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Ricky Ly of

Ricky Ly founded 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 and Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. In 2017, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel's Culinary Hall of Fame. He is also featured in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida 100, a weekly opinion column featuring 100 of the most influential people in local government, politics and culture. In 2018, he was chosen by the Orlando Weekly as one of the "Ten People Making Orlando a Better Place to Be." E-mail him at tastychomps(at) Google

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Specials in Orlando this Father’s Day:

Bulla Gastrobar – Winter Park –

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

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

Chef Mariano Vegel

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

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

Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day Weekend at ICON Orlando 

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

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

WHEN:                 June 15 – June 17, 2018

WHERE:               ICON Orlando,8375 International Drive Orlando, Florida

The Capital Grille

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

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

Eddie V’s

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

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

Enzo’s Hideaway at Disney Springs

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

To view the menu and make reservations, visit:


Ace Cafe Orlando

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


Tony Roma’s

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


Del Frisco’s

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

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

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


Taverna Opa (Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Dr)

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


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The first Friday in June is National Doughnut Day and this year it falls on Friday, June 1st, 2018.

Doughnut Day was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army’s “Doughnut Lassies,” who served the treats to soldiers during World War I. The “Doughnut Lassies” are often credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States when the troops returned home from war.

The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in Chicago in 1938 to help raise funds during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the “Doughnut Lassies.”

Here are some ways to celebrate for National Doughnut Day here in Orlando, with lots of specials including free doughnuts:

Krispy Kreme
Any donut free – no purchase necessary, but we suggest a cup of dark roast for ultimate dunking.

Krispy Kreme Winter Park
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL 32789

Krispy Kreme Millenia
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee – East
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
(192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL 34746

Dunkin Donuts
Free “classic” donut with purchase of a beverage.

Any donut free with purchase of a specialty beverage.

The Donut King
Free glazed donut – No purchase necessary.
208 S. Highway 27, Minneola
3716 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park

The Glass Knife
Offering a complimentary glazed doughnut with a purchase of a coffee on Friday, June 1 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.; they will also be debuting their newest edition, the “Doughnut Banana Split;” and last, but certainly not least, offering one lucky Instagram winner complimentary donuts for a year. Entering the contest is simple – like the post the post on @theglassknifewp Instagram page, follow @theglassknifewp and tag 3 friends. The contest ends at 11:59 am EST on Friday, June 1. Details can be found on their Instagram page.

710 Centerview Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 350-5832
One free donut (bare, cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar) no purchase necessary. There will also be raffles, music, an area for guests to take pictures, and warm, fresh donuts – made to order. ?With each free donut, each guest will receive a coupon for their next trip to DUCK DONUTS.

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Popular Vietnamese-American eatery Viet-Nomz is opening a second location soon at 11798 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32817.

This is the former location of Pita Pit at the plaza on the corner of Colonial Drive and Alafaya Trail with the Lucky’s Market.

Known for their modern take on Vietnamese cuisine with banh mi style tacos as well as more traditional Pho and rice noodles, this will be Viet-Nomz second location after their first on University and Goldenrod.

More to come soon.


Photos courtesy of Viet-Nomz and Chris Bhulai

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Earth Feast: Kamayan-style Filipino Charity Dinner
MONDAY MAY 21, 2018 @ 6:30PM — 9:00PM
Benefiting: IDEAS For Us

Kadence who will be preparing a sumptuous Kamayan-style Filipino feast. In the spirit of Earth Day, guests will gather around the table as a family and use their hands (it’s what “kamayan” means, after all) to enjoy a mountain of grilled Florida seafood, an array of veggies, and rice served atop banana leaves.

There will be delicious food, fresh drinks, locally brewed beer, and live entertainment to welcome you to a special evening benefiting one of Orlando’s most unique and impactful charities: IDEAS For Us. You may know them through their programs here in Orlando: The Hive, The Solutions Fund, and Fleet Farming.

This is a charity event and the ticket price is a 100% tax-deductible contribution. Please consider making an additional donation or choosing a “Swag Option” (50% tax-deductible) for extra goodies that can help keep you cooler than ever this summer.

Link to tickets:

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Chef Olé was founded with the intention of teaching about gourmet Spanish food, sourced from companies with more than 100 years history of producing the best products in Europe.

Their gift boxes are named after famous Spanish artist and are composed of exclusive selection of Spanish gourmet products, designed to enhance the flavors of food by further improving the tastes. We were recently sent a box to test out – here are some photos!


1-Extra virgin olive oil, variety HOJIBLANCA, first oil press, company with 200 years of tradition. 17.6 fl.Oz./ 520 ml.

2-Spicy paprika from La Vera, product with PDO. Used by Top Chef winner 2017. 1.41 Oz / 40 g.

3-Chamomile olive bell. Manzanilla olives and extra virgin olive from Bajo Aragón. 4.23 Oz. / 120 g.

4-Citrus salt flakes. Without preservatives, without colorants 130 years tradition 5.64 Oz / 160 g.

5-Pedro Ximénez balsamic cream, a tradition since 1923. 8.46 Oz / 240 g.

I used the spicy paprika to make some Vietnamese Bo Kho.

2 to 2 ½ pounds boneless beef chuck or brisket cut into 1½-inch chunks
1/2 packet of Bo Kho Spices

For the Stew

3 tablespoons oil
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced thinly
4 tablespoons tomato paste
8 cups of water
2 cups of pure coconut water/juice
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon spicy paprika
8 large carrots, peeled and cut on the bias into 1½ -inch chunks
1 teaspoon of salt
3 tablespoons soy sauce

wide rice noodles or egg noodles

Combine the beef with bo kho spice packet and marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Bo Kho: Add the ingredients including the beef together in large pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer for 1 hour.

After an hour has passed, add the carrots, salt, and soy sauce. Simmer for another 40 minutes.

Cook your noodles per package instructions, transfer to bowls, and ladle the soup over the top.

