The culmination of lots of creative gourmands as well as chefs and brewmasters with an unwavering passion for local sourcing, Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and The Brewery opened last month at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes with a farm-to-fork experience like no other.

Featuring beer from The Brewery at Grande Lakes, an in-house, first-of-its-kind nano- brewery producing house-made brews on tap and served throughout the resort, this lobby restaurant is an ideal place to casually enjoy lots of fun drinks and dishes all made with a hyper-local flare. The Brewery will produce 28 gallons of beer weekly including five styles of beer created each season.

Designed as a fun gathering space, The Kitchen features lots of communal seating including long tables, high tops overlooking the open kitchen, cozy sofas and a huge outdoor seating area.

A menu filled with lots of small plates, sandwiches, flatbreads and charcuterie/cheese boards adds to the laid back vibe of this dining space where everything coming from the kitchen has at least one seasonal ingredient from the 7,000-square-foot on-site garden at Whisper Creek Farm.

That includes farm fresh eggs brought over daily from the farm’s recently added chicken coop.

The Brewery's seasonal beers are also bolstered by these onsite provisions with everything from Whisper Creek's peppers to lemon grass to honey finding its way into the brewing process.

The apiary on the Grande Lakes' 500-acre property produces honey not only for the beer but it's also used in the food and in spa services at The Ritz-Calrton Spa next door. You'll also find a chunk of sweet honeycomb served with one of The Kitchen's charcuterie boards.

Located just off the main JW Marriott lobby, The Kitchen is open in the evening from 5pm to 11pm, with the bar open until midnight.

meet and cheese plate
A selection of cured meats and cheeses (plus a dollop of honeycomb from the onsite apiary) makes for a fabulous beer pairing and starter.

beer flight
Three out of the four brewmasters here are chefs… and it shows! The culinary panache used to create Whisper Creek's beer results into some VERY tasty beer.

The modestly priced menu features lots of small plates and shareable items priced from $4 to $18.

Besides beer, The Kitchen features six hand-crafted cocktails, including the Cucumber Cooler shown here.

The pan seared grouper is set on top of a wonderfully creamy and cheesy bed of Anson Mills grits.

The Whisper Creek Farm harvest salad
The Whisper Creek Farm harvest salad with house-made Citrus ricotta cheese.

This simple tomato, mozzarella and basil flatbread was topped with local tomatoes and served as a delicious shared dish.

Seasonal gelatos and sorbets make a nice, light finish to the meal.

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A series of cozy booths become perfect little islands for date night.

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For those who love to see the culinary action happening, be sure to snag some seats at the high tops overlooking the open kitchen.

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This restaurant feels more like a cozy great room than a stuffy dining room. We loved the the relaxed, communal atmosphere that's been created here.

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Grab a seat at the long communal tables and you're sure to make some new friends.

The outdoor seating area is packed with comfortable seats perfect for kicking back in with a cold beer.