Feb 052016

Chef Austin Boyd of Seito Sushi, Chef Greg Richie of Baoery Asian Gastropub, and Chef Chau Trinh of Sushi Pop Restaurant will battle each other on Monday March 7th from 6:00pm  – 9:00pm in Orlando’s first Ramen Rumble.

 Ramen, the Japanese noodle dish that has continued to grow in popularity in Orlando, will be made by the chefs from scratch from the broth to noodles.
The event is organized by Ricky Ly of TastyChomps.com in partnership with Jason and Sue Chin of The Osprey Tavern to bring together local chefs and the local Orlando community. The proceeds from the event will be donated to the winning chef’s choice of charity. The ticket prices are $30 and will feature a tasting bowl of ramen from each chef, 1 draft beer, and house-made sweet desserts.
For tickets, visit http://ramenrumble.bpt.me

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Feb 042016

Roses are red, violets are blue, don’t wait to make a reservation because the joke will be on you! Not my joke, but a pretty good one nonetheless…bottom line, don’t forget to make that all important Valentine’s Day reservation, February 14 is swiftly approaching.

  • Make this Valentine’s Day a sweet one–The Sweet Shop, that is! Pop into any 4 Rivers Smokehouse,  (1600 West Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park) for sugary treats—try the 6-inch Black Tie Cake ($19.99); double chocolate cake frosted in buttercream, drizzled in chocolate ganache and topped with chocolate-covered strawberries. Craving cake without the commitment? We recommend the Sweetheart Cakeballs ($8.99/dozen); Red Velvet cake dipped in white or milk chocolate and garnished in pink and white.
  • This year, Tapa Toro (8411 International Drive #260, Orlando) is spreading the love with celebrations for family and sweethearts. Table for two? They’re serving up a prix fixe ($75.00/couple, available FridaySunday) featuring courses of Sopa de Tomate, tomato soup with serrano grilled cheese; Ensalada de Fresas, strawberry, orange, red onion, cucumber and queso fresco; Short Rib & Shrimp-Chorizo Pincho, with carrot puree and asparagus; and Pina a la Parilla, grilled pineapple and lime with toasted cake, pistachio yogurt ice cream and molasses.  Can’t get a sitter? They have you covered! Tapa Toro is offering fun for the whole family on Saturday, February 13 with a kid-friendly prix fixe. Balloon artist, magician, arts & crafts and cookie decorating (11 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • It’s love at first bite at Taverna Opa Orlando (9101 International Drive #2240, Orlando), where couples are invited to share a prix fixe of favorites such as House-made Hummus; Saganaki, kasseri cheese flamed tableside with brandy; 22 oz. Porterhouse; 7 oz. Lobster Tail; and Loukoumades,Greek-style beignets topped with Nutella and strawberries ($85.00/couple, available FridaySunday).
  • Fall in love at Bento Café: Asian Kitchen + Sushi (151 S Orange Ave., Orlando) with the XOXO Roll—spicy tuna, krab delite, jalapeno and tempura flakes, topped with creamy sweet chili and red tobiko, wrapped with soy paper, tilapia and tuna ($9.50).
  • This Valentine’s day, do more than just dinner—share a meaningful experience with your special someone! Dragonfly Robata Grill + Sushi (7972 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando) hosting a special couples-only Valentine’s day sushi class from 11:30 – 1:30. At the class:
    • Enjoy unlimited Valentine’s Day Mimosa’s
    • Enjoy complimentary Valentine’s day aperitifs and passed hors d’oeuvres
    • Learn a brief history of sushi
    • Work with tools of the trade—both ancient and new
    • Make the perfect sushi rice, sushi and hand rolls to share with you partner

Happy February 14!

Jan 272016

On Saturday, March 5 at the Orlando World Center Marriott, top local Central Florida chefs from renowned restaurants and resorts will showcase their creativity to help raise funds at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida’s Appetite for the Arches event. This is a culinary event with a twist, chefs will use fresh McDonald’s ingredients to create one-of-a-kind signature dishes. All proceeds from the gala help Ronald McDonald House keep families together when they need it most —during the treatment of a critically ill child.

We’ve attended for the past three years and were lucky enough to attend a sneak peak this week at Cask and Larder. Here’s what we enjoyed and is set to debut at the event March 5! PS: for the full recap of last year’s event check out our 2015 event post.

  • Kathleen Blake, The Rusty Spoon: Deviled stuffed eggs with bacon brittle and oven-dried tomatoes.
  • Kevin Fonzo, K Restaurant: Chicken tortilla soup with savory biscuit bread pudding.
  • Rhys Gawlak, Cask & Larder: Kale Gnocchi Carbonara
  • Clayton Miller, DoveCote {coming soon to downtown!}: Smoked beef tongue, Reuben, crispy potato and Big Mac sauce.
  • Julie Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig: Cheesecake with espresso crumble and strawberry-Frangelico sauce.
 Participating Restaurants Include:
  • 4Rivers
  • Capa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
  • Cask & Larder Public House
  • DoveCote
  • Emeril’s Tchoup Chop
  • Hard Rock Orlando
  • Hamilton’s Kitchen at the Alfond Inn
  • K Restaurant
  • LUMA on Park
  • Orlando World Center Marriott
  • Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
  • RusTeak
  • Spanish River Grill
  • Swine & Sons Provisions
  • The Ravenous Pig
  • The Rusty Spoon

Tickets are $150 per person until Thursday, February 4.On Friday, February 5, ticket prices will increase to $200 per person. For additional information about Appetite for the Arches including ticket information visit www.appetiteforthearches.org.

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Photo Credit: So May Ly Photography (tortilla soup), all other photos by Spork Orlando.

Jan 272016

A few months ago we visited Plancha at Four Seasons and so enjoyed our lunch by the lake. This lakeside Cuban American restaurant at Tranquilo Golf Club will begin offering Sunday brunch on March 13, 2016.

There are three options for brunch at Plancha:

  • A three-course menu with buffet appetizers, choice of one entrée and dessert, plus soft drinks/juices and one alcoholic beverage, for $68 per person.
  • Buffet only (excluding choice of a la carte entrée) for $45 per person
  • And a la carte only. Bottomless beverages, including Mimosas and Marys, will be available for an additional $18.

The buffet will include assorted salads, fruits, smoked salmon and bagels, artisan meats and cheeses, black bean hummus and vegetables, assorted breakfast pastries and more.


Entrees and a la carte items include a roasted prime rib, vegan spaghetti zucchini, cured salmon, American beef slider, Tampa Bay shrimp omelet with jalapenos and cilantro, a twisted benedict with truffle hollandaise and grilled asparagus, a “very berry” French toast, oatmeal pancakes, and fried chicken and white cheddar waffles.


The dessert buffet will include a selection of seven signature desserts, including Plancha’s flan, tres leches and guava roll.


“I’m very excited to begin serving brunch at Plancha,” says Pedro Sanchez, Plancha Chef. “The location is perfect for a leisurely brunch, and we’ve prepared a delicious menu with a lot of flavor to ensure there’s something for everyone.”

Brunch will be available every Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Plancha offers complimentary valet parking and complimentary self-parking.  For reservations, call 407 313 6161.



Photo Credit: Plancha