James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner At The Four Seasons Orlando

If you are a serious foodie, you won’t want to miss the chance to attend the James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 6:30 pm hosted by the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.

Ravello Restaurant Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner 2017
Photo: Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

Inside of the Resort’s acclaimed Ravello restaurant, Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi and Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber will host the dinner to be joined by:

  • Paula DaSilva, chef de cuisine at Burlock Coast at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, and of Hell’s Kitchen fame. DaSilva was a Best Chefs in America semi-finalist in the 2012 James Beard Awards.
  • Kathleen Blake, chef/owner from The Rusty Spoon in Orlando. Blake is a 2013 and 2015 James Beard Award Nominee in the Best Chef of the South, a 2013 Best Chefs in America – Southern Region, and was nominated for both Golden Whisk and Community Service Awards by Women Chefs & Restauranteurs.
  • Dean Max, chef/owner of DJM Restaurants, a collection of seven restaurants in the US and Caribbean. Max was a semi-finalist for the Best Chefs in America in the 2011, 2010 and 2009 James Beard Awards.
  • James Boyce, chef/owner of Cotton Row in Huntsville, Alabama.  Boyce has a 2002 James Beard Award nomination for “Best Chefs of the Southwest” and is a two-time Mobil Five Star Award recipient.

The six-course James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner dinner menu includes:

Course 1, presented by Chef Fabrizio Schenardi

  • Appetisers: crudo and oyster station, house-curend lonza and capicolla, Italian and Spanish cheeses, pickled vegetables
  • Passed butternut squash tarts with sage, speck, jalapenos and caciocavallo cheese
  • Ficattole with spinach, artichokes, lamb meatballs and mint garlic oil

Course 2, presented by Chef Dean Max:

  • Charred octopus with ‘nduja, clam and pepper broth

Course 3, presented by Chef Kathleen Blake:

  • Chestnut cavatelli with roasted beets, bitter greens and turtle creek goat cheese

Course 4, presented by Chef Paula DaSilva:

  • Roasted open blue cobia, crispy yucca, moqueca-style stew

Course 5, presented by Chef James Boyce:

  • Cider braised Snake River Farms wagyu beef short ribs, white truffle pollard grits, black trumpet mushrooms and sauce bordelaise

Course 6, presented by Chef Rabii Saber:

  • Nougat glace, with chestnut, fruits of the forest, Valrhona Bahibe 46 percent milk chocolate
James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner At The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at the Walt Disney World Resort
Photo: James Beard Foundation

This phenomenal dinner experience, including with wine pairings, is available for $235 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Tickets must be purchased in advance using this link.

 

Krispy Kreme Brings Back Pumpkin Spice Glazed Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is bringing back its popular fall treat, the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut, for a limited time in October, answering customers’ calls for more opportunities to enjoy this delicious fall indulgence.

Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice Glazed Originial Doughnut 2017

 

On Friday, October 13 and 20, the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut will be available only after 6 p.m. for “Friday Night Spice.”

On Thursday, October 26, customers can enjoy the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut all day in celebration of National Pumpkin Day at participating Krispy Kreme shops across Central Florida:

Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours

980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114 

Krispy Kreme Winter Park – Drive thru Open 24 Hours

1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789

Krispy Kreme Millenia – Open 24 Hours

4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee – Open 24 Hours

5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway

(192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746

“Guests were so enthusiastic about the Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut when we first brought it back for one day last month. But their enthusiasm on social media and at our shops has only intensified since then, so we’re pleased to bring it back – again,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods LLC, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation.

Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice Glazed Original Doughnut 2017

The Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed doughnut is the same Original Glazed doughnut that Krispy Kreme customers know and love, but with a hint of cinnamon and pumpkin spice flavor, transforming the classic into the perfect fall treat.

Sharks Underwater Grill Joins Magical Dining Month

Recently recognized by Zagat this year as an excellent eatery, Sharks Underwater Grill, the fine dining restaurant at SeaWorld Orlando, is the only establishment in a theme park participating in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month sponsored by American Express for the first time.

