Dec 102017
 

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“Tis the season for giving and giveaways! First up in our series of giveaways is a Huey Magoo’s gift card. Founded in 2004 by Matt Armstrong and Thad Hudgens, two southern boys with a passion for quality chicken and a penchant for serving others. Voted “Best Fried Chicken” and “Best of the Best Chicken Tenders”, Huey Magoo’s is rapidly expanding throughout Central Florida and beyond with multiple locations already in Orlando. They pride themselves on providing great tasting chicken tenders in a clean, friendly environment, while showing their love for people. Huey Magoo’s delivers fresh, cooked-to-order chicken tenders, and they do it to perfection.

We visited for the first time last week and my only regret is not visiting sooner! Their tenders are so darn tasty which is why we’re thrilled to partner with them for a $25 gift card giveaway. It’s easy to enter, just follow us on Instagram (@SporkOrlando) and tag a friend that you’d bring along. The winner will be notified later this week and we’d encourage you to visit them this Saturday for their “A Very Magoo’s Christmas” benefiting Christmas Dreams. See below for more details and make plans to try the best tenders in town.

A Very Magoo’s Christmas

  • Huey Magoo’s is hosing “A Very Magoo’s Christmas” this Saturday, December 16. Guests will be gifted with a free meal card, with store purchase, and 15% of proceeds from each store will benefit a Florida based organization, Christmas Dreams.
  • Takes place at all Huey Magoo’s restaurants.  For a list of locations, visit www.hueymagoos.com.
  • Benefiting Christmas Dreams, a Florida-based charitable organization committed to creating memorable, fun experiences and igniting hope for children battling life-threatening illnesses.  Whether through a visit from Santa in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), or their fun-filled “Christmas is Coming” semi-trailer boasting interactive holiday experiences, Christmas Dreams brings the hope and fun of Christmas anywhere, 365 days a year.  For more information, visit www.ChristmasDreams.org.

Dec 082017
 

This Monday, Dec. 11, K Restaurant will launch their first, monthly, Yappy Hour.  To inaugurate this series of tail-wagging fun they have partnered with Woof Orlando. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Orlando locals are invited to bring their furry four-legged friends out and enjoy free dog treats made from local breweries, and enter-to-win two raffles with prizes including a free grooming.

“Doggie chaperones,” can expect drink specials and tongue-in-cheek Yappy Hour dishes from Chef Ryan McLaughlin, which include:

  • Truffled “pupcorn”
  • Milk Bones (veal bone marrow) with accompaniments
  • “Pawsta” – traditional or fried ravioli
  • Crispy Pig Ears

K Restaurant is located at 1710 Edgewater Drive in College Park. See you there, we can’t wait to bring our furry friends!

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Dec 052017
 

highball & harvest

Fa la la…the celebration season is here! Four ways to celebrate at Highball & Harvest now and next year. Cheers to you 2018.

CHRISTMAS DAY CELEBRATION 

Enjoy southern inspired farm-to-fork dishes prepared by Chef Scott Pizzo and a plentiful raw bar as well as live entertainment on Monday, December 25 from 12-9 p.m. Reservations are required with seating for $115 per adult and $45 for children 12 & under.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER 

Sip hand-crafted champagne cocktails and enjoy a five-course tasting with live entertainment as you bid 2017 goodbye on Sunday, December 31 at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required with seating as $135 per adult and $45 for children 12 & under.

AFTER PARTY 

Ring in the new year with hand crafted cocktails, late night small bites and a DJ playing tunes beginning at 10 p.m. on Sunday, December 31! This New Year’s celebration is a 21 or older event, valid ID required.

RECOVERY BRUNCH      

A spectacular recovery brunch featuring chef-attended omelet, traditional southern picks, unlimited Champagne and Mimosas as well as an a la carte Bloody Mary Bar on Monday, January 1, 12 – 2 p.m. Seating is $58 per adult and $20 Children 12 & under.

For reservations call 407-393-4648!

Photo Credit: Highball & Harvest

Dec 052017
 

National Lager Day is Dec. 10, and Raglan Road at Disney Springs has reason to celebrate some of its most popular brews. The Irish-run pub, which recently raised a glass to its 12th birthday, serves Guinness Blonde Lager, Harp Irish Lager, and its new locally brewed “Blagger” Organic Blonde Lager.

The “Blagger,” created by Orlando Brewing for the pub’s annual Great Irish Hooley, is a signature lager made with organic malts, organic Hallertau hops and organic yeast and will be featured Dec. 10 in a buy-one-get-one offer.  Yep, bogo beer!

