Out and About: Taste! Central Florida Offers Great Food and Drink for a Local Cause

Taste! Central Florida Offers Great Food and Drink for a Local Cause

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.

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:

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up Sept 23, 2016: 4 Rivers, Da Kine Poke, Gringos Locos

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

4 Rivers Smokehouse Vegetarian Quesadilla

Up until now, the only vegetarian options at 4 Rivers Smokehouse locations were the delicious sides like collard greens and baked cheese grits. Now the brand has added five new options for those who don’t want meat.

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PDQ and 4 Rivers Smokehouse Collaborate on Sandwich for Charity

4 Rivers Smokehouse Sandwich at PDQ

4 Rivers Smokehouse, Florida’s award-winning barbecue restaurant, has teamed up with PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality), a quick-casual restaurant brand based in Tampa, to introduce a specialty chicken sandwich for charity.

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4 Rivers Smokehouse Opens Kissimmee Location

4 Rivers Smokehouse Kissimmee

Chef and owner John Rivers has opened a 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Kissimmee this month, adding to the brand’s growing list of Florida locations.

The Florida-based smokehouse brand is known for its cross-regional approach to barbecue with more than 10 styles of menu options, including Texas-Style 18-Hour Smoked Angus Brisket, Burnt Ends,Southern Pulled Pork, St. Louis Style Ribs and Smoked Chicken. These are available as sandwiches, dinner plates, signature stackers, and more.

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4 Rivers Celebrates National Brisket Day May 28

4 Rivers Celebrates National Brisket Day May 28

Come celebrate National Brisket Day, May 28th, with Florida’s Founding Father of Barbecue, John Rivers, who will be throwing a Red, White and Brisket Party at 4 Rivers Smokehouse’s flagship Winter Park store.

For one day only, 4 Rivers will be serving up its signature 18-hour, Smoked Angus Brisket in a Chili Cheese Brisket Burger ($7.99). Add two sides for $2.50. The restaurant will also be serving up Chili Cheese Fries ($4.99).

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Orlando Dining Round-Up January 22, 2016: Marlow’s Tavern Waterford Lakes, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, The Meatball Stoppe

In this week’s dining news round-up, a new brunch, chef’s dinners, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Marlow's Tavern Waterford Lakes

Marlow’s Tavern Waterford Lakes is debuting a new Sunday brunch menu from 11:30am to 3pm.

Noteworthy dishes include Traditional Chilaquiles (corn tortillas melted in roast ranchero sauce with three fried eggs, sour cream, vine ripe tomato, avocado, cilantro and smoked chili cream), Chicken & Waffles, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, and The “Champagne” of Breakfasts (Fried chicken sliders, apple-wood smoked bacon, breakfast sausage, juevos rancheros and house-made hash browns, served on a silver platter with a fresh cracked, ice cold Miller High Life).

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Orlando Dining News Round-up for October 16, 2015: Saint Anejo, Lafayette’s Orlando, Bistro Le Coq au Vin and More

In this week’s dining news round-up, we bring some tasty news about a new Mexican restaurant, new happy hours and lunch/brunch offerings, other new openings, and more…

Saint Anejo Mexican Kitchen + Tequileria
Saint Anejo Mexican Kitchen + Tequileria has set November 9 as their soft opening date at their Winter Springs location (5248 Red Bug Lake Rd). The Mercado style demo kitchen will offer a 360 degree view of fresh food being prepared right in front of your eyes.

The food is traditional Mexican, drawing from all the regions of Mexico like street corn from Guanajuato to 24 hour slow roasted XX Equis Carnitas from Michoacán and Habanero Spiked Short Rib from Mexico City.

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Eat and Drink Pink During October in Orlando For Breast Cancer Research

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this month, several Orlando-area restaurants are promoting “pink” menu items to create awareness and raise funds for research.

Bento Café - pink roll

At Bento Café, you can choose to make any of their sushi rolls pink for an extra dollar. They will use a pink soy paper, and all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. They have several Central Florida locations including downtown Orlando, Dr. Phillips, and UCF.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up for October 9: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Cask & Larder, and more.

In this week’s dining news round-up, we bring some tasty news about wine dinners, new locations of Orlando favorites, a Thai food fest, and more…

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse will host a “Top Rated Wines of the World Dinner” on October 18. The evening will pair some of the world’s top rated wines and spirits with a globally inspired five course meal. Dishes will include roasted wild mushrooms with creamy blue cheese polenta; slow-roasted pork carnitas with fresh avocado and South American Corn Cake; and filet mignon. Price is $95 per person (plus tax/gratuity), and reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information, visit ruthschris.com.
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Orlando Dining News Round-up for September 1, 2015

There’s so much happening in the Orlando and Central Florida dining scene lately, so here’s some of the hottest news you need to know this week.

