November 26, 2008

Gobble! Gobble!

Megan and I (Erin) along with the rest of the staff from the Casa Monica Hotel want to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving! If you are traveling, safe travels! If you are still looking for an amazing Thanksgiving dinner but don't want to do all the cooking, 95 Cordova, is hosting the annual Thanksgiving Grand Buffet, see the AMAZING menu below!

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Grand Buffet
November 27, 2008

Seating from 11am to 8pm

Breakfast Station
From 11am-3pm
Chef Attended Omelet Station with Embellishments
Eggs Benedict
Fresh and Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Sausage Links
Gary’s Famous Grits
Southern Style Biscuits with Country Gravy
Assorted Cereals with Skim or Whole Milk
Belgian Waffles with Berry Compound and Whipped Cream
Chef DeJuan’s Crème Brulée French Toast

Fresh Seafood and Shell Fish Display
Orangewood Smoked Atlantic Salmon
Coconut Seafood Ceviche
Smoked Mussels and Scallops
Boiled and Chilled Tiger Shrimp
Calamari Salad
Fresh Local Oysters on the Half Shell
Indonesian Crab Claws

Condiments station with Fresh Horseradish, Mustard Dill Sauce, Black Pepper Minuette, Sweet Chili Sauce, Lemon and Lime Wedges, Assorted Crackers

95 Cordova Crab Cake Station
Spicy Oriental Crab Cake with Fresh Ginger
Maryland Crab Cake with Fiji Apples
95 Cordova Crab Cake with Dijon Mustard

Accompanied with Lime Aioli, Sweet Chili Sauce,
Remoulade Sauce and Cocktail Sauce
Roasted Artichoke Bisque
Pumpkin and Blue Crab Bisque
Main Entree
Whole Roasted Prime Rib of Beef
Roasted Butter Basted Turkey
Smoked Turkey
Moroccan Mahi-Mahi
Pork Steamship Round with Natural Au Jus
Home-made Giblet Turkey Gravy,
Sweet Caramelized Vidalia onion Sauce
Wild Cranberry Sauce and Mango Chutney
Rosemary Au Jus
Sides and Entrees
Traditional Bread and Italian Sausage Stuffing
Traditional Corn Bread Stuffing
Yukon Mash Potatoes
Bourbon Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Root Vegetables
Green Bean Casserole
Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Chef DeJuan’s Gourmet Cheese Cart
An assortment of decadent, creamy, sharp and savory cheese
from around the world served tableside

Bread & Dip Display
Sweet Corn Muffins
Rustic Asiago Cheese Bread, Italian Herb and Olive Loaf
Yeast Rolls, French Baguettes, Grilled Flatbreads
California Sun Dried Tomato and French Hummus
Creamy Spinach and Cheese Dip

Warm Brie Display
Puff Pasty Wrapped Brie with Warm Mango
Chutney and Cranberry Relish
Pastry Wrapped Brie Brushed with Honey and Candied Nuts

Fruit Display
Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melons
Blueberries, Blackberries and Raspberries
Pineapple and Grapes

Antipasto Display
Eggplants, Yellow and Green Roasted Squash with Italian Marinade
Artichokes with Basil Dressing
Assortment of Imported Olives tossed with a Savory Marinade
Marinated Button and Wild Mushrooms
Spanish Smoked Chorizo Sausage and Peppers
Cured Prosciutto Ham and Pecorino Romano Cheese
Marinated Stuffed Grape Leaves with Risotto Rice

Fresh Spinach Salad with Sliced Strawberries, Toasted Pine Nuts
and Red Onions with a Raspberry Vinaigrette
Romaine Lettuce and Asiago Cheese with Caesar Dressing and Croutons
Vine Ripe Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese

Dessert Action Station
From noon-10pm

Kessler’s Banana Foster Station
Bananas served with Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

The Unlimited Dessert Display
Apple, Pecan, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin and Key Lime Pies
New York Style Cheese, Carrot, Double Chocolate and Red Velvet Cakes
Deep South Bread Pudding with Carmel Sauce
Grande Italian Tiramisu and Carmel Flan
Decadent Chocolate Dipping Mirror with Strawberries

69.95 Per Person
Children 6-12 $19.95
Children under 5 free

20% gratuities will be added to parties of 6 or more

November 18, 2008


This video is courtesy of My Bridal Connection

Come and see the BIG event on January 18, 2009!!! The Jacksonville Ultimate Bridal Fantasy held in St. Augustine at the Renaissance World Golf Village. I look forward to seeing you there! Look for Casa Monica's booth! With amazing vendors, a great fashion show and amazing give-a-ways, you don't want to miss it! This event is the best yet and will give you the opportunity to check out top trends, get ideas, meet vendors and network with other elite brides! I look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, please!

