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The Generous Pour is a summer wine event happening at participating Capital Grille Restaurants. As you dine you will have the opportunity to experience a collection of California and Oregon wines each rated 90 points or higher by some of the most respected wine reviewers in the world.

The have a selections of 3 white whites and 4 red wines for you to work your way around or continue with the one that fancies you the most. The Generous Pour is ongoing now until September 3rd.

I began the meal with some Fresh Oysters on the Shell (6) Served on ice with mignonette sauce. I found this best paired with the Matanzas Creek Winery, Sonoma, 2016 (Sauvignon Blanc | 92 points )with it’s brightness and acidity.

We also went with the crowd’s favorite Pan-Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers (16).  A portion that’s definitely meant to be shared.

Our mains included their signature steak, Porcini Rubbed Bone-In Ribeye (54) prepared with delicate porcini mushroom crust and 15 year aged balsamic.  I enjoyed this most with our server’s favorite red Mt. Brave, Mt.Veeder, Napa Valley, 2012 (Cabernet Sauvignon | 92 points)

My next dish was- dare I say- The best cut of steak I’ve yet experienced. This is not quite on the regular Capital Grille’s menu the Bone-In Filet Mignon (MP) was a beautiful and seared to a delicate textured. I enjoyed this most with the Siduri, Willamette Valley, 2016 (Pinot Noir | 91 points)  it had mellow notes that were easy to enjoy without overpowering the steak. 

Our spread was incredibly delicious with the Lobster Mac’n Cheese (18) and Soy Glazed Brussel Sprouts with Bacon (12).

We have always enjoyed our experience with Capital Grille At The Millenia Location.  I would definitely go and check out the Generous Pour event before it ends on September 3rd!

The Capital Grille

Address: 4200 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32839
Menu: thecapitalgrille.com
Phone: (407) 351-2210

This new, exclusive, and interactive bourbon pairing dinner takes fine dining to a whole new level.

The Capital Grille, a fine dining American restaurant, recently hosted an exclusive, interactive, and educational bourbon pairing dinner with Buffalo Trace at their Millenia Mall location in Orlando, Florida.  We were invited for a media preview and was highly impressed with what the culinary staff, bar team, and Buffalo Trace representative brought to the table.  Here are some scenes from our flawless five-star dinner.  The Capital Grille will be having more special dinners like this in the weeks and months to come so be sure to contact them soon about the next one happening in October!

First Course
Authentic A5 Wagyu Carpaccio
Chive Oil, Sea Salt – The highest premium cut of steak.


Eagle Rare 10 Year – This whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than ten years.  This drink contains complex aromas of herbs, honey, hints of orange peel, leather, toffee, and oak with a bold and dry finish.


Assorted Breads


Second Course
Seared Scallop and Foie Gras, Sherry Vinaigrette
Wild Mushroom Sauté


Buffalo Trace Bourbon – The Capital Grille culinary & bar team’s take on the Manhattan.  This drink is strong, aromatic, and not much is added to it to keep it pure and simple.


Third Course

Berkshire Pork BBQ with Charred Vidalia Onion
And Caramelized Peach Glaze
Late Summer Succotash


E. H. Taylor Bourbon


Fourth Course

Dry Aged Sirloin, Roasted Bone Marrow
And Short Rib Ragout
Shaved Summer Truffle, Asparagus, Cabernet Reduction – 35 day aged sirloin.


Blanton’s Bourbon and Blanton’s Infusion with figs, blackberries, and thyme.

Dessert
Spiked Root Beer Float
Bourbon Cream
Taste: sweet, vanilla, bubbly soda, and then bourbon.

Be sure to check out The Capital Grille – Millenia Mall soon.  They plan on making these special dinners a regular occurrence featuring different spirits & wine in the future.  Cheers!

The Capital Grille – Millenia Mall
4200 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839
Phone: (407) 351-2210
http://www.thecapitalgrille.com

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The first Capital Grille was founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 1990 and quickly became a staple in the city’s up and coming downtown section. Businessmen were the driving force behind the restaurant’s original popularity, but it has since grown into a celebratory destination for all occasions – from holidays and birthdays to anniversaries and more.

That is true here too in Orlando, with the first Capital Grille opening in the Orange County Convention Area on International Drive and now with a second more modern and updated location at the Mall at Millenia. I’ve always been a big fan – from their great service to excellent quality steaks and ambiance – it’s great for any special occasion, and with the new bar menu, good even for those just stopping by on the way home from work or while shopping at the mall.


The Stoli Doli is the Capital Grille’s signature cocktail, and it is so popular that they pour enough each year to serve the country of Iceland for an entire evening. It’s made with made with Stolichnaya Vodka infused with fresh pineapple, chilled and served straight up.

This holiday season, the Capital Grille is offering several special items to go along with purchases of gift cards. In celebration of this announcement, we have partnered up with The Capital Grille to do a gift card giveaway worth $150. To enter read below:

For the holidays this year, The Capital Grille is helping guests give the gift of a true fine dining experience with a limited edition, stainless steel $1,000 gift card.

In addition, customers purchasing gift cards at The Capital Grille valued at $500 or above will receive an additional 10% added to the gift card’s value, as well as custom steak knives. The gift cards can be personalized with a voice memo or photo.

Other interesting facts:

· They hand make their mozzarella every 90 minutes.
· Their Sam’s Mashed Potatoes are named after The Capital Grille’s founder’s son.
· Skilled Pastry Chefs arrive when the sun rises to make fresh desserts daily.

The Capital Grille at Pointe Orlando
Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Dr · (407) 370-4392
The Capital Grille at The Mall at Millenia
The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Rd · (407) 351-2210

THE CAPITAL GRILLE $150 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY CONTEST

One entry per person, winner will be chosen randomly on Friday December 23,2016 at 5pm!

TO ENTER:
1. Subscribe to our E-mail Newsletter -TastyChomps Newsletter here
2. E-mail us the answers to the questions below to tastychomps@gmail.com:
a. Did you subscribe to the e-mail newsletter? Yes/No
b. What dishes would you like to try the most?
c. How often do they make their mozzarella at The Capital Grille?
d. Where was The Capital Grille founded?

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This year if you are in Orlando looking for a good Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day, check out The Capital Grille for their offerings. The turkey is very tender and succulent, not sure what black magic they used to make it so moist and tasty – but it was very good.

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In addition to serving its signature dishes, The Capital Grille will also offer a Slow-Roasted Turkey with Brioche Stuffing, French Green Beans with Marcona Almonds and Cranberry Pear Chutney for $38 per adult and $15 per child.

These dishes will also be accompanied by Mashed Potatoes to share. However, no meal is complete without dessert. Therefore, The Capital Grille will also offer the Pumpkin Cheesecake for an additional $10.

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THANKSGIVING DINNER
Slow-Roasted Turkey
with Brioche Stuffing
French Green Beans
with Marcona Almonds
and Cranberry Pear Chutney
Accompanied by
Sam’s Mashed Potatoes to share
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THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR CHILDREN
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DESSERT
Pumpkin Cheesecake
10

WHERE:

The Capital Grille at The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Rd.
Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 351-2210

The Capital Grille at Pointe Orlando
9101 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 370-4392

Available Thanksgiving Day from 11am – 9pm
Full A La Carte Dinner Menu Available

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I was honored to attend Chef’s Night hosted by Second Harvest Food Bank featuring Chef Michael LaDuke of The Capital Grille on Wednesday, October 26.

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Chef Michael LaDuke, vice president and corporate executive  for The Capital Grille, prepared dinner as part of the “Year of the Steak” Chef’s Night Series.

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At this event, guests were greeted with wonderful music as they enjoyed cocktails and amuse bouche.

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Gorgonzola Topped Figs with Ruby Port Syrup – very buttery with a slight salty taste and crumbly texture.

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Pan Seared Filet “Carpaccio” with Charred Shallot Aioli – tasteful with a garlic and mayonnaise undertone.

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Tower of Jumbo Shrimp and King Crab with Stone Ground Mustard Mayo and a House-Made Cocktail – every bit is fresh and delicious, especially the King Crab that has a sweetness to it that makes it great.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Spinach Salad with Toasted Pecans and Warm Honey Bacon Vinaigrette – the vinaigrette is light and sweet that goes well with the salad. However, the croutons were slightly soggy.

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30-Day Dry-Aged Sirloin with Rosti Potatoes, Asparagus Sauté and Mushroom Glace – the best sirloin I have ever had; it was the most tender piece of sirloin. The rosti potatoes were a tad dense and not my favorite. The asparagus sauté and mushroom glace was nice and added a little flavor to the sirloin if desired. I liked the sirloin with or without the asparagus sauté and mushroom place.

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The Capital Grille Signature Cheesecake with Spiked Cranberry Compote – heavenly delicious! I loved the cheesecake and I wish I had more. The spiked cranberry compote is nice and tart that adds a fruity touch to the cheesecake.

Purchase tickets for future events at www.FeedHopeNow.org or call 407-514-1070 for more information.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
SHFBCF is a member of Feeding America – the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. SHFBCF secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 550 local nonprofit feeding programs throughout Central Florida. Last year, with the help of food and financial donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed 43 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes. In addition, Second Harvest’s 14-week culinary program teaches foodservice-based technical, life and employability skills to economically hard-pressed adults. Our community turns to Second Harvest’s partner agencies more than 71,000 times per week. To learn more about SHFBCF, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.

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About Chef’s Night
Chef’s Night brings Central Florida’s top chefs into Second Harvest’s Community Kitchen to celebrate delicious food and raise funds for a good cause. This year’s series, named “Year of the Steak,” features local chefs and restaurants that have a “steak” in our community.

All proceeds from the Chef’s Night Series benefit Second Harvest’s Culinary Training Program, which provides students with the skills and inspiration they need to obtain an entry-level position in a food service establishment. The special “Year of the Steak” series runs through May 2017 with additional events featuring the chefs from Sonny’s BBQ, Season’s 52, Hard Rock Café and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, to name a few.

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The Capital Grille recently unveiled a wonderful new bar menu featuring some new dishes at their Pointe Orlando and Mall at Millenia locations. Some of the highlights include the Cast Iron Garlic Shrimp as well as the Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella, easy to share by the plate, especially if you are stopping in for a quick bite before going shopping. The menu also feature classic favorites like the porcini rubbed ribeye steak and lobster mac and cheese if you get hungry for more.

The Capital Grille
Pointe Orlando
9101 International Dr · (407) 370-4392

The Capital Grille
The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Road, Millenia Mall · (407) 351-2210

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PAN-FRIED CALAMARI
with Hot Cherry Peppers.

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Freshly grated cheese and white truffle oil.

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Mushroom Duxelle and Herbed Cheese
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COCKTAIL PLATES TO SHARE
CAST IRON GARLIC SHRIMP
with Olive Oil Crostini.

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IN FASHION
Russell’s Reserve 10 Year small batch bourbon, Grand Marnier and black walnut bitters, served over an orange ice sphere with an amarena cherry.

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Casamigos Blanco Tequila with Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur and fresh cucumber, lime and Fresno peppers.

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Bacardi Light Rum, fresh squeezed lime juice, cane sugar syrup, fresh mint and green grapes, topped with chilled Champagne. Garnished with fresh mint.

