Orlando Dining Round-Up November 28, 2015: Kappo, Lucky’s Market, The Ganachery, Emeril Lagasse

In this week’s dining news round-up, Kappo Closes, Lucky’s Market and The Ganachery to open, and Emeril Lagasse gets postponed, plus much more. Ready?

Kappo at East End Market

Kappo at East End Market will close by the end of the year, according to the owners. The trio, comprised of Lordfer Lalicon, Jen Banagale and Mark Berdin, struggled earlier this year when health inspectors insisted a plastic sneeze guard had to be installed at the seven seat bar, and in a statement, they said December will be the last month of their Omakase service.

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Artegon Marketplace a Must Visit Shopping Center for Small Business Saturday on Nov 28 #shoplocal

While Black Friday is full of deals from national retailers and “big box” stores, the following day, Small Business Saturday, is meant to get people to shop from local stores and sellers. If you’re out shopping this Saturday, November 28, you’ll want to visit Artegon Marketplace.

Artegon Marketplace

Artegon Marketplace is full of local artisans and shops offering handmade and crafted items for purchase. The interior has recently undergone a major revamp, and every storefront now has personality and actual walls.

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Theme Park Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals in Central Florida

If you’ve been thinking of gifting an annual pass to a local theme park or attraction to a loved one (or yourself), here are some Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals you should be aware of:

SeaWorld Orlando Blue Friday

SeaWorld Orlando is bringing back its “Blue Friday” deals, with great offers on passes, experiences, and more. Here is the list of deals, which are only available online from 12:01am (EST) Friday, November 27, until 11:59pm Monday, November 30, 2015:

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Garden Theatre in Winter Garden Presents Miracle on 34th Street Dec 4-20

Miracle on 34th Street, the charming play inspired by the 1947 film, will be performed at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden December 4 through 20.

Miracle on 34th Street

The story focuses on seven-year-old Susan who has doubts about childhood’s most enduring miracle – Santa Claus. But after meeting a special department store Santa who’s convinced he’s the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all…something to believe in.

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Out and About: Christmas at Gaylord Palms Includes Fabulous Cirque Dreams and ICE!

Monday night I joined other local bloggers for a sneak peek at this year’s Christmas at Gaylord Palms, which includes the centerpiece ICE!, as well as a new show, Cirque Dreams, and I have to say this year’s celebrations are very entertaining.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms

We started the evening with a short performance by the singing group, The Mistletones, who will be stationed in the Alpine Village area by ICE! and the snow tubing.

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Out and About: Mummies of the World at the Orlando Science Center Leaves November 29

Earlier this month, I had the chance to check out the Mummies of the World exhibit at the Orlando Science Center, and I found it fascinating.

Mummies of the World at the Orlando Science Center

I actually saw it twice, as the first time was a quick walk-through during the Neanderthal Ball. The first time through, I saw the main parts – the mummies and a few side displays. But it’s hard to really read the plaques and absorb the displays when moving en masse with the crowd.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Peter and the Starcatcher Dec 2 – Jan 3

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents Peter and the Starcatcher from December 2, 2015 – January 3, 2016 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

Peter and the Starcatcher at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher serves as a prequel to J. M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy by providing a deeper understanding of the events leading to an orphan becoming the infamous Peter Pan.

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2016 Florida Strawberry Festival Headliners Announced

The Florida Strawberry Festival is gearing up for its 2016 season and has announced the headliner line-up.

Florida Strawberry Festival 2016

Acts booked include many country artists, from Big & Rich and The Band Perry to Mickey Gilley and Tanya Tucker, as well as some rock, jazz and Christian artists.

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Canvas Restaurant and Market to Open in Lake Nona January 2016

Canvas Restaurant and Market will be opening in Lake Nona in January 2016 at the Laureate Park Village Center.

Canvas Restaurant and Market in Lake Nona

The chef-driven menu will feature American classics inspired by local ingredients and Florida seafood featuring shareable appetizers, creative salads and sandwiches, hearty entrees, and wood-grilled pizzas and flatbreads. It will be open for dinner only.

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Blue Man Group Orlando Supports Autism Speaks With Sensory-Friendly Show on Dec. 5

Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando will host a sensory-friendly show supporting Autism Speaks on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6pm.

Blue Man Group Orlando Supports Autism Speaks

This special performance will be suitable for children with autism spectrum disorders. due to slight modifications that will be made to the show including reducing sound and light levels at various moments during the performance, and making headphones available upon request.

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Walt Disney World Extends 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival to 90 Days

This week, Walt Disney World announced it has expanded the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival from 75 days to 90.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Now in its 23rd year, the 2016 edition of the festival will run from March 2 to May 30, which is Memorial Day.

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Celebrating Thanksgiving 2015 in Orlando

Thanksgiving is a holiday of food, family, and fun, but sometimes it’s nice to let someone else take care of the food…and the dishes. If this sounds like you, there are plenty of places to celebrate the holiday in Orlando.

A guide to Thanksgiving dinner offerings in Orlando for 2014.

If you don’t already have reservations, here are some of our picks for places to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal in the Orlando area:

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Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando Now Open at I-Drive 360

Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando is the newest restaurant/bar to open at I-Drive 360, featuring Orlando’s only mechanical bull.

Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando

Yes, you read that right, a mechanical bull (shades of Urban Cowboy). It also features Southern-style dishes and cold drinks, along with “Cowgirls” – servers who also dance on top of the bars.

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Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster Hosts 6th Annual Festival of Magic Nov 28

The magicians of the Orlando Magic NBA team, SeeMagicLive, are celebrating their Sixth Annual Festival of Magic on Saturday, November 28, by transforming the private halls and dining rooms of Orlando’s beloved steakhouse, Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster into The Magic Mansion.

Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster Hosts 6th Annual Festival of Magic

Setting the scene for mysterious experiences fueled by illusion, SeeMagicLive magicians will perform close-up and sleight-of-hand prestidigitation for intimate groups as they make their way through the rooms of The Magic Mansion.

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Orlando Announced as Official Host City for Copa America Centenario 2016

Soccer fans get ready for next summer when Orlando acts as an official host city for the Copa America Centenario 2016 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.

Copa America Centenario 2016 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl

Set to be held in venues across the United States from June 3-26, the 2016 edition signifies the 100-year anniversary of the highly popular South American tournament.

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