August 11, 2011

Lunch at Cascata Grill and a tour of the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Chefs Garden

The view from the Cascata Grill Terrace

This past Sunday Daniel Buss was the Chefin the Spotlight and yesterday I finally had a chance to have lunch atCascata Grill and tour the Chefs Garden. The Garden was unbelievably impressivewith its variety of herbs, vegetables, and fruits. The garden has grown from alabor-of-love patch of land to an all out must-see guided tour. All of therestaurants within the Fairmont Turnberry Isle utilize the”home-grown” bounty, including Bourbon Steak. Chef Buss took me on aprivate tour of the Chefs Garden and as a proud parent would boast about theirchild, Buss in his quiet enthusiastic way named each herb, plant, tree, andexplained the uses for each on his various menus at the property.

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Chefs Garden Fairmont Turnberry Isle

The gardens are lush and painstakingly maintained by the landscaping team atthe Fairmont Turnberry Isle who are equally as proud of the gardens as ChefBuss. While I was there four gentlemen were tending to the herb garden,weeding, fertilizing trimming and just making sure all is well in the gardenpatch. There is a tremendous pride in this project and it is astoundingly evidentin the dishes they prepare with the product from the garden. I had the gazpacho for lunch and it was one of thebest I’ve ever had, simply because of the true freshness of the soup. Talkabout garden fresh, the entire dish was sourced from the garden a mere 10 feetaway from the kitchen. The garden cuisine at Cascata Grill gives a whole newmeaning to “farm to table”.

Cascata Grill Gazpacho

The variety of herbs familiar and exotic is intriguing. As we walked throughthe gardens we tasted and smelled much of the bounty that it actually gave youa whole new appreciation for the gardens’ purpose and the quality of the menuofferings. Located within the garden is a compost bin, yes they do that too.Many of the food scraps are brought out to the composter combined with leavesand soil and churned into a mineral-rich loam.

Compost bin

 For lunch we had the gazpacho as I mentioned earlier, grilled salmon and theAhi tuna Niçoise salad. The Niçoise salad was made with real Ahi tuna pieces awelcomed surprise over the typical canned tuna. It was a lovely lunch, the foodwas brimming with flavor and freshness, but what made it so special was theview of the garden waterfall.

Ahituna Niçoise
Grilled Salmon

Because of the rain we were unable to sit on the patio but we scored a window table so we still were able to have a stunning birdseye view. I would imagine in season that the patio is a bustling juggernaut of snowbirds and visitors but where isn’t it? Season or off-season, if you’re looking to scope out a new lunch experience check out the Cascata Grill and make a reservation to tour the Chefs Garden it truly was a lovely lunch experience and it just may inspire you to start planting a few seeds of your own.

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