Last Saturday, Orlando Magazine hosted the Orlando Burger Battle at the wonderful Ace Cafe Orlando downtown, and CitySurfing Orlando got to check it all out.
Set up in the parking lot were 11 popular Orlando restaurants who brought their best burger creations to battle it out. Among them were Ace Cafe Orlando, Artisan’s Table, Freddy’s, Hash House A Go Go, Jimmy Hula’s, Liam Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub, Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney, Raglan Road Irish Pub, The Whiskey, White Wolf Cafe, and The Tap Room at Dubsdread.
Visit Orlando has announced this week that due to Hurricane Irma, they are extending their Magical Dining Month promotion until October 12, 2017.
Marlow’s Tavern has great food, and recently CSO was invited to the Winter Park location to taste three new desserts that have just hit the menu.
It’s a rough life, I know. But trust me, these sweet treats will be worth saving some room for.
Foodies get ready…the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival starts today at Walt Disney World, celebrating its 22nd year.
With 39 new dishes and 65 new cocktails and beverages, the annual festival features 35 marketplaces featuring food and beverage samples representing countries around the world.
With so many options, you’ll want to prepare by taking a look at the menus we posted earlier this month.
This year’s festival beer is the Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, which can be found at the Craft Beer marketplace. While there, try the cheeseburger and cheddar cheese macaroni handwich, a returning dish in honor of Epcot’s 35th anniversary.
September 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 (listed chronologically):
This week, Visit Orlando kicked off the search for Orlando’s Signature Dish by announcing the dish will include honey as a featured ingredient.
In 2016, Florida produced 17 million pounds of honey, and is one of the top producers in the country.
Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, returns Aug. 25 – Oct. 1 with an unprecedented number of restaurants, each offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for just $35 per person.
Celebrating its 12th year, the popular dining promotion offers over 100 restaurants throughout the Orlando area for local foodies or visiting gourmands who are looking to try out a local favorite or one of the hottest new venues added to Orlando’s growing culinary scene.
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:
It’s almost time for the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, and we have the full listing of food and beverage that will be available at the marketplaces.
Each marketplaces centers on a specific country, featuring dishes native to that country. There are also a couple of marketplaces that group food to a concept, allowing more latitude in the menu.
We don’t have prices to share, but based on recent years, most samples will cost between $3-$8 per item.
To help you plan your visit(s) to the fest, here are all the food and beverage marketplaces to enjoy:
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..
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!
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.
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),
August is shaping up to be a great month for Central Florida foodies, with special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.
Here are some of the great foodie events you might want to check out:
Leading up to this year’s Taste! Central Florida gala on August 19, select Orlando-area restaurants are participating in the annual Golden Ticket game, with the prize of two tickets to this year’s event.