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Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com

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Florida native Ricky Ly founded TastyChomps.com in 2008 as a local Orlando food blog dedicated to finding the tastiest bits and pieces of Orlando as well as around the world. His first book, Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) is available now on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. E-mail him at tastychomps(at)gmail.com. Google

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Orlando Foodie Forum x Tasty Chomps x Ravello Dinner Event
Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6:30pm
$45 pp (incl tax & grat)

The Four Seasons Orlando
The Four Seasons Orlando

Join us for a special dinner at Ravello on October 11, featuring the Orlando Foodie Forum and host Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com, the Orlando Food Blog. Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, the Italian restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, is helmed by Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi, who was born and raised in the Torino area of Italy.

The Four Seasons Orlando
The Four Seasons Orlando

Ravello features all housemade pastas and pizzas made with imported Italian flour, and it’s perfect timing to try this menu as October is National Pizza Month and National Pasta Month!

The menu includes a glass of wine, choice of salad, a personal size pizza, and pasta.

Plus, all attendees will receive a takeaway of Italian cookies. $45 per person includes tax and gratuity.

Space is limited to 20 guests!

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/foodie-forum-dinner-at-ravello-tickets-27935938143

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Ravello Dinner Menu:

Choice of Salad, 1/2 portion Pasta and Personal Pizza

-Guests can select from the following:

Salad

Cesare

Hearts of Romaine | Parmigiano | Anchovy | Focaccia Croutons

Insalata Mista

Trevisana | Arugula | Lola Rossa | Moscato Vinaigrette

Blood Orange & Portobello Mushroom Salad

Shallots | Taggiasca Olives | Crunchy Polenta | Chianti Vinaigrette

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Pasta

Spaghetti

Homemade Spaghetti | San Marzano Tomato | Crunchy Basil

Creste Di Gallo

Pinot Grigio Cream Sauce | Wood Fired Asparagus | Carrots | Spinach | Ricotta Salata

Pappardelle

Traditional Bolognese | Pecorino

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Pizza

Margherita

Tomato | Basil | Mozzarella

Pizza Alla Salsiccia

Homemade Italian Sausage | Pepperoni | Cured Ham | Mozzarella | Basil Oil

N’Duja

Pomodorini Sauce | N’Duja Sausage | Oregano | Parmigiano | Mozzarella

Bianca

Ricotta Sauce | Mushrooms | Arugula | Truffle Oil

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/foodie-forum-dinner-at-ravello-tickets-27935938143

Photos courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

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PRESS RELEASE

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will celebrate its seventh year October 28 – 29 at the Epcot Resort Area resort with its largest event to date featuring 50 food and wine stations, 10 seminars and opportunities to meet the award-winning chefs behind featured culinary masterpieces.

With more food and drink stations spreading out among more space than ever before, guests will delight in numerous opportunities to sip and savor along the resort’s causeway, alongside the resort’s private lake, and for the first time, on the resort’s private beach all weekend while enjoying live entertainment.

Delectable culinary offerings headline the two-night event, featuring cuisine from the resort’s own award-winning restaurants: Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Shula’s Steak House Todd English’s bluezoo, Kimonos and more, with wine and spirits samplings from around the globe.

“Each year we seek to give our guests something new and exciting to experience and taste.” said the resort’s Director of Food & Beverage Tony Porcellini. “This year, we’ll be able to offer them more food, more drink and more fun than ever before.”

What’s New
Making its festival debut this year is an immersive area, which will transport guests’ palates to the streets of San Francisco’s Chinatown with décor and dishes inspired by the famous neighborhood.

Two new dishes were created by resort’s award-winning culinary team will be featured in the area: crispy duck with cucumber, scallion, hoisin sauce and a steamed bun as well as Shanghai dumplings, handmade with pork, rice wine, ginger and scallion, served with soy sauce and chili oil sauce.

Also new for 2016 is the Sunday Bubbles Brunch with J Vineyards and Winery at Il Mulino New York Trattoria, featuring a lavish menu of traditional and unconventional dishes like various cured meats and imported cheeses along with an array of sushi and trattoria-inspired entrees.

Featured Food
Friday and Saturday nights, feature menus full of new and unique dishes sure to please the palate, including spinach and potato agnolotti with pork, tomato cream grilled radicchio and ricotta salata; smoked beef brisket with white cheddar beignet and concord grape and smoked bacon remoulade; and seared striped bass with fall artichokes, nicoise olives and Spanish caper emulsion.

Favorite dishes from past years also return, such as the shrimp cocktail steamroller, Thai chicken salad with organic greens, green papaya tamarind and ginger dressing as well as the dragon sushi roll with crispy shrimp, tuna and avocado.

The resort’s World Champion Pastry Chef, Laurent Branlard, provides a sweeter side to the evening with decadent desserts like the all-chocolate choux and caramel sea salt éclair with vanilla whipped cream and comfit gingered pears. The Sundae Action Station returns allowing guests to choose their own toppings like chocolate cake and caramelized banana.

Seminars and Upgrades
Two new hands-on educational seminars, taught by members of the resort’s award-winning food and beverage team, are being added to this year’s seminar offerings. The Craft Cocktails seminar educates guests on the origins of traditional cocktails and how to make them, and More than Malbec introduces the world of popular Argentinian wines, with tastings and tips for pairing. Popular returning seminar topics include wine blending, Italian wines, champagne, beer, tequila, pasta making, sushi and sake and wine and cheese pairing. All seminars require separate tickets, and space is limited.

As an upgraded ticket option, guests can experience a beer garden, featuring a variety of local and seasonal brews from around the world, alongside Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine made by the resort’s culinary experts.

Award-Winning Chefs
To add to the event’s appeal, guests can enjoy a meet and greet with celebrity chef Todd English, the namesake of the resort’s Todd English’s bluezoo restaurant. Guests can also meet the world’s only two-time World Champion Pastry Chef and the resort’s very own executive pastry chef, Laurent Branlard. Barbeque fans shouldn’t miss the Cib’s Smoke House station for signature barbeque dishes from the resort’s Executive Chef Robert Ciborowski.

With 17 restaurants and lounges, a distinguished culinary and beverage team and unmatched customer service, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort continually receives national recognition for its food and beverage program. The culinary team has had the honor of presenting multiple dinners at the distinguished James Beard House. The resort boasts more than 70 certified wine sommeliers and 1,400 wine selections, including organic and rare vintages. The resort’s restaurants are annual winners of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence including Shula’s Steak House, a five-time recipient of the exclusive Best of Award of Excellence.

Tickets to the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic are available as part of a resort package or individually. For more information or to book, please visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or call 1-800-227-1500.

What: Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

Info: The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort returns October 28 – 29, showcasing a vast array of food and beverage options, informative seminars conducted by members of the resort’s award-winning food and beverage team and an appearance by celebrity chef Todd English.

The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic consists of 10 food and beverage seminars, live entertainment, a beer garden and more than 50 food and beverage stations, featuring appetizing selections from the resort’s signature restaurants: Shula’s Steak House, Il Mulino New York Trattoria and Todd English’s bluezoo, as well as wines, beers and cocktails from around the world.

When: Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2016
5:30–9 p.m. (for seminar schedule, check www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com)

Where: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Causeway
1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
407-934-4000

Ticket Information:

– Overnight packages, available for one or two nights, including room accommodations and two tickets to the outdoor festival (seminar tickets and beer garden tickets may be added for an additional fee) are available starting at $392

– Advance purchase unlimited food and beverage samples are $105 per person; beer garden upgrade is $130 per person including taxes

– Interactive seminars start at $50 per person, per class including taxes

– Sunday Bubbles Brunch with J Vineyards and Winery is $75 per person

– For more information or to book, please visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or call 1-800-227-1500

About the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort resides amongst the greatest theme parks and attractions in Central Florida. The resort is located between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can discover 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and the luxurious Mandara Spa. The resort features five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, the extended park hours benefit, where each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks is open extra time for guests to enjoy select attractions (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required) and Disney FastPass+ service, where guests can reserve up to 3 select theme park experiences up to 60 days in advance of their visit. The resort can be reached at 800-227-1500, www.swandolphin.com or through Facebook at www.facebook.com/swananddolphin.

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Fall Food & Wine Weekends – Sept. 16 through Nov. 13, 2016
Complimentary transportation to Epcot® and the Disney Theme Parks.

Food & Wine Weekends at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando is a celebration of fine wine and the culinary arts…the perfect complement to the Epcot® Food & Wine Festival, for the serious epicurean.

Designed for those who truly savor the artistry of fine culinary preparations – each plate a canvas for delight and each vintage an invitation for couples to indulge in each other – we invite you to experience Food & Wine Weekends at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Come for an evening, or immerse yourself in a gourmet weekend retreat. Plus, enjoy complimentary transportation to Epcot® and all Disney Theme Parks.

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Weekend Highlights Include:

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The Taste of La Luce
Friday & Saturday, 6pm – 11pm, La Luce
From the kitchen of La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, enjoy an exclusive four-course menu with recommended wine pairing featuring a taste of La Luce. Menu may be paired with wine flights for an additional fee. Reservations recommended, please refer to, “The Taste of La Luce,” when making a reservation. Call 407-597-3600. ($)
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The Taste of Bull & Bear
Friday & Saturday, 6pm – 10pm, Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Experience an exclusive tasting four-course menu comprised of exquisite food and wine pairings – prepared by the illustrious chefs of Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Reservations recommended, please refer to, “The Taste of Bull & Bear,” when making a reservation. Call 407-597-5413. ($)
View Dinner and Wine Pairing Menu

Carved Beef Filet Rossini with Potato Pave
Carved Beef Filet Rossini with Potato Pave

The Art of Sushi Pairing
Friday & Saturday, 5pm – 10pm, Zeta Bar & Sushi Lounge
Guests can enjoy an exciting epicurean journey at Zeta Bar & Sushi Lounge, exploring perfect pairings of sake or beer with favorite sushi dishes. ($)
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Cocktail Creations
Saturday 4:30pm – 5:30pm, Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Muddle, mix and sample! Guests partake in an interactive experience creating their very own specialty cocktails.

Sip, Swirl & Savor – A Wine Tasting Experience
Friday and Saturday, 5pm – 7pm, outside of La Luce
Before dinner, sample an array of wines which will be offered as a complement to The Taste of La Luce dinner menu. Regardless of your wine knowledge, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more from an experienced sommelier. Select Weekends.

Craft Beer Experience

Friday & Saturday, MYTH Bar
The resort has teamed up with local breweries to bring this interactive experience to guests. Enjoy a selection of craft beers each weekend. Select Weekends.

Bar du Chocolat and Champagne Tasting
Friday & Saturday, 6:30pm – 10:30pm, Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
A decadent selection of à la carte chocolate treats hand-crafted by Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s world-class pastry team. A selection of champagnes are available, as well. Highlights include chocolate truffles, exotic chocolate cakes and bowls of beautiful bon-bons. ($) Select Weekends.

Macaron Bar
Friday & Saturday, 6pm – 10pm, MYTH Bar
Whether indulging in a pre or post-dinner treat, guest can visit the Macaron Bar to try an assortment of flavors, hand-made by the resort’s world-class pastry team. ($) Select Weekends.

Astoria After Dark
Friday & 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. ($)

Royal Tea – A Waldorf Astoria Tradition
Sunday, 2pm – 4pm, 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.” Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Please see Concierge or call 407-597-5450. ($)

Waldorf Astoria® Spa Tuscany Wine Special
Daily, Waldorf Astoria Spa
Experience the powerful antioxidants of red wine powder, red grape seed extract, crushed grape seeds and pure grape seed oil as you indulge in an extravagant Tuscany Wine Wrap or Pedicure. To book an appointment at Waldorf Astoria Spa please call 407-597-5360. ($)

Live Entertainment
Nightly, Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

All guests of Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek are invited to enjoy Food & Wine Weekend experiences.

