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Grande Escape

Two hospitality heavyweights, The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott, make Grande Lakes a foodie destination for local nights out and staycations.

Knife and Spoon chef John Tesar has created a foodie’s dream at The Ritz-Carlton Resort. A four-time James Beard “Best of Southwest Chef” semifinalist, a two-time contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef”, and the winner of the inaugural season of Food Network’s “Extreme Chef,” Chef Tesar specializes in modern American cuisine with authentic European techniques. The dry-aged steak is a standout among an exquisite menu. Plus, very big news in the world of fine cuisine, Knife and Spoon received the coveted MICHELIN Star for 2022 and 2023!

Grande Lakes Orlando boasts several awards including the most Forbes Travel Guide Stars in Orlando for the hotel, spa and restaurant—four stars each for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Spa, and the Knife and Spoon Restaurant, JW Marriott three stars and Forbes Travel Guide Recommended for Primo restaurant.

Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen, also at JW Marriott, presents farm-inspired comfort food and crafted coktails in a family-style, communal setting. Its farm-to-table dinner menu requires precise methods of production and resulted in simple, familiar plates. The restaurant features an open-air kitchen and Whisper Creek Farm specialties like fresh pickled vegetables, entrees and small plates.

Primo at JW Marriott celebrates 2x James Beard Award-Winning chef, Melissa Kelly’s heritage with seasonally fresh and locally sourced Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Its beautifully re-designed space of textural and tonal architecture reflects their commitment to being stewards of the land. And, in the inaugural Florida 2022 MICHELIN Guide, Primo was honored to be designated a Recommended Restaurant.

Highball and Harvest takes diners on a culinary journey through the bounty of Central Florida. Listed as one of the Top 50 Southern Restaurants in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, H&H uses produce, herbs, and spices grown at the in-house farm. H&H serves true Southern fare and authentic cocktails crafted by master mixologists. Not to be missed: the shrimp and grits, pimento cheeseburger, and real Parker House rolls served with lemon herb butter! Southern fixins like crispy fried dill pickles and Southern street corn have Southern comfort food written all over them.

4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, FL

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