Orlando Wine Festival and Auction already a sold-out success

Written By Scott Joseph On February 26, 2024

Orlando wine festival and auction

The Orlando Wine Festival and Auction, the annual food and wine event benefitting the Orlando magic Youth Foundation, will be March 1 through 3 at its new home, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. As in past years, the event begins with a series of dinners in private homes on Friday, each headed by one of the featured chefs, then continues on Saturday afternoon with an outdoors grand tasting paired with foods from those same chefs.

Things move inside at 5 p.m. for the live auction, featuring vacations, winery tours, sporting events and other high-ticket items. Then a sit-down dinner and entertainment. Things wrap up on Sunday with a Magic home game (that’s played at Kia Arena, not at the Four Seasons.

This is where I would normally tell you how much it costs and give you a link to purchase tickets, but there’s no need to do that.

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Bayou Kitchen & Lounge

Written By Scott Joseph On February 22, 2024

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Just because Mardi Gras has passed doesn’t mean you have to give up eating Cajun and creole food, unless you promised to give them up for Lent. And who would do that?

Nevertheless, I visited the Bayou Kitchen & Lounge in Longwood before carnival season began, so I’m good either way.

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Newsy Nuggets: Wine tastings at Judson’s, Boucherie, Grazie and more

Written By Scott Joseph On February 19, 2024

George Milotes

I recently told you about the fabulous new Judson’s Live, an intimate music room at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Most evenings will be filled with music groups and soloists, but on Sundays, plans are in the works for master sommelier George Miliotes to host a wine tasting brunch from the stage. No specific details yet; I’ll let you know. The wine tasting brunches are not intended to offer music. But Miliotes has been in the restaurant business most of his life, so surely he knows how to sing the blues.

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New menu items from Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe

Written By Scott Joseph On February 15, 2024

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Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe, the upscale casual restaurant in the historic district north of downtown, isn’t a French restaurant per se. But with a French chef/owner, Emmanuel Clement, there are bound to be some dishes with French influences. Wonderfully so.

And now, with the addition of some new menu items created by Clement, there are a few more. I met with some friends for dinner at Russell’s recently and had a chance to sample some of the new dishes.

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Michelin announces 5 Central Florida additions to 2024 guidebook

Written By Scott Joseph On February 14, 2024

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Chuan Fu, Winter Park

With the beginning of Lunar New Year just a few days ago, perhaps it’s fitting that Michelin Guide’s announcement Wednesday of the Central Florida restaurants that will be added to the Florida guidebook this year are all Asian.

Of the 19 additions for the Miami, Orlando and Tampa guide, five are from Greater Orlando. They are: Zaru, Sushi Saint, Natsu, Camille and Chuan Fu.

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