Mar 222017

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida is inviting Orlando to team up and start sleuthing through Downtown Orlando for the Key Initiatives Scavenger Hunt event on Saturday, April 8.

The scavenger hunt, an annual fundraising event for RMHCCF, kicks off at World of Beer and will send participants on a search through some of the city’s best known stops, such as the Amway Center and Lake Eola Park, and popular spots, including Mucho Tequila and Tacos, Stardust Lounge, Aku Aku Tiki Bar and Frosty’s Christmastime Lounge.

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Teams will snap photos and post to Instagram in a race to solve clues and rack up points. Teams will then return to World of Beer to enjoy drink and appetizer specials while scores are tallied and the winning teams are announced. The three teams with the highest scores will be awarded:

  • 1st Place: (6) 1-day park hopper tickets to Disney
  • 2nd Place: (6) assorted gift cards
  • 3rd Place: (6) RMH t-shirts

Proceeds from the scavenger hunt, now in its fourth year, will benefit RMHCCF and the families it serves at the three Central Florida Ronald McDonald House locations. The annual fundraising event is hosted in partnership with RMHCCF’s Key Initiative Committee, a group of Orlando’s young professionals who support the charity by hosting four fundraising events each year.


Saturday, April 8, 2017
Registration starts at 12:30 p.m.
Winning teams will be announced at 5:00 p.m.


World of Beer Downtown Orlando
431 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801


Individual participants – $30.00 per person
Teams of up to 6 people – $150 per team
Sponsorship (6 person team included) – $300 each

Register now or become a sponsor:


Mar 182017
Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar is now open for dinner, brunch and happy hour! Located in the space formerly occupied by Ravenous Pig, this spot now serves up coastal inspired cuisine. Inspired by classic Florida fish camps, Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar offers a wide variety of seafood from the Sunshine State’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts in a contemporary family-friendly atmosphere. The menu features a rotating selection of seasonally available fresh fish and seafood.

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The kitchen at Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar is led by chefs Michael Zajac and Michael Huffler. Zajac, an alumnus of Houston’s restaurants and former owner of High Cotton in Atlanta, oversees the culinary team. Huffler spearheads the restaurant’s daily blackboard specials, which features a rotating selection of fresh Florida species such as grouper, mahi-mahi, tilefish, triggerfish, sheephead and hogfish.

Central to the restaurant is a raw bar serving oysters on the half shell, broiled and steamed, as well as ceviche and peel & eat Florida shrimp. For the meat lover, Reel Fish offers beef and brisket blend burgers from Creekstone Farms, as well as a rotating selection of premium beef cuts.

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Here are some of the brunch menu highlights!

  • Each entree comes with a complimentary cocktail! Choose from a sangria, mimosa and more
  • Fried Green Tomatoes with crumbled goat cheese and a red pepper vinaigrette
  • Shrimp & Avocado Toast with poached egg and shaved radishes
  • Chilaquiles with shredded chicken, avocado, eggs over easy and salsa
  • Reel Burger with Creekstone Farms beef, tomato bacon jam and aged Gouda. Or build your own burger!
  • Argyle Brut Sparkling Wine, Oregon 2013
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Mar 142017
Celebrity chefs Art Smith and Norman Van Aken will headline the 10th annual “Reading between the Wines” Adult Literacy League of Central Florida fundraiser April 12, 2017 from 6-9 p.m. at the Orlando Science Center.

Smith and Van Aken will engage in a lively discussion moderated by local author Bob Morris. Central Florida News 13 feature reporter and anchor Allison Walker-Torres will emcee the evening. Covering topics ranging from pecans to beef and seafood, these masters of Florida fare will dish with the audience and sign books at the event celebrated for its generous food and wine offerings by some of Orlando’s top restaurants.

