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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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Montreal was once the home of a large Native American settlement about 4000 years ago, with the French settlers arriving in the mid 1500s, and Montreal finally being founded by the French in 1642. Today, it is the most populous city in Quebec and the second most populous municipality in Canada. The French language and culture still runs strong here as is the love of great food. There is a very European vibe to the city and many great eats from poutine slathered in gravy and cheese curds to bakeries and Montreal’s famous smoked meats.

Here is a quick guide to a Taste of Montreal:

Montreal-style smoked meat

Montreal smoked meat or simply smoked meat in Montreal (French: smoked meat; sometimes viande fumée, is a type of kosher-style deli meat product made by salting and curing beef brisket with spices. Along with bagels, smoked meat has been popular in Montreal since the 19th century and it has taken such strong root in the city that both Montrealers and non-Montrealers alike identify it as emblematic of the city’s cuisine.

Schwartz’s Deli – 3895 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9, Canada
www.schwartzsdeli.com/

World famous Schwartz’s, serving the best smoked meat from the original recipe of spices since 1928. Over 80 years of tradition – A Montreal classic and the oldest deli in Canada. The staff of Schwartz’s credits the unique flavour of their smoked meat to their mandatory 10-day meat curing time, the high turnover of their meat, and their brick smoke-house covered with over 80 years worth of buildup. Schwartz’s is also credited with creating Montreal steak seasoning or Montreal steak spice.

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Poutine

Poutine is a Canadian dish, originating in the province of Québec, made with French fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy and sold almost at almost every other block in Montreal.

Mache
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Address: 1655 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K4, Canada, Phone: +1 514-439-5535
Near the university, this small, casual shop has a whole great collection of Montreal Quebecois comfort eats from poutine to pates chinois.

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BBP 9.75$
ground beef, braised bacon, green peas, cheese, house gravy

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house roasted corned beef, caramelized onions, cheese, house gravy

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le Hamburger steak 12.50$
8 oz seasoned canadian beef, caramelized onions, green peas,
mashed potato, house gravy

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LES PATÉS CHINOIS
le Trio 13$
ground beef, veal and pork, onions, celery, corn, mashed potato

Pates Chinois – literally Chinese pate – is the French Canadian version of shepherd’s pie. One possible explanation for the Chinese reference is that it was introduced to Canadian railway workers by Chinese cooks during the building of the North American railroads in the late 19th century.

Joe Beef is a very popular restaurant so I recommend you try to get reservations before you travel out there.

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Bouillon Bilk
bouillonbilk.com/en/
Address: 1595 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2S9, Canada
Modern eclectic cuisine with a French influence served in a bright, minimalist-chic space.

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Desserts

Juliette & Chocolat
www.julietteetchocolat.com/
Chocolate shakes, milk chocolates, hot chocolates, crepes, waffles, brownies, fondue, pastries.

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Near the Notre Dame basilica in Old Montreal, visit Maison Christian Faure, a French bakery shop as well as the first international French pastry school founded by acclaimed Chef Christian Faure M.O.F.

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Maison Christian Faure
https://maisonchristianfaure.ca
355 Place Royale, Montréal, QC H2X 2V3, Canada
Phone: +1 514-508-6453

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Chinatown Montreal

Chinatown in Montreal is located in the area of De la Gauchetière Street in Montreal. The neighborhood contains many Asian restaurants, food markets, and convenience stores as well being home to many of Montreal’s East Asian community centres, such as the Montreal Chinese Hospital and the Montreal Chinese Community and Cultural Center.

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Mai Xiang Yuan
1082 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montreal, QC H2Z 1J5, Canada
Excellent house made pork/shrimp/leek/egg dumplings

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Nudo
1055 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montreal, QC H2Z 1J6, Canada
Lanzhou-style hand-pulled noodles and braised beef.

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Marché Jean-Talon
Address: 7070 Avenue Henri-Julien, Montréal, QC H2S 3S3, Canada
www.marches-de-quartier.com/en/marches/jean-talon-market/
Established open-air market with many vendors selling produce, meats, cheeses, fish & baked good since 1933

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McDonald’s in Montreal

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For more on where to eat in Montreal, check out this guide to Montreal’s best eats by Foodie Hub
http://www.foodiehub.tv/north-america/Montreal

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Known for its epic sunrise to sunset views of the airport runway, the new Hemisphere at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport features a $3 million re-design of the 3,000 square-foot restaurant.

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The stylish new environment is a huge upgrade from the 1990s era setting it once had.

Led by Executive Chef Jeffery Powell, Hemisphere’s culinary team has designed a menu that infuses robust international flavors and seasonal local ingredients.

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Dinner highlights include Moroccan-inspired, dukka-crusted Lamb Chops, Grilled Gulf Prawns and a Wagyu Grass-Fed Beef Burger. The Hemisphere beverage menu complements the world kitchen concept with a carefully curated collection of wines and cocktails from each hemisphere. The wine cuvees are filled with 16 wine varietals from different regions around the globe.

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“My culinary philosophy is to work with local farmers to acquire the freshest ingredients available. Using complementary ingredients and showcasing each component through simple preparation and proper technique creates integrity and depth of flavor,” said Powell.

Powell’s culinary point of view mirrors Hyatt’s global philosophy –Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. –and is reflected in the global offerings at McCoy’s Bar and Grill and the re-imagined Hemisphere restaurant, slated to make its debut in November2016.

At home, Powell enjoys cooking braised meats, practices slow cooking methods and explores new ingredients such as Moringa, an African green very high in vitamin C with other added health benefits.

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AVOCADO TOAST
tomato jam, tangy queso fresco, radish,pea tendrils
$8.95

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BURRATA MOZZARELLA
blood orange, pickled mustard seeds, micro greens, fire roasted bread
$11.95

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ROASTED BABY BEETS
whipped mascarpone, shaved fennel, pistachios, citrus zest, organic olive oil
$9.95

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HARICOT VERTS
nduja, red onions,organic sunny side up cage free egg
$10.95

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SOFT SHELL CRAB
fried green tomato, boursin, grits, arugula salad, smoked tomato vinaigrette, trinity relish
$15.95

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CHEF’S SIGNATURE PORK BELLY
slow pickled blueberries, candied jalapenos, sun choke puree
$16.95

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CHURRASCO STRIP STEAK
heirloom tomatoes, red onions, frisee, arugula,chimichurri
$28.95

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KEY LIME CHOUX AU CRAQUELIN
with torched meringue
10

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SAFFRON ARBORIO KHEER
cardamom fudge, pistachio mousse, pistachio tuile
10

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PLUM RAINDROP CAKE
fresh strawberries, lychee, orchid petals, toasted ground almonds
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PASILLA MOLTEN LAVA CAKE
licorice gelato, ginger snap sable
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BLACK FOREST PETIT GATEAUX
amarina cherry, chocolate cake, whipped cream quenelle
10

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Complimentary valet parking is available for all Hemisphere guests.Monthly wine dinners and seasonal brunches will be announced soon.

Hemisphere at Orlando International Airport
9300 Jeff Fuqua Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32827
www.hemisphererestaurant.com
407.825.1234
OpenTable Reservations: http://www.opentable.com/r/hemisphere-orlando

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

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

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

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THANKSGIVING DINNER
Slow-Roasted Turkey
with Brioche Stuffing
French Green Beans
with Marcona Almonds
and Cranberry Pear Chutney
Accompanied by
Sam’s Mashed Potatoes to share
38

THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR CHILDREN
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DESSERT
Pumpkin Cheesecake
10

WHERE:

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

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

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

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Food & Wine Weekends at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando is a celebration of fine wine and the culinary arts on weekends Sept. 16 through Nov. 13, 2016, complementing the Epcot® Food & Wine Festival.

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At Zeta Bar, the Asian cuisine restaurant at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, there is an “Art of Sushi Pairing” menu on Friday & Saturday nights, 5pm – 10pm.

