A CULINARY WEEKEND LIKE NO OTHER ON THE EAST COAST!

“W3 KICK OFF WINE DINNER

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

  • 6:30 pm

The Reserve, The Westin Jekyll Island

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Join us for the official W3 festival kick-off celebration with a fabulous, four-course wine-paired dinner. Master Sommelier, Michael McNeill, The Winebow Group will be our special guest, along with Culinary Olympian guest chef Raj Gupta from the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They join Skip Worden, Executive Chef of The Westin Jekyll Island and The Westin culinary team for a feast for all the senses! Limited seating available.

Skip Worden

Michael McNeill

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Raj Gupta

Reception

Butler Passed Hors d’oeuvres

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut, Epernay France

 

Bread

Cayenne and Cumin Flatbread with Rosemary and Olive Loaf,

Stick Fougasse, Sourdough and Apricot Nut Loaf

Creamy Butter and Sundried Pesto Spread

 

First Course

Wild Mesclun Greens with Pan Fried Hardwicke Farms Goat Cheese and Candy Walnut,

Blood Orange, Walnut Vinaigrette

Fontenille Chateau Entre Deux Mers Blanc, France 2015

Michael McNeill, Master Sommelier, The Winebow Group

 

Second Course

Spiced Sea Scallops with Shaved Coconut, Cilantro, Thai Basil, Lemon Grass, Shallots Chili Oil

Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany 2015

Michael McNeill, Master Sommelier, The Winebow Group

Third Course

Tenderloin of Beef, Butter Poached Maine Lobster Claw with Morel Ragout,

Winter Vegetables and Yukon Gold Potato Rosti

Il Bruciato, Tenuta Guado al Tasso, Tuscany, Italy 2014

Diane Rousakis, CSW, United Distributors

 

Fourth Course - Dessert

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Timbale/Warm Berries/ Lemon Verbena Ice Cream

Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Gold Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington 2013

Diane Rousakis, CSW, United Distributors

 

Starbucks Coffee and Tazo Tea

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“W3 WINE CRUISE WITH CAPTAIN PHILLIP"

Friday, February 10, 2017

  • 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

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Jekyll Island Historic District Wharf

Guests will delight in this Whiskey Wine & Wildlife wine cruise with Captain Phillip. Tour the enchanting waters that surround Jekyll Island and engage in this most unique wine tasting experience. The cruise will embark at 11:00 am from the public wharf located opposite the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Along with the wine tastings, guests will be able to indulge in some light food preparations as they experience a different perspective of beautiful Jekyll Island, coupled with the insights and "local" knowledge that only Captain Phillip can render.

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Tickets:   (this is a limited ticket availability event)

  • $49 per person

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Packages (our best value, limited ticket availability)

  • $99: Includes 1 ticket to the "W3 Wine Cruise" + 1 "Whiskey Inspired" ticket.

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“W3 Master Class Pours"

Friday, February 10, 2017

  • 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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The Westin Jekyll Island

Whiskey Wine & Wildlife will present a series of 3 educational classes and seminars, presented by a selection of our participating talent. Our W3 Master Class Pours will appeal to all persons whether you are a novice, an expert or just someone who enjoys the opportunity to get up close and personal with these talented masters and have a little fun. Not to be missed, these classes sell out quickly and have limited ticket availability.

Schedule:

 

2:00 pm: Exploring the Wilds of Wine

Join Master Sommelier, Michael McNeill, The Winebow Group and Advanced Sommelier, Eric Crane, Empire Distributors as they guide you through tastings of several wine regions, from the wild west coast and beyond.

3:00 pm: The Best of Craft Brewing

Meet Brew Masters from right here in Georgia and around the country – and taste the variety of craft brews now available for every palate: Join Kevin Ryan with Service Brewing, Boston Beer, Ballast Point and more.

4:00 pm: Field to Glass, Craft Distilled Spirits with the Master Distillers

Whether you’re a connoisseur of craft distilled spirits or a novice at tasting, you’ll enjoy a lively learning experience on the evolution of different craft distilled spirits, with Erik Vonk, Richland Rum, Farmer Redmond, Six & Twenty Distillery and Mark Coffman, Alltech Brewing.

