Oct 102016


Central Florida’s annual Cows ‘n Cabs is set to return for its sixth year on Saturday, October 22 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Hosted by ABC Fine Wine & Sprits’ David Larue and 4 Rivers Smokehouse founder John Rivers, the event will be benefitting the Community Food and Outreach Center and Elevate Orlando.

It will be returning to 150 North New York Avenue in Winter Park’s West Meadow and will feature more than 20 of Central Florida’s top restaurants.

Prices include general admission tickets at $110 with VIP packages starting at $140 for early admission.

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.cowsncabs.com. Guests must be 21 and older to attend.

Do you have your tickets yet?


Oct 102016


Master Sommelier George Miliotes will bring his renowned wine expertise to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort when his new venture, Wine Bar George, opens in fall 2017. Wine Bar George will be the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida.

Miliotes is widely regarded as one of the restaurant industry’s foremost wine experts with accolades and awards from national publications including Wine Spectator. Miliotes is no stranger to Walt Disney World Resort – he was part of the opening team of California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and managed the venue from 1995 to 2002. While there, he created an award-winning wine list and one of the first 100 wines by the glass lists in the country.
“I’m excited to return to Walt Disney World Resort, and Disney Springs is the perfect place to open a wine bar and share my passion with the world,” Miliotes said. “Having the opportunity to train and hire my own team while sharing my 40-plus years of knowledge is truly incredible, and I look forward to opening our doors in the coming year.”


As one of only 230 worldwide industry professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Miliotes will feature wines from famed growing regions both stateside and abroad at Wine Bar George. The location will offer an unparalleled wine list including more than 100 selections both by the bottle and the glass.

“With an international wine list that’s both approachable and adventurous, my hope is that Wine Bar George will cater to wine connoisseurs and novices alike,” Miliotes said. “The wine menu will feature a range of varietals, vintages and prices. Guests will be able to experience sips from acclaimed and well-known wineries as well as growing regions and wineries that are up-and-coming.”


Additionally, Wine Bar George will include a food menu featuring small plates, cheese, and charcuterie designed to complement the wine list. Offerings will feature local artisans and seasonally relevant items.

“As a native Floridian, it’s important to me to support local farms and businesses,” Miliotes said. “And with our seasonal menu, we’ll change our offerings as ingredients come into their prime. Every menu item will complement selections on our wine list, bringing guests ideal food and wine pairings and culinary explorations.”

Guests can expect their experience to include wine education, which will be served up in an approachable and fun manner. Every part of the Wine Bar George experience, including special events and visits from renowned winemakers, will educate and enlighten guests about food and wine.


“I’m thrilled to share my enthusiasm and passion for wine with every single guest,” Miliotes said. “Every interaction we have with our guests is the chance to teach them about the fascinating world of wine. Good wine and good food go together, and sometimes people overcomplicate that notion. At Wine Bar George, guests will enjoy the trifecta of exceptional food, renowned wines and leave with as much wine knowledge as they wish.”

When the 210-seat wine bar opens, it will join a growing and remarkable group of dining, shopping and entertainment offerings at Disney Springs. The design for the 6,000-square-foot space will be reminiscent of a winemaker’s home estate featuring oak wood, warm lighting and a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere.

Follow George @WineBarGeorge on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest and join the #WineBarGeorge conversation. Visit WineBarGeorge.com for news and updates.




Winery Photo Credits: Honig

Oct 102016

Earls Kitchen + Bar has opened at The Mall at Millenia in the former Blue Martini space. The opening will mark the second Florida location and 68th restaurant overall which had its beginnings in Vancouver, Canada and started an expansion into the eastern United States in 2014 in South Florida.

Earls Kitchen + Bar marries modern, made-from-scratch cuisine and their beverage program with beautifully designed dining rooms offering a relaxed culinary experience. Breaking from the conventional mold, Earls restaurants are notable for their unique personalities. Locations are all designed differently, with local artists selected to contribute to the overall design, and menus are crafted with an eye toward location and demographics. At Millenia, you’ll feel as if you’ve walked into a West Elm, but with booze and fries.


The Orlando menu is tailored to the local market, with regional and seasonal products that showcase the restaurant’s commitment to quality and sustainability. In addition to sourcing local ingredients where possible, Black Angus Beef is Certified Humane (raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones and fed a natural vegetarian diet) and all seafood is sustainable certified.


