Taste! Central Florida Announces Over 40 Participants for 2019 Event @TasteCFL

2019 Taste! Central Florida

Taste! Central Florida, one of my fave foodie charity events, is coming up on September 14, 2019, and they have just announced over 40 participants will take part this year.

Among the restaurants, chefs, culinary teams, and caterers who will be offering delicious food and beverage samples to attendees of the 2019 Taste! Central Florida are:

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Trader Joe’s Winter Park to Hold Grand Opening Celebration June 27

Trader Joe's Winter Park

The long-awaited Trader Joe’s will be opening its first Orlando area store on Friday, June 27, in Winter Park, and it plans a day full of events.

The store, located at 131 North Orlando Ave, will open at 8am with a ceremonial lei-cutting. Throughout the day, it will have live music, food demonstrations, and raffles to win prizes. The store will close its first day at 9pm.

Trader Joe’s has established a following among foodies nationwide with its selection of private-label products, many organic, made with quality ingredients, and free of preservatives and artificial food coloring. The cost for these items are also comparable to or less than similar items in other stores, such as Publix and Whole Foods Market.

If you plan to go opening weekend, be prepared for traffic both inside and outside the store. When a TJ’s store opened earlier this year in Tampa, over 100 people were lined-up before the store even opened.

For more information on the store and its offerings, visit traderjoes.com. A second Orlando store is expected to open in Dr. Phillips later this year.

Bite Night Orlando Caps bite:30 Dining Month in Foodie Style on June 30, 2014

The Orlando Weekly closes out their bite:30 dining month event with Bite Night Orlando on June 30.

Bite Night OrlandoAt Bite Night, sample from some of the city’s top local chefs and restaurants, all serving locally sources foods. Participating are Kevin Fonzo- K Restaurant Wine Bar; Henry Salgado- Txokos Basque Kitchen; Kathleen Blake The Rusty Spoon; Josh Oakley- The Smiling Bison; Park Plaza Gardens; Julie Petrakis- Cask & Larder; Sushi Pop; Santiago’s Bodega Orlando; Tako Cheena by Pom Pom; Range. a shared kitchen – Orlando, FL; Sweet By Holly; Whole Foods Market; The Strand; and Hamilton’s Kitchen.

Tickets are $40 in advance, and $50 at the door (if still available) and include food and drinks. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Edible Schoolyard OJA. Guests must be 21+, and cocktail attire is required.

For more info, or to buy tickets, visit BiteNightOrlando.com.

Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster Hosts Summer Cutting Board Wine Dinner June 27, 2014

Christner’s Prime Steak & LobsterChristner’s Prime Steak & Lobster will host the second summer installment of The Cutting Board series on Friday, June 27.

Christner’s will collaborate with Butch Hoth of Republic National Distributing Company to host this intimate dinner for 20 that will kick off with an introduction to the series by Alice Christner, followed by a five-course dinner and wine tasting, which will highlight the history and ingredient portfolios of the spirits.

The event is $115 per person (tax and gratuity included). Reservations can be made via e-mail at Christners@rockawaypr.com.

Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster is located at 729 Lee Road in Orlando. For more information visit christnersprimesteakandlobster.com.

Taverna Opa Orlando to Host Greek Street Food Wine Dinner June 19, 2014

Foodies mark your calendars for Thursday, June 19, when Taverna Opa Orlando hosts a Greek Street Food Wine Dinner.

Taverna Opa Orlando hosts a Greek Street Food Wine DinnerThe evening will commence with an introduction to Taverna Opa Orlando’s traditional Greek cuisine by Owner Katerina Coumbaros followed by a dinner at 6:45 p.m.

This five-course tasting and wine pairing will feature:

  • First Course – Kalaboki: Corn on a husk, feta, greek yogurt, garlic, parsley
  • Second Course – Kasseropita: Puff pastry, Kasseri, feta
  • Third Course – Keftosouvlaki: Beef, herbs, greek yogurt
  • Fourth Course – Yeero: Domestic lamb, pita bread, Tzatziki, fries, tomatoes, onions, paprika served with hand cut greek fries
  • Fifth Course – Crepa Caramele: bananas, brown sugar, cinnamon, metaxa

Dinner is $45 per person (tax and gratuity additional). To reserve your seat, call 407-351-8660 or email EatGreek@OpaOrlando.com. Visit OpaOrlando.com for more info.

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