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Wine Bar George is Open

1610 Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 490-1800
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Master Sommelier George Miliotes has brought his renowned wine expertise to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort with his new venture, Wine Bar George, that opened on May 19th.

Miliotes is no stranger to Walt Disney World Resort – he was part of the opening team of the California Grill restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and managed the venue from 1995 to 2002. While there, he created an award-winning wine list and one of the first “100 wines by the glass” lists in the country.

“Disney Springs is the perfect place to open a wine bar and share my passion with the world,” Miliotes said. “Having the opportunity to train and hire my own team while sharing my 40-plus years of knowledge is truly incredible, and I look forward to opening our doors soon.”

As one of only 249 worldwide industry professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Miliotes will feature wines from acclaimed and well-known wineries as well as growing regions and wineries that are up-and-coming. The location will offer an unparalleled wine list including more than 130 selections by the ounce, glass and bottle.

“The wine list will feature more than 130 wines all served by the ounce, glass or bottle,” Miliotes said. “The list will include more than 40 varietals from regions around the world. We will use the Coravin, the Vinfinity system and wine on tap to ensure each wine is enjoyed to its fullest extent. 

Servers will adeptly pair a range of small plates, cheese and charcuterie, shareable entrees and dessert with each wine. If you are looking for an awesome $9 glass on tap or a few ounces of Château Margaux, we will have wines for you to enjoy.”

Guests will have the opportunity to explore endless food and wine pairings at Wine Bar George. Executive Chef Ron Rupert and Miliotes have worked closely to create a menu that will pair with the extensive wine list.

“Offerings will feature seasonally relevant items, and everything will be made in-house,” Rupert said. “I’ve worked jointly with George to develop a menu that represents both global and local cuisine.Guests will enjoy food that is familiar, yet new all at once.”

With a team hand-selected by Miliotes, guests can expect their experience to include wine education, which will be served up in an approachable and fun manner. Joining Miliotes as General Manager is George Vavalides who brings more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry including nearly 20 years with P.F. Chang’s.

Jamie Irizarry will be part of Miliotes’ team as Restaurant Manager. Irizarry has more than 15 years in the industry working with restaurants such as Seasons 52, Eddie V’s and The Capital Grille.

Robyn Cohen will join as Director of Beverage with 15 years of bartending experience including, most recently, at Flying Fish on Disney’s BoardWalk. Cohen and Miliotes worked jointly to develop the featured cocktails at Wine Bar George, all of which will include a grape-based spirit. In addition to the extensive wine list, the wine bar will offer a variety of cocktails, a selection of beer and cider and frosé.


The 200-seat wine bar will join a growing and remarkable group of dining, shopping and entertainment offerings at Disney Springs. The design for the 6,000-square-foot space will be similar to a winemaker’s home estate with a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere. The space includes seating for groups of all sizes, areas for private events and sweeping views of Disney Springs.

Follow George @WineBarGeorge on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and join the #WineBarGeorge conversation. Visit WineBarGeorge.com for more news and updates.
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DeVine Wine and Grill


15 Alafaya Woods Blvd 
117, Oviedo, FL 32765
(407) 359-5016
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Devine Wine & Grill was originally started in 2015 by two UCF grads Mike DiAlexander and Kale Bernath. They envisioned an American tapas style eatery in Oviedo with a selection of fine wines and craft cocktails with a menu put together by Chef Michael Sorensen.

Fast forward to 2017 and the establishment had a grand re-opening with new owners Shawna and Nate Simms. Not long after the ownership change, a chef change was also put into the mix with Chef Stephen Montalvo.

At DeVine Wine & Grill, they take pride in making everything from scratch, and try to hand make as much as possible. From desserts to charcuterie the “foodie philosophy” starts with using the freshest seasonal ingredients from local farms, while presenting them in unique and interesting ways that offers something everyone can enjoy.

Chef Stephen has put together quite a menu that is perfect for the tapas style food to be shared and enjoyed with wine. They have a great selection of small and shareable plates like crab cakes, octopus, flatbreads, Ahi Tuna and fondue. If you require something more, they have that as well, with pan roasted chicken, bronzino, salmon, filet medallions and even a roasted duck

Of course the Wine portion here is highlighted by the interactive Enomatic Wine Machines. The extensive and unique wine selection here is available by the glass, the bottle, and through the cutting edge Enomatic wine dispensing machines. DeVine Wine & Grill’s goal is to serve rare but approachable wine from all regions of the world.

