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Weekly Upcoming Foodie Events Roundup!


Having your food critiqued by Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich is both terrifying and inspiring, but with each dish presented, Orlando’s very own Francis Biondi became a better cook.

The amazing guys over at The Ancient Olive let him use their ultra premium infused olive oils, balsamic vinegars and artisan goods, to come up with new recipes! These classes will reflect the dishes he came up with, as well as showcase the great local produce coming out of Central Florida.

Come hang out with Master chef contestant Francis Biondi in Winter Park, learn some basic culinary techniques, and after, enjoy the food you all make together. This will be done in an intimate setting and space is limited to just 14 spots per class.



Wine Pairing Dinner featuring Silver Oak and Twomey Wine

What: A delicious four-course dinner paired with wines from Silver Oak and Twomey Wine.

The menu features a pan-roasted scotch ribeye, cave aged blue cheese, butter pecan gelato, and more!

Where: Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse at Hyatt Regency Orlando
9801 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819

When: Friday, October 3, 2014. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $110 per person

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 407-345-4570 or via email at

Silver Oak WEB Oct. Wine Dinner



Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes to Host Spire Collection Wine Dinner

NORMAN’S is teaming up with Spire Collection to host a five-course dinner paired with six of Spire’s exquisite wines. Selections will be derived from elevated mountain vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, as well as balanced Bordeaux Blends from France and Italy. Master Sommelier John Blazon will enrich us with the history of Spire Collection, presenting these wines to match and highlight the finest ingredients of Chef Norman Van Aken’s cuisine.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
7:30-10:00 pm
$170 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity

NORMAN’S at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes – 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL 32837

RESERVATIONS: (407) 393-4333



“TACOS & TATAS TUESDAYS” is back! The entire month of October, all five Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar locations will donate a percentage of their famed Taco Tuesday sales to breast cancer research via Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Since launching the annual campaign in 2011, Rocco’s Tacos has donated more than $62,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and in 2014 owner Rocco Mangel has set a goal of raising an additional $30,000.

In hopes of generating additional contributions, anytime Rocco is on the bar in his custom-made breast cancer awareness pink patent leather shoes, he’ll pour complimentary tequila as a thank you. Any supporter that donates $25 or more will also receive a bottle of tequila to take home. Follow him on his Facebook fanpage to find out where he’ll be at

As an honorary chair of the South Florida Chapter of Susan G. Komen, Rocco Mangel will host a team at the West Palm Beach Race for the Cure on January 31, 2015 and ALL members of the Rocco’s Tacos staff have generously contributed to the team, giving 100% participation to this cause that is very dear to Rocco’s heart.

On Tacos & Tatas Tuesdays, for $14.99 per person guests can indulge on all-you-can-eat tacos including Rocco’s signature chicken, pork, steak, beef, mushroom, shrimp or mahi tacos, each outfitted with all the fixings. The special is available every Tuesday from open to close and drinks specials start at 7pm including $5 tequila drinks & shots, $15 margarita pitchers, $3 Mexican beers and $6 Tito’s vodka drinks.

· Fort Lauderdale – 1313 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL | 954.524.9550
· Boca Raton – 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL | 561.416.2131
· West Palm Beach –224 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL | 561.650.100
· Palm Beach Gardens – 5090 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL | 561.429.4758
· Orlando – 7468 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819



First Annual Florida Local Food Summit to Debut at East End Market

Audubon Park, FL Sept. 24, 2014 – The sunshine state’s most progressive and talented sustainable food and farming experts will converge at East End Market Oct. 3-4 for the inaugural Florida Local Food Summit. The impressive collection of food-focused minds will spend two days covering numerous issues affecting local food culture while leading comprehensive, hands-on seminars. The Summit (organized by East End, Florida Organic Growers, Earth Learning Institute, and Local Roots Distribution) will also feature breakout sessions, guest speakers, a happy hour mixer and a VIP southern Farm to Table dinner.

Designed to pay homage to local food and farming pioneers who are forging new paths for the future of Florida’s sustainable food effort, the event will demonstrate methods for duplicating their innovative techniques. The Food Summit educators will include local farmers, “foodprenuers,” sustainable food activists and key community influencers, who will collaborate with participants and fully equip them with imperative resources, opportunities and skills to positively impact the state’s local food systems.

“The Florida Local Food Summit wouldn’t have come to be without a gracious cohort of nonprofit organizations, food retailers, distributors, farmers, chefs and ag-curious citizens,” said John Rife, East End Market owner. “Bringing events like this to life was one of our strongest motivators in the conceptual phase of East End Market, it’s very fulfilling to see it come to fruition.”

The two-day affair is expected to flourish into an annual East End Market tradition. For tickets, event and sponsorship information visit:

Martini Mondays at Roy’s Restaurant!

On Mondays, Roy’s guests can now enjoy a specialty cocktail and appetizer for $6 each all night long.

The current cocktail and app duo is the Pacific Rim Cosmotini and Misoyaki Butterfish Lettuce Wraps. On Oct. 6, the featured items refresh to the invigorating Asian Pear Martini and Crispy Pork & Steamed Buns.



The Capital Grille has brought back its “Waygu & Wine” gourmet burger and wine pairing offer for a third year.

Now through November 23, guests of The Capital Grille’s lounge area can enjoy one of three featured American Wagyu beef burgers paired with an exceptional glass of wine for only $25.

Guests can choose from the classic Wagyu Cheeseburger, the Kona Crusted Wagyu Burger and the Wild Mushroom Wagyu Cheeseburger, and pair their meal with a glass of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon or J Pinot Noir.

swedeDISH 3rd Year Anniversary

3rd Anniversary Celebration is Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 4-9 p.m. at Eat More Produce, 1111 South Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. Special anniversary dishes will be served along with a prize for the best dressed Viking, judged by the authentic Swedes themselves.

Viveca and Håkan Averstedt, Sweden natives, husband and wife, and owners of swedeDISH, Central Florida’s only Swedish food truck celebrates its third year in business.

“It has been a very busy and rewarding three years in the food truck business. During this time, we have traveled to over a few hundred events in and around the Central Florida area with cumulative mileage equaling four round trips to California. We are looking forward to continuing to serve quality food and satisfying our customers’ culinary tastes for many years to come”, said Viveca.

The most popular menu items include Thor –Viking Dog, an all-beef hotdog with mashed potatoes, fresh crab salad and fried onions in a wrap and the Balder – Surf ‘n Turf burger, a hand-formed fresh ground beef patty seasoned with a signature blend of Swedish spices topped with fresh blue crab, white cheddar cheese and fried onions, in addition to traditional Swedish meatballs served with mashed potatoes, cream sauce, pickled gherkins and lingonberry jam. In the past three years, over 45,000 meatballs and 20,000 pounds of potatoes have been served!


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