Stuffed Conchiglioni Pasta: Ricotta, Short Rib, Reggiano, B?chamel
Stuffed Conchiglioni Pasta: Ricotta, Short Rib, Reggiano, B?chamel

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PRESS RELEASE

Orlando, FL – The Downtown Orlando Partnership (DOP), a founding partner of the Downtown Orlando Tours initiative, will launch the Crafty Cocktail Tour this weekend in the Central Business District. This new tour takes guests on a cocktail experience and explores some of Downtown’s best adult beverage locations.

“It’s been more than a year since we launched the Downtown Food Tour.” said Bridget Keefe, Executive Director of the Downtown Orlando Partnership. “We’ve had such a positive response from the community and visitors that we felt like it was time to expand our offerings.”

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The Dapper Duck Orlando

The Crafty Cocktail tour runs every Saturday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and features tastings from four local establishments. Guests will sample hand-crafted concoctions created by some of the area’s most creative mixologists, while learning about the history and culture of Downtown Orlando. Participating locations include Bauhaus, Courtesy Bar, Dapper Duck, Hen House and the Woods.

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The Courtesy Orlando

“Our hope with the new tour is to be able to share the story of Downtown’s growing craft beverage scene,” Keefe noted “and showcase the amazing establishments on the forefront of it all.”

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The Dapper Duck Orlando

Also launching this weekend under the Downtown Orlando Tours umbrella is the new Thornton Park Food Tour. This new tour will run on the second Saturday of each month from 4 – 6 p.m. in partnership with the Thornton Park District and Thornton Park Restaurant Group. Guests will be guided through the area and receive tastings from Anthony’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant, Baoery Asian Gastropub, Shari and Soco.

Both tours are now available to book by visiting www.downtownorlandotours.com.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (September 13, 2016) – Tavistock Restaurant Collection announces today that Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen, the anticipated Modern-American concept located in Lake Nona Town Center, will open to the neighborhood on Wednesday, September 21. The restaurant will offer eclectic small plates and is overseen by Executive Chef Jason Bergeron, who competed earlier this year on Food Network’s “Chopped Grill Masters.”

Chroma chef Jason Bergeron
Chroma chef Jason Bergeron

“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce Chroma to the neighborhood,” said Maurice O’Donaghue, General Manager, Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen. “We want locals to feel that this is their home away from home, to sip on a cocktail, enjoy a bite and share in conversation.”

At the heart of Chroma’s 256-seat restaurant is an oversized bar, where locals can belly up, unwind and enjoy wines-on-tap, local draft beers and seven Tavistock private-label wines.

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A selection of nine housemade cocktails created by Assistant General Manager Megan Harris include a signature Chroma Paloma ($10) with Stoli Ohranj, grapefruit juice, mint, and Coppertail Brewing Co. Wheat Stroke, to exciting twists on the classics like a Seasonal Sangria ($9), a Pineapple Ginger Caipirinha, ($11), Adam’s Got Mojo ($10) and an Ancho Daiquiri ($11).

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Boasting a contemporary and communal dining atmosphere, Chroma’s extensive small plates menu takes a “something for everyone” approach with dishes inspired by a global spice palate.

Scratch dishes are designed to savor and satisfy ranging from Quail Egg Croquettes ($9), Roasted Edamame ($7), Wagyu Skirt Steak ($14), and Skillet-Roasted Clams ($11) to Guava and Goat Cheese Flatbread ($12).

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Three, “For The Table” offerings are larger in size, served family-style and include a Crispy Pork Loin ($35), Flame Grilled Ribeye ($53) and Jambalaya ($35). Chroma’s menu is intentional in every sense; with an extensive vegetable selection to seafood and meat dishes.

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A fresh focus fuels moderate menu changes to reflect what is local and in abundance.

Chroma’s open layout includes a main dining area with cozy banquette seating, an outdoor lounge and covered patio and a solarium complete with inspiring views of Lake Nona Town Center’s community artwork.

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All dining options are available for private or semi-private group dining.
To make reservations or check out the full menu, visit ChromaLakeNona.com.

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ABOUT CHROMA MODERN BAR + KITCHEN
Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen is an original concept restaurant from Tavistock Restaurant Collection located in the Lake Nona Town Center. In design and cuisine, Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen reflects the innovative Lake Nona community by incorporating a contemporary dining atmosphere with scratch-made small plates created by Executive Chef, Jason Bergeron. The restaurant is open daily for dinner and for lunch Monday-Friday. For more information or to make reservations, call 407-455-3435 or visit www.chromalakenona.com

ABOUT TAVISTOCK RESTAURANT COLLECTION
Tavistock Restaurant Collection is part of Tavistock Group, an international private investment organization founded by Joe Lewis. The collection operates award-winning restaurant concepts including Abe & Louie’s, Atlantic Fish, Atlas, AquaKnox, Blackhawk Grille, Cafe del Rey, Canvas Restaurant & Market, Canonita, Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen, Coach Grill, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Napa Valley Grille, Sapporo, Timpano, Top Catch, and ZED451. For more information, visit www.tavistockrestaurantcollection.com.

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Special Menu

Check out this printout PDF we made to keep track of all the meals you have eaten this month! Thank you to our fellow foodie friend Lyne for the suggestion during our recent Orlando Foodie Forum dinner – hopefully next year Visit Orlando will create a nice one for us to print out.

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Download the PDF – Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month 2016 – Restaurant Checklist PDF Printout

 

Also, make sure to sign up for our weekly e-mail newsletter to stay up to date with all that is going on in Orlando’s Foodie Scene. Subscribe to the TastyChomps Newsletter here

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Katerina Coumbaros, owner of Tapa Toro and Taverna Opa, as a guest blogger this summer. Katerina will be traveling to Greece from June 29 to August 1.

Pack your bags and bring your appetites, the team at Taverna Opa is going to Greece! Join in on the journey as owners Vassilis and Katerina Coumbaros travel through their homeland.

In honor of their travels, Taverna Opa unveiled a special limited edition menu, ‘Summer in Greece’. The menu featured three authentic dishes that are made with fresh, Greek ingredients and are inspired directly by the country’s latest food trends.

The limited menu was available from June 29 to August 6, with dishes ranging from $7 to $15.
Taverna Opa Summer in Greece
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HELLO FROM GREECE
By Katerina Coumbaros

Like others who share a similar upbringing, being part of a first generation immigrant family has taught me so many things about tradition. Among the many things I’ve done to preserve the tradition of being Greek – most obvious being the opening of Greek restaurant, Taverna Opa – is to make a point to go back to visit. As a restaurant owner, I always say that experiencing something first hand is the only “real” way to experience it.
Every time I visit, my cup of life is overflowing with the beauty that is Greece (#greecerightnow) – so much to see, so much to learn, so much to eat and enjoy! As a parent I do my part to keep tradition in the house and throughout the year. Today, I’m sharing my journey of tradition continued; join me as journey through a summer in Greece (#summeringreece) with my family.

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The Coumbaros clan has arrived in Chania– the second largest city and the capital of Crete. What could be more beautiful than looking out the airplane window to this an incredible view of the amazing ocean and landscape as we touch down.

Friday, July 1st It’s Time to Eat…

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First stop Bougatsa Iordanis, established in 1924 this is the place to come and experience the Chaniotikia Bougatsa. What is it? Or you mean, what isn’t it – it is the most delicious phyllo dough made fresh, stuffed with mizithra goodness, a type of sour Greek cheese made with milk and whey from sheep and/or goats. Some guests love it topped with sugar, I personally love it savory.

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Here you see the pastry chef stretching out the phyllo dough. It’s amazing how thin it gets without breaking or ripping!

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Here they are folding the savory pastry.

Saturday, July 2nd It’s Summer In Greece, Alright….

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Quick family picture of us on the side of the highway on our way to Elafonisi, an island located in the southwest corner of of Crete. Just need to keep everyone excited as we journey through the last bit of this curvy mountain road, we are seconds from paradise!

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Hello paradise… and cue the sigh of relief now. Elafonisi Beach has been voted the best beach in all of Greece. Tourist and locals come here for the sights of pink sand and the clear waters. It was amazing here, the kids loved it!

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Meet Yorgos, our son who you can see is a fan of snorkeling.

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Meet Violetta, one of our beautiful daughters (or should we say minnows), swimming under water.

Sunday, July 3rd Feeling Inspired at Marathi Beach…

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We might be soaking up the Greek sun at Marathi Beach, but we are also doing our homework!
Feeling particularly inspired after a delicious dinner filled with many standouts including my personal fav, the Anthous, a Marathi island specialty. They are stuffed zucchini blossoms with rice and herbs that are then baked in the oven – similar to dolmades. New menu item alert for sure, please watch out for these as a special at the restaurant when they are in season!

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Meet Fagri, a beautifully grilled Mediterranean fish. We actually ship this exact fish into Taverna Opa weekly when it is available. There is nothing like fresh fish with just lemon and olive oil. The generous host offered to filet it for us, but Vassilis, my husband, opted for us to filet it on our own. At Taverna Opa we can serve it whole or fileted.

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Traditional Greek Salad, means no lettuce. Just the beautiful flavors of tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, red onion, feta cheese and olive oil. This salad was especially delicious, as the vegetables were picked from the restaurants garden. At Taverna Opa we take pride in providing the best vegetables available for our Traditional Greek Salad.

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Mussels in a saffron sauce – so flavorful and juicy. Fun fact, Greece is actually known from producing the best saffron in the world and is the second largest producer of the spice.

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Octopus and Greek Sausage Skewer; simple and delicious…and another new menu alert item. We have a great octopus dish at the restaurant, but we loved the way that the octopus picked up the flavors of the greek sausage, which has an orange, citrusy smoke flavor. Hmmm…they are on to something!
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Monday, July 4th Happy 4th From Theriso…
….and on Monday’s we take train rides from the beach up to a war village named Theriso. A beautiful day with family! The train traveled through mountains where we got “up close and personal” with wild goats. What a great way to see the village. When we got to Theriso we did what everyone visiting a war village should do, and very fittingly visited the war museum.

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In front of St. Apostolos church at the top of the mountain patiently waiting for the train to arrive.

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Yorgos took a picture with one of the shooting canyons.

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Tuesday, July 5 Good-Bye…For Now
Just like I started this blog, I will end this blog – with tradition. Here is a beautiful picture of me and my family on my favorite beach in Greece, Falassarna. Crystal clear waters, beautiful view of the mountains, a stunning sunset, and memories…

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Taverna Opa Orlando is a Mediterranean restaurant with a focused on traditional Greek cuisine. The restaurant is located at 9101 International Drive and is open daily for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Guests can enjoy homemade dishes highlighting ingredients indigenous to Greece along with live entertainment performances nightly. For more information, please visit www.tavernaopaorlando.com or call 407.351.8660.

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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
As magnificent as it sounds.
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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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After a successful dinner at Hyatt Regency Orlando’s Urban Tide last week, in honor of Orlando Magical Dining Month, our Orlando Foodie Forum presented by Tasty Chomps! has partnered with Visit Orlando for a special dinner event at Chef Kathleen Blake’s Rusty Spoon on Thursday September 8th.

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Meet Orlando Foodie Forum friends at The Rusty Spoon for an exclusive dinner event celebrating Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. Your experience includes a complimentary cocktail reception at The Rusty Spoon bar featuring signature cocktail selections. Dinner will follow giving guests a first taste of The Rusty Spoon’s three-course Magical Dining Month menu with wine pairings and special presentations from Chef Kathleen Blake.

Gratuity included. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Limit two tickets per party.