Sharks Underwater Grill SeaWorld Orlando Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

Each fall, Visit Orlando teams up with over 100 local restaurants to offer incredible three-course-dinners for an amazing value: $35 per person. During Magical Dining Month, guests can make a reservation at Sharks Underwater Grill and select an appetizer, dinner, and dessert at this limited-time rate. Decadent lobster bisque, creamy seafood pasta, savory filet mignon and dreamy Key Lime pie are just a few items from the special edition menu for diners can choose from.

Sharks Underwater Grill SeaWorld Orlando Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017
SeaWorld Orlando

In addition to sustainable seafood and local Florida beef, the highlight of the restaurant is an enormous window into Shark Encounter, SeaWorld’s massive shark habitat. Guests are immersed in the world of the apex predators as they enjoy world-class entrees specially prepared by SeaWorld’s skilled chefs.

Sharks Underwater Grill SeaWorld Orlando Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017
SeaWorld Orlando

Magical Dining Month is the only time of the year when park admission is not required to dine at Sharks Underwater Grill. Upon arrival at SeaWorld, guests with a Magical Dining Reservation will meet with a SeaWorld ambassador at the Magical Dining check-in location near the park entrance to be escorted to the restaurant. Following dinner, guests have the opportunity to remain at SeaWorld until the park closes for the evening.

Sharks Underwater Grill SeaWorld Orlando Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017
SeaWorld Orlando

To participate in Magical Dining Month at Sharks Underwater Grill at SeaWorld Orlando, guests must call the restaurant directly at (407) 363-2591 to make their reservation for dinner served starting at 3:00p.m. Reservations are required, as space is limited. This special offer is only valid during Magical Dining Month from now until October 1.

For more information, guests are encouraged to visit www.OrlandoMagicalDining.com and www.SeaWorld.com/Orlando

Tin Roof Orlando Announces Oktoberfest Celebration

Tin Roof Orlando Announces Oktoberfest Celebration

Sunday, October 1 event to feature live music, food, and beer!
You don’t need lederhosen to join this celebration. Tin Roof Orlando puts its own spin on Oktoberfest with a FREE event at I-Drive 360.
Tin Roof Orlando Oktoberfest Celebration 2017 I Drive 360
“It’s the first time we’re hosting this event,” says William Hodges, Tin Roof’s regional manager. “We want to provide locals and tourists an incredible opportunity to enjoy a fall afternoon under the Orlando Eye with music, food and drinks.”
There is no cover charge. You only pay for what you want to eat or drink; however, you must be 21 to purchase alcohol. The action starts at noonon Sunday, October 1. Parking is always free inside the I-Drive 360 parking garage.
“We’re going to have things inside and outside on the plaza at I-Drive 360,” says Hodges. “We hope to get locals excited and coming back to the area with events like this.”
Tin Roof Orlando Oktoberfest Celebration 2017 I Drive 360
Taking the stage for live performances will be:
  • Beemo, Acoustic/Alternative
  • Audio Exchange, 70’s to current Top 40, Rock, R&B and Country
  • Alpine Express, authentic German music
Oktoberfest is rooted in German history. It began as a wedding celebration, which has now become a popular way to highlight German food, music and of course BEER!

About Tin Roof Orlando

Headquartered in Nashville, the first Tin Roof opened in 2002 near Nashville’s famous Music Row. It quickly became a favorite for both performers and music fans. The parent company, Tin Roof Acquisitions, expanded the concept to other cities. Orlando is one of the company’s locations. Tin Roof is located at 8371 International Drive (I-Drive 360). For more information, please visit www.tinroofbars.com/Home/Orlando.

Magical Dining Month at Walt Disney World

DISCLOSURE: I just wanted to let everyone know that this post is in no way sponsored by Visit Orlando. I just really enjoy Magical Dining Month. I am just really excited to share that Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Restaurants are participating this year.

Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Turf Club Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

For the first time select Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Restaurants are participating in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, and I couldn’t be more excited to share my experience!

If you aren’t familiar with it, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, happening from now until October 1st, gives locals and visitors to Orlando the opportunity to dine at over 100 restaurants around the City Beautiful with a prix fixe menu that only costs $35. The best part of the deal is that one dollar from of each meal goes locally to support Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation.

This year there are six participating Walt Disney World Resort hotel restaurants, and they include: (The links actually show the prix fixe menu offered at each location)

I had the opportunity to dine at The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort with my family & friends, and we had a fantastic meal!

Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Turf Club Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

We tried to order a few things so we could try as many dishes as possible, and the portion sizes are no smaller than they normally are so it was really easy to share.

