Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Resort Names in USA Today 10Best Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – August 4, 2014 – Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Resort at Kingston Plantation was listed among the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Myrtle Beach by USA Today 10Best.

The website selected hotels based on the upscale accommodations and first-class amenities, and the hotels are listed in no particular order.

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Kicks! Quicks | Cafe Amalfi provides perfect Myrtle Beach view, menu

myrtlebeachonline.com – July 2, 2014 – The time has come to enjoy summer and all it offers. We who are fortunate to live near the ocean know that this time of the year is best spent kicking up sand on the beach and jumping into pools, all of which can create an appetite. When you wash off the sand, relive your surfside day with a fabulous view and a fine dinner at Café Amalfi.

Tucked away on the mezzanine level of the Hilton, Café Amalfi serves up an amazing view of the pool and the endless Atlantic year-round as well as a unique sophisticated and award-winning menu. The dining room is decorated in soothing shades of sand and blue perfectly echoing the vista out the wall-to-wall windows. The wine list is extensive, or you can sip an icy summertime cocktail as you watch the waves. The stomach rumbles, however, and attention soon turns to the menu.

As befits a seaside restaurant, seafood is front and center on Café Amalfi’s menu. Sadly, I’m not a fish eater but I thoroughly enjoyed the Deviled Eggs with Smoked Salmon—my husband especially appreciates the discarded Salmon part. As a native New Yawka, I had been unfamiliar with fried green tomatoes and a few attempts had left me unconvinced until the crispy tomatoes with bacon relish and avocado mayonnaise at Amalfi made me a convert. You can never go wrong with a classic either, especially one with a twist like the Chilled Shrimp and Avocado Cocktail with a tomato compote.

The sea-centric entrees include Southern favorite Shrimp and Grits in tasso gravy, Cioppino a fish stew brimming with scallops, fresh fish, clams in a tomato broth and Pan-Seared Flounder served with a tasty ham hash. Mahi-Mahi is, according to those who know, deservedly award winning and served with corn maque choux (translation: a delightful vegetable medley).

The menu offers plenty of options for those of us not of the fish persuasion too, including my husband’s go-to choice of either a 10- or 14-ounce prime rib or my favorite filet with roasted potatoes. Even my vegetarian daughter can savor the views while she savors Penne Primavera or rich Mac and Five Cheese, minus the optional scallops or shrimp, of course. Daily specials are also available. We have never made it through dessert as the beach always seemed even more inviting after admiring it through dinner and we were anxious to get back. Maybe we’ll go on a rainy day and try the Key Lime Pie, Red Velvet Cake or any of the other sweet temptations.

As nearby part-time residents, my husband and I take advantage of Café Amalfi for a special night out or showing off our ‘hood to visiting friends and family. We’re always impressed with the consistently professional and very friendly service of our waiters, in particular Sophia and George. In fact, all the staff really seems to love their jobs and with an “office” that special, who can blame them? A private oceanfront dining room is also available for groups of 10-20 people. The prices are moderate to high but include the ambiance, excellent service and – one more time – that view. The restaurant is also open for breakfast and lunch.

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Kingston Resorts’ Vintage Twelve Chef Keeps Customers Coming Back For More

Resort Tailors Menus to Customers’ Palates

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – June 12, 2014 – Kingston Resorts’ Chef Caitlin Brady is always looking for the freshest ingredients, trying new products and talking to customers to see what they want. Continually she refines offerings, not only based on what’s fresh, but also what’s hot. Current trends include gluten-free menus and ones that elevate kids’ dining experiences at the 44-seat restaurant with scenic views along the Atlantic Ocean.

At Vintage Twelve, Kingston Resorts’ sleek upscale restaurant in Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort, a gluten-free menu is available to all guests. It includes an assortment of fresh salads, pimento cheese or shrimp creole appetizers and a selection of entrées featuring naturally raised meats and fresh fish or seafood caught from Murrells Inlet, S.C.

“We specialize in local fare both from the farms and from our fisherman,” said Brady. “The majority of our offerings are creative twists on Southern fare making it fresher, healthier and even more delicious. Our local farm and seafood partners allow us to share these offerings with our guests. Some crops were a little delayed from the cold winter, but we’re so pleased to have an abundance of fresh peaches and triggerfish to add to the menu this summer.”

For kids, the menu goes beyond chicken fingers and fries to also offer fresh fish, flatbread pizza, peanut butter and jelly or grilled chicken. These healthier items are paired with local vegetables, fresh fruit or potato wedges. “When kids learn healthy eating at a young age, they develop better habits that will follow them through life,” said Brady.

The adjacent Kingston Shores has also opened two new restaurant venues that are more  casual and fun for the summer season. These include Royale Playa, a poolside restaurant  at Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, which offers nachos, tacos, salad, Mexican beers and crowd-favorite margaritas. The Frozen Whistle is a new ice cream shop adjacent to Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort that serves shakes, scoops and sundaes.