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The Capital Grille:

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHERE:              ORLANDO – I-DRIVE

9101 International Drive

Orlando, FL  32819


4200 Conroy Rd.

Orlando, FL  32839

Eddie V’s:

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHERE:              7488 West Sand Lake Rd

Orlando, FL  32819

EL Buda (Downtown, Orlando): 

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

Maria & Enzo’s (Disney Springs): 

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

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

Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi

7972 Via Dellagio Way

Orlando, FL

Reservations: Online or call 407.370.3359

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

Event Details:

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

Pharmacy Orlando

8060 Via Dellagio Way

Orlando, FL


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

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

Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge

8000 Via Dellagio Way

Orlando, FL


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

Menu highlights include:

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

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

K Restaurant & Wine Bar

1710 Edgewater Dr.

Orlando, FL


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

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

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

Canvas Restaurant & Market

13615 Sachs Ave

Orlando, FL


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

Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen

6967 Lake Nona Blvd

Orlando, FL


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

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

Chroma will begin taking reservations at 12 p.m.

Paddlefish at Disney Springs

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

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


Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar

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

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

Please see links below to make reservations and for details.

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

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

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

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

To make a reservation and for more information visit,

WHEN:                 May 11 – May 13, 2018

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

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

Address: 9150 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819


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

Reservations: Call (407) 351-5074

Tony Roma’s

Address: 8560 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819


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

Reservations: Call (407) 248-0094

Mother’s Day at Taverna OPA

Sunday, May 13th

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

Minimum 4 people required. One offer per table.

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


Mother’s Day at TAPA TORO

Sunday, May 13th

Brunch Buffet 11am-3pm

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

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

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


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

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Chefs from Disney’s BoardWalk Resort Restaurants will prepare a dinner at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as part of the Chef’s Night Series.

The team will be led by Andrew Larkin, Executive Chef, Disney’s BoardWalk Resort and will include Chef Rich Smich, Trattoria al Forno; Chef Paul Napoli, ESPN Club; Chef Tim Majoras, Flying Fish; Pastry Chef Kurtis Baguley, Disney’s BoardWalk Resort restaurants and Sommeliers Katie Hanewall, Trattoria al Forno and Ted Letsch, Flying Fish.

Guests will enjoy a five-course meal including specialty cocktails and wine pairings.

Chef’s Night brings Central Florida’s top chefs into Second Harvest’s Community Kitchen to celebrate delicious food and raise funds for a good cause. All proceeds benefit Second Harvest’s Culinary Training Program, which provides students with the skills and inspiration they need to obtain an entry-level position in a food service establishment.


Insalata Salad
House-Pulled Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic
Chef Rich Smich, Trattoria al Forno

Spring Gnocchi
Carrot, Celery, Onion, Pea and Corn
Chef Rich Smich, Trattoria al Forno

Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad
Baby Kale, Brussel Sprouts, Olive Oil and Sea Salt Ciabatta Bread Crisp
Chef Paul Napoli, ESPN Club

Ocean’s Bounty Sustainable Fish and Sea Salt Dusted Filet Mignon
Harvest Vegetable Melange, Leek Fondue and Cassis Red Wine Demi
Chef Tim Majoras, Flying Fish

Vahlrona Chocolate Semolina Torta
Brachetto Raspberry Crema
Mascarpone Cream Mousse
Blueberry Lime Compote, Hibiscus Meringue and Rye Bourbon Caramel
Pastry Chef Kurtis Baguley, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2018

6 – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

411 Mercy Drive

Orlando, Fla. 32805

COST: $75 per person

REGISTER: Purchase tickets at or call 407-514-1070 for more information. Seating is limited.


About Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
SHFBCF is a member of Feeding America – the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. SHFBCF secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 550 local nonprofit feeding programs throughout Central Florida. Last year, with the help of food and financial donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed nearly 56 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes. In addition, Second Harvest’s 18-week culinary program teaches foodservice-based technical, life and employability skills to economically hard-pressed adults. Second Harvest is distributing enough food to feed 48,000 people a day. To learn more about SHFBCF, visit

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National Association of Letter Carriers’(NALC)Stamp Out Hunger food drive will be occurring on Saturday, May 12, where anyone can leave canned goods and non-perishables in their mailboxes which will be picked up for free by letter carriers.

In our home state of Florida,Farm Share- a 27-year-old, Florida-based nonprofit food organization – will be the primary beneficiary of collected supplies, who will distribute the items back into Florida, specifically Central Florida, communities to feed those in need, for free.

For 25 years, the NALC has teamed up with nonprofits nationwide to help more than 50 million people in America who suffer from hunger.

“Stamp Out Hunger provides Floridians with an easy way to make a big impact locally. Farm Share is excited to assist with the collection and distribution of the donations, as it’s our top priority to fight hunger and provide Florida communities with nutritious food,” said Stephen Shelley, Farm Share’s chief operating officer.

On May 12, letter carriers and volunteers will collect donations so Farm Share, in partnership with its 2,000 partners across Florida, can distribute the food back into the communities.

During the 2017 annual food drive, more than 71 million pounds of food were collected. Florida has been ranked as the No. 1 state for cans collected over the last decade.Farm Share is celebrated for its partnership with Florida farmers to retrieve imperfect, yet perfectly good, produce that would otherwise be thrown away due to aesthetic blemishes, and then distributes it back into Florida communities.

In 2017, Farm Share delivered 51,893,761 pounds of fresh food to more than 10.5 million households.”It’s an honor to partner with Farm Share, as we respect its commitment to ending hunger in Florida daily.It’s our hope that this year’s drive will have the most impact yet,” said Al Friedman, State President of Florida for the NALC.

How to Help: Fill up the Farm Share bag left in mailboxes with non-perishable foods, and leave the bag next to your mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12.

Share on social media using the hashtag: #FarmShareXStampOut.Visit and for more information

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From the early days in the 1990s along a quiet Lee Road, a family-owned steakhouse legacy was emerging in Orlando. The modest, single building was previously known by a variety of names including Bakerstreet Grill, Tony Marino’s and Morgan’s Lobster House. Fast forward to 2000, the Christner family expanded the restaurant with a second neighboring building, formerly Straub’s and Nick’s Boat Yard, with the signature central lobby and porte-cochère.