Let’s look at what we ordered!

Appetizers

The Turf Club Grilled Romaine Salad

lightly grilled hearts of romaine, roasted tomatoes, balsamic vinegar glaze, Caesar dressing, and croutons

Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Turf Club Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

Classical French Onion Soup

beef broth, julienne onions, Melted Swiss, and Gruyère cheeses with croutons

Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Turf Club Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

Entrees

Pan Seared Corvina

lemon risotto and garlic-basil cream reduction topped with a fresh tomato relish

Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Turf Club Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

Grilled New York Strip Steak

hand-cut rosemary Parmesan fries and béarnaise sauce

Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Turf Club Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

Desserts

Chocolate-Espresso Torte

with raspberry sauce and vanilla-port wine ice cream

Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Turf Club Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

Madagascar Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee

fresh fruit and butter breton cri that is gluten free

Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Turf Club Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month 2017

Know Before You Go To Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant Magical Dining Month:

  • You still need to make an Advanced Dining Reservation using the Walt Disney World website, calling 407-WDW-DINE, or by using the My Disney Experience App. When making your reservation, you will not need to note that you will be ordering from the Magical Dining Month prix fixe menu.
  • If you have allergies or dietary restrictions know that no substitutions can be made to the menu, so talk with your server to make sure that the menu fits with your needs.
  • Applicable sales tax, gratuities, and beverages are not included in the Magical Dining Month prix fixe menu cost.
  • An 18% service charge is added for parties of six (6) or more.
  • The prix fixe menu is not available to those utilizing any Disney Dining Plan.
  • No discounts can be applied to the Magical Dining Month menu, and while there are great discounts available for Annual Passholders and Tables in Wonderland card holders they cannot be applied to your check unless they are additions to the prix fixe menu and are charged to a separate check which takes extra time to complete which is extremely time consuming.

 

Celebrate National Chocolate Day At Capa

Partake in sweet celebration of National Chocolate Day this September 13, 2017 at a one-of-a-kind Dessert Party at Capa restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber has prepared a delicious assortment of desserts, and will showcase his award-winning “Curtain Rise” chocolate cake. In addition, the Resort will welcome Master Sommelier George Miliotes for this special event, who will present dessert wines and specialty drinks to accompany the sweet smorgasbord.

National Chocolate Day Capa Four Seasons Resort Orlando Walt Disney World
Chef Saber – Four Seasons Resort Orlando Walt Disney World

Saber is truly a dessert genius, and due to his talents, he was invited to participate in the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie – often referred to as a “Pastry Olympics” – in Lyon, France in January 2017, where Team USA took home 4th place overall. One dessert, a stunning chocolate cake called the “Curtain Rise” took home the highest honour in the chocolate category. The special cake features several layers: a thin, crispy layer of chocolate with pieces of caramelised hazelnut; two layers of chocolate sponge cake; a delicate layer of Caraibe chocolate cremeux; and a layer of coffee bean crème brulee. The entire cake is wrapped with a thin chocolate glaze.

“I consider chocolate art one of my strengths, and I am pleased that the cake won for this portion of the event,” sayes Saber. “I’m excited to unveil it to the local Orlando community for National Chocolate Day.”

National Chocolate Day Capa Four Seasons Resort Orlando Walt Disney World
Four Seasons Resort Orlando Walt Disney World

In addition to the Curtain Rise cake, guests will experience confections including:

  • Hazelnut and chocolate kisses
  • Peanut butter and jelly choux pastry
  • Chocolate olive oil tartlet
  • 5-spice blueberry cheesecake
  • Passion fruit baba cake
  • Matcha and black sesame lollipop

Miliotes, one of only 236 worldwide industry professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, is opening Wine Bar George at Disney Springs.  Wine Bar George will be the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in the Sunshine State. The menu will feature a range of varietals, vintages and prices, and a large selection of wines by the glass.

“I’m thrilled to share my enthusiasm and passion for wine with each and every guest, and look forward to a fun dessert event at Capa,” notes Miliotes, who is sourcing wines not typically offered at Capa for this exclusive event.

Space is limited as this event will be held in one of the private dining rooms at Capa.  Tickets are USD 55 per person and must be purchased online.  The September 13 event will begin at 8:00 pm and conclude at 10:00 pm.