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Our acclaimed coffee-rubbed, boldly flavored NY strip. SAMSUNG CSCSEARED CITRUS GLAZED SALMON WITH MARCONA ALMONDS AND BROWN BUTTER
Served over haricots verts.

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Our highly flavorful, hand-cut New York strip. SAMSUNG CSCLOBSTER MAC ‘N’ CHEESE
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SUSHI-GRADE SESAME SEARED TUNA WITH GINGERED RICE
Tuna prepared to your liking and served with sesame and ginger sauces.

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BLACKBERRY BOURBON SIDECAR
Woodford Reserve handcrafted in small batches with blackberries, Cointreau, lemon juice and fresh thyme.

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Absolut Ruby Red with a splash of elderflower cordial, ginger beer and fresh squeezed lime juice. Topped with Campari and garnished with a fresh ruby red grapefruit wedge.

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Chef Jason O’neill – Executive Chef and Partner of The Capital Grille at Mall at Millenia

 

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Beginning today through November 22, guests dining in The Capital Grille’s lounge at both the Millenia Mall and International Drive locations here in Orlando can choose from two different styles of Wagyu burgers, accompanied by their choice of a glass of two exceptional wines for $25.

These wines include a Justin Isosceles Cabernet Sauvignon and a Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir and are typically reserved for bottle purchases only.

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These pairings were hand-selected by George Miliotes, The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier and one of only 230 wine professionals in the world to have earned this prestigious title.

“Wagyu beef is often referred to as ‘butter knife beef’ because it is arguably the most tender beef on earth,” said The Capital Grille’s Executive Chef Michael LaDuke. “With Wagyu & Wine, we are putting our own twist on the comfort of a burger guests love, further enhanced with premium ingredients and flawless preparation.”

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“Wagyu & Wine is also a wonderful opportunity for guests to enjoy one of two exceptional wine pairings with a gourmet burger,” added George Miliotes, The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier and one of only 230 wine professionals in the world to have earned that prestigious title.

The Capital Grille’s pairings were hand-selected by Miliotes, who takes great pride in coupling world-class wines with fantastic dishes.

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“When selecting a wine to pair with our Gorgonzola and Black Truffle Wagyu Burger, we factored in the need for powerful tannins to offset the richness of the meat, which is how we came to choose the 2012 Justin Isosceles Cabernet Sauvignon,” Miliotes explained.

“As for our Wagyu Cheeseburger with Fried Egg, it made perfect sense to match the texture of the egg yolk to the silky smooth 2013 Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir.”

Follow George Miliotes on Twitter and Instagram @TheWineExpert and join the Wagyu & Wine conversation by using #MyPerfectPair.

The Capital Grille
The Mall At Millenia
4200 Conroy Rd · (407) 351-2210

The Capital Grille
Pointe Orlando
9101 International Dr · (407) 370-4392

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The Generous Pour event at The Capital Grille is one of my favorite events of the year, particularly for wine lovers.

From July 6 through August 30, 2015, for $28 per person with dinner, The Capital Grille offers eight remarkable wines crafted, designed or owned by women from some of California’s most acclaimed vineyards. Guests are invited to explore and enjoy as many of these remarkable wines and varietals as they like.

During the last week of August – the event coincides with Magical Dining Month – so you could get a three course meal for $30, and add the all you can drink generous pour option for another $28.

The Capital Grille this year announced that seven of California’s great female winemakers and collaborators, including award-winning actress Drew Barrymore, came together to celebrate women and wine as part of the restaurant’s seventh annual The Generous Pour event.

Nowhere is the rise of women in the industry more prevalent than in California. Women represent half of the graduates from the state’s top enology programs, and are employed as lead winemaker at ten percent of California vineyards.

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“The Generous Pour collection is a celebration of the vital role women play in the growing wine industry,” noted George Miliotes, The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier and one of only 229 in the world to have earned that prestigious title. “We are proud to feature eight exceptional wines created and shaped by seven extremely talented women, from highly-regarded California wineries,” he added.

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Their wines were also selected with a storied vintage in mind including the national debut of Drew Barrymore’s Pinot Grigio, a delightful, crowd-pleasing white to share with friends and family.

Also to be featured is the first public release of the remarkable 2007 Kinton Syrah, exclusive to The Capital Grille for The Generous Pour event.

“The winemakers at Kinton produced an incredible Syrah in 2007, a storybook vintage in the state,” said Miliotes. “One of the more notable wines in this year’s The Generous Pour line-up, nowhere will you taste the perfection of the 2007 vintage more than in a glass of this smooth Santa Barbara red.”

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The 2015 Generous Pour Collection includes eight remarkable wines by seven talented women:

The Enthusiast. Drew Barrymore delights in a wine’s ability to bring people together. It is that passion which inspired the actress to establish Barrymore Wines in the coastal winegrowing region of Monterey, California. The debut of Barrymore Pinot Grigio can be enjoyed at this year’s Generous Pour and is the perfect way to begin your evening.

The Visionary. Julia Jackson, the youngest daughter of legendary winemaker Jess Jackson, is the visionary leading the Jackson Family Estates into the future. Having grown up in the vineyards of Santa Barbara, she has literally spent a lifetime learning about the art of wine and hand selected the wine from the Jackson family library to featuring exclusively at The Capital Grille for the Generous Pour event this year.

The Gardener. Marcia Monahan has always had a close relationship with the land. When not planting grapes at Matanzas Creek, she’s growing vegetables and herbs at home. Her respect for the land and sustainable farming practices makes her masterfully crafted Matanzas Creek Merlot one of the finest in the country.

The Spaniard. Laura Diaz Muñoz began her winemaking career in her native Spain before putting down roots in California, where her approach is influenced by her memories drinking Albariño in her native Spain and smelling the sea in every glass. Two of the wines featured in this year’s Generous Pour – Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon and the debut of her own Galerie “Naissance” Sauvignon Blanc – are sure to earn rave reviews from The Capital Grille’s guests.

The Conductor. Denise Shurtleff and her team direct every aspect of the winemaking process. From nurturing the grapes on the vine to bottling their exceptional wines, one tastes her dedication in every sip of Cambria “Julia’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir.

The Virtuoso. Lisa Valtenbergs, born with an acute sense of smell and armed with a degree in agricultural business with an emphasis in viticulture, was destined to become a winemaker. At Stonestreet, Lisa uses her skill to create remarkable wines, including the highly acclaimed “Bear Point” Chardonnay.

The Scholar. Kristina Werner has a master’s degree in viticulture and experience making wine in regions around the world. She brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to every wine she crafts and lives by the mantra, “Never stop learning and never get bored.” Her Bordeaux-style Arrowood Cabernet Reserve Speciale is one of a kind.

During The Generous Pour, The Capital Grille servers will provide tasting notes and suggest pairings for each course, based on individual preferences. This will allow guests to craft their own personalized wine dinner.

Follow George Miliotes on Twitter and Instagram @TheWineExpert and join the #GenerousPour conversation.

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The Capital Grille

Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 351-2210

Pointe Orlando
9101 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Phone:(407) 370-4392

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1. THE CAPITAL GRILLE CELEBRATES FEMALE WINEMAKERS WITH SEVENTH ANNUAL GENEROUS POUR WINE EVENT

The Generous Pour Offers Eight Remarkable Wines from Seven Talented Women

Orlando, Fla. – July 6, 2015 – The Capital Grille today announced that seven of California’s great female winemakers and collaborators, including award-winning actress Drew Barrymore, will come together to celebrate women and wine as part of the restaurant’s seventh annual The Generous Pour event.

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The Generous Pour will celebrate the unique role women play in winemaking with this year’s offerings. From July 6 through August 30, 2015, for $28 per person with dinner[1], The Capital Grille will offer eight remarkable wines crafted, designed or owned by women from some of California’s most acclaimed vineyards. Guests are invited to explore and enjoy as many of these remarkable wines and varietals as they like.

Nowhere is the rise of women in the industry more prevalent than in California. Women represent half of the graduates from the state’s top enology programs, and are employed as lead winemaker at ten percent of California vineyards.

“The Generous Pour collection is a celebration of the vital role women play in the growing wine industry,” noted George Miliotes, The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier and one of only 229 in the world to have earned that prestigious title. “We are proud to feature eight exceptional wines created and shaped by seven extremely talented women, from highly-regarded California wineries,” he added.

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Nearly one-third of U.S. adults who order wine in restaurants report that they are more likely to order a certain wine in a restaurant if they find its origins interesting. With this in mind, The Capital Grille brought together these seven distinguished women, each representing a distinct approach to winemaking.

Their wines were also selected with a storied vintage in mind including the national debut of Drew Barrymore’s Pinot Grigio, a delightful, crowd-pleasing white to share with friends and family.

Also to be featured is the first public release of the remarkable 2007 Kinton Syrah, exclusive to The Capital Grille for The Generous Pour event. “The winemakers at Kinton produced an incredible Syrah in 2007, a storybook vintage in the state,” said Miliotes. “One of the more notable wines in this year’s The Generous Pour line-up, nowhere will you taste the perfection of the 2007 vintage more than in a glass of this smooth Santa Barbara red.”

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The 2015 Generous Pour Collection includes eight remarkable wines by seven talented women:

The Enthusiast. Drew Barrymore delights in a wine’s ability to bring people together. It is that passion which inspired the actress to establish Barrymore Wines in the coastal winegrowing region of Monterey, California. The debut of Barrymore Pinot Grigio can be enjoyed at this year’s Generous Pour and is the perfect way to begin your evening.

The Visionary. Julia Jackson, the youngest daughter of legendary winemaker Jess Jackson, is the visionary leading the Jackson Family Estates into the future. Having grown up in the vineyards of Santa Barbara, she has literally spent a lifetime learning about the art of wine and hand selected the wine from the Jackson family library to featuring exclusively at The Capital Grille for the Generous Pour event this year.

The Gardener. Marcia Monahan has always had a close relationship with the land. When not planting grapes at Matanzas Creek, she’s growing vegetables and herbs at home. Her respect for the land and sustainable farming practices makes her masterfully crafted Matanzas Creek Merlot one of the finest in the country.

The Spaniard. Laura Diaz Muñoz began her winemaking career in her native Spain before putting down roots in California, where her approach is influenced by her memories drinking Albariño in her native Spain and smelling the sea in every glass. Two of the wines featured in this year’s Generous Pour – Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon and the debut of her own Galerie “Naissance” Sauvignon Blanc – are sure to earn rave reviews from The Capital Grille’s guests.

The Conductor. Denise Shurtleff and her team direct every aspect of the winemaking process. From nurturing the grapes on the vine to bottling their exceptional wines, one tastes her dedication in every sip of Cambria “Julia’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir.

The Virtuoso. Lisa Valtenbergs, born with an acute sense of smell and armed with a degree in agricultural business with an emphasis in viticulture, was destined to become a winemaker. At Stonestreet, Lisa uses her skill to create remarkable wines, including the highly acclaimed “Bear Point” Chardonnay.

The Scholar. Kristina Werner has a master’s degree in viticulture and experience making wine in regions around the world. She brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to every wine she crafts and lives by the mantra, “Never stop learning and never get bored.” Her Bordeaux-style Arrowood Cabernet Reserve Speciale is one of a kind.

