There are a few seats still available to Wednesday’s Champagne & Luxury Wine Dinner at Bites & Bubbles in Mills 50 District. The evening begins at 6:30 with a reception followed by dinner created by chef Eddie Nickell at 7 o’clock.
Tickets are $150 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. It all sounds like a great warmup to New Year’s Eve. Seating is limited, so get your tickets here.
Looking to the New Year, Enzo’s on the Lake will host a Private Wine Dinner on Wed., Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. The multi-course dinner, curated by chef Brandon Parran, will be carefully matched with wine selections. Cost is $159++ and reservations can be made here.
GG Korean BBQ Grill, an all-you-can-eat concept from the owners of Bulgogi House, has opened in the Pine Hills Marketplace on West Colonial Drive. The GG in the name stands for Goryeo Garden.
Also open, Summer House on the Lake, the Disney Springs restaurant from Chicago’s Lettuce Entertain You Group. The menu is California-inspired but, according to a statement from its chef, Ben Goodnick, “[O]ur goal for this location is to incorporate the fresh, bold flavors of Florida’s endless summer, too, like Key West shrimp, grouper from the Gulf of Mexico, citrus and other local produce.” So why not just say the menu is Florida-inspired?
Summer House sits on the land that previously was occupied by Bongos, so I’m hoping that someone preformed some sort of ritual to get rid of the bad mojo. Mojo as in bad vibes, not the Cuban sauce. But that, too.
Orlando pastry chef Olivier Saintemarie is planning to open La Maison du Macaron, a commercial kitchen to make macarons and other pastries for theme parks, restaurants and other businesses that can’t function without macarons. The two-story, 5800-square-foot bakery, is under construction at West Princeton Street and John Young Parkway and is expected to start macaroning in early 2024. (Technically, anything before July 1 is early 2024.) The bakery will not be open to the public.
In late 2024 – well after July 1 – the Japanese fast-casual fooder Pepper Lunch will begin opening units in Orlando, Tampa and Gainesville. It’s a do-it-yourself teppanyaki experience whose motto is “sizzle it your way.” Great, an assemblage restaurant that I can also ruin by not cooking it right. Despite the name, Pepper Lunch restaurants are also open for dinner.