One of my favorite resorts in Central Florida is the Gaylord Palms. I’ve had the pleasure of staying there, but with its massive indoor atriums, restaurants, shops and bars, it’s a lot of fun just to spend a few hours walking around the grounds.
However, the beer selection there leans toward the standard macrobrews and mass-produced imports, leaving this craft beer fan feeling a bit left out.
An event scheduled for next week at the Kissimmee resort’s Old Hickory Steakhouse has me hopeful that it is a harbinger of better beer offerings.
There will be a lot more than a few slices of cheese and a pint or two of Rogue’s beer. It’s a fantastic looking seven-course dinner prepared by Old Hickory Steakhouse Chef Paul Player. The menu reflects the restaurant’s embrace of the sustainable food movement and shows that a lot of thought went into the beer, cheese and food combinations.
Attending will be John David Gremmels, chairman and founder of the National Cheese Society and owner of Rogue River Creamery and Brett Joyce, president of Rogue Ales.
The cost for the feast is $80 per person, plus tax and a 22 percent service charge. The Gaylord Palms also is offering attendees a discounted room rate for the night.
For more information, go to the Gaylord Palms website. To make reservations, call 407-586-0708.