The heart and soul of Christner’s began with Carole Christner and her late husband, Russ. Many of the founding principles and traditions stand today. Although, the official name of Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster name debuted in 2013, the iconic restaurant has been owned and operated by the Christner family since 1993. From USDA Prime Steaks, cold-water lobster tails and classic steakhouse menu features to the rich leather seating and low lighting, Christner’s quality and authentic hospitality is always in vogue.

To celebrate the silver anniversary as a family-owned, award-winning restaurant, the Christner family generously opens the doors for a special celebration dinner:

25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
Thursday, June 14
Now Taking Reservations
407.645.4443 or

One hundred percent of the dining proceeds (excludes alcohol sales) on June 14 will be donated to Aspire Health Partners as their way of saying thanks and to pay it forward to their beloved community for the next 25 years.

“We are truly honored and humbled by numerous awards and accolades over the years and cherish them as much as the friendships and memories we have created,” said Owner Alice Christner.

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Led by retired Orange County Firefighter Tom “Bull” Hill, a group of firefighters, first responders, family and friends are walking 640 miles from Key West to Tallahassee to raise awareness about firefighters who develop terminal cancer as a result of their lifesaving work.

Hill is fulfilling a promise he made to two of his firefighter friends before they died from cancer – to make a difference. Along the way, firefighters and their families and friends give him personal items — badges, name tags, obituaries, even fellow firefighter’s ashes — to carry in his backpacks.

To support marchers along the 640-mile route, 4 Rivers Smokehouse treated a group of 250 participants to lunch at its Winter Garden Smokehouse on April 20, one month after the long walk began.

The award-winning Central Florida-based restaurant group will also host meals at its Gainesville and Tallahassee Smokehouses when the “March of the Bull, My Brother’s Burden” walkers reach those cities.

“The core of the 4 Rivers brand is rooted in supporting the communities that support us and we’ve had the honor to help many firefighters, police officers and first responders over the years,” said John Rivers, 4R Restaurant Group Founder/CEO. “Tom ‘Bull’ Hill is showing remarkable commitment to raise awareness for a righteous cause and we’re happy to show our support along his journey.”

Hill, who is making the walk despite two knee replacements, aims to collect 50,000 signatures on a petition to let him speak before the Florida Senate in Tallahassee. The marchers want lawmakers to pass legislation recognizing that certain types of cancer and other medical conditions can be brought on by circumstances directly related to a firefighter’s everyday efforts in the line of duty.

Florida is one of just 20 states that does not officially recognize the health issues faced by firefighters. Follow the journey here:

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Orlando Meats is a family-owned, whole animal butcher shop and restaurant born out of a deep appreciation for good food.

The Butcher Shop
Orlando Meats sources proteins locally (within 250 miles) from farms that follow organic practices, raise their animals on pasture, and provide natural diets to produce the best quality meat. They purchase half or whole carcasses and break them down in their butcher shop, utilizing the entire animal. As a nose-to-tail operation, they carry everything from popular steak cuts, to fat, bones, and organ meat.

The Restaurant Half
The other half of Orlando Meats is a fast casual eatery serving breakfast and lunch dishes crafted by their talented cooks, using mostly local and seasonal ingredients in addition to the pasture-raised meats from their butcher. Breakfast served 8am-11am. Lunch served 11am-close. Brunch served Sunday all day.

Orlando Meats – Ivanhoe District
728 Virginia Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

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We take a first look inside California Tortilla, a fast-casual Mexican-inspired restaurant, that recently opened a new location in downtown Orlando right on our iconic Church Street.

California Tortilla serves fresh, made-to-order burritos, bowls, street tacos, quesadillas and salads.

California Tortilla also features a Wall-of-Flame containing over 75 spice options ranging from mild to extreme.

California Tortilla in Orlando is located at 54 West Church Street near The Amway Center. In 2016, Business Insider included it on its list of “13 Mexican fast-food chains that could be the next Chipotle.”

Screamin’ Spicy Street Taco
Blackened chicken, queso, California Screamin’ sauce, fajita veggies and salsa. Served on two soft corn tortillas.

Carnitas Street Taco
Pork carnitas, melted Jack cheese, Enchilada sauce, onion-cilantro relish and fresh avocado. Served on two soft corn tortillas.

Corn tortilla chips topped with queso, jalapeños, sour cream, guac, scallions and salsa. Add chicken, steak, taco beef or farm-fresh veggies and black beans!

For more info, visit

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The Glass Knife opened just a few months ago and is already popular among the “ladies who lunch” of Winter Park. They’ve learned from their first missteps and have continued to refine their processes – for example, a more prominent sign guiding new customers to the counters to take their orders.

The bakery/restaurant/cafe was developed by local entrepreneur Steve Brown, as a way to share his memories of baking alongside his mother, Jacque, who was a fond collector of Depression-era glass cake knives.

The culinary team is led by Executive Chef Stuart Whitfield, who has worked for Four Seasons, Le Cirque, David Burke & Donatella, and The Walt Disney Company.

The Glass Knife’s Spring debut lineup includes: new macarons, lemon and chocolate tarts, artisanal flatbreads, their newest doughnut, the PB&J, and their newest pastry, the Coconut Blackberry.

I enjoyed the PB&J donut, but the Coconut Blackberry was my favorite. An outstanding pastry with complex textures from crunchy to soft to sweet and citrusy – quite delicious.

Mediterranean Flatbread
Sweet fig butter, goat cheese, Neuske’s Applewood-smoked bacon and caramelized onions topped with arugula, shredded Gruyere cheese and finished with a mission fig balsamic drizzle and lemon creme fraiche

The PB&J
Filled with layers of the Glass Knife’s own peanut butter cream and tangy raspberry jam, touched with a vibrant purple, hibiscus glaze and topped with peanut butter stripes and golden, house-made peanut brittle

Coconut Blackberry
Intricate layers of aromatic blackberry pate de fruit, coconut dacquoise and zesty yuzu jam enveloped in a lush coconut mousse atop a buttery shortbread base finished with blackberry cream, touches of fresh blackberries, coconut, microgreens and edible 23-karat gold leaf.


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The weather is beautiful in one of those two or three brief moments of the year where Florida is not yet doused in sweltering afternoon showers and heat. That means it’s food festival season!

