Taste of Winter Park 2014 by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce

Taste of Winter Park 2014 by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce

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The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce hosted the 29th Annual Taste of Winter Park presented by CenturyLink on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, showcasing more than 40 of Central Florida’s top chefs, bakers, caterers and confectioners for a fun evening at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market.

All-inclusive tickets featured unlimited samples of signature dishes, refreshing beverages and decadent desserts.

The 29th Annual Taste of Winter Park included samplings from John Rivers’ new concept, The COOP and live entertainment from saxophonist Johnny Mag Sax, raffle prizes and more and lasted from 5 – 8:00 p.m, just barely enough time to try all the glorious food and beverage offerings!

More than 40 of the area’s finest restaurants served over 1,300 attendees with unlimited samples of unique culinary creations, steakhouse favorites, quality seafood, decadent desserts and a variety of coffees, teas, wine and beer.

“The Taste of Winter Park continues to be one of Central Florida’s best foodie events,” said Patrick Chapin, President/CEO of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. “We’re proud to showcase the many fine dining opportunities in Winter Park and bring the community together for an unforgettable evening.”

Throughout the event, a select panel of judges from local media outlets sampled each menu item to determine the recipient of seven coveted awards. Judges included Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand, editors, Edible Orlando; Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com; Megan Ribbens, web producer, Orlando Business Journal; Scott Richardson, food writer, The Park Press; and Mark Baratelli, owner/founder, TheDailyCity.com.

This year I was sad to note that Cask and Larder, Prato, Luma on Park, and the Ravenous Pig were not present. Luckily, there were a few new comers who were able to hold up the torch of local, delicious food like the Hamilton’s Kitchen at the Alfond Inn, which featured locally farm-raised whole roasted pig with Apopka Wild field greens tossed in oregano vinaigrette, fried mac and cheese lollipops with sweet pepper aioli, and house made ricotta cheese “Heavens to Betsy” jams on crostini – one of my favorites of the night!

 Winners of the Taste of Winter Park included:

