Dec 052017
 

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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!

Nov 062017
 

four seasons orlando

If you’ve been following Spork for some time now, you know how much we love dining at the Four Seasons. This weekend they are calling all Italian food lovers for events that are not to be missed.

Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi, who hails from Turin, Italy, will welcome Italian guest chefs in partnership with the Italian Food Style Education (IFSE) Culinary School and the Region of Piedmont in Italy. The Resort first partnered with IFSE in October 2016. Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will be host to two incredible dinner experiences highlighting Italian cuisine.

Ravello will welcome Chef Giovanni Grasso of Ristorante La Credenza in San Maurizio Canavese (Turin), Italy. La Credenza was recognized in 2006 with one Michelin Star. Chef Grasso has devoted 25 years at the helm of La Credenza, mixing tradition with innovation, and serving cuisine that is never predictable.

In addition to Chef Grasso, Ravello will welcome Italy’s renowned pastry chef Wendy Elena Bosca. Chef Bosca was born into pastry success, as the daughter of Master Pastry Chef Sergio Bosca, who was awarded the Excellence Artigiana Piemontese Award, Chef Bosca grew up surrounded by sweets. In 2012, she opened her own cake shop in Turin, Italy and in 2013, recorded her own cake design show, airing on television in Italy. In 2014, she joined the IFSE as a culinary instructor, specialising in cake design.

Friday, November 10, 2017

  • Italian Feast – four-course dinner with wine pairings, 6:30 pm, Ravello, USD 140 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity
  • Experience an authentic Italian meal in the Piemontese style of Italy, featuring imported ingredients and Italian wines, created by visiting Chefs Grasso and Bosca.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

  • Italian White Truffle five-course feast with wine pairings, 6:30 pm, Ravello, USD 200 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity
  • A decadent dinner featuring the exclusive white Alba truffle from Italy. The White Truffle Festival is one of the oldest Italian truffle festivals that remains widely attended year after year. The mouth-watering dinner courses include risotto with Piedmont cheese, coffee powder and white truffle; pan seared branzino with potato, oyster water and white truffle; veal with smoked potato puree, foie gras and white truffle; and more

BRB…going to make a reservation at Four Seasons!

Advance tickets are required for these special dinner events. Space is limited; guests must reserve their spot accordingly via Eventbrite.

Oct 012017
 

Step away from your desk. I repeat, step away from your desk. It’s time to get outside and enjoy the wonderful world of lunch! Bring back the mid-day break and explore a new spot for your afternoon meal. While there’s no such thing as a free lunch, these are certainly worth paying for in Downtown Orlando.

Rusty Spoon: As a two-time James Beard Award Nominee, Kathleen Blake is queen of downtown cuisine. Her Lake Meadow “Red Devil” Stuffed Eggs are killer, while her half pound grass fed beef burger stuffed with bacon and Gruyere is sure to put you in the perfect food coma. Lunch or dinner now is the time to visit Rusty Spoon.

Cuban American Cafe: Located inside The Fairwinds Corporate Tower, this authentic Cuban spot has been serving up the best Cuban coffee and sandwiches for 12 years! Pop in for a taste and get out for less than 10 bucks.

Le Gourmet Break: The family that owns this spot moved from France a few short years ago to open a restaurant in Orlando. We’re now the lucky recipients of their pastries made on site and baked fresh daily. They also serve breakfast all day which means you must try their Omelet Croissant. It’s buttery, flaky and everything you’d hope for in a breakfast-fusion sandwich.

DoveCote: Open morning, noon and night their burger and croque monsieur alone are worth a trip out of the office. Bonus points for their stylish space and tasty wine list.

Put down the mouse and pick up a fork. #TeamLunch

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