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.

This event, which starts at 6:30pm, is free to attend, and following the demo, there will be samplings of the dishes, and an open format Q&A on the indoor patio. RSVP at the Facebook event page to let them know you’re interested, but I’d suggest getting there early for a good seat.

The interactive and intimate experience will offer the unique opportunity for guests to learn from and sample dishes with award-winning chefs from near and far.

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Speaking of The COOP, the Winter Park restaurant will host its first ever Low-Country Boil on Saturday, March 19. Inspired by a classic Southern seafood boil, Chef John Rivers and newly appointed Chef de Cuisine, Whitney Miller will put their spin on the one pot dish, which includes potatoes, corn and a mix of peel-and-eat seafood favorites.

Cost is $16.99 per person and will include samples of several Orlando Brewing‘s most popular brews, along with free live entertainment. The event runs from 11am to 9pm.

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Morimoto Asia and Cirque du Soleil at Disney Springs are partnering together to offer complimentary sushi after you see a performance of La Nouba. Simply visit Morimoto Asia’s Forbidden Lounge after the show (the door is on the Raglan Road side of the building), and present your show ticket stub along with a beverage order. You will then receive your choice of a complimentary four-piece sushi vegetable roll or California roll.

This offer is valid through July 31, 2016, and only the same day as your show. Limit one sushi comp per ticket stub, and one beverage purchase is required for each order of sushi with this promotion.

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As part of its annual Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival, Raglan Road at Disney Springs will be hosting two special Chef’s meals.

The first is a four-course lunch on March 14, with wine pairings. Cost is $55 per person (+ tax/gratuity), and the menu is inspired by Restaurant Jammet, the finest and most famous restaurant in Ireland from 1901-1967, frequented by celebrities and notable dignitaries.

The second is a five-course dinner on March 15, with wine pairings. Cost is $115 per person (+ tax/gratuity), and this menu is also inspired by Ireland’s Restaurant Jammet.

To book your reservation for either event, call 407-938-0300

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The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park will be hosting a pig roast in celebration of the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival on March 19. Cost is $17 for a plate of pork and Southern sides, plus dessert, which will be served from 11:30am to 2:30pm.

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Sugarcanes Rum Bar & Lounge has opened at the Vue at 360 on International Drive, near King’s Orlando and The Orlando Eye. The menu features small plates of Caribbean & South American fusion cuisine, while the bar features rum varieties from over 30 countries. Categories range from silver and gold rums to dark, spiced and over proof rums, as well as a curated collection of premium-aged rums and Cachaca.

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Bistro Le Coq au Vin has closed in Dr Phillips. It opened last October, but according to Scott Joseph, it had issues with qualifying for a full liquor license due to its smaller seating size, as well as noise complaints from nearby restaurants who objected to Sunday brunch’s live musicians. No word on what will replace the eatery, but the original Le Coq au Vin in Orlando is still running smoothly.

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That’s it for this week. If you have any Central Florida dining news to share, drop it in comments or send it to us via our contact form. We’ll credit you if we use it.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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