During The Generous Pour, The Capital Grille servers will provide tasting notes and suggest pairings for each course, based on individual preferences. This will allow guests to craft their own personalized wine dinner.

Follow George Miliotes on Twitter and Instagram @TheWineExpert and join the #GenerousPour conversation.

· Drew Barrymore Video:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CapitalGrilleChannel/videos

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2. The O-Town MacDown – September 12

is a creative mac-n-cheese cooking competition, held between local professional chefs and restaurants. Scheduled for Saturday, September 12 at Osceola Heritage Park’s Exhibit Hall, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., this family-oriented event will include activities for kids, continuous stage entertainment, assorted vendor booths, and, of course, delicious mac-n-cheese.

The event will include:

All-you-can-eat Mac-n-Cheese!
Live Entertainment
Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstrations
Kids’ Fun Zone including face painting, macaroni art station and character meet-and-greets
Vendor Booths
Free Parking

Competition is open to professional chefs and local restaurants. Click on the “Competitors Registration” button for more information.

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3. Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Host Fifth Annual Food & Wine Weekends

Orlando Culinary Leader Complements Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival with Epicurean Events

Celebrating fine wine and culinary expertise, Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, known for premiere food, wine and spirit experiences, will host the fifth annual Food & Wine Weekends from Sept. 25, 2015 through Nov. 15, 2015, featuring an appetizing set of flavorful events.

Presenting distinctive wine and culinary programming over eight weekends, the resorts’ Food & Wine Weekends are designed to complement the wildly popular Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, conveniently located less than one mile from the property.

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New programming ranges from chalk art creations by renowned artists Edson Campos and Kathleen Brodeur to a twelve-flavored macaroon bar. Returning favorites include Bar du Chocolate, The Art of Sushi Pairing and wine-paired dinners at the hotels’ signature, award-winning restaurants, La Luce and Bull & Bear.

“Unforgettable Orlando food and wine experiences extend beyond the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and our culinary team continually develops menu items that are ahead of the curve,” said Peter Kacheris, managing director, Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. “Food & Wine Weekends showcase our chefs’ achievements, offering guests the chance to sample exclusive culinary offerings, created to deliver a full sensory experience in each bite.”

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Led by Food and Beverage Director Francis Metais, Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek consistently receive notoriety for the refined menus offered at all twelve dining venues, featuring mouth-watering tableside preparation and an array of extraordinary pastry innovations. Metais, a classically trained pastry chef from France, employs his “food as art” philosophy to each dish, utilizing ingredients in unexpected ways and a focus on high-touch, detail-oriented service.

Between Food & Wine Weekend events, guests can enjoy hotel amenities including luxurious spa services at Waldorf Astoria Spa, 18-hole golf on the Rees Jones course and two pool complexes featuring private cabanas, a waterslide and three-acre lazy river. Guests can also take advantage of complimentary transportation to Epcot® as well as all Disney Theme Parks. For more information, visit www.WaldorfAstoriaOrlando.com/food-wine or www.HiltonBonnetCreek.com/food-wine .

Event highlights include:

• Il Cibo Della Vita – A Wine Pairing Dinner
Friday & Saturday evenings, La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
From the kitchen of La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, each weekend a new menu with exclusive offerings and recommended wine pairing will be unveiled, featuring a selection of recipes only available during Food & Wine Weekends.

• Chalk Art – NEW in 2015
Select Dates, La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Inspirational art is the perfect complement to a sumptuous feast. New this year, watch Edson Campos and Kathleen Brodeur – renowned Chalk Artists – create a masterpiece while guests dine, celebrating a form of art as fresh and contemporary as the cuisine.

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• The Art of Sushi Pairing
Friday & Saturday evenings, Zeta Bar & Sushi Lounge at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.
Guests can enjoy an exciting epicurean journey at Zeta Bar & Sushi Lounge, exploring perfect pairings of sake and beer with favorite sushi dishes.

• Craft Beer Experience
Saturdays, MYTH Bar at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Enjoy a selection of craft beer tastings from local breweries to include Crooked Can and Orlando Brewery. The resort has teamed up with the brew masters to bring this interactive experience to guests.

• Les Douze Macarons – NEW in 2015
Friday & Saturday evenings, MYTH Bar at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Whether indulging in a pre or post-dinner treat, guest can visit the Macaroon Bar to try an assortment of flavors, hand-made by the resort’s world-class pastry team.

• Fantasy Flights – NEW in 2015
Friday & Saturday evenings, MYTH BAR at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Guests will have the opportunity to take off with a choice of flights of (3) reds or (3) whites. Menu predetermined.

• Live Entertainment
Select Saturdays, MYTH Bar at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Nightly, Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

• The Taste of Bull & Bear
Friday & Saturday, Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
An exclusive 5-course tasting menu comprised of exquisite food and wine pairings, prepared by the illustrious chefs of Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

• Bar du Chocolat and Champagne Tasting
Friday & Saturday, Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Decadent, yes. Sinful, perhaps. Most certainly an experience for those with a sweet tooth. Peacock Alley will be transformed into a chocolate-lover’s dream, offering a cocoa-infused evening of self-indulgence paired with a selection of fine champagnes. Guests can choose from a signature selection of chocolate treats from the Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s world-class pastry team.

• Royal Tea – A Waldorf Astoria Tradition
Sundays, Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Guests will treasure quality time with loved ones over finely-prepared tea sandwiches and house-made pastries, while sipping premium hot tea and listening to live piano music. A glass of champagne can be added for a “Grand Royal Tea.”

• Astoria After Dark
Friday and Saturday, WA Kids Club at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Adults aren’t the only ones who can join the fun. WA Kids Club offers a nightly children’s program including dinner and non-stop roster of fun activities – providing parents some “adult time” in which to experience Food & Wine Weekend activities.

• Waldorf Astoria® Spa Tuscany Wine Special
Daily at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Guests will experience the powerful antioxidants of red wine powder, red grape seed extract, crushed grape seeds and pure grape seed oil while indulging in an extravagant Tuscany Wine Wrap or Pedicure.

Weekend rates at Waldorf Astoria Orlando start at $229 per night, and include deluxe accommodations and complimentary scheduled transportation to Epcot® (and other Disney Theme Parks). To make a reservation, please visit www.waldorfastoriaorlando.com/food-wine or call +1 888 353 2009.

Weekend rates at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek start at $189 per night, and include deluxe accommodations and complimentary scheduled transportation to Epcot® (and other Disney Theme Parks). To make a reservation, please visit www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/food-wine or call +1 888 353 2013.

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4. Limbitless Kids’ Community Event at UCF – August 29th

ALL GIVING AND PROCEEDS SUPPORT LIMBITLESS SOLUTIONS IN THEIR PURPOSE TO CHANGE LIVES THROUGH THE DESIGN AND DISTRIBUTION OF 3D PRINTED LIMBS

Saturday, August 29 at 11:00am – 2:00pm
CFE Arena
12777 Gemini Blvd N, Orlando, Florida 32816

Gather family and friends in support of Limbitless Solutions at the Limbitless Kids’ Community Event

Ways to get involved
•Donate online: http://igg.me/at/limbitlesskidscommunityevent/x/11479224
•Attend the Community Event
•Eat at Burger U

Partial Proceeds at Burger U support Limbitless Solutions from 11am to 2pm during the event

Event Activities:
Tony Roma’s Rib Eating Contest – Local On Air Personalities and Food Bloggers
Limbitless Solutions Sleeve Design Station
Kids’ Inflatable Zone
Community Partner Booths
Giveaways

FREE PARKING LOCATED IN GARAGE F – BEHIND THE CFE ARENA

Please share with family and friends on social media to help support a great cause

Hosted by Romacorp, Inc. brands Tony Roma’s Restaurants and TR Fire Grill Restaurants

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Wagyu Cheeseburger with Fried Egg and Crisp Onions

The Capital Grille, known for dry-aged steaks and award-winning wine list announces the introduction of new burger offerings for lunch.

The Capital Grille will be adding three new burgers to the lunch menu.

The new burgers, all wonderfully juicy and made with premium Wagyu beef, will be featured on the lunch menu along with The Grille’s Signature Cheeseburger, the Wagyu Cheeseburger with Fried Egg and Crisp Onions and Lobster and Crab Burger with House Tartar Sauce.

The new burger options, include:
-Kona Crusted Wagyu Burger with Shallot Mayo ($17)
-Wild Mushroom Wagyu Cheeseburger with 15-year Aged Balsamic ($18)
-Oscar-style Wagyu Burger with Jumbo Lump Crab and Bearnaise ($19)

All of the burgers will be served with a side of Parmesan Truffle Fries.

The menu is only available at the Millenia mall location for now, the newest Capital Grille in our area. The interior design here is much more modern and casual, rather than the usual club feel from other Capital Grilles, owing to the casual nature of mall shoppers and appealing to the younger crowd – hence the very prominent bar area and open air seating.

Happy National Burger Month, yall!

New burger menu
New burger menu
Wild Mushroom Wagyu Cheeseburger with 15-year Aged Balsamic ($18)
Wild Mushroom Wagyu Cheeseburger with 15-year Aged Balsamic ($18)
Wagyu Cheeseburger with Fried Egg and Crisp Onions
Wagyu Cheeseburger with Fried Egg and Crisp Onions
Oscar-style Wagyu Burger with Jumbo Lump Crab and Bearnaise ($19)
Oscar-style Wagyu Burger with Jumbo Lump Crab and Bearnaise ($19)
Kona Crusted Wagyu Burger with Shallot Mayo
Kona Crusted Wagyu Burger with Shallot Mayo

The Capital Grille at Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32839, United States
Phone:(407) 351-2210

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Back by popular demand, the Summer “Plates” menu at The Capital Grille on International Drive marks the return of the Wagyu Cheeseburger with Fried Egg and Crisp Onions – served on a buttery Brioche bun that pulls the egg, onion, cheese and Wagyu together for a truly delicious burger experience.  Another notable lunch entrée is a brand new dish, full of rich and appealing flavors – Seared Sea Scallops with Sweet and Sour Tomatoes.

New Summer “Plates” menu side items also include Carrot Ginger Soup and Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese.  Guests can customize their lunch, choosing now from ten “Plates” offerings – soup or salad, lunch entrée and a side – all for $18.

“The new Summer “Plates” lunch menu was designed to bring back some of our guests’ favorite items and introduce other, new selections for the season,” notes Executive Chef Matthew Price.

“Carrots contain plenty of natural sugars in the beginning of the season.  Combining them with ginger in our new Carrot Ginger Soup creates a depth of flavor and vibrant color, well-suited for summer.  We are also pleased to offer a new luxury addition to our menu, the Seared Sea Scallops with Sweet and Sour Tomatoes, served with a unique Israeli cous cous.”

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Carrot ginger soup made with a chicken based broth, and topped with a dallop of sour cream, fresh chives, and a hint of orange juice squeezed at the end.

