Enjoy A Chef Inspired Thanksgiving Buffet At The Alfond Inn

While the Thanksgiving holiday is all about spending time at home, there is a certain freedom that comes with taking the holiday ‘off’ from the kitchen and starting a new tradition with your family & friends.

One way to you can do this is by joining The Alfond Inn at Rollins, in Winter Park, at their table for their popular Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017.

The Alfond Inn Thanksgiving Buffet 2017 Winter Park

Depending on your family’s preference, you can choose from two seatings at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The cost to attend The Alfond Inn’s Chef Inspired Thanksgiving Buffet is $69 adults, $29 children ages 5 – 12, and children ages 4 and under are free. And you will also enjoy complimentary valet parking during your dining experience.

Featured items on The Alfond Inn Thanksgiving buffet are:

Beginnings

  • Traditional Wedge Salad
  • Garden Greens with Seasonal Toppings
  • Baby Spinach, Eggs, Bacon, Mushrooms, Red Onions, Cherry Tomatoes
  • Fresh Fruit Display
  • International Cheese Display
  • Pumpkin-Cranberry Quinoa Salad
  • Garden Beets and Roquefort
  • Assorted Muffins and Freshly Baked Breads, Flavored Butters and Oil
  • Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup, Porcini Croutons

Side Notes

  • Classic Stuffing
  • Whipped Potatoes and Gravy
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes
  • Truffle Fingerling Potatoes, Roasted Garlic Aioli
  • Green Bean Casserole, Crispy Onions
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Mains

  • Whole Carved Turkey, Cranberry Relish and Giblet Gravy
  • Carved Ham, Rum-Raisin Glaze
  • Braised Wagyu Beef Short Ribs
  • Southern Shrimp and Grits
  • Faroe Island Salmon, Sage Brown Butter

Sweets

  • Classic Pumpkin Pie
  • Southern Pecan Pie
  • Apple Cobbler
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Truffles

You will absolutely want to make reservations in advance online at www.eventbrite.com.  And you can find even more details about the Thanksgiving Buffet by visiting www.TheAlfondInn.com

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Krispy Kreme Debuts Valentine’s Day Doughnuts

The Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in the Central Florida area is getting ready for Valentine’s Day by debuting two heart-shaped doughnuts to make the big day even sweeter!

Valentine' s Day Krispy Kreme Happy Heart Doughnut

The Red Happy Heart Doughnut and Pink Happy Heart Doughnut are both heart-shaped and Kreme-filled. The Red Happy Heart Doughnut is finished off with red icing, a hand-decorated chocolate smile, and candy eyes. The Pink Happy Heart Doughnut features strawberry flavored icing, a cheeky chocolate smile and candy hearts and eyes.

Valentine's Day Krispy Kreme Sprinkle Heart

The Sprinkled Heart Doughnut is dipped in white icing before being topped off with festive Valentine’s Day sprinkles.

The Red Happy Heart Doughnut, Pink Happy Heart Doughnut and the Sprinkled Heart Doughnut are available now through February 14th.

Can you imagine the look on your Valentine’s face if you showed up with a dozen of these super cute doughnuts???

Here is a list of all the Central Florida locations that are carrying these sweet treats!

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

 

2017 Downtown Food & Wine Fest

2017 Downtown Food & Wine Fest

The Ninth Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest is set for Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, 2017 for more than 30,000 foodies and wine lovers to experience unique local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe.

Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola on Robinson Street, the two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, 50 domestic and international wines and live entertainment.  A portion of the proceeds benefit UCF Foundation, Inc. and Valencia Foundation.

Headline entertainers include Gavin DeGraw and KC and The Sunshine Band.

2017 Downtown Food & Wine Fest

Date / Time: 

Saturday, February 25 (noon to 9 p.m.) and Sunday, February 26, 2017 (noon to 7 p.m.)

Location: 

Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola along Robinson Street

Fest Admission: 

One-Day General Admission – Admission is $20 per person, per day with advance online purchase. Admission at the door is $25 per person, per day.

Two-Day General Admission – For all-weekend Fest fans, a two-day ticket is available for $35 per person with advance online purchase.

Wine Tasters Club – A limited number of Wine Tasters Club passes will be available for purchase for $20 per person at the Fest.  Club members will enjoy up to five 2 oz. pours of their choice throughout the Fest and a souvenir lanyard.

