There are just a handful of resorts in the Orlando area that I would recommend to friends and family. The Gaylord Palms Resort is one of those properties and as a culinary travel writer, I would make that recommendation on the restaurant choices alone. Though there are other noteworthy facets to this unique resort.
Want a fine steak? Book a reservation at Old Hickory Steakhouse. Feeling like seafood on a sailboat? MOOR has just what you’re looking for. Sunday brunch? Vila de Flora is the spot. Ready to cheer on your favorite sports team? Wreckers Sports Bar has you covered.
Craft beer connoisseur? Then you’re going to want to keep your eyes on the Gaylord Palms Facebook Page for the next Craft Beer Dinner they are hosting.
A few weeks back I attended a special Funky Buddha Beer Pairing Dinner. If you’re not familiar with Funky Buddha, well then you’ve just not gotten into the upper echelon of hand crafted Florida beer. Funky Buddha is doing funky beer. But funky in a good way. And the chefs at Wreckers found just the right dishes to complement all of the Buddha’s funkiness.
FUNKY BUDDHA BEER DINNER
Here’s what we sampled:
Honey Chipotle Peanuts | Heirloom Tomato | Bacon Lardons | Beeraigrette
Paired with Funky Buddha Florida Hefeweizen
GINGER MINT TILE FISH
Red Quinoa | Fresh Curry | Red Chard
Paired with Funky Buddha Hop Gun IPA
Blackberry Sage Demi-Glace | Sauteed Tri-Colored Baby Carrots | Blooming Shallot
Paired with Funky Buddha Seasonal Blueberry Cobbler Ale
This was a surprise “Mystery Course” revealed as the dinner progressed.
Paired with Funky Buddha On Top Blonde
Mocha | Buttercream | Espresso
Paired with Funky Buddha Limited Release Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
My favorite dish of the night had to be the tile fish and the Limited Release Maple Bacon Coffee Porter was a runaway hit paired with the chocolate cake with bacon.
Five courses of food and all of the beer pairings were a steal at $49.95 (parking was complementary for dinner guests) and the accessibility of hard-to-find Funky Buddha seasonal brews was worth its weight in gold. The brew masters were also on hand hobnobbing with guests. It was a boisterous evening indeed. Keep your eye on the Gaylord Palms Facebook Page to find out when the next hosted beer dinner will take place!
Gaylord Palms Resort and Spa
Old Hickory Steakhouse
6000 W Osceola Pkwy.
Kissimmee, FL 34746
I was hosted at this dinner as a guest of the Gaylord Palms Resort. I was not required to write this post and as always all opinions are my own.