Fall for Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar

Fall for Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar

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Bolognese - smoked red pepper pappardelle, shaved grana padano

Celebrate the season with Carmel Café’s new fall-inspired dishes

Carmel Café & Wine Bar is a tapas-style restaurant originally founded in Tampa and named after the beautiful city of Carmel Beach, California – known for its very moderate climate similar to that found along the Mediterranean. Located on Orlando Avenue next to Winter Park Village, the restaurant is a stylish addition to the neighborhood.

The cuisine is a modern approach to Mediterranean coast classics from Italy, Spain, France, Greece, and Morocco. And this season, Carmel Café has created a new menu that I know you will fall for.

I had the opportunity of joining a media event dinner to sample the delicious fall season inspired dishes with wine pairing options. The lively atmosphere and contemporary decor of Carmel Café creates the perfect setting to relax and enjoy an evening in good company.

It’s always interesting to taste new recipes and Carmel Café did a wonderful job creating their version of the fall classics. The warm butternut squash soup topped with crème fraîche brings the flavors of autumn in a bowl. Other favorites included the bolognese and creamy pumpkin ravioli. Another feature that I like most about Carmel Café are the inventive drinks – the Apple Pie Martini and Grapefruit basil twist are fun refreshments to lift your spirits!

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(LEFT) Apple Pie Martini - cinnamon apple tea, Stoli Vanilla, sliced apple, mint (RIGHT) Grapefruit Basil Twist - Hendrick's gin, fresh grapefruit, basil, lemon
(LEFT) Apple Pie Martini – cinnamon apple tea, Stoli Vanilla, sliced apple, mint
(RIGHT) Grapefruit Basil Twist – Hendrick’s gin, fresh grapefruit, basil, lemon
Arancini - Parmesan, fontina, asiago
Arancini – parmesan, fontina, asiago

 

Bacon & Artichoke Flatbread - aged provolone, sundried tomato aioli
Bacon & Artichoke Flatbread – aged provolone, sundried tomato aioli

 

Butternut Squash Soup - creme fraiche
Butternut Squash Soup – creme fraiche
Bolognese - smoked red pepper pappardelle, shaved grana padano
Bolognese – smoked red pepper pappardelle, shaved grana padano

 

Pumpkin Ravioli - toasted walnuts, sage cream sauce
Pumpkin Ravioli – toasted walnuts, sage cream sauce
Seared Tuna - red wine reduction served with wilted kale and vegetable cous cous
Seared Tuna – red wine reduction served with wilted kale and vegetable cous cous
Filet Medallions with Portabella Mushroom - port reduction, portabella mushroom, cauliflower mash, haricot verts
Filet Medallions with Portabella Mushroom – port reduction, portabella mushroom, cauliflower mash, haricot verts
Warm Poached Pear - salted caramel, vanilla ice cream
Warm Poached Pear – salted caramel, vanilla ice cream

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For more information visit: http://www.carmelcafe.com/

Carmel Cafe Winter Park
140 N. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 513-4912

KRYSTLE NGUYEN is a food enthusiast and many of her childhood memories were created in the restaurants that her parents owned while she was growing up - trying new dishes and interacting with customers. You can catch her on the weekends exploring Orlando or helping her parents manage the family's restaurant, Saigon Noodle and Grill. Krystle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida and took a job at Florida Hospital following her graduation. She's currently attending Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business to pursue a master's degree in Business Administration. Her passion is to support the Central Florida community, currently serving as a board member for the City of Orlando's Nominating Board. Photos taken by Krystle Nguyen with the Nikon D5000 DSLR and Olympus OM-D E-M10.

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