Orlando Dining Round-Up February 26, 2016: Four Seasons Resort, James Beard Semifinalists, Morimoto Asia, Fulton’s Crab House

In this week’s dining news round-up, a new brunch, the James Beard awards, chef’s dinners, and more. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Four Seasons Orlando - Plancha - eggs benedict

Plancha, the Cuban American restaurant at Four Seasons Orlando will begin offering Sunday Brunch on March 13, 2016. Guests will have three breakfast options to choose from:

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Join Great Orlando Chefs at Beard in Baldwin on April 9 to Benefit The James Beard Foundation

On April 9, join a bevy of the best Orlando chefs in a celebration of the Orlando culinary scene at Beard in Baldwin, hosted by the Osprey Tavern.

Beard in Baldwin Culinary Benefit in Orlando

The evening will feature a food-and-wine walk around on the lake with a VIP cocktail event taking place simultaneously inside the Osprey Tavern.

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Cask & Larder and Bach Festival Society of WP Announce Second Annual Beer Release for Feb 13, 2016

For the second consecutive year, Cask & Larder and the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park will collaborate on a limited edition beer release to commemorate famed 18th century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, a noted beer lover.

Cask & Larder

The 2016 Branderburger Bock, brewed by Cask & Larder head brewer Larry Foor, will be produced in a style that mimics the methods of brewing in Germany during the 18th century, when Bach enjoyed his brews.

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Science Night Live! Returns to Orlando Science Center Dec 12 with Craft Beer Edition

Orlando Science Center gets all adult when it hosts the return of Science Night Live! on Saturday, December 12.

Science Night Live! at Orlando Science Center

This edition delves into the science of craft beers and Orlando Science Center partners once again with Brown Distributing to present a round of the science of beer and food pairing, a craft beer sampling of some of the region’s finest brews, and short seminars on the science of brewing.

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Artegon Marketplace Celebrates First Anniversary With a Week of Free Events #AntiOrdinary

Artegon Marketplace will be celebrating their first anniversary this week with the Anti-Ordinary Anniversary Week Spectacular, a line-up of free events that you won’t want to miss.

Artegon Marketplace entrance

The festivities start Monday, November 16, with Sip. Stroll. Shop. From 6-9pm, guests can enjoy free samples from more than ten wine tasting stations scattered throughout the shopping center, while enjoying live jazz and Flamenco music. RHONJ star Melissa Gorga will also be on hand, meeting her fans. Be among the first 150 shoppers in line at the anniversary edition of the Wine Stroll and receive a commemorative Artegon-embossed stemless wine glass.

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Orlando Dining Round-Up November 13, 2015: Free Baklava from Taverna Opa Orlando, Tappings from Orlando Brewing, New Openings, and More

In this week’s dining news round-up, we bring some tasty news about free baklava from Taverna Opa Orlando, brewery openings, seasonal menu items, plus much more. Ready?

Taverna Opa Orlando baklava
Taverna Opa Orlando at Pointe Orlando is celebrating National Baklava Day on November 17 with free baklava all day long. The phyllo dough and honey dessert, native to the Middle East and Greek islands, is made fresh daily at Taverna Opa using local and imported ingredients.

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Universal Orlando’s NBC Sports Grill & Brew Holds Grand Opening with Sports Celebrities Galore

Now open for the sports fans, Universal Orlando‘s NBC Sports Grill & Brew held their grand opening Friday, October 23, with a bevy of sports figures and celebrities on hand.

NBC Sports Grill & Brew grand opening at Universal Orlando

NBC Sports commentators Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth, Hines Ward and Michele Tafoya were joined by the likes of Paul Burmeister, Doug Flutie, Rebecca Lowe, Jeremy Roenick, Kathryn Tappen, Lauren Thompson and Gary Williams.

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Celebrate Beer Festival Comes to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee Oct 16-17

If you love a good brew, then you’ll want to check out the Celebrate Beer Festival at Kissimmee’s Osceola Heritage Park the weekend of October 16 and 17.

Celebrate Beer Festival

There will be 100’s of beers to sample, from the likes of Abita, B.Nektar Meadery, Blue Moon, Bold City, Brooklyn Brewery, Crooked Can, Funky Buddha, Leinenkugel, Harpoon Brewery, Magic Hat, Orlando Brewing, Sea Dog Brewing, Wops Hops Brewing, and much more.

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Jake’s Beer Festival Returns to Loews Royal Pacific Resort October 9, 2015

Craft brew lovers get ready…Jake’s Beer Festival Returns to Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando on Friday, October 9, 2015.

Jake's Beer Festival at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

The fest happens twice a year, and features more than 60 specialty craft beers, along with small bites (this month’s food selections have a German theme), live music by Beth McKee, and more.

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Orlando Brewing to Host 9th Annual Oktoberfest September 19

This weekend, Orlando Brewing will host their 9th Annual Oktoberfest party on September 19, and it will be quite the festival.

Orlando Brewing - 9th Annual Oktoberfest

It kicks off with a ceremonial tapping of Orlando Brewing’s 2015 märzenbier at 1pm. The day will continue with German food, the party polka sounds of Dan Witucki & Mein Heimatland Musikaten, general revelry, and of course, beer.

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Wreckers Sports Bar at Gaylord Palms Hosts Funky Buddha Beer Pairing Dinner Aug 21

The chefs at Wreckers Sports Bar at the Gaylord Palms have teamed up with the brew masters at Funky Buddha Brewery to craft a one-of-a kind seasonal dining experience on August 21.

Wreckers Sports Bar at the Gaylord Palms

Indulge in a locally-sourced five course menu – including a “mystery course” – perfectly paired with a selection of beers from Funky Buddha.

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Out and About: The Art of Beer at Artegon Marketplace

In addition to great shopping, Artegon Marketplace also hosts different events throughout the month. This week I checked out their monthly event, The Art of Beer.

The Art of Beer at Artegon Marketplace

The event is held the second Tuesday of each month, from 5pm to 8pm, and features free samples of beer, along with free bites to enjoy with the beer.

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Day Trip to St. Augustine – Dinner at A1A Ale Works and a Bryan Adams Concert

This past Sunday, my friend Joan and I made a day trip up to St. Augustine. Our primary goal was to see one of our favorites, Bryan Adams, in concert at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, but we figured we’d go early and try out one of their restaurants.

St. Augustine Bridge of Lions

We left around 2pm and got up there just before 4pm, slowed slightly by a thunderstorm en route. But as we rolled into the Historic Downtown area, it was sunny skies.

My connection at the St. Augustine CVB recommended A1A Ale Works as a restaurant to try, citing their craft brews and water-side dining. The restaurant is actually upstairs in a converted building on the corner next to the historic Bridge of Lions, with a bar area downstairs.

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Orlando Brewing Hosts Steamee Summer Tapping and Solstice Celebration June 20

Orlando Brewing is kicking off summer with the release of a new brew, and a huge water-infused solstice celebration.

Orlando Brewing Hosts Steamee Summer Tapping

It kicks off at 1pm with the tapping of Steamee Summer, a Florida Common brew. It’s brewed with a lager yeast and a warm fermenting temperature of 60 degrees. “Warmer fermenting temperature makes for an effervescent beer,” explains Brewmaster Graeme Lay. “It’ll have more fruitiness than you’ll find in a typical lager, without as dry of a finish.”

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