Ultimate Fest Experience – A limited number of Ultimate Fest Experience packages are available for $115 per person, per day and includes a VIP parking pass, general admission, Wine Tasters Club, $20 value in food and beverage tickets, access to the private stage-side VIP tent, private wine/beer bar with premium wines (food and beverage tickets required) and access to private bathrooms reserved for VIP guests.

Food & Beverage Tickets:

Food and beverage tickets are available at the Fest for $2 each; food and beverage offerings range from one to four tickets.

“One of my favorite things about Downtown Orlando is the variety of restaurants and event options,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “The Downtown Food & Wine Fest combines both by adding to the array of event options residents and visitors can attend, as well as, helping to enhance the vibrancy of the area all the while increasing awareness of our local businesses and strengthening economic growth in the area.”

 

Top restaurants are scheduled to present culinary tastings to complete in the Golden Fork Awards as honored by a panel of Orlando elected officials, food writers and reporters and celebrity chefs.

 

Stay Connected 

For more information on the Downtown Food & Wine Fest:

Shake Shack Coming To The Florida Mall

Shake Shack Florida Mall

 

 The “Happiest City on Earth” is about to get a whole lot happier!  Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, is thrilled to announce that Shake Shack will open its sixth location in the state at The Florida Mall in 2017.

Opening in Central Florida’s premier shopping destination, visitors will have the opportunity to take a break from shopping and grab a delicious ShackBurger® and local beer at the new, 3,500 square-foot restaurant located in The Florida Mall entrance next to Foot Locker.  For a quick snack or family dinner, each savory burger will satisfy all your food cravings!

Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers and flat-top Vienna beef dogs (no added hormones and no antibiotics ever), 100% all-natural cage-free chicken (no antibiotics ever), spun-fresh frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer and wine and more. A fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal, Shake Shack has earned a cult-like following around the world.

“We are so excited that New York City’s favorite burger chain has chosen to open a new Orlando location at The Florida Mall,” said Brian Hanson, general manager.  “We continually look for opportunities to enhance our visitors’ experiences with a diverse mix of restaurants and retailers, and we are certain that Shake Shack will be an instant hit with our loyal shoppers.”

Krispy Kreme Holiday Treats & Two Special Offers

Now through December 25th Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has some seasonal favorite holiday-inspired treats, including the Melted Snowman Doughnut, Santa Belly Doughnut and Toffee Mocha beverage.

Krispy Kreme’s mission is to spread joy.  With a busy holiday season upon us, sometimes the most joyful moments are when we slow down and share a special treat with family and friends,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods LLC, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation.

Krispy Kreme Holiday Doughnuts 2016

The new Melted Snowman Doughnut is Kreme™ filled and dipped in white icing. The treat is finished off with a chocolate decoration and a candy snowman face.

The Santa Belly Doughnut is a returning favorite holiday treat. The doughnut is first filled with Hot Cocoa Kreme™ filling before being hand-decorated with chocolate icing and a candy belt buckle candy.

The Toffee Mocha beverage is a latte with rich toffee flavors and topped with whipped cream. This wintertime treat is available hot, iced or frozen.

You can find these holiday sweets at all the Central Florida Krispy Kreme locations!

Winter Park – Drive thru Open 24 hours

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

 

Millenia – Open 24 hours

4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

 

Kissimmee – Open 24 hours

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

 

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

How to get a SWEET deal on Krispy Kreme Doughnuts:

FREE Original Glazed Dozen with Gift Donation

Krispy Kreme

Our friends Chad & Jill are hosting a REALLY BIG TOY DRIVE from Now until December 16th to collect 10,000 toys that will be gifted to Toys for Tots, Arnold Palmer Hospital Medical Center Foundation, and The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families! And every person who drops off toys at any of the Central Florida Krispy Kreme locations will receive a dozen Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in return! You can find out more here.

Save the Date: Day of the Dozens (12/12)

On December 12, all central Florida locations will celebrate “Day of the Dozens” by offering guests $4.99 Original Glazed dozens (unlimited). No coupon is needed.

 

Newly Re-imagined Hemisphere Restaurant

Hemisphere Combines the Adventure of Flight with International Flavors 

Neo-contemporary world cuisine lands in the Orlando culinary scene when the newly re-imagined Hemisphere restaurant set to open this fall on the ninth floor of Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.

hemisphere Restaurant Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

Known for its epic sunrise to sunset views of the airport runway, the new Hemisphere features a $3 million re-design of the 3,000 square-foot restaurant and seats 164 guests. The stylish environment offers light wood finishes and flexible seating to accommodate groups, as well as, small parties and single diners in its signature setting. Custom wine cuvees and lounge-style seating highlight the center of Hemisphere’s unique layout.