MAGICAL DINING MENU

Choice of Appetizers

Lake Meadow Scotched Egg
Soft boiled egg, house italian sausage, pickled vegetables

Charred Squid & Octopus
Watermelon 2 ways, crispy chorizo,
house pickled peppers, arugula & spicy vinaigrette

Crudite
A taste of the season

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Choice of Entrèes

Lake Meadow Skirt Steak
Crispy potatoes, vegetables of the moment & salsa verde

Lake Meadow Chicken Thigh Alla Diavola
Slow roasted with our italian sausage, house hot pickled peppers, wilted greens & grit fries

Native Pirlau
Canaveral head-on shrimp, chicken andouille sausage, charred vegetables with rice & smoky shrimp broth

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Choice of Desserts

Floating Island
Seasonal sorbet & poached fruit

Rusty Donut Hole
Stuffed with something yummy, chocolate sauce

Chocolate Cake
Salted caramel gelato & seasonal fruit

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WHEN
Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
WHERE
The Rusty Spoon – 55 West Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801

TICKETS LINK:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/magical-dining-at-the-rusty-spoon-x-orlando-foodie-forum-tickets-27378049483

Photos Courtesy of The Rusty Spoon

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A little late, but on Wednesday, April 20, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce hosted the 31th annual Taste of Winter Park presented by CenturyLink, the organization’s annual food festival. More than 40 of the area’s finest restaurants served over 1,300 attendees with unlimited food and beverage samples. It’s one of my favorite food events to judge all year!

Check out their press release below for all the details and winners!

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PRESS RELEASE

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

Throughout the event, guests had the opportunity to taste from more than 40 vendors, including nine new eateries, and partake in a silent auction and raffle drawing. The highlight of the evening was the awards presentation. Judges included Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand, editors, Edible Orlando; Lauren Delgado, food editor and restaurant critic, Orlando Sentinel; Josh Garrick, restaurant critic, Winter Park/Maitland Observer; Rona Ginden, dining editor, Winter Park Magazine; Ricky Ly, food blogger, Tasty Chomps.com; Rachel Williams, staff writer, Orlando Business Journal; and Scott Richardson, feature writer, The Park Press.

4 Rivers Smokehouse was honored with Best Main Course for its smoked pulled pork taco. Best Appetizer/Side Dish was presented to Umi for its unique Thai ciabatta sushi. Sweet! By Holly earned the Best Dessert award for its assorted mini cupcakes. The Best Booth Display went to Orchid Thai Cuisine. The Best Healthy Dish was presented to Create Your Nature, which is set to open this summer along Orange Avenue, for its acai bowl. Hamilton’s Kitchen at The Alfond Inn’s smoked pork rib was named the Best Fresh Florida Dish for use of locally-sourced ingredients. Finally, Rogue Pub took home the award for best beverage with its selections of Goose Island Ales.

The Taste of Winter Park is made possible by our presenting sponsor CenturyLink, and support from Aloma Bowl, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, BLEAGOLF, C & S Press, Central Florida Lifestyle, Edible Orlando, Ferrell Wealth Management, Ferrell & Kelly LLC, Florida’s Finest Linen Service, Full Sail University, Hunter Vision, Integrative Physical Medicine, Lundev, Monark Premium Appliances, Mox?, PNC Bank, Renewal by Andersen, Rodan and Fields, 92.7 Smooth FM, Sysco Central Florida, The Park Press, Valencia College, WFTV Channel 9, Winter Park Magazine, Winter Park/ Maitland Observer, Winter Park Village, WUCF 89.9 FM and WMMO 98.9 FM.
The Taste of Winter Park is held annually at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market. For information on the 32nd annual Taste of Winter Park scheduled for April 19, 2017, contact the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce at (407) 644-8281, visit www.winterpark.org or follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.

The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce represents more than 800 businesses, community organizations and individuals in an effort to develop, promote and sustain a vital, thriving business climate throughout the community and to initiate, support and enhance the civic, educational and economic well-being of the area. For more information, visit www.winterpark.org.

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Hamilton's Kitchen at The Alfond Inn
Hamilton’s Kitchen at The Alfond Inn

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Florida Atlantic Swordfish Olive oil and green onion crushed potatoes, Maine lobster bisque

This month, our Tasty Chomps Orlando Foodie Forum partnered up Visit Orlando and Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando to present a preview of the upcoming Magical Dining Month.

The 11th Annual Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is a month-long program (with a special preview week starting Monday August 29) where participating restaurants feature three-course, prix fixe dinners at the exceptional value of $33 per person. One dollar from each meal sold will benefit The Russell Home for Atypical Children.

Magical Dining Month takes place every night, August 29 – October 2, 2016, during the restaurant’s normal dinner hours. More than 90 Orlando area restaurants are participating this year. For a complete list of participating restaurants and their special menus visit MagicalDining.com.

The $33 prix fixe meal covers a three-course dinner that includes the choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert from the restaurant’s Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month menu. Tax and gratuity is not included.

Whether you arrive at the restaurant as a walk-in guest or with advance reservations, simply ask your server for the Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month menu. No vouchers, coupons or flyers are needed.

Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando, once known as Napa at the Peabody Hotel on International Drive, retains much of its sophisticated, dark, wood-paneled furnishings and modern pattern décor. The restaurant is led by Chef Jared Gross, who has been with the hotel for many years, from Napa and beyond.

Check out below for photos from this wonderful meal – it was truly a treat with lots of delicious food for a great price. Well done by the staff and chefs at Urban Tide all around. Join the Tasty Chomps Orlando Foodie Forum to find out about the next special dinner event! (which will be announced Very Soon!)

Visit Orlando Magical Dining Menu
for URBAN TIDE

Choice of Appetizers
Plantain Crusted Diver Scallop
Beet root mash, pickled corn and chorizo salsa

Crispy Pork Belly
Apple mustard, Brussel sprout and hazelnut slaw

Little Gem Lettuces’
Roasted artichoke, heart of palm, piquillo peppers, charred ricotta salata,
lemon thyme vinaigrette

Choice of Entrèes
Florida Atlantic Swordfish
Olive oil and green onion crushed potatoes, Maine lobster bisque

Grilled Skirt Steak
Honey roasted butternut squash, cilantro pesto

Smoked Fettuccini Pasta
Edamame, Cipollini onions, arugula, oven dried tomato and crème
fraiche cream sauce (vegetarian)

Choice of Desserts
Grilled Bread Pudding
Blackberry “au jus”, vanilla ice cream

Intense chocolate mousse
Caramelized macadamia nuts, fudgy brownie bites

Urban Tide – Hyatt Regency Orlando
9801 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 284-1234

Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando
Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando
Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando
Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando
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Chef Jared Gross - Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando
Chef Jared Gross – Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando
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Cocktails on wheels
Cocktail bar on wheels
Cocktail bar on wheels
Special Menu
Special Menu
Special Menu
Special Menu
Crabcake
Crabcake
Salt margarita with sea foam
Salt margarita with sea foam
Cheesy bread
Cheesy bread
Plantain Crusted Diver Scallop Beet root mash, pickled corn and chorizo salsa
Plantain Crusted Diver Scallop
Beet root mash, pickled corn and chorizo salsa
Crispy Pork Belly  Apple mustard, Brussel sprout and hazelnut slaw
Crispy Pork Belly
Apple mustard, Brussel sprout and hazelnut slaw
Little Gem Lettuces’  Roasted artichoke, heart of palm, piquillo peppers, charred ricotta salata, lemon thyme vinaigrette
Little Gem Lettuces’
Roasted artichoke, heart of palm, piquillo peppers, charred ricotta salata,
lemon thyme vinaigrette
Grilled Skirt Steak  Honey roasted butternut squash, cilantro pesto
Grilled Skirt Steak
Honey roasted butternut squash, cilantro pesto
Florida Atlantic Swordfish  Olive oil and green onion crushed potatoes, Maine lobster bisque
Florida Atlantic Swordfish
Olive oil and green onion crushed potatoes, Maine lobster bisque
Smoked Fettuccini Pasta Edamame, Cipollini onions, arugula, oven dried tomato and crème fraiche cream sauce (vegetarian)
Smoked Fettuccini Pasta
Edamame, Cipollini onions, arugula, oven dried tomato and crème
fraiche cream sauce (vegetarian)
Grilled Bread Pudding  Blackberry “au jus”, vanilla ice cream
Grilled Bread Pudding
Blackberry “au jus”, vanilla ice cream
Intense chocolate mousse Caramelized macadamia nuts, fudgy brownie bites
Intense chocolate mousse
Caramelized macadamia nuts, fudgy brownie bites

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Orlando’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry brings together the area’s top chefs who donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in Central Florida. Along with culinary delights, guests have the opportunity to sample select wines, cocktails and premium beers and enjoy silent and live auctions and entertainment. Every dollar raised fights hunger and homelessness in the Central Florida. Local beneficiaries include Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Florida Impact.

Central Florida’s most distinguished chefs will join forces August 27, 2016 to help fight the nation’s childhood hunger epidemic at Orlando’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry. Forty-five of the area’s most accomplished chefs will showcase tasting portions of signature dishes, accompanied by fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails at the Orlando World Center Marriott to ensure children struggling with hunger in our city and across America are connected to the meals they need.

New to this year’s event are 10 of the area’s most popular and exciting restaurants including Benihana, Canvas Lake Nona, Eleven and Forte at Reunion Resort, Hemisphere Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, Nova Scratch Kitchen, The Osprey Tavern, Restaurant ASH, STK and The Rusty Spoon.

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Several popular brewers, wine purveyors and spirit vendors have also been tapped for this year’s event, including Brew Bus USA, Cigar City Brewing, Crooked Can Brewery, Orlando Brewery, Red Light, Red Light Beer Parlour, Small Town Brewery, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, Lakeridge Winery, Nestle Waters | S. Pell & Acqua Panna, Onli Beverage Co., Funky Monkey, Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey and Tito’s Vodka.

In its 27th year, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is the region’s longest-running and most trend-forward food and beverage event raising funds and awareness for children’s nutrition programs provided by national beneficiary Share Our Strength, regional beneficiary Florida Impact, and local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

In addition to appetizing food, fine wines, craft beers and premium spirits, guests also enjoy a fully automated mobile silent auction featuring signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, rounds of golf on area courses, and exotic adventures and getaways.

The Giving Tree raffle, sponsored by Edible Orlando, returns for the second year inviting guests to win a taste of Orlando’s most popular establishments. For a $50 donation, guests can select a Giving Tree envelope hanging from a towering tree containing a gift certificate ranging from $25 to $300 in value. The event’s ever-popular Instant Wine Cellar game offers participants a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine valued at more than $2,500. There are only 250 chances to win this exquisite wine cellar. Each key is a $25 donation.

Guests can also win fine bottles of wine with the all-new Ring Toss for Wine fundraiser. Rings are available for purchase to toss onto wine bottles ?$5 for two tosses or $10 for six tosses. When a ring lands around a bottle neck, the guest wins a bottle of wine to take home.

A handful of students from The Second Harvest Culinary Training Program will be at Orlando’s Taste of the Nation this year to lend the cooking skills they have mastered in Second Harvest’s 14-week program designed to provide qualified, at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults with the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry.

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“For our culinary students to be able to work alongside Orlando’s top chefs at Taste of the Nation is a one-of-a-kind experience and learning opportunity that we cannot teach in the classroom,” said Chef Israel Santiago, head training chef at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

For a limited time, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is offering a special promotion on tickets to this year’s event. Buy 1 ticket, get 50% off the 2nd ticket using the code LASTCHANCE. To purchase tickets, visit NoKidHungry.org/Orlando.

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is offering several fundraising experiences to sip and nibble on before the main event.