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During the festive three-hour event enjoy bites from Swine & Sons, 4Rivers Smokehouse, The Coop, Raglan Road, Carmel Café, Olde Hearth Bread Co. and more.  Art Smith’s new Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen at Disney Springs and the new 1921 by Norman Van Aken in Mount Dora, also will feature signature bites. 
All event proceeds will support Adult Literacy League programs and services designed to build a literate community. ALL provides one-to-one tutoring and classes to more than 1,000 adults on a weekly basis, plus books and learning materials to 600 preschoolers in low-income families each year. Tickets for the event are on sale now. Click her for more info!
Mar 062017

Located in the heart of Disney Springs, Planet Hollywood is the lucky recent recipient of a multi-million dollar renovation. This four-story iconic globe boasts a new menu and an immersive theatrical dining experience. From the star-studded walls, to the big-as-your-head-burgers, this re-vamped spot boasts entertainment dining in all its glory.

Walls and glass displays throughout the restaurant are adorned with imagery as well as a curated collection of Hollywood memorabilia including Toby Maguire’s “Spider-Man” suit and Dorothy’s dress from the The Wizard of Oz. Along with the state-of-the-art 4,500-square-foot video wall, you can experience three-dimensional interiors that come to life through Trompe L’oeil 3D technology, an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist not on the screen but in the space itself.

In addition to Planet Hollywood’s classic dishes they’ve introduced a savory selection of “Big Bite Burgers” and signature sandwiches from Guy Fieri. A feast for the eyes, here are some of the new (and old) menu items you’ll find in this Disney Springs spot.

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High Roller Sampler (Serves 4): Where else can you taste fried fare from a ferris wheel? Sample your way through Chicken Crunch, Texas Tostados, Buffalo Wings, Five Cheese Dip and Peri-Peri Shrimp. Rumor has it the chicken is coated partially with Cap’n Crunch!

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Bacon Mac-n-Cheese: Guy’s award-winning burger – winner of NYC Wine and Food Festival Burger Bash! Applewood-smoked bacon, six cheese mac-n-cheese cheddar, crispy onion straws and donkey sauce on a garlic-buttered brioche bun. Like I said, burgers as big as your face.

Pimento Grilled Cheese: Six cheese mac-n-cheese, pimento cheese, stuffed and stacked between three slices of garlic-buttered sourdough. Diets are not welcome on this planet.

planet hollywood disney springs

L.A. Lasagna: Pasta filled with ricotta and bolognese meat sauce that’s fried and served with roasted garlic cream and tomato basil sauces. I’m not sure that anyone in L.A. eats fried lasagna, but I’ve been told this dish is delightful.

Brownie Sundae Martini: TWELVE decadent chunks of freshly baked brownies layered with six scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, topped with caramel and chocolate sauce then buried in mounds of whipped cream and a cherry. I dare you to order and then refuse to share.

Ice Cream and Gelato Challenge: How many of their 12 mystery ice cream and gelato flavors can you correctly identify? Guess all the flavors correctly and win a prize! Kind of like a blind wine tasting….but milk instead of grapes. :)

Welcome back Planet Hollywood!

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Photo Credit: Pimento Grilled Cheese, Planet Hollywood

Feb 212017

After a 20 year history in Brazil, Spoleto – My Italian Kitchen has arrived in Orlando. The concept is simple, give guests the culinary freedom to choose from more than 30 farm-fresh and house-prepared ingredients, herbs, dressings and oils to create a custom pasta, flatbread or salad.


Chefs are at the ready to prepare custom creations or choose from one of Spoleto’s chef-inspired recipes. They combine the speed of fresh-casual service with the sophistication of an Italian restaurant and gourmet-quality food.


The restaurant’s mission is to use ingredients in their simplest form depending on daily deliveries of seasonal produce from locally owned farms. Spoleto also sources produce that is nutrient-rich and organic when possible.


A fun spot for a quick bite or meeting up with friends, there’s plenty of fresh cuisine to explore at this casual, yet sophisticated spot. See you soon Spoleto!

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