A South Florida summer Sunday (try saying that three times) isn’t complete without a visit to The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne and its great Southern Jazz Brunch. The next Southern Jazz Brunch at the resort’s Cioppino restaurant is June 21. It’s resplendent with culinary stations, traditional New Orleans dishes, bottomless Prosecco cocktails and an entire dessert room, courtesy of Master Pastry Chef Frederic Monnet.
There’s also a magician, mystic tarot card reader, art and a five-piece roaming jazz band, each of which help bring a touch of Jackson Square to Key Biscayne. Seatings are at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and are $85 per person and $41 per child.
“We wanted to add a little flair to our traditional Sunday Brunch. New Orleans style cuisine is so vast and incorporates traditional, Southern cuisine with creole flavors, spices and flair,’’ said Clayton van Hooijdonk, executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. “New Orleans cuisine is hard to find outside of New Orleans so we wanted to play off of it, by bringing a little taste of it to South Florida.’’
Van Hooijdonk’s favorite items on the vast Southern Jazz Brunch menu?
“The Bananas Foster dessert is a must try,’’ van Hooijdonk said, “along with the Pork Candy Ribs, Five Spice Riblets, Dry Rubbed Ribs (my favorite), accompanied with homemade sauces, South Carolina Mustard Sauce, Tennessee Hollerin’ Whisky BBQ Sauce.’’
On your way in (or out) of resort, be sure to notice the new Key Pantry: Eat.Drink.Shop., an open-style marketplace café. Designed with rustic beachside furnishings and adorned with elegant, black and white tile, the venue offers fresh-brewed coffee from Panther Coffee, a Miami-based specialty coffee roaster with a unique twist. Each cup of Panther Coffee is roasted on site, in small batches. After the selection of the coffee beans, a professional technique known as “cupping” begins, resulting in the correct caramelization of the sugars within the coffee beans and exposing the natural sweetness.
Guests can also get ice cream, pastries, cupcakes, cakes and sandwiches, all house-made. A self-serve enclave presents additional snacks, a wine display with hand selected wines by the resort’s sommelier, and Artisanal cheeses.
“We understand that our customers and future customers want The Ritz-Carlton experience and service, but in a more relaxed environment, welcoming guests to enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee, glass of wine or grab a fresh pastry, house made ice cream and sandwiches,’’ said resort General Manager Kimberly Wilson. “We wanted to offer a venue that gives the guests flexibility to enjoy a quick bite and/or snack and offer a selection of food and beverage, along with eclectic kitchen items.
“It gives our guests flexibility and also serves as a local neighborhood stop for coffee or quick items.’’