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Clam chowder soup with decadent chunks of clam 

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 Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese

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Wagyu Cheeseburger with Fried Egg and Crisp Onions

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Wagyu Cheeseburger with Fried Egg and Crisp Onions

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  Seared Sea Scallops with Sweet and Sour Tomatoes – hints of the Mediterranean with cous cous, lemon zest, and olives 

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The Most Highly Anticipated Wine Experience of the Summer
Returns to The Capital Grille
The Generous Pour Wine Event to Launch July 9

Orlando, FL ( June 26, 2012) – Imagine having the freedom to enjoy nine world-class and limited-vintage varietals, hand-selected by a Master Sommelier, all while savoring signature appetizers, dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and house-made desserts. Make that dream a reality by unleashing your inner sommelier this summer for The Generous Pour Wine Event – just $25 per person at dinner from July 9 to September 2.

The Generous Pour Wine Event offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy generous pours of as many of the featured wines as they choose and the event exemplifies the expert, personalized service that The Capital Grille is known for. Guests will be guided through the experience, with suggested pairings and wine tasting notes for each course ordered.

Each wine was chosen from unique vineyards around the world by The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier, George Miliotes, one of only 186 in the world. “I selected the wines for the Generous Pour Wine Event, relying on favorites from unique vineyards that I enjoy in my own personal cellar.” Allowing guests to experience the wine paired with food, tasting notes and expert guidance from our servers, adds depth to the experience that a traditional tasting event would not provide. The best way to learn about wine is to drink it!”

The Generous Pour Wine Event introduces guests to some of the season’s newest wine trends, while also offering hard-to-find varietals and known favorites. Highlights from this summer’s signature collection of choice whites and reds are:

· Conn Creek Anthology, Cabernet, 2007 – The finest vintage of the last 50 years for Cabernet in Napa, this robust blend of Bordeaux grapes from 13 of the region’s top vineyards is Conn Creek’s crowning jewel. A rich and creamy wine to complement dry aged steak.

· Ferrari-Carano Mountain Reserve, Cabernet, 2008 – The Capital Grille is proud to be hosting the exclusive debut of Mountain Reserve from Ferrari-Carano. With a mixture of aromas and a long, dry finish, this bold Alexander Valley Cabernet is the perfect accompaniment for Kona Crusted Dry Age Sirloin.

· Sim?i?, Rebula, 2008/09 – Available exclusively at The Capital Grille, this wine, also known as “Orange Wine,” is a 1,000 year-old style of wine production making a comeback. Highly aromatic, it is an ideal companion for appetizers and light fish dishes.

· Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve, Pinot Noir, 2007 – One of Master Sommelier George Miliotes personal favorites, this silky and smooth wine, boasting flavors of strawberry, cherry, and toffee, pairs beautifully with Cedar Planked Salmon with Tomato Fennel Relish.

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The Capital Grille is one of my favorite high-end restaurants in Orlando, it’s a place where I can go where I know the service and the food will all be top notch, a testament to managing partner Randy Cook and executive chef Matthew Price’s dedication to excellence. I’ve never been disappointed there.

The interior is a bit clubby, you could imagine executives or politicians, people with power and money dining here, probably on the corporate account card for their visit to the nearby Orlando Convention center. They are probably most known for their excellent steaks and a wine selection hand picked by Master Sommelier and Orlando local George Miliotes.

Luckily there is a menu during lunch that is pretty affordable for locals.

The Capital Grille recently launched their Spring “Plates” menu, featuring three new selections: Asparagus Soup, Shrimp and Piquillo Peppers with Crisp Bomba Rice and Grilled Spring Vegetables. Guests of The Capital Grille can customize their lunch, choosing from nine “plates” offerings – soup or salad, sandwich and a side – all for $18.

If you visit for lunch, make sure you sit out on the gorgeous patio outside and enjoy the relaxing Florida breeze and sun.

According to Executive Chef Matthew Price, “The new Spring “Plates” lunch menu really highlights some of the crisp, garden-fresh ingredients that are in-season now.”

I recently made a visit to sample the menu. One of the first things I noticed was that the wagyu cheeseburger with egg on top was missing from the winter plates menu last season. I had just loved the way the egg yolk topped off the burger, oozing, yellow, delightful. The lobster roll and the mini tenderloin sandwiches stayed on the menu this time, but I think the lobster roll should have left instead of the burger. We’ll see how next season goes!

For starters, the asparagus soup is chicken broth based, made with fresh shavings of asparagus on top, and was creamy, hearty, yet also flavorful. The soup was fun to eat for me because it was the first time I had asparagus as a soup.

Next, Sous Chef Jason O’ Neill explained the creation of the Shrimp and Piquillo Peppers with Crisp Bomba Rice, “First the rice is prepared, risotto style, with butter heated up in a pan to make the rice crisp and not stick, while the peppers and shrimp are sautéed on the side and topped.”

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The Capital Grille’s wonderful Sous Chef Jason O’ Neill

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Shrimp and Piquillo Peppers with Crisp Bomba Rice

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Asparagus Soup

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Spring Vegetables: Zucchini, Squash, Carrots with herb infused oil

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Truffle Fries

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Crab and Lobster Burger

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The Capital Grille Kicks-Off 3rd Annual Artist Series Wine Event

2012 Limited-Edition Cabernet Sauvignon to Benefit Share Our Strength ®

$25 to be donated for each bottle sold to Share our Strength to end childhood hunger

(February 24, 2012, Orlando, FL) –The Capital Grille Artist Series Wine Event is returning for its third year this spring, beginning March 19. This annual event gives guests at The Capital Grille a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience an exclusive, limited allocation wine adorned with a unique piece of original artwork as its label, while supporting Share Our Strength® and their mission to end childhood hunger in America. The nationally renowned fine-dining restaurant, known for its dry aged, hand-carved steaks, fresh seafood and award-winning wine list, will once again donate $25 to Share Our Strength® for every limited-edition bottle sold.

This year’s Artist Series wine is an exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon hand-selected by The Capital Grille’s own Master Sommelier, George Miliotes.

“We are extremely pleased to bring back the Artist Series Wine Event for a third consecutive year, as we relish the opportunity to bring our guests a restaurant wine experience unlike any other,” said John Martin, President of The Capital Grille. “As always, we are thrilled to support a worthy cause like Share Our Strength, which helps feed hungry children in America. The Capital Grille has donated nearly $1 million to Share Our Strength over the past four years, and we look forward to reaching and exceeding that milestone this year.”

The Capital Grille Artist Series Cabernet was hand-crafted at Napa Valley’s Freemark Abbey Winery by Ted Edwards, in collaboration with George Miliotes, one of only 186 Master Sommeliers in the world. Fewer than 1,000 cases of this unique wine, blended solely for The Capital Grille, will be produced. The wine’s grapes were harvested from carefully selected vineyards in Napa Valley, where differing elevations and a unique terrain result in the perfect conditions for creamy, roundly textured flavors.

“We are committed not only to a fine dining experience, but also to introducing our guests to the wonderful world of wines,” said Miliotes. “We strive to give our guests the chance to enjoy fine wines from across the globe, and created The Capital Grille Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon to give them an incomparable opportunity to experience a magnificent vintage with ripe fruit flavors, prominent tannin and the complexity and balance expected of a fine Cabernet.”

To match the work of art inside the bottle, The Capital Grille invited artists and wine lovers to submit original art for the bottle’s label, during a competition held last fall. The winning painting, Complexity, by Missouri-based artist Julie Agee, was chosen for the way the vibrant colors and abstract lines perfectly complement the robust flavors and subtle undertones of the wine. The artwork will appear on every individually numbered bottle of The Capital Grille Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon. This is just one part of The Capital Grille’s award-winning wine program, which is routinely recognized by many industry and media outlets. Featuring more than 350 Old and New World selections housed in floor-to-ceiling, temperature-controlled wine kiosks, The Capital Grille also offers a Captain’s List of 125 collector wines. Additionally, guests have the opportunity to lease a wine locker, personalized with an inscribed brass nameplate.

The Capital Grille is located at 9101 International Drive, Suite 1000. Reservations may be made online at www.TheCapitalGrille.com or by calling (407) 370-4392.

About Share Our Strength®
Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® Campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end hunger, nationally and at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry®. Visit Strength.org to get involved.

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The Capital Grille is a fine dining restaurant here in Orlando known for its wonderful selection of steaks and great service. Something that is not well known however is that you can get a relatively great lunch at The Capital Grille for a great price as well.

The Capital Grille recently changed up their lunch “plates” menu where you can choose 3 items from a list of soups, salads, entrees, and sides for $18 for lunch. The items often change from season to season with various items switching in and out. The Lobster Roll and Mini Tenderloins seem to be a crowd favorite as it has appeared on the list the past few seasons, as are the truffle fries.

The Capital Grille’s Winter “Plates” menu recently debuted these three new selections:

– Roasted Pepper Soup

– Roasted Root Vegetables

– Wagyu Cheeseburger with Fried Egg with Crisp Onions

The spicy, hearty Roasted Pepper soup consists of red peppers, celery, onion, parsnip, carrots, chicken broth and cream and is sure to warm you up on those cold winter days (of which we have been lacking much this season quite honestly).

The root vegetables sides are made of roasted celery, parsnip, and carrots which are in their peak in the winter season. They were good but not my favorite. I guess I am not a big fan of vegetables in general.

Something I was a big fan of was the wagyu cheeseburger. The Wagyu Cheeseburger with Fried Egg with Crisp onions was a wonderful burger, made with Wagyu, the American version of Kobe beef, that has been ground and seasoned and cooked to the temperature of your liking. The havarty cheese and the fried egg still runny on top and the crunchy crisp onions all make for a great contrast in textures and accentuating the taste for this burger.

Check it out at the Capital Grille in Orlando on International Drive soon before the menu changes up again!

The Capital Grille
(407) 982-37109101
International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819

The Capital Grille’s Winter Lunch Plates Menu
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Fall is in the air. As we get ready for the autumn harvest, many local restaurants are starting to bring out their new menus featuring fall squash, pumpkin, and other dishes in season. The Capital Grille recently invited me to check out their current fall lunch and share with our readers. Many visitors don’t realize that the Capital Grille is not just about awesome steaks, they have an awesome lunch menu as well. Check it out!

The Capital Grille Announces New Fall Flavors
on Their $18 3-Course Lunch Menu
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The Fall Lunch “Plates” menu kicked off on September 26, offering guests new customizable combinations of soup or salad, a sandwich and a side – all for $18. Guests of The Capital Grille can choose from nine “plates” offerings – three soups/salads, three sandwiches and three sides, including “Knife and Fork” BLT, creamy Porcini Bisque and Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberry Chutney.

“Our new Knife and Fork BLT adds a signature twist to this classic sandwich favorite. A generous portion of crisp bacon is paired with a Grana Padano Cheese Crisp and Heirloom Tomatoes on a bed of lettuce, topped with a unique black pepper and chive aioli,” notes Executive Chef Matthew Price. “We are also pleased to offer dishes made with seasonal vegetables like mushrooms and butternut squash. Our creamy Porcini Bisque captures the rich flavor of the mushrooms in a smooth, velvety soup. We added our special twist to Roasted Butternut Squash by pairing it with Cranberry Chutney for a balance of flavors that is sure to please.”

The Capital Grille also features traditional lunch menu favorites like French Onion Soup, The Grille’s Signature Cheeseburger, Ribeye Steak Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Havarti or the Lobster and Crab Burger, among other classics.