Here are two “Tastes” from two cities going on right here in Central Florida this week:


April 18, 2018 | 5 PM – 8 PM | Winter Park Farmer’s Market
Winter Park’s Ultimate Foodie Festival

Taste of Winter Park showcases more than 40 of Central Florida’s top chefs, bakers, caterers and confectioners for a fun evening at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market. All-inclusive tickets feature unlimited samples of signature dishes, refreshing beverages and decadent desserts.

Beverages include a selection from the Terlato Wines portfolio, including pairings with select vendors, and signature cocktails featuring Hendrick’s Gin.

Taste of Winter Park features popular eateries and new destinations sure to become your new favorite. Vendors must be members of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce in order to participate.

Keep up with Taste of Winter Park and participating restaurants year-round, plus receive advanced notice for ticket sales on our social media channels.

For additional information on this event, contact Ally Stricker at or 407-644-8281.

Early Bird Tickets: *Only available until March 16, 2018

$45 Chamber members (in advance)
$60 Non-members
$400 Pack of Ten Tickets
Taste of Winter Park Tickets

$50 Chamber members (in advance)
$65 Non-members & everyone at the door
$450 Pack of Ten Tickets
For the ultimate experience, be a VIP Guest:

Private Tent
Seated Tables
?Corkcicle Stemless keepsake cup
Unique Food and Drinks with no line
45 VIP parking spots (New England Ave. lot across from Central Park – first to arrive, first served – pre purchased tickets only)
Premium bottles of wine for sale


Admission includes food, beer and wine from some of the areas best restaurants and bars!

Every spring, the Rotary Club of College Park hosts the Taste of College Park Food & Wine Festival. The festival takes place at the Historic Dubsdread ballroom. This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:00pm.

The Taste of College Park combines food, wine, music, silent & live auctions for an extraordinary evening in College Park. Nearly a dozen local restaurants and distributors provide the food and wine; local retailers supply items for the silent and live auction. College Park businesses and Rotary Club members sell nearly 500 tickets.

Whether you are a local foodie looking to sample the latest fare from College Park’s best restaurants or a resident looking to enjoy an evening sampling great wines and listening to music, the Taste of College Park Food & Wine Festival is a casual and fun evening for everyone.

The Taste of College Park Food & Wine Festival is the Rotary Club of College Park’s premier fundraising event and one of the largest events in the College Park Community. In previous years, the club raised more than $30,000 for local charities including Ronald McDonald House of Orlando, Princeton Elementary, Lake Silver Elementary, and scholarships & awards for College Park students.

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The Taiwanese Food Festival is put on by the local Orlando Taiwanese American community once a year, featuring games, food, and entertainment in a commercial park off of Orange Blossom Trail and SR 528.

Taiwan is one of my favorite places in the world to visit, not just for their friendly people and beautiful landscape, but also because of their amazing street food culture. The food of Taiwan features specialties from all over the mainland China due to migration trends after 1949 as well as its own homegrown cuisine.

Every evening, countless night markets pop up around the island featuring dishes like Taiwanese sausage in a rice bun, to  giant fried chicken chops, and more.

One of our local celebrities, Eddie Huang of Fresh off the Boat fame, and his parents are members of the Taiwanese American community here in Orlando.

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Orlando is experiencing a moment with ramen – from the expansion of Domu at East End Market to the southwest and southeastern parts of the county as well as the continuing of new offerings of the dish at other local and new Japanese restaurants.

Just outside UCF in East Orlando, Taipei 101 has been offering up Taiwanese street food for years. Recently, they began serving their own ramen, coming in the pork tonkotsu, miso, and spicy miso versions.

Taiwan has a complicated history with Japan, as Japan did colonize the island for several decades in the earlier part of the last century, leaving behind cultural as well as culinary influences. Ramen, the popular noodle soup originally brought to Japan by Chinese immigrants and adapted in Japan, has made its way back to Taiwan. Taipei 101’s pork tonkotsu ramen was filling and quite tasty with pork chashu, boiled egg, and other toppings. A great value at $9.50.

This is on their special board menu which changes once in a while with other new popular Taiwanese street food items.

They also continue to serve their popular bento lunch boxes, featured here is the pork belly with rice box.

Taipei 101 – 3050 Alafaya Trail #108, Oviedo, FL 32765


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The stars must have aligned for the foodie gods because there are three huge events all happening the same night centered around food for good causes. Don’t miss out this weekend!

Here they are:

Beard in Baldwin Food and Wine Festival benefitting the James Beard Foundation National Scholars Program
Baldwin Park – 4899 New Broad St. Orlando, FL 32814
Saturday, April 14, 2018 – General Admission 7-10 pm
VIP Early Access 6-7 pm
VIP Experience inside Osprey Tavern 7-9pm


General Admission: $110
VIP: $175
*Must be 21 and up

Join us in beautiful Baldwin Park as we celebrate the Orlando culinary scene. A complete experience, the evening will feature an intimate food and wine festival with picturesque Lake Baldwin and Harbor Park as the backdrop. More than 25 top tier local restaurants will be serving flavorful dishes each paired with a fine wine, crafted cocktail or local brew.

For those seeking a more exclusive experience, the VIP admission includes everything above along with a private cocktail event taking place inside The Osprey Tavern.

Help Support the Next Generation of Great American Chefs in Partnership with The James Beard Foundation National Scholars Program.

Chef’s Gala benefitting Heart of Florida United Way

Saturday, April 14th, 2018 – 6:30pm
Walt Disney World
Epcot World Showplace

Exciting news for foodies and wine enthusiasts of Central Florida! For the 26th year, more than 20 of the region’s top restaurants will gather for Heart of Florida United Way’s Chef’s Gala, a fundraiser benefiting local hunger and homelessness programs. Hosted by Walt Disney World, this gastronomic adventure offers unlimited sampling of signature dishes prepared by award-winning chefs, each paired with a fine wine.

The event will be held at Epcot Showplace on Saturday, April 14 from 6:45 – 10 p.m. and also includes a sparkling wine reception, live music and a silent auction filled with unique items and trips.