Eola Wine Company welcomes guests to raise a glass to end childhood hunger with a series of weekly wine tasting events on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from now through Aug. 24. For a $15 donation at the door, guests will receive free tastings of select wines. Offering fine varietals by the glass, flight and bottle, plus light fare, Eola Wine Company is located in downtown Orlando at 430 E. Central Blvd., Orlando.

The Ancient Olive is fighting childhood hunger with olive oil by donating $1 for each bottle of ultrapremium extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, and flavor-infused olive oils sold between now and August 31. The tasting bar for premium extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars is located at 324 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. The Spice & Tea Exchange, located at 309 Park Ave., North, Winter Park, will donate $1 for each gourmet spice blend grinder sold.

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Proceeds from these three events benefit Share our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger, which includes local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

For the first time, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation introduces the Golden Ticket Giveaway, offering an exciting new way to win a pair of complimentary tickets to this year’s event. Guests who dine at select, participating establishments can ask their server for a Golden Ticket to receive a concealed envelope that may contain a pair of tickets to this year’s event. Chances of winning are 1 in 10. Follow hashtags #OrlTaste and #GoldenTicket for a list of participating restaurants and updates on remaining
Golden Tickets. The Golden Ticket Giveaway runs from Aug. 1 – 22.

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is presented nationally by Citi and Sysco and sponsored by OpenTable, San Pell/Acqua Panna and media sponsor Food Network. Special thanks to local sponsors Darden Restaurants, Regions Bank, Harris Rosen Foundation, Spotlight, Noble Marketing, Disney, FreshPoint, Hilton Grand Vacations, Bright House, Darden Federal Credit Union, Ernst & Young, Patriot National, Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Universal Orlando Resort, Quality 1 and Amerifactors.

Taste of the Nation Orlando

August 27, 2016
Event Tickets : $150
6:45pm – 10:00pm
Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr.
Orlando, Florida
http://ce.strength.org/orlando

2016 PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

Artist’s Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
B Resort & Spa | American Kitchen
Benihana
Black Fire Brazilian Steakhouse
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
Café Tu Tu Tango
Canvas Lake Nona
Capa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
The Capital Grille
CFHLA Food & Beverage Council
Cress Restaurant
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar at Pointe Orlando
Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
Eddie V’s
Empress Sissi Cake & Specialty Pastries
Florida Nitro
FreshPoint Central Florida
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center | Old Hickory Steakhouse
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center | MOOR
Hemisphere Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
Highball and Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando, featuring Whisper Creek Farms: The Kitchen
K Restaurant and Wine Bar
Marlow’s Tavern
Nestle Professional
Nova Scratch Kitchen
Orlando World Center Marriott
The Osprey Tavern
RA Sushi
Red Wing Restaurant
Restaurant ASH
Rosen Shingle Creek ?A Land Remembered
Rosen Shingle Creek ?Cala Bella Restaurant
The Rusty Spoon
Seasons 52 Fresh Grill
SeaWorld Orlando
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
STK
Tapa Toro Tapas Bar and Paella Pit
Taverna Opa Orlando
The Whiskey
Universal Orlando
Yak & Yeti Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Updated list of participating beverage vendors for the event this year:
1 Brew Bus USA
2 Cigar City Brewing
3 Coca-Cola
4 Cooper’s Hawk
5 Crooked Can Brewing Company
6 Florida Farm Distillers, Home of Palm Ridge Whiskies
7 JM Smucker Co Beverage/Folger’s Coffee
8 Lakeridge Winery
9 Nespresso
10 Nestle Waters ? S. Pell & Acqua Panna
11 Not Your Father’s
12 Onli Beverage Co.
13 Orange Blossom Brewing Co.
14 Orlando Brewing Company
15 Pernod Ricard
16 Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour
17 Small Town Brewery
18 Tito’s Vodka
19 Tsingtao
20 Uinta Brewing Company
21 Vermont Cider Co.
22 Woodchuck Cider

Leading up to the 27th Annual Orlando’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry, we will be holding a Golden Ticket raffle. If you find the Golden Ticket at any participating restaurant, you will win two tickets to this year’s Taste of the Nation.

How do I win? Visit any one of our participating restaurants or beverage partners, and ask your server if any Orlando Taste Golden Ticket envelopes are available. Open up the provided envelope – you could win the Golden Ticket – two FREE tickets to Orlando’s Taste of the Nation!

What are the rules? There is only one concrete rule: In order to participate, you must be dining at that establishment. Please note that some restaurants may limit the number of envelopes per table, per day. We just ask that you play fairly, have fun, and be sure to share on social!

I found a Golden Ticket! What now? Now is the fun part! In your envelope, you will also find two tickets to the event on the 27th. Celebrate! Inform your server. Pull out your phones/cameras, snap a shot, and share via your favorite social media channels with hashtag #OrlTaste. Be sure to tag us!

And that’s it! Have fun with it, and thank you again for participating in our first ever Golden Ticket Game! If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Melissa Kear at mkear@feedhopenow.org.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OrlandoTaste
Twitter: @OrlandoTaste
Instagram: @OrlandoTaste
#OrlTaste

Red Wing Restaurant
12500 State Road 33
Groveland, FL 34736
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Red-Wing-Restaurant-119968615387
Twitter: @RedWingRestaura
Instagram: @red_wing_restaurant

Benihana
1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Benihana
12690 International Drive
Orlando, FL

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BENIHANA.ORLANDO.1
Twitter: @Benihana
Instagram: @benihana

Tapa Toro
8441 International Dr #260
Orlando, FL 32819
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tapatoroorlando
Twitter: @tapatoroorlando
Instagram: @tapatoroorlando

Taverna Opa
Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Dr #2240
Orlando, FL 32819
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Opa.Orlando
Twitter: @TavernaOpaOrl
Instagram: @tavernaopaorl

Dragonfly Robata
7972 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, FL 32819
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dragonflyorlando
Twitter: @DflyOrlando

Canvas Restaurant & Market
13615 Sachs Avenue
Orlando, FL
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CanvasLakeNona
Instagram: @canvaslakenona

The Whiskey
7563 Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
Facebook: www.facebook.com/whiskeyorlando
Twitter: @whiskeyorlando
Instagram: @whiskeyorlando

Yak & Yeti
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Facebook: www.facebook.com/YakandYetiRestaurant
Twitter: @WaltDisneyWorld
Instagram: @WaltDisneyWorld

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Pointe Orlando
9101 International Drive Suite #1004
Orlando, FL 32819
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CubaLibreOrlando
Twitter: @CubaLibreOrl
Instagram: @cubalibrerestaurant

JWMarriott, Grande Lakes: Whisper Creek Farm
4040 Central Florida Parkway,
Orlando, FL 32837
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jwmarriottorlando
Twitter:@RC_Orlando
Instagram:@jwmorlando

Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine – Winter Park
108 S Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32751

Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine – Dr. Phillips
7600 Dr Phillips Blvd, Suite 108
Orlando, FL 32819

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BosphorousTurkishCuisine
Instagram:@bosphorous

RA Sushi
Pointe Orlando
9101 International Drive Suite 1008
Orlando, FL 32819
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RASushi/
Twitter: @RAsushi
Instagram: @rasushi

Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour & Brewery
2810 Corrine Dr
Orlando, FL
Facebook: www.facebook.com/redlightredlight
Twitter: @redlightx2
Instagram:@redlightredlight

Marlow’s Tavern – Winter Park
1008 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92)
Winter Park, FL 32789

Marlow’s Tavern – International Drive
9101 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819

Marlow’s Tavern – Waterford Lakes
547 N. Alafaya Trail Building J1
Orlando, FL 32828

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarlowsTavern
Twitter: @MarlowsTavern
Instagram: @marlowstavern

Rusty Spoon
Church Street Market
55 W Church St
Orlando, FL 32801
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheRustySpoon
Twitter: @The_Rusty_Spoon
Instagram:@the_rusty_spoon

The Osprey Tavern
4899 New Broad St
Orlando, FL
Facebook: www.facebook.com/The-Osprey-Tavern-459200480850163
Instagram: @the_osprey_tavern

Café Tu Tu Tango
8625 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CafeTuTuTango
Twitter: @CafeTuTuTangoFL
Instagram: @cafe_tu_tu_tango

Orlando Brewing
Facebook: www.facebook.com/orlandobrewing
Twitter: @orlandobrewing
Instagram: @orlando_brewing

The Capital Grille – Millenia
4200 Conroy Road STE 146A
Orlando, FL 32839

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In honor of the upcoming Orlando Magical Dining Month, we are partnering with the folks at Visit Orlando and Hyatt Regency Orlando for a special dinner event at Urban Tide – Hyatt Regency Orlando, exclusively with the Orlando Foodie Forum presented by Tasty Chomps!.

Meet Orlando Foodie Forum friends at Urban Tide for an exclusive dinner event celebrating Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. Your experience includes a complimentary cocktail reception in our new Orlando Museum of Art onsite gallery featuring local artists, a summer cocktail demonstration with our mixologist, and a first taste of Urban Tide’s three-course Magical Dining Month menu with special presentations from Chef Jared Gross. Gratuity included. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Limit two tickets per party.

WHEN
Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Tickets available: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/magical-dining-at-urban-tide-x-orlando-foodie-forum-tickets-26909349589?aff=
Password: foodie

There are a limited number of tickets available. Hope to see you all there!

For more info on the month, visit http://www.orlandomagicaldining.com/

Urban Tide Magical Dining Menu
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Choice of Appetizers
Plantain Crusted Diver Scallop
Beet root mash, pickled corn and chorizo salsa

Crispy Pork Belly
Apple mustard, Brussel sprout and hazelnut slaw

Little Gem Lettuces’
Roasted artichoke, heart of palm, piquillo peppers, charred ricotta salata,
lemon thyme vinaigrette

Choice of Entrèes
Florida Atlantic Swordfish
Olive oil and green onion crushed potatoes, Maine lobster bisque

Grilled Skirt Steak
Honey roasted butternut squash, cilantro pesto

Smoked Fettuccini Pasta
Edamame, Cipollini onions, arugula, oven dried tomato and crème
fraiche cream sauce (vegetarian)

Choice of Desserts
Grilled Bread Pudding
Blackberry “au jus”, vanilla ice cream

Intense chocolate mousse
Caramelized macadamia nuts, fudgy brownie bites

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The Hammered Lamb in the Lake Ivanhoe District, just north of downtown Orlando, is one of those places you’d think would be just a typical divey bar, but actually surprises you with decent, if not very good, bar food. The restaurant has a large outdoor patio area which looks out on Lake Ivanhoe across the street and where you can hear the nearby train go by every so often. Free shots, more like fruit juice with a touch of alcohol, are passed around every time a train goes by.

The brunch at The Hammered Lamb features one of the most epic Bloody Mary bars I’ve seen here in town – with toppings like bacon, mozzarella, olives, and artichoke, along with the various mixers to the flavored Tito vodka of your choice. It’s a meal in itself and well worth the price.

The brunch menu itself is pretty small but the entire menu is available. Classic shrimp and grits are a hit here, as are the baked wings. Overall, a pleasant dining experience for a Sunday morning in Orlando!

The Bloody Mary Bar

Mixers and Hot sauces

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Bloody Mary

Baked Chicken Wings – quite delicious

The House Shrimp and Grits with bacon and andouille sausage

The Lamb Gyro

Lamb Gyro

Mary’s Little Omelette – with lamb, sausage, peppers and onions, and mozzarella

The Hammered Lamb 
Address: 1235 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804, United States
Phone: +1 407-704-3200
Menu: thehammeredlamb.com

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Skipper Canteen

Located in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park, the newly opened Jungle Skipper Canteen features a menu full of Asian, South American and African cuisine inspired by the flavors of the rivers found on the nearby Jungle Cruise attraction.

