Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida @RMHC Raises $180,000 at Appetite for the Arches!

Sixteen chefs from some of Central Florida’s best restaurants accepted a unique challenge issued by Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida for their Appetite for the Arches fundraiser held on March 7 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. The concept? Use McDonald’s® ingredients to create a signature dish. In the event’s second year, over …

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Sensational Spain: Unique, Terroir-Driven Wines with @oleimports #wine

Recently I had the privilege of attending a Spanish Wines seminar hosted by Mr. Patrick Mata, the founder of Ole Imports, organized by Premier Beverage and Augustan Imports. A visionary, insightful, honest, boasting an exceptional palate (family has been in wine business in Spain since the 1800s), and staunch advocate of local farmers and producers; …

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Mangia, Mangia – Savoring Italian Favorites at Fiorenzo Steakhouse in @HyattOrlando

Having traveled in Italy extensively, and multiple times I am perpetually seeking to recreate our magical eating adventures. Italian dishes to me are pure comfort food, flavors one ends up remembering, and craving days later. It was on one of these days, that I ventured into Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse inside Hyatt Hotel (formerly Peabody) located …

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@ChuysRestaurant – Now Boasting Three Locations in Central Florida! #orlando

Flour and corn tortillas hand-rolled all day on the authentic comal; Salsa Fresca made fresh every hour, fire roasting Anaheim Peppers, seven incredible sauces made daily, fresh margaritas, fully loaded nacho car, and more….Tex-Mex lovers rejoice – now you have access to three locations in Central Florida. Chuy’s, the Austin-based restaurant famous for its authentic …

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PRIMO: An Exhilarating Farm to Table Experience at @JW_Orlando #PrimoOrlando

Riveting, inspiring, passionate are just few of the traits which crossed through my mind while hearing Chef Melissa Kelly share her principles and beliefs regarding sustainability, slow food, and the true ‘farm to table‘ philosophy. By the end of our dazzling meal, I for one couldn’t resist racing to the nearest nursery to stock up …

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The Trotter Project Fundraiser: Evening of Awe-Inspiring Camaraderie & Food at @NormansNewWorld

Despite my gourmand experiences with varied cuisines and endless travels, it’s a rare occasion, when the entire evening – each bite, every sip, is impeccably flawless, that even I am rendered speechless. THE highlight of 2014 incontestably for me was the elegant reception Chef Norman hosted in honor of his dear friend and brother, the …

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Tasting the “Grand Cru of the Midi” with Owner/Winemaker @DaumasGassac #wine

Recently I had the immense pleasure of tasting the exciting wines of Mas de Daumas Gassac with Mr. Samuel Guibert, Owner/Winemaker of the winery located in Languedoc, France. Mille grazie (thousand thanks) to Mr. Rob Chase, Portfolio Specialist at Augustan Wine Imports for introducing me to Mas de Daumas Gassac’s distinguished wines. In case you aren’t …

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Experience 2012 Vintage with Women Winemakers of Napa & @terlatomedia on @PBS #wine

Recently at a Winemaker Symposium hosted by Terlato Wines, I had the immense pleasure of tasting some delicious juice with the delightful Women Wine Makers of Chimney Rock, Markham Vineyards, and Rutherford Hill Winery at the Epicurean Hotel, Tampa . Quoting Ms. Karen MacNeil from her comprehensive wine book The Wine Bible: California is a wine’s …

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Help a Sick Child: Join Appetite for the Arches, a Food Inspired Gala by @RMHCCF #AppetiteOrlando

On Saturday, March 7, the Orlando World Center Marriott, once again will host top local chefs from acclaimed restaurants and resorts to showcase their creativity to help raise funds at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida’s Appetite for the Arches benefit. A culinary event with a twist — Chefs will use fresh McDonald’s ingredients …

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Celebrate National Meat Month with Orlando’s Local Dining Spots! #Meat

The new year is here and giving us one more reason to celebrate.  For foodies, it’s prime time to celebrate National Meat Month. For this month’s “Ways to Dish”, here’s a roundup of local restaurants offering different ways to celebrate with seasoning – it’s the Meat Month take five (plus a bonus 6th!). Here’s the …

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