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Here is a quick look at the dishes served during the meal:

Zeta Bar + Sushi Lounge: The Art of Sushi Pairing

Course 1

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Zeta Greens
Field Greens Salad with Ginger Dressing

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Wakame Salad
Classic Japanese Seaweed Salad

Course 2

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Spicy Tuna Nachos*
Seared Ahi Tuna Sashimi, Avocado, Spicy Mayo, Masago, Cilantro, Wasabi Scented Nori Chips

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Chicken Katsu
Panko Breaded Chicken Breast, Lemon Plum Sauce, Wasabi Mayo

Course 3

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Coconut Chicken Green Curry
Coconut Curry Chicken, Lemongrass, Ginger, Thai Chili, Cilantro, Thai Basil, Toasted Pine Nuts,
Steamed White Rice

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Tsunami Roll*
Crab Salad, Tempura Crunch, Hirame, Sliced Limes, Micro Cilantro, Shiso Pesto, Masago

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Alaskan Roll*
Salmon, Avocado, Sliced Lemon, Crab Salad, Wasabi Caviar

Course 4

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Red Bean Mochi or Green Tea Mochi or Mango Mochi

$45/person plus tax and gratuity
Price Includes Sake or Beer Pairing

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C & W Barbeque in Oviedo

It’s a tiny little old, one room shack in downtown Oviedo, blink and you might miss it. But C & W BBQ serves up some very good que despite its small size – with huge portions – enough for dinner and lunch the next day. There’s a little wood burning oven in the kitchen – and you can see everything is home cooked.

Order inside the house – barbecue pulled pork, chicken, or ribs with sides of collard greens and mac and cheese and more. Save room for their amazing home made sweet potato pie – it’s one of the best slices of pie I’ve had in Central Florida. Sit outside and enjoy the outdoor Florida fall weather.  The C in C & W is for Ms. Cora Mae who runs the restaurant.

C & W Barbecue
298 Geneva Dr, Oviedo, FL 32765
Phone: (407) 285-5097
Open Mon – Saturday

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Collard greens, mac and cheese, pulled pork, and chicken at C & W Barbeque in Oviedo
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Sweet Potatoe Pie at C & W Barbeque in Oviedo

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With all the divisiveness and the downright craziness of this year’s election, the world’s most famous feline friend, Hello Kitty, has thrown her hat into the ring – kicking off her Hello Kitty for President campaign.

Hello Kitty is bringing her cafe food truck pop up shop to Orlando as part of the “Friendship Party” with a message celebrating friendship, fun and happiness.

Now, that’s a party I am happy to endorse and support any day.

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The hugely popular Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be making its first-ever appearance in Orlando THIS Saturday, October 29th at Florida Mall, serving yummy goodies & treats to Hello Kitty fans & foodies of all ages, including a limited edition Hello Kitty for President cookie. This special edition cookie will be limited to only 50 cookies per stop & guest who purchase the special treat will also receive a free bumper sticker, too.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Rolls Into Orlando!

Who: Sanrio & Hello Kitty

What: Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Appearance

When: Saturday, October 29 10am-8pm

Where:
Florida Mall
8001S Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 34746
** Parked outside by the Crayola Experience

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The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is a mobile vehicle of cuteness that offers a delicious array of Hello Kitty sweets and special goodies to fans of all ages; it has been rolling up to festivals & events across the U.S. since its official debut at Hello Kitty Con in October 2014.

The yummy treats on board the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will include a 3-piece Hello Kitty cookie set, a rainbow macaron box set that includes a surprise Sanrio character design, a 4-pack of mini cakes, and bow-shaped bottles of water.

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In addition to the goodies, a Hello Kitty Cafe mug, a supercute pink Hello Kitty Cafe t-shirt and the pop icon’s signature bow headband will also be available to purchase.

The specially designed Hello Kitty for President cookie will be limited to only 50 cookies per stop & guests who purchase the special treat will also receive a free bumper sticker.

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Photos Courtesy of Sanrio, Inc.

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Central Florida’s annual Cows ‘n Cabs is set to return for its sixth year on this Saturday, October 22 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Hosted by ABC Fine Wine & Sprits’ David Larue and 4 Rivers Smokehouse founder John Rivers, the event will be benefitting the Community Food and Outreach Center and Elevate Orlando.

It will be returning to 150 North New York Avenue in Winter Park’s West Meadow and will feature more than 20 of Central Florida’s top restaurants.

Prices include general admission tickets at $110 with VIP packages starting at $140 for early admission.

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.cowsncabs.com. Guests must be 21 and older to attend.

Confirmed participants include 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Black Rooster Taqueria, K Restaurant, Hunger Street Tacos, Morimoto Asia, Orchid Thai, Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park, Pop Parlour, Puff ’n Stuff, Tapa Toro, Taverna Opa Orlando, The COOP, The Osprey Tavern, The Sweet Shop, and more!

