Aug 022016

In a world of on-demand delivery it’s only natural that your lunch would be next in the daily delivery lineup. Often when noon rolls around you have two options, enjoy an oh-so-unsatisfying granola bar or venture down to an average sandwich shop. But consider this third option, EnjoyFresh, which delivers local chef-made entrees to your doorstep.

EnjoyFresh was founded with the idea of connecting food lovers with passionate local chefs. Inspired by the creativity and diversity in today’s food movement, they wanted to give talented chefs the chance to push boundaries and tell their culinary story.


This Orlando based startup allows you to enjoy fresh, unique food prepared by great, local chefs.  Right now they’re focusing solely on lunch deliveries and office catering in the general Orlando area with hopes to expand soon. Most of their menu items are $9.95 with free delivery, making for an uber affordable and convenient lunch experience.


As 9-5ers typically stuck inside the office we decided to give EnjoyFresh a whirl! Ordering is simple, you scroll through their app or website to view offerings, select your delivery day and voilà lunch is served. Lunch orders placed by 10:30 that morning are delivered between 12 and 12:30pm that same day. Office catering for groups of 5 or more might need additional pre-order time.  We were super impressed by the number of offerings ranging from spicy Korean chicken, to a handful of vegetarian options and even catering items like chicken fajitas. Our Meatball Sub was fresh, hot and efficiently delivered right to our doorstep. The best part? No dishes, clean up or leaving the office required! EnjoyFresh delivers to the general Orlando area and hopes to grow in the coming months. With a rotating menu selection each weekday, you’ll never have to leave the office for lunch.


As a new business, EnjoyFresh is currently looking for a group of “Insiders” who are open to trying new
options when it comes to food delivery, restaurant experiences and even office or event catering.
They’ll ask for your participation in short surveys, you’ll send any suggestions and help spread the word to your Orlando friends, co-workers and family. You’ll also be among the first to receive special discounts and offers. Interested? Click here for all of the details and your shot at becoming an Insider.

So skip the soggy sandwich and order in, you have nothing to lose but a rumbling stomach.

Deal Alert! Enter EFSPORK for a BOGO meal. J




Photo Credits: EnjoyFresh

Jul 282016

Oh Southern food……how you’ve made quite a splash in the culinary scene. For those of us accustomed to grits, fried everything and BBQ it’s disheartening to see our beloved classics sometimes items altered to a state beyond recognition. You know what I’m talking about; it’s the truffle shrimp and grits or sriracha fried chicken at an uber trendy restaurant that makes true Southerns shake their heads and sigh.

Homecoming Chef Art Smith Disney Springs

Thankfully, there’s a new place in town serving up Southern food, pure and simple. Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming is exactly that – an homage to his roots as a sixth generation Floridian, his newest restaurant brings his favorite dishes home. The name Homecoming is a nod to Chef Art’s return to Walt Disney World after his first cast role in The Magic Kingdom College Program in 1981 – now known as the Walt Disney World College Program. Chef Art has spent many years traveling, making TV appearances, cooking award-winning meals for celebrities and opening restaurants like Table Fifty-Two in Chicago, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar in Atlanta and Art and Soul in Washington, D.C. But to him, Florida is home. And he has come back to share some of his favorite Florida farm-to-fork dishes with locals and tourists alike.

Homecoming Chef Art Smith Disney Springs

My family and I spent a few hours on my birthday here recently and were pleasantly surprised by the friendly service, perfectly prepared cocktails and, of course, their simple Southern dishes. The interiors are lovely, both warm and detailed all in one. As a fourth generation Floridian it’s nice to see a bit of the Sunshine State represented among a sea of tourists. Homecoming’s seasonal menu with local ingredients (would you expect anything different these days?) is well crafted and true to its roots. Here’s what we tasted and sipped during our time at Homecoming:

  • Jasper Board: An assortment of pimento cheese, smoked sausage, shaved ham, bread and butter pickles and candied pecans. I’ll admit, this wasn’t the strongest start to our meal between the long wait time and average pimento cheese, but those pickles were fantastic and the rest of our dishes made up for a ho-hum starter. I only call this out so you save room for other appetizers like their deviled eggs.

Homecoming Chef Art Smith Disney Springs

  • Church Lady Deviled Eggs: If I’m ever required to bring deviled eggs to a Sunday picnic, I’m totally calling Art. These whole style eggs live up to their name, church ladies know how to make a proper deviled egg.
  • Chopped Pork Barbecue Plate: Let’s all stand and applaud for Momma’s mac and cheese. No really. The cheesy, gooey goodness totally stole the show from the barbecue – which was also quite tasty I might add. Just skip the cheddar drop biscuit, save the calories for all those noodles.

