Orlando Area Dining News Roundup: January 19, 2018: Marlow’s Tavern, The Glass Knife, Brews ‘n’Blues, and More

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In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: new openings, dining specials, and several foodie events. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

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Culinary Arts Menus Revealed for 2018 Epcot International Festival of Arts

Returning to Walt Disney World for a second year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will celebrate performing, visual and culinary arts from January 12 - February 19, 2018.

The 2nd annual Epcot International Festival of Arts celebrates all types of art, including culinary, and we have the menus for this year’s festival.

Not only are the dishes delicious, but they’re designed to be visually pleasing, as well.

Here are the kiosks and their menus [menu items marked with (GF) are gluten/wheat-friendly and those with (V) are vegetarian]:

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Raises a Record Amount for Local Charities

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Raises a Record Amount for Local Charities

The results are in for this year’s Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month sponsored by American Express, and a record amount was raised for local charities.

From Aug. 25 to Oct. 12, guests enjoyed three-course, $35 dinners at a record 118 restaurants across Central Florida., and $1 from each meal was donated Freedom Ride Inc. and BASE Camp Children’s Foundation.

This year far exceeded expectations with a record $208,620 raised for the charities!

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks To Celebrate Christmas Week 2017 In Orlando

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks to Celebrate Christmas Week 2014 in Orlando

Whether you live here or you’re vacationing here during Christmas week, it can be overwhelming trying to decide from among all of the holiday offerings happening in the Orlando area.

Here are our picks for the best Holiday events for celebrating Christmas 2017 in Orlando:

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Visit Orlando Announces Orlando’s Signature Dish

Visit Orlando Announces Orlando's Signature Dish - Orlando's Honey Nougat Glacé by Chef Catherine Delrieu of Mon Petit Cheri

Earlier this fall, it was announced by Visit Orlando that they would begin a search for Orlando’s Signature Dish, a dessert featuring the key ingredient of honey.

At their year-end luncheon, Visit Orlando announced the final results of that search.

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Out and About: The Glass Knife Debuts in Winter Park

Recalling the vintage pastry shops of the mid-1900s, The Glass Knife opens this weekend in Winter Park.

Recalling the vintage pastry shops of the mid-1900s, The Glass Knife opens this weekend in Winter Park.

The name comes from owner Steve Brown’s mother and her collection of vintage 1920’s era glass cake knives, many of which are on display inlaid in the communal wood table that occupies the center of the eatery.

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Out and About: Fresh Kitchen Opens in Waterford Lakes

Healthy eating on the east side of Orlando just got easier as Fresh Kitchen opens in Waterford Lakes Town Center this weekend.

Healthy eating on the east side of Orlando just got easier as Fresh Kitchen opens in Waterford Lakes Town Center this weekend.

Fresh Kitchen offers a streamlined menu of gluten-free items offered in a customizable bowl format. Dairy-free and even vegan combinations are possible.

Diners choose from Six bowl (two bases, two proteins, and two vegetables along with a sauce for $9.99); Four bowl (two bases with one protein, vegetable and sauce for $8.29); and a Kids bowl (one base, protein, vegetable and sauce for $6.99).

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Central Florida Foodie Events for November 2017

Italian Festival 4-Course Dinner at Ravello at Four Seasons Resort

November 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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Walt Disney World Releases First Look at Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World Releases First Look at Woody's Lunch Box in Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney has released the first details of a new area in their upcoming Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios called Woody’s Lunch Box.

This eatery is fashioned from Andy’s lunch box and thermos, and will feature a walk-up quick-service window that will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats.

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WDW Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Celebrates 8th Year Oct 27-28, 2017

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will celebrate its eighth year October 27-28, 2017 with new dishes and themed areas.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will celebrate its eighth year October 27-28, 2017 with new dishes and themed areas.

This event will be the largest event to date featuring more than 60 food and beverage stations and 11 educational seminars taught by members of the resort’s award-winning food and beverage team.

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Celebrate National Taco Day 2017 With These Orlando Restaurants

National Taco Day

Today, October 4, is National Taco Day, and quite a few restaurants are offering deals and specials to honor the day.

Whether you like traditional tacos, or fast food (hey, we don’t judge), this is where you can score some cheap tacos and other taco fun today:

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Out and About: The #OrlandoBurgerBattle at Ace Cafe Orlando

This 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, Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney, Raglan Road, The Whiskey, White Wolf Cafe, and The Tap Room at Dubsdread.

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