Best Entree – The Coop – Chicken Biscuits

Best Appetizer – Marlow’s Tavern – Ahi tuna poke 

Best Decor / Presentation – Orchid Thai

Best Drink – Bungalow 23

Best Dessert – Cocina 214 – Tres Leches

Best Healthy Eating – Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen

Best Fresh From Florida – Hamilton’s Kitchen at Alfond Inn

Sunrail - still on practice run - officially open May 1st - first two weeks in May is free to ride!
Sunrail – still on practice run – officially open May 1st – first two weeks in May is free to ride!
The Meat House in Winter Park
The Meat House in Winter Park
Grilled sugarcane skewered Kalbi shrimp and pineapple atop Avo Kyu roll - The Meat House in Winter Park
Grilled sugarcane skewered Kalbi shrimp and pineapple atop Avo Kyu roll – The Meat House in Winter Park
Grilled steak tips with wild mushroom and burgundy wine sauce - The Meat House in Winter Park
Grilled steak tips with wild mushroom and burgundy wine sauce – The Meat House in Winter Park
The Meat House in Winter Park
The Meat House in Winter Park
John and Shirley's Catering - chicken, yellow rice, swamp salsa
John and Shirley’s Catering – chicken, yellow rice, swamp salsa
Mitchell's Fish Market in Winter Park
Mitchell’s Fish Market in Winter Park
Carrot Cake Cupcake - Mitchell's Fish Market
Carrot Cake Cupcake – Mitchell’s Fish Market
Seared ahi tuna - Mitchell's Fish Market
Seared ahi tuna – Mitchell’s Fish Market
Johnny Mag Sax Entertainment
Johnny Mag Sax Entertainment
Tolla's Italian Deli and Cafe - Chicken touscan with pasta
Tolla’s Italian Deli and Cafe – Chicken touscan with pasta
The Coop - Chicken and Biscuits, pimento cheese grit squares, and cinnamon roll bread pudding
The Coop – Chicken and Biscuits, pimento cheese grit squares, and cinnamon roll bread pudding
Chef John Rivers of The Coop
Chef John Rivers of The Coop
ABC Fine Wine and Spirits
ABC Fine Wine and Spirits
Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar
Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar
Brian Waggoner - Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar
Brian Waggoner – Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar
Braised short ribs, creamy polenta, edamame hummus w pita chips - Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar
Braised short ribs, creamy polenta, edamame hummus w pita chips – Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar
Orchid Thai Cuisine
Orchid Thai Cuisine
Orchid Thai Cuisine - Summer Rolls
Orchid Thai Cuisine – Summer Rolls
Orchid Thai Cuisine - chicken satay
Orchid Thai Cuisine – chicken satay
Orchid Thai Cuisine - pad thai noodles
Orchid Thai Cuisine – pad thai noodles
Smart Coffee HD
Smart Coffee HD
Smart Coffee HD - Chicken and Waffles
Smart Coffee HD – Chicken and Waffles
Smart Coffee HD - Tomato Soup
Smart Coffee HD – Tomato Soup
Smart Coffee HD - Hamilicious Breakfast sandwich
Smart Coffee HD – Hamilicious Breakfast sandwich
Miller's Ale House - University Blvd
Miller’s Ale House – University Blvd
Miller's Ale House - University Blvd - Cajun chicken pasta and jambalaya
Miller’s Ale House – University Blvd – Cajun chicken pasta and jambalaya
Park Plaza Gardens - mini crab cake with spicy aioli
Park Plaza Gardens – mini crab cake with spicy aioli
Marlow's Tavern - ahi tuna poke
Marlow’s Tavern – ahi tuna poke
Marlow's Tavern - shrimp and grits
Marlow’s Tavern – shrimp and grits
Hamilton's Kitchen at Alfond Inn
Hamilton’s Kitchen at Alfond Inn
Hamilton's Kitchen at Alfond Inn - Whole Roast Pig
Hamilton’s Kitchen at Alfond Inn – Whole Roast Pig
Hamilton Kitchen's locally farm-raised whole roasted pig with Apopka Wild field greens tossed in oregano vinaigrette, fried mac and cheese lollipops with sweet pepper aioli, and house made ricotta cheese "Heavens to Betsy" jams on crostini
Hamilton Kitchen’s locally farm-raised whole roasted pig with Apopka Wild field greens tossed in oregano vinaigrette, fried mac and cheese lollipops with sweet pepper aioli, and house made ricotta cheese “Heavens to Betsy” jams on crostini
Hamilton's Kitchen
Hamilton’s Kitchen