The establishment also features a full liquor bar, craft beers, specialty cocktails, and a unique and extensive wine portfolio. With a contemporary menu design, polished restaurant, and a team of hospitality experts, they are looking to raise the dining experience in Oviedo.


The Enomatic Wine Machines are the first thing to catch your eye upon entry to Devine Wine & Grill. They have a large variety of wines available to sample from the machine, and by the glass or bottle as well. 

If wine is not your thing, they serve up some fine cocktails and craft brews here as well. The Gardener's Gimlet on the left features Rosemary infused gin, Pomegranate Simple Syrup, Tonic, Lemonade and fresh squeezed lime. A classic Old Fashioned is on the right.

The Grilled Octopus is served in pool of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and features fennel, onion, capers and micro dill. The flavor and texture of this Octopus was pretty amazing, I’d say it’s in my top 5.

We Really enjoyed the Fried Green Tomatoes also with a Panko breading, greens and a datil mayo sauce over the top. 

This was quite simply amazing, and one of the better Steak Frites I've had in quite some time with hand cut Truffle Parmesan fries, a perfectly grilled and tender filet with a side of balsamic ketchup.

The Truffle Mac and Cheese at DeVine is pretty amazing as well. This is a large portion, that is great to share and is listed on the menu under accompaniment section. This is not to be missed when you visit here. 

I’m a sucker for good Bronzino, and it is not readily available in Central Florida for some odd reason, but the Bronzino with truffle white bean puree, escolar salad, and lemon garlic aioli was quite phenomenal at Devine Wine & Grill.

At DeVine they are always striving to create a memorable experience for every guest and they aim to excite your taste buds as well as educate your palate and mind. Chef Stephen has put together a fine menu of eclectic and seasonal foods that are designed to be shared and create a modern spin on the traditional upscale dining experience all year-round.

They serve brunch on Sunday with bottomless Mimosas, Sangria and Bloody Mary’s with a changing menu of made from scratch specialty breakfast items. Happy hour is daily, Tuesday through Saturday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with $3 glasses of house wine, $3 sangria, $3 well liquors, $1 off draft beer.

Devine Wine & Grill is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Friday and Saturday they are open from 3:00 pm to 11 pm, and Sunday Brunch is served from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

DeVine Wine & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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South Beach Wine & Food Festival Returns to Eat, Drink and Educate for 2018

13th Street & Ocean Drive
Miami Beach FL, 33139
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The 17th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) returns to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. February 21st – 25th, 2018.

One of America’s most prestigious gourmet gatherings, the Festival has raised more than $26 million to date for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU).

This year’s edition will feature more than 90 events, including signature fan-favorite soirées, an array of new parties and intimate dining experiences, expanded CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series, and much more.

“We are truly looking forward to an exciting 17th edition,” noted Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager, who serves as senior vice president, communications & corporate social responsibility for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “With a variety of new experiences and refreshed fan-favorites, the 2018 Festival offers up a plethora of culinary, beverage and lifestyle events for passionate fans and hospitality industry professionals to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE.”

The 17th annual Tribute Dinner presented by Bank of America part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series gets a fresh new format this year, with a star-studded line-up of more than a dozen chefs cooking at this walk-around affair in honor of restaurateur, author and beloved Food Network personality Bobby Flay and Treasury Wine Estates managing director and chief executive officer Michael Clarke.

Top-rated radio host Elvis Duran will serve as the emcee during this not-to-be-missed evening taking place at Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Saturday, February 24th, 2018. Also new this year, the celebration will continue at Sweet Moves: Late-Night Desserts & Dancing hosted by Bobby & Sophie Flay with beats by lifestyle guru and popular DJ Hannah Bronfman.

Iconic Miami Beach events continue to evolve and tantalize the taste buds of passionate fans from around the world, kicking off with Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company hosted by Giada De Laurentiis.

The beloved Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons gets a new twist this year, with resident Food Network Rockstar Guy Fieri serving as its host.

Additionally, the music revolution that began last year at the Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations expands with the David Grutman Experience spanning both Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th.

The BACARDI Beach Party also returns with late-night beats and eats under the Festival’s sparkling white tents on the sand, and the new Beachside BBQ hosted by Michael Symon closes out the weekend on Miami Beach.