Participating Restaurants
Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
blu on the avenue
Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Cinderella’s Royal Table at MAGIC KINGDOM Park
Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
Hemisphere at Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Latitude & Longitude at Orlando World Center Marriott
Le Cellier Steakhouse at Epcot
Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs
Primo by Melissa Kelly at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
Shutters at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
STK Orlando at Disney Springs
The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Turf Club Bar & Grill at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
Tiffins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Todd English’s bluezoo at Walt Disney World’s Dolphin Resort
Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando
Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs
Epcot Bakery Team
Gideon’s Bakehouse
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
Purchase Tickets
Tickets are available by visiting Individual tickets are $325, couple ticket package is $600 and corporate ticket packages are $3,000.

Cattle Baron’s Ball benefitting American Cancer Society

Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel · Sat, Apr 14, 2018 @ 06:00 PM
The American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball brings together cowboys and cowgirls for an evening of western-themed fun, and raises funds to help the Society finish the fight against cancer.

This year’s Cattle Baron’s Ball will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando!

Festivities begin at 6 p.m., with a reception that includes a silent auction, followed by a gourmet dine-around, featuring food from many of Central Florida’s finest chefs, a live auction and incredible entertainment.

The Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball promises a toe-tapping, knee-slapping, rip-roaring good time, all for a great cause!

So grab your hat, pull on your boots, and join!

For almost 20 years the Cattle Baron’s Ball and the American Cancer Society has donated over $15 million towards Cancer Research. This year will be empowering as the focus is on children’s cancer. The 2018 Cattle Baron’s Ball is 6 weeks away and for the first time in many years it is close to being a sold out event. Below is an empowering video of what we don’t know about kids cancer. Visit us at to see how you can help these children #kidscancer #cattlebaronsballorlando #acs #fightcancer #support #donate #passion #makeithappen #children #americancancersociety

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Black Bee Honey is a non-profit business founded by the youth in the Parramore Kidz Zone program. The business started with the dream of providing youth an opportunity to learn firsthand entrepreneurship skills while simultaneously enriching the lives of their community members by providing raw honey.

This start-up business, run by PKZ youth, will offer high quality honey for sale at the Parramore Farmers Market while providing work related educational and entrepreneurial experiences, further developing the youth of the Parramore Community into future workforce leaders.

Black Bee Honey comes from Dadant & Sons in High Springs, FL, one of the top businesses in the beekeeping field. PKZ are selling six different kinds of honey, including:

Saw Palmetto
Orange Blosom

Once the raw honey is purchased from Dadant and Sons, PKZ Inc. employees jar and label the honey at the Dr. J.B. Callahan Neighborhood Center in Parramore. The honey will be sold at a booth during the Parramore Farmers Market for $12.


The mission of Black Bee Honey is to provide Parramore youth an opportunity to operate and manage their own business while simultaneously providing the residents of the greater Orlando area high quality, nutritional, honey. These simultaneous provisions introduces an intangible wealth into the community by investing in underserved youth who will later invest in the community.

The mission stands on four pillars: Ethics, Education, Community, and Wellness.

These core values help communicate who we are and provide everyone here at Black Bee Honey with a sense of purpose and meaning to guide their work. We strive to have the highest possible ethical and moral standards for ourselves as we honor our commitment to serving our customers and our community.

Black Bee Honey isn’t just about how healthy our products are. It’s also about creating a healthy community, physically, socially, and economically.

Parramore Kidz Zone Youth Employment Program has created PKZ Inc. as an entrepreneurial enterprise. PKZ Inc. will function as a learning tool by giving students in the Parramore area a chance to start their own business. Their first venture is Black Bee Honey.

When and how did this program begin?
The PKZ Black Bee Honey program started in 2017 before the official opening of the Parramore Farmers Market. Students looking to learn entrepreneurial skills spent months before the farmers market debut working on a business plan, attending an online business course and developing marketing tools. When the market opened in January 2018, students shifted into sales and customer service, attending the market each Saturday to sell their product.

How is it impacting the community now?
The program has inspired the youth involved on an entrepreneurial level, demonstrating that it’s possible and obtainable to start a business, while also contributing to a larger picture issue – in this case, food deserts in our community.

What are some things students learn from the program?
Students are learning entrepreneurial skills relating to operating a business, including understanding profits, sales and management.

How can the community get involved and help?
Support PKZ by visiting the Parramore Farmers Market each Saturday! For a full schedule, visit:

For more info, visit:

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, which runs from February 28-May 28, 2018.

This year, there is a special marketplace called “The Honey Bee-stro” Hosted by National Honey Board. As we all know, the humble honey bee plays an integral part in our ecosystem, helping to pollinate our plants as they go about their day. One of my favorite dishes this year is the Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Puree, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey Blistered Grapes and Sunflower Brittle from this booth. Not too heavy, but just enough with a nice sweet brittle crunch with the rice.

Here are my other foodie favorites from the festival:


Northern Bloom – Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato
La Isla Fresca – Tropical Mousse Cake: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple
The Honey Beestro – Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Puree, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey Blistered Grapes and Sunflower Brittle
Smokehouse – Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle

As always, there are also a ton of topiaries to see at the Flower and Garden Festival.

Here are some of our favorite topiaries for 2018:

Here is the menu for all the marketplaces for EPCOT’s Flower and Garden Festival 2018:

The Berry Basket


Lamb chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique – $7.25,
Field Greens with fresh Strawberries, Crisp Quinoa, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spiced Pecans (V) – $5.00,
Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepper Berry Gelato (V) – $4.50,


JDub’s Brewing Company Blueberry IPA, Sarasota, FL – $4.25
Island Grove Blueberry Moscato, Hawthorne, FL – $6.00
Twinings® Green Tea Berry Mint Julep – $8.75
Twinings Green Tea Berry Mint Julep (Non-alcoholic) – $4.25

Northern Bloom


Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoked Bacon (GF) – $6.50,
Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables – $6.75,
Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato – $4.50,


Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whisky – $11.75
Maple Popcorn Shake (non-alcoholic) – $4.50,
Unibroue Maudite Amber Ale, Chambly, Québec – $5.00
Unibroue À Tout Le Monde Saison, Chambly, Québec – $5.00
Unibroue Éphémère White Ale, Chambly, Québec – $5.00
Beer Flight – $11.00

