Save the Date: Cows ‘n Cabs Returns October 22, 2016

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

Foodies mark your calendars…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, and sample food and drinks from more than 20 of Central Florida’s top restaurants. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Community Food and Outreach Center and Elevate Orlando.

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All-Star Broadway for Orlando Benefit Single Available Today #OrlandoUnited

All-Star Broadway for Orlando Benefit Single Available Today

Last week, some of Broadway’s biggest stars entered a recording studio to unite their voices to raise money for the victims of the Pulse tragedy in Orlando. Today, Broadway For Orlando has released that single, a recording of Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” which is produced in conjunction with Playbill.

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Cocina 214 Hosts 4th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas for Charity May 1

It’s almost May, which means it’s time for Cocina 214 in Winter Park to kick off the month with the 4th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas on May 1.

4th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas at Cocina 214

Proceeds from this fun chihuahua race will benefit Winter Park Lost Pets and A Cause 4 Paws Rescue.

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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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Out and About: O-Town MacDown Served Up the Mac-n-Cheese Goodness for Give Kids the World

What could be better than a room full of different varieties of mac and cheese? When it’s all for charity. And that’s what happened this Saturday when the O-Town MacDown returned this weekend to raise money for Give Kids the World.

Chef Booth of Hard Rock Cafe wins People's Choice Award at O-Town MacDown 2015

We arrived at opening to get some shots of the various booths, but it wasn’t long before we were succumbing to the delicious smells and started to taste the samples. With over 40 booths participating, we had quite a few samples to try, and it wasn’t long before most of the booths had lines, including Outpost Neighborhood Kitchen.

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Out and About: Orlando’s Taste of the Nation on August 8, 2015

This weekend, I was honored to attend this year’s Orlando’s Taste of the Nation event at Orlando World Center Marriott, and it was a fabulous event full of great food and lots of giving.

Orlando's Taste of the Nation

The event raises benefits Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry platform, as well as local organizations Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

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Out and About: Grand Opening of Rock & Brews Oviedo with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons

Rock & Brews Oviedo

Earlier this month, I attended the grand opening media event for the new Rock & Brews Oviedo. Founded by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, the eatery is the first Florida location for the chain.

The event started with Simmons and Stanley leading the Pledge of Allegiance with several veterans by their side, then a ribbon cutting to officially open the restaurant.

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons about to cut the ribbon to open Rock & Brews Oviedo
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons about to cut the ribbon to open Rock & Brews Oviedo

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Southern Fried Sunday Hosts 6th Annual SFS Benefit for The Mustard Seed July 20, 2014

6th Annual SFS Benefit for The Mustard Seed It’s that time of year when the monthly Southern Fried Sunday event goes big to raise funds for local charity The Mustard Seed, and you can join in on July 20.

There will be more than 20 bands performing on several indoor and outdoor stages at Will’s Pub, The Peacock Room, and The Beer Garden at St Matthew’s Tavern at the Orlando Beer Garden.

There will also be food trucks, vendors, pin-up girls and more. Preferred parking for motorcycles & vintage cars will be available.

Admission is $10 at the door. For a complete list of bands and more info, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Help Rescued Dogs at the Dog Days of Summer Benefit at Connolly’s Irish Pub July 20, 2014

Dog Days of Summer Benefit at Connolly's Irish PubHelp out some rescued dogs and have fun doing it at the Dog Days of Summer Benefit at Connolly’s Irish Pub on Sunday, July 20.

This pet and kid friendly event will feature games, food trucks, live music and more for the cost of a $5 donation.

To help raise additional funds, there will be Superheroes signing autographs for kids for donations, and a bikini car wash for donations.

The event runs from 11am to 5pm at the pub, located at 323 N. Ronald Regan Blvd in Longwood. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Hip Hop Artist Tony Brikk Releases New Single to Benefit Local Orlando Food Banks

Local hip hop recording artist Tony Brikk is aiming to raise $25,000 during the month of November for local Orlando food banks with the release of his new single, “Body Clash.”

Tony BrikkThe fight against hunger is a cause that runs deep in Tony’s heart. Earlier this year, he was homeless and living in an abandoned house for over six months, so he’s all too familiar with what it is like to go without a meal for a day.

So for the month of November 2013, he will donate sales of the single (via iTunes and Amazon MP3) to help fund local food banks via his Dance Against Hunger campaign.

For more information, visit

Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard Hosts All-Star Game for Charity This Weekend

Due to the NBA lockout, there hasn’t been a basketball game for quite a while in Orlando. Well, this weekend, b-ball fans will get a one day reprieve when Orlando Magic superstar Dwight Howard hosts an All-Star game this Sunday, November 13, 2011.

All proceeds will benefit Howard’s D12 Foundation, which supports youth education and health.

Among the celebrity players invited to participate in the game are Penny Hardaway, Shaquille O’Neal, Vince Carter, Grant Hill and more.

The game will be played at the UCF Arena. Doors open at 6pm for the 7pm game.

Tickets range in price from $25 to $100 (plus tax and service fees) and are available at the UCF Arena box office or via Ticketmaster.

Southern Fried Sunday B-Day Benefit for the Mustard Seed on July 17

How’s this for a Sunday of fun: food, live music, a pin-up contest, more food, a car wash, a vintage car show, more live music and an after-hours burlesque show?

What if I told you all this would not only be $10, but proceeds from the day would benefit the Mustard Seed of Central Florida?

Then you’ll want to be at the Southern Fried Sunday Annual B-Day Benefit on July 17, 2011.

Here’s a flyer with all the details:


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