Their expansive menu encourages convivial shared dining. In keeping with the menu’s global focus, appetizer highlights will include Tuna Poke, Sicilian Calamari and classics like crisp Caesar Salads and Cajun Chicken. Made-to-order entrees are paired with dressings and sauces made in-house daily

Cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, wine and beer are an important part of the Earls Kitchen + Bar experience. With a commitment to using only 100% fresh squeezed in-house juices, Earls’ craft cocktails are infused with seasonal ingredients. Happy Hour occurs twice daily with sessions Monday through Friday – from 3PM to 6PM and again from 9PM to midnight offering specials on wine, beer, cocktails and appetizers. They also have promotions running Monday through Thursday with nightly specials on kitchen offerings, different craft cocktails, craft beers and “That’s How We Roll Tuesdays” featuring $3 sushi rolls and half-priced bottles of wine.


Earls is located on the second level adjacent to Macy’s at the Mall at Millenia. Share with us in the comments, what do you think of the latest addition to our dining scene?


Earls Kitchen + Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sep 282016

As if you need an excuse to visit the Four Seasons this fall, but just in case you do, here are a few (fun) events happening soon.

James Beard Preview Dinner on November 3:

Chef Fabrizio Schenardi and Chef Rabii Saber are set to present dinner at the legendary James Beard House! Experience the menu firsthand and send off the chefs at a preview dinner on November 3, 2016.
This invite-only opportunity is extended by the James Beard House to chefs based on numerous criteria, including national reputation and demonstrated culinary excellence. The dynamic duo is headed to the Big Apple to cook at the James Beard House on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

Schenardi and team will present a five-course dinner, including a shaved artichoke salad with wild watercress, ricotta, toasted pistachios and a Moscato vinaigrette; smoked Clear Creek wagyu beef with beef fat aioli, charred leek and garrotxa; Carabinero shrimp with a saffron broth, sunchokes and mint; Ellensburg lamb tenderloin with quince, pumpkin and maple; and an apple rustic tart, with Spanish tetilla cheese and vanilla gelato. Each course will be paired with a different wine.  The menu was designed to showcase the diverse restaurant concepts at the resort, representing “a culinary tour of Four Seasons Orlando.”  Enjoy flavors from local Florida fare to Cuban and then Spanish to Italian all in one evening.


Attendees will be invited to sign a special “lucky apron” that the chefs can wear when they’re at the James Beard House.  The dinner is available for $95 per person (tax and gratuity additional). Call for reservations: 407 313 6161.


Italy, Italy, Italy October 27-29:

This October, Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi, who hails from Torino, Italy, will bring Italian guest chefs in partnership from the Italian Food Style Education (IFSE) Culinary School in Italy to prepare an Italian culinary extravaganza. Ravello will be host to several events highlighting the Piemonte region of Italy.


The three-day event will begin with a welcome tasting of imported Italian extra virgin olive oils with housemade breads, a decadent appetizer buffet, and wine tasting.  Day two consists of a five-course Italian feast in Ravello and a dessert party in Capa; and a pop-up Italian Market will be offered Thursday through Sunday, to feature imported olive oils, wines, and housemade Italian pastries and desserts, from Chef Fabrizio’s bomboloni and biscotti to his housemade limocello and gelato. Visitors to the Italian Market can purchase these delicacies to-go, or can purchase and enjoy on property. A special Italian coffee lounge will feature delicious lattes, cappuccinos and more, to be enjoyed on the gorgeous outdoor terrace. Complimentary classes will also be offered to resort guests and to the public.

For more details about this grand celebration of Italy click here!


See you at the Four Seasons.




Photo Credits: Four Seasons

Sep 282016

With 62 days, 30 global marketplaces and 49 new cocktails, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all of Walt Disney World’s magical options during their 21st annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. But, with a little planning and a sprinkle of patience (or more wine), it’s easy to navigate this epic event. From culinary demonstrations to lavish parties and eating and drinking around the world, there’s something for every palate and preference.

Here’s how to master this unparalleled festival like a master:

  • Timing is Everything: Weekends are usually packed, if you have time during the week you can breeze through the World Showcase with minimal crowds and lines. If Saturday and Sunday are your only option, go early to avoid the mega crowds. Epcot typically opens at 9 or 10 a.m., so if you’re into day-drinking you can beat the influx of tourists earlier in the morning.


  • Make a Plan: Scope out the marketplaces ahead of time that are a must visit for you. It’s tempting to grab the first plate you see, but with 30 spots you’ll want a plan. If you’re in need of some air conditioning and beer stop by the Craft Beers indoor pavilion for pimento cheese, charcuterie and sips from local Florida breweries.


  • The Price of Bubbles: Save your cash for the good stuff, Dom Pérignon and Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label are available by the glass at the Desserts & Champagne Marketplace. Both are the perfect complement to virtually any dish at the festival and won’t weigh you down on a hot Florida fall day.