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Tickets:   (maximum 35 people per class)

  • $39 per class
  • $99 "All Access Pours Pass": Includes 1 ticket to each class

 

Packages (our best value, limited ticket availability)

  • $175 "Friday Pass": Includes 1 ticket to all classes + 1 "Whiskey Inspired" ticket
  • $299 "Buy 2 Friday Pass": Includes 2 tickets to all classes + 2 "Whiskey Inspired" tickets
  • $549 "Have It ALL" VIP Pass: Includes 2 tickets to all classes + 2 tickets to "Whiskey Inspired" + 2 tickets to W3 VIP + 2 tickets to W3 Sunday Brunch. (NOTE: does not include the W3 Wine Cruise or W3 "Kick Off" Wine Dinner which are separate stand alone events)

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“Whiskey Inspired”

Friday, February 10, 2017

  • 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

The Westin Jekyll Island – Hotel Takeover and Oceanfront Lawn

Enjoy whiskeys, wines and beer, along with a showcase of whiskey inspired classic cocktails and culinary delights. Many tastings will be whiskey inspired - from savory, to decadent sweets! Some of the South’s leading, award-winning celebrity chefs and renowned Golden Isles and Lowcountry superstars will be showcasing their special recipes. The beautiful Westin Jekyll Island provides the perfect backdrop for an al fresco evening, oceanfront under the stars with live music.

Tickets:      (Note: tickets are all inclusive. All pours and food tastings are included with each ticket along with a souvenir tasting glass)

  • $85 General Admission Per Person

 

Packages (our best value, limited ticket availability)

  • $99: Includes 1 ticket to the "W3 Wine Cruise" + 1 "Whiskey Inspired" ticket.
  • $139: Includes 1 ticket to the "Kick Off Dinner" + 1 "Whiskey Inspired" ticket.
  • $175 "Friday Pass": Includes 1 ticket to all classes + 1 "Whiskey Inspired" ticket.
  • $299 "Buy 2 Friday Pass": Includes 2 tickets to all classes + 2 "Whiskey Inspired" tickets.
  • $549 "Have it ALL" VIP Pass: Includes 2 tickets to all classes + 2 tickets to "Whiskey Inspired" + 2 tickets to W3 VIP + 2 tickets to W3 Sunday Brunch. (NOTE: does not include the W3 Wine Cruise or W3 "Kick Off" Wine Dinner which are separate stand alone events)

A very special live and silent auction will also take place benefiting the Jekyll Island Foundation.

  • Live Auction with 6 – 8 luxury items at 8:00 pm
  • Blind & Silent Auction (auction bidding will close at 8:45 pm).

 

Our Signature Wine & Whiskey "Pulls"

  • The "Wine Pull" offers the opportunity to pull a numbered cork for a wide variety of Wines ranging from $15 to $100+ in value.
  • $20 per cork or
  • $30 for two corks

 

  • The “Whiskey Pull” offers the opportunity to pull a numbered cork for a wide variety of Whiskeys ranging from $25 to $100+ in value.
  • $25 per cork or
  • $40 for two corks

 

For more information or to donate to our auctions supporting the Jekyll Island Foundation, click our silent auction button.

SILENT AUCTION

“Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3”

Saturday, February 11, 2017

  • 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm; VIP access 12:00 pm

Jekyll Island Beach Village & Village Green

The main event on the Beach Village Green with all the “W’s” and more!  An afternoon of exceptional beverage and culinary tastings from some of the South’s leading chefs and coastal favorites, great music from our showcase band along with the opportunity to experience Jekyll Island’s native wildlife up close, from turtles to alligators! Celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, cookbook author signings, wildlife demonstrations and great beverage panel discussions/tastings will take place on several stages:

Tickets:  (Note: tickets are all inclusive, all pours and food samples are included with each ticket)

  • $65 General Admission Per Person

 

Packages (our best value, limited ticket availability)

  • $117 "W3 Double": includes 2 tickets to W3 general admission.
  • $135: includes 1 ticket to Whiskey Inspired + 1 W3 general admission ticket.