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This new 222-seat table-service restaurant is staffed by the wise-cracking crew of the Jungle Cruise and is open for lunch and dinner. The staff is full of “colorful” jokes and puns that they bring to the experience – it definitely makes dinner a bit more interesting.

The theme is based on the story of Jungle Navigation Company Ltd. owner Alberta Falls (granddaughter of the company’s founder Dr. Albert Falls – who fans will recognize from the quips about the waterfall on their Jungle Cruise journey), who opened the doors to their home base of operations to hungry explorers.

There are three different themed dining rooms: The Mess Hall, a large multipurpose space used by the skippers for decades; The Jungle Room, a parlor featuring treasures from the Falls family’s personal collection; and The S.E.A. Room, a secret space once hidden by a false bookshelf that served as the meeting place of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A.).

Begin your culinary cruise with the delicious house-made arepas, an Amazon-inspired appetizer made with ground maiz, slow-cooked beef, black beans, fried plantain slices and queso fresco.

Entrees include a rice noodle bowl of pho broth served with choice of chicken, duck breast or tofu and served with jalapenos and mix of fresh herbs; Trader Sam’s Head-on Shrimp with sustainable, local farm-raised shrimp tossed in a chili-garlic sauce and served with Chinese broccoli and five-grain or white rice; and house-made arepas with slow-cooked beef, black beans, tostones and queso fresco.

There’s also Dr. Falls’ Signature Grilled Steak, with strip loin marinated in sofrito and served with house-made chimichurri, avocado and yuca planks.

Menu items for children include delectable dishes such as Junior Skip’s Special Mac and Cheese, which is inspired by an Egyptian dish with ground beef, pasta, Bechamel Sauce and house-made cheese gratin, served with broccoli; and Amazon Annie’s House-made Arepas with beef, black beans and queso fresco served with yuca planks.

For dessert, there’s a special kids volcano with gooey chocolate cake overflowing with caramel lava and exploding chocolate rocks.

Guests can choose from two non-alcoholic specialties, the Punch Line Punch with tropical fruit juice and mango puree (also available with a savory spiced-rim); and the Schweitzer Slush, with frozen apple juice and passion fruit topped with bursting green apple boba balls.

Both of the special ‘mocktails’ also can be ordered in a souvenir mug.

Appetizers

Shiriki Noodle Salad
Shiriki Noodle Salad

Shiriki Noodle Salad
Rice Noodles, Edamame Beans, Mushrooms, Green Mango, and Cucumber tossed with a Sweet Chili Sauce. Famously served at Hotel Hightower on December 31, 1899

S.E.A. Shu Mai
S.E.A. Shu Mai

S.E.A. Shu Mai
A Legendary blend of Pork, Shrimp, Edamame Beans, and Spices wrapped in Gyoza Skin then steamed

Falls Family Falafel
Falls Family Falafel

Falls Family Falafel
A secret recipe of of Chickpeas, Garlic, Onions, Lemon Juice, and Herbs served with White Bean Dip and Tomato-Cucumber Salad

House-made Arepas
House-made Arepas

House-made Arepas
A trip down the Amazon with Slow-cooked Beef, Black Beans, Tostones, and Queso Fresco
Entrées

Dr. Falls' Signature Grilled Steak
Dr. Falls’ Signature Grilled Steak

Dr. Falls’ Signature Grilled Steak
Strip Loin Asado marinated in Sofrito and served with Yuca Planks, Avocado Salsa, and House-made Chimichurri

 

Trader Sam's Head-on Shrimp
Trader Sam’s Head-on Shrimp

Trader Sam’s Head-on Shrimp
Sustainable Local Farm-raised Shrimp tossed in a Chili-Garlic Sauce and served with Chinese Broccoli and choice of Five-grain on White Rice

Grilled Lamb Chops
Grilled Lamb Chops

Grilled Lamb Chops
Seasoned with a North African Berber Spice Blend served with Green Lentil Stew

Sustainable Fish
Sustainable Fish

Sustainable Fish
“Not Piranha,” served over Chinese Broccoli, Carrots, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Red Bell Peppers in a fragrant Lemon Grass Broth

Skip's Beefy Baked Pasta
Skip’s Beefy Baked Pasta

 

Skip’s Beefy Baked Pasta
Egyptian-inspired dish of Spiced Braised Beef, Pasta, and Béchamel Sauce served with Seasonal Vegetables
Dessert

 

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Coconut Bar with Pineapple-Basil Compote and Vanilla Cream
Vanilla Chiffon Cake with Coconut and Lime-White Chocolate Ganache

Kungaloosh!
An African-inspired Chocolate Cake with Caramelized Bananas served with Cashew-Caramel Ice Cream topped with Coffee Dust

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PRESS RELEASE

Unprecedented 90 Restaurants Participating in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Sponsored by American Express 
 Guests Can Enjoy Three-Course Meals for $33 and Support a Local Charity
ORLANDO, Fla. – This fall, food lovers can experience deals at 90 of the most popular restaurants in Orlando – including 19 new program participants – during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express. From Aug. 29 through Oct. 2, guests can choose from these participating restaurants to enjoy three-course dinners for $33, averaging a savings of 33% per meal. The program, developed by Visit Orlando, Central Florida’s official tourism association, includes some of the hottest new arrivals to Orlando’s culinary scene, including chef-driven establishments in the new Disney Springs area as well as local favorites across town. One dollar from each meal will also be donated to a local charity, with last year’s program contributing more than $160,000 – the largest donation to date.

A full list of all participating restaurants, menus and OpenTable reservations are available at OrlandoMagicalDining.com. New restaurants to the program include:

·         STK, a brand new upscale steakhouse with a high-energy atmosphere at Disney Springs.

·         Morimoto Asia, by Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef America fame, offering pan-Asian flavors from across the continent.

·         Urbain 40, glinting with 1940’s glamor and a continental menu crafted from largely local, seasonal ingredients.

·         Cask & Larder, a local favorite featuring brewed-onsite beer, home-cured meats and pickled vegetables. Cask & Larder is the second restaurant created by five-time James Beard-nominated chefs James Petrakis and Julie Petrakis.

In its 11th year, Magical Dining Month gives both locals and visitors alike a chance to experience Orlando dining at its finest all over town – from options near the theme parks to hidden gems in Orlando’s local neighborhoods. Examples include:

·         Convention Area – RA Sushi*, Itta Bena*, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit*, Urban Tide (Hyatt Regency Orlando), The Capital Grille, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, A Land Remembered (Rosen Shingle Creek),

·         Disney/Lake Buena Vista – Black Fire Brazilian Steakhouse, deep blu seafood grille (Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort), NINE18 (The Villas at Grand Cypress), Todd English’s Bluezoo (Walt Disney World Dolphin)

·         Downtown – Shari Sushi Lounge*, Artisan’s Table, The Boheme, Citrus Restaurant, KASA Restaurant & Bar, Maxine’s on Shine

·       Restaurant Row – SLATE*, Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Restaurant, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Ocean Prime

·       Universal/CityWalk – Amatista Cookhouse* (Loews Sapphire Falls) , Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Island’s Dining Room (Loews Royal Pacific), The Kitchen (Hard Rock Hotel), Mama Della’s Ristorante (Loews Portofino Bay)

·        Winter Park – Blu on the Avenue*, The Ravenous Pig, Luma on Park, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Chez Vincent, Hamilton’s Kitchen, Ruth’s Chris Steak House

·        Surrounding Areas – F&D Kitchen and Bar*, Osprey Tavern*, Kabooki Sushi*, Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Orlando and Lake Mary)

*First year in Magical Dining

Each year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, benefits a local cause chosen the year prior. This year, The Russell Home for Atypical Children is the recipient, and will be given $1 from every Magical Dining meal. The Russell Home is the first non-profit institution in the country to provide a home atmosphere with a family structure for special needs children and ‘child-like’ adults. In continuous operation for over 60 years without any government support, the home also provides 24 hours of free respite care and free day care for the local families with special needs dependents.

Last year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining raised a record $160,735 for ELEVATE Orlando. The funds raised by Magical Dining enabled ELEVATE to expand its mentorship programs into Jones High School, equipping thousands of urban youth in Central Florida to graduate with a plan for their future.

About Orlando Dining

From internationally renowned chefs to home-grown venues specializing in takeout charcuterie, Orlando is a destination where the culinary possibilities are both fresh and seemingly endless. Theme parks restaurants keep Central Florida on the map with award-winning dining, and independent restaurateurs bring fresh concepts to the table. Whether locally owned or part of expanding franchises, many of the destination’s newest restaurants mirror the national trends: American cuisine, farm-friendly menus and simple food with regional accents. Nationally, Orlando has emerged as a prominent dining destination, and continues to grow in both quantity and quality of flavors.

About Visit Orlando

Visit Orlando is the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States, with representation in more than a dozen countries around the world. Visit Orlando, together with its 1,200 member organizations, represents the area’s leading industry.

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King Bao is holding court in the former Raphsodic Bakery location at 710 N. Mills Ave, serving up tasty little Taiwanese style Gua Baos with an Asian fusion flair. Gua bao also known as steamed bao, is a Taiwanese snack food consisting of a slice of meat and other condiments sandwiched between flat steamed bread.

The menu here is pretty budget friendly, with vegan and vegetarian baos starting at $3.00 and going up to $3.75 for seafood bao. Tater tots are also a popular item here and there is even a section for dessert bao, filled with ice cream and nutella bananas.

My favorite bao here has got to be the Hogzilla, the pork belly bao served banh mi style with pickled carrots, daikon radish, honey roasted peanuts, and cilantro.

King Bao Menu
King Bao Menu
Inside King Bao
Inside King Bao
Chef Hoi Nguyen of King Bao
Chef Hoi Nguyen of King Bao
Fire Tots with Sriracha Aioli
Fire Tots with Sriracha Aioli
Inner Harbor Bao
Inner Harbor and OH MY Grouper Baos
Kickin Chicken Bao
Kickin Chicken Bao
Nutella Bao
Tarzan – Banana and Nutella Bao

King Bao
https://www.facebook.com/kingbaoorlando/
Address: 710 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803, United States
Hours: Open today · 11:30AM–10PM
Phone: +1 407-237-0013

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LakeHouse at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress (formerly known as Cascade) has undergone a much needed $2.8 million facelift and revamping. Though the food was good at Cascade, it sorely needed upgrades to bring it out of the 1980s and into the 21st century. The $2.8 million redesign for the 6,350 square-foot restaurant seats 206 guests with day-lighting, wood finishes, sleek stone surfaces and metals.

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LakeHouse’s open concept design features home-inspired accents including stylish pendant lighting, three-dimensional wall coverings, communal tables, casual tablescapes and chef’s kitchen islands.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress also recently welcomed the return of Executive Chef David Didzunas to its culinary team. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Chef Didzunas started his career with Hyatt Hotels in 1981 in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was executive sous chef for the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress and executive chef for the Hyatt Charlotte at Southpark in North Carolina. In 1997, he was appointed executive chef for Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.

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Executive Chef David Didzunas

Chef Didzunas will oversee Hemingway’s restaurant, as well as, the newly re-imagined LakeHouse restauant, that debuted in December 2015.

Executive Chef David Didzunas and the culinary team at LakeHouse also recently unveiled a new, seasonal menu, specializing in fresh, regional flavors: Lake Meadow Crab Deviled Eggs, Octopus Tomato Bruschetta, Honey Chipotle Chicken Sliders, Roasted Half Chicken, Grilled Organic Wild Isles Salmon, and Eggplant Parmesan Flatbread.

