Celebration

We were invited to Holler & Dash’s one year anniversary event at their only Florida restaurant located in Celebration and we loved it.  The food came out impressively fast and it was tasty but the staff, service and ambiance were the biggest highlight.  They treat you SO GOOD over at Holler & Dash with their Southern hospitality and they really have a passion for creating great food and memorable experiences.

Their biscuit-inspired menu pays tribute to the South in a fresh new way with chef-driven recipes, fresh ingredients, and layers of flavors like you’ve never tasted before (plus a few you know and love).  Now would be a great time to check out Holler & Dash if you are ever in the Celebration area since they have recently added new items to their menu such as: sandwiches, egg plates, salads and toast.

Blueberry & whipped ricotta, mint toast (NEW!)

Avocado Smash, watermelon radish, lemon toast (NEW!)

Pig In The Garden – Smoked bacon, sweet gem lettuce, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, green goddess (NEW!)

Kickback Chicken – Fried chicken, goat cheese, green onion, sweet pepper jelly with a kick with fruit

Chicken. Set. Go. – Fried chicken, pimento cheese, jalapeno, sorghum with tots


Be sure to check out Holler & Dash soon for breakfast or lunch (or breakfast for lunch!)

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Holler & Dash
6268 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee FL
http://holleranddash.com
(321) 204-1445

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Local entrepreneurs and mother/daughter team, Jane
Livelsberger & Cate O’Brien (pictured above) have opened the doors to their steampunk 1920’s inspired Celebration Tea Room near Disney.

We were invited to their soft opening this past Saturday and it was a truly beautiful and breathtaking establishment with great food, amazing teas, and a delightful staff.  Celebration Tea Room has become one of my new favorite family businesses and I cannot wait to go back there with more friends.   I live near the University of Central Florida, almost an hour away from Celebration Tea Room, but since I am a frequent Disney Springs junkie, I am excited to add more Celebration Tea Room experiences to my upcoming trips.  This spectacular Victorian tea room is located in The Shoppes at Celebration Place located next to Holler and Dash and in the same building as the new Buca Di Beppo.

Celebration’s locals and visitors will enjoy a tea bar area that is decorated in reclaimed wood, brick, and very cool copper steam punk elements.  Jeremy, Cate’s husband leads the bar crafting, serving specialty tea smoothies along with hand-shaken iced teas and their trademark tea snow.

Any tea can be turned into a tea snow, so I choose a  tea that was more on the sweeter side.

Bingo Blueberry Tea Snow
A full-flavored tea with superb and well-defined blueberry highlights
Luxury ingredients: Elderberry, raisin, & apple pieces, hibiscus & cornflower petals, natural flavors

Guest will enjoy a beautiful décor in the main fine dining room where they can certainly order the traditional English tea service with a pot of their favorite type and flavor of tea, traditional tea sandwiches, scones, and of course a sweet dessert.

I got to try a few dishes and they were all delicious!  I love that it is a scratch kitchen so everything is made when you order.  My favorite was the “The Mad Hatter” special which consists of:
• A pot of tea
• Cup of soup
• Assortment of shaved imported and domestic cheeses with fresh fruit and honey
• Four assorted tea sandwiches
• Scone and pastry with whipped butter, honey, jam
• Premium dessert

Goji Berry oolong tea

Assortment of shaved imported and domestic cheeses with fresh strawberry and honey + broccoli cheddar soup (vegetarian)

I also got to try the following soups below:

Potato leek soup (vegan) + Butternut squash soup (vegetarian)

For dessert, I got this:

Mini acorn cake

The menu is diversified and will have daily house specialty soups along with special offerings with an emphasis on wholesome seasonal ingredients. Great salads with entrees include cottage pie, quiche, and strawberry stuffed French toast, Cuban sliders, cheeseburger wraps with a special house sauce and salmon Wellington among others.  The diverse and wholesome menu was developed with Jane’s traditional family recipes and Chef Yamira Lee “Mira” Johnson’s whole-hearted take on traditional staples.


