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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Warmer Weather is Coming! Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort Offers Gas and Go Spring Promotion

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – April 4, 2014 – Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort at Kingston Shores, an oceanfront resort in Myrtle Beach, has an attractive offer for vacationers within driving distance.  The Gas and Go package offers a discount rate on accommodations this spring starting at $144 per night. Included in the package is a $50 Walmart gift card, which can also be used for gas at selected locations.

The special rate is offered at the oceanfront Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort with 385 newly
renovated guest rooms. The hotel is set in the 12-acre Kingston Shores resort, which is located along the beautiful Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach and adjacent to a sister property, Kingston Plantation.

The Gas and Go promotion requires a reservation for two nights – perfect for a spring weekend escape. The Walmart gift card offers the perfect opportunity to stop to fuel up or stock up for your trip to the beach.

To make reservations and to determine availability, call 800-876-0010.

Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort has a new color palette and a fresh and modern look. Recent
renovations include new furnishings, linens and a new lighting package. To complement the sleek look, new entry doors and high definition televisions have been installed in all guest rooms. The bathrooms have also been updated with new tile and contemporary vanities with storage room for hair dryers, guest’s toiletries and additional towels.

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Kingston Resorts Ship 1,381 Pounds of Soap to Africa

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – February 10, 2014 – Kingston Resorts, an oceanfront resort complex in Myrtle Beach comprising Kingston Plantation and Kingston Shores, shipped 1,381 pounds of soap as part of the Global Soap Project. The Global Soap Project recycles soap from hotels and distributes them across the globe. The soap is collected, sanitized and melted into new bars before they are shipped to refugee camps. The 1,381 pounds represents soap collected at Kingston Resorts during 2013.

“It’s the second year we have participated in this project,” said Eugene Silvestri, hotel manager with Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort. “We plan to increase our shipment during 2014.”

Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort at Kingston Shores and Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation were the first hotels to be green certified in Myrtle Beach, and the soap project is one of many initiatives the resorts have initiated to reuse, reduce and recycle whenever possible.

Hygiene-related illnesses claim more than 2.4 million lives each year. Hand washing with soap has been found to be the single most effective way to prevent those deaths. Research has shown that soap can reduce morbidity rates by more than 47 percent. The Global Soap Project has partners in 31 countries to distribute lifesaving soap and hygiene education to vulnerable populations, including disaster victims, refugees, the homeless, and mothers and children living in extreme poverty.

As part of the partnership, Hilton Worldwide is providing channels for more than 3,900 of its global properties to donate partially-used soap, while also investing $1.3 million to the project. Hilton Worldwide will also provide operational expertise to help expand the Global Soap Project’s processing and distribution capabilities. As a member of the Global Soap Project’s board of directors, Hilton Worldwide is also actively participating in the development of the nonprofit’s organizational strategy and growth.

The Global Soap Project, based in Atlanta, was founded by Derreck Kayongo, a humanitarian relief expert whose own Uganda family fled the tyranny of Idi Amin in 1979. During this tragic and despotic era, close to one million people lost their lives. Today, there are millions more internally displaced persons throughout Central and Eastern Africa, struggling to survive with limited or no access to clean water and soap. For more information, visit

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Kevin W. Luque Named Executive Chef at Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – February 4, 2014 – Kevin W. Luque has been promoted to executive chef at Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort at Kingston Resorts. Luque joined the oceanfront resort in 2008 as executive sous chef.

Luque was named the Best Seafood Chef in South Carolina in 2012. The competition and awards are part of an annual program by the Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Supply Show of the Southeast, and he competed against 19 other chefs in the seafood category to win the top prize.

Before joining Kingston Resorts, Luque was the executive sous chef at the W New Orleans and the Sheraton at Woodbridge Place in New Jersey.

Every December, Luque and others on the Kingston Resorts’ food and beverage team
participate with Feed a Family, a non-profit organization that feeds local families during the holiday season. The Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort team prepares the 500 turkey dinners that are delivered to families in time for Christmas.

Luque attended Middlesex County College in New Jersey and received an associate degree in hotel restaurant management.

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Two Ways To Show Your Love This Valentine’s Day at Kingston Resorts

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. –January 30, 2014 – Kingston Resorts invite guests to celebrate love and Valentine’s Day with special menus and overnight accommodations. The oceanfront resorts’ top restaurants, Vintage Twelve and Café Amalfi, have developed special menus for the occasion. Both 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 offers dinner for two for $99 plus tax and gratuity. It does not include alcoholic beverages, but valet parking is complimentary.

First Course: Spicy Seared Scallop over Fresh Corn Grits and Forest Mushroom Ragout
Salad Course: Organic Field Greens with Toasted Pecans, Dried Blueberries, Gorgonzola and Sour Berry Ranch Dressing
Entrée Course: (Choice of One Entrée) Dijon Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Southern Braised Mustard Greens and Lamb Jus; or Filet of Beef, Fork Smashed Yukon Gold Potato, Roasted Root Vegetable and Chianti Reduction; or Steamed Seabass, Asparagus Risotto and Truffle Sweet Pea Puree
Grand Finale: Trio of Chocolate including Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Crème Brûlée,
Flourless Chocolate Torte.

For reservations, please call 843-449-5000 Ext. 3145 or 3138 for reservations or information.

Vintage Twelve is located in Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach. The romantic evening for two includes live jazz and the special menu from 5 to 10 p.m. The cost is $100 per couple and includes complimentary valet parking. Taxes and gratuity are not included.

First Course: (Choice of one) Cauliflower Bisque with Smoked Tomato Oil or Spinach Salad, Goat Cheese, Charred Sweet Onions and Lemon Bacon Vinaigrette
Main Course: (Choice of One) Fresh-Caught Local Fish, Local Vegetables, Charred Scallion Risotto with Smoked Raw Honey; or Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Purple Potatoes, Cippolini Onions, Basil Emulsion and Port Reduction; or Butter Poached Lobster Tail and Claws, Fresh Pasta and Asparagus; or Bacon-Stuffed Chicken, Potato Gnocchi, Kale and Brown Butter
Dessert: Chocolate and Strawberries to share, Crème Brule with Almond Cake, or Brown Sugar Blondie with Bourbon Caramel and Pecan Ice Cream

Reservations are recommended by calling 843-497-7300 or online at

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Myrtle Beach Cooking

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
By Albert Delitala

Myrtle Beach area is considered the jewel of South Carolina. Not only is the atmosphere beautiful but the dining experience is exquisite.

Chef Peter Gennaro from Kingston Plantation visited us today on Morning Live with some to-die-for dishes.

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Low country She Crab Soup
By Chef Peter Gennaro


1 tbsp butter, unsalted
½ qt fish stock
½ qt heavy cream
½ cup heavy cream, whipped
1 tsp lemon juice
¼ tsp mace
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp flour
2 cups white crab meat and crab roe
½ tsp salt
4-6 tbsp dry sherry
Paprika and chives to garnish


Using a heavy sauce pan melt butter and blend with flour to make a roux. Gradually stir in milk. Add crab and roe and all seasonings except for sherry. Simmer for 20 minutes stirring frequently

To serve place a tbsp of dry sherry at the bottom of each serving vessel. Add soup and top with a dollop of whip cream. Sprinkle with chives and paprika.

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