Orlando Dining Round-Up April 15, 2016: K Restaurant, The Rusty Spoon, Hard Rock Cafe Orlando

In this week’s dining news round-up, chef’s dinners, free food, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

K Restaurant and Wine Bar in Orlando
K Restaurant will celebrate its 15th anniversary on April 24 with a backyard party. Chef Kevin Fonzo will be joined by chefs Kathleen Blake, James and Julie Petrakis, Greg Richie, Jamie McFadden, Austin Boyd, and Henry and Michele Salgado for a family-firnedly fete featuring food, wine, and live music.

Tickets are $115 per person (kids 12 and under are free) and $15 from each ticket benefits The Kevin Fonzo Foundation. Only 100 tickets are available, so call 407-872-2332 to reserve your spot.

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The Rusty Spoon will celebrate Earth Day with a special dinner featuring Chef Kathleen Blake and guest Chef Melissa Kelly of Primo. The menu will be a feast showcasing the bounty of Florida. Cost is $95 per guest (+ tax/gratuity) and space is limited. Call 407-401-8811

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Enjoy free pots of broth at both Hotto Potto locations on April 20 with a minimum purchase of $4.20. Free T-shirts to the first 50 at each location. Hotto Potto is located at 1700 N Semoran Blvd #118 in Orlando, and 3090 Aloma Ave #150 in Winter Park.

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On Monday, April 18, Hard Rock Cafe Orlando guests who channel their inner artist and sing a song on the cafe stage will receive a free Legendary Burger. For more information, visit hardrock.com/taxday.

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As part of Disney’s Hollywood Studios revamp, the Writer’s Stop has transitioned from a coffee shop into a lounge/waiting area for the neighboring Sci-Fi Diner. While waiting to be called to their table, guests can grab alcoholic drinks and a few savory snacks like a charcuterie board, and pretzels. Of course it being Disney, you can stop in for drinks even if you don’t have a dinner reservation next door.

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Ample Hills Creamery will open at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas this spring. It will be the first location outside of NYC for the Brooklyn-based company.

Inside, guests can sample as many flavors as they’d like, including signature creations like Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Coffee Toffee Coffee, Malty Salty Pretzel Punch, Cotton Candy, and more. They’re even working on a special one-of-a-kind flavor developed exclusively for Walt Disney World Resort.

The company previously worked with Disney on Limited-Edition Star Wars flavors for SW: The Force Awakens.

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Culver’s will open their second Central Florida location this fall, in Kissimmee at 9070 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy. With more than 100 seats, it’s expected to be the second-largest location of the Wisconsin-based brand, which specializes in butter burgers, fried cheese curds, and flavor of the day frozen custard. There is also a third location planned for Casselberry.

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Recently opened Canvas Restaurant in Lake Nona has added a Brunch menu to its offerings. It runs from 11am to 3pm on Sundays.

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Zoës Kitchen will open yet another location serving its Mediterranean menu in the Rialto complex at 7341  W Sand Lake Rd. in Dr. Phillips.

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Speaking of Mediterranean, Florida-based Little Greek Fresh Grill is expanding into Central Florida with two more locations in Celebration and The Loop in Kissimmee. The brand already has a location at 855 N. Alafaya Trail in Waterford Lakes.

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That’s it for this week. If you have any Central Florida dining news to share, drop it in comments or send it to us via our contact form. We’ll credit you if we use it.

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