The third annual CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series returns with an all-star schedule of events in Broward County, including:

● Signature Wine Seminars presented by Bank of America, a BBQ Dinner hosted by Chris Lilly and Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Chef Jorge Ramos and Clambake hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Jorge Ramos; all taking place at the brand-new Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach.

● The introduction of the Festival’s fan-favorite Lucky Chopsticks hosted by Andrew Zimmern and a Rooftop Rosé Happy Hour hosted by television star, jewelry and shoe designer, True Roots cookbook author and all-around lifestyle guru Kristin Cavallari - who is also a new part-time fixture on the South Florida scene thanks to the addition of husband Jay Cutler to the city’s beloved Miami Dolphins – at the W Fort Lauderdale.

●Plus, a selection of intimate dinner experiences with renowned chefs and a Grand Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian to top-off the series.

A variety of late-night parties accent the line-up, including returning fan-favorites like Tacos After Dark hosted by Rick Bayless and King’s Hawaiian presents the Taste of Aloha and Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown hosted by Anne Burrell, and new experiences like Midnight Munchies hosted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten on the Art Deco oasis Española Way featuring special guest DJ Action Bronson round out the midnight owl offerings.

EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. The exclusive MasterCard pre-sale for the 2018 Festival has already started. You can go online at sobewff.org or by calling 877.762.3933 (phone sales open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST). to get your tickets.


Between SOBEWFF® and its sister NYCWFF, which takes place each October in New York City, more than $36 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. 

Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness, engaging and inspiring people to get involved in philanthropic activities.

All proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management who also assist Festival organizers with sponsorship fulfillment, restaurant and exhibitor recruitment, logistics, and inventory as well as working alongside some of the world’s greatest celebrity chefs and winemakers.

To date, the Festival has raised more than $26 million for the School. In September 2017, BizBash named the Festival the #1 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the United States for the fifth year in a row.

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Harbor Nights Food & Wine Event at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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5601 Universal Blvd.

Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 503-1000

Savor 'La Dolce Vita' at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando's Harbor Nights Food & Wine event on October 13th.

Enjoy an autumn evening at Harbor Nights, featuring more than 20 wines, expertly prepared gourmet foods and live music by The I-4 Band.

Harbor Nights takes place outdoors (weather permitting) under the twinkling lights of Loews Portofino Bay Hotel's majestic and picturesque Harbor Piazza, one of Orlando’s most unique outdoor event spaces.

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Guests can enjoy unlimited samples of select wines and sparkling wines, along with gourmet food and desserts expertly prepared by the hotel's award-winning culinary team. The event also features live music and a balcony performance by Portofino's opera singers.

Harbor Nights is an adults (ages 21+) only event.

Tickets are $55. Limited VIP tickets are $90 online only and include all the benefits of a regular Harbor Nights ticket, plus reserved seating in a special area with private wine station and passed hors d'oeuvres.

All tickets include complimentary self-parking or discounted valet parking for $5.
For more information and to purchase tickets for Harbor Nights on October 13, please visit loewshotels.tix.com.
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Wine Bar George Set To Open at Disney Springs in Early 2018


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1610 E. Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


Master Sommelier George Miliotes will bring his renowned wine expertise to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort when his new venture, Wine Bar George, opens in early 2018. 

Wine Bar George will be the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida.
Miliotes is widely regarded as one of the restaurant industry’s foremost wine experts with accolades and awards from national publications including Wine Spectator. 

Miliotes is no stranger to Walt Disney World Resort – he was part of the opening team of California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and managed the venue from 1995 to 2002. While there, he created an award-winning wine list and one of the first 100 wines by the glass lists in the country.

“I’m excited to return to Walt Disney World Resort, and Disney Springs is the perfect place to open a wine bar and share my passion with the world,” Miliotes said. “Having the opportunity to train and hire my own team while sharing my 40-plus years of knowledge is truly incredible, and I look forward to opening our doors in the coming year.”

As one of only 236 worldwide industry professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Miliotes will feature wines from famed growing regions both stateside and abroad at Wine Bar George. The location will offer an unparalleled wine list including more than 100 selections both by the bottle and the glass.

Additionally, Wine Bar George will include a food menu featuring small plates, family style items and cheese and charcuterie designed to complement the wine list. Offerings will feature local artisans and seasonally relevant items.

