Central Florida Foodie Events for August 2017 *UPDATED*

The Hot Chicken sandwich at DoveCote Orlando.

August is shaping up to be a great month for Central Florida foodies, with special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.

Here are some of the great foodie events you might want to check out:

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10 Places to Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day in Orlando on April 12

10 Places to Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day in Orlando on April 12

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):

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up June 24, 2016: The COOP, The Sanctum, Crafted

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

Chef James Petrakis of Cask & Larder will join Chef John Rivers for cooking demo and tasting at his restaurant, The COOP, on June 29
Special guest Chef James Petrakis of Cask & Larder will join Chef John Rivers for cooking demo and tasting at his restaurant, The COOP, on June 29. The event is free, and starts at 6:30pm (though I recommend arriving early). Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up June 10, 2016: The COOP, Oblivion Taproom, Maddey’s Craft & Cru

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

Chef James Petrakis of Cask & Larder will join Chef John Rivers for cooking demo and tasting at his restaurant, The COOP, on June 29

Special guest Chef James Petrakis of Cask & Larder will join Chef John Rivers for cooking demo and tasting at his Winter Park restaurant, The COOP, on June 29. The event is free, and starts at 6:30pm (though I recommend arriving early). Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up May 14, 2016: The COOP, STK Orlando, The Doghouse

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

The COOP has added a new option to its menu. The Salad Bar

The COOP in Winter Park has added a new option to its menu. The Salad Bar includes offerings such as grilled chicken, fresh and flavorful dressings that are made in house, and various pre-made seasonal salads.

Cost is $9.99, and its available daily from 11am-2pm and from 5pm-close.

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Orlando Dining Round-Up April 22, 2016: The COOP, Bad As’s Sandwiches, Four Seasons Orlando

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

Chef John Rivers will be joined by Chef Greg Richie at The COOP

Chef John Rivers will be joined by Chef Greg Richie (of Soco Thorton Park and Baoery Asian Gastropub) for the next installment of The COOP‘s Chef Series on Wednesday, April 27.

The interactive demo will include Chef Richie’s Chicken Fried Steak with Truffled Pan Gravy and Chef Rivers’ Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding. Samples of the demo dishes will be served, and each guest will leave with recipe cards.

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Orlando Dining Round-Up March 11, 2016: The COOP, Disney Springs, Ravenous Pig

In this week’s dining news round-up are several chef’s dinners, free sushi, a new opening, an a closing. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Chef John Rivers and Chef Whitney Miller at The COOP in Winter Park

The COOP launches “A Southern Affair,” a new cooking demonstration series this month on March 16. Chef-owner John Rivers and Chef Whitney Miller will kick off the first demo with Crawfish-Pimento Mac n’ Cheese and White Chocolate Bread Pudding Beignets.

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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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Out and About: Cows ‘n Cabs Offered a Delicious Sample of Central Florida’s Best Restaurants

As the sun set on Saturday, October 24, I found myself at a tented area near Central Park in Winter Park. The smell of food forcast a tasty evening ahead, as I checked in at Cows ‘n Cabs registration table.

Cows 'n Cabs

The sounds of a live band playing contemporary country accompanied my journey inside as I went from booth to booth sampling offerings from some of Central Florida’s best resturants, like Todd English’s BlueZoo, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, K Restaurant, Se7en Bites, Norman’s Orlando, and more.

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The COOP to Host Cookie Decorating Event with Whitney Miller October 30, 2015

This Friday, October 30, The COOP will be hosting a cookie decorating event with new Chef de Cuisine Whitney Miller.

Chef John Rivers and Chef Whitney Miller at The COOP in Winter Park

Guests will recieve a free DIY cookie decorating kit with the purchase of an entree. Inspired by the season, each cookie decorating kit will contain a pumpkin shaped cookie, frosting and toppings, such as sprinkles, crushed Oreos, and chocolate.

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MasterChef Winner Whitney Miller Joins The COOP as New Chef de Cuisine

John Rivers, chef/owner of the nationally-acclaimed 4 Rivers Smokehouse and The COOP, has announced that Chef Whitney Miller will be joining The COOP as new Chef de Cuisine.

Chef John Rivers and Chef Whitney Miller at The COOP in Winter Park

Chef Miller is the first season winner of the U.S. version of Chef Gordon Ramsay’s hit TV series MasterChef. Her second cookbook, “Whitney Miller’s New Southern Table: My Favorite Family Recipes with a Modern Twist,” will be released October 27.

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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 Smokehouses Debut Chicken ‘N Waffle Cupcake July 31, 2014

4 Rivers Smokehouse Chicken 'N Waffle CupcakesStarting today, July 31, diners at 4 Rivers Smokehouse can top off their meal with a new item from The Sweet Shop: Chicken ‘N Waffle Cupcakes.

A nod to 4 Rivers sister concept eatery, The COOP, the dessert is a mixture of butter cake batter and waffle batter with fried chicken crispies folded in. The cupcake is then drizzled with house made bourbon maple glaze, frosted with maple butter cream and topped with a waffle cone wedge.

Oh. Yum.

This bad boy can be yours for $3.75 at each of the 4 Rivers locations. For more information, visit 4rsmokehouse.com.

The COOP Opens in Winter Park on April 17, 2014

The COOPThe COOP, the new Southern Comfort eatery from John Rivers, will open in Winter Park on Thursday, April 17.

The menu will feature signature Southern dishes like fried chicken, low country shrimp and grits, and fried green tomatoes, as well as sweets like Mississippi Mud and Lemon Icebox pies.

Rivers, who also owns the popular 4 Rivers Smokehouse, designed the restaurant to have a homey feel, from the main dining room to the enclosed porch. Outside dining is available on picnic tables under cantina lights.

The COOP is located at 610 West Morse Boulevard in Winter Park, and will be open Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit asouthernaffair.com.

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