Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Giant Wooden Sculpture the Centerpiece of Whisper/Roar


A collaborative evening of art installation, modern dance, original music, film and costume called "Whisper/Roar" takes place Friday, September 5th and Saturday, September 6th at The Orange Studio, 1121 N Mills Ave., Orlando, FL 32803. 

The interior will be filled with a hanging wooden sculpture that fills up the space created by Mario Shambon. Wine and light bites  will be provided by Chow of Happy, Sweet Surrender Croissant Sandwiches, Green Growl Nachos & Raw Rage Chocolate Truffles.

Friday, September 5th and Saturday, September 6th
Doors open at 7:30 p.m both nights. Performances begin at 8 p.m.
The Orange Studio, 1121 N Mills Ave., Orlando, FL 32803
Admission: $15 at door

Mellow Mushroom $2.50 Cheese Pizzas Wednesday!

Mellow Mushroom is celebrating their 40th Birthday Wednesday August 19th by rolling back their prices for certain items to their original 1974 prices. Expect $2.50 small cheese pizzas and beer for under a buck!

  • Winter Park: 2015 Aloma Ave
  • Waterford Lakes: 11680 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32826

Magical Dining Month 2014: Bistro CloClo Media Tasting

Bistro CloClo
7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 22
Orlando, FL 32819
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More than 75 restaurants are serving up savings (three-course dinners for $33 at some of Orlando’s most renowned restaurantsthis September during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month 2014. There's a special preview week starting Aug. 25th FYI. 

The restaurants are divided into zones:
  • Convention Area – Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Cuba Libre,The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops (Hilton Orlando)
  • Disney/Lake Buena Vista – Todd English’s bluezoo (Walt Disney World Dolphin), The Venetian Room (Caribe Royale), Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen (World Center Marriott)
  • Downtown – Funky Monkey Wine Company, Kasa Restaurant & Bar*, Mingo’s*, Maxine’s on Shine, Citrus Restaurant, The Boheme (Grand Bohemian Hotel)
  • Restaurant Row – Bistro CloClo*, Eddie V’s*, Dragonfly Sushi, Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Seasons 52, Roy's Restaurant
  • Universal/CityWalk – Emeril’s Orlando, Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Bice Ristorante and Mama Della’s Ristorante (Loews Portofino Bay Hotel)
  • Winter Park and North – Luma on Park, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Chez Vincent, Luigino’s Restaurant, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse* (Altamonte Springs and Longwood locations)
  • Surrounding Areas – Le Coq Au Vin, K Restaurant, Texas de Brazil*, Yuki Hana Japanese Fusion*
*New to Magical Dining Month

We were lucky enough to be invited to a special media preview dinner at one of this year's participating restaurants, Bistro Cloco. Below is the Magical Dining menu and photos of most of the dishes on it.

Mussels (Moules Marinieres): Prince Edward Island mussles, white wine, shallots, butter, cream

Escargots: Snails, garlic parsley butter in puff pastry shell

Cloclo Scallops (Coquilles St Jacques): Cognac flambeed scallops, black risotto, apple cider sauce

Pepper Steak (Steak au Poivre): Angus New York strip, brandy peppercorn sauce, roasted fingerling potatoes, ratatouille

Fish Meuniere: Seasonal fish, lemon brown buter sauce, black risotto

Creme Brulee: Vanilla custard, crunchy caramel crust

Chocolat Mousse (Mousse au Chocolat): Dark chocolate mousse Chef Julien's way, over puff pastry

Monday, August 18, 2014

Several Food Trucks in Downtown Orlando on Labor Day Weekend During Inaugural VetFest 2014


Food Trucks in 

Downtown Orlando?

Yes, it's real!

The Daily City® Food Truck Bazaar is bringing in several food trucks from Tampa and Orlando to be part of local legend Bob Snow's brand new inaugural event called VetFest (Facebook | Website), a tribute to America's Veterans, Labor Day Weekend, August 30-31, 2014. 

They'll be parked in a very peculiar but creative place: under I-4 near Church Street. You know what that means? If it rains, the event can still go on! Also, Bob Snow is constructing a play place with bars for boozing and stages for musical acts to perform. 