Guests can expect their experience to include wine education, which will be served up in an approachable and fun manner. Every part of the Wine Bar George experience, including special events and visits from renowned winemakers, will educate and enlighten guests about food and wine.

At Wine Bar George, guests will enjoy the trifecta of exceptional food, renowned wines and leave with as much wine knowledge as they wish.”

Miliotes’ unique by-the-glass lists encourage guests to make adventurous choices, selecting new wines, whether they are domestic or global, to pair with their courses. The result of his worldwide efforts are wine lists that are distinct to his restaurant’s culinary offerings, and widely reviewed as exceptional in every way.

When the 210-seat wine bar opens, it will join a growing and remarkable group of dining, shopping and entertainment offerings at Disney Springs. The design for the 6,000-square-foot space will be reminiscent of a winemaker’s home estate featuring oak wood, warm lighting and a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere.

Follow George on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Facebook , and visit WineBarGeorge.com for more information. 

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The Parkview



136 S Park Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 647-9103
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Downtown Winter Park has been known as a foodie destination for quite some time, and it's quite the popular spot for Winter Park Locals.

With restaurants like Luma and Prato with local celebrity chef Brandon McGlamery, The Coop by John Rivers and a host of other great restaurants that fill up the area, one is sure to find something great to eat.

The Parkview once upon a time was known as Eola Wine Company, which was a cool place to grab a glass of your favorite wine, or sample something new, but offered nothing in the way of food. Back in 2015 Eola Wine Company was sold, and the the location occupying 136 S. Park Avenue turned into The Parkview.

Chef Brad Holmes is the current executive chef, and he is doing everything in his power to make sure The Parkview gets its place on the map as an official destination for the cool kids and foodies alike that visit Winter Park.

Everything here is made using only the finest and freshest ingredients possible, when they are available. Chef Brad is also making sure all of his assistants know the menu inside and out, because he is very big on quality and consistency, and that's a really good thing.

The menu here has a big focus on small bites and bar fare, because after all, wine and food go hand in hand. Items like Baked Brie, Baked Gnocchi, Beer Cheese & Pretzels, Confit Chicken Wings, and a truly amazing Truffle Mac & Cheese are great items to enjoy while sampling a flight of wine, or enjoying one of the many specialty craft beers available.

The Confit Duck, Pulled Pork and the Roasted Artichoke crostini’s are enough to share, or simply enjoy it all to yourself. Charcuterie Boards and a variety of fresh salads are also plentiful here with assorted meats accompanied with local jam, house cured olives, chef’s butter, grapes, sweet pickled peppers, caper berries and walnuts, and a variety of fresh greens used in the salads.

If you require a more complete meal, Chef Brad and The Parkview have you covered there also, with a nice selection of chef’s specials and a flatbread selection that will leave you full and satisfied. Items like Braised Short Rib Wellington, Fresh Catch en Papillote, Roasted Lamb, Roasted Bone Marrow, Thai Curry Mussels and a Confit Duck flatbread are wonderfully delicious and wholesome meals to cure your dinner cravings.


The Birdwatcher is a wine flight of crisp white wines featuring wines from Montinore Estate, Font-Mars, Terranoble, and Pazo das Bruxas. If you are not sure what you want, or like, The Parkview has a good selection of flights to choose from. If wine is not your thing, they have an incredible craft beer selection too.

Spring Salad was light and refreshing and features field greens, poached pear, dried cherries, smoked bleu cheese, candied walnuts and a champagne vinaigrette.

The Roasted Artichoke Crostini is pretty outstanding with roasted artichokes, red pepper pesto, pickled red onions, arugula and Manchego cheese.

Truffle Mac & Cheese is quite a popular dish at a lot of restaurants these days, but the one served up at The Parkview is quite spectacular. This is made with smoked Gouda cheese, Crimini mushrooms, Parmesan, Truffle oil and bread crumbs. This is a great dish to share at the table, but one bite into it, and you may try to put it all away yourself.

Aside of being beautifully presented, the Roasted Lamb is herb crusted and served with sauteed olives, roasted red peppers, artichoke and spinach, Tzatziki sauce and chili oil for a slight touch of heat on the end.

The Fresh Catch en Papillote is a classic French style of cooking in a parchment packet that features fresh fish of the day, and this day it was fresh Yellowtail cooked with crab butter, summer squash, zucchini slaw, lemon and herbs and served along side roasted potatoes, and green bean almandine. This is a very traditional dish, and the flavor was nothing short of extraordinary.

