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Chef Series at Dr. Phillips Center, plus Reviews and News

Written By Scott Joseph On September 11, 2015

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Chefs at Dr. Phillips Center will Feature Lagasse, Garten and Fieri


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Back in February, when the Dr. Phillips Center still had that new performing arts center smell, the folks there decided to try a bit of alternative programming and brought in celebrity chef and popular television host Alton Brown. He talked about food science and did cooking demonstrations, and everybody had such a good time that the DPAC folks said, “Hey,” (I’m paraphrasing here) “let’s do that again.”

So they’ve put together Chefs at Dr. Phillips Center, a three-chef series with some really big time superstar chefs, television personalities and authors: Emeril Lagasse, Ina Garten and Guy Fieri. And it all sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun.

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Recent Reviews and Restaurant News


Ravello veal

Veal Milanese is one of my favorite dishes, and I’ve had it many, many times. But I think this is the first time I’ve had one that was deep fried.

This was at Ravello, one of the restaurants at the Four Seasons. I had reviewed the hotel’s Capa, on the top floor, and had a delightful wine dinner featuring Markham Vineyards at Plancha, in the golf course’s clubhouse. But I hadn’t experienced Ravello, which serves breakfast and dinner. Its participation in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month seemed like a good excuse to give it a try.

Overall, it wasn’t a very pleasant experience, and not just because of the oddly prepared Milanese. The space is cavernous and impersonal, the decor cold and austere. The only warmth in the ambience is from the fire in the pizza oven of the open kitchen.

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Pop Thai

Pop Thai Interior

I don’t know why, but every time I hear the name Pop Thai, I think about lemongrass flavored pastries that you heat up in a toaster.

But no, Pop Thai is the name of a new restaurant in the Mills 50 district that replaced the three or so years old Yum-mi Sandwiches shop.

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Wahlbergs and Wahlburgers Coming in December

Wahlburgers Mike and Gina

EXCLUSIVE — Look for wall-to-wall Wahlbergs when Wahlburgers has its grand opening in downtown Orlando in December. It will be a Hollywood premiere-style event covered by A&E network that will feature the Wahlberg brothers — yes, including Mark — on the red carpet. Pencil in December 11 for the party. (There will be a VIP event inside the restaurant, but a celebration open to the public on the street is also planned.)

Ahead of the grand opening, a ground-breaking ceremony will be conducted on Sept. 25.

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