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Bacon Wrapped Figs
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BBQ Shrimp
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LakeHouse Salad
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Seabass with Orzo
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Shrimp and Grits
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Lakehouse Steak

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House made Flatbreads

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Tasty Chomps Interview with Chef David Didzunas

– What were some of your favorite childhood memories around food?
Coming from a large, close family, I am the 36th out of 38 grandchildren, we always had family dinners and everyone got together during the holidays. Food was at the center and all of the family are very good cooks. Those dinners included lots of homemade sausage, goose, duck, lamb and lots of vegetables. Other memories of the spring and summer season include, picking sour cherries, pitting them and making pies, strawberry-rhubarb pies, cold beet-cucumber soup, lemon meringue pie every Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Winter memories would be of homemade Lithuanian sausage at Christmas, hot beet soup, and Christmas Eve with mushroom soup and seafood.

– What inspired you to attend the CIA and into the culinary world?
All of the things I mentioned above describe my years growing up; plus working for one of my uncle’s catering business during high school as his Chef really made the difference. I was lucky when I was in high school I knew exactly what I wanted to do — be a Chef.

– What are some obstacles you faced and overcame in your career in the restaurant industry?
Early on in trying to move up in my career, my quiet demeanor lead a lot of my Chefs to believe that I wasn’t able to get things done for big banquets. As a Banquet Chef, they saw that I did very well and learned to understand what I could do.

– How has Hyatt’s philosophy for food changed or evolved during your time with the hotel?
The quality and creativity has never changed that is for sure over the 35 years I have been with Hyatt. We have gone from using food ingredients from all over the world, with varied international menus and flavors. Today, with Hyatt’s Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. Philosophy we are into what I grew up on and fully understand, seasonal flavors and products, produced where you live.

– What are some of your favorite items on the new LakeHouse menu?
The Shrimp Chowder, Baby Back Ribs, and the Sea Bass

– What do you do in your free time when not in the kitchen?
Working in my small garden at home, Pilates, grilling on my Big Green Egg, walking and cycling.

– Favorite meal to cook late at night after work?
Usually something very light and vegetarian, every Friday its Risotto Friday.

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LakeHouse at Hyatt Grand Cypress

1 Grand Cypress Blvd, Orlando, FL 32836, United States
Phone: +1 407-239-4240http://grandcypress.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/lakehouse.html

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The Petrakis Family and friends are working in full speed over drive. With the recent announcement of The Polite Pig opening in Spring 2017 to the upcoming move to the Cask and Larder location for The Ravenous Pig, new chef de cuisines, – we now have word DoveCote, led by Chef Clayton Miller, is officially open for business in downtown Orlando! Check out the press release for more information below.

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PRESS RELEASE – DoveCote Now Open in Downtown Orlando

Orlando, FL. – DoveCote, the much anticipated new venture from Central Florida culinary visionaries Clayton Miller, Gene Zimmerman and James and Julie Petrakis, is now open on the ground floor of the Bank of America Center at 390 N. Orange Ave. The opening marks the completion of a yearlong renovation project, which transformed an iconic venue into a modern brasserie offering a casual, sophisticated dining experience in Downtown Orlando.

“DoveCote introduces an innovative take on the classic brassiere to Orlando, where guests can enjoy a quick bite, power lunch, after-work drink or a fine dining experience,” said Clayton Miller, DoveCote’s chef/co-owner. “We’re offering an elevated approach to all-day dining as well as culinary offerings found nowhere else in Central Florida.”

While developing DoveCote’s lunch and dinner menus, Miller, a past winner of a “Best New Chef” award from Food & Wine Magazine, drew inspiration from classic French cuisine to refine his take on dishes such as Cote De Boeuf, Steak Frites and Bouillabaisse. DoveCote also features a raw bar serving a curated assortment of oysters, shrimp, mussels, clams and other seasonal seafood selections.

Salad Nicoise: tuna tartare, potato, pole beans, egg, garlic, black olive.
Salad Nicoise: tuna tartare, potato, pole beans, egg, garlic, black olive.

Zimmerman, a wine industry veteran and owner of acclaimed Orlando cocktail bar The Courtesy, created DoveCote’s beverage program.

“We’ve compiled one of the most talented and knowledgeable bar teams in Orlando to oversee a cocktail menu that offers modern twists on drinks like the Sazerac and Vieux Carre,” said Zimmerman, who co-owns DoveCote along with Miller. “An equal emphasis was placed on our wine and coffee menus. The wine list leans toward boutique, family-owned vineyards that will be presented by a knowledgeable staff, seven of which are certified sommeliers, while expert baristas oversees the coffee operation.”

Cask & Larder head brewer Larry Foor collaborated with Zimmerman on DoveCote’s craft beer program. The rotating selection falls heavily into French and Belgian-style varieties, including the DoveCote Farmhouse Saison.

In addition to daily lunch and dinner service, DoveCote offers a coffee and pastry breakfast Monday to Friday beginning at 7 a.m. until supplies last. A craft coffee menu and barista service is available all day.

The redesign of the 5,000-square-foot venue was led by Drew White, whose firm, Lot 1433, also designed The Courtesy. DoveCote’s dining room can accommodate 184 guests, with street-side terrace seating for 36 guests as well as additional tables in the center’s lobby. The space is also available for private parties, special events and corporate meetings.

DoveCote's Red Snapper & Shellfish. Local red snapper, shellfish, baby fennel, potatoes, and saffron shellfish broth.
DoveCote’s Red Snapper & Shellfish. Local red snapper, shellfish, baby fennel, potatoes, and saffron shellfish broth.

In addition to the redesign efforts from Lot 1433, local artist Brigan Gresh enhanced DoveCote’s European-style aesthetic with an original wall mural.

It was while sitting outside talking over ideas for the restaurant that the partners came up with the name DoveCote, which is derived from the medieval term for a structure that provides shelter for game birds.

“Some of the building’s architectural features, like the parapets, reminded me of ancient dovecotes seen in Europe,” said Zimmerman. “We started tossing the name around and it grew on us.”

Beyond its reference to a place of shelter, the name has further significance, Zimmerman said, since it offers a nod to the French term côte, which in the viniculture world means a hillside where grapes are grown.

DoveCote is open Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00PM and closed Sunday.

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DoveCote Menu Lunch

DoveCote Menu Dinner PDF
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Images Courtesy of DoveCote.

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HOT OFF THE PRESS RELEASE PRESSES —

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PRESS RELEASE: The Polite Pig, sister restaurant of The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park, Florida, to open in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Husband and wife chefs James and Julie Petrakis, who have won wide acclaim for their Winter Park, Florida restaurants Cask & Larder and The Ravenous Pig, will expand their Swine Family Restaurant Group to Disney Springs with a new concept, The Polite Pig. Partnering with the James Beard Foundation-nominated chefs will be Brian Petrakis, who owns and operates popular Orlando eatery Greens & Grille. The partnership unites the Petrakis brothers on a restaurant venture for the first time.

Rendering of The Polite Pig at Disney Springs. Courtesy of The Swine Family Restaurant Group
Rendering of The Polite Pig at Disney Springs. Courtesy of The Swine Family Restaurant Group

Scheduled to open in spring 2017, The Polite Pig will feature a variety of wood-fired smoked and grilled items. The restaurant will also introduce an innovative beverage program that serves all drinks on tap, including Cask & Larder beer, wine, and cocktails.

“As a locally-based restaurant group, it’s great to bring our new concept to Disney Springs where we’ll have the opportunity to showcase genuine Florida cuisine for guests from around the world,” James Petrakis said. “With so many talented chefs opening new restaurants at Disney Springs, we’re really excited to be part of a group helping Orlando distinguish itself as a world-class culinary destination.”

Rendering of The Polite Pig at Disney Springs. Courtesy of The Swine Family Restaurant Group
Rendering of The Polite Pig at Disney Springs. Courtesy of The Swine Family Restaurant Group

The Polite Pig will be located in the Town Center neighborhood. The 5,000-square-foot venue will be open daily, with seating for about 200 guests. Construction will be led by Gomez Construction, and HHCP Architects will oversee the restaurant’s overall design. Anna Schmidt Interior Design will handle interior design and Lure Design will spearhead branding efforts. All four firms are based in Florida.

Photos of the building and construction can be found at WDWMagic.com.

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About The Swine Family Restaurant Group:
Since opening in 2007 as one of the first Florida restaurants devoted to seasonal and local food, The Ravenous Pig has won numerous regional and national awards, including multiple James Beard Foundation “Best Chef” nominations for the Petrakises. It has also served as a career launching pad for chefs who have moved onto leading roles at other restaurants. Likewise for Cask & Larder, which was named one of Esquire magazine’s Best New Restaurants in 2014 and continues to garner acclaim not only for its Southern-inspired food, but for its brewery, under the direction of brewmaster Larry Foor, Jr. Swine & Sons, located just a few steps west of Cask & Larder, opened in 2015 under the direction of chef/partners Rhys and Alexia Gawlak. It serves breakfast, eat-in or takeout sandwiches and snacks, along with house-made charcuterie.

The Petrakises are also partners/consultants in a pair of much-anticipated restaurants that will open in the near future – DoveCote, in downtown Orlando, and a Cask & Larder location at Orlando International Airport.

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Domu, a new neighborhood restaurant and bar concept, will open inside East End Market in the location that was formerly home to Txokos Basque Kitchen. The restaurant closed abruptly last month, just months after changing hands from the original owners, the James Beard award nominated Henry and Michele Salgado who still run operate New Smyrna Beach restaurant Spanish River Grill.

The restaurant is a concept by Sonny Nguyen, who in the past has worked with Bento Group and Kappo, but Domu is an explicitly different and separate venture.

“We want our space to be utilized by East End Market patrons when they visit to come hang out and have a place to enjoy their time as seated space is limited in the market. Domu, which means “dome” in Japanese, is a name I chose because I wanted this concept to represent “me”,” said Sonny Nguyen.

“It’s depicted as slang for “coming off of the dome” or in other words, “whatever comes in mind”. Working in the restaurant business for most of my life, I’ve always wanted to create my own concept where I didn’t necessarily have to follow anyone’s rules but my own. I hope that I can portray that with this one.
We plan to release more information as time permits. But until then, I hope everyone will sign up on our website for exclusive details as we get closer at http://domufl.com/.”

They hope to open sometime this fall.

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First, in full disclosure, the three young men who started Viet-Nomz are old friends of mine from college. But even if I did not know these three foolish friends who decided to take on the food industry, I would wholeheartedly feel the same about Viet-Nomz.

Phillip Nguyen, Chris Chen, and Mike Cho began this journey just a few years ago when they started to brainstorm about how to bring their collective love for Vietnamese food together. Phillip, who is of Vietnamese descent, traveled around the world and America, most notably in the Vietnamese enclaves of Southern California as well as the motherland in the streets of Saigon in south Vietnam, to taste and try dishes to bring back to their project in Orlando. With this inspiration, the three friends, each with their own years of experience in the restaurant industry, opened up Viet-Nomz in late June and has hit the ground running ever since.

The space is quite hip, with natural wood ambiance. Order at the counter and your dishes will be brought to you. I visited on multiple occasions and enjoyed everything I had, from the plump, fried pork egg rolls to the grilled beef banh mi sandwiches drizzled with spicy “nom nom” sauce, to the delicately nuanced and flavorful bowls of pho, the staple of Vietnamese restaurants every where. In some ways, Viet-Nomz is the Vietnamese version of a ramen-shop, with piping hot bowls of pho beef noodle soup instead of ramen emanating from their open kitchen.

There are some updates to the Vietnamese menu here, brought on by the founder’s own upbringings. Chris Chen, who is of Taiwanese descent, brought some of the doughy, steamed white buns that make the famous gua baos in Taiwanese street foods, and married them with Vietnamese banh mi ingredients like pickled daikon and carrots and grilled pork. There are also banh mi tacos on the menu, something that was a favorite on our visits.

