August 11, 2014

Taste of the Nation Orlando ~ A Culinary Delight for a Wonderful Cause

Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the nation's premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no child grows up hungry. Share our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. Programs such as the Summer Campaign offers children meals at various local schools throughout the summer. Programs like this help low income families that end up spending an additional $316 for food during the summer. The children have opportunities to enjoy a free meal during the summer break just as they would the rest of the school year.

Taste of the Nation has been fighting hunger for 25 years now. There are nearly 40 Taste of the Nation events across the United States and Canada.  The goal for these events is to raise the funds needed to end childhood hunger. 100 percent of each ticket sold for Taste of the Nation supports efforts to end childhood hunger. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida are the beneficiaries of this event.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 550 local nonprofit feeding programs throughout Central Florida. On average, more than 55,000 different people receive assistance provided by Second Harvest each week.

Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida provides services to over 600 people each night, including 150 children. The Coalition served over 300,000 meals and provided over 245,000 nights of shelter and services last year.
Taste of the Nation Orlando Food for Hunger
This year's Taste of the Nation Orlando was another amazing event. There were four hours to wine and dine your way around the event space at the Orlando World Center Marriott. With over 60 food and beverage stations offering a wonderful variety, everyone had plenty to enjoy. I ate so many delicious plates of food and drinks and I still missed out on so much! The strolling entertainment and the band added for a lively night.

The Taste of the Nation Orlando is a great way to give back to your community. The bonus is you get to enjoy an evening of delicious food and drinks from restaurants located in Central Florida. While the food is the highlight of the event, my favorite part of the evening is seeing how many in the community come together to support an important cause.
Taste of the Nation Orlando Event Hall

Wine Glasses at Taste of the Nation Orlando

Taste of the Nation Orlando Wine
Opici Wines
Cocktails at Taste of the Nation Orlando
Winter Park Distilling Company
Florida Bear
Beer at Taste of the Nation Orlando
World of Beer 
Cigar City Beer at Taste of the Nation Orlando
Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai
Local Craft Beer at Taste of the Nation Orlando
Drink Like A Local Florida Craft Beer Selection
Craft Beer Taste of the Nation Orlando
Funky Buddha Brewery
Blueberry Cobbler
Craft Beer Taste of the Nation Orlando
Renaissance Orlando at Sea World
House Brewed Hefeweizen Local Orange
Food and drink at Taste of the Nation Orlando
Marlow's Tavern
Slammin' Shrimp Slider & a "Left Coast"
Food at Taste of the Nation Orlando
Renaissance Orlando at Sea World
House-made Jalapeño Cheddarwursts,  Bavaria Pretzel Bread German Mustard, Handcut Currywursts Fries
Chef at Taste of the Nation Orlando
Chef Kevin Fonzo
Pastrami at Taste of the Nation Orlando |
K Restaurant and Wine Bar
Beef Belly "Pastrami" House-made "Kraut, Grain Mustard, Rye Pretzel
Taste of the Nation Orlando Dessert
Capa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Blood Orange Cinnamon Gelee
Kona Crusted Sirloin with Trulle Mashed Potatoes Taste of the Nation Orlando
The Capital Grille
Kona Crusted Sirloin with Trulle Mashed Potatoes 
Shrimp at Taste of the Nation Orlando
Second Harvest Food Bank Culinary Training Program 
Grilled Herb-Marinated Jumbo Florida Shrimp with Creamy,
Southern-Style Andouille Grits and Smoked Tomato Concasse

Desserts Taste of the Nation Orlando
Orlando World Center Marttiott
Chef Ramón's Award Winning Pastries Selection

Paintings at Taste of the Nation Orlando
Art from Café Tu Tu Tango

Entertainment at Taste of the Nation Orlando

Taste of the Nation Orlando Sponsors

August 08, 2014

An Evening Exploring Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Bryan and I celebrated our anniversary this week. We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Luma and thought we would cap off our evening at Mizner's Lounge at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The sun was starting to set and made for a beautiful evening.
Entrance to Walt Disney World

The grounds at  Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

 The Grounds at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

 View of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from the Polynesian

 Cocktail at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Godiva Chocolate

 Magic Kingdom Fireworks from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

 Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

 Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

 Moon over Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

August 01, 2014

August Craft Beer Events in Orlando

Here is the craft beer scene in and around Orlando for August.

August

Saturday 2nd- From Hops To Homebrew  at the East End Market ~ $35 11am-1:30pm

Fight Hunger With Beer
2nd-                National Mead Day at Oblivion Taproom ~ 4pm

2nd-                Beer Tasting Event at Salamanders Sports Grill ~ 12 beers w/ food $20 8pm.

Monday 4th -  Certified Organic Anniversary at Orlando Brewing ~ 3pm-10pm

Thursday 7th-  Fight Hunger With Beer at World of Beer Dr. Phillips ~ 6pm.

7th-                 Oblivion Gets Funky ~ $60 6:30pm

Saturday 9th-   Taste of the Nation Orlando  at Orlando World Marriott Center ~ $150 6:45 pm-10pm.
Orlando Brewing at Taste of the Nation Orlando 2013
Wednesday 13th- Left Hand Brewing Movie & Game Night at Barley & Vine ~ 6pm-9pm.

Thursday 14th-    Ommegang/Duvel Beer Dinner at Café Tu Tu Tango ~ $50 7pm.

Saturday 23rd-     Kick Back & Enjoy Your Local Beer Expert's Favorite Brews Beer Class ~ $15 3pm.

23rd-                   Downtown Brew Down at Vintage Vino ~ 6pm-8pm.

23rd-                   Hops Project Beer Festival at Vineyards of the World Wine Bar & Craft                                                          Beer ~ $15 7:30pm.

Sunday 31st-      Great Hall Feast  at Oblivion Taproom ~ 4pm
Hogs Head Pub at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
*I will continue to update this list

July 31, 2014

Café Tu Tu Tango A Local Gem on I-Drive

Being local one usually doesn't brave a trip to International Drive. I don't mind heading over to I-Drive and exploring a bit. There are a few hidden gems worth enjoying even if you don't have friends in town for a convention. Café Tu Tu Tango is one of those unique spots that the locals continue to frequent for 20 years now.
Café Tu Tu Tango entrance of restaurant
The first thing you notice about the restaurant is how vibrant it is not only on the outside, but in the restaurant as well. Café Tu Tu Tango is more than a restaurant it's an experience.

The restaurant is a visual delight with local art adorning all the walls. It's fascinating to watch the various in house artists working among the diners.

July 29, 2014

Fight Hunger With Beer

This year's Taste of the Nation Orlando will be celebrating 25 years of working to combat childhood hunger. The event takes place August 9th at the Orlando World Marriott Center.

I had an amazing time at the event last year. It was culinary heaven! I'm looking forward to to this year's event, which will be showcasing the culinary delights of 35 of Central Florida’s leading chefs and restaurants. This year’s Taste of the Nation Orlando will feature two James Beard Foundation Award semi-finalists – Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant and Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant and Wine Bar

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