City Of Orlando And Orange County Officially Welcome New Red Lobster Support Center

On Friday, March 6, Red Lobster Seafood Co. officially opened its new restaurant support center and headquarters at CNL Tower 1, in downtown Orlando.

Red Lobster Seafood Co. officially opened its new restaurant support center and headquarters at CNL Tower 1, in downtown Orlando
Ribbon Cutting Moment from left to right: Former Chairman and CEO of Darden Restaurants Joe Lee, President of Red Lobster Salli Setta, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, CEO of Red Lobster Kim Lopdrup, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Operating Partner of Golden Gate Capital Neale Attenborough and Mary Darden.

On hand to celebrate were Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who proclaimed March 6, 2015, “Red Lobster Day” during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Mayor Dyer and Mayor Jacobs were joined by Red Lobster’s executive leaders, as well as city commissioners and other special guests to officially welcome Red Lobster to Downtown Orlando.

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Betty Wright Headlines 9th Annual City of Orlando Blues B-Q Feb 28, 2015

The City of Orlando is throwing the 9th edition of their annual Blues B-Q in downtown Orlando on Saturday, February 28.

City of Orlando Blues-B-Q 2015

From 4pm to 10pm, enjoy delicious BBQ for purchase from local vendors like Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que, Blazin’ Bones, Johnny Henry’s, Mister Bar-B-Que, and more.

There will also be live blues music courtesy of the legendary Betty Wright, and The Gerry Williams Band throught the event.

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Downtown Food & Wine Fest Returns to Lake Eola in Orlando Feb 21-22, 2015

Downtown Food & Wine Fest in Orlando

The seventh annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest will take place at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando the weekend of February 21-22.

The two-day fest features features mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, and 50 domestic and international wines to enjoy. Food and beverage tickets are available for $2 each, with offerings ranging from 1 to 4 tickets.

There will also be live entertainment from alt-rock band Lifehouse on Saturday night, and classic rock band Loverboy on Sunday night. This is included with admission to the event.

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George Porter Jr and Runnin’ Pardners to Play Back Booth on February 12

George Porter Jr and Runnin' Pardners

If you like your music a little old school funky, you’ll want to check out George Porter Jr and Runnin’ Pardners at their February 12 show at the Back Booth in downtown Orlando.

Porter is best known as the bassist for the legendary New Orleans band The Funky Meters, but he’s also done session work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Tori Amos, and Patti LaBelle.

Porter also finds time to front his own project, the Runnin’ Pardners, which has received many accolades on the jam band and festival scene. He has assembled some seasoned and talented musicians to join him on this project: Brint Anderson (guitar), Michael Lemmler (keyboards), Khris Royal (saxophone), and Terrence Houston (drums).

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BORGORE Brings the Bass to Venue 578 in Orlando on January 15, 2015

BORGORE

BORGORE, bass music’s bad boy, will be kicking off the The Buygore Show tour, with a show at Venue 578 in downtown Orlando at January 15.

The tour is in support of his new album, The Buygore Album, set for release on January 13, 2015. Since first founding his Buygore label, BORGORE has always wanted to launch a full-blown tour with all of its artists. This album and tour brings his dream to life.

Joining him on the tour will be his Buygore label mates Ookay and Jauz.

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Florida Citrus Parade Rolls Through Downtown Orlando December 30, 2014

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One of the harbingers of the end of the year is when the annual Florida Citrus Parade rolls through downtown Orlando. This year, the event happens on December 30.

Grandstand seating, where the cameras will be, are already sold out, but curbside seating will be available. Get there early if you want a spot, as this is a very popular parade.

The pre-parade show begins at 9pm, and the parade starts at 10am, at the corner of Orange Ave and Robinson Street. The route continues south on Orange Ave, then moves east on Anderson St, to Rosalind Ave, where it turns north. The parade ends at intersection of Rosalind Ave and Robinson St.
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Out and About: Tastings at Soco Thorton Park

Soco restaurant in Thornton Park

Earlier this week we attended a media social at the new Soco restaurant in Thornton Park where we sampled a few things from the menu.

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Our first appetizer was the Crab-stuffed Deviled Duck Eggs with bacon and truffle oil ($12). The dish was well-balanced but very rich and creamy. One or two of these would do as a meal starter.

Next up was Cornmeal Crisped Oysters on a bed of chicharrones, with pickled green tomato relish and herb cream ($9). If you love oysters, you’ll love this different take on them. The dish really works if you can manage to get all four components in the same bite.

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Creative City Project Takes Over Downtown Orlando November 1, 2014

On November 1, Downtown Orlando will come to life with performances and interactive art installations spread across the public spaces of our city center during Creative City Project 2014.

Creative City Project 2014Best of all, it’s completely FREE to attend.

Among the performances you can catch:

  • Immerse yourself in the music of Central Florida Community Arts Orchestra.
  • Discover a collaboration between La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil and Fiction.
  • Encounter Orlando Ballet like never before.
  • Interact with projection installations by new media artists from around the country including Orlando’s Nathan Selikoff.
  • Explore CityArts Factory and The Gallery at Avalon Island all night.
  • Hear the music of The Mud Flappers and dozens of other contemporary and classical musicians.
  • Enjoy the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra.
  • Brand new dance performances by Coby Project, Voci Dance and others.

All performance spaces are within walking distance, and there will be street performers along the way, too.

Here is a map showing where all of the events will be happening, along with a schedule of performers. For more information, visit the Creative City Project Facebook page.

