Jul 022015

Downtown Orlando Partnership and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will commence Downtown Orlando Food Tours on Wednesday, July 8 at the Downtown Orlando Information Center. Mayor Dyer, along with DOP President Scott Pamplin, will take the “first bite” at this kick-off event.


Downtown Food Tours will be open to the public beginning Saturday, July 11and will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. Tours will run every Saturday thereafter. Guests will walk the Central Business District, visiting some of Downtown’s local favorites sampling everything from oysters to tequila coffee. The tours will showcase the diversity of cuisines as well as rich history that Downtown Orlando has to offer. Founding restaurant partners include Artisan’s Table, Avenue Gastrobar, Ferg’s Depot, the Golden Knife and Le Gourmet Break.

The $35 tour tickets are available now for purchase at www.downtownorlandotours.com.





Photo Credits: Avenue Gastrobar, Le Gourmet Break


Jul 012015

Farm-Haus, a farm-to-table chef dinner service, is expanding its delivery territory to select Downtown Orlando and Winter Park neighborhoods beginning Monday, July 6.

The company, which has previously only served Baldwin Park and surrounding neighborhoods, plans on giving away free meals to celebrate the occasion. (Score!) The expansion comes on the heels of the company’s official launch into the Orlando community in April, which included a move into the East End Market commissary kitchen, incorporation of a pickup option, as well as hiring chefs Julian De Garden and Mike Garcia (formerly of the Smiling Bison) to lead the menu creation and food preparation.


Owners Brittany and Patrick Lyne say that their goal is to make Farm-Haus the go-to alternative to traditional fast food and takeout methods in Orlando. The company uses all-natural, high-quality, and often local ingredients to prepare their food, something that they say is a need within the community.


Farm-Haus currently operates Monday through Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Customers can place their order until 5 p.m. daily at Farm-Haus.com to have dinner delivered to them or available for pickup that same evening.

To receive a free meal on Monday, July 6, customers can use the code FHLAUNCH when checking out on the Farm-Haus website. Ordering for the new week begins on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. Customers must live within the specified delivery radius, or be willing to pickup their meal.

And for more on our tasty experience with Farm-Haus, click here!




Photo Credits: Farm-Haus

Jun 302015

Staying in town this holiday weekend? Here are some must taste bites to celebrate July 4!

American Q

A special flatbed buffet will be stocked with summer staples like Crocked Sweet Beans, Roasted Florida Sweet Cornand Sweet Potato Salad. They are also serving #MoreQ from the rodizio, with 12 options, including all-you-can-eat St Louis Ribs and Free Range BBQ Chicken, Texas Bark Beef Brisket and Flank Steak, carved tableside.

Wash it all down with American Q’s Mt. Laurel cocktail- Jack Daniels with fresh lemon juice, grapefruit juice, ginger syrup and orange peel garnished with a sprig of thyme.

Upload your best 4th of July selfie on social media with hashtags #BResort, #StayatB, and #BPatriotic, for a chance to win a complimentary dinner for two at American Q or a complimentary spa treatment at B Indulged AVEDA Spa!

Cost:  Endless options for just $39.95; $10 for kids under 7 chickens tall


Duffy’s Sports Grill 

 Stop by Duffy’s Sports Grill on Thursday, July 2 to get your Rib Fix in a little early. They’re serving a ½ rack of BBQ Baby Back Ribs with your choice of side for $9.95.

4 Rivers 

 4 Rivers Smokehouse may be best known for their BBQ, but this Independence Day The Sweet Shop is offering some festive treats in celebration of the stars and stripes. Make sure to swing by the Sweet Shop and pick up a signature Blueberry Pie  ($7.50) or patriotic Strawberry Shortcake ($4.75), served on a fluffy biscuit cut in half and soaked in strawberry sauce, stacked high with fresh cut strawberries, brown sugar whipped cream, and a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar. These sweet treats are available through the month of July. 4  Rivers Smokehouse will be closed on the Fourth.


Located a short walk away from Lake Eola at the intersection of Summerlin and Central in Downtown Orlando, Soco is the perfect place to dine for the Fourth of July before heading to the lake for the annual fireworks show. Enjoy a savory Southern entrée such as the Slow-Roasted Barbecue-Glazed Pork Belly Biscuits.



Jun 302015

If you missed Second Harvest’s third Chef’s Night (like we did) here’s a little recap! Chef Kathleen Blake, 2015 James Beard award nominee and owner of The Rusty Spoon in downtown Orlando, recently served up some dishes as part of the Chef’s Night series and Catering for Good program.

If you’re not familiar, Chef’s Night brings local top chefs into Second Harvest’s Community Kitchen to celebrate delicious food and raise money for a good cause. All proceeds benefit Second Harvest’s Culinary Training Program, which provides students with the skills and inspiration they need to obtain an entry-level position in a food service establishment. For more on our first Chef’s Night with John Rivers, click here.

