Friday, October 24, 2014

Sample 8 Pumpkin Flavored Products Free at The Fresh Market

The Fresh Market is doing a special sampling event October 25 & 26, 1pm-6pm. Guests get to sample the following products:
  • TFM Pumpkin Spice Coffee
  • Apple Cider
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pound Cake
  • TFM Harvest Pumpkin Salsa
  • TFM Naturally Flavored Pumpkin Pie Coffee
  • Pumpkin Nut Bread
  • TFM Pumpkin Cinnamon Caramel Dessert Sauce
Guests can also expect in-store trick-or-treating (Saturday only) and two-day deals on many pumpkin and autumn inspired items throughout the store.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Get the Hell Out of Orlando


(Though this sure does sound like an ad, it is not)
If you need a getaway from swan boats and traffic and wanna get your eyeballs on some zen-spirational (we made that word up) fall foliage, consider the North Carolina Mountains. High Hampton Inn is doing $149 for a single room and $169 for a double room with a two-night minimum (nights and weekends) Oct. 27 to Nov. 8. And damn breakfast and dinner are included. WHAT!?


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sushi For Halloween


Forget bars and clubs and neighbor's houses for Halloween. Instead, spend your time nuzzled up to your "boo" at a sushi restaurant! How random! RA Sushi Bar (9101 International Drive, Suite 1008, Orlando, FL 32819 | Website | Menu | Instagram | Twitter) is doing a "Boo Bash Party" on October 31st 11am till close. Call (407) 454-5600 for info. 

See photos we took a few months ago of the food and the interior.

New Menu Items:

  • Zombie Roll ($8): spicy salmon, cucumber, cilantro and jalapeño rolled and topped with avocado and sriracha.
  • The Black Widow Roll ($10): crispy soft shell crab, kaiware sprouts, kani kama crab mix rolled in rice and soy paper, then topped with shredded daikon, spicy mayo and eel sauce.
  • The Wicked Shrimp ($8.99): crispy shrimp served on a bed of mixed greens, with a creamy ginger teriyaki dipping sauce.
  • Witches Brew (single $9/double $18): a bubbling blend of Southern Comfort, Amaretto Disaronno, cold sake, liqueurs and tropical juices.
  • Frozen Black Lagoon ($7) is a spine tingling mix of sparkling white wines, Bacardi Rum, yuzu, and peach and strawberry purées.
  • Geisha’s Spell ($7) is a magical concoction of cold lemonade, Skyy Raspberry vodka, Chambord, fresh lemon sour and a splash of soda.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Swine & Sons Provisions Opens February 2015


Swine & Sons Provisions (Web | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram), a new endeavor from James and Julie Petrakis, chefs/owners of The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, is slated to open February 2015. The third Winter Park operation from the James Beard-nominated husband/wife tandem will reflect Cask & Larder’s sophisticated southern cuisine and Ravenous Pig’s innovative flare for modern fine dining, while introducing a novel takeout concept to Central Florida.

Located immediately west of Cask & Larder on Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, Swine & Sons Provisions will specialize in takeout charcuterie, butcher sandwiches, seasonally inspired homemade ice creams, signature spices and rubs, scratch-made biscuits, daily pastry offerings and more.

Swine & Sons Provisions will also offer growlers of beer sourced from Cask & Larder’s Brewery. Favorites from The Brewery, including the Red Drum, IPA and Wit varietals will be available, along with a handpicked selection of boutique wines.

“Since opening Ravenous Pig seven years ago and on the heels of celebrating Cask & Larder’s second anniversary, we’ve not only been humbled by the community’s support, but also its encouragement to keep growing,” said Julie Petrakis. “Swine & Sons Provisions is an extension of our first two locations but geared more to people with limited time or to those looking to recreate some of their favorite dishes at home.”

Longtime Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder Chef de Cuisine Rhys Gawlak will join the Petrakises as a partner in Swine & Sons Provisions. Additionally, he will spearhead the charcuterie program at the store as well as oversee daily operations. Gawlak will showcase a collection of cured meats and cheeses as part of the charcuterie offerings and regularly incorporate seasonally fresh local ingredients into the daily selections.

Fellow Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder alum, Koralyss Dominguez, will join Gawlak at Swine & Sons Provisions to oversee its delectable pastry and dessert items. Dominguez will feature some of the most popular sweet treats created during her tenure at both restaurants, which have a cult-like following, while also unveiling new works of culinary art.

Keeping it in the “Swine Family,” Kailey Krips, currently a manager at Ravenous Pig, will also be part of the Swine & Sons Provisions launch team as its store manager.

“It’s a passion of Julie and I to keep our hometown on the forefront of the most progressive culinary trends,” said James Petrakis. “When conceptualizing Swine & Sons Provisions, we pulled inspiration from places like Craftsman & Wolves, Boccalone, Star Provisions and Two Boroughs Larder. We’re giving it a Florida twist and couldn’t be more excited to debut the new concept in Winter Park.”

Swine & Sons Provisions is also proud to announce the launch of its website at . Branding for the store, including its website, is being led by Orlando-based Hatchet Design. The team at Hatchet has been involved with numerous design and branding efforts at Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder since their inceptions.

Regular Swine & Sons Provisions updates are also available via social media at:

Facebook -

Twitter - @SwineandSons

Instagram - @

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Photos: Old Town Halloween and Legends, A Haunting in Old Town

By Denna Beena
Halloween Expert 

Old Town in Kissimmee is hosting an old fashion Halloween celebration and it's free! Offering 6 different themed haunted areas with many photo opportunities, Zombies roaming the streets, costume contests and a Thriller show several times through out the night along with their shops and restaurants.
If you are brave enough, stop by and visit the Ashdown family at Legend's A Haunting at Old Town. Legend's is open all year round but you have just a few more chances to catch the Halloween celebration!