This Sunday, Feb. 26, is the annual Orlando Shakes Gala, benefitting Central Florida’s premier professional theater organization. Of course, a gala usually features an auction and Shakes’ will have one, too. In fact, the silent auction items are already online and taking bids. You can see them here.
And among the items up for bid are some of the area’s best restaurants. Because I have a close connection with Orlando Shakes in Partnership with UCF, I’ve been helping the gala committee put together the Scott Joseph Collection of restaurants for the auction, and all this week I’ll be highlighting some of the selections.
Today we begin with: Me.
Well, me and Enzo’s on the Lake. As you’ve read here, the iconic Longwood restaurant was recently sold. Any time a popular restaurant undergoes a major change like that, I need to go back and do an updated review. I’m inviting two diners – the successful bidder and his or her guest – to join me for a multi-course dinner with wine and help me write the review. We’ll talk about the surroundings – the dining room ambience, noise level, lighting – the service (Enzo’s staff has always been the epitome of professionalism; has anything changed?) and of course the food. I’ll record your thoughts and use your quotes when I sit down to write the review.
Of course, the winner and I will coordinate to come up with a mutually agreed upon date and time. I think it will be fun, and I’m hoping the item will help raise a lot of money for the theater. Place your bid here.
By the way, the money raised from the gala and auction not only goes to producing the shows but also to supporting the organization’s innovative educational programs. As someone who was greatly influenced by live theater as a kid, I support these efforts.
You can view the auction items and sign in to place a bid at this link. And you don’t have to just bid online. You can buy a gala ticket and join us on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park. The event will include food stations from:
Bucca di Beppo
Capa at Four Seasons Orlando
Chicken Guy (Earl Enterprise)
The Tap Room at Dubsdread
Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe
UCF Catering with Aramark
Kelly’s Ice Cream
There will also be live entertainment and a performance of songs from Orlando Shakes shows of the past 34 years. And there have been some good ones.
I hope to see you at the gala – and for dinner at Enzo’s on the Lake.