Friday, September 16, 2022


Grande Lakes Orlando, the 500-acre luxury resort destination in the headwaters of the Florida Everglades anchored by The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and JW Marriott Orlando, announces the return of its Curated Experiences programming with an indulgent MICHELIN Weekend taking place October 7-9, 2022. Featuring exclusive culinary events and activities from numerous award-winning and globally recognized chefs, including Grande Lakes Orlando's own MICHELIN recognized chefs and restaurants, alongside dazzling private entertainment, this signature weekend showcase promises a taste of Orlando's most exquisite dining.

Throughout the weekend, guests can take a bite out of everything culinary that Grande Lakes Orlando has to offer, and more. The experience begins with an exciting "Mingle with MICHELIN" event to celebrate the recognition of Florida's MICHELIN award-winning chefs while indulging in their signature bites. The reception will allow attendees to meet culinary talents including John Tesar, Executive Chef of Knife & Spoon at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando; Rhys Gawlak, Executive Sous Chef of Primo at JW Marriott Orlando; and other chefs from around the state.

On Saturday, October 8, foodies of all breakfast tastes, shapes, and sizes can get a behind-the-scenes look at Grande Lakes Orlando's unique coffee offerings and interact with their local coffee artisan, Lineage Coffee Roasting, and farmers during a "Coffee in the Kitchen" breakfast before heading over to enjoy a VIP brunch experience led by 2x James Beard Award-winning Chef Melissa Kelly and some of the greatest female culinary talents currently serving up the industry, including Julie Petrakis (The Ravenous Pig, Orlando, FL), Alexia Gawlak (Swine And Sons, Orlando, FL) and Cindy Hutson (La Tropical, Coral Gables, FL). Additional weekend events include the seasonal opening of Fall on the Farm, Grande Lakes Orlando's annual autumnal showcase at the on-site 18,000-square-foot Whisper Creek Farm offering delicious bites, fall-centric activities and naturalist activations such as fly fishing and falconry experiences, suitable for guests of all ages.

Participants are also invited to a "Cabana Life" poolside experience at the resort's newly designed cabanas, offering a signature event cocktail, oysters shucked tableside, a ceviche bar, and more. The experience will also offer a featured presentation of the Bespoke Facial by spa partner Biologique Recherché.

In the evening, guests will enjoy a "Gala Dinner: MICHELIN Under the Stars," featuring renowned MICHELIN-Starred Chef Mitch Lienhard of Suited Hospitality alongside other celebrated chefs including Michael Ferraro, Jason Bergeron (Timpano, Tampa, FL), Jean-Georges and Lateisha Wilson (Matador Room, Miami, FL), followed by a private concert featuring music from Nashville songwriters Jim Beavers and Jon Nite, who have 23 #1 hits combined, multiple ACM, CMA and Grammy nominations and awards for songs including "Felt Good On My Lips" by Tim McGraw, "We Were Us" by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, "Break On Me" by Keith Urban, "If I Told You" by Darius Rucker and more. Guests may then cap off their night with Grande Lakes Orlando's signature fireworks display.

Grande Lakes Orlando is offering four MICHELIN Weekend packages for resort and non-resort guests to choose from, ranging from tickets to the specific "Mingle with MICHELIN" and "Gala Dinner: MICHELIN Under the Stars" and private concert events, to Complete Curated Experiences Weekend packages, offering access to the full lineup of programming. More information and pricing, as well as links to reserve packages, can be accessed HERE.