As part of Cate’s vision, Celebration Tea Room’s over the top décor includes a special private room that transports you into the woods with the Cheshire cat for a special Whimsical Wonderland tea party. The banquet/party room will be available for birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, and any other special occasion when a small group might like a special venue to meet in.

The family owned Celebration Tea Room, invites the community to visit and enjoy the laid-back vibe and tea room offerings, doors opened on Monday, August 28, 2017.  A scrumptious Brunch Menu is available Monday to Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Celebration Tea Room
6266 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
Kissimmee, FL 34747
407-507-8304

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I was recently invited to The Bohemian Hotel in Celebration to preview their new menu – created by executive chef, Zachary Martin. The dinner menu is focused on healthier food options, locally sourced ingredients, the freshest ingredients and sustainable food items. The majority of the produce is from local farmers in the Florida area – including Water Kist Farms, Cahaba Farms, Arc Farms, Pero Farms, Santa Sweet Farms and B&W Quality Growers.

At some point in my life, I lived in Celebration. However, I never set foot in the hotel. From the outside, it has a regal look. The lights lighten up the street and the giant “Bohemian Hotel” sign welcomes both tourists and the town of celebration.

Before entering, I was greeted by a friendly hotel staff. I entered the hotel and found my eyes scattered. There was so much to take in! Art. People. Laughter. The positive energy radiated through the entire lobby.

I was taken to the pool area, where a variety of Mini Martinis were served. I’m not a lush by any means, but I wanted to try all of them. Here’s what they had:

  1. Blood Orange
  2. Key Lime Mojito
  3. Tequila Sunrise
  4. Lychee
  5. Malibu Bleu

Drinks

Mini Martinis 

First, I tried the Blood Orange Martini, which had notes of grapefruit and cinnamon. The alcohol overpowered the flavor but it was still enjoyable. Two minutes later, I tried the Tequila Sunrise. This was definitely too strong for me but it had beautiful aromas of orange and cedar wood. After that drink, I found myself feeling slightly buzzed. However, I had to have one more drink. The bartender handed me a Malibu Bleu, which was as blue as the sky. This drink was unlike the others; it was refreshing and reinvigorating. For those of you who aren’t a fan of super sweet drinks, I wouldn’t recommend this one – it’s definitely on the sweeter side.

After drinks, we were taken to the dining room. A beautiful long table awaited I and the other media. The table was embellished with fresh flowers and beautiful cutlery – the type you’d see in MTV’s Marie Antoinette – the room was also surrounded with artwork by Tom Sadler, a talented artist who creates beautiful landscape pieces in rich color.

Several minutes passed until Executive Chef, Zachary Martin appeared, an enthusiastic chef whose love for culinary creations is undeniable.

After telling us about the menu, he left the room and we were served the Summer Corn Bisque – a beautiful blend of citrus and yogurt. At first, I thought the combination was strange because citrus and dairy don’t usually go well together. Why? The citrus tends to make the dairy curdle. The bisque was warm and tangy; I detected bold flavors of bold mandarin and lemon. The after taste was surprisingly creamy – almost like an orange cream Popsicle.

Next, we sampled the Beets and Bleu – a dynamic salad made of roasted beets, pickled red onions, crumbled bacon, mixed greens, bleu cheese, and aged balsamic. Under any other circumstances, you wouldn’t find me eating beets. The dirt-like taste has always repelled me away. To my surprise, the salad was excellent. The beets were cooked perfectly and didn’t have the dirt taste – it was most likely balanced by the aged balsamic. The pickled red onions and mixed greens gave it a crunch texture, while the bleu cheese tied everything together with its tart creaminess.

After trying the Beets and Bleu, we were served the Crab Cake. Now – I’ve had a lot of crab cake in my life but I’ve never tasted crab cake with shaved fennel, tomato, red onion salad, and champagne yogurt. The combination was definitely unique. I wasn’t a huge fan of the champagne yogurt since it was too rich – almost like mayonnaise. However, the crab cake was moist and the red onion salad had bold flavors of pepper and spice.

