Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

St. Simons – Day Two

Written by Patti on April 12th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Wake up sleepy heads! It’s day two on St. Simons and we have lots to do.

It’s time for the breakfast buffet – so many choices! They have everything here. I chose some waffles, some eggs and grits. Our friend Curt Smith is joining us to give us some history on the old lighthouse on the island.

Our group, ready for the day!

Time for a little breakfast.

Michael Johnson, GM for The King and Prince Resort

After breakfast and hearing about the lighthouse, we jump on the trolley and are given a personal tour by Cap Fendig. Charming Cap has lived on the island his entire life and was also an official presidential candidate in 2008. He regaled us with tales of the island and what is was like growing up there. A different time, indeed.

Cap Fendig

First stop – The King and Prince Golf Course. The challenge is that it is raining cats and dogs, so no riding in the adorable golf carts. But the clubhouse sure is nice.

You could always buy a nice golf umbrella.

Rick Mattox, the club/course GM, answered all our questions. Including mine – can you play in the rain (ala Caddyshack?) The answer is yes.

My sweet friend Anne, gazing out on the greens.

Well, we aren’t golfing….what should we do? Eat, of course! On to Halyards.

At Halyards, we are greeted by Chef Dave Snyder, who teaches us to make fresh mozzarella. This was one of the highlights of the trip for me.

Chef Dave mixing the mozzarella.

Roxanne and I take a turn.

The lesson was followed with a fresh caprese salad and tuna tartare – one of my favorites. Then fresh pizza and key lime cupcakes! Yum! I took the opportunity to grab a seat with Cap and Mr. Dick so I could hear more stories of the island. It was a wonderful lunch.

Caprese salads and tuna tartare all around

Pizza margherita.

Rows of cupcakes, just waiting for us.

Back on the trolley where Mr. Dick drove us back to the resort. There was a free afternoon and I wanted to spend it with Angela Hutchins, Catering and Conference Services Manager for a backstage tour of the facilities.

Miss Angela, next to one of her favorite pieces in the resort.

I loved seeing the serving pieces and sneaking a peek at the kitchen.

The glorious ballroom.

All those tiered trays made me envious.

What's cooking?

Mr. Ron makes sure it all runs smoothly.

With a quick change for dinner, we are off to Saltwater Cowboy, right outside the entrance to the King and Prince. With owner, George Stewart, as my dinner companion, we had a rootin’ tootin’ good time. They are getting ready to unleash their secret weapon, so stop in and see what’s happening!

Love the bar area. Beach time!

Leigh, Roxanne and I pose before dinner.

Our host, George Stewart, shows Leigh and I around.

What would you order at a place called Saltwater Cowboy? Why stone crab claws and steak, naturally!

There is nothing like stone crab claws. So delicious.

Nom nom nom....

And a little dessert, perhaps?

Luscious bread pudding.

And before I settled in for the night, I stopped next door to visit The Still, a fab wine and liquor store that really knew their stuff.

Recommendations at The Still.

Time to tuck myself into bed and dream about what tomorrow will bring.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Carrie Underwood – Cowboy Cassanova


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Patti says:

    Roxanne – love your story! we must go back again! xoxo, P

  2. Tami says:

    Thats looks like so much fun!