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Porcini bisque – Porcini mushrooms with chive oil, a creamy coffee-like taste rich in flavor sherry wine, one of my favorite new items on the menu at The Capital Grille lunch special!

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Clam chowder – chunks of potatoes and clams
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BLT Knife and Fork – Calorganics reds on the vine tomatoes, this is what tomatoes should taste like, fresh and real and full of flavor.
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Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberry Chutney

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Truffle Fries
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Lobster and Crab burger
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Fresh green beans
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Ribeye Steak Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Havarti

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Coconut Creme Pie

The Capital Grille is located at 9101 International Drive, Suite 1000. Reservations can be made by calling 407-370-4392 or by visiting www.TheCapitalGrille.com. In addition to its main dining room, The Capital Grille also features private dining rooms for up to 36 guests, as well as a Chef’s Table accommodating up to 10 guests, with a frontline view of the open kitchen. Chef is pleased to create special menus for private dining events.

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I was recently invited by the folks at The Capital Grille (located near the Orange County Convention Center on International Drive) for an exclusive media preview event showcasing the new summer wine event that they are presenting called “The Generous Pour”. From July 12 through September 4th, guests can enjoy 9 world-class wines for $25 with dinner during The Capital Grille’s Generous Pour Summer Wine Event. Each featured wine was specially chosen from unique vineyards around the world by The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier, George Miliotes, one of only 173 Master Sommeliers in the world.

We were able to tweet to George @thewineexpert and the conversation could be followed with the hashtag #tcgpour11 on twitter.com . You can actually tweet George @thewineexpert throughout the event till September 4th regarding any questions if you so choose.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Vine Ripe Tomatoes
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Pan-Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers
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The Generous Pour Wine Event
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Kona crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Shallot butter
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Lobster Mac n Cheese (a favorite of the evening)
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Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake paired with the 
port wine from RL Buller, The Portly Gentlemen
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The Generous Pour Wine Event introduces guests to some of the season’s newest wine trends, while also offering hard-to-find varietals as well as known favorites. Highlights from this summer’s chic collection of choice whites and reds are:

· Tarima Hill Monastrell, 2009 – Making its U.S. debut at The Capital Grille this summer, this spectacular varietal is setting a new standard for Spanish medium-bodied red wine.

· Chalk Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 – Named for the volcanic chalk under the vineyard’s hillside surface, which gives a delightfully unique quality to the wine’s flavor, this rich, dense wine is one of Sonoma Valley’s best.

· Marquis de la Tour, NV – This sparkling “bubbly” hails from a vineyard in France’s Loire Valley, which has been producing excellence since 1885.

· Conte Brandolini Vistorta Merlot, 2006 – Harvested from 100-year-old vines in a small vineyard in Northeast Italy, this merlot epitomizes powerful elegance.

The full list of wine are as follows:

White Wines 
– Marquis de la Tour, Cremant de Loire Brut, Sparkling Wine
– La Cana Albarino, 2010
– Chateau St. Jean Belle Terre Chardonnay, 2008

California Reds
– Fremark Abbey, Cabernet Bosche, 2003
– Chalk Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006
– Byron Pinot Noir, 2009

International Reds
– Conte Brandolini, Vistorta Merlot, 2006
– Tarima Hill Monastrell, Alicante, 2009

For Dessert
RL Buller, The Portly Gentleman, Port

Special Thank you to Managing Partner Randy Cook, Executive Chef Matthew Price, Master Sommelier George Miliotes, Marketing Manager Shannon Niedenthal, our awesome servers Kerrie (my fave!) and Anthony, and especially Samantha Bruno of Janine Gordon Associates for this truly wonderful evening filled with sweet memories of amazing wine and food. Executive Chef Matthew Price will also be at this year’s Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Orlando at the Marriott World Center on August 6, 2011. Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is a great cause which helps end childhood hunger in America. 100% of ticket sales support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger. For more information visit http://www.strength.org/orlando/

For more information on The Generous Pour Wine Event at The Capital Grille, visit http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/videos/TheGenerousPour/main.asp

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From time to time, I am lucky enough on this blog to be invited out to media previews and special events to showcase upcoming openings or menu items. This time I was invited to visit The Capital Grille on International Drive to check out the recent arrival of their new Summer Plates menu. The Summer plates menu is kind of like a “you pick two” deal (you actually get to pick three) for lunch.

Summer Lunch Plates Special
Summer Plates 
Choose 1 of each 

Soup or Salad. 
Roasted Corn Bisque, Clam Chowder, Field Greens
Sandwich
Mini Tenderloin, Lobster Roll, Annato Rubbed Mahi with House made corn tortillas (2)
Side
Seasonal Vegetable (baby carrots), Truffle Fries, Watermelon and Tomato with Feta
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Mini Tenderloin at The Capital Grille – Summer Plates menu

One of my favorite items on the menu was the mini tenderloin sandwiches made with fresh, juicy cuts of tenderloin steak and snuggled inside a delicious bun. Another favorite was the lobster roll, a hoagie filled with lobster meat and romaine lettuce. The best side was the truffle fries topped with parmesan cheese. I thought the roasted corn bisque could use improving, as I enjoyed that dish the least out of the group.

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Roasted Corn Bisque at the Capital Grille – Summer Plates Menu

All in all, I thought the summer plate specials were a great, reasonably priced addition to the Capital Grille’s menu and is definitely recommended to check out. Though the Capital Grille is known for serving to high end clientele and conventioneers at the local Orange County Convention down the street on International Drive, I think The Capital Grille can also be a great place to try out some great dishes for locals as well, especially considering the new summer plates menu.

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Stoli Doli
Capital Grille’s Signature Martini made with Stolichnaya Vodka infused with fresh pineapple, chilled and served straight up.
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The Capital Grille Cobb Salad with Sliced Tenderloin $18
an interesting twist to the traditional Cobb salad.
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Watermelon and Feta with Tomato 


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Seasonal Carrots






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Annato Rubbed Mahi with House made corn tortillas (2)


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Round out the lunch with some strawberry dessert



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For the second year, The Capital Grille extended a call-to-arms for artists across the country to design a label for their exclusive Artist Series Wine. Beginning March 21, the wine with the winning label will be available at the restaurant for purchase.

Best of all, The Capital Grille will donate $25 from the sale of each limited-edition bottle to Share Our Strength and its mission to end childhood hunger in America.

The Artist Series Wine Event Returns to The Capital Grille

Exclusive, Limited-Production Wine Offered: Sales to Benefit National Charity

(February 8, 2011, New York, NY) – The Capital Grille – nationally renowned fine-dining restaurant known for its dry aged, hand-carved steaks, fresh seafood and award-winning wine list – is proud to announce the return of their annual Artist Series Wine Event: a unique celebration of the worlds of fine art and winemaking, featuring an exclusive, limited allocation wine adorned with an original piece of artwork as its label.

Beginning March 21, The Capital Grille will offer an exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon during their second annual Artist Series Wine Event. The wine will be available exclusively at all 44 locations of The Capital Grille, and the company will donate $25 from the sale of each limited bottle to Share Our Strength® and its mission to end childhood hunger in America.

The Capital Grille Artist Series Cabernet was hand-crafted by Thomas Peffer, a world-class winemaker from Atalon Vineyards in Napa Valley, with the help of The Capital Grille’s George Miliotes, one of only 170 Master Sommeliers in the world. The grapes used were from specially selected vineyards in Napa Valley whose high elevation and unique microclimate result in the perfect conditions for creamy, boldly textured flavors. Blended solely for The Capital Grille, fewer than 1,000 cases of this unique wine will be produced.

“We are committed to providing a distinctive, accessible and personal wine experience,” said Miliotes. “We created The Capital Grille Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon to give our guests an incomparable opportunity to experience a magnificent vintage with ripe fruit flavors, prominent tannin and the complexity and balance expected of a fine Cabernet.”

To match the work of art inside the bottle, The Capital Grille invited artists, label enthusiasts and wine lovers to create an original label for the wine during a competition held last autumn. The winning painting, Pairings, by Florida-based artist Patricia Timbrook, was chosen for the way the bold colors and fluid lines perfectly complement the robust flavors and subtle undertones of the wine, and will appear on every individually numbered bottle of The Capital Grille Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon.

“In addition to supporting our national charity, Share Our Strength®, we are proud to recognize and celebrate talented artists like Patricia Timbrook,” said John Martin, President of The Capital Grille. “As always, we look forward to bringing our guests an exceptional and unique wine and dining experience. We’re especially pleased when those experiences help support a worthy cause.”

The Capital Grille Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon will complement The Capital Grille’s award-winning wine program, which is routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine. Featuring more than 325 Old and New World selections housed in floor-to-ceiling, temperature-controlled wine kiosks, The Capital Grille also offers a Captain’s List of 125 collector wines. Additionally, guests have the opportunity to lease a wine locker, personalized with an inscribed brass nameplate.

Press contact: Heather Dratler, 212.871.3020 ext. 110 or hdratler@jgordonassociates.com

About Share Our Strength®

Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® Campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end hunger, nationally and at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry®. Visit Strength.org to get involved.

About The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille owns and operates 44 locations nationwide. The restaurant is known for its dry aged steaks, award-winning wine list and professional service in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. Routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine, The Capital Grille recently received the American Culinary Federation’s “Achievement of Excellence Award.” The Capital Grille offers more than 325 New and Old World wine selections, including a Captain’s List of some of the world’s most highly allocated and sought-after wines. The restaurant also offers a variety of elegant private dining spaces for meetings and group events. For additional information, please visit www.TheCapitalGrille.com.

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I visited The Capital Grille once before during their wine tasting event and was graciously invited back to try a new twist on their fall flavors and give my thoughts.

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Levash bread is a favorite

Capital Grille Menu

This fall, the Capital Grille began offering a “Flavors of the Pacific Northwest” menu from September 20 to October 31st (hurry and get there before it runs out!). Each restaurant has a different special dish that rotates around from this menu. Here in Orlando during my visit to the Capital Grille, the Seared Halibut with Harvest Vegetables was on the menu.

I ordered the Seared Halibut on my visit and was delighted by its taste. The fish was seared to perfection, not too dry and not too soft, very lightly seasoned going well with the Conundrum, a 2008 California white wine suggested by our very attentive and considerate waitress for the evening.

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The Seared Halibut

Other items that go well with the main dish include the Lobster Mac and Cheese, a dish filled with decadent cheeses and chunks of lobster meat (A favorite), and the prosciutto wrapped mozzarella, a slightly salty appetizer. The roasted tomatoes and lemon gusto that came with the seared halibut was a fine addition to the fish as well.

Lobster Macaroni cheese

Lobster Mac n Cheese Goodness

Overall, I would definitely go to The Capital Grille especially if you are on a business trip to Orlando staying near the Convention Center or out on a special date or want to escape for a moment, but do remember to bring the company card.

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The Capital Grille Orlando is located at 9101 International Drive. Reservations can be made by calling (407) 370-4392 or by visiting TheCapitalGrille.com. In addition to its main dining room, The Capital Grille features private dining rooms for up to 36 guests, as well as the Chef’s Table, with a front line view of the open kitchen, accommodating up to 10 guests.

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Disclosure: This preview event was sponsored by The Capital Grille, though I try to remain as neutral and unbiased as possible during my reflections.

