This is a great weekend to be a foodie!
There’s, of course, the Pop-Up Dinner tomorrow evening, but if you’re not one of the lucky ones who secured a ticket to that sold out event at the new East End Market, there are still other things for you.
You could stop by COOK Orlando, the benefit for HRC at Lake Eola on Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. There will be food and beverage vendors plus a cookoff at 3 p.m. I’ll be there to judge along with commissioner Patty Sheehan and Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell.
Orlando’s newest convention hotel, the Hyatt Regency Orlando, is having an open house for locals that will include food and wine tastings from its Italian steakhouse, Fiorenzo. Of course, the hotel isn’t new — it’s the former Peabody Orlando — and Fiorenzo is the new name of Capriccio Grill. But executive chef Larry Eells is new, and he’ll be there along with Jared Gross, chef de cuisine of Napa, to talk about the food opportunities at the hotel. Cocktail demonstrations and samples, and you’re invited to hang out at the pool (actually the pool is where all of this is happening). And it’s all free. Just show up anytime Saturday, Nov. 9, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Peab…um, Hyatt Regency Orlando is at 9801 International Drive. Just look for the big hotel without a duck logo on it.
Italio, the Italian assemblage restaurant, is offering free entrees Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to anyone who shows up wearing Orlando City Soccer Club attire. I suppose that means free eats for Jamie Watson and Dennis Chin, Orlando Lions players, who will be there signing autographs. Italio is at 276 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park.