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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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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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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Toast to Spring at Harbor Nights at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel April 21

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel invites you to enjoy an evening at Harbor Nights

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel invites you to enjoy a springtime evening at Harbor Nights, a popular food and wine event, that will take place April 21, 2017.

During the evening, guests can enjoy unlimited samples of select wines, along with gourmet food (including desserts) prepared by the hotel’s award-winning culinary team. There will also be live music, along with a balcony performance by Portofino’s opera singers.

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Eat Your Science with Alton Brown at the Dr Phillips Center April 22, 2017

Eat Your Science with Alton Brown at the Dr Phillips Center

Alton Brown has made a career mixing food, science and humor, and on April 22, he’ll bring his “Eat Your Science” tour to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando.

Brown is the creator and host of the Food Network television show Good Eats, which ran for 14 seasons dissecting food and cooking techniques.

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Taste of the Nation Becomes Taste! Central Florida and Sets a 2017 Date

Taste! Central Florida

Central Florida foodies take note: one of the year’s best events, Taste of the Nation, is now Taste! Central Florida, and it will take place at the Orlando World Center Marriott on August 19.

With the new name comes a new local focus, with the event now featuring an extensive lineup of local celebrity chefs and eateries, and highlighting local farmers, food purveyors, brewers and distilleries.

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Foodstock Takes Over Orlando March 1-4, 2017

Foodstock Takes Over Orlando March 1-4, 2017

Foodstock Orlando is a new multi-day series of food events, live music, and more, and it takes place this week, March 1-4, 2017.

Each day has an event in a different location in Orlando, and each event will feature a separate line-up of food, beverage, and entertainment.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Announces Concert Line-Up for 2017 Food & Wine Fest

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

The annual Food & Wine Festival returns to Busch Gardens Tampa weekends in March and April with great food, beverages, and live music.

The 2017 festival takes place on weekends from March 4 through April 30, and features signature dishes and exciting new cuisine – including duck tacos, lobster ravioli, bacon mac & cheese, brown sugar rubbed pork belly, banana foster panna cotta and cabernet-filled chocolates – as well as an expanded selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails.

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Downtown Food & Wine Fest Returns to Lake Eola Park in Orlando Feb 25-26

Downtown Food & Wine Fest Returns to Lake Eola Park in Orlando

The ninth annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest will take place in downtown Orlando at Lake Eola Park the weekend of February 25 and 26, 2017.

The two-day fest features mouth-watering dishes from some of Orlando’s premier restaurants, as well as domestic and international wines to sample.

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Upcoming Central Florida Food Events for Early Spring 2017

Foodies – mark your calendars! There are a slew of food-centric events scheduled for the next few months, and they run the gamut from special dinners to theme park festivals:

As part of The COOP's Guest Chef Series, Chef John Rivers will be joined by Rusty Spoon's Chef Kathleen Blake on February 22.

As part of The COOP‘s Guest Chef Series, Chef John Rivers will be joined by Rusty Spoon’s Chef Kathleen Blake on February 22, for a cooking demo and tasting. The menu will feature Chef Blake’s Lake Meadow Chicken Thighs and Sticky Rice with Lemon Relish, and Chef Rivers’ Pecan Pie Bread Pudding.

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Seven Seas Food Festival Debuts at SeaWorld Orlando Starting Feb 11, 2017

Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando is debuting the Seven Seas Food Festival, combining culinary delights with headliner concerts, Saturdays from Feb 11 to May 13, 2017.

Each week guests can sip and sample their way around the world of international coastal cuisine, with more than 60 unique Asian, Latin, European, Polynesian and North Atlantic dishes throughout the park, while enjoying craft beers, paired wines and specialty entertainment.

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2017 Florida Strawberry Festival Announces Headliner Entertainment

2017 Florida Strawberry Festival Information

The Florida Strawberry Festival returns March 2-12, 2017, and after the strawberries, the concerts are a huge draw for attendees.

For those of you who like to plan ahead, the festival has announced its headliner line-up for 2017, and these are concerts you can enjoy (each act is a separate show).

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The Capital Grille Hosts Chef Night at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Oct 26

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Chef's Night dinners

Chef Night returns to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida on October 26, with a meal prepared by The Capital Grille.

Vice President and Corporate Executive Chef of The Capital Grille, Chef Michael Laduke has created a four course menu, with cocktails, for the evening.

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Cows ‘N Cabs Returns to Winter Park Oct 22, 2016

Cows ‘n Cabs is set to return for its sixth year on Saturday, October 22.

The date is almost upon us…Central Florida’s annual Cows ‘n Cabs is set to return for its sixth year on Saturday, October 22.

Break out your best cowboy attire or dress up, and sample food and drinks from more than 20 of Central Florida’s top restaurants.

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