Out and About: Taste! Central Florida Offers Great Food and Drink for a Local Cause

Taste! Central Florida Offers Great Food and Drink for a Local Cause

This weekend the annual Taste! Central Florida took place, and it was an evening of great food and drink which raised funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

The numbers have yet to come in, but it’s safe to say the event raised a lot of money that will stay in Central Florida to help those in need.

Since I can’t report on the numbers, I’m going to list my choices for favorites at the event. Keep in mind I have food allergies so I couldn’t try everything. But of the dishes I tried, here’s my most memorable:

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Watch the Live Stream of Rivers of Light from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Aug 22

Rivers of Light to Open at Disney's Animal Kingdom Feb 17, 2017

As part of their online series, Disney will live stream the “Rivers of Light” show from Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

“Rivers of Light” is a nightly show that celebrates animals and nature by combining floating set pieces, lanterns, a soaring musical score, fountains and more.

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Where to Watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Central Florida

Where to Watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Central Florida

While Central Florida isn’t fully within the path of Monday’s solar eclipse, our area is expected to get about 85-88% of the eclipse.

And in the Orlando area, that’s enough reason to celebrate with special events, and even food and drink.

So if you want to get in on the fun, here are some places you can go (most events run 1pm to 4pm, with prime viewing to take place around 2:45pm):

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Win Tickets to the 8th Annual Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show Aug 2017!

Win Tickets to the 8th Annual Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show Aug 2017

If you’ve got some design or renovation plans in the near future, you won’t want to miss the 8th Annual Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show 2017, which returns to the Orange County Convention Center – West Concourse the weekend of August 25-27.

With thousands of square feet of exhibits you’ll find the latest in products and services for everything from builders, contractors, materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage, plants, landscape displays/materials, kitchenware, and much more.

There will also be exhibitions and talks by celebrity guests including:

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Velvet Sessions At Hard Rock Hotel Presents The Fixx Aug 31, 2017

Velvet Sessions At Hard Rock Hotel Presents The Fixx

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.

This month, The Fixx will be performing on Thursday, Aug 31, 2017. The band first rose to fame in the 1980’s with hits like “One Thing Leads to Another,” “Red Skies,” and “Saved by Zero.” The band’s last album was released in 2012.

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Win Tickets to Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream at the Amway Center September 8-10, 2017!

Win Tickets to Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream at the Amway Center September 8-10, 2017!

Disney on Ice returns to Orlando with a new show, Dare to Dream, at the Amway Center September 8-10, and we’ve got a chance for you to win tickets!

Produced by Feld Entertainment, inc, Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream introduces Disney’s Moana to the ice for the first time as she sets sail on a life-changing quest to save her island with help from the demigod Maui.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is also new to the show, Belle shows what it means to be fearless, along with her new friends in the enchanted castle, as she learns to love the Beast.

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Out and About: Sampling the New Menu at Highball and Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Sampling the New Menu at Highball and Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando

CSO was recently invited out to Highball and Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando to sample the new menu created by recently appointed chef de cuisine Scott Pizzo.

Chef Pizzo, formerly of Ravenous Pig/Cask & Larder, has created some flavorful dishes that put a spin on the modern-Southern cuisine of the restaurant..

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Taste! Central Florida to Serve Up Delicious Local Cuisine For a Great Cause August 19, 2017 + Win 2 Tickets!

Taste! Central Florida

One of the best charity events in Orlando is Taste! Central Florida, which takes place August 19, and I’m going to give you a chance to win a pair of tickets to experience it for yourself!

Taste! Central Florida (formerly Taste of the Nation) invites the community to enjoy an evening of tasting portions of signature dishes accompanied by fine wines, craft beers, and specialty cocktails.

Over 40 local chefs and restaurants and 22 beverage companies will be represented at this event which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Enjoy tastings from 4 RIvers, The COOP, Benihana, ACE Cafe Orlando, Canvas, Chroma, Capital Grille, Cress, Dragonfly Robata, Hemisphere, Highball & Harvest, Marlow’s Tavern, Paddlefish, Ravenous Pig, and so many more!

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The Florida Orchestra to Welcome Sting for 50th Anniversary Gala Concert

The Florida Orchestra to Welcome Sting for 50th Anniversary Gala Concert

Tampa Bay’s The Florida Orchestra has announced that renowned musician Sting will be its special guest for its 50th Anniversary Gala Concert in December 2017.

“An Intimate Evening with The Florida Orchestra and Sting” will feature the 16-time Grammy winner backed by a 3-piece band with music supervised by Rob Mathes (Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Renée Fleming, and more), and under the baton of TFO’s Music Director Michael Francis.

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Dine Around Apopka in August to Help Habitat for Humanity Seminole-Apopka

Dine Around Apopka in August to Help Habitat for Humanity Seminole-Apopka

Dine Around Apopka invites you to dine at participating restaurants during the month of August 2017 for charity.

During the promotion, each dining partner will offer a special menu item with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Habitat for Humanity Seminole-Apopka.

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American Idol Auditions Coming to Orlando August 17, 2017

American Idol Auditions Coming to Orlando August 17, 2017

American Idol is coming back, and they will be coming to Orlando for open call auditions on Thursday, August 17.

American Idol will kick off its highly anticipated open auditions at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. Due to venue capacity, Disney Springs can accommodate a total of 4,000 audition participants.

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Save on Back-to-School with Florida Sales Tax Holiday Aug 4-6, 2017

Save on Back-to-School with Florida Sales Tax Holiday Aug 4-6, 2017

It’s time to head back-to-school, and that means it’s also time for the annual Florida Sales Tax Holiday, which will take place this year August 4-6.

During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax. This includes:

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BaseLine Tap House Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

BaseLine Tap House Coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios

As part of the revamp of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the park will be opening a new food and beverage location called BaseLine Tap House.

It will be located in a new area adjacent to the Muppet Courtyard called Grand Avenue. This area will be inspired by present-day Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA),

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Out and About: Margaritaville Resort Orlando Breaks Ground

Margaritaville Resort Orlando Breaks Ground

It’s official, Margaritaville Resort Orlando has broken ground on it’s location in Kissimmee, and CSO was there to cover it.

Margaritaville executives, project heads, and Osceola County officials were on hand to heft the golden-tipped shovels and give a toss of dirt on the site where the 187-room hotel will be located.

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