 

Collective Culture Local Music Showcase at The Brink Lounge Orlando Opens August 28, 2014

Collective Culture Local Music Showcase Grand Opening at The Brink LoungeThe Brink Lounge in downtown Orlando will host the grand opening of “Collective Culture,” a new local music showcase, on August 28 at 8pm.

This weekly showcase will celebrate Central Florida’s most talented local musicians, lyricists, and other artists. The opening night artists are Everyday I, Hadley’s Hope, Shout London, and The Cold Start.

Admission is $10 at the door, and there are $2 drinks until 9pm. 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink. There is lit and secure parking for $6 behind the venue.

The Brink Lounge is located at 47 Amelia St, and is part of the Firestone Live Entertainment Complex. For more info, visit brinkorlando.com.

‘Gone With The Wind: Reel to Real’ Opens at Orange County Regional History Center August 16, 2014

"Gone With The Wind: Reel to Real" exhibition at the Orange County Regional History CenterCelebrate the 75th anniversary of Gone with the Wind with the opening of the new “Gone With The Wind: Reel to Real” exhibition at the Orange County Regional History Center (OCRHC) on August 16.

The popular exhibition relives the magic of the iconic novel and film through artifacts and memorabilia. The exhibition features original gowns, costumes and artifacts of the film and is derived entirely from one collector, James L. Tumblin, who has the largest privately-held collection of memorabilia from the film.

Special events will also take place during the run of the exhibition, which ends November 30, 2014, including:

  • Aug 16 – Public Opening 10am-5pm, featuring a talk with curator/owner James L. Tumblin at 12:30 p.m. Rates below include admission into the museum.
  • Aug 17 – Sunday at the Museum features a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibit. Rates below include admission into the museum.
  • Sept 13 – Straight Talk – A Reel to Real Discussion about Gone With the Wind and Its Influence on Pop Culture from 1-3pm. Admission rates below include entrance into the museum and access to the special event. Call 407-836-7010 to register.
  • Oct 15 – Windy Wednesday Date Night – Movie Screening of The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind from 7-9pm. Call 407-836-7010 to register. The exhibit will be closed during this time.

For more information on the special events, or the exhibit itself, visit thehistorycenter.org. Admission to the museum is $15 for adults; seniors (60+), students, and military with I.D. $13; and children ages 5-12 $12. Members and children ages 4 and under are free. The OCRHC is located in downtown Orlando.

Orlando Magic Get City Council Approval for Downtown Entertainment Complex

Orlando Magic Complex

Earlier this week, the Orlando Magic got the go-ahead from the City Council to invest $200+ million into an new sports entertainment complex that will be built across the street from Amway Center.

The mixed-used venue will feature a corporate headquarters for the Magic, as well as a six-story office building with shopping and dining options, a hotel with a conference center, a residential tower, two parking garages, and a landscaped pedestrian plaza with multiple giant video screens.

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LYNX Presents Free Tunes in the Terminal Summer Concert Series during July 2014

LYNX, Orlando’s public bus system, will host Tunes in the Terminal, a month-long concert series at its downtown terminal during the month of July.

Each Tuesday, starting at 11:30am, there will be a free hour-long performance by a Central Florida musician or band. During the event, there will also be a local food truck, providing lunch for purchase.

LYNX Tunes in the Terminal Summer Concert SeriesHere is the schedule:

  • July 1 – Evan Taylor Jones (music); 900 Degreez Pizza (food)
  • July 8 – The Gerry Williams Band (music); Mama’s Fixins Soulfood & BBQ (food)
  • July 15 – Laura Figueroa (music); The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck (food)
  • July 22 – Levi White (music); KBurgers (food)
  • July 29 – Loi Head (music); Korean BBQ Taco Box (food)

The agency views these shows as a way to thank passengers for their loyalty and ridership through a fun and entertaining experience. For more information, visit goLYNX.com.

 

Florida Music Festival Takes Over Downtown Orlando April 24-26, 2014 @2014FMF

The 14th Annual Florida Music Festival will feature more than 150 bands on 10 stages over 3 nights in downtown Orlando from April 24-26, 2014.

Florida Music FestivalIf you’re a music lover, this fest is for you, as you’ll hear everything from regional and local lesser-knowns to nationally recognized acts…and at a really wallet-friendly price.

Admission is only $10 per night, or $30 for the whole weekend. I mean, who offers 150 bands for only $30 anymore? This is a wonderful opportunity to check out a bunch of bands live.

The event is spread out over several venues – Backbooth, Bullitt Bar, Cafe Annie’s, Elixir, Firestone Live, Magnolia, The Social, Tanqueray’s, and two stages at Wall St. Plaza – all within a several block walking radius of each other.

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Watch Heritage Square Park Light Up for Holidays in Downtown Orlando on December 3, 2013

The History Center Holiday at Heritage Square takes place on Tuesday, December 3, in downtown Orlando.

History Center Holiday at Heritage SquareThis free annual event will feature holiday music, a visit by Santa Claus, a holiday crafts station, and milk and cookies. All ages are welcome.

Mayor Teresa Jacobs flips the switch to light Heritage Square in front of the Orange County Regional History Center (65 E. Central Blvd) at 6:15pm, and the event runs until 8pm.

For more information, visit thehistorycenter.org or call 407-836-7010.

Tower of Light Illumination Ceremony to Take Place November 12 in Downtown Orlando

Tower of Light at City Hall PlazaThe Tower of Light at City Hall Plaza will be lit once again in a ceremony on Tuesday, November 12.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will lead the ceremony, which begins at 6pm. It is free to attend.

City Hall Plaza is located at 400 S. Orange Ave in downtown Orlando.

The Tower of Light initiative was made possible by the Orlando chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Women.

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