Krispy Kreme Offers Solar Eclipse Doughnuts

The Solar Eclipse is a week away, and Krispy Kreme will be doing something they have never done before!

Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnut Eclipsed by Chocolate v4
Krispy Kreme

For a limited time their Original Glazed Doughnuts will be eclipsed by a mouth‑watering chocolate glaze to coincide with the solar eclipse at all shops in Central Florida.

Guests also can get an early taste of this limited-time doughnut during evening Hot Light hours Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20, at the following locations:

Krispy Kreme Winter Park – Drive thru Open 24 hours
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL 32789

Krispy Kreme Millenia – Open 24 hours
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee – Open 24 hours
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, (192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL 34746

Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours
980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Krispy Kreme Melbourne – Drive thru Open 24 Hours
2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935

“The solar eclipse is a rare occasion providing a total sensory experience for viewers across the continental U.S. Chocolate will have the same effect as we introduce a first-time chocolate glazing of our iconic Original Glazed Doughnut,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods LLC, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. “The Chocolate Glazed Doughnut is a delicious way to experience the solar eclipse – no matter where you are – and we can’t wait for fans to try it.”

The Solar Eclipse Glazed Doughnut features the classic Original Glazed Doughnut, smothered in a rich chocolate glaze. Guests who visit participating Krispy Kreme shops can see the chocolate glaze waterfall as the doughnuts are prepared, smell the aroma of chocolate wafting through the shop and taste the familiar Original Glazed Doughnut smothered in a new delicious chocolate.

Be one of the first to try the tastiest eclipse in history. Find a Krispy Kreme shop near you and find out when the Hot Light is on by going to www.krispykreme.com/Eclipse.

New Show, Brew, and Bites at Raglan Road

Disclosure: I was invited out by Raglan Road to see experience the new show with Zoe and to try some new bites in exchange for my review. All opinions and exclamation points within this post are my own.

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs has always been one of our favorite stops for a great bite to eat and fun, and this summer they are debuting a new show and menu items that you won’t want to miss.

The new show is called ‘Rhythms of Raglan’, presented at no extra charge, is a 90-minute live spectacle of Irish music and dance featuring talented musicians and award-winning Irish Dancers that even lets the littlest of dancers take center stage.

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

The show itself is fantastic and was produced in Ireland, exported to Raglan Road, & is directed by David Hayes of Riverdance and “The Voice” Ireland edition with lead choreographer Ciaran Keating.

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

But the highlight of the show is when the little dancers get to take to the stage to try their hand at traditional Irish dancing. After the show begins, the Raglan Road dancers make their way around the restaurant to see which children are interested (and to offer words of encouragement to those who might be a little shy) in participating and to get their names for a fun surprise. The children get a chance to be on stage to dance with the dancers and musical performers, and afterwards are presented with a certificate and sticker. What an awesome souvenir!

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

The ‘Rhythms of Raglan Road’ show runs daily (including weekends) from 4 pm -5:30 pm. The show also is part of the Rollicking Raglan Brunch entertainment that runs each Saturday & Sunday from 12 – 3 p.m (so you can see it early or at 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday).

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

And as part of our experience we got to try two new dishes and a new craft beer that will be debuting at Raglan Road before this year’s Great Irish Hooley (you can see the entertainment schedule here & make table reservations here)!

Boaring Burger

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

This is a grilled wild boar burger with port and pear chutney, crispy onions, garlic and herb aioli, Cashel blue cheese, and arugula on a potato bun.

This was my first time trying a wild boar burger, and it was nothing like I expected! I was expecting the boar to be gamey, but it was a touch sweet which made the sweet and tangy toppings sing.

If you love a loaded burger, the ‘Boaring Burger’ should be on your list of things to try!

Gnocchi sea, gnocchi do

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

This irresistable dish is a handmade potato gnocchi with seared Georges Bank scallops, crispy pork belly, tomato and brood beans with a white wine butter sauce.

So I am going to be REAL here…I totally convinced Zoe that she wouldn’t like this dish so I could eat her’s…Does that make me a bad mom? Sure. Was it worth it? Totally!!!

The sweet Georges Bank scallops cut the buttery goodness of the potato gnocchi making it a lighter dish than you would expect.

