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