  • Pace Yourself with a FastPass+: Unless you’re a professional eater, there’s only so much your stomach can handle in a day. Break up your time with a FastPass+ and check out the new Soarin’ or recently re-imagined Test Track. Download the Walt Disney World app and grab your attraction reservation in advance, you’ll relish the caloric break and welcome the air conditioned rides.
  • Learn from the Masters: For a mere $15 you can hear from renowned chefs and wine experts with culinary demonstrations and wine seminars. From local talent to nationally acclaimed professionals, these seminars occur multiple times a day throughout the festival. There’s something for every interest and palate, plus they’re quite the bargain!



  • Reservations Recommended: After a day of wine samples and small plates you’ll probably be in the mood for a full and balanced meal. Drive (or Uber) over to the Four Seasons Resort near the Magic Kingdom for a change of scenery and visit their authentic Italian spot, Ravello. Plus, if you visit in September you can enjoy their $33 three-course prix-fixe menu. Their wood-fired pizza and wine by the glass list are exceptional as well.


Cheers to 62 days of culinary magic at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival!


Sep 232016

Imagine a world where you can purchase wine in your pajamas for same-day delivery. Dream no more because this is a reality in Orlando! {HOORAY} In addition to Publix, Shipt now partners with ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, so all the wine, beer and liquor you care to purchase can now be delivered to your doorstep. From doughnuts to sushi, there are countless delivery services in Orlando, but only one that can have that bottle of wine at your door ASAP.


Shopping can be chaotic: the parking, the cart loading, the unloading of items to pay, the loading of your car, the lugging food inside and then finding the space for everything. It’s all an utter inconvenience. Shipt’s app is super easy to use – you can browse through countless categories including beer, spirits, 90+ rated wines, wine varietals and more! After placing a quick order through the app, my personal Shipt shopper came to the door and voila, Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc delivered! I then returned to my Gossip Girl Netflix binge and put our wine on ice for dinner.

So whether you’re having a low-key night at home or inviting 20 of your closest friends over for a dinner party, Shipt has set out to make the chore of shopping more manageable. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to order some brie and bubbles. Cheers!



Sep 192016
One visit to Meson Sandwiches and you’re likely to become a fan. This fast-casual spot renowned for its Caribbean-inspired, pressed sandwiches is rapidly expanding in town with three operating locations and two more in the works. National and local publications alike are discovering (and gushing over) this new breed of sandwiches.
We recently visited Meson in Kissimmee and were treated to a myriad of fluffy, fabulous sandwiches! From all-day breakfast to dinner, the restaurant serves up some tasty (and affordable) grub:
  • All Pro: Virginia ham, pastrami, sautéed onions and melted Swiss cheese. With all of their sandwiches you can choose from a variety of classic and Caribbean-style breads.

Meson Sandwiches

  • Philly’s: A new take on an old classic – roast beef or turkey, sautéed onions and peppers with melted Swiss cheese.

Meson Sandwiches

  • White House: Timely right? Roast beef or turkey, sautéed mushrooms and melted Swiss cheese.

Meson Sandwiches

  • Omelette Sandwich: This item is filled with scrambled eggs, peppers, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, ham, mayonnaise and Swiss or American cheese. A perfect marriage of breakfast and lunch all wedged between one sandwich.

Meson Sandwiches

  • Omelette Trio Sandwich: Layer upon layer, upon layer of scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, mayonnaise and Swiss or American cheese.

Meson Sandwiches

  • Surfer Baked Potato: Vegetarians rejoice, there’s options on the menu especially for you! This potato is loaded down with soy salami, Swiss cheese, melted cheddar cheese, pickles, peppers, onions, mushrooms, cabbage, tomatoes and their special sauce. Plus you can turn any sandwich into a baked potato if you wish.

Meson Sandwiches

  • Coffee: With a tradition of excellence since 1736, Puerto Rico takes their coffee seriously. Meson uses hand-selected 100% Arabica beans that are roasted to bring out their delicate flavors and aromas. Move over Starbucks, even Coffee Review Magazine gave El Meson’s brew a rating of excellence.

Meson Sandwiches

Meson was founded in Puerto Rico more than four decades ago and is now conquering taste buds in the mainland. So skip the typical chain restaurant sandwich and make your way to Meson Sandwiches!
Find Meson Sandwiches:
  • 1010 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee
  • Florida Mall: 8001 Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando
  • Premium Outlets: 8200 Vineland Ave, Orlando

Meson Sandwiches Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato