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Cows ‘n Cabs Set for Saturday

Written By Scott Joseph On November 6, 2017


One of the funnest events of the fall season is this Saturday, Nov. 11. It’s the seventh annual Cows ‘n Cabs, and I can’t wait.

C ‘n C is spearheaded by 4 Rivers Smokehouse founder John Rivers. Smart man that he is, Rivers noticed that every year the city of Winter Park puts up an elaborate pavilion-sized tent in Central Park’s West Meadow. The tent is used first for Fashion Week and then for the holiday ice rink. But in between, it just sat there, empty.

So Rivers said, Let’s throw a shindig. I’m paraphrasing because I’m not sure he uses words like shindig, but I can tell you, the man knows how to throw a party.

He gets together a bunch of other chefs and restaurateurs and pulls in some people who pour wine, beer and cocktaily things. They get a band to play some music, and everybody just wanders around eating, drinking and having a good time.

And for a good cause, too. The proceeds of ticket sales will benefit After-School All-Stars and Elevate Orlando, two local charities that work with underserved youths.

Tickets are $110 per person or $140 for VIP access, which also gets you in an hour early. Otherwise, the event is from 7 to 10 p.m. Whichever ticket level, it’s open only to adults 21 and over, so you don’t have to dodge SUV-sized baby carriages like at the Winter Park Art Festival.

This year, David Larue of ABC Fine Wine & Spirits is listed as co-host with Rivers, which should help with the beverages that make this an adult-only event. By the way, despite the name, there’s a lot more to eat than beef and a lot more to drink than cabernet sauvignon. In fact, for the past several years, Rivers and his crew have featured a full roast pig at their booth. It’s always a hit, and I’ll only be slightly disappointed if they don’t do the same this year.

Click here for tickets, and check below for a list of the chefs and restaurants who will be participating this year.

Southeast Black November

4 Rivers Smokehouse
1921 by Norman Van Aken
Amorette’s Patisserie / The Ganachery
Bulla Gastrobar
Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen
D-Luxe Burger
Disney Springs Food Trucks
F&D Kitchen and Bar / F&D Cantina Lake Mary
Foxtail Coffee
Hawkers Asian Street Fare
Holler & Dash
Hunger Street Tacos
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
K Restaurant
Luke’s Kitchen and Bar
Morimoto Asia
P is for Pie Bake Shop
Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park
Pizza Bruno
Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Sus Hi Eat Station
Soco Thornton Park
Tamale Co. Mexican Street Food
Tapa Toro
Taverna Opa Orlando 
The Polite Pig
The Pop Parlour
The Ravenous Pig
The Sanctum
Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge

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