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Hop Over To Kingston Resorts for a Delicious Easter Celebration

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. –April 14, 2014 – Kingston Resorts invites guests to celebrate Easter at Café Amalfi, Coastal Grill or Vintage Twelve. The oceanfront resorts’ top restaurants have developed special menus for the occasion. All three restaurants offer beautiful views of the Grand Strand and cuisine prepared by Myrtle Beach’s most accomplished chefs.

Café Amalfi at Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort will offer a full Easter Brunch Buffet from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. with holiday favorites including festive breakfast selections, a salad station, seafood station, carving station, a delectable dessert station and more.
Salad Station
Indigo Farms Baby Greens Choice of Dressing
Cucumber, Tomato, Red Onion, Carrot, Parmesan Cheese
Cheddar Cheese, Herb Crouton
Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Thai Basil
Cucumber, Bermuda Onion, Feta Cheese, Lemon Vinaigrette
Tomato Caprese, Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Basil
Carrot, Raisin, Walnut & Apple salad
Cheese Display
Assorted Domestic and Imported Cheese
Dried Fruit & Artisan Crackers
Seafood Station
Local Peel & Eat Shrimp, Oysters on the Half Shell, Spicy Cocktail Sauce & Lemons
Smoked Salmon with Red Onion, Capers, Egg White, Egg Yolk, Toast Points
Seafood Ceviche
Carving Station
Roast Prime Rib, Au Jus
Roasted fingerling potatoes
Carved Ham, Bourbon Glaze
Grilled Spring Vegetables
Entrees
Yodar Farm Free Range Eggs Benedict Florentine & Brie Cheese
Hickory Smoked Bacon, Chicken Apple Sausage, Hand Pressed Sausage
Carolina Shrimp & Grits
Braised Short Ribs, Potato Confit, Morel Mushroom Sauce
Chicken Provence, Thyme Garlic White Bean
Grilled Paiche, Buerre Blanc, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables
Eggplant Rollatini, Creamy Risotto, Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce
Dessert Station
Made-to-Order Twills, Vanilla Ice Cream, Berry Ragout
German Chocolate Cake, Easter Coconut Cake, Carrot Cake
Chocolate Truffle Mousse cake, Ricotta Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake
Sugar Free Strawberry Shortcake, Sugar Free Chocolate Cake
Turtle Caramel Pecan Cookie, Lemon Bars, Petit Fours, Jell-O
Adults: $31.95 · Seniors: $24.95 · Children 4-12: $15.95
Please call +1 843 449 5000 ext. 3145 or 3138 for reservations or more information.

Coastal Grill at Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Easter Day Buffet will feature an assorted salad station, peel-and-eat shrimp, seared scallops, eggs benedict and grilled salmon as well as a carving station with roasted prime rib, smoked ham and leg of lamb and other holiday favorites. The Buffet is open from noon until 5 p.m.
Adults: $38.95 · Seniors: $30.95 · Children 4-12: $22.95
Call 497-7300 for reservations.

Vintage Twelve at Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Oceanfront will offer guests a four-course Easter dinner featuring strawberry salad, roasted lamb, pork tenderloin, fresh fish and a selection of mouth-watering desserts. Dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m.

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New Executive Chef at Kingston Plantation

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Myrtle Beach

Thomas Hiestand has joined Kingston Resorts as executive chef at Kingston Plantation.

Originally from Chicago, American-born Executive Chef Thomas Hiestand has joined Kingston Resorts after working with some of the world’s best brands including Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt, Radisson and The Drake Hotel. He has also served as the executive chef at the prestigious Naperville Country Club and The Herrington Inn & Spa.

Hiestand has served on the board of directors for the American Culinary Federation Chicago Chefs and also was a culinary educator at the College of DuPage.

Chef Hiestand’s culinary philosophy and passion reflect the growing trend toward a healthier and down-to-earth lifestyle. He works with the finest regional ingredients, and his preference is to allow the natural flavors of food define the meal.

When not under the toque, Hiestand is an avid runner and has competed in numerous road races and marathons. He is also a motorcycle enthusiast and outdoorsman.

Kingston Resorts includes Kingston Plantation and the adjacent Kingston Shores, which are owned by FelCor Lodging Trust, Inc.  These properties include two full-service oceanfront hotels including Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort and Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach.

 

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Thomas Hiestand Named Executive Chef at Kingston Plantation

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – April 8, 2014 – Thomas Hiestand, CEC, has joined Kingston Resorts as executive chef at Kingston Plantation.

Originally from Chicago, American-born Executive Chef Thomas Hiestand has joined Kingston Resorts after working with some of the world’s best brands including Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt, Radisson and The Drake Hotel. He has also served as the executive chef at the prestigious Naperville Country Club and The Herrington Inn & Spa.

Hiestand received training and a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) recognition from the American Culinary Federation. He has served on the board of directors for the American Culinary Federation Chicago Chefs and also was a culinary educator at the College of DuPage.

Chef Hiestand’s culinary philosophy and passion reflect the growing trend toward a healthier and down-to-earth lifestyle. He works with the finest regional ingredients, and his preference is to allow the natural flavors of food define the meal.

When not under the toque, Hiestand is an avid runner and has competed in numerous road races and marathons. He is also a motorcycle enthusiast and outdoorsman.

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