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Party like its 2099 at the new Heritage Club at Osceola Heritage Park

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 12:36 pm

 

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

Welcome to the club.

The Heritage Club at Osceola Heritage Park has been around for a couple of years, mostly as a place offering dinner and drinks as part of another event at Osceola Heritage Park, like the Silver Spurs Rodeo or the Runaway Country Music Festival.

But beginning in January, the Heritage Club will be a regular dining and entertainment venue.

The Heritage Club will be open to members only on the fourth Friday of every month. The Friday event will feature themed menus, entertainment and more.

OHP and Heritage Club officials hosted a sneak peek for invited guests and prospective members last Friday, to give area residents a look at just what the club will look like when it officially begins in January.

If the Friday event is any indication, and you are looking for something new and fun to do in 2018, the Heritage Club just might be the place to be.

Individual memberships are $600 a year, $1,200 per couple. It might seem a bit expensive, but your club membership gets you into each monthly dinner throughout the year, so it only comes to $50 per event.

The opening night preview included some dining fare created  by OHP Chef Jim Weinland. The evening menu was paired with craft beers from Reprise Brewing Company in St. Cloud.

Here’s hoping Chef Weinland has a whole year’s worth of culinary items matching what was served at the preview event because there was nothing ordinary about this menu.

The selections (served up at individual stations) included:

Seared Cheshire pork on a maple infused grilled cake, finished with a blueberry syrup.

Crispy prosciutto cup, served with a mint compressed melon and aged imported Stilton cheese.

Holiday Cornucopia Bite, which was a “Dip Pit,” smoked turkey, served with a cranberry barbecue sauce  on a sweet potato crisp. It was topped off with a brulee marshmallow.

An Autumnal Fondue Fromage, featuring four-year aged dry cheddar cheese and white whine dipping sauce, pretzel bites and nutmeg sprinkles, calabaza squash.

For dessert, Chef Weinland created a white and Ghirardelli 6o percent coco dark chocolate brioche bread pudding.

And as already mentioned, each station offering, including dessert, was paired with a selection from Reprise Brewing.

Each bite throughout the night was memorable and distinctive.

Weinland said while the getting the club on track has been a few years in the making, the menu for the evening took about a week of planning and about three days preparation time.

And yes, he is already working on the menu for January.

“This is a pretty big deal for us,” said Richard Mastroberte,  director of marketing and sales for OHP.

Just a few years ago, the now comfortable and casual, but still chic, Heritage Club  room, was actually just a storeroom, waiting to be transformed into something more useful and elegant.

“It has been a brainchild for awhile,” said Tony Donnelly, food and beverage director for OHP. “We spent a long time thinking how to use it.”

And now, the Heritage Club is a reality.

Donnelly said members should be ready to be part of something special each month. While the events themselves are still a work in progress, members can look forward to possibly a Mardi Gras event in February, for example, a wine tasting in the spring or maybe an Oktoberfest event in the fall.

And while the club is set in the Heritage Club, there are plans to use other parts of Osceola Heritage Park for the monthly events as well, like maybe a steak dinner under the tree and stars during the cooler months.

No matter the theme, each monthly event will include entertainment as well as dining selections. The preview night featured dueling pianos.

And when the first official event happens in January, which will have a greeting the new year theme of course, it will be able to extend to a new 500-square foot patio outside the club.

Officials hope to keep membership special by limiting the group to about 120 persons or so.

The preview night included several people signing up as members, including long-time area businessman Sonny Buoncervello, who wanted to be the very first to become a member.

“I believe in this so much,” Buoncervello said. “This is a great marketing  tool for me. I can bring clients here to the core of Osceola County.”

The 3,500 square-foot club features a full bar, 15  high-definition TVs, and sound system.  For more information on membership, call 321- 697-3333.