VISIT ORLANDO’S MAGICAL DINING MONTH RETURNS BIGGER THAN EVER WITH MORE RESTAURANTS AND DATES

Magical Dining Month has returned, and this time, it’s not only got more restaurants on the line up than ever before, but also MAgical Dining month has more days running for their three course dinner for $33 specials at some of the best restaurants in Orlando. This year, not only is Magical Dining Month taking place all of September, it is starting earlier on August 25th, adding even more days for you and your family and friends to enjoy the great dining deals.

More than 75 restaurants are serving up savings this September during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month.

Following three-course dinners for $33 at some of Orlando’s most renowned restaurants, savvy diners can turn an evening out into an overnight stay-vacation with one of several Magical Nights dine-and-stay packages offered by participating hotels, starting at just $149.

A full list of restaurants, menus and hotel packages is available on the mobile-friendly website OrlandoMagicalDining.com.

Some of my favorites on the list, and there are many great restaurants on the list, include:

  • Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse
  • Napa
  • The Venetian Room
  • K Restaurant
  • The Capital Grille
  • Siro Urban Italian Kitchen
  • Hamilton Kitchen

Do try to make your way through all of Orlando and see new places you haven’t explored before during this special time, you never know what new great places you’ll find.

As host of the 2014 James Beard Award Semifinalist announcement, Orlando continues to receive national recognition for its diverse and thriving dining options. “I’m so impressed with the growth of Orlando’s dining scene,” said president of the James Beard Foundation Susan Ungaro during the February 2014 press conference. “I expect Orlando, which has been a prime tourist destination for so many years, can now add culinary destination to its long list of reasons to visit.”

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month showcases the destination’s emerging culinary scene with new restaurants along with the return of local favorites and celebrity chef restaurants, including:

• Convention Area – Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Cuba Libre, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops (Hilton Orlando)

• Disney/Lake Buena Vista – Todd English’s bluezoo (Walt Disney World Dolphin), The Venetian Room (Caribe Royale), Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen (World Center Marriott)

• Downtown – Funky Monkey Wine Company, Kasa Restaurant & Bar*, Mingo’s*, Maxine’s on Shine, Citrus Restaurant, The Boheme (Grand Bohemian Hotel)

• Restaurant Row – Bistro CloClo*, Eddie V’s*, Dragonfly Sushi, Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Seasons 52, Roy’s Restaurant

• Universal/CityWalk – Emeril’s Orlando, Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Bice Ristorante and Mama Della’s Ristorante (Loews Portofino Bay Hotel)

• Winter Park and North – Luma on Park, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Chez Vincent, Luigino’s Restaurant, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse* (Altamonte Springs and Longwood locations)

• Surrounding Areas – Le Coq Au Vin, K Restaurant, Texas de Brazil*, Yuki Hana Japanese Fusion*

*New to Magical Dining Month

Visit Orlando is also giving visitors a way to extend the savings even further with Magical Nights. More than 15 dine-and-stay packages pair dinner for two with a one-night hotel stay, starting from $149 per night including:
• Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress – Standard Guest Room and dinner for two at Hemingway’s Restaurant, starting at $149 per night
• Rosen Shingle Creek – Deluxe Room and dinner for two at A Land Remembered or Cala Bella, starting at $185 per night
• The Alfond Inn – Standard Guest Room and dinner for two at Hamilton’s Kitchen, starting at $249 per night

For additional Orlando savings this September, Visit Orlando’s Magical Deal Month offers 30 days of deals from Sept. 1-30. Discounted hotel rates, plus deals on theme parks, dining and more can be found at VisitOrlando.com/September.

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month will benefit the Foundation for Foster Children, with $1 from every meal donated to the organization. The Foundation for Foster Children supports local foster youth by providing intensive tutoring, typical childhood experiences and volunteer mentors who assist foster children transition into adulthood successfully. These programs help foster children uncover their individual potential which, in turn, strengthens our community. In 2013, as a result of Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, nearly $75,000 was raised for the designated charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida.

For more information about vacation experiences in Orlando, to order a complimentary vacation planning kit that includes a comprehensive Official Visitors Guide and Orlando Magicard® or to purchase discount attraction tickets, visitors can log onto Orlando’s official website at VisitOrlando.com or call an Official Travel Counselor at 1-800-551-0181 (United States and Canada) or 407-363-5872. For real time updates, follow us at Twitter.com/VisitOrlando and Facebook.com/VisitOrlando.

