Central Florida Foodie Events for December 2017

December 2017 is an exciting month for Central Florida foodies, with special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.

December 2017 is an exciting month for Central Florida foodies, with special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.

Here are some of the great food and drink events you might want to check out:

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DECEMBER 1-14

Holiday Toy Drive at The COOP and 4 Rivers Smokehouse (Various Locations)
Drop off a new, unwrapped toy (valued at $10 or more) at your local 4 Rivers Smokehouse or The COOP between Friday, Dec. 1, and Thursday, Dec. 14. All donors will receive a complimentary cupcake from the Sweet Shop. All donors will have the opportunity to win a $50 4R gift card by taking a photo with their donated toy at The COOP or any Smokehouse along with the tag #4RGiving. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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DECEMBER 1

Chocolate House Making Party at Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Winter Park
Cost: $75/house for up to 3 people working on the house
Make a house out of Peterbrooke chocolate. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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DECEMBER 2

Holiday Pig Roast at The Ravenous Pig, Winter Park
Chef prepared a menu of glazed, smoked ham with bacon brussels sprouts (yes, bacon brussels sprouts), parker house rolls, roasted apples and a sweet potato mash. All draught beers are $5 during the roast. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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DECEMBER 3

Fundraising Dinner at The Whiskey, Dr Phillips
Cost $65
Enjoy a 4-course dinner and drinks from Beam Suntory. 100% of proceeds will go to the owner’s boyfriends medical care and treatment for stage IV cancer. Visit downatthewhiskey.com for more info.

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DECEMBER 4

Truffle Dinner at K Restaurant, Orlando
Cost: $99.85
5-Course Meal & Wine Pairing featuring Truffles from Italy, France, and United States. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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DECEMBER 5

Chef Night with Chef Kathleen Blake of Rusty Spoon at Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden, Orlando
Cost: $65 adults; $25 kids
Learn about cooking with raw foods with Chef Kathleen Blake of Rusty Spoon. Visit edibleed.org for more info.

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DECEMBER 6-7

DecemBeer & Pizza Fest at Uno Pizzeria & Grill (Various Locations)
All day long $10 gets you a draft of craft beer and a personal size Chicago thin crust or deep dish pizza. From 6-9pm there will be pizza demos and samples of pizza and beer (21+ only). Visit unos.com/decembeer.php for more info and your closest location.

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DECEMBER 7

Grand Reopening Celebration at Sonny’s BBQ (Lee Vista), Orlando
Celebrate all day long with:
– $9.99 rib dinners
– $9.99 all-you-can-eat pork
– A free bottle of Sonny’s BBQ sauce for every table
– A $50 Sonny’s gift card for the first 50 people in line (get here early)
Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Tito’s Vodka Pairing Dinner at Marlow’s Tavern, Winter Park
Cost: $50
Enjoy a four-course dinner with Tito’s beverage pairings. Reservations Required – call (407) 960-3670. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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DECEMBER 8-10

Wine and Chocolate at Lakeridge Winery, Clermont
Cost: $5; Kids 12 and under free
Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food will be available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting. Visit lakeridgewinery.com for more info.

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DECEMBER 8

Chocolate House Making Party at Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Winter Park
Cost: $75/house for up to 3 people working on the house
Make a house out of Peterbrooke chocolate. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Foxtail’s One Year Anniversary at Foxtail Coffee (both locations) 
Come celebrate Foxtail Coffee’s ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY on December 8th from 2pm – 6pm! Foxtail will be giving away FREE COLD BREW to all of our friends, family, supporters and fellow coffee-fanatics. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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DECEMBER 9

James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour at Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Cost: $235
Enjoy a six-course dinner with beverage pairings. Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi and Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber will host the dinner, joined by chefs Paula DaSilva, Kathleen Blake, Dean Max, and James Boyce. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Three Authors & A Fishmonger: The Best of Florida Seafood Greetings at Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales
Cost: $55
“Good Catch: Recipes & Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters” authors Heather McPherson, Pam Brandon, and Katie Farmand, along with Wild Ocean Seafood fishmonger Cinthia Sandoval, will cook, entertain with stories, and serve everything from cocktails to dessert, including the freshest Florida seafood. Each guest will receive a signed copy of “Good Catch” Visit boktowergardens.org for more info.