La Isla Fresca


Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro – $6.25,
Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce – $6.75,
Caribbean Conch Salad with Mango, Papaya and Pickled Red Onions – $5.25,
Tropical Mousse Cake: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple – $4.25,


Golden Road Brewing Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA – $4.25
Tropical Freeze with Cruzan Mango Rum – $9.50
Tropical Freeze (Non-alcoholic) – $4.25

Cider House


Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Branston Dressing with Pears – $10.50,
House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare – $5.25,
Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries (V) (GF) – $4.25,


McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider, West Seneca, NY – $4.50
Florida Beer Company Caribé Pineapple Tropical Hard Cider, Cape Canaveral, FL – $4.50
Ciderboys Grand Mimosa Apple Orange Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI – $4.50
Cider Flight – $10.00
Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, California (Non-alcoholic) – $4.75

The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board


Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Puree, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey Blistered Grapes and Sunflower Brittle (GF) (V) – $4.50,
Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, charred vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream and Micro Watercress – $5.25,
Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses (V) – $4.75,

Florida Orange Groves Winery Orange Blossom Honey Wine, St. Petersburg, FL – $5.00
Orange Blossom Brewing Co. Orange Blossom Pilsner, Orlando, FL – $4.25
Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze with Blueberry Vodka – $10.25
Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze (Non-alcoholic) – $4.25

Pineapple Promenade


Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips – $7.50,
Pineapple Soft-Serve (V) – $5.00,


Coastal Empire Beer Co. Coco Piña Gose, Savannah, GA – $4.25
Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana Wheat, Kihei, HI – $4.25
SweetWater Brewing Company Goin’ Coastal IPA with Pineapple, Atlanta, GA – $4.25
Pineapple Beer Flight – $9.50
Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL – $11.75
Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale, Titusville, FL – $4.25
Pineapple Soft-serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum – $10.25
Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (Non-alcoholic) – $4.25,
Pineapple Soft-serve with Fanta (Non-alcoholic) – $5.75,

Jardin de Fiestas


Pork Taco: Slow-braised Pork Taco served with Apple Relish, Goat Cheese and Chile de Árbol Sauce – $6.25,
Chilaquiles: Chilaquiles served with Chorizo, Mexican Cream and Cotija Cheese – $5.95,
Capirotada: Bread Pudding served with Rompope – $4.25,


Tiger Lily Sangria – $10.25
Rose Margarita – $11.50
Violet Cassis Punch – $12.25
Daisy Spicy Beer – $6.75

Lotus House


Spicy Meatballs with Crispy Tofu – $5.00,
Fried Chicken Dumplings with Peanut Sauce – $6.25,
Vegetable Spring Rolls (V) – $4.50,


Oolong Peach Bubble Tea (Non-alcoholic) – $6.75
Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango and Orange Juice – $8.75
BaiJoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice – $11.00
Plum Wine Cooler – $8.75
Tsingtao Lager – $3.50

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market


Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V) – $4.25,
Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream – $4.50,
Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese – $5.00,
Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries – $4.25,


Hugo-Charles De Fere “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint – $9.50
Paulaner Original Munich Lager – $4.50
Ayinger Bräu Weisse Hefeweizen, Munich, Germany – $4.50
Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager – $4.50
Beer Flight – $10.00

Primavera Kitchen


Frittata di Asparagi: Asparagus Frittata, Mixed Greens and Citrus Dressing (GF) (V) – $7.00,
Fritto Misto: Crispy Shrimps, Zucchini and Spicy Sauces – $8.00,
Ravioli: Maine Lobster Ravioli with Vodka Sauce – $12.00
Panna Cotta al Melone: Cantaloupe Panna Cotta (GF) (V) – $5.50,


Pinot Grigio – $8.00
Chianti – $8.00
Prosecco – $9.00
Corbinello – $9.00
Moscato – $9.00
Bellini: Sparking Wine and Peach Purée – $10.00
Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila – $10.00
Moretti Lager L’Autentica – $5.50
Moretti La Rossa – $5.50

The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews


Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw – $6.75,
Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle – $7.25,
Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños – $6.50,
Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (V) – $4.00,


Zen of Zin Old Vine, California – $5.25
Central 28 Brewing Company Sunshine Greetings Orange Hibiscus Wheat Ale, DeBary, FL – $4.25
3 Daughters Brewing Phantasmas Spicy Double IPA, St. Petersburg, FL – $4.25
Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL – $4.25
Beer Flight – $9.50
Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine – $11.75
Frozen Lemonade (Non-alcoholic) – $3.50



Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream with Raspberry Sauce on the side (V) – $5.95,
Ginger Beef Yaki Udon: Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger – $6.50,
Teriyaki Salmon with Furikake Seasoned Brown Rice (GF) – $6.75,


Pineapple Momo Sake Cocktail – $6.50
Karatamba “Dry Wave” Sake – $8.00
Sapporo Draft Beer in a Kampai Cup – $4.25

Taste of Marrakesh


Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad – $6.00,
Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley and Chili Ranch Sauce – $5.00,
Walnut Honey Baklava – $4.00,


Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur – $8.00
White Sangria – $6.00
Casa Beer – $4.00

Florida Fresh

Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro Lime Sour Cream – $6.50,
Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Stone-ground Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish – $6.75,
Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue – $4.50,


Florida Orange Groves Winery Key Lime Sparkling Wine, St Petersburg, FL – $11.75
Tampa Bay Brewing Company Quat Seasonal Fruit Ale – $4.25
Big Top Brewing Company Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat, Sarasota, FL – $4.25
First Magnitude Brewing Co. Monarch Milk Stout, Gainesville, FL – $4.25
Watermelon Cucumber Slushy with Tamiami Florida Gin – $11.75
Watermelon Cucumber Slushy (Non-alcoholic) – $4.25
Beer Flight – $9.50

Fleur de Lys

Tarte à la Tomate Provençale: Provencal Tomato Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Pastry Crust (V) – $5.50,
Canard Confit Aux Gnocchi à la Parisienne: Braised Duck Confit with Parisian Gnocchi – $5.75,
Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop (GF) – $4.95,


La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy: Grey Goose Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry Juice – $10.75
Kir Pomegranate: Sparkling Wine, Pama Pomegranate Liqueur – $7.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, Village de France – $4.95
Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 – $4.50

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Carts Specialty Festival Offerings

Showcase Coffee Cart: Orange Blossom Twist — Frozen Orange Pineapple topped with Vodka – $9.99
Disney Traders Port of Entry Coffee Cart: Garden of Guava — Frozen Pink Guava topped with Rum or Vodka – $9.99
Future World East: The Final Lap — Iced Tea topped with Frozen Passion Fruit with Vodka – $9.99
The American Adventure: Strawberry Piña Colada — Frozen Piña Colada and Strawberry with Rum – $9.99


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Morimoto Asia Sakura Festival

Enjoy a month-long celebration of the arrival of spring and the cherry blossoms at Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs.The restaurant will be decorated with Instagram-worthy décor, showcasing the pink blooms of the Sakura. Similar to the festivals in Japan, guests can attend a series of ticketed events, and menu specials dedicated to the cherry blossoms.