VIP Lounge Ticket:

  • $125 Admission Per Person (VIP access at 12:00 pm)

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Packages (our best value, limited ticket availability)

  • $225 "W3 VIPDouble": includes 2 tickets to W3 VIP admission.
  • $549 "Have It ALL" VIP Pass: includes 2 "All Access Pours" Passes + 2 Whiskey Inspired tickets + 2 VIP Lounge tickets & 2 W3 Sunday Brunch tickets. (NOTE: does not include the W3 Wine Cruise or W3 "Kick Off" Wine Dinner which are separate stand alone events)

Located on the Westin’s Rooftop & The Reserve Restaurant the VIP lounge overlooks the Village Green and provides stunning views of the ocean and beach front. With a private bar and catered food bites provided by the Westin culinary team, patrons can sit back and relax, all the while enjoying the ultimate W3 experience. To protect our VIP patron experience we will have limited ticket availability for the lounge.

Atlanta Magazine Stage

Jacksonville Magazine Stage

Featuring some of the south's hottest new trends and restaurants.

Showtimes:

What's hot in Jacksonville and the Southeast.

Showtimes:

  • 1:30 “Not Your Mama’s Pork & Greens” with Chef Holly Chute, Executive Chef, Georgia Grown; Stage Emcee: Tom Neville, Georgia Grown
  • 2:15 "Meet & Taste with W3’s Master Distillers” – with Erik Vonk, Richland Rum, Farmer Redmond, Six & Twenty Distillery and Mark Coffman, Alltech Brewing; Stage Emcee: Jesse Blanco, Eat It and Like It
  • 3:15 “The Hottest Craft Brews” with a variety of Brew Masters and brewery owners and ambassadors
  • 1:15 "The Sommelier’s Guide to Tasting at W3” with Master Sommelier, Michael McNeill, The Winebow Group, Atlanta, GA and Advanced Sommelier, Eric Crane, Empire Distributors, Atlanta, GA
  • 2:15 “Cooking with Chef Kenny Gilbert”, Gilbert's Underground Kitchen, Fernandina Beach, and Gilbert's Social in Jacksonville, FL
  • 3:15 “Farm to Fork” with Chef Ülfet Ralph, Little St. Simons Island, GA

Holly Chute

Erik Vonk

Farmer Redmond

Jessie Blanco

Michael McNeill

Eric Crane

Kenny Gilbert

Ülfet Ralph

Jekyll Island Foundation Stage, presented by Brunswick News Publishing

Village Green Entertainment Main Stage

  • 1:00 – 4:00 Briteside Band, Jacksonville, FL

Learn & explore what makes Jekyll Island great. Get up close & personal with some of the native wildlife.

Showtimes:

  • 1:00 “Totally Terrapins” - Bethany Wilson, Georgia Sea Turtle Center
  • 2:00Georgia Sea Turtles” - Belinda Merkelis, Georgia Sea Turtle Center
  • 3:00 “Protect our Predators” - Kimberly Andrews, Georgia Sea Turtle Center

The Coopers' Craft Bartenders Challenge

Vote for your favorite drink as our bartenders present their specialty Coopers' Craft cocktail creation. The "Bartenders Challenge" is always a popular event, but there can only be one winner for best cocktail, so be sure and place your vote! Look for the Coopers' Craft logo on our site plan for the challenge location.

“Wings, Q & Brews Alley” presented by Springer Mountain Farms

Our now famous “Wings, Q & Brews Alley” will feature some of the South’s most revered pitmasters and craft beers.  With some of the South's most revered Pitmasters, Big Green Egg grill masters and chefs including: B's Cracklin' BBQ, Savannah & Atlanta, GA; Griffin Bufkin, Harrison Sapp and John Helfrich of Southern Soul Barbecue, St. Simons, GA; Orchid Paulmeier, Hilton Head Island, SC; Ron Eyester, Southern Bistro, Atlanta, GA and Kenny Gilbert, Gilbert's Underground Kitchen, Fernandina Beach, and Gilbert's Social in Jacksonville, FL.

Silent Auction

Our Silent Auction tent, supporting the Jekyll Island Foundation, will feature all types of great items (gift certificates, artwork, overnight stays and trips, etc.); Silent Auction bidding will close at 4 pm.  For more information or to donate to our auctions supporting the Foundation, click our silent auction button.

