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Grand finale at the Pig

September 10, 2010

We were treated to a final and unique dinner  at the gastropub Ravenous Pig. It recreated a James Beard House Orlando dinner from June, showcasing the best of Central Florida cuisine and famous chefs.

Each of them created beautiful and delicious appetizers and a course or dessert for a group of tourism, food industry and news people – complete with a starting glass of bubbly and wine per course.

* Scott Copeland from Antonio’s La Fiamma: Citrus and coriander cured Florida Cobia with Habanero sorbet and pickled watermelon relish.

* Kevin Fonzo, K Restaurant: Palmetto Creek Farms smoked pork Napoleon, Deep Creek Ranch chicken fried beef tongue, local Rabbit Ballotine with pickled cherry preserves.

* Jamie McFadden, Cuisiners Catered Cuisine and Events: Brentwood sweet corn veloute, Florida frog leg and bacon hushpuppy.

* James and Julie Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig: Chef’s garden heirloom gazpacho, St. Augustine flounder, fried green tomatoes, Canaveral blue crab; Creme caramel with huckleberry compote and Florida-Honey tuile.

Thank you Orlando CVB for a gastonomically unique and richly satisfying weekend.


Red chairs, magical apps and unique arts

August 29, 2010

We had VIP access to the sixth annual Red Chair Affair last night that kicked off the Central Florida arts season with a few Magical Dining Month participants providing food and drinks.

The event was lovely and the program that followed at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center was unique.

The 4th Annual Red Chair Affair kicks-off Central Florida’s cultural season on Sunday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. Performers will include Cirque du Soleil, Orlando Opera, Mad Cow Theatre, Orlando Ballet, Orlando Philharmonic, VarieTEASE and many more. The Red Chair Affair also kicks-off the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (Orlando CVB) 3rd Annual Orlando Magical Dining Month with cuisine provided by many of Orlando’s top restaurants.

Magical Dining Month at Orlando

August 27, 2010

I am at the beautiful Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek starting a mouthwatering discovery of good food, award-winning restaurants and celebrity chefs that the city is beginning to offer to entice the modern traveler.

Thanks to Denise Speigel of the Orlando/Orange County CVB, we have a packed and informative program that will help us sample the best that the area offers as they kick off their Magical Dining Month in September.

The 5th Annual Orlando Magical Dining Month is a culinary celebration presented by the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau. From September 1-30, participating restaurants will feature three-course, prix fixe dinners at an exceptional value of $30. Don’t miss your chance to savor Orlando’s best cuisine at an unbeatable price, and contribute to a great cause. This year, $1 of every Magical Dining Month dinner served will benefit the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Central Florida.

Food with a view at Artbar

August 23, 2010

Headed to Artbar last week for a Restaurant Week lunch – only $20 for three courses.  The food was all right but the patio seating and view was splendid on a nice summer day.

The gazpacho was a cool concept with a twist, but slightly more oily and sour than I liked; the hangar steak was just right – tender and juicy – with creamy polenta; the dessert was delicious but I wish I could have had a bigger helping!

A special mention to the fried crab sandwich which my colleagues had – it was mouthwatering, crispy and super fresh.


40 Edwin Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02142

Farm fresh goodies at Verrill Farm

August 20, 2010

If you are hankering for farm fresh summer produce, head to Verrill Farm in Concord tomorrow for a celebration of freshly harvested  tomatoes (over 30 varieties) and corn (8 – 10 varieties).  Verrill Farm chefs will prepare a meal inspired by just picked crops.

The Corn and Tomato Festival is on Saturday, August 21, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., costs $8.50 per person, $4.50 for kids under 10 and includes unlimited corn and tomato samples and tastings of corn and tomato dishes made in the farm kitchen.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, beverages, pony rides will also be provided with live music by Monadnock Bluegrass

Check their website for upcoming farm events this year like a farm barbecue in September and a Harvest Festival in October.

Verrill Farm
11 Wheeler Road
Concord, MA 01742

It’s Restaurant Week – almost!

August 12, 2010

It’s coming up next week and I was at a very tasty kickoff in Cambridge yesterday to celebrate!

Given how much I love eating out and good food, this is a classic Sir Eatsalot annual event. I have group reservations this year for lunch at Cambridge’s Artbar and dinner at Sibling Rivalry. Hurry up and make yours because slots are probably already full. You are better off calling the restaurants directly because they have limited slots on OpenTable.

RI dishes up a mean seafood festival

August 11, 2010

I had my first taste of spicy crawfish (yum, like mini lobsters) and ‘gator bites (just like chicken nuggets) at Charlestown’s 26th annual seafood festival in Rhode Island on Sunday.

Sure, it was hot and muggy but that didn’t stop us from eating or going on the rides there. Food was cheap and plentiful too.

A gastronomic extravaganza of Rhode Island’s best seafood, lobsters, steamers, chowder, fish & chips, clam cakes, corn on the cob and a raw bar, as well as an array of all types of foods for every taste.

I especially enjoyed the generous steamed RI mussels but I missed fresh oysters – almost everything was fried. Not complaining though – hope to be back next year!

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