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PRESS RELEASE: Luma on Park and Prato’s Chef Brandon McGlamery to Open Classic American
Eatery in Maitland

Maitland, Fl. – (October 13, 2016) The partners of Park Lights Hospitality Group – led by visionary chef Brandon McGlamery and operations maven Tim Noelke, are opening their third restaurant concept, Luke’s Kitchen and Bar later this year. While Luma on Park encompasses progressive American cuisine and Prato has established itself as an authentic Italian eatery, Luke’s Kitchen and Bar will offer classic American cuisine and cocktails. The new concept will be located at 640 South Orlando Avenue in Maitland, FL.

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Executive Chef Derek Perez and McGlamery worked in tandem to curate a menu that highlights classic American fare, using seasonal ingredients and responsibly-sourced proteins.

Inspired by the culinary traditions from coast to coast, Luke’s Kitchen and Bar will deliver carefully curated oysters, an extensive raw bar, an array of soups and sandwiches, and entrees cooked over an open fire grill and rotisserie.

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Starters will include Pork Belly and Deviled Eggs, Chicken Wings and house-made Parker Rolls. Guests can enjoy dishes from the sea or land with offerings that include Raw Oysters, Ceviche, Prime Rib and Roast Chicken, with a selection of vegetables and sides.

Inspired by timeless American libations, the bar program will feature signature classic cocktails using house-made ingredients that complement the menu. Luke’s Kitchen and Bar will offer a wide-ranging, hand selected array of fine wines and craft beer available on draft, in bottles and in cans.

Designed by The Johnson Studio, Luke’s Kitchen and Bar will welcome guests to a contemporary designed two-story building with an interactive open kitchen and oyster bar. The 6700 square-foot restaurant will seat 220 guests and will also offer patio seating and private dining options.

The name Luke’s is a play on the Italian word “to shine” and at Luke’s their goal is to shine light on American classics.

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LUKE’S KITCHEN AND BAR – MAITLAND, FL
Luke’s Kitchen and Bar is the third concept by the partners of Park Lights Hospitality Group, of Luma on Park and Prato – led by visionary chef Brandon McGlamery and operations maven Tim Noelke. Opening in late 2016, Luke’s Kitchen and Bar will focus on classic American cuisine, using seasonal ingredients and responsibly-sourced proteins. Inspired by the culinary traditions from coast to coast, Luke’s Kitchen and Bar will deliver carefully curated oysters, a high-quality raw bar, an array of soups and sandwiches, and entrees cooked over an open fire grill and rotisserie. The beverage program will feature classically-inspired libations prepared with fresh and house-made ingredients, as well as an extensive selection of craft beer and wine. Luke’s Kitchen and Bar will be located at 640 South Orlando Avenue in Maitland, FL. For more information, please call 407.674.2400 or visit www.eatatlukes.com. Follow Luke’s Kitchen and Bar on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for daily updates.

Photo credit goes to Michael Pisarri.

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Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram

Every year, Wat Florida Dhammaram, a Thai Theravada Buddhist monastery and temple in Kissimmee, Florida, hosts the Taste of Thailend festival. I’m embarrassed to admit this is the first time I’ve attended though it is the 15th year of celebration. Thai restaurants and local families from all over Florida come to this temple to sell food and fundraise for the temple. Entrance is $12 and it’s all you can eat. From pad thai noodles to pork and sticky rice, to chicken satay and Thai tea and more – you can pretty much try a wide range of tasty Thai food while you are here.

Two menacing Buddhist protector guardian dieties stand guard over the main meditation hall where a gold plated Buddha sits. Various statues and scenes from Buddhist literature can be found around the sprawling temple grounds, like a statue of Buddha’s mother Maya standing over a baby Buddha.

Performances and dances take place on the main stage while visitors line up to nosh at the many booths set up around the temple.

