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Plantation on Crystal River Names Jack Spiess as New Executive Chef

CRYSTAL RIVER, FL. August 15, 2017 – A hidden gem on Florida’s Nature Coast, the Plantation on Crystal River recently named Jack Spiess as executive chef of the 196-room resort. Chef Spiess will direct daily culinary operations at the resort’s signature West 82 Bar & Grill and outlets, and oversee food and beverage offerings for the Plantation’s 12,000 square feet of function space for meetings, corporate parties, local catering events and special occasions.

“Chef Speiss’ love of classical technique, modern presentations and seasonal ingredients are a perfect combination for the culinary offerings here at Plantation on Crystal River,” said Michael Mancke, general manager, Plantation on Crystal River. “We are excited that Jack has taken the helm and look forward to seeing his creativity flourish in the kitchen.”

Speiss has worked as the sous chef of the Plantation on Crystal River since 2016. Prior to joining the Plantation, Speiss worked as executive chef of the iconic Le Pichet in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Speiss also worked for seven years for the James Beard award-winning Tom Douglas Restaurant Group, also in Seattle. Chef Speiss also honed his craft at Murasaki in Michigan and Handke’s Cuisine ad Spagio, both in Ohio. A native of Michigan, Speiss now resides in Crystal River, Fla.

For more information on Plantation on Crystal River, visit PlantationonCrystalRiver.com or call 800-632-6262.

About Plantation on Crystal River

The eco-friendly Plantation on Crystal River is surrounded by the natural springs of King’s Bay and more than 25,000 surface acres of pristine lakes and rivers, as well as wildlife refuges and state parks. On site, the Plantation features a full-service family-oriented dive and tour operation marina, 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 18-hole golf course, 9-hole executive course, Aveda spa, delectable dining and inviting accommodations. Guests have the unique opportunity to swim with the manatees, rent a pontoon or Jon boat, relax by the riverfront pool, enjoy a game of croquet on the manicured lawn, or hire a guided fishing charter. With more than 1,600 feet of seawall, overnight guests can tie up their boats at any of over 80 spaces. A golf school and SCUBA certification classes are also available to guests of the hotel.

Contact:
Kelly Prieto
kelly@hayworthpr.com
(813) 318-9611

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