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Our annual fundraiser is back and better than ever!

The Taste of Amelia Island is the major, annual fundraiser of Nassau County Volunteer Center. This year’s 25th Anniversary event, Giving Back Looking Forward – A Silver Celebration of Service, will be held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, in the Amelia Ballroom.

The 2016 Taste of Amelia Island is a completely re-branded event, offering guests the opportunity to sample cuisine from the island’s best restaurants while enjoying a selection of fine wines compliments of San Sebastian Winery, Prestige Wine Imports, and The Sheffield Family.

The event includes a Silent Auction featuring a wide range of items that mirror the food in being a “taste” all there is to do, see and experience on Amelia Island, complimented by nature and history exhibits, a 50/50 raffle, and the first-ever “Best Dish of the Taste” award voted on by attendees and announced that evening on the main stage.

Proceeds support the Volunteer Center’s work in volunteer recruitment, as well as many in-house programs that include the annual GoKids School Supply Drive, various food drives throughout the year and the original Adopt-A-Family Christmas program.

Tickets are $50 and the dress is semi-formal. This is a silver anniversary event so guests are encouraged to dress along a silver theme. The event takes place in the Amelia Ballroom with cocktails from 6-7 PM and food tasting from 7-9 PM. Tickets are non-refundable!

Check out some of the participating restaurants:

Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Head Chef: Daven Wardynski. A skilled culinary team along with cuisine inspired by the region’s culture and ingredients have earned Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort a reputation for excellence in Florida resort dining. With eleven restaurants to choose from, the resort provides guests with a wide range of offerings from casual to fine dining, for couples, business gatherings and families alike.

29 South

About the Chef: Scotty Schwartz is involved in numerous charities and community events and is considered one of Jacksonville’s pioneers in the region’s farm-to-fork movement. His philosophy about cooking is to “baby” everything. Schwartz says, “When it comes to food, everything you smell, touch, or do has to be handled carefully because one act of carelessness can destroy the final product.”

The Ritz-Carlton

Savor the selection of fresh Florida fare at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and prepare the senses for a culinary experience like no other. Whether guests are looking for a signature farm-to-table experience, dreaming of Southern-inspired coastal cuisine or craving the camaraderie of a sports bar, they will find a welcome variety of Amelia Island restaurants at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.


Specializing in traditional flavors from Spain & Portugal. Choose to dine in our cozy main dining room, enclosed patio dining room or in our lush outdoor garden.


About the Chef: With over 20 years of professional experience in the food & beverage industry, Kenny has run just about every area of Food & Beverage Divisions at the AAA Five Diamond and Mobile Five Star levels. His passion for fine dining is complemented by his vast experience across the entire spectrum of the culinary industry.

David's Restaurant and Lounge

At David’s Restaurant, only the finest seafood and meats are served in Amelia Island. Their mouthwatering menu features a wide selections of delicious entrees.


At Burlingame, we realize that dining out is about more than just the food on the plate. The total guest experience should be delightful. Here you can laugh with friends, visit with family or have an intimate dinner for two and our wait staff will work to ensure your experience is beyond your expectations. Our staff will be there when you need them but tonight is about your party not about us. If we do our job right you won’t even notice us.

Joe's 2nd Street Bistro

Our creative culinary staff has over 70 years of combined experience in the restaurant industry. They are committed to to making sure you have only the freshest ingredients and the highest quality food you could can get. Their influences include Regional American, Italian, classically prepared French Cuisine, and Low Country among others. They are able to combine all the savory flavors into the dishes that Joe's 2nd Street Bistro is known for.


About the Chef: Chef-owner Willys De Assis is from Governador Valadares in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, situated in the third valley of the Rio Doce. He learned to cook from his mother, who ran a restaurant. He became a butcher influenced by his father-in-law and owned three butcher shops working with cousins and uncles, and then he ran a burger joint that became very well known.


You can visit us for a fantastic lunch, dinner or fresh foods. We have gourmet items to please everyone in your group, including beef, lamb, seafood, chicken, and even gourmet vegetarian choices. Pastry Chef Beautiful upscale restaurant.

The Tavern

The Amelia Tavern specializes in handcrafted, locally sourced food and a great craft beer selection.


Enjoy your favorite Mexican dishes made with over 25 years of experience and tantalize your taste buds with flavorful chicken and carne dishes.

Fancy Sushi

Serving the finest Japanese cuisine from Hibachi grill and featuring tempura, teriyaki, fresh sushi and sashimi along with a full sushi bar.

Crab Trap

The Crab Trap restaurant has been family owned and operated for over 30 years offering fresh, local seafood and steaks to the Fernandina Beach, Florida community and her visitors. With the beauty of Amelia Island and their rich history, combined with our excellent food and great crew make for an unforgettable seafood dining experience! Please drop by soon, and as owner Richard “Choo Choo” Germano says, “Our reputation is only as good as the last meal served.”

Peterbrooke Chocolatier

Peterbrooke Chocolatier transforms the art of fine European chocolate making into a truly American experience by combining the very best ingredients and old world techniques with a variety of all-American treats. Traditional favorites like decadent truffles, hand-made, caramels and cherry cordials indulge even the most discerning chocolate connoisseurs. Specialties such as chocolate covered cookies, pretzels, popcorn and strawberries which are hand-dipped daily with Peterbrookes own unique blend of milk chocolate, rich decadent dark and creamy sweet white chocolates.

Nana Teresa's Bakery

Our mission is to ensure you have the sweetest experience, so we start every creation using organic ingredients whenever possible, imported Belgian and African chocolates, European butter, and farm fresh eggs. Whether you purchase a single cupcake or a five-tier specialty cake, we know that after just one bite, you'll be coming back for more.

The Surf

The Surf Restaurant & Bar has served Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach residents and guests since 1957. A favorite local spot bringing great service, great food and a home like feeling from all of our staff. We are proud to offer a wide variety of menu favorites as well as great service. Home of the original Wing-It, The Drunken Pirates Burger, Lobster Sunday & When It Rains, We Pour!!

Ahan Thai

From our Northeastern hometown of Nakhon Phanom, come exquisite Traditional Thai dishes and some of Grandma's most closely guarded recipes. Enjoy a relaxing, natural atmosphere complimented by an eclectic blend of Folk and Blues music. We offer a full selection of Wine and the regions foremost collection of Craft Beers.

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Venue Information

39 Beach Lagoon Road
Amelia Island, FL 32034
(904) 261-6161
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Organizer Information

Nassau County Volunteer Center

910 S. 8th Street, Suite 204
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
(904) 261-2771

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