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Everything is made to order, and you can watch as they assemble and grill the dishes for the rice bowls or noodle bowls, and pour soups from the huge vats of pho beef noodle soup that have been simmering for hours and hours that day. For vegetarians, do try their vegetarian pho, one of the most flavorful renditions I’ve ever tried, made through a special combination of bok choy, mushrooms and vegetables that just speaks volumes of “umami”.

Instead of Vietnamese coffee made by the drip cannisters, the coffee here is made via an espresso machine with a unique house blend of coffee beans. Must try.

The only complaint is the heat from the grills and soup pots that emanates from the open kitchen area – it can get quite uncomfortable, but some say it does bring memories of the hot summers of Vietnam. I hear the heat issues will be remedied soon.

Located just outside of Full Sail on Goldenrod and University, they plan on opening late nights on the weekend in the future for the university crowd.

Overall, I do recommend nomming down on Viet-Nomz soon,  and bring a friend.

Viet-Nomz Vietnamese Pho & Street Fare

7581 University Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32792
Corner of University Blvd & Goldenrod Rd
(Across from Winn-Dixie/Tijuana Flats)
Phone: +1 407-636-6069
http://vietnomzfl.com/

HOURS
Sunday – Thursday
11:00 AM — 10:00 PM

Friday & Saturday
11:00 AM — 3:00 AM

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Grilled Pork Bao
Grilled Pork Bao
Fried egg rolls
Fried egg rolls
Grilled beef rice bowl with fried egg
Grilled beef rice bowl with fried egg
Herbs and veggie station
Herbs and veggie station – The Herb Bar
Banh mi tacos
Banh mi tacos
Banh mi topped with egg
Banh mi topped with egg
Chris Chen and Phillip Nguyen
Chris Chen and Phillip Nguyen
Pho beef noodle soup
Pho beef noodle soup
Vietnamese iced coffee
Vietnamese iced coffee

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Second Harvest Hosts Chef’s Night Featuring the Chefs of LongHorn Steakhouse 

“Year of the Steak” Series to Benefit Second Harvest’s Culinary Training Program

WHAT: As part of its commitment to the community, Executive Chefs Jens Dahlmann, Michael Senich and Josh Evans of Orlando-based LongHorn Steakhouse will prepare a special dinner for Second Harvest’s “Year of the Steak” Chef’s Night series.

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.

Guests will enjoy a four-course dinner beginning with a cocktail reception. The event will celebrate steak and the start of summer grilling season, and will also feature several chance drawings and prizes for winners.

All proceeds 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.

MENU:

Passed Hors d’oeuvres: Chilled Wild West Gulf Shrimp and Montamore Stuffed Ribeye Meatball

First Course: Grilled Diver Scallop with Braised Pork Belly, Sweet Onion Jam and Preserved Mango

Salad: Heirloom Watermelon with Pickled Red Onions, BW Farms Arugula, Shaved Ricotta Salata, Orange Blossom Honey and White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Entrée: Slow Roasted Wagyu Zabuton Steak finished with Pan Jus, Loaded Potato Gratin and Brown Butter Poached Carrots

Dessert: Campfire “Chocolate Stampede”

WHEN: Thursday, June 23
6 p.m.

WHERE: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
411 Mercy Drive
Orlando, Fla. 32805

COST: $100 per person

TO
REGISTER: Purchase tickets at www.FeedHopeNow.org or call 407-514-1048 for more information.
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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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Food and Wine Unite Orlando
Description:

There is NOT a required price to purchase a ticket – the event planners hope the attendees will donate for this event based upon what they feel in their hearts. Please register online so they have a record of all attendees
Date:07/10/2016
Time:4:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Open House)
Event Location: East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando 32803

Tickets: http://www.foodandwineuniteorlando.myevent.com/3/online_payment.htm

Chef Kevin Fonzo and Chef Jamie McFadden have teamed up to plan a benefit BBQ on Sunday, July 10th. This will be an ‘open house’ from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at East End Market.

The event will have no cover charge but will rely on attendees for donations. Much like the LGBT Community, it will be about inclusion not exclusion.

This Food and Wine Event will donate 100% of the proceeds to assist The Center Orlando in rebuilding their resources. http://www.thecenterorlando.org

 

SPONSORS
K RESTAURANT

http://krestaurant.net

CUISINIERS CATERING

http://www.cuisinierscater.com

EAST END MARKET – VENUE RENTAL/John Rife

https://www.eastendmkt.com/events-classes/rental-info/

THE BOATHOUSE
Disney Springs
https://www.disneysprings.com/dining/the-boathouse/

QUANTUM LEAP WINERY
http://www.quantumleapwinery.com

BREAKTHRU BEVERAGE GROUP
http://www.breakthrubev.com/Florida

EVENT PLANNING AND LOGO DESIGN
Overeasy Events, Winter Park, FL
https://www.instagram.com/overeasy_events/
https://www.facebook.com/OvereasyEventsOrlando

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We dropped by the new Mia Supermarket on Bumby and Colonial the other day shortly after their opening. It formerly was home to Winn Dixie for many, many decades.

A few first impressions – still coming together as a market – but there is a nice selection of fruits, vegetables, and seafood, and I think the highlight is the Formosa Bakery inside.

They are a sister bakery to the Sun Pearl Bakery located in the Chinatown plaza on Colonial and Pine Hills, specializing in Taiwanese bakery items and pastries.

I love the smell of the baked goods wafting through the store as they are baked. I had, for the first time, a taro stuffed pineapple bun – and it was glorious.

Mia Supermarket

2415 E Colonial Dr
+1 407-228-9899

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These are molds for little black bean stuffed taiyaki style pastries.
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Baking fresh.Photo Jun 04, 10 19 27 AM Photo Jun 04, 10 20 46 AM Photo Jun 04, 10 21 21 AM

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Classic red bowls
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To help victims and their families in the aftermath of the shooting in Orlando, Florida’s hospitality industry is offering its support by hosting a statewide community event on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Led by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in partnership with VISIT FLORIDA, the fundraiser, “Dine Out for Orlando United,” will be a day for Florida restaurants, their employees and guests to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the tragedy.

All proceeds raised will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund, which is designed to provide a way to respond to the needs of the local community, now and in the time to come.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families. As an industry, we want to continue to rally around them by offering our support, time and resources. Pulse is a member of the FRLA, a part of our hospitality family and we are proud to lend support. We encourage all Floridians, visitors and those around the country to participate in this Dine Out to help the entire Orlando community,” said Carol Dover, president and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.

“The Florida tourism industry stands united as a community. This is a wonderful way for restaurants and Floridians statewide to come together in solidarity with the Orlando community and make a difference,” said Will Seccombe, president and CEO at VISIT FLORIDA.

During the event, guests across the state are encouraged to dine at a participating restaurant and/or choose to make a direct donation.

Employees can work a shift, choose to volunteer their time or donate a portion of tips.

Businesses can join our list of participants and help us promote, organize and/or donate.

To participate, restaurants can:

Donate a portion of total sales
Collect donations received from guests and staff
Donate a portion of total profits
Make a donation for every sale of a specific item
Identify a set donation amount
Media is asked to contact FRLA Communications Director, Elizabeth Ray at eray@frla.org.

For restaurants interested in participating in the event, please contact Dan Murphy at dmurphy@frla.org.

More information, along with a growing list of participating restaurants, will be available online at https://www.frla.org/dine-out-orlando/.

