Reading Between the Wines, a usually annual fundraiser for the Adult Literacy League that, like many events, was forced to the sidelines by the pandemic, returns October 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Winter Park Events Center. That might seem like a long way away but early bird tickets are on sale now for just $80; after Sept. 14 they go up to $99. Click here for tickets.
Reading Between the Wines features wines, yes, but also food stations. Some of the restaurants scheduled to participate include: Black Rooster Taqueria, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, Raglan Road, Everglazed Donuts, Hungry Pants and Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream.
It features reading, too. The event has always brought in a best-selling author. This year, perhaps to make up for lost time, there will be four: Kristen Arnett, Colleen Oakley, Sarah Penner and Jeneva Rose.
Dining Between the Rums. The Venetian Chop House at the Caribe Royale Orlando will host a five-course dinner paired with selections from Plantation Rum on Saturday, Sept. 23. Tickets are $165++ and available here (along with more information about the dinner).
Meatballs, full stop. Jeff and Isabella Morgia, owners of the Meatball Stoppe at the corner of Lake Underhill Road and Goldenrod Road in East Orlando, announced last week that, “We’ve taken our balls and are ready to go.” Which was their way of saying that they’ve sold the location and will instead focus on “catering, private cooking classes and Airbnb dining experiences.” In March the Morgias announced a de-expansion that closed a dining room and returned the concept to counter service. The Meatball Stoppe (nee Shoppe) opened in 2015.
In a direct message, Jeff Morgia said: “[T]he new owner operates a successful Greek concept. We retained the Meatball Stoppe trademark brand and recipes and are working with individuals to sell that.” In response to my most important question, he said, “The Airbnb Dining Experience [isn’t] quite finalized yet.”
Let’s all take our balls and degustate. While researching for a recent review, I came across this online listing for DoveCote:
“St James Roman Catholic Cathedral can be on your route by default, the guests’ recommendation is to visit this bar. French food is good at this place. The recipe for success of DoveCote is its nicely cooked pork terrine, prawns and fried chicken. Try good crème brûlée, chocolate soufflés and beignets. Come to this place for delicious champagne, vermouth or wine. It’s time to degustate great cappuccino, juice or cold coffee.
“This spot provides food delivery for the convenience of its customers. The barista is energetic that’s what makes this bar so nice. Guests say that the service is fine here. Pay reasonable prices for eating at DoveCote. You will certainly like the peaceful atmosphere and spectacular decor.”
And now I have to worry about being replaced by an A.I. chatbot.