Cookbook Dinner at Normans: An Exquisite Celebration of Food & Wine with Chef @normanvanaken!

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending The Cook Book Dinner with Chef Norman Van Aken, for a reception, dinner, book discussion, and after dinner party with live music at Norman’s, Ritz Carlton Orlando. Including a choice of Chef Norman’s newest cookbooks. The cookbook, “My Key West Kitchen” or the IACP award nominated memoir, “No …

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Executive Chef Kathyrn: Re-Inventing Mimi’s Cafe with Bold & Beautiful French Dishes!

Recently I had the pleasure of dining at Mimi’s Cafe to experience their new French inspired menu launch media event with the lady of the hour – Executive Chef Kathyrn (Katie) Sutton. Such an honor! The delicious evening commenced with classic French cocktails, sampling of the latest menu items, and ending on a sweet note. …

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Taste, Learn, & Experience DOCa Rioja with Vibrant Rioja @riojawine

On June 4th I had the privilege of attending a Rioja seminar and wine tasting led by Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman followed by a tasting of DOCa Rioja’s new vintage releases showcasing 110 Rioja wines including library wines and wines made from rescued indigenous grape varieties. Mille grazie (thousand thanks) to Ms. Dhane Cheesson (Southeast …

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Siro: Crowd-Pleasing Italian in the Best of Ways!

The Story: Ms. Whiddon from the Zimmerman Agency graciously invited me and fellow food bloggers to the private pre-opening of Siro Urban Italian Kitchen to sip chef-crafted cocktails and local craft beers, get handsy with authentic antipasti and pizza action stations, indulge in a family-style sit down dinner, as well as meet and greet the mastermind behind the mouthwatering …

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“For Local, By Local”: A Neighborhood CHARITY Event at Cress Restaurant!

On Labor Day Monday, September 3rd, Cress Restaurant celebrated its 4th anniversary with a charity event benefiting the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. This two-part event featured the premiere of their TV Pilot Project – ‘Vegetarian Bound’  and a Live auction at Athens Restaurant, followed by a VIP dinner at Cress.   The Food Gods …

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Big Bowl Restaurant: Bold & Bright Flavors Tantalizing Your Palate Leaving you Craving for More!

At times I feel walking into a restaurant without any preconceived notion is the way to experience the true value of it. All I knew about Big Bowl, was based on my Twitter communications with #spicychat and that they support sustainable local produce and enjoy well-seasoned food creations. Big Bowl is one of #SpicyChat’s loyal …

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Teak Neighborhood Grill: A Hidden Gem that Any Neighborhood Would be Proud Of!

Teak Neighborhood Grill first got on my foodie radar when they won the Event’s for Change Chili Cook-off held in Baldwin Park earlier this year. I had also participated in the cook-off in the Amateur category hence didn’t get a chance to venture out of the booth to taste any chilis. Being obsessed with chili …

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