Guests Find Culinary Excellence Around Every Bend At Rosen Shingle Creek
ORLANDO — While most guests are initially drawn to Rosen Shingle Creek for its luxurious appointments, its turn-of-the-century Spanish revival architecture, and Rosen Hotels’ reputation for impeccable guest service — not to mention its highly acclaimed championship golf course — the hotel’s diverse array of full-service and convenience dining options and the culinary prowess of its skilled chefs quickly turn an already incredible stay into a truly unforgettable experience.
With twelve dining and refreshment choices ranging from a fine-dining Italian bistro and a classic steakhouse to a 24-hour NY-style Market and an ice cream parlor, guests seeking a truly relaxing stay need never leave the walls of the grand facility. “At the end of the day, it’s all about service,” Harris Rosen explains. “We’ve incorporated every comfort and convenience we could think of. Whether our guests are in search of a quiet evening to enjoy a hearty cabernet and a succulent steak, a fine-dining bistro experience, or that unique signature libation, the restaurants and watering holes are sure to please.”
And, says Rosen, if by chance a guest is looking for something not offered at Rosen Shingle Creek, the staff will move mountains to satisfy that guest’s needs — the real mark of a Rosen property.
Ensuring the hotel makes its mark on the Orlando area culinary scene is Executive Chef Jorge Oliveira, a 14-year veteran of the Rosen family of hotels and hotels. Chef Jorge received his culinary degree from Johnson and Wales, where he focused on French and Northern Italian Cuisine. He began his career with Hilton Hotels in Dallas, training under a Master Chef in one of its large convention hotels and ultimately completed the Hilton Hotels management program. Prior to joining the Rosen family, he was a chef at Hilton hotels in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Chicago. Now at Rosen Shingle Creek, Chef Jorge designs Florida-heritage inspired culinary creations that reflect the hotel’s “authentic Florida” theme.
Among the tastefully appointed and deliciously tantalizing dining options under Chef Jorge’s direction at Rosen Shingle Creek are:
The Calusa Indians were often referred to as The Shell People and utilized shells as tools, weapons, art, and jewelry, and also incorporated algae, seaweeds and oils from the sea into tribal ceremonies believing in their healing properties. That was the inspiration for developing the Calusa Cocoon, a relaxing and hydrating body treatment incorporates restorative oils, a warm body wrap and hydrating mini-facial.
A Land Remembered
After reading Patrick Smith’s rich historical novel “A Land Remembered,” chronicling the dogged determination of three generations of Florida pioneers, Harris Rosen decided, “So precious is Patrick’s book that we have dedicated our entire Shingle Creek theme to it.” The cornerstone of Harris Rosen’s dream hotel is his high-end classic steakhouse, which brings to life what Smith so artfully penned — the rugged spirit, natural beauty and colorful history of the state in an era when cotton, cattle and citrus were its prime industries.
In keeping with the hotel’s tribute to the Florida’s natural environment, A Land Remembered steakhouse, opening in May 2007, will be located in the Shingle Creek Golf Club House, nestled among dense oaks and pines along the picturesque Shingle Creek. Inside, rich, dark woods are accented with brass fixtures while artwork by Native American artists adorns the walls. Artifacts from the pre-Civil War era will evoke the imagery of Smith’s novel.
When it opens in this year, this all-American steakhouse is certain to secure legendary status with its unforgettable menu of prime cut meats and other American favorites paired with robust side dishes. Hearty and flavorful meal starters will include Jumbo Lump Crab Martini with mango pico, cilantro oil and micro greens and Grilled BBQ Prawns with jalapeno bacon and apple relish. Sure to be favorites from the grill are the De Soto Double Rib Stuffed Pork with black mission figs, apricots, corn bread & roasted chillies with apple jack pan jus, Lamb Tequesta dry rubbed with roasted garlic, stoneground mustard, cilantro and mint and the 10 oz Filet Mignon with roasted garlic and fried green tomatoes. An extensive wine selection promises the perfect companion to any entrée.
Cala Bella ™ (“Creek Beautiful”)
Patrons of this fine-dining Italian Bistro are not only in for a wonderful culinary experience, but can expect to be equally impressed with the enchanting ambience announced by rich interiors and glorious golf and lake views. As guests arrive, they’re greeted with an astounding array of fine wines displayed in the restaurant’s functional glass wine wall. A featured selection of wines is displayed at eye level to allow guests to peruse the labels and consider their many tempting options before being seated for dinner.
Once inside the restaurant, guests are immediately captivated with the open, but intimate setting in which dark woods, bold colors and rich leathers set the stage for a magnificent meal.
Complementing an already exquisite dining environment, Cala Bella also boasts a magnificent private dining room for up to 30 people. In addition, a presentation-cooking bar allows couples, small groups or families to dine privately while Rosen Shingle Creek’s talented chefs prepare an exquisite meal right before their eyes.
Cala Bella’s signature beginnings include the marriage of supreme meats and cheeses with roasted vegetables in the house antipasto, a delightful flaming Pescara Mussels, and a signature bruschetta that uniquely brings together leeks and broccoli rabe. Masterful selections from the grill include Cala Bella Lamb with rosemary-minted marsala; Fontina Filet, boasting proscco -stewed beans and fontina fondue; and San Giovanni Chicken Involtini. Chef Jorge’s involtini, or “wrapped bundles,” deliciously combines tender chicken breast, prosciutto and fresh mozzarella with a fragrant garden pesto.
