Executive Chef James Baselici Leads New Anna Maria Island Restaurant
ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fla. (December 19, 2017) – Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, a full-service resort on Anna Maria Island, Florida and member of the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR), is pleased to announce the opening of Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen. The boutique waterfront hotel (5325 Marina Drive) opened its doors last month in Holmes Beach on the eastern shore of the island. As the resort’s signature restaurant, Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen offers a menu inspired by coastal locales, bridging the heritage of the land and sea. Executive Chef James Baselici runs the ship, expertly applying his extensive culinary skills and drawing inspiration from his passion for the area.
“Anna Maria Island has been a popular destination for generations of beach-goers and we’re excited to add this one-of-a-kind resort and restaurant to the neighborhood, “said Joe Collier, president of Mainsail Lodging & Development. “Just steps from the water’s edge, Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen showcases casual food that is far from common. I expect it will quickly become a favorite option for travelers and locals alike.”
The casual 76-seat restaurant with an open kitchen features rustic elements such as reclaimed wood top tables, an oyster shell chandelier and nautical influences throughout. Guests can enjoy handcrafted cocktails, wood grilled oysters, blue crab hushpuppies, daily specials based on local catch, and simple vegetable preparations. Eliza Ann’s features a solid fuel grill burning live oak [from Black Dog Firewood in Tampa] to give filet mignon, fresh seafood and other dishes a smoky, natural wood flavor. All menu selections have been crafted to form a connection with similar coastal locations, including the Carolina Lowcountry, the bayous of Louisiana and the docks of Cortez.
Eliza Ann’s is open for dinner nightly from 4 to 10 p.m. with a late night happy hour from 10 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. features beer, wine, spirits and chef’s choice small plates all for $5. Wine Wednesdays showcase half-off all bottles of wine during dinner. Brunch will also be offered beginning December 23, available Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4 p.m. The resort plans to introduce breakfast and lunch service beginning February 2018.
Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club appointed James Baselici as executive chef at Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen. With more than 20 years of culinary experience, Chef James was previously Chef de Cuisine at Sands Pointe Restaurant at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. A former New Jersey resident and graduate of New York’s Institute of Culinary Education, Baselici has a wealth of experience in kitchens throughout the Sarasota area and was a guest chef for the James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour and the Chef’s Collaborative Trash Fish Dinner in 2014.
“James has such a passion for culinary excellence and for the island itself,” said Sandra Zinck, general manager at Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club. “With every dish he prepares, James draws inspiration from island and the spirit of the locals who dine there. He’s a terrific addition to our team.”
The all-new Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club features 37 stylish guest rooms and suites with gourmet kitchens; a 50-slip marina offering a variety of water activities; 2,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space; the signature Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen restaurant and bar; as well as a resort-style swimming pool with oversized sun deck extending into the marina.
For more information on Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen, visit ElizaAnns.com
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About Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club
In the winter of 2017, Tampa’s Mainsail Lodging & Development opened the full-service Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club on Anna Maria Island, Florida. A member of the Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR), the boutique waterfront hotel offers exclusive amenities, distinctive services and numerous opportunities for guests to enjoy the authentic, laidback, beach town vibe of Anna Maria Island. The new resort features 37 stylish guest rooms and suites with gourmet kitchens, a 50-slip marina offering a variety of water activities, 2,000 square feet of meeting space, the signature Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen restaurant and bar, and a resort-style swimming pool with oversized sun deck extending into the marina. Waterline’s separate Beach Club offers exclusive beach access, kayaks, lounge chairs, umbrellas and beach toys. Through a partnership with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring, the resort will support efforts to maintain a suitable habitat for sea turtles, shorebirds and the island ecosystem through special guest programs, promotions and messaging. WaterlineResort.com
About Mainsail Lodging & Development LLC
Mainsail Lodging & Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (ScrubIsland.com), a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel on Anna Maria Island, Florida; The recently opened Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club on Anna Maria Island, Florida (WaterlineResort.com); and the boutique food-focused Epicurean Hotel (EpicureanHotel.com) in Tampa, Florida. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida market for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® (ExecuStay.com) and Oakwood® (Oakwood.com) brands, while also operating ExecuStay in Georgia, portions of Alabama, and The Carolinas. Two additional Florida hotels are planned for 2018 and 2019, respectively – Fenway Hotel in Dunedin and Luminary Hotel & Co. in Fort Myers. Just north of Tampa in Pasco County, Mainsail Lodging is also developing a 128-room Residence Inn in conjunction with an indoor sports complex. Mainsail Lodging’s corporate charity is Feeding Tampa Bay – the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the community. Mainsail actively supports the cause through a variety of employee and guest programs ranging from packing and sorting at the warehouse to annual events including Epic Chef Showdown. MainsailHotels.com
About Autograph Collection Hotels
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information and reservations please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit.