Chef Gary Appelsies Launches Free Central Florida YMCA Summer Food Tour

Chef Gary Appelsies, the Director of Healthy Eating at the YMCA of Central Florida, is launching his Summer Food Fun Tour across Central Florida starting today, June 18, and running through August 8, 2018.

Chef Gary Appelsies, the Director of Healthy Eating at the YMCA of Central Florida, is launching his Summer Food Fun Tour across Central Florida starting today, June 18, and running through August 8, 2018.

Over the course of the next few weeks, Chef Appelsies will be visiting Y’s across the region, from Titusville to Ocala, to teach parents and their kids about healthy eating and cooking.

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Orlando Area Dining News Roundup June 16, 2018: Cask & Larder, Pizza Bruno, Pharmacy, Paddlefish, and More

Pizza Bruno is relaunching their Brunch every Saturday and Sunday

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

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On Tuesday, June 19, Cask & Larder will team up with Pizza Bruno for a “tap takeover” in honor of the late Anthony Bourdain. It will be held at Pizza Bruno, and 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the National Suicide Prevention Line in memory of the world-renowned chef. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

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Orlando Area Dining News Roundup June 9, 2018: Homecoming, Kadance, King Bao, and More

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: several new soon-to-be open restaurants, a new Sunday brunch, and more. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

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Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming restaurant at Disney Springs is now offering HFK Rise & Shine Brunch every Sunday from 10am to 2pm. A la carte menu items will include Fried Chicken and House-made Sugar Doughnuts, Shrimp & Grits, Short Rib Hash, and an open-faced Big Biscuit topped with poached eggs, griddled country ham and house-made hollandaise sauce. The regular menu will also be available from 11am on.

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Orlando Area Dining News Roundup June 1, 2018: Zero Degrees, Paddlefish, Pharmacy, and More

Zero Degrees restaurant menu items

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: several new soon-to-be open restaurants, new menu items, special food and wine events, and free beer. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

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Central Florida Foodie Events For June 2018

Oysters at Paddlefish at Disney Springs

Can you believe it’s the start of summer already? Well, don’t worry…there are still plenty of great food and drink events to make your foodie cravings happy during the month of June 2018.

Here are some you’ll want to add to your calendar:

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Orlando Area Dining News Roundup May 19, 2018: Taste Central Florida, Habit Burger, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, and More

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

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: several new soon-to-be open restaurants, several closings, free burgers, and a ticket discount to one of the best foodie events of the year. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

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Tickets for the 2018 Taste Central Florida event are now on sale. This year’s event takes place September 8, and benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Through May 31, use code KICKOFFORL to get 25% off tickets at centralfloridataste.org. You can read my recap from last year’s event to see how much fun it is for foodies! [Disclaimer: I’m a social media ambassador for the event]

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Celebrating Mother’s Day 2018

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Where to Dine on Mother's Day

Looking for something to do with your mom this Sunday for Mother’s Day? Orlando has you covered from fancy buffets and special menus to free and discounted admission to attractions and shows.

Here are CitySurfing Orlando’s picks for Mother’s Day 2018:

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Orlando Area Dining News Roundup May 5, 2018: Voodoo Doughnut, À La Cart Street Food and Craft Beer, Henry’s Depot, and More

Voodoo Doughnut grand opening at Universal Orlando CityWalk May 2018

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

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Voodoo Doughnut is now officially open at Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando and is the first Voodoo Doughnut on the east coast. Co-founders Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon led the celebration, where – for the very first time live in person – they introduced the brand icon, the Baron of Voodoo Doughnut.

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Cinco de Mayo 2018 in Central Florida

In the Orlando-area, there are several bars and restaurants that participate in Cinco de Mayo with parties and drink specials. Here are some of the best options we've found.

Cinco de Mayo is a national drinking holiday in America, which commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.

But let’s be honest…it’s mostly an opportunity to enjoy adult Mexican beverages. Luckily in the Orlando-area, there are several bars and restaurants that participate in Cinco de Mayo with parties and drink specials.

Here are some of the best options we’ve found for imbibing during Cinco de Mayo weekend:

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Out and About: Enjoying Brews and Food at The Polite Pig at Disney Springs

Coffee-Rubbed Brisket and Whiskey Caramel Brussels Sprouts

You might not think you can get good BBQ at Disney Springs, but thanks to the opening of The Polite Pig in April 2017, you now can.

I recently attended a beer and food pairing at the eatery, but they were nice enough to let me try a few other items, as well.

The Polite Pig is from the same people that brought you the outstanding Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, so I expected a quality selection of BBQ, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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Orlando Area Dining News Roundup April 26, 2018: Fresh Kitchen, Teak Neighborhood Grill, K Restaurant, and More

Healthy eating on the east side of Orlando just got easier as Fresh Kitchen opens in Waterford Lakes Town Center this weekend.

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: several new soon-to-be open restaurants, a closing, anniversaries, and a chef dinner. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

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Fresh Kitchen will open their newest location on May 7 in SoDo at 2855 South Orange Avenue. It will be the healthy, build-your-own-bowl concept’s second Orlando location and seventh in Florida. You can read our review of the Waterford Lakes location to learn more about it.

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Will’s Pub Hosts Poca’s Hottest 7th Annual Sauce Cook-Off & Food Drive April 29, 2018

If you like it hot, you'll want to check out Poca's Hottest 7th Annual Sauce Cook-Off & Food Drive at Will's Pub on Sunday, April 29.

If you like it hot, you’ll want to check out Poca’s Hottest 7th Annual Sauce Cook-Off & Food Drive at Will’s Pub on Sunday, April 29.

There will be plenty of food, from the cook-off recipes featuring Poca’s Hot Sauces, to free tacos from 2:30-5:30pm.

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Science of Wine Returns to Orlando Science Center on April 28, 2018 @orlandoscience

Uncork your inner sommelier and scientist at the 8th annual Science of Wine at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Uncork your inner sommelier and scientist at the 8th annual Science of Wine at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Presented by Southern Glazer’s Wines and Spirits, Science of Wine is not just another wine tasting, but an oenological odyssey with presentations on multiple aspects of wine growing and wine tasting.

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Orlando Area Dining News Roundup April 22, 2018: Krispy Kreme, Susuru, Little Blue Donut Co, and More

Earlier this year, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts held a poll and let fans vote on what the next specialty glaze should be. Lemon won, and it will be available in all Central Florida Krispy Kreme locations for one week only from April 23-29, 2018.

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: several new soon-to-be open restaurants, a new happy hour, and doughnuts. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

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Earlier this year, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts held a poll and let fans vote on what the next specialty glaze should be. Lemon won, and it will be available in all Central Florida Krispy Kreme locations for one week only from April 23-29, 2018.

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