Events include: 

  • Happy Hour with the brewmasters from Crooked Can Brewing Co.
  • Late night whiskey pairing  and bites with Suntory
  • Seas of Japan 101
  • Morimoto Asia’s Guest Chef Series with Chef Hitoshi Sugiura
  • Ramen Seminar and Tasting
  • Matsuri Festival

Every day of the festival, enjoy special menu items inspired by the Japanese cherry blossoms during lunch and dinner service: COCKTAIL | BEER | APPETIZER | DESSERT

A variety of special events will take place during the festival:

Crooked Can Happy Hour, Sakura Festival
Crooked Can Happy Hour

Thursday, March 15 | 5-7PM

Tickets: $25

Kick off the festival with Crooked Can Brewing Company’s brew masters to taste the Sakura Kolsch, available only at Morimoto Asia paired with Pan-Asian bites.

Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Yogurt marinated chicken, grilled over binchotan, with spicy peanut sauce
 Shrimp and Mint Summer Rolls
Rice wrapper filled with local vegetables, Cape Canaveral Shrimp, served with hoisin sauce
Sakura Ebi and Ginger Onigiri
Sakura shrimp, and pickled ginger mixed with our Koshihikari polished rice shaped into a ball with a nori wrapper
Sakura Mochi
Soft rice pancakes filled with sweet red azuki bean paste
Pulled Soy-Ginger braised Pork Sliders,
Sakura Slaw
Braised pork ribs, Japanese BBQ sauce 
Suntory Japanese Whiskey Pairing, Disney Springs
Late Night Suntory Pairing

Friday, March 23 | 9-11PM

Tickets: $32

Japanese Whiskey-based cocktails presented by Suntory paired with lite bites at Morimoto Asia’s Forbidden Lounge. Accompanied by DJ Jimmy Joslin.

Japanese Madai Snapper Carpaccio, Chinese Style
Crispy Skin Berkshire Pork Belly
House Smoked Sakura Sea Trout, Szechaun Pepper Sauce
Hong Kong Style Curry Fried Rice
Almond Milk Tofu Jelly, Peach, Osmanthus Flower Sauce
Taste From The Seas of Japan Educational Series
Taste From the Seas of Japan

Friday, March 30 | 4-6PM

Tickets: $45

Every week, Morimoto Asia’s sushi chefs spend time educating the restaurant’s staff about the varieties, quality and the traditional process of breaking down the fresh fish delivered from Japan that is served. Now guests have the opportunity to attend this educational seminar learning and tasting about the seas of Japan while enjoying a sake sampling.

Morimoto Asia Guest Chef Series, Sakura Festival
Morimoto Asia’s Guest Chef Series

Tuesday, April 3 | 7-9PM

Tickets: $120

Executive Chef Yuhi Fujinaga and Chef de Cuisine Hung Huynh welcome Chef Hitoshi Sugiura to kick off Morimoto Asia’s Guest Chef Series. The chefs will prepare a collaborative six-course Pan-Asian dinner, paired with wines from across the globe. Chef Hitoshi has a history of creating unique menus for restaurants and events while having received acclaimed notoriety including the “Top 8 Chef” at Italy’s 2017 Vegetarian Chance competition. Chef Hitoshi currently leads the team and menu creation as Executive Chef of Patinstella Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.

Ramen Seminar & Tasting Disney Springs
Ramen Seminar and Tasting

Saturday, April 7 | 12-3PM

Tickets: $36

Spend the afternoon learning about the various types of Asian noodles and how they are made. Following the seminar, guests will visit multiple ramen stations to taste different types of ramen dishes.

Matsuri Family Fun Day at Sakura Festival
Matsuri Festival

Sunday, April 15 | 12-4PM

Tickets: $45

The festival ends with a family fun day inspired by the traditional Matsuri festival of Japan. Guests can enjoy multiple Pan-Asian street food stations, 4 beer and cocktail stations throughout the interior and exterior of the restaurant. Gaming stations will include traditional Japanese carnival games, shuffleboard, origami artist, calligraphy artist, giveaways and a station in partnership with our Disney Springs neighbors, Uniqlo.

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For the 26th year, more than 20 of the region’s top restaurants will gather for Heart of Florida United Way’s Chef’s Gala, a fundraiser benefitting local hunger and homelessness programs. Hosted by Walt Disney World at Epcot Showplace, this culinary adventure offers unlimited sampling of signature dishes prepared by award-winning chefs, each paired with a fine wine. The event will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 6:45 – 10 p.m.


  • Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table at MAGIC KINGDOM Park
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse at Epcot
  • Shutters at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Tiffins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
  • The Turf Club Bar & Grill at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
  • Latitude & Longitude at Orlando World Center Marriott
  • blu on the avenue
  • Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
  • Primo by Melissa Kelly at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
  • STK Orlando at Disney Springs
  • Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency Orlando
  • Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs
  • Todd English’s bluezoo at Walt Disney World’s Dolphin Resort
  • Hemisphere at Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport


  • Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs
  • Epcot Bakery Team
  • Gideon’s Bakehouse
  • Se7en Bites

Through the generosity of sponsors, like Walt Disney World, as well as the participating restaurants that donate all the food, 95 cents of every dollar raised at the event goes directly to community programs aimed at alleviating hunger and homelessness.

