chef Melissa Kelly, a pioneer in sustainable cuisine, whose award-winning restaurant PRIMO at JW Marriott Orlando was the inspiration behind Whisper Creek Farm. 

“From the on-property beehives and in-house butchering and pickling as well as the PRIMO Organic Garden, the JW Marriott Orlando culinary team is continually sourcing ways 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 Harvest Celebration will provide a luxurious yet rustic experience where guests can learn about where their food is sourced and the local Orlando agricultural community.” 

Grande Lakes Orlando is comprised of The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and JW Marriott Orlando, and Whisper Creek Farm is the resort’s 7,000-square-foot fruit and vegetable garden with an adjoining 6,000-square-foot outdoor event space and indoor barn. The Harvest Celebration will showcase the Farm’s featured on-site method of cookery: asado barbecue, where meats are slow cooked on an open grill, called a parrilla. In addition to produce from Whisper Creek Farm itself, the menu will include ingredients from nearby purveyors Palmetto Creek Farms, Lake Meadow Naturals, My Yard Farm, and King Family Farm.  

Harvest Celebration With Melissa Kelly

When:  Saturday, November 16, 6:30PM
Where:  Whisper Creek Farm at Grande Lakes Orlando
11706 S John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL 32837
Cost:  $150 per person (including tax, gratuity, and valet parking at the farm)

A special room rate of $169 at JW Marriott Orlando is available for dinner attendees.  Rate is valid on Saturday, November 16. For more information, please visit 

Chef Kelly, a two-time award recipient of the James Beard Foundation, specializes in Italian cuisine using only the freshest of ingredients. Her flagship Primo Restaurant is located on a four-acre estate in a converted Victorian Mansion in Rockland, Maine.

In addition to Whisper Creek Farm, Grande Lakes Orlando continues to innovate and maintain its position as Orlando’s luxury leader. In 2014 the resort will launch a brand-new restaurant concept and renovation for The Ritz-Carlton Orlando casual dining restaurant and a whole new look for the 40,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa.

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About Grande Lakes Orlando

Grande Lakes Orlando is a unique 500-acre resort with a luxury 582-room Ritz-Carlton and deluxe 1,000-room JW Marriott Hotels. In particular, the Grande Lakes Adventure Experiences program, which includes kayak and canoe eco-tours and a fishing school, reflects the resort’s natural surroundings. Grande Lakes also offers the culinary mastery of award-winning Chefs Norman Van Aken and Melissa Kelly, new total-wellness inspired treatment programs at The Ritz-Carlton Spa and Golf Digest Schools’ golf instruction. The estate is located 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and minutes from the major theme parks. 

Guests at both hotels can enjoy all the facilities and services at Grande Lakes Orlando, including the 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Greg Norman, the 40,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa offering a new rooftop eco-space, a wide selection of natural treatments, baths and hydrotherapies, and advice from the world’s first Citrus Consultant. Membership offerings are also available through The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes Members Club. For more information about Grande Lakes Orlando, visit  

Follow Grande Lakes Orlando on Twitter at @JW_Orlando and @RC_Orlando.

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