Homecoming Chef Art Smith Disney Springs

  • Fried Chicken Sandwich: A signature dish that’s buttermilk-brined for 24 hours then fried and served alongside potato chips. Thank you Homecoming for a good ol’ dish of fried chicken – nothing fancy, just done right.

Homecoming Chef Art Smith Disney Springs

  • Celebratory Birthday Drinks: Bonus points for having Honig Sauvignon Blanc by the glass on your menu! My family opted for the Cucumber Cooler (a must-try on a hot day) and the Muleshine (it’s strong, you’ve been warned). They boast an expansive drink list that’s sure to satisfy everyone’s palate.

Homecoming Chef Art Smith Disney Springs

So welcome home Chef Art, you picked a good neighborhood. See y’all at Homecoming.


Jul 272016

We all scream…..for cooler weather! In the midst of a brutal summer, it’s critical to stay cool. So, if you’re looking for something chilled we’d recommend these delectable treats.

Sprinkles: Known for their cupcakes, but their ice cream is another gem among their culinary confections. All of their ice cream is made with organic dairy and they use ingredients like Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, Callebaut chocolate and sprinkles from France.  Their Sprinkles Sundae is divine, it’s a single scoop of ice cream between cupcake top and bottom. Plus, buy any two ice cream sundaes through the end of the month and score two free cupcakes! And if you don’t feel like making the trek out to Disney Springs, Sprinkles delivers ice cream to your doorstep – just make sure you order their red velvet flavor. So bring it on Florida heat, Sprinkles is ready for you.



Peterbrooke: Stroll over to Park Avenue for some creamy gelato and inhale their Banana Caramel Praline flavor with sugar coated pralines. It’s rumored that Oprah has buckets of this confection shipped to her house, so you know it has to be good. 


Peak Season Pops: My favorite pops in town with flavors ranging from Basil Lemonade to Citrus Cilantro. Founded in 2011, they aim to support local companies by sourcing ingredients, bags, sticks, printing and all other aspects of their business in Orlando. They’re a roaming food cart, but you can typically find them at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and the Downtown Orlando Market come Sunday.


Jeremiah’s: Serving up tasty frozen treats around town including refreshing Italian Ice in over 40 flavors, creamy ice cream and Jeremiah’s Gelati – the perfect layering of Italian Ice with soft ice cream. Click here for a full list of locations.


Stay cool Orlando!



Photo Credits: Sprinkles, Peak Season Pops, Peterbrooke

Jul 272016

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will introduce a Sunday Champagne Brunch at Il Mulino New York Trattoria along with two new beverage seminars, Craft Cocktail sand More than Malbec, when it returns for its seventh year Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29.

Guests can extend their Food & Wine Classic experience one more day at the first ever Sunday Champagne Brunch on October 30, featuring a lavish menu of traditional and unconventional dishes. The brunch, presented by J Vineyards and Winery, will include various cured meats and imported cheeses along with an array of sushi and trattoria-inspired entrees.

The Sunday Champagne Brunch can be booked along with a 2-night stay orSaturday night stay festival package for $75 per person, which includes one glass of J Vineyards champagne or specialty mimosa. Available seatings are at 10 a.m.,11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Along with the Sunday Champagne Brunch, event attendees can experience two new seminars that have been added to the selection of hands-on educational experiences taught by members of the hotel’s award-winning food and beverage team. The new spirits seminar, Craft Cocktails, educates guests on the origins of traditional cocktails and how to make them. More than Malbec introduces the world of popular Argentinian wines, with tastings and tips for pairing.


Returning beverage seminars will be Wine Blending, Italian Wines, Base to Bubbles, Beer Please and TQU: Tequila University, while The Cheese Course,Pasta Making and Fine Art of Sushi and Sake return as pairing seminars.

Beverage seminar tickets are $50 per person, and pairing seminar tickets are $70 per person and require the purchase of the general outdoor causeway ticket. Visit to view the 2016 food menu as well as book overnight packages and purchase tickets for the event, seminars and Sunday Champagne Brunch.


The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic offers guests unlimited tastings at more than 40 stations featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and wine from more than 30 wineries amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway. Upgraded ticket options allow guests to enjoy access to a beer garden featuring a wide selection of craft beers and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine.

Jul 232016
It’s baaack!! This fall, food lovers can experience deals at 90 of the most popular restaurants in Orlando – including 19 new program participants – during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. From Aug. 29 through Oct. 2, guests can choose from these participating restaurants to enjoy three-course dinners for $33, averaging a savings of 33% per meal. Plus some restaurants even do a preview week!

