Orlando Dining News Round-Up September 16, 2016: Taste of the Nation, Hunger Street, Capa Steakhouse

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: chef’s dinners, limited menus, new openings, a few closings, and more. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Orlando's Taste of the Nation

The numbers are in, and this year’s Taste of the Nation raised an amazing $279,487 to help fight childhood hunger.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida will direct the funds raised from the event to childhood hunger relief programs at their agency to assist the 1 in 3 kids in Orlando who will struggle with hunger this coming year.

The funds raised by Orlando’s Taste of the Nation will also help Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida provide shelter and services to more than 150 children and their families each night and serve more than 250,000 nutritious meals in the coming year.

Congratulations to all involved in making this annual event such a success in 2016!

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The Second Annual James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour will take place at Capa Steakhouse at Four Seasons Orlando on Saturday, December 10.

Participating James Beard-awarded chefs are: Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia in St. Louis, Missouri; John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, Mississippi; Justin Devillier of la petite grocery New Orleans, Louisiana; and Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe & The Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. in St. Louis, Missouri. James Tidwell, Master Sommelier from Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, will present the wine pairings.

Tickets ae $235 per person, and include wine pairings, tax & gratuity. Tickets go on sale to the public Tuesday, September 23rd at jamesbeard.org.

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Jake’s Beer Festival returns to the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando on September 30. Guests can enjoy more than 50 craft and specialty beers, foods expertly prepared by the hotel’s award-winning chefs and live entertainment under the outdoor Wantilan Pavilion.

Festival tickets are $35 and include entry, beer, food and entertainment. VIP tickets are $45 and include all the benefits a festival ticket, along wit exclusive access to Jake’s Clipper Room, where guests can sample additional specialty craft beers, enjoy more generous pours and firkin first drafts, receive a collectible pint glass and more.

To purchase tickets, visit JakesBeerFestival.eventbrite.com.

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The Capital Grille is hosting the fifth annual Wagyu & Wine event from now through November 20.

For $25, guests can choose from three different Wagyu burgers, accompanied by their choice of a glass of Duckhorn, Cabernet Sauvignon or Goldeneye, Pinot Noir, typically reserved exclusively for enjoying by the bottle.

The gourmet burgers this year include a Wagyu Cheeseburger with Fried Egg and Crisp Onions; a Wild Mushroom Wagyu Cheeseburger with 15-Year Aged Balsamic; and a Caramelized Onion Wagyu Burger with Jarlsberg Cheese.

For more information, please visit thecapitalgrille.com.

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Seasons 52 has switched over to a new autumn menu, whic features returning favorites along with several new dishes, including Artisan Cheese Fondue, Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese en Brodo, and Mediterranean Braised Lamb Shank.

To find out more about the autumn menu, or to make a reservation, visit Season52.com.

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Last week, we reported the sad news that BB Junction in Winter Park was closing. We have learned that a new taqueria called Hunger Street will be taking over the building. They bill themselves as offering authentic Mexican street food.

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Word comes that Maddey’s Craft & Cru will not reopen after all. It closed this summer, but chef and co-owner Jason Schofield told food blogger Scott Joseph it is now permanently shuttered.

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Despite all the condo developments springing up in downtown Orlando, Mama B’s Giant Subs has been a hold out at the corner of S. Orange Ave and E. Colonial. Now comes word the owner Harriet Adamik is planning on retiring after 30 years in business and want to sell this location, along with the Mama B’s location south of downtown at 1101 S. Orange Ave. No word on when either location will close, but I hear they are asking around $1 million for each location.

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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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