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We attended an exclusive VIP pop-up event at Park Avenue Contemporary Art in Winter Park hosted by Bravo's Top Chef Season 3 Winner Executive Chef Hung Huynh and the founders of the popular MILA in Miami Beach.  During the media event they announced that  their sister restaurant AVA MediterrAegean will be opening in the former LUMA space on Park...
Knife & Spoon, the signature steak & seafood restaurant led by award-winning Chef John Tesar at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes celebrated its first anniversary last night with a very special five-course celebration dinner event on Thursday, Oct. 7, with celebrity chef and Knife & Spoon founder John Tesar, James Beard award nominee chef de cuisine Gerald Sombright, and...
Smokey Bones recently released a new menu for the fall with notes of Oktoberfest going all the way to October 25. We recently spoke with Peter Farrand, Chief Food and Beverage Innovation Office of Smokey Bones about their project and sampled some really delicious new items. Smokey Bones - New Fall 2021 Menu Spiced Pork Rinds - Housemade pork rinds dusted...
Spooky season has officially arrived at Universal Orlando Resort, marking the terrifyingly delicious return of Halloween Horror Nights. Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) is an annual celebration of all things horror and fear. This year, Universal celebrates Halloween Horror Night's 30th anniversary with HHN30: Never Go Alone. In addition to 10 haunted houses, five scare zones and two chilling shows, Halloween...
The sprawling 500-acre resort, Grande Lakes Orlando, home to The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and JW Marriott Orlando, is hosting "Fall on the Farm" every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10am-3pm. Fall on the Farm is family friendly fall-themed outdoor event that takes place at Whisper Creek Farm, the 18,000 square feet farm located on-property. Whisper Creek Farm features all the culinary bounty of Central Florida: from...
Every year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is National  Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating the achievements, history and culture of Latin and Hispanic Americans - and food is a significant part of that Hispanic American culture. To celebrate the occasion, we are shining a spotlight on some of the most notable Latin restaurants throughout Central Florida. Below are 17 of...
Kimpton Angler's Hotel South Beach is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Miami, Florida, just steps away from the beach. In addition to its trendy suites and impressive views, Kimpton Angler's offers an unparalleled lineup of dining experiences. Many of the meals we enjoyed were Miami Spice specials. During Miami Spice Restaurant Months, guests can enjoy three-course meals...
Ramen Rumble 4 presented by Morimoto Asia Orlando x Good Salt Restaurant Group was held on Tuesday, September 28 at 5:30PM & 8:30PM at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs. Morimoto Asia proudly hosted this year's fourth annual Ramen Rumble in partnership with event founders, Jason & Sue Chin of Seito Sushi (Good Salt Restaurant Group). Ramen Rumble is a friendly ramen cook-off...
Playtime is essential at any age. At The Pointe, there’s something for everyone to Sip. Dine. Experience. the best of Orlando. We are always looking for new things to experience, do (and eat!) at night.  For some memorable experiences and a night out for bites, sips, and music with friends, we recently visited The Pointe, the open-air entertainment destination, featuring...
It's September 24th today - officially two months away from Thanksgiving and the official holiday season - for those of us looking to entertain our family and friends for the holidays, make sure you get your upgraded/updated/new appliance orders in ASAP as there may be some lag time due to shipping and logistic issues - see below from local...
Knife & Spoon, the signature steak & seafood restaurant led by award-winning Chef John Tesar at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is celebrating its first anniversary very soon. To commemorate, the restaurant is hosting a very special five-course celebration dinner event on Thursday, Oct. 7, with celebrity chef and Knife & Spoon founder John Tesar joining James Beard award nominee...
We all help each other at the TastyChomps foodie forum but many of us have never met in person! Don't miss the opportunity to meet other like-minded food lovers and enjoy a Kcuvée Wine Tasting event at a discounted rate for TastyChomps Foodie Forum members only! There's no 5-star dining without a good glass of wine, but not just any wine,...