A full list of all participating restaurants, menus and OpenTable reservations are available at New restaurants to the program include:

  • STK, a brand new upscale steakhouse with a high-energy atmosphere at Disney Springs
  • Morimoto Asia, by Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef America fame, offering pan-Asian flavors from across the continent.
  • Urbain 40, glinting with 1940’s glamor and a continental menu crafted from largely local, seasonal ingredients.
  • Cask & Larder, a local favorite featuring brewed-onsite beer, home-cured meats and pickled vegetables. Cask & Larder is the second restaurant created by five-time James Beard-nominated chefs James Petrakis and Julie Petrakis.


In its 11th year, Magical Dining Month gives both locals and visitors alike a chance to experience Orlando dining at its finest all over town – from options near the theme parks to hidden gems in Orlando’s local neighborhoods including:

  • Convention Area – RA Sushi*, Itta Bena*, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit*, Urban Tide (Hyatt Regency Orlando), The Capital Grille, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, A Land Remembered (Rosen Shingle Creek),
  • Disney/Lake Buena Vista – Black Fire Brazilian Steakhouse, deep blu seafood grille (Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort), NINE18 (The Villas at Grand Cypress), Todd English’s Bluezoo (Walt Disney World Dolphin)
  • Downtown – Shari Sushi Lounge*, Artisan’s Table, The Boheme, Citrus Restaurant, KASA Restaurant & Bar, Maxine’s on Shine
  • Restaurant Row – SLATE*, Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Restaurant, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Ocean Prime
  • Universal/CityWalk – Amatista Cookhouse* (Loews Sapphire Falls) , Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Island’s Dining Room (Loews Royal Pacific), The Kitchen (Hard Rock Hotel), Mama Della’s Ristorante (Loews Portofino Bay)
  • Winter Park – Blu on the Avenue*, The Ravenous Pig, Luma on Park, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Chez Vincent, Hamilton’s Kitchen, Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Surrounding Areas – F&D Kitchen and Bar*, Osprey Tavern*, Kabooki Sushi*, Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Orlando and Lake Mary)

*First year in Magical Dining

Each year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month benefits a local cause chosen the year prior. This year, The Russell Home for Atypical Children is the recipient, and will be given $1 from every Magical Dining meal. The Russell Home is the first non-profit institution in the country to provide a home atmosphere with a family structure for special needs children and ‘child-like’ adults. In continuous operation for over 60 years without any government support, the home also provides 24 hours of free respite care and free day care for the local families with special needs dependents.

Last year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining raised a record $160,735 for ELEVATE Orlando. The funds raised by Magical Dining enabled ELEVATE to expand its mentorship programs into Jones High School, equipping thousands of urban youth in Central Florida to graduate with a plan for their future.

Jul 192016

The Capital Grille’s Generous Pour is back for the summer! The signature summer series will feature a collection of seven benchmark offerings from wineries who have forever changed the landscape of wine. Now through September 4 for $28 per person with dinner, guests are invited to explore and enjoy as many of these remarkable wines as they like.

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The Generous Pour Rebels, Rule Breakers & Game Changers collection features the direct descendants of some of winemaking’s boldest vintners. From California’s first single vineyard Chardonnay and the first winery to name a region, and an American winemaker in Northern Italy, these world-class wines were crafted by those who understood the value of taking a risk.

“This year, The Generous Pour collection pays tribute to the bold risks and strong decisions of the men and women who were not afraid to challenge the norm,” said George Miliotes, The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier and one of only 230 in the world to have earned that prestigious title. “The rewards that come with their bold approach are an assortment of wines that have transformed the way wine is now viewed,” he added.

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During The Generous Pour, servers will suggest pairings for each course, based on individual preferences, allowing guests to craft their own personalized wine dinner. The Generous Pour 2016 collection includes:

Stags’ Leap, The Leap Cabernet Sauvignon. The Stags Leap region with its unique soil and climate became known for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa. This wine was so fine that for the first time ever in California, a winery inspired the name of a growing region. This Cabernet Sauvignon, normally only available in the estate’s tasting room, pairs beautifully with our dry aged steak.


Lyric by Etude Pinot Noir. Produced by winemakers who, in 1982, had the rebellious determination to grow one of the world’s most unforgiving grapes.  At the same time, they were one of the first wineries to adapt their winemaking technique and philosophy to suit the land. Don’t miss what some consider the finest and truest expression of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir.

Beaulieu Vineyard, Tapestry Cabernet Blend. Bordeaux trained winemaker André Tchelistcheff came into Napa with a bold new approach, using radical fermentation techniques and pioneering the use of French oak barrels which resulted in California’s first “cult” Cabernet. Tapestry carries on these techniques in this classic Bordeaux blend.

