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Homestead Harvest, a new Supper Club & Recent Reviews

Written By Scott Joseph On September 28, 2017

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Homestead Harvest is Oct. 26 at Grande Lakes Orlando

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Join Chef Peter Zampaglione, Chef Scott Pizzo and the Highball & Harvest team Thursday, October 26. This will be the first dinner at Grande Lakes Orlando’s on-site farm, Whisper Creek Farm.

The one-night-only food and beverage event will benefit Fleet Farming, which strives to reduce the environmental impact of food production through a pedal-powered, hyperlocal urban farming model that creates a culture of health and vibrant ecosystems. The goal is to assist in fostering a movement towards a more sustainable farming and food production system in the region.

The Highball & Harvest team will be joined by Bravo’s Top Chef star Kenny Gilbert from Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen and Gilbert’s Social.

Local talent including Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon, James Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig, Kevin Fonzo previously of K Restaurant, Austin Boyd of The Osprey Tavern, and many more, will also be cooking up bites at the walkabout event.

 

Tickets $135/person
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Recent Restaurant Reviews

The Halal Guys

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If you’ve ever been to New York City and wandered around the around the area of 6th Avenue and West 53d Street — and as a tourist, there’s a pretty good chance you have since it’s in the area of Rockefeller Center and the corner that the New York Hilton is on — you’ve undoubtedly seen an omnipresent food stand there where meats and onions are cooked on a griddle day and night and mounded in a corner of the hot surface awaiting customers.

You may have even ordered a pita sandwich there. I did, many, many years ago, on one of my early visits to the city, while attending a convention, at the Hilton, in fact, in the days before I became a food writer. It was convenient, and cheap, especially for New York, and for someone unfamiliar with the city an easy and unintimidating choice.

I’m sure at the time I thought I was experiencing real New York food.

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Kona Grill

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Silly me, I was expecting Hawaiian, or at least Polynesian. I mean, what else should one infer from a name like Kona Grill?

And there are a lot of Asian and Pacific Rimmy kinds of dishes on the menu. There are sushi offerings and the requisite poke bowls, some egg rolls and some stir-frys.

But of course the first thing I spot on the large menu is Jambalaya. The second thing is a Cuban Sandwich. So immediately I’m thinking WTF, which stands for What’s the Theme?

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Umi Makes Magical Dining Month a Little More Magical

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How’s your Magical Dining Month going? Mine’s going great, thanks for asking. If yours needs a boost, I have a suggestion for you: Umi Japanese Restaurant on Park Avenue.

I was invited to sample their MagDinMo menu and I was really impressed. For one thing, Umi offers four courses instead of the usual three that other participating restaurants have. At one point I had to ask to make sure they weren’t doing something special for me — I was assured that everyone gets the same treatment, which includes impressive portions.

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In Storm’s Aftermath, Debris and Lost Business

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Hurricane Irma caused a mess across Central Florida. If you were lucky, you experienced only a lot of debris to pick up from your yard, and you were especially fortunate if you counted your time without power in hours instead of days.

It was worse for some, including several area restaurants, which are still struggling to get things back to normal.

 

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Other Stuff

Join Us for Supper Club at the “New” Tony Roma’s

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I think it’s high time for another Supper Club, how about you?

For some time now, I’ve been telling people about the new and improved Tony Roma’s Orlando. The restyled restaurant is not the Tony you used to know, it really is a better place, both in the the atmosphere and the food.

Then I figured, why not just show you? So I’ve partnered with the Tony Roma’s to put together an evening of good food and drink. Join us for Supper Club on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

We’ll even spice things up by starting with a hands-on activity making Chef Bob’s Spice Rub — and you’ll get to take your concoction home with you.

Cost of the evening is $82 plus tax — $86.92 — which includes gratuity. That’s a four-course dinner with pairings. It’s a special offer just for you.

The full menu is posted on the Supper Club page, where you can also purchase your tickets. Seating is limited, so hop on it.

Unfamiliar with Supper Club? Here are some FAQs about our 

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