Orlando Dining News Round-Up June 10, 2016: The COOP, Oblivion Taproom, Maddey’s Craft & Cru

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up, chef’s dinners, new menus, new openings, charity events, and a closing. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Chef James Petrakis of Cask & Larder will join Chef John Rivers for cooking demo and tasting at his restaurant, The COOP, on June 29

Special guest Chef James Petrakis of Cask & Larder will join Chef John Rivers for cooking demo and tasting at his Winter Park restaurant, The COOP, on June 29. The event is free, and starts at 6:30pm (though I recommend arriving early). Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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Central Florida Cyber Monday Deals Worth Checking Out #ShopLocal

Cyber Monday is the online equivilent to Black Friday, with tons of deals online. But there’s no reason you can’t buy local gifts when shopping online. Here are our picks for great local Cyber Monday deals, which include a few travel deals for staycations:

Orlando Science Center Cyber Monday

Orlando Science Center is offering 15% off of gift memberships which offer a year of admission to all of its exhibits, as well as free Hollywood films, parking, and special events like Otronicon. Visit bit.ly/OSCgifts and use promo code OSCCM15 when checking out.

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Orlando Dining Round-Up October 31, 2015: East End Market, Smiling Bison, Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa, and more

In this week’s dining news round-up, we bring some tasty news about a sandwich meet-up, special dinners, some openings and more.

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Deli Fresh Threads will be hosting a special “National Sandwich Day” edition of their monthly #SandwichEatUp on November 3 at Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa on Mills Ave. It’s free to attend; you only pay for what you order. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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Shop Local For Last-Minute Christmas Gifts in Orlando

CitySurfing Orlando Picks for Shopping Local for Christmas

If you’re still looking for gifts for the people on your list, why not get them a unique gift and support local Orlando businesses at the same time?

Here are some great suggestions:

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Mountain Creek Candles – Orlando

This local business offers handmade candles, incense, aromatherapy sprays, solid perfumes, and more. The owner, Cindy, doesn’t have a regular shop, but you can find her wares at the Lake Nona Farmer’s Market at Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge on Saturdays, and at the Orlando Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola on Sundays.

You can also order her products online at mountaincreekcandles.com.

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Ms. Bees Gourmet Popcorn and Candy Shoppe – Winter Garden

At this local business in the heart of historic downtown Winter Garden, you’ll find delicious fresh made popcorn in a variety of flavors ranging from savory to sweet. My favorites for savory are the Jalapeno Cheddar and Spicy Buffalo, and for sweet I recommend the Puppy Chow, Caramel, and Dr Pibb (which tastes just like cherry cola). You can also have your choice of flavored popcorn packaged in a College or NFL team-themed cannister, making a great gift for sports fans on your list. The store even carries some old time candy, which makes for nice stocking stuffers.

The store is located at 2 East Plant St in Winter Garden. You can also order online at msbeespopcorn.com.

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East End Market – Orlando

You’ll find gifts for all of your foodie family and friends at this market that houses several food-related businesses. Pick up cheese at La Femme du Fromage, some sauces and marinades at Houndstooth Sauce Company, bread at Olde Hearth Bread Co., and baking needs at Whisk and Bowl.

East End Market is located at 3201 Corrine Dr. Visit eastendmkt.com for a complete list of merchants.

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