New Restaurants joining Magical Dining for 2014
Bistro Clo Clo
Eddie V’s
Eleven
Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse
Kasa Restaurant & Bar
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse- Altamonte Springs
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse- Kirkman
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse- Kissimmee
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse- LBV
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse- Longwood
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse- Alafaya Trail
Mingo’s
Stefano’s Grill
Texas de Brazil
Vincenzo Cucina Italiana

Returning Restaurants for 2014
A Land Remembered
Bice Ristorante
Big Fin Seafood Kitchen
Boheme, The
Bohemian Bar & Grill
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
Cala Bella
Capital Grille, The
Capital Grille, The- Millenia
Chez Vincent
Citrus Restaurant
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Deep Blu Seafood Grille
Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
Emeril’s Restaurant Orlando
Emeril’s Tchoup Chop
Everglades Restaurant
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Sand Lake Road
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Winter Park
Fogo de Chao
Funky Monkey Wine Company- Mills Ave
Funky Monkey Bistro & Bar- Pointe Orlando
Hamilton’s Kitchen
Hawk’s Landing Steakhouse & Grille
Hemingway’s
Il Mulino New York Trattoria
Islands Dining Room
Jack’s Place
K Restaurant
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse- I Drive
La Luce® by Donna Scala
Le Coq Au Vin
Luigino’s Restaurant
Luma on Park
Mama Della’s Ristorante
Maxine’s on Shine
Melting Pot, The
Melting Pot, The- Longwood
Mikado Japanese Steak House
Ming Court
Mitchell’s Fish Market
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Napa
NINE18
Ocean Prime
Oceanaire Seafood Room, The
Park Plaza Gardens
Rangetsu Japanese Restaurant and Bar
Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion
Ruth’s Chris Steak House- Lake Mary
Ruth’s Chris Steak House- Orlando
Ruth’s Chris Steak House- Winter Park
Seasons 52- Altamonte Springs
Seasons 52- Orlando
Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen
Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops
Todd English’s Bluezoo
Tommy Bahama
Trattoria del Porto
The Venetian Room
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Preview of Magical Dining Month at Hamilton’s Kitchen at The Alfond Inn

Named in honor of Hamilton Holt, the innovative 8th President of nearby Rollins College, Hamilton’s Kitchen features exposed beams, a farmer’s table, and Dutch oak floors as the backdrop for Floridian-inspired cooking at breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Hamilton’s Kitchen also includes a private dining room accommodating from 24 guests, as well as a Chef’s Table.

Hamilton Kitchen's Executive Chef Marc Kusche
Hamilton Kitchen’s Executive Chef Marc Kusche

Marc Kusche was recently brought on as the new Executive Chef of the 112-room hotel. Chef Kusche comes to The Alfond Inn following a long tenure as Executive Chef for several Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, as well as other luxury properties. Most recently he served as Executive Chef at Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, in Carlsbad, California.

SLOW ROASTED PUMPKIN SOUP  - Caramelized pumpkin, almond foam, pumpkin seed oil
SLOW ROASTED PUMPKIN SOUP – Caramelized pumpkin, almond foam, pumpkin seed oil
FALL BEET SALAD - Local honey glazed beets, house made ricotta, orange segments, fresh mint
FALL BEET SALAD – Local honey glazed beets, house made ricotta, orange segments, fresh mint
PAN SEARED SALMON - Three bean cassoule, basil crust, citrus beurre blanc
PAN SEARED SALMON – Three bean cassoule, basil crust, citrus beurre blanc
"ALFOND INN" SPICED RUB COULOTTE STEAK  - Creamy parsnip-potato puree, sweet corn asparagus ragout, Barolo sauce
“ALFOND INN” SPICED RUB COULOTTE STEAK – Creamy parsnip-potato puree, sweet corn asparagus ragout, Barolo sauce
WILD MUSHROOM RAVIOLI  Basil sauce, local cherry tomato confit, shaved parmesan
WILD MUSHROOM RAVIOLI
Basil sauce, local cherry tomato confit, shaved parmesan
"HAMILTON'S" KEY LIME CHEESE CAKE  - Key lime sauce angalise
“HAMILTON’S” KEY LIME CHEESE CAKE – Key lime sauce angalise
GRANDMA'S BREAD & BUTTER PUDDING  - Heavens to Betsy berry compote, vanilla ice cream
GRANDMA’S BREAD & BUTTER PUDDING – Heavens to Betsy berry compote, vanilla ice cream
CHOCOLATE DELIGHT -Caramel & raspberry coulis
CHOCOLATE DELIGHT -Caramel & raspberry coulis

The Alfond Inn, a Preferred Boutique Hotel that has just been awarded the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Rating, is located in Winter Park, Florida and managed by The Olympia Companies, an innovative leader in hospitality. Owned by Rollins College, a private coeducational liberal arts college, also in Winter Park, The Alfond Inn opened in August 2013 and was built with a $12.5-million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. Net operating income from the Inn is directed to The Alfond Scholars program fund, the College’s premier scholarship fund, over the next 25 years or until the endowment principal reaches $50 million, whichever comes later. The 112-room boutique hotel includes the popular Hamilton’s Kitchen restaurant, a pool and fitness center, and 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. It is 15 minutes from downtown Orlando and 30 minutes from Walt Disney World and Orlando International Airport. The Alfond Inn, 300 East New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. 407-998-8090.

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