Blagger – Organic Blonde Lager

Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

Once again Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant has teamed up with Orlando Brewing to created a new craft brew that can be bought by the pint or as part of a flight.

I am not a gigantic beer drinker, but the Blagger was really refreshing and lovely.

The Blagger is light in color and low in bitterness at only 6 IBU. Made with organic malts, organic Hallertau hops and organic yeast, this brew has a crisp finish reminiscent of a dry sparkling wine.

Capa Hosts Louis Roederer Champagne Dinner

To help celebrate the third anniversary of the Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World, the rooftop Capa restaurant will host a special Louis Roederer Champagne Dinner on August 3, 2017. beginning at 6pm.

Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney WorldCapa Sign Louis Roederer Champagne Dinner

The five-course dinner will feature rare pairings, including Cristal and Cristal Rose.

Capa Hosts Louis Roederer Champagne Dinner Menu

Amuse Bouche
Zanahoria PB&J Foie Terrine Tetilla Cheese Puff Fingerlings, Smoked Crema, Caviar Champagne Louis Roederer – Brut Premier NV

Primero
Lobster | Turnip | Ponzu Vinaigrette | Lardo
Champagne Louis Roederer – Brut Premier NV

Segundo
Oxtail Consommé | Yuzu | A5 wagyu | Artichoke
Champagne Louis Roederer – Brut Nature 2009 (zero dosage)

Tercero
Salmon | Burnt Leek | Champagne Sabayon
Champagne Louis Roederer – Brut Rosé 2011

Entrante Braised Veal | Potato | Truffle
Cristal – Brut 2009

Postre
Turron Helado | Apricot | Currant | Pistachio
Cristal – Brut Rosé 2007

If you haven’t had the opportunity to dine at Capa, this is an excellent way to experience the romantic, rooftop restaurant that offers fantastic views of the nightly fireworks at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot!

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Capa

The cost for this five-course celebratory Champagne dinner is $225 per person and reservations required and can be made by calling  407-313-6161.

 

Christner’s Prime Steak Summer Wine & Dine Menu

Tantalize the senses at Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster for a legendary experience to feature only the finest USDA Prime steaks, artfully paired by Christner’s very own sommelier, Dan Colgan, this summer with an all-new special Wine and Dine four-course menu.

The four-course wine-paired dinner menu, available Thursday and Friday evening, includes rare wine selections, not available in retail locations. Each course is thoughtfully selected and expertly prepared with the distinguished palate in mind. 

Christner’s Prime Steak Summer Wine and Dine four course menu 2017Grouper Bites

Galerie, Naissance, Napa (2014) Sauvignon Blanc

Classic Caesar Salad

Filet Mignon

Neyers, Neyers Ranch, Conn Valley, Napa (2011) Merlot

Crème Brûlée

Pacific Rim, Vin de Glaciere, Selenium Vineyard, Columbia Valley (2012) Riesling

This four-course menu costs $87 per person (6 oz. Filet), $94 per person (8 oz. Filet), $103 (12 oz.) plus tax and gratuity

No substitutions or sharing, please. Reservations encouraged. Menu subject to change.

This special menu is available only on Thursday and Friday evenings with a new prix fixe menu to debut in August. 

Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster Logo

About Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster

Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster, located at 729 Lee Road, has been a favorite of the Orlando, Fla. community for more than two decades. Designed to reflect the Christner family’s rich history of exceptional quality and meticulous service, the award-winning menu features only the finest USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood and outstanding wine and spirits. Boasting two unique lounges, nine private dining rooms and an intimate main dining room, guests enjoy an elegant fine dining experience complemented by celebrated live entertainment. A popular venue for holiday parties, wedding receptions, business meetings, birthday celebrations and special occasions, Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster accepts reservations online or 407.645.4443.

Loews Royal Pacific April Jake’s Beer Dinner

Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando invites craft beer enthusiasts near and far to experience the next Jake’s Beer Dinner, featuring fresh island brews from Kona Brewing Company crafted on Hawaii’s Big Island on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 6:30pm.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Jake's Beer Dinner Kona Brewing CompanyPut on your favorite Hawaiian-style shirt and come savor the adventure of Jake’s Beer Dinner at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Taking place only a handful of times each year, this popular event features a five-course dinner paired with specialty craft beer pairings from Kona Brewing Company, each expertly selected by the hotel’s award-winning chefs.