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Woodford Reserve Whiskey Dinner

Saturday, February 11, 2017

  • 6:45 pm to 10:00 pm

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Join us February 11th for an alluring evening as we uncork Kentucky’s oldest and smallest whiskey distillery at the second annual Woodford Reserve Whiskey Dinner. Jekyll Island Club’s Executive Chef Jeff Russell will roll out a handcrafted four-course dinner overflowing with a fascinating culinary and whiskey pairings from the Club’s resident whiskey expert, Jared Leppard.

 

Set at the iconic Crane Courtyard*, this spirited night affair will begin at 6:45pm with a few signature hand crafted cocktails all blended with Woodford’s bourbon, and continue at 7:30pm as we present four tempting courses!

 

*Weather permitting. If inclement weather occurs, dinner will be moved inside.

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  • $135 Per Person

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NOTE: Tickets are purchased directly from the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

 

Jeff Russell

Executive Chef

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Hors D Oeuvres

Paired with specialty cocktails

Jekyll Thyme

Woodford Rye, Honey Syrup, Peychaud Bitters, Fresh Grapefuit

 

Tiki Thai(m)

Woodford Reserve, 18.21 Tiki Thai Syrup, Apple Cider

 

“Brunswick Stew” Hushpuppies

 Jalapeno Honey Butter

 

Local Crab and Shrimp

 White Cocktail Sauce

 

Hudson Valley Foie Gras Brulee

Candied Orange

 

Bourbon Cured Duck Breast, Peach Jam

Pecan “Georgia Gold” Wafer

 

First Course

Duck Confit “Egg Roll”

Micro Tot Soi, “Manhattan” Kimchee

Cherry Balsamic Reduction

Drink pairing: Courtyard Cocktail

Woodford Rye, Sweet Vermouth, Brandied Cherry, 18.21 Tart Cherry and Saffron Bitters

Second Course

Barrel Smoked Georgia Grouper, Cauliflower Mash

Black Truffle and Pork Belly Succotash, Crispy Vidalia

Drink pairing: Catch of the Day

Pork Belly Infused Woodford Reserve, 18.21 Lemon Basil Simple Syrup, Tea

 

Third Course

Bourbon Braised Beef Short Rib

Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits

Braised Collards, Whiskey Pecan Bacon

Drink pairing: Ribs and Whiskey

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Neat

 

Fourth Course

Banana Cake with Bourbon Toffee Sauce

Bourbon Burnt Sugar Ice Cream

“Fostered” Banana Kataifi

Drink pairing: Buttered Bourbon

Woodford Reserve, Spiced Brown Sugar Butter

W3 Sunday Brunch

Sunday, February 12, 2017

  • 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

The Westin Jekyll Island, The Reserve Restaurant

The grand finale brunch will be the Westin’s culinary team showcase – with Champagne, whiskey cocktails, Bloody Mary Bar, culinary delights and more, enjoy our legendary finale, all the while taking in the laid back beach vibe. Price includes all taxes and gratuities.

 

NOTE: Brunch seating will be on a first come, first served basis. Groups of 6+ should make advance reservations to ensure same table seating. Seatings will be staged by the following times:

 

Seating 1: 12:30-1:00 arrival

Seating 2: 1:30-2:00 arrival

Seating 3: 2:30-3:00 arrival

 

NOTE: We will have a reception area at the brunch for Patrons to enjoy a beverage and mingle while waiting for their seatings. When purchasing tickets for the W3 Brunch, choose your seating at time of purchase. If you do not arrive within your scheduled seating time, you may be moved to the next available seating time.

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Tickets:  (Note: tickets are all inclusive, all pours and food are included with each ticket)

  • $59 General Admission Per Person

Packages (our best value, advance pricing thru January 31, 2017)

  • $549 "Have it ALL" VIP Pass: includes 2 "All Access Pours" Passes + 2 Whiskey Inspired tickets + 2 VIP Lounge tickets & 2 W3 Sunday Brunch tickets. (NOTE: does not include the W3 Wine Cruise or W3 "Kick Off" Wine Dinner which are separate stand alone events)

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Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife is a culinary destination weekend and collaboration between the Westin Jekyll Island, the Jekyll Island Authority and the AdFish Group.  The weekend's events will raise funds and awareness for programs of the Jekyll Island Foundation, with a mission of conservation, education and historic preservation efforts on Jekyll Island.

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