The Celeste hotel is a part of the Marriott family Tribute Portfolio, located right on the UCF campus in east Orlando, and home to one of the finest new restaurants in Orlando right now.

With an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced food and the inspiring culinary genius of Chef Mike Trudnak, Aurora is the signature Celeste Hotel restaurant experience.

Despite opening in 2020 at the height of the pandemic, Aurora has really found its stride under the leadership of Chef Trudnak.

They are probably most known for their social media viral “Supernova” dessert made with a dark chocolate dome that implodes from a pour over of hot rum flamed caramel exposing vanilla bean ice cream and smashed raspberry, served on a rocky Ghiradelli brownie “planet” bed and candied walnut.

Chef Mike and the Aurora team are taking reservations now for their special Thanksgiving Day menu (which features a “white chocolate” version of the Supernova dessert) and we recently had a chance to preview the menu. The dishes were superb and probably will be the best thing being served Thanksgiving day – no offense to the home cooks out there! Delightfully, there is also quite the lovely selection of hearty vegetarian friendly dishes on the menu as well for those vegetarians in your life. Make sure to RSVP ASAP as this meal will likely sell out.

Aurora at The Celeste Hotel

Thanksgiving Day Menu

Thursday November 25, 2021

11:00am-5:00pm

To Start (select one)

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup – Sunflower Brittle | Lemon Oil

Pork Belly Slider – Cranberry BBQ Sauce | Napa Slaw

Harvest Salad Seasonal Greens | Roasted Nuts | Dried Fruit | Apple Cider Vinaigrette

To Follow (select one)

Traditional Roast Turkey – Smashed Yukon Potatoes | Haricot Verts| Herbed Bread Pudding Pan Gravy

Pan Seared Trout – Horseradish Roasted Root Vegetables| Haricot Verts | Bacon Lardons | Lemon

Petite Filet Medallion & Prawn – Smashed Yukon Potatoes | Charred Asparagus
Brandy Peppercorn Sauce

Roasted Acorn Squash Pumpkin Risotto | Local Harvest Vegetables| Blackberry Gastrique

To Finish (select one)

Pumpkin Mousse Pepita Crumble

Cheese Board Crackers | Fruit | Chutney

White Dwarf White Chocolate Balloon Dome | Salted Caramel Ice Cream | Blondie Brownie Candied Walnuts | Melted Tableside by Rum Flamed Caramel

Cost: $40++ per adult
Kids Menu offered for guests 11years old and under

Menu curated by executive chef Mike Trudnak
RSVP – Reservations Required
P: 689-205-0100 or E: Mike.Trudnak@theCelesteHotel.com

Aurora at the Celeste
4105 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32826
https://thecelestehotel.com/restaurant/

Special Cocktail Menu

Starry knight
Hard truth peanut butter whiskey, simple syrup, aromatic bitters

Nebula
44 north nectarine vodka, cranberry juice, st. germaine elder flower liquor, lime juice

Constellation
Mescal, blue curacao, dry vermouth, lime juice, simple syrup

Zodiac
Bacardi superior rum, muddled mint, muddled blueberries, sprite

Galaxy
Empress gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, champagne

The Aurora
Bacardi limon, lemon, fresh mint, blackberries