For guests 21 and up, Jake’s Beer Dinner takes place in the private Clipper Room located in Jake’s American Bar — the perfect place to meet for drinks, food and lively conversation.

Tickets to Jake’s Beer Dinner at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando on April 28th cost $55, and to purchase your tickets log onto JakesBeer.eventbrite.com.

Guests to the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
(6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, Florida 32819) can enjoy complimentary self parking or $5 valet parking.

For more information, call 407-503-3200 or email royalpacificconcierge@loewshotels.com.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando Offers Two Easter Brunch Options

If you are still looking for the perfect place for Easter Brunch, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort has two options you will want to check out!

Ravello

Ravello Couple Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Easter Brunch
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

The Resort’s modern Italian restaurant Ravello will present a lavish Easter buffet.

The menu includes a wide array of offerings, ranging from a raw bar/seafood station to an antipasti and salad bar, a carving station with lavender honey glazed ham and braised lamb shank, and a hot entrée station with grilled salmon with lemon butter and capers, garlic marinated grilled chicken, and much more.

Classic brunch favourites will be offered as well, such as beer-braised brisket hash, lobster benedict, eggs made to order, a waffle station with choice of toppings, raspberry Nutella-stuffed French toast, and much more.

Guests with a sweet tooth will be delighted with the dessert station that includes mixed berry crème brulee, peanut butter chocolate pie, mixed berry truffle cinnamon coffee tiramisu, assorted macarons and more.

A special children’s buffet will be offered including items such as “ants on a log” and “pigs in a blanket,” tater tots, chicken fingers, PB&J sandwiches, chocolate dipped Rice Krispie treats, miniature fun-fetti cupcakes, and assorted Easter candies. 

Ravello Easter brunch will be offered from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for $105 per adult and $45 per child ages 5-12. 

Plancha

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando at the Walt Disney World Resort
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

For a brunch menu with a Cuban twist, celebrate Easter Sunday at Plancha, the Resort’s Cuban American restaurant.

Located at the Tranquilo Golf Club clubhouse, the lakeside restaurant offers a three-course brunch including bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys from an extravagant Bloody Mary Bar.

The appetizer buffet includes artisanal meats and cheeses, assorted salads with fresh herbs from a living wall garden fresh fruits, smoked salmon and bagels, breakfast pastries and much more.

Entrée choices include traditional brunch items such as eggs benedict with truffle hollandaise, very-berry French toast, shrimp omelet, chicken and white cheddar waffles, and oatmeal pancakes in addition to Cuban favourites such as el Cubano sandwich, the Plancha Burger with a chorizo and beef patty, churrasco with yucca fries, and Sunday fish with a tropical fruit salsa.

The children’s buffet offers kids’ favourites such as pancakes, chicken tenders, mac n’ cheese, mini burger, grilled salmon, cookies and fruit. 

Plancha brunch is offered every Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for $68 per adult and $20 per child ages 5-12. 

Reservations for Ravello and Plancha at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World can be made by calling (407) 313-6161.

 

Krispy Kreme Introduces Ghirardelli Doughnuts #OMGhirardelli

Hold me…Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Ghirardelli are combining the indulgence of premium Ghirardelli chocolate with the deliciously satisfying taste of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The result is the ultimate OMG moment – “OMGhirardelli,” that is.

“Uniting premium chocolate enthusiasts and our beloved doughnut fans, these doughnuts offer an OMG-worthy reward any time of day. Whether you’re celebrating life’s everyday moments or in search of a delightful afternoon indulgence,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods LLC, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation.

Designed to deliver a treat experience unlike any other, these limited-time doughnuts mean guests no longer have to choose between sweet or salty, chocolate or pastry.

Krispy Kreme Ghiradelli Doughnuts
Krispy Kreme

For the savory-sweet eater, Krispy Kreme’s new Sea Salt Caramel Doughnut Made with Ghirardelli offers a crave-worthy flavor experience inspired by Ghirardelli Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Squares. The doughnut is filled with salted caramel filling, dipped in decadent chocolate icing, drizzled with both the chocolate and caramel icings and topped with a blend of amber sugar, salt sprinkle, and Ghirardelli mini chocolate chips. Both the caramel filling and chocolate icing are made with premium Ghirardelli ingredients.

