Orlando Dining News Round-Up August 19, 2016: Florida Local Food Summit, Taco68, Paddlefish

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

Florida Local Food Summit

The Florida Local Food Summit takes place September 9 at East End Market in Orlando. The event will be an educational gathering of local food producers, advocates, and community members, tailored to advance the knowledge of what we can do and be as a local food system.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up July 29, 2016: Chuy’s, AbracadaBar, Bar Louie

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

Chuy's Green Chile Pork Tamales

Chuy’s will open their Winter Park location on August 2, 2016. Located at 170 S. Orlando Ave, in the Lakeside Crossing shopping center. This marks the fifth Central Florida location for the Tex-Mex brand.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up June 3, 2016: The Ravenous Pig, Dandelion Communitea Cafe, CaddyShanks

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

The Ravenous Pig

The Ravenous Pig has ended their lunch menu and are now only serving a dinner menu. The good news is they have also launched a new summer dinner menu with items like King Salmon, Seminole Pride Beef, Raw Oysters and Brandade Ravioli. (Above photo courtesy The Ravenous Pig)

Sister restaurant Cask & Larder is now open on Mondays starting June 6. To celebrate the first Monday, they are offering Pig Head Carnitas Steam Buns & 2 Beers for $25

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up May 28, 2016: Hard Rock Cafe, Osprey Tavern, Farm & Haus

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

Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Orlando CityWalk is now serving breakfast daily
Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Orlando CityWalk is now serving breakfast daily from 8:30am to 11am. The menu includes typical breakfast favorites as Belgian Waffles, Eggs Benedict, and Chicken & Waffles. Visit hardrock.com/cafes/orlando for more information.

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Orlando Dining Round-Up March 25, 2016: Morimoto Asia, Portobello, Konbini, RA Sushi, Bacchus Bash

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

Morimoto Asia Spring 2016 limited cocktails

Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs has debuted several new spring cocktails that sound delicious and refreshing. Priced at $14 each, enjoy a Tokushim Negroni (japanese citrus shochu, antica formula vermouth and orange peel), a Gingered Apple cocktail (aviation gin, lime, simple syrup, ginger pear, and muddled asian pear and apple), and a Sparkling Spring (sparkling wine, hibiscus simple syrup, yuzu lemon juice, and domaine de canton).

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Orlando Dining Round-Up November 28, 2015: Kappo, Lucky’s Market, The Ganachery, Emeril Lagasse

In this week’s dining news round-up, Kappo Closes, Lucky’s Market and The Ganachery to open, and Emeril Lagasse gets postponed, plus much more. Ready?

Kappo at East End Market

Kappo at East End Market will close by the end of the year, according to the owners. The trio, comprised of Lordfer Lalicon, Jen Banagale and Mark Berdin, struggled earlier this year when health inspectors insisted a plastic sneeze guard had to be installed at the seven seat bar, and in a statement, they said December will be the last month of their Omakase service.

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Join East End Market for Breakfast With Santa on November 28, 2015

Straight from the North Pole, the one and only Santa Claus is coming to spend the morning of November 28 at East End Market, to have breakfast and meet the families.

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Enjoy a special holiday breakfast with Santa; a hot chocolate bar; story time and photo opportunities with Santa, a live dance performance, gift-making, and more.

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Orlando Dining Round-Up October 31, 2015: East End Market, Smiling Bison, Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa, and more

In this week’s dining news round-up, we bring some tasty news about a sandwich meet-up, special dinners, some openings and more.

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Deli Fresh Threads will be hosting a special “National Sandwich Day” edition of their monthly #SandwichEatUp on November 3 at Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa on Mills Ave. It’s free to attend; you only pay for what you order. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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East End Market Celebrates 2nd Anniversary October 30 – November 1, 2015

Orlando’s East End Market will be celebrating its two-year anniversary with three days of festivities that are inspired by the Halloween weekend, and Mexico’s Day of the Dead.

East End Market

The anniversary celebration kicks off on Friday, October 30 with the Midnight Market. This after hours event runs from 9pm to midnight, and features authentic Mexican recipes throughout the evening, as well as a mariachi band, salsa dancers, and more.

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Bookmark It Hosts Locally Grown Words Summer Book Fair at East End Market May 3, 2015

Support local authors by visiting the Locally Grown Words Summer Book Fair hosted by Bookmark It on May 3.

Locally Grown Words Summer Book Fair hosted by Bookmark It

Over 40 local authors, representing a variety of book genres, will be present. Among them are Tiffanie Beecham, Jesse Bradley, Jamie Engle, Krayl Funch, Rebekah Keyes, and Jackie Macfadden. Beating Windward Press and Burrow Press will also be attending.

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Shop Local For Last-Minute Christmas Gifts in Orlando

CitySurfing Orlando Picks for Shopping Local for Christmas

If you’re still looking for gifts for the people on your list, why not get them a unique gift and support local Orlando businesses at the same time?

Here are some great suggestions:

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Mountain Creek Candles – Orlando

This local business offers handmade candles, incense, aromatherapy sprays, solid perfumes, and more. The owner, Cindy, doesn’t have a regular shop, but you can find her wares at the Lake Nona Farmer’s Market at Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge on Saturdays, and at the Orlando Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola on Sundays.

You can also order her products online at mountaincreekcandles.com.

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Ms. Bees Gourmet Popcorn and Candy Shoppe – Winter Garden

At this local business in the heart of historic downtown Winter Garden, you’ll find delicious fresh made popcorn in a variety of flavors ranging from savory to sweet. My favorites for savory are the Jalapeno Cheddar and Spicy Buffalo, and for sweet I recommend the Puppy Chow, Caramel, and Dr Pibb (which tastes just like cherry cola). You can also have your choice of flavored popcorn packaged in a College or NFL team-themed cannister, making a great gift for sports fans on your list. The store even carries some old time candy, which makes for nice stocking stuffers.

The store is located at 2 East Plant St in Winter Garden. You can also order online at msbeespopcorn.com.

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East End Market – Orlando

You’ll find gifts for all of your foodie family and friends at this market that houses several food-related businesses. Pick up cheese at La Femme du Fromage, some sauces and marinades at Houndstooth Sauce Company, bread at Olde Hearth Bread Co., and baking needs at Whisk and Bowl.

East End Market is located at 3201 Corrine Dr. Visit eastendmkt.com for a complete list of merchants.

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East End Market in Orlando to Host Grand Opening on October 25, 2013 @EastEndMkt

East End Market, a neighborhood market and food hub in the Audubon Park Garden District of Orlando, will have their grand opening to the public on Friday, October 25, from 10am to 4pm.

East End Market in OrlandoThe two-story structure is home to a dozen merchants, a large event space, a demonstration kitchen, an incubator kitchen, offices, retail shops, a full-time, award-winning caterer and a world-class restaurant.

Among the merchants are Fatto in Casa (Italian), Houndstooth Sauce Company, La Femme du Fromage (artisan cheese), Lineage Coffee Roasting, and Olde Hearth Bread Co.

Contiguous to the market hall is a farm-fresh restaurant called Txokos Basque Kitchen, a new culinary concept from the owners of Spanish River Grill in New Smyrna Beach. Txokos will source as many ingredients as possible from its East End Market neighbors and from the abundant and talented local farmers in Central Florida.

If you can’t make it Friday, weekend hours are 10am-7pm on Saturday, and 11am-6pm on Sunday.

East End Market is located at 3201 Corrine Dr. in Orlando. For more information, including a list of merchants, visit eastendmkt.com.

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