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The Capital Grille Reveals New Fall Specials
Inspired by the Pacific Northwest

Menu Features Fresh Fall Favorites with a Creative Twist

Orlando, FL (September 20, 2010) – What happens when an exceptional chef is inspired by the crisp, pure flavors of the Pacific Northwest?

Answer: A welcome migration of flavors reflecting the fresh waters and cool climate of the Northwest corner of the country, just in time for fall.

In this unique culinary event, The Capital Grille is offering new menu items inspired by the “Flavors of the Pacific Northwest” from September 20 to October 31. The specials reflect The Capital Grille’s innovative take on classic Northwest cuisine, focusing on authentic, quality ingredients from the region.

Enjoy dishes such as Seared Halibut with Harvest Vegetables and Tenderloin of Beef with Morel Mushrooms.

Of course, the Pacific Northwest is also known for its excellent wines and The Capital Grille’s own Master Sommelier, George Miliotes, has hand-selected several choices to complement this special autumn meal. Guests can choose Willakenzie Pinot Noir from Oregon, or Cold Creek Merlot from Washington’s Chateau Ste. Michelle, just one of the many internationally recognized vineyards in the Northwest.

Be sure to save room for The Capital Grille’s house-made desserts. The delectable Warm Washington Apple Tart with Handcrafted Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is certain to provide a perfect end to your Pacific Northwest culinary journey.

“We believe this special menu further exemplifies our dedication to an exceptional dining experience,” said Randy Cook, Managing Partner of The Capital Grille Orlando. “This menu showcases our chef’s culinary artistry, with artisanal twists on a uniquely American cuisine.”

The Capital Grille Orlando is located at 9101 International Drive. Reservations can be made by calling (407) 370-4392 or by visiting TheCapitalGrille.com. In addition to its main dining room, The Capital Grille features private dining rooms for up to 36 guests, as well as the Chef’s Table, with a front line view of the open kitchen, accommodating up to 10 guests.

For additional information about the “Flavors of the Pacific Northwest” dishes and The Capital Grille experience, please contact Heather Dratler at 212.871.3020, ext. 110, or hdratler@jgordonassociates.com.

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I was graciously invited by the establishment at The Capital Grille (headquartered here in Orlando) for a lovely evening of wine tasting, a special event going on all this month till September. Here is a sneak peak of what awaits:

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At The Capital Grille, located right off of International Drive in the Point Orlando complex, wine isn’t just a drink you order off the menu; it’s a celebrated affair. The waiters here at Capital Grille, under the tutelage of Master Sommelier George Milotes, are trained in the arts of wine pairings, giving great advice on whether that crisp, sweet, white wine complements that seafood appetizer that you may be having or if that red wine might go better with that steak tonight. The Master Sommelier Wine Tasting event, as described previously, is a great event worth any wine connoisseur or novice beginner’s time in trying out. For just a reasonable price you are able to sample over 10 specially selected wines from New Zealand, California, Italy and more over the course of the next few weeks.

Inside the Capital Grille you will notice that the decor and setting is very much American, very much what I would imagine a old boy’s club would feel like with vintage paintings and hunting assortments on the walls; the perfect place to go for a business or corporate outing I would surmise, with the relative closeness of the Orange County Convention Center nearby and all.

The meal begins with a special seafood appetizer prepared by the chef this evening, filled with luscious lumps of crab meat, lobster, and shrimp topped with a sweet corn salsa. This appetizer went very well with the lunetta prosecco of Italy, light and crisp and slightly sweet, a perfect start or end to any meal. The pan fried calamari with hot cherry peppers was a fiery spicy dish that would awake any taste bud.

Our waitress this evening is gracious and well educated (thanks to the Master Sommelier and the other staff here I am sure) on the various wine offerings this evening for the event as well as great choices for entrees and options and always checking up on us often to see how things are.

For the entrees, I chose the classic cut of a Delmonico dry aged steak seasoned and broiled to create a delicate porcini mushroom crust with a light drizzling of premium 12-year aged balsamic. It went very well with the assortment of red wines that accompanied the steak, my favorite being the Beringer Ranch merlot from California and the Wild Rock pinot noir from New Zealand, both excellent reds. My partner this evening enjoyed her bone-in koma crusted dry aged sirloin with caramelized shallot butter just as much. The bok choy lettuce and au gratin potato sides went very well with our steaks as well, possibly pushing us over the tipping point. But alas there is a final act.

The desserts ordered this evening were the trio of handcrafted ice creams with double chocolate and coconut cookies and the chocolate hazelnut cake, both decadent, sweet endings to a absolutely wonderful meal.

Special thanks go out to Heather Dratler, Randy Cook, and Shannon Niedenthal for making this happen, a wonderful team over there at the Capital Grille.

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At the Capital Grille, service is a pleasure

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Amazing seafood appetizer at The Capital Grille

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Its hot like fiyah, pan fried calamari at The Capital Grille

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The wine is divine

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I had the unique opportunity and distinct honor this past week to interview Master Sommelier George Miliotes, Orlando native and Master Sommelier of The Capital Grille, also headquartered here in Orlando, Florida.

The Master Wine Tasting Event is going on now at The Capital Grille for the next 12 weeks. The first six weeks will feature wine from California’s Napa Valley, including a Bancroft Ranch merlot from Beringer Vineyards, a cabernet sauvignon from Sella & Mosca Marchese di Villamarina and other Italian varietals as well as a pinot noir and other varietals from New Zealand’s Villa Maria Cellar Selection. The second six weeks will highlight a chardonnay from California’s Cambria Winery and Vineyards, an impressive collection from Spain (including a Jorge Ordoñez Muscat Alexandria) and several wines from Australia (including The Chook Sparkling Shiraz).

For more info about the Master Wine Tasting Event at The Capital Grille going on now: http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/videos/MasterWine2010/V1/main.asp

Who is George Miliotes?

Born and raised in Orlando, George comes from a family which have owned restaurants and have been active in the food industry in Central Florida since 12 years old. His first work with wine began at 14 with his family’s delis in the mall, where he began cleaning and reading the labels for the selection of wine in the back rooms, sparking his life-long curiosity and interest in the food industry.

With college, his extensive alcohol knowledge resulted in positive outcomes and after college, George went on to add even more knowledge about wines, and became a dedicated professional specializing in beverages and food.

With his knowledge he was able to travel to Argentina, Spain, Italy, and Germany to make the best product possible as Master Sommelier for The Capital Grille

What is a Master Sommelier?

George Milotes is one of 170 wine experts in the world to hold that title, given to a person only after 4 levels of testing in the Court of Master Sommeliers. The first test includes 45 minute questions about alcohol, how they are made, different laws, serving requirements, and temperatures. The second test is a service exam where a dining room is set up and the candidate is tested on canting wine, opening champagne, bordeaux vinetages, wine lists, as well as sales and humility. The third test is probably the most daunting: a blind test where three Master Sommeliers judge you with 6 wines, 3 white and 3 red, with 25 minutes to describe their origin, quality, year, and make. Quite a daunting task to accomplish and indeed an honor to be a Master Sommelier.

Master sommeliers place huge priority on teaching and educating people, technical terminology and the parameters to speak about wine and food.

What is the Master Wine Tasting Event?

What’s special about the Capital Grille is that the Capital Grille servers are trained in pairings for wine and dishes, with each having their own personality and way about it. The Capital Grille Master Wine Tasting Event allows the guest to have 11 different wines to try from around the world.

The beauty of this experience is that if you order fried calamari as appetizer, you will learn that it is not a italian cabernet, but the persecco from northern italy will go well with the calamari instead. When you order your steak and order a delmonico, you can order three different reds and you can figure out yourself what can go well with the steak and what will be pleasurable to you.


Tips for Newbies

When pairing wine with food

There are Two types of pairings between food and wine

Contrasting and Complementary

Contrasting Pairing-

When you have a steak, steaks have a lot of richness and fat. You would want to cleanse the palate each time of bite, and
taste will not taste as good each time if you don’t cleanse the palate. The cabernet’s tannon cleanses the palate and tastes extra good with the taste of the steak. With the next bite of steak, it contrasts the richness of the steak and the tannon in the red wine.

Complementary Pairing

If you order a rich lobster, a rich shell fish you will be paired a chardonnay aged in oak, also very rich and they work together very well

So two things to look at:

To contrast: to cleanse palate and make taste better
or to complement: take two things that taste well together

Fabolous opportunity to learn in the next 12 weeks about wine. For the next 6 weeks for 25$ for wine tastings , three of the wines can be tried in any amount, one would be 130$ per bottle, merlot, cabernet usually 150$ / bottle, merina cabernet from italy 150$ to 200$ for wine, but because of their work for pricing you can come in and have your server show you fabolous wines at a very good price for hand picked wines.

During the 2nd six weeks , they take italian wines and new zealand and then use spanish, australian and american wines.

http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/videos/MasterWine2010/V1/main.asp

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The Capital Grille Uncorks Exclusive Master Wine Tasting Event

with Hand-Selected Vintages from Leading Master Sommelier

Orlando, FL (April 26, 2010) –The Capital Grille announced today the return of the popular Master Wine Tasting Event, which will showcase a robust collection of remarkable wines hand-selected by one of the world’s few Master Sommeliers, George Miliotes. This one-of-a-kind event will offer wine enthusiasts the rare opportunity to sample well-known vintages as well as insider wines they’ll want to know, from five of the world’s most celebrated wine growing regions.

“I strongly believe that wine education must be experiential and first-hand,” Miliotes observed. “That is why I am thrilled to be able to provide a fun and thorough wine exploration at The Capital Grille. We are especially pleased to bring some of the world’s most exclusive wines to our guests this summer, in an enlightening taste journey.”

The Master Wine Tasting Event will take place from June 7 through September 5, for $25 per person at dinner. Each tasting will feature generous pours of up to 11 fine wine selections.

The first seven weeks (June 7 – July 25) of The Capital Grille’s Master Wine Tasting Event will feature:

· Wine from California’s famed Napa Valley, including a Bancroft Ranch Merlot from esteemed Beringer Vineyards

· A Cabernet Sauvignon from Sella & Mosca Marchese di Villamarina, and other Italian varietals

· A Pinot Noir and other varietals from Villa Maria Cellar Selection of New Zealand

The second six weeks (July 26 – September 5) will highlight:

· World renowned wines from Napa Valley, including a Chardonnay from Cambria Winery and Vineyards

· An impressive collection from Spain, including a Jorge Ordoñez Muscat Alexandria

· Several wines from Australia, including The Chook Sparkling Shiraz

The Capital Grille’s knowledgeable staff will guide guests through the sampling, providing suggested menu selections to best complement the flavor and character of each wine. To further assist them in their tasting decisions, every guest will be presented with tasting notes from George Miliotes, as well as space to add notes of their own. In addition, The Capital Grille will prepare custom flights for guests particularly interested in comparing and contrasting similar varietals from the regions being presented during each phase of the event.

The Capital Grille, known for its dry-aged, hand-carved beef selections, fresh seafood and extensive, award-winning wine list, houses roughly 4,000 bottles in the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling, temperature-controlled wine cellar. Additionally, The Capital Grille offers more than 325 New and Old World wine selections, including a Captain’s List of some of the world’s most highly allocated and sought-after wines. For guests with especially discerning tastes, the restaurant offers a private wine locker membership, by annual lease. Routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine, the restaurant has also received the American Culinary Federation’s “Achievement of Excellence Award.”