One of my favorite items that I tried was the Thai rice crepes with sweet coconut and this coconut rice dessert. Everything was quite tasty, though. Check out photos below:

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Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram
Taste of Thailand 2016 at Wat Florida Dhammaram

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Wa Sushi Chirashi bowl

Wa Sushi features some great sushi and ramen bowls hidden in Casselberry – deep inside Seminole County.  It’s a little hard to get to, but well worth the trip. On a recent lunch visit, I tried the tuna kobachi for an appetizer featuring some very good quality tuna. My partner chose the tonkotsu ramen and I had the chirashi sushi bowl – both excellent. Interior is a bit sparse – and needs some character – overall, a great place to try some sushi! Check out photos below
Wa Sushi
1285 Semionola Blvd.
Suite 121
Casselberry Fl 32707

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Next door to the newly renovated Flying Fish, the new AbracadaBar lounge opens, taking the spot formerly occupied by the Boardwalk’s candy and ice-cream shop.

From posters that mysteriously change to a very cool 1920s vibe, the AbracadaBar packs a lot of fun surprises despite its small size.

From Disney:

The new “curious cocktail lounge” combines the Golden Age of Magic with the magic of Disney storytelling, so look for whimsy in the design – and hidden Mickey’s = from the Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) team, who create stories in true Disney fashion. 

According to WDI, the lounge was once a secret stomping ground for famous touring magicians, local boardwalk illusionists and the loveliest magician’s assistants of the day.

After every magic show, these prestidigitators would gather at the bar, where they’d conjure up new cocktails, swap magic tips and tricks, and often stay up all night attempting to “out-charm” each other with their extraordinary illusions.

AbracadaBar guests will get a special peek into the sophisticated social club, and while it’s rumored that the magicians who frequented the lounge vanished without a trace decades ago, their magic still remains strongly intact, and can be seen, heard, and even savored in the bar’s signature cocktails.

From its enchanted magic show posters and mystifying mirrors to vintage props and tricks left behind years ago, AbracadaBar promises to be just as surprising and magical as its name suggests.

 

AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney's Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney's Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney's Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney's Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney's Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney's Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney's Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney's Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney's Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney's Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney's Boardwalk
AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk

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Flying Fish restaurant on Disney’s Boardwalk recently underwent massive interior renovations as well as a reboot of their menu. Gone from Flying Fish is the “cafe” part of the name, welcoming in a new, more sophisticated setting that does justice to the quality of cuisine, focused on sustainable seafood.

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New Look Inside Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk

Gone, too, are the golden fish and golden columns that brought a touch of boardwalk carnival feel to the old Flying Fish Cafe – the interior features an all-new silver-accented kitchen and dining room (with expanded space for private dining events) with silver, shimmering chandeliers – providing a very modern and upscale dining experience. Guests can still watch the chefs prepare dishes in the open kitchen, and sit at the kitchen counter to watch the action up close if desired.

Flying Fish at Disney's Boardwalk
Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk

Chef Tim Majoras, who has been with the Flying Fish culinary team since 2011, takes the over the helm in the kitchen from our friend Chef Tim Keating, bringing his take on a whole new menu to delight the palate and senses.

Chef Tim Majoras of Flying Fish at Disney's Boardwalk
Chef Tim Majoras of Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk

We were invited recently for a media dinner at Flying Fish to get the latest updates to the menu and the interior decor.

The table’s bread is baked locally with little slivers of nori seaweed inside – a touch of the sea here, too – giving the bread a wonderful umami savory flavor. The bread features the telltale signature crusts from Orlando’s Olde Hearth Bakery. I could not stop at just one piece, despite my better judgement.

Nori bread at Flying Fish at Disney's Boardwalk - made by Olde Hearth Bakery
Nori bread at Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk – made by local Orlando Olde Hearth Bakery
Blue Crab Bisque - Flying Fish at Disney's Boardwalk
Blue Crab Bisque – Jumbo Lump Crab, Melted Leeks, Aged Sherry, Tarragon Crème Fraîche – Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk

The stacked seared yellow fin tuna with compressed watermelon is a work of art – served with thinly sliced avocado, pink radishes, and pickled daikon radish and edible flowers. It tastes even better than it looks.

Compressed Tuna and Watermelon - Flying Fish at Disney's Boardwalk
Flying Fish’s Yellowfin Tuna – Compressed Watermelon, Citrus Espelette, Black Cyprus Sea Salt, Avocado
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Peaches and Prosciutto – Sicilian Pistachio Dust, Vero Beach Arugula, Sonoma Chevre – Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk

Another great starter is the Kurobuta pork belly featuring the finest Berkshire pork topped with a shirred quail egg and stacked with a taste of apple slaw and bing cherry gastrique.