November 6, 2008

Conde Nast Traveler Top 100 Readers Choice Award, the Best in the World!

Kessler’s Casa Monica Hotel and Mansion on Forsyth Park Both Named to Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s 21st Annual Top 100 Readers' Choice List
Hotels Listed in Top 100 Mainland U.S. Hotels;
Savannah Again Listed as a Top 10 U.S. City

Savannah, Ga. and St. Augustine, Fla. (November 6, 2008) – Hotelier Richard C. Kessler’s AAA Four-Diamond Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Ga. and AAA Four-Diamond Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine, Fla. have both been named to Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Top 100 Readers' Choice List in its November issue. This is the second consecutive year that the Mansion on Forsyth Park has been named to the prestigious "Top 100 U.S. Mainland Hotels" list.
According to the magazine, its 21st annual Readers' Choice Awards is not only an award for the destinations, lodgings, and modes of transportation that exceed expectations, it is also a credit to the worldly expertise of Condé Nast Traveler readers.
Tina Harlow, general manager at the Mansion on Forsyth Park, says, “Our goal is to continue to exceed our guests’ expectations whether it is the first time staying with us or the fifth. Each of our talented Grand Performers work diligently to provide services and accommodations that are unmatched. We are honored that these well-traveled readers have received that remarkable experience and to have been named to the list.”
Earlier this year, the Mansion on Forsyth Park was also named to Condé Nast Traveler's prominent Gold List, was designated as the "Best of the South" by Meetings South magazine, and named one of the “World’s Best Hotels” on the Expedia® Insiders’ Select™ list 2008. The hotel’s on-site state-of-the-art 700 Kitchen Cooking School was named the “#1 Attraction in Savannah” and “#2 Thing to Do” in the United States on
Anthony Lazzara, general manager at the Casa Monica Hotel, says, “Guests we have had the pleasure of hosting continuously remark about their experience as being one of the best they’ve ever had. We aim to inspire and treat all guests to the relaxation, luxurious appointments and memories they deserve. Being named to this honorable list assures that we are doing just that.” (more)

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Among other major highlights this year, the Casa Monica Hotel became a designated Florida Department of Environmental Protection Green Lodging Member, was named to The Knot magazine’s “Best of Florida Reception Sites” two years in a row, named one of the “World’s Best Hotels” on the Expedia® Insiders’ Select™ list 2008, awarded Florida Trend magazine’s Golden Spoon Award, and was mentioned on Good Morning America’s "International Getaways in the United States" travel segment.
About Mansion on Forsyth Park
The AAA Four-Diamond Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Ga. opened in April 2005 as a new hotel built adjacent to a renovated 1888 mansion. The original 18,000-square-foot Victorian-Romanesque building houses the gourmet 700 Drayton Restaurant with six private dining galleries, the hands-on 700 Kitchen Cooking School, Casimir's Lounge and intimate Carriage Wine Cellar. The hotel features 126 captivating guest rooms and suites, full-service Poseidon Spa, 8,500 square feet of opulent meeting space, over 400 pieces of original artwork, three Bösendorfer pianos, a vintage ladies hat collection dating from 1860 -1960, Grand Bohemian Gallery, chic Bösendorfer Lounge, Viennese Ballroom, outdoor pool, full-time concierge, 24-hour fitness center, business center and valet parking.
For additional information, visit or call 912.238.5158.
About the Casa Monica Hotel
The Casa Monica Hotel is a restored majestic 1888 landmark hotel located in historic St. Augustine, Fla. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Casa Monica Hotel is the city’s only AAA Four Diamond hotel. The castle-like Spanish architecture transports guests to a world of first-class service and luxury. 138 decadent guestrooms and 14 unique suites are complemented by amenities such as the AAA Four-Diamond 95 Cordova Restaurant, The Lounge at 95 Cordova, over 10,000 square feet of meeting space, 24-hour fitness center, business center, outdoor garden-style rooftop pool and chandeliered Sultan’s Pavilion, valet parking, and a full-time concierge. The hotel offers an inspired setting for rejuvenation, captivating weddings and cutting-edge meetings. Nearby, championship golf and privileges at the exclusive oceanfront Serenata Beach Club awaits.
For more information, call 800.648.1888 or visit: