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First Look: 2021 Magical Dining Menu – Aurora at The Celeste

Conveniently located in East Orlando, on the campus of University of Central Florida, Aurora at The Celeste offers interstellar, out-of-this-world dining, unlike any other. Featuring eclectically-crafted American cuisine, celestial-inspired cocktails and an awe-inspiring atmosphere, this cosmic themed restaurant is not to be missed.

Chef Mike Trudnak walked us through every meal, discussing his inspiration and ingenious process. “It’s American cuisine. It’s a melting pot,” stated Trudnak about the various flavors, processes, people and elements he brings together to create the meals and special menus.

We had the pleasure of being invited to Aurora at The Celeste to get a first look at their Magical Dining menu. Some of our favorite items included the Jamaican Spiced Alligator Empanadas, Grilled Salmon and the Warm Bread Pudding. Starting Friday, Aug. 27th, guests can enjoy the Magical Dining menu until Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. 

What is Magical Dining?

  • 3 courses – Appetizer, Entrée, and Dessert
  • Price: $37 per person, price does not include tax or gratuity.
  • Over 85+ participating restaurants
  • Aug. 27 – Oct. 3, 2021
  • Through Visit Orlando, $1 from each meal served will benefit Pathlight HOME and IDignity, both of which help to combat homelessness in Central Florida.

Here is a first look at Aurora’s Magical Dining menu offerings:


Jamaican Spiced Alligator Empanadas

Indian Spiced Yogurt, Napa Jackfruit Slaw

Roasted Pepper Hummus

Roasted Vegetables, Grilled Pita

Parmesan Truffle Arancini

Sweet Carrot Puree, Parmesan Dust


Main Course

Black Garlic Pappardelle

Fresh Egg Pasta, Char Grilled Chicken, Black Garlic White Wine Cream Sauce, Wild Mushrooms

Char Grilled Strip Steak

Papaya Marinade, Parisian Yukons, Market Veg, Smoked Herb Sauce

Root Vegetable Pave (Vegan)

Compressed Root Veg, Black Rice, Market Veg, Green Pea Puree

Grilled Salmon

Parmesan Risotto, Market Veg, Lemon Cream, Hickory Smoked Salt



Key Lime Pie

Graham Cracker Dust, Raspberry Coulis, Lime Zest

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding (Vegan)

Pomegranate, Coconut Cream, Berries

Warm Bread Pudding

Brioche, Chocolate Chips, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream


Upgrades & Enhancements

The Supernova +$10

Dark Chocolate Balloon Dome, Ghirardelli Brownie, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Smashed Raspberry, Candied Walnuts, Hot Rum Flamed Caramel

Looking for a sign from the Universe (on where to go for your next meal)? This is it. For more information on Magical Dining at Aurora, visit:


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