Tickets are available by visiting Individual tickets are $325, couple ticket package is $600 and corporate ticket packages are $3,000. Sponsorships are also available by emailing or calling (407) 835-0923



About Heart of Florida United Way
Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) is Central Florida’s most comprehensive health and human services charity and the largest provider of funds to the region’s most critical health and human service programs. Last year, it raised and managed $24.4 million throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. HFUW is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, health and basic needs. It operates United Way 2-1-1, Central Florida’s information and assistance, crisis, suicide and referral helpline; Volunteer Resource Center; Gifts In Kind Center; Emergency Homelessness Services; and the Ryan White Part B program, which administers more than $2 million to provide HIV/AIDS services and referrals. HFUW impacts more than 650,000 individuals annually through its direct service and funded programs. United Way partners with local businesses, government, other charities to increase awareness of local health and human service issues and to inspire hope, provide options and create possibilities for people in need. Visit for more information, or call (407) 835-0900.

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This may be the first time I am jealous of Tampa in my adult life.

Just opened on Thursday, February 1, Armature Works at the Heights is revitalizing the historic Tampa Heights neighborhood. It’s got a huge food hall called the Heights Public Market, comparable to the ones you may see in big cities like New York or San Francisco.

With its unobstructed view of the Hillsborough River, the $16.5 million redeveloped historic structure which once housed the city’s trolleys, has been reinvented as a community destination with innovative eateries, Heights Public Market, reimagined event spaces and an exclusive coworking space.

It features multiple events venues, a 13,000-square-foot co-working space, the Southern-inspired full-service restaurant Steelbach and Heights Public Market, a market-style food hall that brings together 14 new food vendors to Tampa Heights.

Nearby, Ulele and the Hall on Franklin have opened within walking distance of the Heights in recent years.

These are the 14 concepts that are open or will open in the public market:

  • Ava, wood-fired pizza restaurant
  • Astro Ice Cream Co.
  • Zukku, which serves Sushi, burritos and bowls
  • Butcher BBQ, which will also provide meats for Steelbach
  • Cru Cellars, which features organic wines
  • Cocina Taqueria
  • Fine & Dandy Emporium, the official Armature Works bar with craft cocktails, beer and wine
  • Graze 1910, which serves breakfast, brunch and dinner all day – think modern American diner
  • Hemingway’s, which serves Cuban cuisine, sandwiches and breakfast
  • Ichicoro Imoto Ramen
  • Inside the Box, Metropolitan Ministries’ salad and sandwich concept
  • Surf and Turf, which will be the first vendor in a rotating three-month lease stall
  • Swami Juice, acai bowls and cold-pressed juices
  • Union Coffee and Tea by Commune + Co., pressure brew, full espresso bar, drip coffee

ARMATURE WORKS – 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602 –

Check out the photos by our friend Don Nguyen – you can follow him at

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BurgerFi is one of the country’s fastest-growing, award-winning gourmet burger joints. They brought on The Beyond Burger as a response to the growing mainstream demand for plant-based protein.

BurgerFi offers The Beyond Burger in two ways: a more traditional style burger with onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese, or a vegan green style either wrapped in lettuce or served on a vegan bun.

The Beyond Burger is “plant-based” burger, which uses beet juice to “bleed,” and is made of peas. It also packs 20 g of plant-based protein and has no GMOs, soy or gluten. The beets used in the beyond burgers give the patty a red-meat appearance have led some in the media to remark that the burger “bleeds” beet blood.

Overall, the burger was surprisingly delicious – and I would definitely order it again. A wonderful alternative to meat-based burgers, without the red meat guilt, but with all the great tastes and textures.

For those meat eating friends, there’s still the regular burgers and Kobe beef hot dogs to try!

4100 N Alafaya Trail #125-131, Orlando, FL 32826
538 S Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
4750 The Grove Dr, Windermere, FL 34786

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10th Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest This Weekend at Lake Eola


10th Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest

The two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, 50 domestic and international wines, and live entertainment.


Downtown Orlando on Robinson Street along Lake Eola


Saturday, February 24Noon to 9 p.m.

Sunday, February 25:  Noon to 7 p.m.





Admission is $18 per person, per day with advance online purchase (ends Friday).  Admission at the door is $20 per person, per day.

Food and beverage tickets are available at the Fest for $2 each; food and beverage offerings range from one to four tickets.


Subject to change without notice.

Saturday, February 24

  • Nicholas Marks –1:10 p.m.
  • Sidereal –2:40 p.m.
  • Flor –4 p.m.
  • Lovelytheband –4:40 p.m.
  • Blue October –5:35 p.m.
  • Echosmith –6:50 p.m.
  • Plain White T’s7:55 p.m.


Sunday, February 25

  • Evan Taylor Jones –1:05 p.m.
  • The Caribbean Crew –2:55 p.m.
  • Adam Moreno –4:30 p.m.
  • Mondo Cozmo –5:55 p.m.

STAY SOCIAL:             

  • Like Downtown Food & Wine Fest on Facebook
  • Follow @DTFoodWineFest on Twitter and Instagram
  • #DTFoodWineFest

The Fest is produced by Entercom Orlando (formerly CBS Radio Orlando) in partnership with the Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. A portion of the proceeds benefit UCF Foundation, Inc. and Valencia Foundation.

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Scenes from this month’s fabulous wine dinner presented by Chef Huy Tin at Seito Sushi Baldwin Park featuring Talley Vineyards wines! Delicious from start to finish!

Seafood Chawanmushi steamed egg custard with key west pink shrimp, pacific oyster, ikura, white tosa
Wines from Talley Vineyard
Sunomono salad – kyurizuke, salted european cucumbers, sea beans uni marinated scallop, octopus, white ponzu
Seafood Pasta – Homemade noodles, uni, mentaiko, ossetra aviar

Moriawase nigiri
Mushroom Gyoza with foie gras, shiitake and oyster mushroom and porcini dashi
Duck – Tokyo Turnips, chicken liver mousse, rillete of confit leg with asian pear compote
Hanger steak – rainbow carrots, purple osaka mustard greens, miso parsnip puree, five spice chocolate demi glace
Rice Pudding – mochi, dragon fruit, coconut ice cream, sesame cookie

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