Here’s what Chef Blake and team served up last week!


  • Passed Appetizer: Amuse-bouche
  • First Course: Charred squid and octopus with Frog Song organic watermelon two ways with house pickled peppers and arugula
  • Second Course: Sweet corn, chorizo and local oyster mushrooms with fettuccine paprikash
  • Third Course: Lake Meadow roasted poussin with butternut squash skordalia and natural jus
  • Dessert: Peach cobbler with muse butter pecan gelato



And don’t miss the next Chef’s Night on August 27 featuring Disney’s Grand Floridian and Victoria & Albert’s chef, Scott Hunnel and Erich Herbitschek, Executive Pastry Chef. It’s sure to be magical!

Jun 282015

Central Florida’s most celebrated chefs will gather on August 8, 2015 at the Orlando World Center Marriott to cook up support for the 26th installment of Orlando’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry.

Forty-four of the area’s most accomplished chefs will showcase tasting portions of signature dishes, accompanied by fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails, to ensure that no child grows up hungry in our city and across America.


Event Auctions & More:

  • Silent auction with signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, rounds of golf on area courses, and exotic adventures and getaways.
  • Instant Wine Cellar game returns offering participants a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine valued at more than $2,500. Each key is a $25 donation.


  • New to this year’s event is The Giving Tree. For a $50 donation, participants are invited to choose a hanging envelope from the tree; each hanging envelope contains a restaurant gift card ranging from $50 to $200 in value.

Pre-Events Benefitting Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida:

  • World of Beer: One dollar for each pint sold at its Dr. Phillips location (7800 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando) on July 23 from 4:00 p.m. to close and its downtown Orlando location (431 E. Central Blvd.) July 30 from 4:00 p.m. to close will benefit both organizations.
  • Eola Wine Company: Weekly wine tasting events on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from July 1 to Aug. 5 for a $15 donation at the door. 430 E. Central Blvd., Orlando.
  • The Ancient Olive: Donating $1 for each bottle of ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars and flavor-infused olive oils sold between July 7 and August 8.
  • Hawkers: During July enjoy a free round of Roti Canai for donating a minimum of $2 to Share Our Strength’s childhood hunger relief programs. Those who donate will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to Orlando’s Taste of the Nation.

Taste of the Nation Event Details:


Participating Restaurants (yes, all 44 of them!)





Photo Credits: Taste of the Nation/No Kid Hungry

Jun 282015

Between bars, bowling alleys and themed restaurants, a different sort of entertainment can be found on I-Drive – WhirlyBall. Unlike any other sport in town, WhirlyBall is best described as a combination of basketball and hockey while riding an a machine, similar to a bumper car, called a WhirlyBug.

A team sport, this hybrid game involves a bit of skill and hand-eye coordination – neither of which I have, but driving that WhirlyBug sure is fun. To play, teams toss around a softball sized whiffle ball and at each end of the court, there are backboards where you aim to score. We played with some regulars during our visit and had so much fun driving around on the court that we almost forgot about scoring.

Off the court is a full restaurant and bar, Bloodhound Brew Pub & Eatery, filled with a number of dishes and a full bar with craft beers on tap. Oh and there’s also a drink that lights on fire! After ordering drinks, we grabbed a bite to fuel up for WhirlyDome.

Bloodhound Burger ($12): Chargrilled burger topped with jalapeño mac and cheese, Havarti cheese and crispy bacon all finished with pineapple BBQ sauce. A mac and cheese burger is one thing, but the jalapeños and pineapple flavor added a new twist we’ve yet to see!

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Street Tacos ($10): Flour tortillas topped with your choice of chicken, pork or steak marinated in chimichurri sauce and topped with shredded cabbage, salsa, cheese, guacamole and sour cream. A surprisingly fresh and flavorful dish – perfect for a pre-game meal.


If you’re looking for entertainment beyond those escape rooms and ice bars, head to WhirlyDome for WhirlyBall, laster tag, bowling and more!



Video Credit: WhirlyDome

Jun 252015

Y’all, we have some of the most exciting event news ever. Soco, will host Chef and Restaurateur John Rivers, for its first guest chef dinner. Dubbed “South Meets South,” the event will take place on Thursday July 16, 2015.

A private culinary experience, Soco will host 125 guests and begin with a cocktail hour at the bar and on the patio. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

A seated five-course dinner will follow, featuring alternating signature dishes from Greg Richie and John Rivers as they take guests on a journey through the first four courses. The two will then team up for the final dish. Each course will celebrate Southern heritage, while highlighting local produce and proteins.

  • Thursday, July 16, 2015 with seating from 5– 9 p.m.


South Meets South Flier