For additional information about the Master Wine Tasting Event and The Capital Grille experience, please visit www.TheCapitalGrille.com and contact: Heather Dratler at 212-871-3020, ext. 110 or hdratler@jgordonassociates.com.

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Specials in Orlando this Father’s Day:

Bulla Gastrobar – Winter Park –

Executive Chef Charles (Chad) Mathews and Executive Sous Chef Mariano Vegel have more in common than their culinary titles: they’re also both fathers.  This Father’s Day, Bulla Gastrobar will be offering a puzzle for kids and dads to solve together – in exchange for a plate of complimentary Churros. Chef Charles (Chad) Mathews

Mathews’ grandfather owned a deli. The recipes his grandfather cooked came from his own grandfather. As far as cooking with his kids goes: “On my days off, we do a lot of cooking at home. I’ll whip out the air fryer, and we’ll make hash browns together. One day, I want my kids to be interested in food, and to know that anywhere you go, the one thing you have in common with others is food. Being surrounded by love as you enjoy a meal with your family… it’s a powerful feeling.”

Chef Mariano Vegel

For Vegel, time with family and friends is what makes a meal worth savoring. When he’s not at work, he enjoys cooking with his twin school-age sons. And each day, he takes to heart his father’s advice: “With every dish you cook, imagine that a loved one is going to eat it.”


Hawker’s Asian Street Fare –
Give dad a taste of the street at Hawkers this year. On Sunday June 17, dads can dine in and receive 20 percent* off their entire bill and a complimentary oneTiger Bomb or a Tiger pint. All they (well, the family) has to do is check-in on Yelp to enjoy the perks.
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Pharmacy Orlando
  • Orlando Weekly’s Bite 30 | Friday, June 1-Saturday, June 30 – Join us throughout the month of June and enjoy a $30 three-course, prix-fixe menu in celebration of Orlando Weekly’s Bite 30.  Click here to make your reservation.
  • Happy Hour – 50 percent off our entire dinner menu and select cocktails from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Thursday. Enjoy.  Think Big Bites Lobster Rolls with House Slaw (Reg. $12 / Happy Hour Pricing $6); Cape Canaveral Littleneck Clams Arrabiata with “Sop It Up” Crouton and Corn (Reg. $14 / Happy Hour Pricing $7) and our Cowart Ranch Wagyu Burger on a brioche bun with house made fries (Reg. $20 / Happy Hour Pricing $10).
  • Friday Pie Day – Kick off the weekend with Pharmacy’s Pie Day.  Bring your appetite and $20 and enjoy any of Chef Falsone’s gourmet pizzas and a glass of house wine or a beer. Available every Friday from 5 p.m. to close. Limited to one pizza offer per person.
  • Pre-Father’s Day Chopped Challenge Saturday, June 16 – Treat your dad to culinary experience where he’s the star.  $60 enters him into our “Chopped” team challenge where a team of 6 will compete in a mystery basket competition against another team of 6! Our Food & Wine’s Top Ten chef, Loren Falsone will direct you in a professional kitchen to create a meal in this timed mystery basket challenge to win prizes against the competing team!  Post event, sit down and enjoy your creations with wines and beers chosen by Pharmacy’s very own “Libation Specialist”. Dominick Tardugno.  To book dad or yourself for the challenge, click here.
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Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day Weekend at ICON Orlando 

New “ICONic Dad” Package includes Craft Beer Flight and a Soda Float Bar, Tailgate Games, Priority Boarding

Make Father’s Day extra special with a visit to the newly named ICON Orlando! Guests can now book the “ICONic Dad” package for just $139 (plus tax). The package includes a private family capsule for up to four people (additional tickets available for $20 per person plus tax, limit up to 4), a craft beer flight for dad featuring Orange County Brewers, a soda float bar for non-alcoholic options, tailgate games for the whole family to enjoy and priority boarding! Children under 3 and parking are always free. To make a reservation and for more information visit, ICONorlando.com/fathersday.

WHEN:                 June 15 – June 17, 2018

WHERE:               ICON Orlando,8375 International Drive Orlando, Florida


The Capital Grille

For those looking to let Dad rest this Father’s Day, The Capital Grille is offering an off-menu feature on Sunday, June 17: a 20 oz. Wagyu Bone-In New York Strip. Available only by request, this generous offering is the perfect way to make Dad feel special on his big day.

In addition to the classically prepared dish, raise a glass to Dad with the deservingly paired Faust ‘Liberation’ Cabernet blend of Napa Valley, an exclusive wine for The Capital Grille’s guests, hand-picked by our Advanced Sommelier. Faust, “Liberation,” Napa Valley has primary notes of blackberry fruit, mocha and licorice perfectly balanced by pretty aromas of potpourri and sweet vanilla from 100-percent new French oak barrels.


Eddie V’s

This year Orlando residents can celebrate Dad at Eddie V’s over prime seafood and steak, while also giving him a chance to win an exceptionally unique experience; a 3-day, 2-night Gulf fishing adventure. The winner and a guest will embark on a weekend fishing excursion with Eddie V’s Executive Chef Ray Comiskey, who will treat them to dinner at Eddie V’s on day one. On the second night, the day’s catch will be prepared by Chef for everyone to enjoy.

Guests should ask their server for more details on Sunday, June 17 to help their Dad win an adventure he will never forget.


Enzo’s Hideaway at Disney Springs

Sunday Supper is kicking off on Father’s Day June 17 inside Enzo’s Hideaway at Disney Springs. Gather your loved ones around one of our communal tables to enjoy a hearty spread of cured meats, cheeses, pasta, entrees and sweets, shared family-style, in an intimate setting that focuses on bringing people together with the promise of good food and meaningful conversation. This is a weekly event where the only menu being served will be the Sunday Supper menu and the regular menu will not be available. Bring a bottle (or two) of your favorite wine to toast  with no additional corkage fee! This family-style feast is $45 a person and $19 for children nine and under (price does not include tax or gratuity).  

To view the menu and make reservations, visit: https://www.patinagroup.com/enzos-hideaway/menu#Sunday+Supper

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Ace Cafe Orlando

Join Ace Cafe Orlando on Sunday, June 17th for the Ultim-ACE Dad’s Day, featuring special brunch and beverage items that are sure to fuel any tank. Dad grinds it out all week and deserves a day to relax, so bring him out to the Ace for a day filled with awesome cars and bikes, delicious food, giveaways and a cigar roller on site (for purchase).
Loosen up that tie and bring it into the Ace to enter to win the Ultim-ACE Dad’s Day Experience gift basket! The Ace will donate all new and gently-used neckties to the Covenant House of Florida to help homeless young men who are actively interviewing for jobs and in need of the proper business attire.
  • Car & Bike Show from 11am to 2pm with a DJ outdoors
  • Brunch from 10am – 2pm, with special brunch food/beverage menu items, reservations required.
  • Ultim-ACE Dad’s Day giveaway items
  • Bring in your new or gently-used necktie to be donated to the Covenant House of Florida
  • Cigar roller on site

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Tony Roma’s

Tony Roma’s on International Drive, known for its traditional Baby Back Ribs, is the perfect lunch or dinner spot to show dad that you’re thankful for everything he’s done. Dad can also enjoy a special menu from June 16 -17for just $35. The menu includes a 12 oz. New York Strip, grilled to perfection and topped with creamy, spicy Kickin’ Shrimp and served with his choice of salad or soup and a fresh vegetable.

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Del Frisco’s

Del Frisco’s on International Drive, is serving up a delicious slow roasted herb crusted Prime Rib served as a 16 oz. or 20 oz., just for dad on Sunday, June 17th. The 16 oz. is available for $45 and the 20 oz. for $55. The Prime Rib pairs perfectly with a Del Frisco’s signature Old Fashioned.


Tapa Toro (I-Drive 360, 8441 International Dr)

Make Father’s Day unforgettable with a pig roast at Tapa Toro! Enjoy a three-course meal with suckling pig and flamenco entertainment for $28 per person. Plus, complimentary 20oz beer, bourbon tasting & cigar lounge while supplies last. Sunday, June 17 from 5 – 11 p.m.

Reservations: https://tapatoro.restaurant/fathersday-dinner


Taverna Opa (Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Dr)

Have you ever seen your dad dance on a table? Would you like to? Party with Pops at Taverna Opa this Father’s Day! Dad eats free with family-style menu for four. One offer per party. Plus, Greek entertainment all day. Sunday, June 17 from noon – 11 p.m.

Reservations: https://opaorlando.com/fathersday

We were invited to the Pre-Opening Party for Wine Bar George at Disney Springs; and it was certainly a “magical night”. The rain stopped just in time for the party to begin, and a rainbow appeared. How perfect is that?

Wine Bar George officially opens Saturday, May 19th, and from my experience during the event, I only see a very busy future ahead for George and his amazing crew (I’m booking my babysitter in advance to return soon). George Miliotes, Master Sommelier (one of only 249 in the world), has personally hand-picked every available ounce of wine in the wine bar. Paired perfectly with small bites (such as house-made meatballs, jicama salad, grilled octopus), family-style platters (such as skirt steak and wine braised chicken), charcuterie and artisanal cheese boards, and desserts (olive oil cake and key lime pie).  One dessert is an event in itself: The Chocolate Experience (pairings of wines and chocolates). Plus, other amazing offerings of beer and cider, and specialty cocktails. Presently, Wine Bar George is the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida. George brings a lifetime of wine knowledge and education to his new venture. Practically growing up with a glass of wine in his hand (I like this family), working alongside his father (Chris Miliotes) at a young age in his father’s former restaurant off of John Young Parkway, Chris’ House of Beef, success with California Grill, Seasons 52, and Capital Grille, George Miliotes and Wine Bar George are truly special. George also has an amazing crew working by his side, and from what I saw, working extremely hard. All of them passionate about being an intricate part of Wine Bar George, and it shows with their every gesture and word, so quick to recommend the perfect pairing, and share what they know and love with guests. As if the fantastic staff, wine, and food isn’t enough to love this place, there is also the amazingly beautiful atmosphere of Wine Bar George. Soft lighting, large paneled windows overlooking great views of Disney Springs, oak floors, elements of stone and metal, brick walls, and hints of George’s personal wine collections and treasures, make up the two-story (a bar on both levels) wine bar with plenty of comfy seating. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I don’t think my pictures (taken on my iPhone) adequately do the beauty of this place justice. Until you can see for yourself, here’s a sampling of our night at Wine Bar George:

Meeting Chris Miliotes
Meeting George Miliotes

I want Wine Bar George to be my Cheers, where the staff knows my name, I have my very own bar stool in both the upstairs and downstairs bar, and my favorite glass (or glasses) of wine awaits when I enter. This was an event I will never forget and I loved the experience of trying new wines hand-picked by George, eating delicious bites, talking with the amazing staff and fellow foodies, and having the honor of meeting George Miliotes and his father, Chris (both completely modest and easy to talk to). I know you will enjoy Wine Bar George as much as I did…so, plan a visit soon…but, if I find you sitting in my stool at the bar…game on (who am I kidding…I’ll just smile at you and find another spot).