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

The 4 Three Nine, Saint Petersburg
4 Rivers Smokehouse, All Florida locations
45 Central Wine Bar, Santa Rosa Beach
60 South Restaurant & Bar at the Doubletree By Hilton Orlando Downtown
310 Restaurants, All locations
400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, Saint Petersburg
717 South, Tampa
1500 South by Chef Art Smith, Naples
1884 Restaurant and Bar, Eustis
A Land Remembered at Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando
Abe’s Place Tap & Grill, Clearwater
Alfies Restaurant, Ormond Beach
American Kitchen Bar & Grill at B Resort & Spa, Lake Buena Vista
American Social Bar & Kitchen, Fort Lauderdale
Amigos Original Tex Mex Restaurant & Cantina, Altamonte Springs
Anna Maria Oyster Bar, All locations
Another Broken Egg, Lake Mary & Winter Park
Applebee’s, Orlando, Tampa, Panama City, Tallahassee, Gainesville area locations
Applebee’s, South Florida, Southwest Florida and Jacksonville area locations
Aqua Prime Seafood & Steaks, Indian Rocks Beach
Armani’s at Grand Hyatt Tampa
Asia Kitchen, Winter Park
The Attic Door, Winter Garden
Ava, Tampa
The Avenue Eat/Drink, Saint Petersburg
BackStreets Sports Bar, Cape Coral
Baoery Asian Gastropub, Orlando
Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria, Winter Springs
The Bay South Walton, Santa Rosa Beach
Beach Bar at Pier House Resort & Spa, Key West
The Beach House Restaurant, Bradenton Beach
bd’s Mongolian Grill, Lakeland
Beefy King, Orlando
Bella Bella, Tallahassee
Bella Brava, Saint Petersburg
Bella Tuscany Ristorante Italiano, Windermere
Bern’s Steak House, Tampa
Berties Good Eats, Daytona Beach
Better Than Sex Dessert Restaurant, Orlando
The Birch & Vine at The Birchwood, Saint Petersburg
The Bistro at Marriott Courtyard Cocoa Beach
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Florida locations
Black Sheep Restaurant, Jacksonville
Blaze Pizza, GainesvilleJacksonville, Orlando, Sarasota
Bikes Beans & Bordeaux Neighborhood Cafe, Orlando
blu on the avenue, Winter Park
Blue Bamboo, Jacksonville
Blue Door Farm Stand, Chicago, IL
Blue Door Kitchen & Garden, Chicago, IL
Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber, Clearwater Beach
The Boheme Restaurant at Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
Bolay Restaurant, Royal Palm Beach
Bonefish Grill, All Florida locations
Bongos Cuban Café Orlando
Bongos Cuban Café Hollywood
Bösendorfer Lounge at Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
Boston Lobster Feast, Orlando & Kissimmee
Bowland, All locations
Brevard Zoo, Melbourne
Brimstone Woodfire Grill, Pembroke Pines
Broadway Ristorante & Pizzeria, All locations
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, West Palm Beach
Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant, Santa Rosa Beach
Buffalo Wild Wings, All Florida locations
Bull & Crown Public House, Saint Augustine
Burger Craft, Clermont
Burger U, UCF
Café Chardonnay, Palm Beach Gardens
Cafe Gala at the Dali Museum, Saint Petersburg
Cafe Tu Tu Tango, Orlando
Cala Bella at Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando
California Pizza Kitchen Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
Canvas Restaurant & Market, Orlando
Capa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
Carrabba’s Italian Grille, All Florida locations
Cask & Larder, Winter Park
Catch Grill + Bar at Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
The Catfish Place, Apopka
Charlie Mac’s BBQ, Key West
Chick-fil-A, Orange, Osceola, Lake & Seminole county locations
Chick-fil-A, Westfield Sarasota Square, Edgewater, Port Orange Gateway Center locations
Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster, Orlando
Chuy’s Tex-Mex, Kissimmee & Orlando locations
The Cider Press Cafe, Naples & Saint Petersburg
Citrus Restaurant, Orlando
Cocina 214, Winter Park
Colorado Fondue Company, Casselberry
Compass Grill at Sirata Beach Resort, Saint Pete Beach
The Coop, Winter Park
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, All Florida locations
Cooters Restaurant & Bar, Clearwater Beach
Craig Miller’s Field House, Orlando
The Chef’s Table at the Edgewater, Winter Garden
Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster, Orlando
The Crooked Spoon Gastropub, Clermont
Charley’s Steak House, All locations
Chicago q, Chicago, IL
Chuck Wagon Home Cooking, Apopka
Cork & Fork American Grill, Orlando
Crispers, All Florida locations
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Orlando
Dave’s Last Resort & Raw Bar, Lake Worth
Don Juan’s Mexican Restaurant, Jacksonville
Donatello Italian Restaurant, Tampa
Duffy’s Sports Grill, All locations
Durango Steakhouse, Titusville
Earl of Sandwhich, Lake Buena Vista
EDGE at Epicurean Hotel, Tampa
The Edison, Tallahassee
Elements Bar & Grille at Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal
Ellie Lou’s Brews & BBQ, Ocoee
Emeril’s Orlando
Emeril’s Tchoup Chop at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
Everglades Restaurant at Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando
Evo Italian Restaurant, Tequesta
Falcon’s Nest at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
The Fat Snook, Cocoa Beach
F&D Kitchen & Bar, Lake Mary
Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse at Hyatt Regency Orlando
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Orlando
First WatchMaitlandLongwoodPlaza VeneziaWinter GardenUCFAlomaMills Park locations
Fish City Grill, Lakeland
FishBones, Orlando & Lake Mary
Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, Cape Canaveral
Five Star Pizza, Central FL locations
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, All Florida locations
Flippers Pizzeria, Orlando, Clermont, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista & UCF
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, Orlando
Froyo Fresh, Tampa
Funky Monkey Bistro & Bar, Orlando
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Sarasota
Gator’s DocksideCentral Florida locations
Glory Days Grill, All Florida locations
Grandaddy’s, Harmony
GrassLands Brewing Company, Tallahassee
Great Southern Cafe, Santa Rosa Beach
Green Parrot Bar, Key West
Grille 401, Fort Lauderdale
Grub Burger Bar, Tallahassee
Half Shell Raw Bar, Key West
Hamilton’s Kitchen at the Alfond Inn, Winter Park
The Hangar, Saint Petersburg
Harry’s Beach Bar at Sirata Beach Resort, Saint Pete Beach
Hash House A Go Go, Orlando
Hawkers Asian Street Fare, All locations
Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key
Haven, Tampa
HeadPinz, Cape Coral & Fort Myers
Hemingway’s  at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
High Tide Harry’s, Orlando
Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grand Lakes
Holy Hog BBQ, Tampa
House of Pizza, Orlando
House of Blues Orlando
Hubbly Bubbly Falafel Shop, Orlando
Hurricane Seafood Restaurant, St Pete Beach
ICEBAR Orlando
Icy Paradise, Daytona Beach
IHOP, Florida locations
Imperial Wine Bar & Beer Garden, Orlando
Island Dogs Bar & Restaurant, Key West
Jack’s Place at Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando
Jason’s Deli, Orlando & Southwest Florida locations
Jax 5th Ave Deli & Ale House, Lake Mary
Johnnie’s Hideaway, Orlando
Johnny Rockets The Pointe, Orlando
Jové Kitchen & Bar at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
K Restaurant, Orlando
Kahwa Coffee, Saint Petersburg
Kelly’s Landing New England Seafood, Fort Lauderdale
Kiki’s Sandbar, Little Torch Key
Kings Orlando
KING’s Street Food Counter, Saint Petersburg
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Kissimmee, Orlando, Winter Park locations
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, All Orlando & Tampa locations
La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami
La Storia Ristorante, Chicago
Larios on the Beach, Miami Beach
Lazy Lobster of Longboat, Longboat Key
Lee Roy Selmon’s, All locations
Liam Fitzpatrick’s Restaurant & Irish Pub, Lake Mary
Lighthouse Lobster Feast, Orlando
Lofty Pursuits, Tallahassee
LuLu’s Destin
Luma on Park, Winter Park
Madison Social, Tallahassee
Mama Della’s Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Magnolia Grill, Fort Walton Beach
MainStay Suites, Port Saint Joe
The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, Longboat Key
Margaritaville, Destin, Key West, Miami Airport, Panama City Beach
Marche Burrette Deli at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Maria’s Italian Restaurant, Cape Coral
Marina Bar & Grill, Sandestin
Marlow’s Tavern, All Florida locations
The Meatball Stoppe, Orlando
Mediterranean BLUE, Orlando
Mellow MushroomOrlando, Winter Park & International Drive
The Melting Pot, Boca Raton
The Melting Pot, Coral Springs
The Melting Pot, Fort Myers
The Melting Pot, Longwood
The Melting Pot, Orlando
The Melting Pot, Saint Petersburg
The Melting Pot, Sarasota
The Melting Pot, Tallahassee
Melts On Main Street, Winter Garden
Metro Diner, All Florida locations
Miller’s Ale House, All locations nationwide
Mojo, Fort Lauderdale
MoonFish, Orlando
Morimoto Asia, Walt Disney World
Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, Jacksonville
Mulligan’s Beach House, All locations
Murray Bros. Caddy Shack, Saint Augustine
Nature’s TableParticipating locations
Nine 18 at Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando
Noble Crust, Saint Petersburg
Nolan’s Irish Pub, Cocoa Beach
Noodles & Company, Orlando locations
North Quarter Tavern, Orlando
Nothing Bundt Cakes, Orlando Sand Lake Road location
O Bistro, Saint Petersburg
Oasis Restaurant at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center
Ocean Prime, Orlando
Oceans 234, Deerfield Beach
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, Columbia, SC
Oleys Kitchen & BBQ, Orlando
Olio, Jacksonville
Olive Branch Mediterranean-Italian Grille & Bar, Mount Dora
The Original Crabby Bill’s, Indian Rocks Beach
The Other End Restaurant & Beergarden, Destin
Outback Steakhouse, All Florida locations
The Outpost Neighborhood Kitchen College Park, Orlando
Oystercatchers at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Paradiso 37, Lake Buena Vista
Paramount Fine Foods, All locations
Parkshore Grille, Saint Petersburg
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, Viera
Phat Thai Cafe, Apopka
Pho 88 Noodle Restaurant, Orlando Mills Ave location 
Pho Hoa Restaurant, Orlando
Pieology Pizzeria, Ponte Vedra
Pinon Grill, Boca Raton
PizzAmore, Mount Dora
Pizza Hut, Central Florida, All Central Florida locations
Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria, Saint Petersburg
The Port Inn, Port Saint Joe
Portobello, Orlando
Prato, Winter Park
The Pub at Pointe Orlando
The Pub Waterfront Restaurant, Indian Shores
Raglan Road Irish Pub, Lake Buena Vista
Rainforest Cafe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Rainforest Cafe at Disney Springs™, Lake Buena Vista
Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
The Ravenous Pig, Winter Park
Rita’s, Orlando East & Apopka
Red Robin, All Florida locations
Residence Inn by Marriott, Amelia Island
Restaurant ASH, Orlando
Ritter’s Frozen Custard, Port Orange
Rose Villa Southern Table & Bar, Ormond Beach
Rum Barrel Bar & Grill, Key West
Rum Runners Bar & Grille at Sirata Beach Resort, Saint Pete Beach
RumFish Grill at Guy Harvey Outpost, St Pete Beach
RusTeak Restaurant & Wine Bar, Ocoee & Orlando
The Rusty Spoon, Orlando
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, All Florida locations
Sally O’Neal’s Pizza Hotline, Tampa
The Sandbar Restaurant, Anna Maria
Sandy Hook Fish & Rib House, Matlacha
Santiago’s Bodega, Altamonte Springs
Santiago’s Bodega, Orlando
Scolapasta Bistro, Fort Lauderdale
Seafood Shack, Marina, Bar & Grill, Cortez
Shake ShackWinter Park,  I-Drive
Shakers American Cafe, Orlando
Shogun at Rosen Inn, Orlando
Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Sarasota
Sinclair’s Ocean Grill at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, Jupiter
SLATE, Orlando
Smith & Adams Confections, Orlando
Soco Restaurant, Orlando
Sonesta, Fort Lauderale Beach
Souzou, Saint Petersburg
Spatz Deli & Billiards, Winter Park
Spoto’s Oyster Bar, Palm Beach Gardens
Square 1 Burgers & Bar, Winter Park
Stillwaters Tavern, Saint Petersburg
Something Fishy, Apopka
Sonny’s BBQCentral Florida locations
Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Orlando
Starbucks Coffee Company, Participating Orlando locations
STK Orlando
Sugar Daddy Bakery, Orlando
Suncoast Cafe, Venice
Sushi Maki, Miami area locations
Sweet Frog, Altamonte Springs & Orlando Avalon Park
Sweet Frog, Daytona Beach & Port Orange
Sweet Frog, Jupiter 
Sweet Frog, Riverside Jacksonville & Town Center Jacksonville
Swine & Sons Provisions, Winter Park
Taberna del Caballo, Saint Augustine
Taboon Bistro, Orlando
Tampa Airport Marriott, Tampa
Taproom at Dubsdread, Orlando
The Tasting Room at The Chef’s Table, Winter Garden
Teak Neighborhoord Grill, Orlando
Tee Jay Thai Sushi, Wilton Manors
Texas Cattle Company, Lakeland & Saint Petersburg
TGI Fridays, Central Florida locations
The Tennessee Truffle, Sanford
The Thirsty Goat, Port Saint Joe
Tijuana Flats, All Central Florida locations
Tommy Bahama, Jupiter, Naples, Orlando, Sandestin, Sarasota
Tony Roma’s International Drive, Orlando
T-REX at Disney Springs™, Lake Buena Vista
TR Fire Grill, Winter Park
Tryst, Saint Petersburg
Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Miramar Beach
Turners Kitchen + Bar, Leesburg
Turtle Kraals Bar & Grill, Key West
Umi, Winter Park
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, Ocala
Union Public House, Pensacola
University Center Club, Tallahassee
Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Florida locations
Uptown Cafe & Catering, Tallahassee
Urban Flats, Winter Garden
Verandah at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Vito’s Chop House, Orlando
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
vomFASS, Winter Garden
The Wave Kitchen & Bar at Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa, Vero Beach
Which Wich? Superior Sandwiches, Orlando Doc Phillips location
Whirly Dome, Orlando
Windjammers Restaurant, Clearwater Beach
Wingstop, Hialeah-Miami Lakes
Wolfgang Puck Cafe, Orlando
WonderWorks Orlando Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show, Orlando
World of Beer, Altamonte Springs, Lake MaryUCF area
Yak & Yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
The Zenith Company
Zona Fresca Fresh Mexican Grill, Winter Park

More restaurants coming soon! Check back regularly.

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About OneOrlando Fund
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the formation of the OneOrlando Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to provide a way to help respond to the needs of our community, now and in the time to come, after the effects of the Pulse tragedy. The distribution of the funds will be administered by the Central Florida Foundation. The Foundation serves as the region’s community foundation and is home to more than 400 charitable funds. For information regarding the OneOrlando Fund or to make a wire transfer, please contact info@oneorlando.org.

About the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
FRLA is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Our mission is to ‘Protect, Educate and Promote’ Florida’s $82 billion hospitality industry which represents 23% of Florida’s economy and more than 1.1 million employees – making it the state’s number one industry. We offer regulatory compliance and food safety training needs (RCS and SafeStaff®); industry developed career-building high school programs (FRLAEF); sponsor the only event in Florida exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry (FR&L Show, September 27-29, 2016 in Orlando); and we safeguard the needs of the hospitality industry by providing legislative advocacy. We represent and serve more than 10,000 independent and household name members, suppliers, and theme parks. For more information, go to www.FRLA.org and find us on Twitter @FRLAnews, Facebook and YouTube.

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