A cooler combination, Krispy Kreme’s Mint Chocolate Doughnut Made with Ghirardelli features a doughnut filled with White Mint Kreme™ filling inspired by Ghirardelli Chocolate Mint Squares, dipped in chocolate icing, decorated with green colored icing and topped with Ghirardelli mini chocolate chips dusted in powdered sugar. Again, the chocolate icing is made with premium Ghirardelli ingredients.

Krispy Kreme’s new Mint Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel doughnuts inspired by Ghirardelli’s popular chocolate squares are available for a limited time only throughout Central Florida at the following locations:

Krispy Kreme Winter Park – Drive thru Open 24 hours

1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789

Krispy Kreme Millenia – Open 24 hours

4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee – Open 24 hours

5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, (192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746

Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours

980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Krispy Kreme Melbourne – Drive thru Open 24 Hours

2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935

You can go to www.krispykreme.com/ghirardelli to find a participating shop near you, and don’t forget to share your OMGhirardelli moments using #OhSoFancy and #KrispyKreme.

George Miliotes Wine Pairing Dinner At Ravello

George Miliotes Four Seasons Resort Orlando Winebar George  Ravello

Four Seasons Resort Orlando will welcome Master Sommelier George Miliotes, owner of Wine Bar George opening at Disney Springs, for a special wine pairing dinner that is bound to be a memorable evening.  The dinner will be held on March 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm on the lovely terrace of the resort’s Ravello restaurant.

“We are looking forward to welcoming George Miliotes for a fun and informative dinner at Ravello,” says Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi. “His new wine bar will surely be an asset, and will further enhance Orlando’s positioning as a destination ideal for food and wine aficionados.”

Miliotes, one of only 230 worldwide industry professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, is opening Wine Bar George at Disney Springs.  Wine Bar George will be the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in the Sunshine State. The menu will feature a range of varietals, vintages and prices, and a large selection of wines by the glass.

“I’m thrilled to share my enthusiasm and passion for wine with each and every guest, and look forward to a wonderful evening at Ravello,” notes Miliotes, who is sourcing wines not typically offered on the Ravello wine list for this exclusive event.

The five-course menu for the George Miliotes special event is as follows:

Course 1

  • Veal liver mousse, apple marmellata and balsamic gelatin
  • Antinori Vermentino

    Course 2

  • Red trout and roe, fingerling potato, green bean, quail egg and pickled vinaigrette
  • Princip Fruilano or Ceretto Arnies “Blange”

    Course 3

  • Bucatini pasta “paglia e fieno,” gorgonzola dolce, walnut, kale and sage brown butter
  • Medici Ermite Lambrusco (dry sparkling red)

    Course 4

  • Barbera wine-braised short rib, Acquerello rice “budino,” golden raisin and red mustard
  • Poderi Elia Barbara di Asti DOCG

    Course 5

  • Strawberry citrus granita, candied orange and warm biscotti
  • Perlina Moscato

    The menu is $175 per person, price includes tax and gratuity. Reservations: 407 313 6161.

 

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel 2017 Harbor Nights Dates

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando has announced 2017 dates for its popular food and wine event series, Harbor Nights: February 10, April 21, October 13, and Holiday Harbor Nights on November 24.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel 2017 Harbor Nights Dates

Harbor Nights takes place outdoors (weather permitting) under the twinkling lights of the hotel’s majestic and picturesque Harbor Piazza, one of Orlando’s most unique outdoor event spaces.

Guests can enjoy unlimited samples of more than a dozen select wines and sparkling wines, along with gourmet food and desserts expertly prepared by the hotel’s award-winning culinary team. The event also features live music and a balcony performance by Portofino’s opera singers.

“With every season of the year, the menu and spirit of the evening changes, so each Harbor Nights is a totally unique experience,” said Carmen Viscosi, director of food & beverage for Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. “We look forward to welcoming our guests and local friends to Harbor Nights again in 2017.”

Tickets are $50. Limited VIP tickets are $85 online only and include all the benefits of a regular Harbor Nights ticket, plus reserved seating in a special area with private wine station and passed hors d’oeuvres. All tickets include complimentary self-parking or discounted valet parking for $5. Please note this is an adults (21 and older) only event.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Harbor Nights on February 10, please visit loewshotels.tix.com.