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.
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.
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.
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.
In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: new menus, new openings, and several closings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…
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.
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
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.
Earlier this year, the Orlando food scene lost Chef Bryce Balluff when he passed away. This month, Millenia 106 and Chef Bruno Fonseca will host a benefit wine dinner for his family on May 18.
MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company, one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Central Florida, is hosting a free Margherita pizza event this weekend, May 5 to 7, 2017.
The Margherita is one of the restaurants most popular pizzas, featuring ingredients representing the Italian flag: basil (green) and mozzarella (white) on a bed of crushed tomato sauce (red).
Rock & Brews, owned by KISS frontmen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, has opened its second Central Florida location this week, and we went to check it out.
It’s located in the new Lee Vista Promenade development, on Semoran Blvd, just north of Orlando International AIrport.
We got to sample several dishes at a media event, and they were all full of flavor and cooked fresh to order.
Rock & Brews, the rock-inspired restaurant brand co-founded by KISS frontmen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, will open its second Central Florida location on April 24, 2017.
It will be located in the Lee Vista Promenade at 6897 South Semoran Blvd, in Orlando, near OIA. The 6500-sq-ft restaurant will offer the brand’s signature quality American comfort food with a California twist and two full bars stocked with the largest selection of international and craft beers in the area.
Taking place only a handful of times each year, Jake’s Beer Dinner returns to the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando on April 28, 2017.
If you’re looking for a a quick, healthy alternative to your average breakfast or lunch spot in Winter Park, then you’ll want to check out Create Your Nature.
Dan and Kim Dill opened the eatery in 2016, out of a desire to provide a healthy lifestyle for their family, including their two daughters. They discovered, and fell in love with, the acai bowl concept while on vacation.
Guy Fieri recently made the rounds of Orlando area eateries and has selected six to appear in upcoming episodes of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”
CSO favorite The Meatball Stoppe, an Italian restaurant specializing in meatballs, and popular bake shop Se7en Bites will be featured in the episode entitled “Wonder Women.” It will air at 9pm on April 21.
If you’re like me, nothing is more satisfying than a really good grilled cheese sandwich. Apparently so many others agree with me, April 12 has been declared National Grilled Cheese Day.
If you want to partake of a tasty grilled cheese in honor of the holiday, here are ten places in the Orlando area which have managed to elevate the sandwich above the norm.
Here are the CSO picks for where to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day (in alphabetical order):