It was a perfect evening for the opening night of 2012 Florida Film Festival. Plush surroundings glowing with dusky lights, gentle breeze in the air, talented movie makers and artists, Orlando’s talented chef’s showcasing their tasty offerings, and beautiful people dressed suavely hobnobbing; it was the night to be at Enzian, Central Florida’s only full-time alternative cinema, home of Eden Bar, and the Florida Film Festival.
Here is a short recap of the event captured through my lenses.
Yelp VIP Lounge:
Collen, Yelp Community Manager had the coolest lounge for Yelpers!
– SNAP! Studio Booth
– Honest Tea
– Maria Sketching
Participating restaurants include Eden Bar, The Ravenous Pig, K Restaurant & Wine Bar, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, White Wolf Café, Black Bean Deli, Le Empanada Food Truck, Sushi Pop. Whole Foods Market and the official on-site beer of the Florida Film Festival Widmer Brothers offered tastings too.
Restaurant’s Tasting Menu:
Chef Kevin Fonzo, K Restaurant : Pork belly Sliders and Royal Red Shrimp Salad.
Pastry Chef Steven Rujak, Hyatt Grand Cypress: Mango Cream & Grapefruit Caviar Push-ups, Frozen Whipped Cream Churros, Bouchee of Banana Bread Pudding, Smoking Berries, Spicy Pecans and Passion Fruit Marshmallows.
Chef Chau Trinh, Sushi Pop: Pork Tacos, White Tiger, Bubble Gum Sorbet.
Chef James Petraski, Ravenous Pig: Sadly, by the time I got around to their station, it was too dark to take shots.
Chef Jason Scofield, White Wolf Cafe: Hot Dogs with Spare Rib Relish and Caramelized Popcorn Dust with Cotton Candy.
Black Bean Deli & Le Empanada Truck: Pork Slider & Empanadas.
Whole Foods Market: Tomato Gazpacho & Slider.
Eden Restaurant: Popcorn and Plantain Bites.
Alcoholic Beverages: Widmer Hefeweizen, select mixed drinks, select wines, and the following Festival Specialty Cocktails:
St. Germaine, cranberry juice, homemade lemonade, and fresh squeezed citrus juices, and topped with champagne.
Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka, Canton Ginger liqueur, fresh squeezed lemonade, and topped with a splash of ginger ale.
Stoli Vanilla vodka, Skyy vodka, homemade blueberry lavender syrup, and fresh squeezed lemonade.
21 st Annual Florida Film Festival runs from Friday, April 13th to Sunday, April 22nd. With over 160 cutting-edge films, 100 visiting filmmakers, plenty of special guests, and non-stop events, this festival will do everything to ensure 10-days of Film, Food, and Fun. For Details and tickets please visit their website or stop over at the box office of Enzian.