“Hemisphere was created for travelers and locals in search of an unforgettable experience filled with dynamic views, thoughtful service, and memorable food and drinks,” noted Mark Bastis, general manager, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.

hemisphere Restaurant Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

“We have embraced the unmatched, panoramic views of one of the most active international airports as the focal point of Hemisphere. Guests are transported into a world of travel-rich sights, sounds and tastes. With a floor-to-ceiling glass wall facing the airport runway, guests will view planes etching through the starlit sky and rockets launching into space. Guests satisfy their inner curiosity with air and space travel among an upscale dining atmosphere,” continued Bastis.

Paper Planes – Local Art Installation

Following a local artist search, Damon Dewitt was hand-selected to craft the signature entryway art installation at the re-imagined Hemisphere restaurant. Paper Planes is physically and metaphorically light and reflective evoking a nostalgic flight experience and embracing the sense of wonder and travel from a simpler time.  The art installation is showcased in the new entry of Hemisphere and follows the curvature of the signature spiral staircase to the Upper Deck.  The handcrafted “paper” airplanes float on 15 rows of vertical, stainless steel wiring for a sleek yet simple display.

hemisphere Restaurant Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

Food & Beverage

Led by Executive Chef Jeffery Powell, Hemisphere’s culinary team has designed a menu that infuses robust international flavors and seasonal local ingredients. Dinner highlights include Moroccan-inspired, dukka-crusted Lamb Chops, Grilled Gulf Prawns and a Wagyu Grass-Fed Beef Burger.

The Hemisphere beverage menu complements the world kitchen concept with a carefully curated collection of wines and cocktails from each hemisphere. The wine cuvees are filled with 16 wine varietals from different regions around the globe. Wine Flights rotate daily and guests may simply select a direction to travel:

  • Up North – A selection of wines from the northern hemisphere
  • Down South – A selection of wines from the southern hemisphere

hemisphere Restaurant Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

Guests will enjoy thoughtful arrangements for an easy and grand sense of arrival into Orlando with direct access into the OIA valet motor court and a brief elevator ride to the ninth floor and into Hemisphere. Complimentary valet parking is available for all Hemisphere guests. Monthly wine dinners and seasonal brunches will be announced soon.

 

Magical Dining Month In Orlando Returns

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Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, returns with 90 of Orlando’s most popular restaurants in Orlando – including 19 new program participants – from August 29th to October 2nd. During Magical Dining Month guests can choose from these participating restaurants to enjoy three-course dinners for $33, averaging a savings of 33% per meal.

The program, developed by Visit Orlando, Central Florida’s official tourism association, includes some of the hottest new arrivals to Orlando’s culinary scene, including chef-driven establishments in the new Disney Springs area as well as local favorites across town. One dollar from each meal will also be donated to a local charity, with last year’s program contributing more than $160,000 – the largest donation to date.

A full list of all participating restaurants, menus and OpenTable reservations are available at OrlandoMagicalDining.com. New restaurants to the program include:

  • STK, a brand new upscale steakhouse with a high-energy atmosphere at Disney Springs.
  • Morimoto Asia, by Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef America fame, offering pan-Asian flavors from across the continent.
Morimoto orange chicken Magical Dining Month 2016
Morimoto Asia – Orange Chicken
  • Urbain 40, glinting with 1940’s glamor and a continental menu crafted from largely local, seasonal ingredients.
  • Cask & Larder, a local favorite featuring brewed-onsite beer, home-cured meats and pickled vegetables. Cask & Larder is the second restaurant created by five-time James Beard-nominated chefs James Petrakis and Julie Petrakis.

In its 11th year, Magical Dining Month gives both locals and visitors alike a chance to experience Orlando dining at its finest all over town – from options near the theme parks to hidden gems in Orlando’s local neighborhoods. Examples include:

