Central Florida Krispy Kreme And The Salvation Army Launch Annual #StuffTheBus School Supply Drive

Krispy Kreme and The Salvation Army Launch Annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive

It’s time for families to start thinking about heading back to school, so Krispy Kreme and The Salvation Army have teamed up for their annual “Stuff the Bus” School Supply Drive.

From now until August 6, participating Central Florida Krispy Kreme locations will be accepting donations of new school supplies, including notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, scissors, crayons, markers, glue, rulers, and hand sanitizer.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up July 24, 2017: Ravenous Pig, Second Harvest Food Bank of CFL, Terralina Crafted Italian, More

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

The interior of the Ravenous Pig restaurant in Winter Park.

The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park is launching a special summer 3 course prix fixe lunch menu starting July 25, 2017. Cost is $22, with the option to add select wine pairings for $22 a bottle. This menu will rotate with seasonal lunch items and includes dessert.

The restaurant will also be hosting a “Neighborhood Pig Roast” on Saturday, August 5th. The menu will consist of pulled pork, ribs, black eyed peas, collards, cornbread and a seasonal dessert for $17 a plate.

Neighboring Cask & Larder Brewery‘s Summer beer release will take place the same weekend. “Lardermelon” and all C&L draughts will be $5 a pint.

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D23: Walt Disney World to Add New Space-Themed Restaurant at Epcot

Walt Disney World to Add New Space-Themed Restaurant at Epcot

The D23 news is flying fast and furious, and word comes that a new space-themed restaurant will be coming to Epcot.

It will be located adjacent to the park’s Mission: SPACE attraction, according to Disney. Perhaps it will occupy the space where the Wonders of Life building currently sits mostly unused, but that wasn’t clarified during the D23 reveal by Walt Disney Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald.

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Out and About: Duck Donuts Now Serving Up Made to Order Deliciousness in Kissimmee

Duck Donuts Serving Up Made to Order Deliciousness in Kissimmee

We heard about a new made-to-order donut shop called Duck Donuts opening in The Crosslands Shopping area in Kissimmee and decided to check it out. Based on our friends pictures, they looked amazing.

We found it, even though it had no sign yet above the door. It’s that new. We were greeted at the door and the process was explained to us as we had not been to a Duck Donuts before.

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Holler and Dash to Host Biscuits and Brews Evening Event on June 29

Sampling the Biscuit Menu at Holler and Dash in Celebration - Kickback Chicken

Foodies make note: Celebration’s Holler and Dash is hosting a special evening event called Biscuits and Brews on Thursday, June 29.

Holler and Dash is one of my favorite places to enjoy breakfast and brunch, but It normally closes by 2pm. So for one night, they are re-opening at 5pm to serve up samples of its great biscuit dishes, along with beer and craft sodas.

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Out and About: Zarrella’s Italian & Wood Fired Pizza in Cape Canaveral

Zarrella’s Italian & Wood Fired Pizza in Cape Canaveral

Recently, we were in Cape Canaveral, Florida and decided to try Zarrella’s Italian & Wood Fired Pizza. Friends have mentioned this restaurant to us, and it did not disappoint us.

Their menu had a good variety listed and they also had a few off menu options that looked and sounded amazing. One dish looked especially yummy from the pictures on the iPad. Unfortunately, I do not remember the name of one pasta dish. And, honestly, I couldn’t spell it even if I did remember it. I do know that it was amazing. The linguini was cooked perfectly al dente, the clams, shrimp and crab were not over cooked, and the sauce was light while having plenty of it made with butter, garlic, clam sauce.

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Out and About: Arrival of Chef Tim Keating Makes Urbain 40 a Rising Star

Arrival of Chef Tim Keating Makes Urbain 40 a Rising Star

While leading the kitchen at Walt Disney World’s Flying Fish Cafe, Chef Tim Keating elevated the Boardwalk Inn restaurant into a must-do experience. When the cafe closed for refurbishment, Keating took that opportunity to take over the kitchen at Urbain 40 in Dr Phillips’ Restaurant Row, and he is presently focused on giving it the same makeover.

We were invited to enjoy a tasting menu and judge for ourselves how far Chef Keating has come in his first six months in the role.

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Bite30 Returns in June 2017 with Orlando Dining Deals

Bite30 Offers Orlando Dining Deals in June

Once a year, the Orlando Weekly produces a culinary event called Bite30, that offers great prix fixe deals at select restaurants for an entire month.

From now until June 30, participating restaurants offer special prix fixe menus that offer multi-course lunches or dinners at a set price of $30. Diners get the opportunity to try multiple dishes on the restaurant’s menu for about the cost of a single entree, and restaurants get to showcase their specialty dishes.

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Spoleto in Winter Park Hosts Pasta Fest June 3-4 with Free Pasta and More

Spoleto in Winter Park Hosts Pasta Fest

Spoleto in Winter Park launches inaugural Pasta Fest with at two-day culinary celebration for all the weekend of June 3-4, 2017.

The event will kick-off Saturday with samplings of Spoleto’s menu, including complimentary build-your-own pasta bowls, and a sneak peek of new menu offerings before they launch throughout the day. There will also be live music and happy hour specials.

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Orlando Science Center Hosts Science Night Live! Craft Beer Edition June 3, 2017

Science Night Live! at Orlando Science Center

Normally the Orlando Science Center is fun for all ages, but on select nights, it’s reserved strictly for adults 21+.

That night is Science Night Live and it returns June 3.

This is a craft beer addition, and it will feature the opportunity to sample local and national brewers, as well as take in informal craft beer seminars.

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Out and About: Nine Spices Serves Up Delicious Hotpot Near Universal Orlando

Nine Spices Serves Up Delicious Hotpot Near Universal Orlando

Prior to arriving at Nine Spices Hotpot, the last time I’d eaten a hotpot meal was when I was 8. Once seated at my table, it became apparent hotpot had evolved quite a bit in the last few decades.

Our table featured an induction burner for each seating…and then I noticed the conveyor belt about eye level behind my head with a never-ending parade of food.

Our server was very patient and explained how their hotpot service worked.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up May 21, 2017: Portobello, The Halal Guys, Tijuana Flats

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

Portobello Italian Trattoria has closed at Disney Springs, and is currently undergoing renovations

After seven years, Portobello Italian Trattoria has closed at Disney Springs, and is currently undergoing renovations. James Beard award-winner and Top Chef Master, Tony Mantuano, is leading the development of the restaurant, which will still offer Italian cuisine. The revamped eatery, still operated by Levy Restaurants, is set to reopen Fall 2017.

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Ace Cafe Orlando Hosts Grand Opening Weekend May 19-21, 2017

Hard Hat Preview of the Ace Cafe Orlando - mock up

Orlando get your engines ready…North America’s first Ace Cafe will host its Grand Opening Weekend May 19-21, 2017.

All three days of the grand opening weekend will feature cool cars and hot bikes, live rock ‘n roll inside and outside both day and night, a BMW R nineT Racer motorcycle raffle benefiting Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children (APCH), live demonstrations by three world-famous artists, onsite activities and brand partner merchandise (while supplies last), and a free Friday night concert by Memphis’ Rockin’ Jason D. Williams

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Out and About: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Hosts Johnnie Walker TasteMaker Dinner

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Hosts Johnnie Walker TasteMaker Dinner

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is partnering with leading beverage companies to produce a series of events called the TasteMaker Dinners, and I was recently invited to enjoy an evening filled with great food paired with Johnnie Walker Whisky.

Whisky and steak seems a no-brainer, but the chefs at the Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse elevated the meal with some out of the box dishes.

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