This weekend the annual Taste! Central Florida took place, and it was an evening of great food and drink which raised funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and the Coalition for the Homeless.
The numbers have yet to come in, but it’s safe to say the event raised a lot of money that will stay in Central Florida to help those in need.
Since I can’t report on the numbers, I’m going to list my choices for favorites at the event. Keep in mind I have food allergies so I couldn’t try everything. But of the dishes I tried, here’s my most memorable:
In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: new menu items, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…
Up until now, the only vegetarian options at 4 Rivers Smokehouse locations were the delicious sides like collard greens and baked cheese grits. Now the brand has added five new options for those who don’t want meat.
4 Rivers Smokehouse, Florida’s award-winning barbecue restaurant, has teamed up with PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality), a quick-casual restaurant brand based in Tampa, to introduce a specialty chicken sandwich for charity.
Chef and owner John Rivers has opened a 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Kissimmee this month, adding to the brand’s growing list of Florida locations.
The Florida-based smokehouse brand is known for its cross-regional approach to barbecue with more than 10 styles of menu options, including Texas-Style 18-Hour Smoked Angus Brisket, Burnt Ends,Southern Pulled Pork, St. Louis Style Ribs and Smoked Chicken. These are available as sandwiches, dinner plates, signature stackers, and more.
Come celebrate National Brisket Day, May 28th, with Florida’s Founding Father of Barbecue, John Rivers, who will be throwing a Red, White and Brisket Party at 4 Rivers Smokehouse’s flagship Winter Park store.
For one day only, 4 Rivers will be serving up its signature 18-hour, Smoked Angus Brisket in a Chili Cheese Brisket Burger ($7.99). Add two sides for $2.50. The restaurant will also be serving up Chili Cheese Fries ($4.99).
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).
In this week’s dining news round-up, we bring some tasty news about a new Mexican restaurant, new happy hours and lunch/brunch offerings, other new openings, and more…
Saint Anejo Mexican Kitchen + Tequileria has set November 9 as their soft opening date at their Winter Springs location (5248 Red Bug Lake Rd). The Mercado style demo kitchen will offer a 360 degree view of fresh food being prepared right in front of your eyes.
The food is traditional Mexican, drawing from all the regions of Mexico like street corn from Guanajuato to 24 hour slow roasted XX Equis Carnitas from Michoacán and Habanero Spiked Short Rib from Mexico City.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this month, several Orlando-area restaurants are promoting “pink” menu items to create awareness and raise funds for research.
At Bento Café, you can choose to make any of their sushi rolls pink for an extra dollar. They will use a pink soy paper, and all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. They have several Central Florida locations including downtown Orlando, Dr. Phillips, and UCF.
In this week’s dining news round-up, we bring some tasty news about wine dinners, new locations of Orlando favorites, a Thai food fest, and more…
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse will host a “Top Rated Wines of the World Dinner” on October 18. The evening will pair some of the world’s top rated wines and spirits with a globally inspired five course meal. Dishes will include roasted wild mushrooms with creamy blue cheese polenta; slow-roasted pork carnitas with fresh avocado and South American Corn Cake; and filet mignon. Price is $95 per person (plus tax/gratuity), and reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information, visit ruthschris.com. Read more
There’s so much happening in the Orlando and Central Florida dining scene lately, so here’s some of the hottest news you need to know this week.
Tijuana Flats is bringing back their Atom Bombs for the month of September only. These are a cross between their flautas and a jalapeno popper, featuring cream cheese and fresh jalapenos stuffed inside a wrapped and lightly fried flour tortilla. I’m told they will be $4.49 while available.
4 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.
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.
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American Q at b resort and spa, Lake Buena Vista
From 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.