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Newsy Nuggets: Festival of the something or other; new concept for Tapa Toro; wine dinner; and a Rumble

Written By Scott Joseph On January 16, 2024

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Epcot International Festival of the Arts opened last weekend and runs through Feb. 19. Sort of like the other festivals throughout the year but with paint.

Tapa Toro, the Spanish restaurant at Icon Park, will become Helena Modern Riviera next month. The tapas and paella restaurant was sold last year to Jonathan and Angelica Pluvinet of Atelier Dining Group, which operates Mangoni Italian Market Pizza in Winter Garden and Rosallie Le French Café in Winter Garden and Las Vegas. According to a press release, the menu at Helena Modern Riviera “is inspired by the coastal flavors of the European Riviera with touches of flair from the Mediterranean Isles.” The release also mentions a “Michelin-recommended chef” who apparently will be touching those flairs but does not give his or her name. The restaurant will remain open through the transition. A soft opening is planned for Feb. 14 with a reservation-only prix fixe dinner.

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Winedos is hosting a St. Valentine’s Day tasting and dinner, albeit on Feb. 16. It will feature the wines of Bodegas El Lagar de Isilla with father and daughter winery owners Jose and Pilar Zapatero in attendance. Chef Kevin Fonzo will prepare a dinner following the tasting paired to the showcased wines. The event is at 6:30 p.m. at The House Kitchen in College Park. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased here.

Jan. 22 is the date for the next Ramen Rumble, at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs. Five local chefs will prepare ramen for attendees to sample. Tickets start at $95++ with proceeds going to Give Kids the World. Seatings are available from 8 to 10 p.m. Info and ticket sales here.

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