Kurabuta Pork Belly - Flying Fish at Disney's Boardwalk
Kurobuta Pork Belly – Shank Croquette, Royal Gala Apple Slaw, Bing Cherry Gastrique, Shirred Quail Egg – Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk
Flying Fish at Disney's Boardwalk
Corn Encrusted Wild Gulf Shrimp – Spiced Hearts of Palm, Orange Supremes, Piquant Aioli – Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk

The newly renovated Flying Fish also now offers an expanded space for wine storage for their extensive wine list, including 80 wines available by the glass.

For my entree, I chose the Wood-fired Spanish Octopus and Chilean Seabass served with Bomba Arroz, Peruvian Sweet Peppers, and Housemade Chorizo. The octopus was cooked to perfection and paired nicely with the seabass and bomba arroz.

Bomba arroz is short-grain variety of rice commonly used in paella and other dishes in Valencian Spanish cuisine. The rice had a wonderful depth of flavor that had me licking my lips at the end of the meal.

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Wood-fired Spanish Octopus and Chilean Seabass served with Bomba Arroz, Peruvian Sweet Peppers, and Housemade Chorizo- Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk

I was able to sample my friend’s Lobster Nero pasta – nero pasta, or black pasta, is traditionally made from scorched or burnt kernels of wheat. It tastes wonderful.

Maine Lobster Nero Pasta - Golden Tomato Sauce, Young Artichokes, Micro Lemon Grass
Maine Lobster Nero Pasta – Golden Tomato Sauce, Young Artichokes, Micro Lemon Grass
Bison Strip Loin - Ancient Grains, Salsify, Cipollini Onions, Haricot Verts, Sun-dried Tomato-Choron Sauce
Bison Strip Loin – Ancient Grains, Salsify, Cipollini Onions, Haricot Verts, Sun-dried Tomato-Choron Sauce
Plancha-seared Hokkaido Scallops - Antebellum Grits, Brentwood Sweet Corn, Peppadew Emulsion
Plancha-seared Hokkaido Scallops – Antebellum Grits, Brentwood Sweet Corn, Peppadew Emulsion
Wagyu Filet Mignon Okinawan Potatoes, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Romanesco, Bordelaise Sauce
Wagyu Filet Mignon
Okinawan Potatoes, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Romanesco, Bordelaise Sauce
Wild Alaskan King Salmon - Pancetta-Ivory Lentils, Wilted Varietal Kale, Meyer Lemon, Garden Vinaigrette
Wild Alaskan King Salmon – Pancetta-Ivory Lentils, Wilted Varietal Kale, Meyer Lemon, Garden Vinaigrette

Dessert is stunning – a work of art – The Under the Sea and Florida Reef desserts are shaped like little pieces of the ocean seafloor, and are all quite delectable. The pastry team at The Flying Fish is top rate and you can tell in their craftsmanship and in the balance of sweetness in their desserts.

Under the Sea - Valrhona Manjari Chocolate, Chocolate Coral Sponge, Pistachio Sand, Dehyrdrated Milk Foam, Tasting of Three Sea Salts and The Florida Reef - lemon tart, toasted meringue, Florida citrus and ruby red grapefruit sorbet.
Under the Sea – Valrhona Manjari Chocolate, Chocolate Coral Sponge, Pistachio Sand, Dehyrdrated Milk Foam, Tasting of Three Sea Salts and The Florida Reef – lemon tart, toasted meringue, Florida citrus and ruby red grapefruit sorbet.
Under the Sea - Valrhona Manjari Chocolate, Chocolate Coral Sponge, Pistachio Sand, Dehyrdrated Milk Foam, Tasting of Three Sea Salts and The Florida Reef - lemon tart, toasted meringue, Florida citrus and ruby red grapefruit sorbet.
Under the Sea – Valrhona Manjari Chocolate, Chocolate Coral Sponge, Pistachio Sand, Dehyrdrated Milk Foam, Tasting of Three Sea Salts and The Florida Reef – lemon tart, toasted meringue, Florida citrus and ruby red grapefruit sorbet.
Flying Fish at Disney's BoardWalk
Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk

Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk
Hours: 5-10 p.m. daily

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/boardwalk/flying-fish/

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Chef Emeril Lagasse, of all chefs, really needs no introduction, with his signature proclamations of spice “Bam!” and having hosted literally thousands of shows on Food Network. Most recently he has been the host of “Emeril’s Florida” on the Cooking Channel, bringing attention to many great local Florida chefs and food purveyors.

