Over the Moon for Pelican Grand Beach Resort Dinners

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Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Pelican Gran veranda
Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Pelican Gran veranda

With a sweeping veranda leading onto a pristine beach, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort is already an elegant place to relax and refresh on the north end of Fort Lauderdale’s beach. The resort has now added to the allure with its completely enchanting Evening Under the Moon dinners, where heavenly cuisine is served by the light of the heavenly body that shimmers over the horizon.

It’s a perfect evening for small groups who want to add a touch of romance to their gathering.

Each of the Evening Under the Moon dinners is offered exclusively on the night of the full moon (the next is June 13; call 954-556-7667). Diners enjoy four courses in a prix fixe menu conceived by Todd Lough, executive chef at the resort’s OCEAN2000 restaurant. Lough emphasizes fresh local ingredients in season, and his staff prepares them exquisitely. The April dinner began with a caramelized-onion and blue-cheese tart; choices in subsequent courses included grilled-octopus salad, blue-crab fritters, grilled filet of beef and chocolate raspberry parfait.

Evening Under the Moon also stars astrologer Bea Kobran, who does table readings for guests. And if you want to get even more up-close and personal with the moon up above, telescopes—pre-focused, thankfully—are provided.

Coming Soon: More Meeting Space

Pelican Grand already has a fair amount of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including a tented pavilion, two rooftop terraces and interior meeting rooms.  The resort is making room for more, which General Manager Robert Keesler says will greatly increase capacity. Current capacity is only about 60 pax in the indoor meeting rooms, but groups were asking for much larger capacity. “We just have absolutely no space for it,” Keesler says.

That will soon change. In June, construction is expected to begin on four new spaces:

  • A 1,700-sf ballroom with 80 classroom seats and technical amenities including WiFi, recessed lighting and drop-down screens
  • A 2,400-sf ballroom with space for 100 at meetings and “an unbelievable view of the beach,” as Keesler says
  • A penthouse (12th floor) hospitality suite
  • An indoor-outdoor spa with five treatment areas

The work is expected to be completed in November, and Keesler says it won’t interfere with existing business at the hotel. Neither will they interfere with the intimate, exclusive feel of the resort, he says: “It’ll still have that exclusive feel.”

For Keesler, the best part of the expansion is that it will be enclosed, so that the weather won’t be a concern. “We have air-conditioning,” he says happily.

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