CrabCake

Crab Cake with shaved fennel, tomato, red onion salad, and champagne yogurt

Next, we tried the Chilean Seabass. Unlike everything else we sampled, I wasn’t impressed with this dish. The fish was served with soba noodles, pea tendrils, shitake mushrooms, prawn butter, and coconut curry broth. The combination was too much. Yes – there is such a thing as too much; kind of like when you make an alcoholic beverage and add too many ingredients. The Seabass would have been excellent with just the pea tendrils, shitake mushrooms, and coconut curry broth. The soba noodles were awkward and the butter was too much in combination with the rich coconut curry broth.

SeaBass

Chilean Seabass served with soba noodles, pea tendrils, shitake mushrooms, prawn butter, and coconut curry broth.

For the final entrée, I tasted both scallops and filet mignon – on different plates, served with summer roasted vegetables, roasted fingerling potatoes, and fresh herb butter. The scallops were cooked to perfection. In the past, I’ve had chew scallops. However, these were juicy and easily melted with every chomp.

Scallops

Scallops with roasted fingerling potatoes. 

I only had a small bite of the filet mignon since I don’t eat beef but it was tender and full of bold woodsy flavor – think oaky mixed with peppers. Unfortunately, I was not a fan of the herb butter – it was too rich and didn’t really pair well with either of the meats.

Fillet

Fillet Mignon with roasted fingerling potatoes. 

If you’ve met me – you’d know that I’m a dessert connoisseur. Three out of four times, I order dessert first because I know I’ll be full if I eat the entrée first. After dinner, we were treated to a decadent Florida Key Lime Cheesecake. Here’s my honest critique. I was majorly confused because Key Lime Cheesecake is moderately tart and creamy. This dish was definitely more along the lines of a  New York Cheesecake with a hint of lime; it was served with sugared limes and dried raspberries, which gave it a contrasting tanginess. The “filling” itself was very creamy but lacked tartness. Overall, I give it eight out of ten stars.

Dessert

Key Lime Cheesecake served with sugared limes and dried raspberries

Our night ended with lots of laughs and discussions about art. The hotel’s Grand Bohemian Gallery showcases more than 75 works of art by local, regional and internationally recognized artists. Upon exiting the hotel, I briefly listened to the live music and felt the soulful energy of the hotel. If you are in Celebration, try out the new menu. The staff is extremely friendly and the hotel has a unique charm of its own.

 

About Executive Chef, Zachary Martin

Born and raised in New Orleans, La., Chef Zazhary martin’s hometown roots have influence his innovative culinary creations and his modern approach to classic cuisine. His techniques and talents have been fine-tuned through mentoring by the royalty of new-age giants, Emeril Lagasse and Bernard Carmouche.

About Bohemian Hotel Celebration – Celebration, Fla.

Within the charming town of Celebration rests a delightful escape from the ordinary, Bohemian Hotel Celebration. The Kessler Collection boutique hotel features a luxe lobby inspired by nature with warm golden, cream and white décor reminiscent of sophisticated Floridian elegance. The hotel’s fine design, inspired by its owner Richard Kessler, includes a breathtaking Italian chandelier, natural linen furnishings, fresh orchids and handmade poplar bark tables. Captivating lakeside views invite guests to walk alongside the water for a stroll in the “unexpected Orlando,” take a swim in the inviting pool or relax in rocking chairs on the terrace, among lush red draperies, hickory branch chandeliers and rustic driftwood scones crafted from indigenous vines.

About Kessler Collection Hotels

Capturing the classical and unconventional spirit of Bohemian cultures, The Kessler Collection’s portfolio of passionately created and artistically inspired boutique hotels boast chic design, luxe accommodations, enriching ambiance and intuitive service. Whether visiting properties in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado, New Mexico, Alabama and South Carolina each hotel’s exquisite art, music and cultural influences, personally acquired for that hotel by the Kessler family, are deliberately approachable.

Designed to inspire unforgettable experiences, Kessler guests are bathed in re-defined Bohemian luxury, from an 1888 historic hotel, a cutting edge downtown landmark and a magical castle, to an earthy Native American retreat, high design southern mansion and elite ski lodge.

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