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Fiddler's Green Irish Pub
Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub
Fiddler's Green Irish Pub - Shepherd's Pie and Corned beef egg roll
Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub – Shepherd’s Pie and Corned beef egg roll
PF Chang's
PF Chang’s
PF Chang's chicken lettuce wrap
PF Chang’s chicken lettuce wrap
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse - Sliced beef tenderloin, shrimp
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – Sliced beef tenderloin, shrimp
The Wine Barn
The Wine Barn
The Wine Barn - Margherita
The Wine Barn – Margherita
The Wine Barn - Double Diablo pizza
The Wine Barn – Double Diablo pizza
The Wine Barn - wood fired oven
The Wine Barn – wood fired oven
The Wine Barn - wood fired oven
The Wine Barn – wood fired oven
Kilwin's Chocolates
Kilwin’s Chocolates
Mellow Mushroom pizza
Mellow Mushroom pizza
Shula's Steakhouse at WDW Dolphin
Shula’s Steakhouse at WDW Dolphin
Shula's Steakhouse at WDW Dolphin
Shula’s Steakhouse at WDW Dolphin
Shula's Steakhouse at WDW Dolphin
Shula’s Steakhouse at WDW Dolphin
Shula's Steakhouse at WDW Dolphin - Bacon wrapped barbeque shrimp with ny strip, creamed spinach
Shula’s Steakhouse at WDW Dolphin – Bacon wrapped barbeque shrimp with ny strip, creamed spinach
Italio
Italio
Italio - shrimp alfredo basil pesto pasta, bruschetta with cannoli
Italio – shrimp alfredo basil pesto pasta, bruschetta with cannoli
Whole Foods Market - Thai kale salad, guava bbq chicken
Whole Foods Market – Thai kale salad, guava bbq chicken
Sonny's BBQ
Sonny’s BBQ
Sonny's BBQ
Sonny’s BBQ
Sonny's BBQ - Sliced beef brisket and redneck eggrolls
Sonny’s BBQ – Sliced beef brisket and redneck eggrolls
Tijuana Flats
Tijuana Flats
Tijuana Flats Norrito
Tijuana Flats Norrito
Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen
Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen
Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen - Andoille sausage jambalaya
Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen – Andoille sausage jambalaya
Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen - Andoille sausage jambalaya
Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen – Andoille sausage jambalaya
Cocina 214
Cocina 214
Cocina 214 - chicken fajitas
Cocina 214 – chicken fajitas
Cocina 214 - Tres Leches Cake
Cocina 214 – Tres Leches Cake

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Crispers' Signature summer salad
Crispers’ Signature summer salad
Inside the Winter Park Farmer's Market building
Inside the Winter Park Farmer’s Market building
Winter Park Chocolate - fountain
Winter Park Chocolate – fountain with Alea Z.
Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen
Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen
Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen - White bean salad and kebabs
Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen – White bean salad and kebabs
Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen - baklava
Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen – baklava
Sprinkles cakes
Sprinkles cakes
Sprinkles cakes - mini pina colada cupcakes
Sprinkles cakes – mini pina colada cupcakes
Hanging out with fellow food bloggers Kelli Matheny  www.ExploringOrlando.com   and Lisa Wilk  www.TasteCookSip.com
Hanging out with fellow food bloggers Kelli Matheny www.ExploringOrlando.com and Lisa Wilk www.TasteCookSip.com
Peterbrooke Chocolatier's chocolate covered popcorn
Peterbrooke Chocolatier’s chocolate covered popcorn
Peterbrooke Chocolatier's Jami Wray and staff
Peterbrooke Chocolatier’s Jami Wray and staff
Krispy Kreme man
Krispy Kreme man
Krispy Kreme man
Krispy Kreme man
Sweet by Holly
Sweet by Holly
Sweet by Holly - cake pops and cupcakes
Sweet by Holly – cake pops and cupcakes
Barnie's CoffeKitchen
Barnie’s CoffeKitchen
Barnie's CoffeKitchen Chef Camilo Velasco
Barnie’s CoffeKitchen Chef Camilo Velasco
Chef Velasco with Valencia Professor Chef Kenneth Bourgoin
Chef Velasco with Valencia Professor Chef Kenneth Bourgoin
Jeremiah's Italian Ice
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
Bungalow 23 Cocktails
Bungalow 23 Cocktails
 Rob Sharpstein, the Chair of the Taste of Winter Park committee, Ashley Ringler,  Director of Events and Sponsorship Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, and staff announcing the winners
Rob Sharpstein, the Chair of the Taste of Winter Park committee, Ashley Ringler,
Director of Events and Sponsorship
Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, staff, and Patrick Chapin, President/CEO of Winter Park Chamber of Commerce announcing the winners
Best Entree - the Coop
Best Entree – the Coop
Best Dessert - Cocina 214
Best Dessert – Cocina 214
Best Display - Orchid Thai
Best Display – Orchid Thai
Best Healthy Eating - Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
Best Healthy Eating – Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
Best Fresh From Florida - Hamilton's Kitchen at Alfond Inn
Best Fresh From Florida – Hamilton’s Kitchen at Alfond Inn

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