The event runs noon to midnight both days. To get into Bob Snow's VetFest event, attendees will pay $15 admission and have access to bars with drink specials, several live music performers and the food trucks. 13% of all the money spent at the food trucks goes back to charities supporting Veterans. 

Several food trucks will be present at all times. They will include a mix of the following:
  • Philly's Best
  • 900 Degreez
  • The Big Cheese
  • Good Ones Cheese Curds
  • Au Naturel Juice and Smoothie Bar
  • SwedeDISH
  • Daydream Pizza
  • Up In Smoke BBQ
  • In Yer Belly pizza
  • Voodoo Kitchen
  • Mayan Grill
  • Ice Cream Social Club
  • Tuk Tuk Truck
  • Burgers Gone Wild
  • Cafe Heavenly on Wheels
  • Simply Divine Food Truck
  • Burgers Gone Wild
  • Flaming Pizza
  • Good Ones Cheese Curds
  • It's All Greek to Me
  • Red Zeppelin
  • In-Law Subs LLC 
  • Sabai Sabai Mobile Thai
  • Kona Dog
  • Caketeer
  • PiMans, LLC

Firebirds Happy Hour at The Market at Mills Park

Firebirds (The Market at Mills Park, 1562 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803) has a Happy Hour weeknights 4-6:30pm with snack and drink specials out on the patio and in the bar.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Taste of Dr. Phillips Center: Preferred Caterers Provide Menu Tasting

After announcing the selection of four local companies as preferred caterers , the Dr. Phillips Center hosted an event on Wednesday, May 21st inside the model room on the 1st floor of "the round building" at 455 S. Orange Ave. Running 2-4pm, the event gave media and select invited guests a chance to meet the caterers and samples some offerings from their menus. 

The preferred caterers include the following companies: 
  • Arthur’s Creative Events & Catering
  • Food Glorious Food Catering
  • Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
  • Puff ’n Stuff Catering 
More than just a food tasting, the event marked the center’s foray into Orlando’s thriving culinary industry. Each chef showcased creative offerings that departed from traditional theater cuisine. 

When the center opens, these four preferred caterers will assist the center in providing an immersive culinary experience in addition to the cultural experience contained within the center.

Scott Joseph Event Recap: Sous Chefs, Road Food & Rioja at Orlando Harley-Davidson

The special dinner event "Sous Chefs, Road Food & Riojawas thrown on May 21, 2014 by Scott Joseph, one of Orlando's top food authorities, at the Orlando Harley-Davidson at 3770 37th Street, Orlando, FL. The 150 guests who managed to get a ticket were treated to food by chefs from ten top restaurants. Full disclosure: our ticket was comped.

Scott Joseph 

 Tom Hill, Victoria & Albert's

Serrano ham and Berbere spice crusted Berkshire Pork Crouton, with Salsify and braised endive

 Andrew Claytor, Txokos Basque Kitchen

Cheese Steak Bocadillo, Old hearth hoagie, Ribeye, foie, Serrano, Manchego, Smoked tomato aioli, Basque banderia 

 Jason Wolfe, K restaurant

 Smoked barbecue beef short ribs, root vegetable puree, Georgia peach & sweet onion spicy barbecue sauce, with wild ramp and micro herb salad

 Derek Peters, Cress

Brown butter toasted brioche, pigs head torchon, local quail egg, muenster bechamel 

 Lucas Reid, Citrus Restaurant

Fried Green Tomatoes with Korean red pepper braised Berkshire pork belly, pimento cheese, tomato marmalade & romesco 

 Ryan Vargas, Emeril's Tchoup Chop

Porcini scented duck breast with corn shoots, mâché, and armanthe, English pea essence and a spring onion vinaigrette 

 Norman Grant, FishBones

Keys Lobster&Shrimp Ceviche with Pineapple-Coconut Cream and Wood Grilled Local Trigger Fish with Brown Butter- Scallop puree and a Crispy wonton cup 

 Reanna Reyes, The Rusty Spoon

Charred octopus, olive salad and peperonata on ciabatta

 Jason Campbell, Cask & Larder

Crawfish and shrimp boudin, fermented creole mustard, with a salad of crispy pig ears and mustard greens, charred ramp vinnagrette. Also served with a house made root beer