Orlando Area Dining News Roundup July 21, 2018: MidiCi, Taste! Central Florida, Royal Tea, Duck Donuts, and More

MidiCi, a Neapolitan-style pizza company, is opening its first Florida location in Kissimmee

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: new menu items, new happy hours, charity events, and more. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

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MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company has added calzones to their delicious offerings. Baked in a 900 degree wood-burning pizza oven, they are available in 5 versions: Chicken Pesto, Truffle Cream, Spicy Sausage, Meatball, and Four Cheese.

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Orlando Shakes Hosts 30th Anniversary Season Gala Sept 16, 2018 @OrlandoShakes

Orlando Shakespeare Theater has announced it has changed and shortened its name to "Orlando Shakes," as a way to better represent the theater's mission and diverse body of work.

Orlando Shakes in partnership with UCF invites guests to celebrate the opening of their 2018-2019 Season at their 30th Anniversary Season Gala on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

The highlight of the evening will be a one-night-only musical showcase featuring select members of the cast of Orlando Shakes’ production of In the Heights.

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Sonny’s BBQ Creates 24K Gold Ribs and Plans To Donate 100,000 Meals to Children @sonnysbbq

Sonny's BBQ 24k gold ribs for charity.

To celebrate its Golden Year (50th anniversary), Sonny’s BBQ gave its beloved ribs a golden makeover for charity.

The ribs got a glow-up with 24K gold flakes, truffle butter, exotic salts, along with and a heavy hand of home-grown ingredients local to Sonny’s footprint such as bee pollen from Gainesville, truffle butter form Market 2 Table in Winter Garden, and Bulls Bay Saltworks sea salt from South Carolina

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We Don’t Play Fight Presented by Conquer Pro Wrestling

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets start at: $30

A historic first time ever crossover of the arts production between Professional Wrestlers and Performing Artists! Together, telling a story of hope, by sharing their respectful stages with local Florida based charity BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation for one night only!

A local theatre group’s finances takes a turn for the worse, which leaves them no choice but to step down and rent rehearsal space from a small time struggling pro wrestling school.

With both groups falling behind in bills, a cold-hearted landlord pushes forward to force an eviction. A right place, right time moment with a warm loving special needs student sparks a final fantasy fundraising idea that can either make or break the future of both schools. Can this last chance show be good enough to thrive or take a dive in defeat?

A portion of the performance’s proceeds will go directly to the kids of the BASE Camp Children’s Cancer.

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Raises More Than $630,000 Via 25th Anniversary Season Gala  @OrlandoPhilOrch

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra has announced that it has raised more than $630,000 during its recent 25th Anniversary Season Gala Celebration

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra has announced that it has raised more than $630,000 during its recent 25th Anniversary Season Gala Celebration, which will be invested in the programming of the organization, helping it to continue to enrich the community and inspire audiences through the power of live music.

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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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Beth McKee and Her Swamp Sistas Launch The La La Summer Hope Virtual Food Drive for 2018 #lalasummer

Beth McKee and the Swamp Sistas Songwriter Circle will launch the La La Summer Hope Virtual Food Drive

Aiming to fight hunger for a third year, Beth McKee and the Swamp Sistas Songwriter Circle will launch the La La Summer Hope Virtual Food Drive at Casselberry’s Earth Fest in Lake Concord Park on Saturday, April 28.

Admission to the Earth Fest and the Swamp Sistas Songwriter Circle is free.

The campaign will run from April 28 until the end of the La La May 19 at Orlando Fringe, where cash and check donations will also be accepted.

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Mamas of The NICU to Host Brunch for NICU Moms at Ace Cafe Orlando May 6, 2018

For Mother's Day, Mamas of The NICU is hosting a special brunch event for 15 NICU moms from Orlando area hospitals at Ace Cafe Orlando on May 6. 

For Mother’s Day, Mamas of The NICU is hosting a special brunch event for 15 NICU moms from Orlando area hospitals at Ace Cafe Orlando on May 6.

At the event the moms will get the chance to meet fellow NICU moms, indulge in a delicious brunch, and receive survival kits that are filled with essential baby goods, snacks, and toiletries that will be used on a daily basis.

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The Florida Mall Hosts ‘More Than Pink’ Spring 2018 Promotion Apr 14-20

The Florida Mall in Orlando, FL

The Florida Mall has announced its Spring 2018 More Than Pink movement in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer.

From April 14 to May 20, visitors to The Florida Mall will be able to participate in a variety of programs to help support Susan G. Komen, such as:

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The Habit Charity Challenge Will Take Place April 7 at all Central Florida Habit Burger Grill Locations

Habit Burger Grill's new Guacamole Crunch Charburger featuring the juicy, award-winning Charburger topped with a perfectly crisp tostada shell, fresh, house made guacamole pico de gallo, melted cheese, and a zesty, ancho chile lime sauce made in house. The new, south-of-the-border inspired Charburger is served on a toasted sesame seed bun with crisp, shredded lettuce, tomato and pickles.

Want to enjoy a delicious meal while giving back to your local community? Join the “Make Giving A Habit” charity challenge on Saturday, April 7, at all three Central Florida locations of Habit Burger Grill.

Enjoy award-winning Charburgers, signature sandwiches, hand-cut salads, and more all while giving back to the local community!

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Make A Wish Of Central And Northern Florida Present The 2nd Annual “Fashion For Wishes” April 7, 2018 #MakeAWish

Make a Wish of Central and Northern Florida presents the 2nd Annual Fashion for Wishes on Saturday, April 7 atop the Amway Center at One80 Skytop Lounge.

Make a Wish of Central and Northern Florida presents the 2nd Annual Fashion for Wishes on Saturday, April 7 atop the Amway Center at One80 Skytop Lounge.

Hosted by renowned fashion stylist, on-air style expert and fashion blogger Melanie Pace, the runway show will feature spring styles from the area’s top boutiques modeled by prominent Central Florida celebrities and personalities,

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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Supports Kids’ Sweet Dreams with Doughnuts for Donations March 1-31, 2018

Central Florida's Krispy Kreme locations are helping to make kids' sweet dreams come true in March 2018, in partnership with Give Kids The World Village.

Central Florida’s Krispy Kreme locations are helping to make kids’ sweet dreams come true in March 2018, in partnership with Give Kids The World Village.

From March 1-31, the Winter Park, Millenia, Kissimmee, Melbourne and Daytona Beach Krispy Kreme shops are collecting donations to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses.

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MidiCi Kissimmee Hosts #IHeartMidiCi Charity Pizza Drive During Feb 2018

MidiCi in Kissimmee is one of our favorite place to enjoy pizza in Central Florida

MidiCi in Kissimmee is one of our favorite place to enjoy pizza in Central Florida, and during February, there’s another reason to visit: the #IHeartMidiCi Charity Pizza Drive, where dining out helps others.

Earlier this month, the restaurant invited 8 local foodies to create a unique pizza to reflect their personality and food preferences using our wide variety of fresh, natural, high quality ingredients (which include gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options).

The Charity Pizzas are available for all guests to order through the month of February and $2 per pizza sold will be donated to their charity of the blogger’s choosing.

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Raises a Record Amount for Local Charities

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Raises a Record Amount for Local Charities

The results are in for this year’s Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month sponsored by American Express, and a record amount was raised for local charities.

From Aug. 25 to Oct. 12, guests enjoyed three-course, $35 dinners at a record 118 restaurants across Central Florida., and $1 from each meal was donated Freedom Ride Inc. and BASE Camp Children’s Foundation.

This year far exceeded expectations with a record $208,620 raised for the charities!

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