 

Wine Bar George

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/disney-springs/wine-bar-george/

 

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The Capital Grille:

In addition to serving its signature dinner menu all day, traditional brunch favorites will be served at $49 per person and $15 for children. For the appetizer course, guests can choose between menu items such as a Cup of White Cheddar Potato and Leek Soup, a Cup of Clam Chowder, Caesar Salad or Field Greens Salad. Guests can then select from a range of items for their entrée, including Shrimp and Grits, The Grille’s Lobster Frittata, Bone-In Dry Aged NY Strip with Fried Egg, Filet Mignon 8 oz., or the Pan-Seared Salmon.

Brunch concludes with decadent dessert choices, such as Classic Crème Brûlée, Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake, or Strawberries and Cream.

WHAT:                This Easter and Mother’s Day, in addition to their full dinner menu, The Capital Grille will offer a prix-fixe brunch menu.

WHEN:                Sunday, April 1, 2017 and Sunday, May 13

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Brunch menu served

2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All-day dinner menu served

WHERE:              ORLANDO – I-DRIVE

9101 International Drive

Orlando, FL  32819

ORLANDO – MILLENIA

4200 Conroy Rd.

Orlando, FL  32839

Eddie V’s:

In addition to serving its signature dinner menu all day, traditional brunch favorites will be served at $49 per person and $15 for children. For the appetizer course, guests can choose between Norwegian Smoked Salmon, Fried Green Tomatoes, or the Deviled Egg Trio. Guests can then select from a range of items for their entrée, including Pan-Seared Steak and Eggs, Lobster Quiche Florentine, Shrimp and Grits, Alaska King Crab Omelet with Three-Citrus Hollandaise, and the Crispy Chicken White Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuit. The three course brunch menu also includes fresh baked cinnamon rolls to share. From 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., a live piano performance will take place in the lounge, which will then shift to live jazz trio from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Conclude your Easter or Mother’s Day brunch on a high note with one of Eddie V’s decadent dessert choices.  Enjoy delightful options such as Banana Foster Cake with Butter Pecan Ice Cream, Butterscotch Panna Cotta with Salted Caramel and Biscotti, or fresh seasonal berries with freshly baked cookies. Brunch is also accompanied by the restaurant’s award-winning wine list of over 300 wine selections, as well as special cocktails such as mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Mary’s for $9.

WHAT:                This Easter and Mother’s Day, in addition to their full dinner menu, Eddie V’s will offer a prix-fixe brunch menu.

WHEN:                Sunday, April 1, 2017 and Sunday, May 13

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Brunch menu served

2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All-day dinner menu served

WHERE:              7488 West Sand Lake Rd

Orlando, FL  32819

EL Buda (Downtown, Orlando): 

Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day at El Buda Latin/Asian Restaurant located in Downtown Orlando. Enjoy Sunday brunch on the outdoor patio with complimentary flowers for mom, Bubbly Mojitos and a special box of cookies to take home. Reservations are available by calling 407-203-8171. Also visit El Buda on social media at @ElBudaDowntown.

Maria & Enzo’s (Disney Springs): 

Mother‘s Day brunch at Maria & Enzo’s (Disney Springs): 

Enjoy Sunday brunch with mom at Maria & Enzo’s at Disney Springs. Take flight in the former Disney airline terminal, transporting the whole family into the golden age of travel. Celebrate with an elegant buffet of classic and contemporary dishes including Mascarpone French Toast, Poached Hen Egg & Quinoa Kale Salad and hand-carved NY Strip Steak. The all-you-can-eat affair is $35 per adult and $15 per child (3-9) and kids under 2 years of age eat free. Cheers to mom with mimosas and bellinis!  Add endless during brunch for just $15. Reservations available at https://www.patinagroup.com/maria-enzos. 
 

Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi

7972 Via Dellagio Way

Orlando, FL

Reservations: Online or call 407.370.3359

Treat mom to an Unlimited Izakaya Lunch for Mother’s Day.  The family will enjoy unlimited Izakaya favorites made to order, as well as live chef’s stations manned by master sushi chefs preparing all-you-can-eat nigiri, maki, and poké!  The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Event Details: https://business.facebook.com/events/1750037761721046/

Izakaya lunch is $39 per person for adults and $19 per person for children ages 5-12. Kids 5 and under eat free. A bottomless adult beverage option is also available for $15 per person.

Pharmacy Orlando

8060 Via Dellagio Way

Orlando, FL

407.985.2972

Opening special just to celebrate mom, the all-you-can-eat brunch at Pharmacy is not to be missed.  Award-winning chef Loren Falsone will cook up her best in southern-style fare from House-smoked Bourbon BaconButtermilk Fried Chicken, Crab & Lobster Eggs Benedict to Kentucky Boneless Beef Short rib, Southern Sticky Buns and Homemade Donuts.  Equal parts food and drink, beverage master Dominick Tardugno doesn’t disappoint with bottomless mimosas, sangria and bloody marys.

Brunch is $74 per person, inclusive of bottomless drink offerings. Reservation can be made by phone.  Pharmacy Orlando will be offering brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge

8000 Via Dellagio Way

Orlando, FL

407.872.2640

Treat mom like the queen she is and take her to Urbain 40.  Mom’s receive a complimentary glass of rosé and a rose.  A special prix-fixe menu will be available for $64 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and a regular la carte menu is also available.

Menu highlights include:

  • Seared Yellowfin Tuna Tataki
  • Mother’s Day Plat Du Jour: Frittata Alla Mediterranean
  • Tuxedo Sesame-dusted white peach-ginger ice cream sandwiches   

Urbain 40 will begin taking reservations at 11 a.m.

K Restaurant & Wine Bar

1710 Edgewater Dr.

Orlando, FL

407.872.2332

Make it a neighborhood experience and dine at K Restaurant.   An a la carte brunch menu is available which includes Pastry Chef Michelle’s irresistible Cheddar Herb Biscuits ($6), along with three specials created by Executive Chef Ryan.

  • Seasonal Fish Entréesweet corn, succotash and lemon thyme butter ($30)
  • Lump Crab Cake Benedict; Michelle’s homemade biscuits, poached eggs and traditional hollandaise sauce($20)
  • Petite Filet; roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables, veal demi-glace and truffle oil ($42)

K Restaurant will be offering brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Canvas Restaurant & Market

13615 Sachs Ave

Orlando, FL

407.313.7800

Brunch with a view for the win at Canvas Restaurant & Market!  Enjoy a regular a la carte brunch menu with delicious offerings like their Ricotta Pancakes ($12) and Tiramisu French Toast ($11). Moms (and guests) can also enjoy bottomless mimosas or frosé for $14.   The restaurant will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen

6967 Lake Nona Blvd

Orlando, FL

407.955.4340

This Mother’s Day, Chroma Modern Kitchen + Bar will be offering two specials in addition to their regular a la carte menu.

  • Duck Confit Tacos; Pickled Shallot and Avocado Salsa, Chile and Burnt Orange Aioli ($15)
  • Braised Local Beef Short Ribs; Shiitake Mushroom Risotto, Leek and Tomato Confit ($20)

Chroma will begin taking reservations at 12 p.m.

Paddlefish at Disney Springs

On Mother’s Day, May 13, Paddlefish will be serving up their delicious Sunday brunch alongside beautiful views on the rooftop deck.

If the celebrations need to be delayed or you just want to keep celebrating mom, Saturday, May 26, you can join Paddlefish’s Chef Steve Richard on the rooftop for a “Cooking with Mom” event. Attendees with learn simple techniques to create restaurant quality dishes at home. The first course will be Crab Louie Salad, second course Braised pork shoulder and for dessert, chocolate crèmebrûlée. Tickets and a detailed menu can be found here.

 

Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar

Celebrate Mother’s Day – Mexican Style. Rocco’s Tacos offers guests a full sensory Mexican dining experience including exclusive Mother’s Day specials! Moms, you’re in luck – enjoy complimentary house margaritas with purchase of an entree during brunch or dinner. Also, kids under 10 eat free off the kids menu.
Locations:
Orlando – 7468 W Sandlake Road, Orlando, FL 32836 | 407.226.0550 

Celebrate Mom With A Mother’s Day Brunch at The Alfond Inn at Rollins, 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park.  Seatings at 10 am and 1 p.m.  Featuring elaborate chef-attended stations, complimentary mimosas and live music.  Price is $69 per guest and $29 per child, ages 5-12.   For more information, go to www.thealfondinn.com or (407) 456-7598.

Please see links below to make reservations and for details.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mothers-day-brunch-at-the-alfond-inn-tickets-44163454080

Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day at the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

New “Eye Love Mom” Package includes MOMosa Bar featuring Mimosas and non-alcoholic options, Sweet Treats Bar, Special Gifts

WHO:                   I-Drive 360, home of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

WHAT:                Make Mother’s Day extra special with a visit to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye! Guests can now book the “Eye Love Mom” package for just $139 (plus tax). The package includes a private family capsule for up to four people (additional tickets available for $20 per person plus tax, limit up to 4), a “MOMosa” bar featuring champagne and non-alcoholic options, a Sweet Treats Bar and special gifts for mom to treasure! Children under 3 are free.

To make a reservation and for more information visit, officialorlandoeye.com/mom.

WHEN:                 May 11 – May 13, 2018

WHERE:               I-Drive 360, 8401 International Drive Orlando, Florida

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

Address: 9150 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Link: https://delfriscos.com/steakhouse/orlando/

Description: On Sunday, May 13, guests can enjoy an experience unlike any other with premium Mother’s Day selections, including Prime Rib and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House’s full menu paired with their award-winning wine list. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House will be opening early on Mother’s Day at 11 a.m. to give guests plenty of time to spoil their moms.

Reservations: Call (407) 351-5074

Tony Roma’s

Address: 8560 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819

Link: https://tonyromas.com/tr_specials/easter/

Description: Celebrate mom and treat her to a delicious meal at Tony Roma’s! On May 12 and 13 for only $30, guests can enjoy selections from a special menu which includes choice of soup or salad, as well as choice of 6 oz. Filet Medallions with red wine and mushroom demi-glace or Grilled Shrimp skewered half rack of their World-Famous Baby Back Ribs with mashed potatoes and a fresh vegetable. Guests can also enjoy any Tony Roma’s favorite off the regular menu.

Reservations: Call (407) 248-0094

Mother’s Day at Taverna OPA

Sunday, May 13th

Mom eats for FREE with a family style menu for four!

Minimum 4 people required. One offer per table.

Open 12 – 11pm. Make a reservation online or by calling Taverna Opa at (407) 351-8660.

Website: https://opaorlando.com/mothers-day/

Mother’s Day at TAPA TORO

Sunday, May 13th

Brunch Buffet 11am-3pm

$38 per person + tax & gratuity ($15 for Kids)

Special Brunch Buffet Including: Belgian Waffle Station, House Cured Salmon, Eggs-Your-Way, & Seafood Paella!

Add Unlimited Mimosas & Sangria for $15 per person *Mom drinks for free with the purchase of brunch buffet!*

Website: https://tapatoro.restaurant/mothers-day-brunch/

Make a reservation online or call (407) 226-2929.

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