Orlando Dining News Round-Up: The Oktoberfest Menus

It’s October, and several Orlando-area eateries are doing up special dishes to celebrate Germany’s Oktoberfest. Here’s where you can get a taste:

Hard Rock Cafe Oktoberfest burger 2015
The Hard Rock Cafe Orlando at Universal Orlando CityWalk will be offering a special OctoberFest Schnitzel burger through October 31. Inspired by Hard Rock Cafe Munich’s Local Legendary Schnitzel Burger and features a lightly breaded tender pork schnitzel, Samuel Adams OctoberFest-infused beer cheese sauce, topped with smoked bacon, tangy sauerkraut, whole grain mustard and fresh arugula, served on a pretzel bun.

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John Cleese & Eric Idle Together Again For Several Central Florida Dates in October

Comic legends John Cleese and Eric Idle are performing together on their Together Again At Last…For The Very First Time tour, and it will be making several stops in Central Florida this month.

John Cleese and Eric Idle - Together Again At Last…For The Very First Time

Cleese and Idle are both veteran performers, who rose to fame as founding members of the comedy troupe, Monty Python. Over the years, both have also had written, performed, and produced wonderfully funny roles outside of Monty Python, in numerous movies and TV series, such as A Fish Called Wanda, Fawlty Towers, and The Rutles. Idle also created the Tony Award-winning musical Spamalot, based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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Korn Brings 20th Anniversary Tour to Hard Rock Live Orlando October 15, 2015

Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum musicians Korn are come to rock Central Florida at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando on October 15, 2015.


The tour is in honor of the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, Korn, which the band will be performing in its entirety. Released in May 1994, the album featured the singles “Blind,” “Shoots and Ladders,” “Clown” and “Need To.”

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Out and About: Morimoto Asia Opens at Disney Springs

Last week Morimoto Asia opened at Disney Springs to much fanfare, and I had the pleasure of attending the media preview the night before, in conjunction with The Disney Blog.

Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs

The evening began with a ceremony attended by several Disney VIP’s as well as Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who not only sang for us, but conducted a traditional sake ceremony involving breaking open a cask with mallets before serving us all with the contents.

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Failure to Rock House of Blues Orlando October 11, 2015

Alt-rock band Failure will play the House of Blues Orlando on October 11, with Hum and Torche opening.


Failure was formed in the early-90s, but hit it big in the mid-90s with their third album Fantastic Planet. The first single from that release, “Stuck on You,” reached #23 on Billboard ‘s Alternative Songs Chart.

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Sixth Annual Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Returns October 30 -31, 2015

Spend Halloween with treats of an adult kind when the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns the weekend of October 30 and 31, 2015.

Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin

Now in its sixth year, the resorts will feature more than 40 food and wine stations, 10 food and wine seminars, and the opportunities to meet the award-winning chefs behind featured culinary masterpieces.

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Walt Disney World Raises Annual Pass Prices and Parking Fees Effective October 4, 2015

Starting today, Walt Disney World annual passes are undergoing a massive reconstruction that includes higher prices.

Walt Disney World annual passes

Gone are the Seasonal, Premium, and standard passes. Seasonal is now called Silver, the regular pass will now be Gold or Platinum , and the premium will be Platinum Plus.

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Garden Theatre in Winter Garden Presents Carved: A Pumpkin’s Musical Adventure Oct 30 – Nov 1

Carved: A Pumpkin’s Musical Adventure, a family-friendly Halloween theatrical production, will be performed at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden October 30 through November 1.

Carved: A Pumpkin's Musical Adventure

In Carved, it has been 25 years since the king of Pumpkinville mysteriously disappeared. Each year, young pumpkins leave their village hoping to find him, but return empty-handed.

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Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents Soul Asylum October 29

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

Soul Asylum

This month, Soul Asylum will be performing on Thursday, October 29. The band formed in Minneapolis, MN, in the early 80s, but hit it big in 1992 with the album Grave Dancers Union, which had the Grammy Award-winning single, “Runaway Train.”

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up for October 2, 2015

It’s October already, and we have so much Orlando and Central Florida dining news for you to use, including openings, closings, and special menus. Are you hungry? Let’s dig in…

Gardell Bros Pizza
Gardell Bros Pizza has opened in Hunter’s Creek. In addition to the pizzas, the fast casual eatery’s menu features salads, sandwiches, and calzones, all with an Italian flare.

The restaurant is owned by actor Billy Gardell (“Mike & Molly”), and his family. The actor will be present for the grand opening weekend October 9 and 10 from 5pm to 10pm. His co-star Lou Mustillo will also be guest bartender those two nights.

For more info and directions, visit gardellbrospizza.com.

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Jake’s Beer Festival Returns to Loews Royal Pacific Resort October 9, 2015

Craft brew lovers get ready…Jake’s Beer Festival Returns to Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando on Friday, October 9, 2015.

Jake's Beer Festival at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

The fest happens twice a year, and features more than 60 specialty craft beers, along with small bites (this month’s food selections have a German theme), live music by Beth McKee, and more.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up: The Disney Edition September 2015

There has been so much Disney dining news lately, that it warranted its own round-up. From restaurant openings to revamps to new menus, there’s a lot happening in this month’s news.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater - macadamia-crusted brioche French toast

Beginning November 1, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have another morning dining option when the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater starts serving breakfast. This seasonal offering will be a prix-fixe breakfast that will include breakfast pastries and choice of appetizer, entrée and non-alcoholic beverage.

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Fan Expo Announces MegaCon Fan Days in Orlando November 21-22, 2015

If you enjoy Orlando’s annual MegaCon fan convention, you’ll be happy to know they’re holding a second event this fall called MegaCon Fan Days. It will run November 21-22 at the Orange County Convention Center.

MegaCon Fan Days

Last year MegaCon was bought out by FanExpo, which produces several other North American fan conventions, and this will be their first foray into the South East.

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Out and About: David Cook Rocks to the Beat at Epcot Food & Wine Festival

As part of a media day this weekend, I got to take in the first set of David Cook as part of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival‘s Eat to the Beat concert series.

David Cook at Epcot
I have to admit I wasn’t that familiar with Cook, though I’d heard a few of his songs on the radio. But this American Idol winner (season 7) definitely turned me into a fan…with only six songs, believe it or not.

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Out and About: Enjoying Lunch at Fulton’s Crab House at Disney Springs

Fulton’s Crab House is a favorite among diners headed to Disney Springs for dinner, but did you know they also have a wonderful lunch menu?

Fulton's Crab House

Carol and I were recently invited to try out Fulton’s for lunch, and we showed up as they were opening, at 11:30am. We were shown to a table on the second floor with a wonderful view of the lake and The Landing. We were also the only ones in there at first.

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