Tijuana Flats Atom Bombs

Tijuana Flats is bringing back their Atom Bombs for the month of September only. These are a cross between their flautas and a jalapeno popper, featuring cream cheese and fresh jalapenos stuffed inside a wrapped and lightly fried flour tortilla. I’m told they will be $4.49 while available.

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Round Up for Charity at Select 4 Rivers and The COOP Restaurants Through April 15

4 Rivers Smokehouse and The COOP are asking you to Make a Change4 Rivers Smokehouse and The COOP are asking you to Make a Change and round up your bill to the nearest dollar amount for charity from now through April 15, 2015.

Proceeds will benefit Florida Hospital in their children’s pediatric wellness initiatives.

This donation project is valid at these participating 4 Rivers and The COOP locations: 4 Rivers Winter Park, 4 Rivers Longwood, 4 Rivers Winter Garden, 4 Rivers UCF, 4 Rivers Tampa, 4 Rivers Baymeadows and The COOP in Winter Park

Make a Change is a cooperative effort between 4 Rivers Smokehouse, The COOP, Florida Hospital, and FH Gourmet Soiree.

Our Picks to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2015 in Orlando

St. Patrick’s Day is this Tuesday, March 17, so If you’re looking to get your Irish on, here are CitySurfing Orlando’s picks to do so.

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2015 in Orlando

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American Q at b resort and spa, Lake Buena Vista

American Q Whiskey SmashFrom 5pm-10pm, American Q will offer a special St. Paddy’s Day buffet with a barbeque spin on some Irish classics. The menu will include BBQ Corned Beef Brisket, Guinness & Lamb stew, Jameson baked beans, Charred Cabbage and House-made Irish Bangers.

Price for the buffet, which include carved meats, and the famous flatbed buffet is $34.95 for adults, and $10 for kids.

Wash it down with an American Q Whiskey Smash cocktail with Teeling’s Irish Whiskey, fresh mint and smoked dill pickles.

For more information, visit AmericanQ.com.
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4 Rivers Smokehouse Shares Smoked Chicken Wings Recipe

4 Rivers Smokehouse Smoked Chicken Wings Recipe
4 Rivers Smokehouse Smoked Chicken Wings

Looking to make some wings for Game Day this weekend that will impress your guests? 4 Rivers Smokehouse has kindly shared their recipe for their popular Smoked Chicken Wings.

You will need a smoker to make these, and some 4R All-Purpose Rub, of course.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup chili powder
  • ½ cup 4R All-Purpose Rub
  • 24 whole chicken wings, cut into drumette and wingette pieces
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • ½ cup ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping

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4 Rivers Offers Strawberry Basil Bayou Bar for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Strawberry Basil Bayou Bar from 4 Rivers Smokehouse's The Sweet ShopWhat’s better than a yummy dessert? A yummy dessert that benefits charity.

Meet the new Strawberry Basil Bayou Bar from 4 Rivers Smokehouse’s The Sweet Shop.

It’s a vanilla blondie bar with basil, topped with The Sweet Shop’s fresh strawberry house frosting.

This lovely treat can be yours for only $3.25, and 100% of the proceeds from sales of this dessert will be donated to Florida Hospital’s Breast Cancer Fund during the month of October.

For more information, visit 4RSmokehouse.com.

4 Rivers Sweet Shop Releases New Back-To-School Treats Starting August 16, 2014

Sweet Shop Vocabulary collection

Kicking-off back to school, The Sweet Shop at 4 Rivers Smokehouse is releasing a new line of sweets available beginning today, Saturday, August 16.

The Sweet Shop Vocabulary collection utilizes kids cereals to create new adult treats. The six new treats are:

  • A. Apple Jacks Whoopie Pie
  • B. Cocoa Pebble Coffee Brownie
  • C. Peanut Butter Captain Crunch Milk Cookie
  • D. PB+J Rice Krispie Treat
  • E. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bar
  • F. Fruit Loops Cupcake

Prices are $3.50 for the Bars, and $3.75 for the Cupcakes and Whoopie Pies.

No word on how long these treats will be offered, so find your nearest location for The Sweet Shop at 4rsmokehouse.com/sweet-shop/.

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