  • Convention Area – RA Sushi*, Itta Bena*, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit*, Urban Tide (Hyatt Regency Orlando), The Capital Grille, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, A Land Remembered (Rosen Shingle Creek),
  • Disney/Lake Buena Vista – Black Fire Brazilian Steakhouse, deep blu seafood grille (Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort), NINE18 (The Villas at Grand Cypress), Todd English’s Bluezoo (Walt Disney World Dolphin)
  • Downtown – Shari Sushi Lounge*, Artisan’s Table, The Boheme, Citrus Restaurant, KASA Restaurant & Bar, Maxine’s on Shine
NINE18 - Florida Pork Tenderloin Magical Dining Month 2016
NINE18 – Florida Pork Tenderloin
  • Restaurant Row – SLATE*, Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Restaurant, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Ocean Prime
  • Universal/CityWalk – Amatista Cookhouse* (Loews Sapphire Falls) , Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Island’s Dining Room (Loews Royal Pacific), The Kitchen (Hard Rock Hotel), Mama Della’s Ristorante (Loews Portofino Bay)
  • Winter Park – Blu on the Avenue*, The Ravenous Pig, Luma on Park, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Chez Vincent, Hamilton’s Kitchen, Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Surrounding Areas – F&D Kitchen and Bar*, Osprey Tavern*, Kabooki Sushi*, Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Orlando and Lake Mary)

*First year in Magical Dining

Each year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, benefits a local cause chosen the year prior. This year, The Russell Home for Atypical Children is the recipient, and will be given $1 from every Magical Dining meal. The Russell Home is the first non-profit institution in the country to provide a home atmosphere with a family structure for special needs children and ‘child-like’ adults. In continuous operation for over 60 years without any government support, the home also provides 24 hours of free respite care and free day care for the local families with special needs dependents.

Last year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining raised a record $160,735 for ELEVATE Orlando. The funds raised by Magical Dining enabled ELEVATE to expand its mentorship programs into Jones High School, equipping thousands of urban youth in Central Florida to graduate with a plan for their future.

 

A Visit to Leguminati

I haven’t found the National Treasure yet, but I’ve found a local food popup that is a treasure to eat called Leguminati.

Leguminati is an Orlando based pop up featuring plant based, locally made, artisan meats & cheeses in their offerings . Breakfast is currently offered Sundays 12pm-3pm in the parking lot of Artichoke Red in College Park, note some items do sell out.  You can also find Leguminati on Mondays at the Audubon Market in the parking lot of Stardust Video and Coffee. for more of Leguminati’s events stay tuned to their Facebook page

Breakfast options on June 5th featured waffles stuffed with vegan meat and cheese and a california style eggs benedict with avocado, tomato, and sriracha hollandaise.

Memorial day featured home made burgers using seitan with sides

Other options featured are:

vegan grilled cheese, using home made cheese

breakfast tacodillas, version 2, three grilled tortillas stuffed with the new follow your heart vegan egg, leguminati breakfast sausage and our handcrafted pepperjack cheeze and topped with fresh veggie salsa

breakfast tacodillas, version 1, three corn tortillas stuffed with the new follow your heart vegan egg, our handcrafted breakfast sausage & artisan pepper jack cheese and grilled to perfection.

As you can see by the pictures and descriptions above the prices are great and the food is excellent and a great addition to the Orlando Vegan community.

Please find them and give the food a try.

National Doughnut Day Deals

National Doughnut Day Krispy Kreme Dunkin' Donuts

National Doughnut Day Deals

This is not a drill…Today is National Doughnut Day, and while we celebrate the glorious doughnut we are also celebrating The Salvation Army and the great work that they do!

Held annually on the first Friday of June, Doughnut Day was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army’s “Doughnut Lassies,” who served the treats to soldiers during World War I. The “Doughnut Lassies” are often credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States when the troops returned home from war.

The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in Chicago in 1938 to help raise funds during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the “Doughnut Lassies.” The doughnut now serves as a symbol of all the social services The Salvation Army provides to those in need. The Salvation Army still serves doughnuts, in addition to warm meals and hydration, to those in need during times of disaster.

To celebrate the day, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Dunkin’ Donuts for some pretty sweet deals!

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

National Doughnut Day Krispy Kreme Dunkin' Donuts

National Doughnut Day has become a true American tradition, but many don’t realize the historical significance of the day. The partnership with The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme brings greater visibility to the importance of the day and the idea of helping those who may have fallen on hard times,” said Col. Ron Busroe, Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “With Krispy Kreme’s generous offer of a free doughnut, we hope everyone will extend that generosity by giving back to support their local community.”

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts customers will receive a free doughnut of their choice at the following shop locations throughout Central Florida:

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

Dunkin’ Donuts

National Doughnut Day Krispy Kreme Dunkin' Donuts

Visit any Dunkin’ Donuts for a FREE classic donut with any beverage purchase on June 3rd.

All Dunkin’ Donuts locations are participating in National Doughnut Day, so make sure you visit the location nearest to you!