1. THE CAPITAL GRILLE CELEBRATES FEMALE WINEMAKERS WITH SEVENTH ANNUAL GENEROUS POUR WINE EVENT
The Generous Pour Offers Eight Remarkable Wines from Seven Talented Women
Orlando, Fla. – July 6, 2015 – The Capital Grille today announced that seven of California’s great female winemakers and collaborators, including award-winning actress Drew Barrymore, will come together to celebrate women and wine as part of the restaurant’s seventh annual The Generous Pour event.
The Generous Pour will celebrate the unique role women play in winemaking with this year’s offerings. From July 6 through August 30, 2015, for $28 per person with dinner, The Capital Grille will offer eight remarkable wines crafted, designed or owned by women from some of California’s most acclaimed vineyards. Guests are invited to explore and enjoy as many of these remarkable wines and varietals as they like.
Nowhere is the rise of women in the industry more prevalent than in California. Women represent half of the graduates from the state’s top enology programs, and are employed as lead winemaker at ten percent of California vineyards.
“The Generous Pour collection is a celebration of the vital role women play in the growing wine industry,” noted George Miliotes, The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier and one of only 229 in the world to have earned that prestigious title. “We are proud to feature eight exceptional wines created and shaped by seven extremely talented women, from highly-regarded California wineries,” he added.
Nearly one-third of U.S. adults who order wine in restaurants report that they are more likely to order a certain wine in a restaurant if they find its origins interesting. With this in mind, The Capital Grille brought together these seven distinguished women, each representing a distinct approach to winemaking.
Their wines were also selected with a storied vintage in mind including the national debut of Drew Barrymore’s Pinot Grigio, a delightful, crowd-pleasing white to share with friends and family.
Also to be featured is the first public release of the remarkable 2007 Kinton Syrah, exclusive to The Capital Grille for The Generous Pour event. “The winemakers at Kinton produced an incredible Syrah in 2007, a storybook vintage in the state,” said Miliotes. “One of the more notable wines in this year’s The Generous Pour line-up, nowhere will you taste the perfection of the 2007 vintage more than in a glass of this smooth Santa Barbara red.”
The 2015 Generous Pour Collection includes eight remarkable wines by seven talented women:
The Enthusiast. Drew Barrymore delights in a wine’s ability to bring people together. It is that passion which inspired the actress to establish Barrymore Wines in the coastal winegrowing region of Monterey, California. The debut of Barrymore Pinot Grigio can be enjoyed at this year’s Generous Pour and is the perfect way to begin your evening.
The Visionary. Julia Jackson, the youngest daughter of legendary winemaker Jess Jackson, is the visionary leading the Jackson Family Estates into the future. Having grown up in the vineyards of Santa Barbara, she has literally spent a lifetime learning about the art of wine and hand selected the wine from the Jackson family library to featuring exclusively at The Capital Grille for the Generous Pour event this year.
The Gardener. Marcia Monahan has always had a close relationship with the land. When not planting grapes at Matanzas Creek, she’s growing vegetables and herbs at home. Her respect for the land and sustainable farming practices makes her masterfully crafted Matanzas Creek Merlot one of the finest in the country.
The Spaniard. Laura Diaz Muñoz began her winemaking career in her native Spain before putting down roots in California, where her approach is influenced by her memories drinking Albariño in her native Spain and smelling the sea in every glass. Two of the wines featured in this year’s Generous Pour – Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon and the debut of her own Galerie “Naissance” Sauvignon Blanc – are sure to earn rave reviews from The Capital Grille’s guests.
The Conductor. Denise Shurtleff and her team direct every aspect of the winemaking process. From nurturing the grapes on the vine to bottling their exceptional wines, one tastes her dedication in every sip of Cambria “Julia’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir.
The Virtuoso. Lisa Valtenbergs, born with an acute sense of smell and armed with a degree in agricultural business with an emphasis in viticulture, was destined to become a winemaker. At Stonestreet, Lisa uses her skill to create remarkable wines, including the highly acclaimed “Bear Point” Chardonnay.
The Scholar. Kristina Werner has a master’s degree in viticulture and experience making wine in regions around the world. She brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to every wine she crafts and lives by the mantra, “Never stop learning and never get bored.” Her Bordeaux-style Arrowood Cabernet Reserve Speciale is one of a kind.
During The Generous Pour, The Capital Grille servers will provide tasting notes and suggest pairings for each course, based on individual preferences. This will allow guests to craft their own personalized wine dinner.
Follow George Miliotes on Twitter and Instagram @TheWineExpert and join the #GenerousPour conversation.
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2. The O-Town MacDown – September 12
is a creative mac-n-cheese cooking competition, held between local professional chefs and restaurants. Scheduled for Saturday, September 12 at Osceola Heritage Park’s Exhibit Hall, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., this family-oriented event will include activities for kids, continuous stage entertainment, assorted vendor booths, and, of course, delicious mac-n-cheese.
The event will include:
Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstrations
Kids’ Fun Zone including face painting, macaroni art station and character meet-and-greets
Competition is open to professional chefs and local restaurants. Click on the “Competitors Registration” button for more information.
3. Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Host Fifth Annual Food & Wine Weekends
Orlando Culinary Leader Complements Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival with Epicurean Events
Celebrating fine wine and culinary expertise, Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, known for premiere food, wine and spirit experiences, will host the fifth annual Food & Wine Weekends from Sept. 25, 2015 through Nov. 15, 2015, featuring an appetizing set of flavorful events.
Presenting distinctive wine and culinary programming over eight weekends, the resorts’ Food & Wine Weekends are designed to complement the wildly popular Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, conveniently located less than one mile from the property.
New programming ranges from chalk art creations by renowned artists Edson Campos and Kathleen Brodeur to a twelve-flavored macaroon bar. Returning favorites include Bar du Chocolate, The Art of Sushi Pairing and wine-paired dinners at the hotels’ signature, award-winning restaurants, La Luce and Bull & Bear.
“Unforgettable Orlando food and wine experiences extend beyond the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and our culinary team continually develops menu items that are ahead of the curve,” said Peter Kacheris, managing director, Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. “Food & Wine Weekends showcase our chefs’ achievements, offering guests the chance to sample exclusive culinary offerings, created to deliver a full sensory experience in each bite.”
Led by Food and Beverage Director Francis Metais, Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek consistently receive notoriety for the refined menus offered at all twelve dining venues, featuring mouth-watering tableside preparation and an array of extraordinary pastry innovations. Metais, a classically trained pastry chef from France, employs his “food as art” philosophy to each dish, utilizing ingredients in unexpected ways and a focus on high-touch, detail-oriented service.
Between Food & Wine Weekend events, guests can enjoy hotel amenities including luxurious spa services at Waldorf Astoria Spa, 18-hole golf on the Rees Jones course and two pool complexes featuring private cabanas, a waterslide and three-acre lazy river. Guests can also take advantage of complimentary transportation to Epcot® as well as all Disney Theme Parks. For more information, visit www.WaldorfAstoriaOrlando.com/food-wine or www.HiltonBonnetCreek.com/food-wine .
Event highlights include:
• Il Cibo Della Vita – A Wine Pairing Dinner
Friday & Saturday evenings, La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
From the kitchen of La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, each weekend a new menu with exclusive offerings and recommended wine pairing will be unveiled, featuring a selection of recipes only available during Food & Wine Weekends.
• Chalk Art – NEW in 2015
Select Dates, La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Inspirational art is the perfect complement to a sumptuous feast. New this year, watch Edson Campos and Kathleen Brodeur – renowned Chalk Artists – create a masterpiece while guests dine, celebrating a form of art as fresh and contemporary as the cuisine.
• The Art of Sushi Pairing
Friday & Saturday evenings, Zeta Bar & Sushi Lounge at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.
Guests can enjoy an exciting epicurean journey at Zeta Bar & Sushi Lounge, exploring perfect pairings of sake and beer with favorite sushi dishes.
• Craft Beer Experience
Saturdays, MYTH Bar at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Enjoy a selection of craft beer tastings from local breweries to include Crooked Can and Orlando Brewery. The resort has teamed up with the brew masters to bring this interactive experience to guests.
• Les Douze Macarons – NEW in 2015
Friday & Saturday evenings, MYTH Bar at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Whether indulging in a pre or post-dinner treat, guest can visit the Macaroon Bar to try an assortment of flavors, hand-made by the resort’s world-class pastry team.
• Fantasy Flights – NEW in 2015
Friday & Saturday evenings, MYTH BAR at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Guests will have the opportunity to take off with a choice of flights of (3) reds or (3) whites. Menu predetermined.
• Live Entertainment
Select Saturdays, MYTH Bar at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Nightly, Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
• The Taste of Bull & Bear
Friday & Saturday, Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
An exclusive 5-course tasting menu comprised of exquisite food and wine pairings, prepared by the illustrious chefs of Waldorf Astoria Orlando.
• Bar du Chocolat and Champagne Tasting
Friday & Saturday, Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Decadent, yes. Sinful, perhaps. Most certainly an experience for those with a sweet tooth. Peacock Alley will be transformed into a chocolate-lover’s dream, offering a cocoa-infused evening of self-indulgence paired with a selection of fine champagnes. Guests can choose from a signature selection of chocolate treats from the Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s world-class pastry team.
• Royal Tea – A Waldorf Astoria Tradition
Sundays, Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Guests will treasure quality time with loved ones over finely-prepared tea sandwiches and house-made pastries, while sipping premium hot tea and listening to live piano music. A glass of champagne can be added for a “Grand Royal Tea.”
• Astoria After Dark
Friday and Saturday, WA Kids Club at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Adults aren’t the only ones who can join the fun. WA Kids Club offers a nightly children’s program including dinner and non-stop roster of fun activities – providing parents some “adult time” in which to experience Food & Wine Weekend activities.
• Waldorf Astoria® Spa Tuscany Wine Special
Daily at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Guests will experience the powerful antioxidants of red wine powder, red grape seed extract, crushed grape seeds and pure grape seed oil while indulging in an extravagant Tuscany Wine Wrap or Pedicure.
Weekend rates at Waldorf Astoria Orlando start at $229 per night, and include deluxe accommodations and complimentary scheduled transportation to Epcot® (and other Disney Theme Parks). To make a reservation, please visit www.waldorfastoriaorlando.com/food-wine or call +1 888 353 2009.
Weekend rates at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek start at $189 per night, and include deluxe accommodations and complimentary scheduled transportation to Epcot® (and other Disney Theme Parks). To make a reservation, please visit www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/food-wine or call +1 888 353 2013.
4. Limbitless Kids’ Community Event at UCF – August 29th
ALL GIVING AND PROCEEDS SUPPORT LIMBITLESS SOLUTIONS IN THEIR PURPOSE TO CHANGE LIVES THROUGH THE DESIGN AND DISTRIBUTION OF 3D PRINTED LIMBS
Saturday, August 29 at 11:00am – 2:00pm
12777 Gemini Blvd N, Orlando, Florida 32816
Gather family and friends in support of Limbitless Solutions at the Limbitless Kids’ Community Event
Ways to get involved
•Donate online: http://igg.me/at/limbitlesskidscommunityevent/x/11479224
•Attend the Community Event
•Eat at Burger U
Partial Proceeds at Burger U support Limbitless Solutions from 11am to 2pm during the event
Tony Roma’s Rib Eating Contest – Local On Air Personalities and Food Bloggers
Limbitless Solutions Sleeve Design Station
Kids’ Inflatable Zone
Community Partner Booths
FREE PARKING LOCATED IN GARAGE F – BEHIND THE CFE ARENA
Please share with family and friends on social media to help support a great cause
Hosted by Romacorp, Inc. brands Tony Roma’s Restaurants and TR Fire Grill Restaurants