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Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Blend. In 1951, the Penfolds Winery set out to create a world-class red to rival the best in Europe, forever changing the landscape of Australian wine. Enjoy Penfolds Bin 2, from the first winery to produce the Shiraz that made Australian Shiraz famous — and still remains the gold standard.

Chateau St. Jean, Robert Young Vineyard Chardonnay. Winemaker Richard Arrowood, who went on to become one of Sonoma’s most iconic vintners, did the unthinkable in 1975: produce a Chardonnay from a single vineyard. Enjoy this complex and classic descendant, a California Chardonnay from Margo Van Staaveren and the renowned Alexander Valley, throughout your meal.

Provenance Sauvignon Blanc. A gamble on growing white grapes in the traditionally red region of Rutherford, Calif., paid off big. The inaugural vintage minted Rutherford’s reputation for Sauvignon Blanc. Experience what is possibly the best expression of Sauvignon Blanc in the Napa Valley.

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Stellina di Notte Pinot Grigio. This light and refreshing Pinot Grigio was born out of American innovation paired with centuries old tradition. Created in the foothills of the Italian Alps – home to the most famous Pinot Grigio in the world – this bright, lively white is classic in style, but modern in taste.

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Click here to learn more about the featured wines and the winemakers that broke the rules to create them. Follow @CapitalGrille on Twitter and @TheCapitalGrille on Instagram and join the #GenerousPour conversation.




Photo Credit: The Capital Grille


Jul 182016

A memorable lunch is a bit of an anomaly in The City Beautiful, especially downtown. A bright addition to the scene, Pearson’s Cafe is a new venture by established Orlando catering company, Pearson’s Catering.

Chef Kim Pearson and husband, Dan Shier, have been serving the central Florida area for over fifteen years. Pearson began her culinary career at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. Her passion for food, and requests from catering clients to offer Pearson’s in a retail setting led to the opening of Pearson’s Cafe in late March.


Known for real egg breakfast offerings, a signature Cuban sandwich with house roasted mojo pork, a hearty turkey cranberry sandwich on homemade cranberry walnut bread, scratch made soups, and gourmet cookies, brownies and bars, this spot is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday.


We recently chatted with the owners to find out more about Pearson’s and their love for the culinary world.

Tell me a little bit about Pearson’s and your background?

I grew up in the central Florida area, and I’m happy to call Florida home. I attended Florida State University and earned a degree in retail merchandising. I had always enjoyed food and cooking, which led me to pursue a culinary degree at Johnson & Wales University. After graduating, I worked at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. I worked with excellent French chefs in a variety of restaurants. Eventually I was ready to return to Florida, and to build my own venture here. I started Pearson’s Catering in 1994. With a lot of hard work and sweat equity, the business grew. I met and married Dan, and together we have continued the forward momentum. Our clients have been urging us for quite some time to open a restaurant, and when the opportunity arose earlier this year, we decided we should jump on it!

What makes your sandwiches and pastries extra tasty? Do you work with other local business for your ingredients?

Our food is extra tasty because we use great ingredients and make much of it in house. Our top round roast beef is made in house–it’s not pre-packaged lunchmeat. The mojo pulled pork on the Cuban is all made from scratch, as are all of our BBQ sauces. Chutneys, toppings, and sauces are made from my own recipes, which I have worked to perfect over the past 20 years. My dad is a retired surgeon, turned bread baker. He makes the cranberry walnut bread fresh for the turkey cranberry grill sandwiches. Dan makes his famous chili, and has recently taken over the production of focaccia for our Italian sandwiches. We want every detail to be absolutely delicious.

We do work with other local businesses including Olde Hearth Bread Co., Downtown Credo coffee, and Chef Bob’s RS&H Roasts coffee. Olde Hearth provides the breads and croissants that we don’t make ourselves. Credo supplies regular coffee, and RS&H Roasts developed our signature flavor: Pearson’s Pear. We’re the only place in the US offering pear flavored coffee!


What’s the greatest and hardest part about owning your own business?
The greatest part is the freedom to do things exactly how you want. Everything is the way it is, because it’s the way Dan and I want it–it meets our standards of food and service quality. The hardest part is the long hours, and balancing between running two businesses now.

Tell me a little bit about your menu inspiration? Favorite item on the menu?
The menu is inspired by our catering clients. We’ve taken their feedback, suggestions, preferences, and fan favorites, and brought them to a retail space. My favorite menu item is the turkey cranberry grill-it’s definitely one of our signature items, and special because my dad makes the bread. Dan makes his special chili, which he’s very partial to. It’s like children though–you’re not supposed to have a favorite, so we love all our menu items equally! :)

Make sure you add Pearson’s to your lunch rotation!



Photo Credits: Pearson’s Cafe