Pair with the Boaring Burger — grilled wild boar burger, Cashel blue cheese, crispy onion strings, arugula, port and pear chutney with herb aioli served on a floury potato bun.

Visit www.raglanroad.com for more info, reservations and menus.

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Photo Credit: Christina Thomas of GO Epicurista

 

Dec 042017
 

You can always count on Disney for merriment, magic and cookies. This season you’ll find all three in abundance at Epcot during their International Festival of the Holidays now-Dec. 30. You’ll be greeted by wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season from around the globe.

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Longstanding traditions such as the Candlelight Processional return, along with new reasons to celebrate with Holiday Kitchens and an epic Cookie Nook. The number of kitchens doubles in size this year to a total of 15, each bringing international flavors to life.

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An instant success (and our favorite addition) is the Cookie Nook. In their first week they sold an astonishing 10,000 cookies! Sweet treats include snowflake sugar cookies with GLITTER, the softest chocolate peppermint cookies and Christmas tree shaped treats. I’d like to consider myself a cookie snob, and each of these passed the test. Over at the Canada pavilion try the Seared Salmon with Crown Royal Whisky Glaze, which is basically salmon served over a bed of maple syrup (!!)

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Take a break from your shopping list and step into an afternoon full of cookies, gargantuan Christmas trees and international fare.

Merry Christmas!

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Dec 042017
 

FINAL LOGO

Chef Roberto Treviño’s highly anticipated restaurant, El Buda Latin Asian Restaurant, will open on Thursday, December 7th. The chef-driven concept is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando at 116 West Church St (between Hamburger Mary’s and the train tracks) featuring Latin and Asian cuisines in a unique way. El Buda will also be serving an extensive menu of craft cocktails and beer, with an emphasis on local brews.

“I moved to Orlando this summer and have had the opportunity to explore the different neighborhoods and am just in love with all the different little unique pockets, especially downtown,” Treviño said.  “Orlando is in this amazing place right now as a food city, and I feel blessed to be part of what’s happening here and hope that people discover us downtown and get as excited about our food as we are about being here.”

Treviño, a native of California, moved to Puerto Rico in the early 1990s where he solidified his culinary reputation as a star chef with some of the island’s most popular restaurants including Dragonfly, Aguaviva and Budatai.  Treviño has cooked dinner at the James Beard Foundation house in New York for their award events, is frequently featured as a guest chef in food events throughout the US and the Caribbean, including the Aspen Food & Wine ClassicTelluride Culinary Festival and the St Croix Food and Wine Festival.  He has made numerous television appearances both in Puerto Rico and the US, including a battle against renowned Chef Mario Batali on Iron Chef America, as a contestant on The Next Iron Chef, with Rachael Ray on her show $40 a Day, as well as on his own local shows Kandela and 4 Minutos con Chef Treviño.  He’s currently a recurring guest judge on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.

Signature dishes present themselves throughout El Buda’s menu that will include a variety of sections for guests to explore including Dim Sum and Platitos (Pork and Sweet Plantain Dumpling and Octopus Pimenton Kaisou), Rice and Noodles (Ho Fun with Grilled Churasco and Ropa Vieja BiBimBap), Poke, Crudo and Greens (Herame con Coco and Smoked Salmon Pineapple Poke) and Deluxe Meat and Fish (Duck Breast with Miso Honey Potatoes and Beef Short Rib with Yuzu Papas Bravas).  A diverse selection of sides range from Teriyaki Tots (Treviño loves tater tots) to Chicharron Popovers.  The bar program will place an emphasis on craft cocktails and beer, and will also serve wine.

El Buda is located at 116 W. Church Street (look for the side entrance adjacent to the SunRail tracks) and is open daily for lunch and dinner starting at 11:30am.  Weekend brunch is expected to launch before the end of the year.  Learn more by visiting the restaurant’s Facebook Page or by calling (407) 203-8171.  Guests can also follow on Instagram @ElBudaDowntown or Chef Treviño’s personal Twitter account @cheftrevino.

Nov 202017
 

From Epcot to Downtown Orlando, The City Beautiful was bursting with food and wine events this fall. One that’s not to be missed next year is the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. Featuring an astonishing number of wine stations, food and wine seminars and chef meet and greats, this multi-day event is always quite the show.

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We attended a fun (and informative) wine blending seminar prior to the Classic Causeway event. During this hands-on seminar we took a step-by-step look at the wine making process. After a little wine education, and a lot of wine sampling, we headed over to the main tasting event  featuring more than 60 food and beverage stations. See below for a sampling of what we tasted and sipped during the event!

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While there’s lots of events to choose from in the fall, make sure you put the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic on your itinerary for next year!