Emeril Lagasse is also the chef/proprietor of 13 restaurants, including two here in Orlando – Emeril’s Orlando at Universal CityWalk and Emeril’s Tchoup Chop at Loew’s Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios.

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Douglas Braselman was named Chef de Cuisine of Emeril’s Orlando in April 2015, equipped with more than 14 years of experience in the culinary arts.

Braselman, a New Orleans native, joined Emeril’s Orlando after spending nearly 10 years under the guidance of some of the best chefs and restaurantuers New Orleans has to offer including Chef David Slater, Chef Gregg Collier, Chef Susan Spicer, Chef James Wong of Trey Yuen and Roy Barre.

Emeril's Chef Douglas Braselman
Emeril’s Chef Douglas Braselman

These experiences led to opportunities in award-winning restaurants such as Redfish Grill, Ralphs on the Park and then in 2011, at Chef Emeril Lagasse’s flagship restaurant in New Orleans’ Warehouse District.

Braselman brings with him the flavors of his Louisiana heritage, while being hands-on in the kitchen, using only the best-quality local and regional ingredients to drive his seasonal menu and nightly specials.

“I’m excited to continue Chef Emeril’s tradition of ‘New’ New Orleans cuisine featuring the great products available here in the state of Florida.”

We were recently invited to try their new menu out at Emeril’s. It was a brisk walk to the restaurant from the parking garages, wading through the crowds at Universal’s Citywalk coming and going from the parks. It is undoubtedly the most high scale restaurant on the strip, though dress code is definitively more lax than the typical fine dining restaurant due to the locale.

If you are looking for something different from the traditional New Orleans Barbecue shrimp, try out the wonderful crispy duck wings, glazed with a sticky chili sweet sauce and blue cheese vinaigrette. The wings are lip smacking good and leave you wanting for more.

Crispy Duck Wings

CRISPY DUCK WINGS
sticky chili glaze, blue cheese vinaigrette
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Salads here are more than your typical caesar or house salad – but change seasonally with the freshest ingredients available. During our visit, we had a lovely strawberry and grapefruit arugula salad with prosciutto and a lovely vinaigrette dressing.

Seasonal Salad
Seasonal Salad

The entrees from the pan seared scallops to the chargrilled ribeye and double cut pork chop are all crafted with finesse and deep flavors, but our favorite dish of the evening was a pan roasted duck dish with dirty wild rice and collard greens – absolutely delicious with a great cajun southern flair.

Desserts like the signature Emeril’s Banana Cream pie and red velvet cake are classic mainstays here, but if it’s available – do try their fantastic rendition of the Mardi gras classic – king cake!

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PAN SEARED DIVER SCALLOPS
creamy corn moque choux, wilted greens, local tomato jam
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PAN ROASTED BELL & EVANS CHICKEN BREAST
foie gras dirty wild rice, wilted greens, maple jus
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CHARGRILLED RIBEYE*
rosemary charred cabbage, onion jam, roasted oyster mushrooms, buttermilk bleu cheese, arugula
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GRILLED DOUBLE CUT PORK CHOP*
caramelized sweet potatoes, tamarind glaze, green chili molé
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Desserts
EMERIL’S BANANA CREAM PIE
Graham Cracker Crust, Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Shavings
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LEMON CHEESECAKE
blueberry sage compote
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RED VELVET CAKE
cream cheese frosting, candied almonds, chocolate sauce
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KEY LIME PIE
toasted meringue, berry coulis
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FLOURLESS DECADENT CHOCOLATE TORTE
butter pecan sauce
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KING CAKE
During Mardi Gras Season

Emeril’s Orlando
6000 Universal Blvd.
Universal CityWalk
407-224-2424
emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-orlando

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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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The Courtesy Orlando

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.

The Courtesy Orlando
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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PRESS RELEASE

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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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

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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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