The restaurant promises an elegant ending to any meal with Chocolate Sabayon, Lemon Marscapone Cheesecake, Cinnamon Espresso Crème Brulee, the Cala Bella Tira Misu or a trio of homemade gelato.
Tucked in the vestibule of Cala Bella, Bella’s Bar provides an intimate setting for a relaxing cocktail prior to, or a fine cigar following a thoroughly satisfying Italian meal. The focal point of this cozy lounge is a baby grand player piano that provides a subtle accompaniment suited to a romantic evening or an important business agreement. Bella’s Bar offers signature Rosen Shingle Creek cocktails, such as the Cala Bella Colada and Ponce de Lemon, as well as a wide selection of fine cigars such as Romeo & Juliet, La Amora Preferido and Monte Cristo from the bar’s six-foot humidor.
Café Osceola & Osceola Bar
As soon as they step into the lobby area of the hotel, guests get a grand view of Café Osceola & Osceola Bar — a warm, inviting restaurant and lounge appointed in Spanish revival colors of blue and gold. From both the grand viewing area and from the restaurant level itself, exquisite views of Florida’s nature can be seen via impressive floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
Rosen Shingle Creek’s authentic Florida heritage continues to shine through in the menu at Café Osceola. Breakfast specialty items include Little Creek from the Crate (a selection of fruits, cheese and bread), Indian Village Club Breakfast, Seminole Smoked Salmon and Tallapoosa River Quesadilla. Guests can also enjoy the breakfast buffet which features an assortment of fresh breakfast items and “you call the shots” made-to-order omelets.
The All-Day Dining menu features a selection hearty soups and palette-pleasing appetizers reminiscent of Florida’s past, such as Payne’s Landing Yakatori Chicken and Muskgee Baked Tortilla Pie. For a lighter taste, guests can choose from the Fort King Shrimp Salad, the Ch echo lo Cobb Salad or the Mikasuki Southwest Caesar Salad. Signature sandwiches and burgers include the Fort Moultrie Pork Hoagie, the Indian Village Chicken Club and Shingle Creek Wrap, while café specialties tempt the taste buds with colorful names like Tepee Tacos and the Tallapoosa Swordfish. Upper Creek Fajitas and inviting pasta dishes are also available throughout the day.
No meal would be complete at Café Osceola without the Indian Peace Offering dessert featuring a warm brownie with praline ice cream topped with hot fudge, caramel, whipped topping and salted pecans. Other tempting options include War Chief Cheesecake, the Warrior Cobble or the Seminole Harvest Spice Cake.
Designer Cocktails and Signature Libations Whether the occasion calls for a pre-dinner cocktail or an evening out with friends or colleagues, Rosen Shingle Creek offers several hideaways and hotspots featuring creative signature drinks. Bella’s Bar, located within Cala Bella Italian Bistro, provides the ideal setting to partake in a Menichinitini (named after the hotel’s Director of Sales and Marketing), or to relax with a great cigar. Headwaters Lounge™, located in the hotel’s lobby, offers a great environment for gathering with friends, colleagues or clients and the chance to enjoy a signature Headwaters Margarita or the Sebastian Shipwreck. Cat-Tails Pool Bar & Grille offers a taste of pure paradise — a place to kick back, relax and enjoy a bite to eat with a frozen concoction, a Pensacola Breeze or an ice cold Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ Alligator Drool beer (the company’s own micro-brewed signature libation).
Additional Rosen Shingle Creek Food and Beverage Amenities
The tradition of guest service and convenience at Rosen Hotels and Resorts is taken a step further at Rosen Shingle Creek’s 18 Monroe Street Market, a 24-hour NY-style deli. No matter the time of day, or the size of the appetite, the deli offers a variety of items from a light snack to a quick made-to-order meal that can be enjoyed on premises or boxed to go.
Morning caffeine seekers or those “jonesing” for an afternoon pick-me-up find sanctuary at Smoooth Java™ coffee bar, located in the hotel’s main lobby. This convenient pit stop offers Starbucks™ coffee products as well as an assortment of pastries and snacks.
Taking care of each guest’s sweet tooth one scoop at a time, The Creek Ice Creamery serves in excess of thirty flavors and a variety of cool flavorful treats.
Par Take offers golfers an outdoor respite with sandwiches, snacks and cool libations.
Of course, for guests who prefer to dine in the privacy of their rooms or suites, Rosen Shingle Creek gladly and quickly accommodates with 24-Hour Room Service.
Occupying a 230-acre site along Shingle Creek, the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, the 1,500-room Rosen Shingle Creek hotel offers 462,000 sq. ft. of meeting/event space, a full service 13,000-sq. ft. Spa at Shingle Creek, nine dining and lounging options, four pools, two lighted tennis courts, volleyball, basketball and an array of nature-focused activities, including hiking and fishing. The hotel is also gaining acclaim for its three-year old David Harman-designed Shingle Creek Golf Course, recently named “One of the Top 40 Best New Courses” by Golfweek magazine and “One of the Top 25 Most Challenging Courses in Central Florida” by the Orlando Business Journal, and for the Brad Brewer Golf Academy, offering corporate golf clinics. Brewer has been named by Golf Magazine as a “Top 100 Instructor for 2007-2008.”
For more information about the Rosen Shingle Creek, please visit www.rosenshinglecreek.com or call (866) 996-9939.