Primo at JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes unveiled its beautiful, newly renovated restaurant on Tuesday night during a media event. Primo owner Chef Melissa Kelly is the first female chef to win the James Beard Foundation’s award for Best Chef, 2x. Chef Kelly opened the first Primo in Maine in 2000, a second at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando...
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns to celebrate its 12th year on October 29-30, 2021 featuring a wide selection of food, wine, live entertainment, and fireworks under the stars at the world famous resort from 5:30pm-9:00pm each day. Event-only tickets are $165 per person, excluding tax & service fees, and 1-night room packages start...
The Marketplace at Avalon Park is a brand new and innovative food hall, general store, commissary kitchen and event space that just celebrated their grand opening this past weekend in downtown Avalon Park in East Orlando. It is such a cool new addition to Eastern Orange County and is sure to be a delightful space for families and neighbors...
What an honor to be included along with Amy Drew Thompson in Scott Maxwell’s column in the Orlando Sentinel this Sunday as "10 People Who Make Orlando a Better Place to Live” for 2021! Grateful to be a part of this community and most thankful for the love and support of family and all of our food-loving friends who...
The JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa, opened July 2020, has hired Chef Melissa Sallman as its new executive chef. In this role, Chef Melissa will oversee oversee all dining outlets at the resort—illume, Sear + Sea, the Sea + Sea Lobby Bar, Unreserved, the Unreserved Beer Garden, Palm Cove and the JW Market—and the resort’s banquet options.  Chef...
Whenever someone asks me for a fun or unique place to dine in Orlando, Café Tu Tu Tango always comes to mind. As a Central Florida resident since 1995, I've been recommending this restaurant for literally half my life! While Orlando's restaurant scene has massively expanded since Café Tu Tu Tango first opened its doors more than 30 years ago, there's...
We were invited to a media preview of the newest epic gourmet journey in town called Bonnet Creek Epicurious, a curated progressive dining experience that tantalizes your curiosity and taste buds. During our preview dinner we enjoyed diverse culinary specialties from the highly acclaimed restaurants of Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek all in one magical evening. From...
Shake Shack has officially opened its fifth Orlando location at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, the city’s only luxury outlet, on Monday, August 30.  This new location joins others in the area including International Drive, Florida Mall, Mall at Millenia, and Winter Park. Guests can find Shake Shack within the food court, located at the center of the outlet mall....
La Crêperie de Paris is a brand new crepe restaurant that will officially be opening in EPCOT’s newly expanded France pavilion on October 1st, 2021 - helping kick off “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort. The restaurant will open alongside Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, a new family-friendly attraction inviting guests into...
Orlando’s hottest new rooftop restaurant, illume, recently opened at the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa, on Thursday May 27th. If you are looking for a place is full breathtaking views, an Asian-inspired menu , and handcrafted Japanese sake and aged whiskey cocktails - this is the perfect place to try. Perfect for viewing the nightly nearby...
We were invited to dine “underneath the lovely London sky” in the newly reimagined Cítricos at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, which pays homage to the whimsy and elegance of the film Mary Poppins Returns. We savored delectable cuisine in their stylish dining room which brought us into a fanciful garden scene that incorporated cues from the movie including: motifs of...
The owners of Light On The Sugar, a local bakery known for their creative gourmet baked goods, cakes and coffee, have officially announced that they will be opening a second location this fall. Under the mentorship of Jimmy and Johnny Tung, Light On The Sugar founders, Yixi Qiu and Wen Pan, will be opening  their second location at 501 Orlando...
Disney Imagineers paint this scene w Mickey and Goofy at Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is accustomed to providing tens of millions of meals each year in the fight against hunger, and this year, the need for donations is still heightened due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of Hunger Action Month, Second Harvest is asking the community to help “Stock the Shelves” this September. The month-long...
RAMEN RUMBLE 4  Tuesday, September 28 at 5:30PM & 8:30PM Get ready to (Ramen) Rumble! Back by popular demand, Morimoto Asia is proud to host this year's fourth annual Ramen Rumble in partnership with event founders, Jason & Sue Chin of Seito Sushi (Good Salt Restaurant Group) on Tuesday, September 28 with two sessions from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and...