As you may know, The Abbey is one of our favorite resorts in the midwest. Fantastic people, a great location (at the laid back side of Geneva Lake), and they even have a resident Pit Boss, Matt Whiteford as well as all around great food, a fantastic man-friendly spa, and they even have a cigar lounge.(read our Abbey Report)
If that wasn't enough reason to come up here, they are going to be holding a BBQ Weekend on May 22. I just had a pulled pork sandwich last week during my visit and let me tell you, it is worth the drive!
FONTANA, Wis. – April 22, 2010 – Calling all barbecue connoisseurs: It’s time to fire up the grill, roll up your sleeves and sink your teeth into some award-winning barbecue at the Pit Master BBQ Weekend (napkins optional). On May 22, 2010, Pit Master Matthew Whiteford will kick off a tangy and tasty summer with the barbecue event of the season at The Abbey Resort & Spa.
Starting at 11 a.m., Whiteford will share his barbecue secrets through an interactive cooking demonstration and barbecue class. Participants will learn how to prep, rub, season and barbecue the meats to perfection and they can take these tips and tricks right back to their own backyard grills. Several different grills will be set up at The Abbey so no barbecue enthusiast will be left in the dark – no matter what cooker they have at home. Barbecue connoisseurs are sure to be excited to test out the Big Green Egg, the renowned cooker with a fanatical following, if they haven’t already.
In between tasty bites of smoky barbecue, guests will learn Whiteford’s barbecue secrets, specifically his unique, four-step “Layers of Flavors” technique to ribs, chicken and pulled pork.
“This is a great opportunity to share all that goes into the preparation and technique of barbecue with people who love it as much as I do,” said Whiteford, owner of Love Your BBQ, Jim Beam Sponsored National Competition BBQ Cook and certified judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society. “I’m delighted to teach fellow barbecue enthusiasts how to make a delicious award-winning barbecue from beginning to end. I’ll share by experience with building a basic rub, creating an authentic Kansas City Style BBQ sauce and then demonstrate the cooking methods not often seen in most backyard barbecues.”
The festivities also include a Jim Beam tasting and sampling and finishes off with the highly anticipated barbecue family-style dinner hosted and prepared by Whiteford. The most discerning fans should opt for an overnight stay at the resort to full enjoy the experience, cocktails and entertainment along the lake.
“The Pit Master BBQ Weekend is one of many exciting summertime activities happening at The Abbey and it’s the perfect kick off to the summer season,” said Michael Lucero, director of operations at The Abbey Resort. “We are excited to have Whiteford teach our guests his famous techniques. Delicious barbecue and live music on the lake is an extraordinary way to start the summer.”
Guests can wrap up their scrumptious and mouth-watering day by enjoying live music performed on the waterfront on Saturday night.
For those just wanting to chow down, guests can enjoy the dinner at 6:30 p.m., which includes endless fall-off-the-bone tender meat prepared by Whiteford and served right on the picturesque Lake Geneva.
There are options for every budget and appetite with packages ranging from $57-$149 per person (plus applicable taxes, resort fees and gratuity pending the package selected) and this highly-anticipated event is sure to fill up fast. To make reservations, please call 800-709-1323 or visit www.theabbeyresort.com.
Still looking for more barbecue? Back by popular demand is “Burnin’ Down the Docks” – a weekly event with blues, brews and barbecue every Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. on The Abbey’s outdoor patio, as well as live music in the Waterfront Grill nightly throughout the summer.
Located just 80 miles from downtown Chicago and 50 miles from Milwaukee, The Abbey Resort & Spa is a treasured icon, nestled on 90 acres of beautifully manicured grounds. Totally renovated in 2005, it is the only full-service resort on the shores of Lake Geneva. The resort boasts a breath-taking setting, several dining options and banquet facilities, nearby championship golf courses and a wide range of outdoor activities. That only scratches the surface of all the activities and offerings that The Abbey Resort has; with impeccable customer service, the team at The Abbey Resort can meet the needs of the guests and corporate planners.
The Abbey Resort is managed and operated by Hostmark Hospitality Group of Schaumburg, Ill. For more information, please visit www.theabbeyresort.com or find The Abbey Resort on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/abbeyresort and www.twitter.com/abbeyresort, respectively.