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DECEMBER 10

3rd Annual Champagne & Cheese Festival at The Wine Room on Park Avenue, Winter Park
Cost: $75 Per Person
Max McCalman will be the special guest. He is a world-renowned cheese expert, and a James Beard Award-winning author and he is the first Maitre Fromager from a North American restaurant. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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DECEMBER 15

Chocolate House Making Party at Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Winter Park
Cost: $75/house for up to 3 people working on the house
Make a house out of Peterbrooke chocolate. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Swedish Christmas Julboard at IKEA Orlando
Cost: $12.99 – $16.99 adults; $2.99-$4.99 kids 12 and under
Swedish Christmas Julbord Dinner is an all-you-can eat event for the whole family. Purchase tickets in the IKEA Restaurant, supply is limited. The lower prices are for IKEA FAMILY members (free to join online). Visit ikea.com for more info.

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DECEMBER 16

Santa Brunch at Canvas Restaurant & Market, Lake Nona
Cost: a la carte brunch menu
Enjoy bottomless mimosas, plus delicious brunch selections like Butternut Squash Hash and Ricotta Pancakes while the little ones get an opportunity to take photos with Jolly Old Saint Nick himself. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made on canvaslakenona.com or via phone at 407.313.7800.

Take Out Grand Opening at Tamale Co. Mexican Street Food, Altamonte Springs
Tamale Co. will give away 200 of their special tamale of the day for FREE to the first 200 attendees that evening. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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DECEMBER 17

Sunday Brunch on Tomazin Farm, New Smyrna Beach
Cost: $60
Hosted by Cress Restaurant. Includes 2 glasses of wine. Proceeds benefit The Barefoot Farmer. Visit the event’s ticket page for more info.

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DECEMBER 19

Feast of the Seven Fishes at Pizza Bruno, Orlando
Cost: $65; $100 with optional wine pairing
Join Bruno Zacchini and the Pizza Bruno crew for a Feast of Seven Fishes under the stars in celebration of Christmas Eve. This spin on the Italian-American tradition will feature five savory seafood courses prepared on the mobile pizza oven and wood-fired grill, plus two dessert courses and optional wine pairings. Visit the events ticket page for more info.

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DECEMBER 20

Craft Beer & Cookie Party at Redlight Redlight, Orlando
Redlight got their favorite brewery reps together to bake cookies and pair with one of their beers. Ugly sweaters are strongly encouraged. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Sangria Party at Tapa Toro, Orlando
Enjoy complimentary appetizers and $1 sangrias from 5-7 p.m. Every dollar will be donated to After-School All-Stars, helping local students succeed in school. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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DECEMBER 23

Santa Brunch at Canvas Restaurant & Market, Lake Nona
Cost: a la carte brunch menu
Enjoy bottomless mimosas, plus delicious brunch selections like Butternut Squash Hash and Ricotta Pancakes while the little ones get an opportunity to take photos with Jolly Old Saint Nick himself. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made on canvaslakenona.com or via phone at 407.313.7800.

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DECEMBER 24

Feast of the Seven Fishes at Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar, Winter Park
Cost: $69 (+ tax/gratuity)
Dinner includes a seven-course seafood and wine pairing featuring wines by Chateau Ste. Michelle and is limited to the first 25 guests. 10% of the dinner’s proceeds will go to the Coastal Conservation Association. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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DECEMBER 30

Holiday Sushi Class 101 at Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, Dr Phillips
Cost: $65
You’ll enjoy complimentary aperitifs and passed hors d’ oeuvres, a history of sushi, and a class to help you make the perfect sushi and hand rolls, and then sample dishes from the Robatayaki grill. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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Which dinners or festivals are you planning to attend? Also keep checking our events calendar throughout the month for more additions to the list.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.

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