This weekend the annual Taste! Central Florida took place, and it was an evening of great food and drink which raised funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and the Coalition for the Homeless.
The numbers have yet to come in, but it’s safe to say the event raised a lot of money that will stay in Central Florida to help those in need.
Since I can’t report on the numbers, I’m going to list my choices for favorites at the event. Keep in mind I have food allergies so I couldn’t try everything. But of the dishes I tried, here’s my most memorable:
If you’re like me, nothing is more satisfying than a really good grilled cheese sandwich. Apparently so many others agree with me, April 12 has been declared National Grilled Cheese Day.
If you want to partake of a tasty grilled cheese in honor of the holiday, here are ten places in the Orlando area which have managed to elevate the sandwich above the norm.
Here are the CSO picks for where to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day (in alphabetical order):
In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up, chef’s dinners, limited menus, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…
Special guest Chef James Petrakis of Cask & Larder will join Chef John Rivers for cooking demo and tasting at his 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.
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…
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.
In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up, chef’s dinners, salad bars, free cupcakes, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…
The COOP in Winter Park has added a new option to its menu. The Salad Bar includes offerings such as grilled chicken, fresh and flavorful dressings that are made in house, and various pre-made seasonal salads.
Cost is $9.99, and its available daily from 11am-2pm and from 5pm-close.
In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up, chef’s dinners, cocktail dinners, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…
Chef John Rivers will be joined by Chef Greg Richie (of Soco Thorton Park and Baoery Asian Gastropub) for the next installment of The COOP‘s Chef Series on Wednesday, April 27.
The interactive demo will include Chef Richie’s Chicken Fried Steak with Truffled Pan Gravy and Chef Rivers’ Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding. Samples of the demo dishes will be served, and each guest will leave with recipe cards.
In this week’s dining news round-up are several chef’s dinners, free sushi, a new opening, an a closing. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…
The COOP launches “A Southern Affair,” a new cooking demonstration series this month on March 16. Chef-owner John Rivers and Chef Whitney Miller will kick off the first demo with Crawfish-Pimento Mac n’ Cheese and White Chocolate Bread Pudding Beignets.
In this week’s dining news round-up, a new brunch, chef’s dinners, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…
Marlow’s Tavern Waterford Lakes is debuting a new Sunday brunch menu from 11:30am to 3pm.
Noteworthy dishes include Traditional Chilaquiles (corn tortillas melted in roast ranchero sauce with three fried eggs, sour cream, vine ripe tomato, avocado, cilantro and smoked chili cream), Chicken & Waffles, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, and The “Champagne” of Breakfasts (Fried chicken sliders, apple-wood smoked bacon, breakfast sausage, juevos rancheros and house-made hash browns, served on a silver platter with a fresh cracked, ice cold Miller High Life).
As the sun set on Saturday, October 24, I found myself at a tented area near Central Park in Winter Park. The smell of food forcast a tasty evening ahead, as I checked in at Cows ‘n Cabs registration table.
The sounds of a live band playing contemporary country accompanied my journey inside as I went from booth to booth sampling offerings from some of Central Florida’s best resturants, like Todd English’s BlueZoo, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, K Restaurant, Se7en Bites, Norman’s Orlando, and more.
This Friday, October 30, The COOP will be hosting a cookie decorating event with new Chef de Cuisine Whitney Miller.
Guests will recieve a free DIY cookie decorating kit with the purchase of an entree. Inspired by the season, each cookie decorating kit will contain a pumpkin shaped cookie, frosting and toppings, such as sprinkles, crushed Oreos, and chocolate.
John Rivers, chef/owner of the nationally-acclaimed 4 Rivers Smokehouse and The COOP, has announced that Chef Whitney Miller will be joining The COOP as new Chef de Cuisine.
Chef Miller is the first season winner of the U.S. version of Chef Gordon Ramsay’s hit TV series MasterChef. Her second cookbook, “Whitney Miller’s New Southern Table: My Favorite Family Recipes with a Modern Twist,” will be released October 27.
4 Rivers Smokehouse and The COOP are asking you to Make a Change and round up your bill to the nearest dollar amount for charity from now through April 15, 2015.
Proceeds will benefit Florida Hospital in their children’s pediatric wellness initiatives.
This donation project is valid at these participating 4 Rivers and The COOP locations: 4 Rivers Winter Park, 4 Rivers Longwood, 4 Rivers Winter Garden, 4 Rivers UCF, 4 Rivers Tampa, 4 Rivers Baymeadows and The COOP in Winter Park
Make a Change is a cooperative effort between 4 Rivers Smokehouse, The COOP, Florida Hospital, and FH Gourmet Soiree.
St. Patrick’s Day is this Tuesday, March 17, so If you’re looking to get your Irish on, here are CitySurfing Orlando’s picks to do so.
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American Q at b resort and spa, Lake Buena Vista
From 5pm-10pm, American Q will offer a special St. Paddy’s Day buffet with a barbeque spin on some Irish classics. The menu will include BBQ Corned Beef Brisket, Guinness & Lamb stew, Jameson baked beans, Charred Cabbage and House-made Irish Bangers.
Price for the buffet, which include carved meats, and the famous flatbed buffet is $34.95 for adults, and $10 for kids.
Wash it down with an American Q Whiskey Smash cocktail with Teeling’s Irish Whiskey, fresh mint and smoked dill pickles.
For more information, visit AmericanQ.com.
Starting today, July 31, diners at 4 Rivers Smokehouse can top off their meal with a new item from The Sweet Shop: Chicken ‘N Waffle Cupcakes.
A nod to 4 Rivers sister concept eatery, The COOP, the dessert is a mixture of butter cake batter and waffle batter with fried chicken crispies folded in. The cupcake is then drizzled with house made bourbon maple glaze, frosted with maple butter cream and topped with a waffle cone wedge.
This bad boy can be yours for $3.75 at each of the 4 Rivers locations. For more information, visit 4rsmokehouse.com.
The COOP, the new Southern Comfort eatery from John Rivers, will open in Winter Park on Thursday, April 17.
The menu will feature signature Southern dishes like fried chicken, low country shrimp and grits, and fried green tomatoes, as well as sweets like Mississippi Mud and Lemon Icebox pies.
Rivers, who also owns the popular 4 Rivers Smokehouse, designed the restaurant to have a homey feel, from the main dining room to the enclosed porch. Outside dining is available on picnic tables under cantina lights.
The COOP is located at 610 West Morse Boulevard in Winter Park, and will be open Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit asouthernaffair.com.