Chocolate Mousse with bacon cookies was an off the menu special dessert and it was a wonderful ending to our time at The Parkview.


The Parkview still has an incredible selection of wines in its current form, but now they also have an incredible selection of food and craft beers.

Since the the transition from Eola Wine Company, they have had a couple of head chefs come through the doors and pretty much build a menu from scratch with a very small kitchen that only has the bare necessities.

When you consider this, and the quality of food and wine here, this place is pretty amazing, and Chef Brad is doing an excellent job of adding yet another great dining option to the historic Winter Park area.

The Parkview is open on Sunday to Wednesday from 11 am to 12 am, and from Thursday to Saturday from 11 am to 1:45 am. They serve food late here and they also have a really good weekend brunch and happy hour specials with Tuesday Trivia.


Parkview Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Introduces Grand Tasting Experience

1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 934-4000
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For the first time in its eight years, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic will offer a grand tasting experience led by a master sommelier.

The tasting will feature wines from the Italian regions of Barolo and Barbaresco and highlight the unique Nebbiolo grape of northern Italy.

Leading the experience will be Master Sommelier Matthew Citriglia, one of only 149 master sommeliers in the Americas. He will guide the tasting like a tour through Piedmont showcasing several rare vintages from the region. As an intimate experience, tickets will be extremely limited.


Citriglia is the director of education for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits and among the longest-tenured master sommeliers in Florida.

He has served on the board of directors of the world-renowned organization since 2004. Citriglia mentors students pursuing master sommelier certification and has created training seminars to educate professionals in the food and beverage industry. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry.

The grand tasting will join other seminar favorites returning to the event once again, including Wine Blending, Italian Wines, More than Malbec, Base to Bubbles, Beer Please, Craft Cocktails, Fine Art of Sushi and Sake, The Cheese Course, Pasta Making and back by popular demand after a several year hiatus, Riesling, So Sweet & So Dry.

The Grand Tasting with Master Sommelier Matthew Citriglia will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 2:00p.m. – 3:30p.m. Tickets are $300 per person. For information on all Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic seminars, events and pricing, please visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com/seminars.

The two-day Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic offers guests unlimited tastings at more than 50 stations featuring culinary selections from the resort’s award-winning restaurants and wine from more than 30 wineries amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway.

Upgraded ticket options allow guests to enjoy access to a beer garden featuring a wide selection of craft beers and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine. The event also includes hands-on seminars with the hotel’s chefs and certified beverage experts. More information is available at www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com
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Cocoa Beach Uncorked

200 E Cocoa Beach Causeway,
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
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Tickets are now on sale for Cocoa Beach Uncorked, an all new food, wine and craft beer festival launching from the sunny shores of Florida’s Space Coast.

The highly anticipated two day festival will take place June 3-4 on the beach at Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, a favorite gathering spot for viewing space launches and surfing icons.

More gastronomical than astronomical, Uncorked Cocoa Beach will celebrate Central Florida’s most renowned chefs, restaurants, and breweries in a culinary showcase served with 180-degree Atlantic Ocean views. The event is the east coast sister of the popular Clearwater Beach Uncorked, now in its sixth year and well established as one of the best food, wine and beer festivals on Florida’s west coast.


“Cocoa Beach is the perfect location to launch our new taste fest and showcase the finest food, wine, craft brews and other fabulous culinary treasures of Florida’s east coast,” said Tammy Gail, event producer. “We’re bringing together people with a shared interest for what will be an unforgettable weekend for attendees, partners and exhibitors alike. I fully expect Uncorked Cocoa Beach to be a sellout.”


Celebrating its first year in Florida’s Space Coast, Cocoa Beach Uncorked will play host to foodies, wine lovers and craft beer aficionados who long to wiggle their toes in the sand as they enjoy some of the area’s most delectable offerings.

A 20,000 square foot Grand Tasting Tent will feature a vast array of mouthwatering taste experiences for discerning palettes. A percentage of event revenue will benefit Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and the Brevard County Humane Society. 


In addition to the Grand Tasting Village, the two-day event will feature a variety of VIP and interactive experiences, tastings, cooking demonstrations, and competitions between some of the area’s most notable and award winning chefs and restaurants.


Uncorked Cocoa Beach is backed by a distinguished roster of presenting sponsors and partners, including Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism, City of Cocoa Beach, Publix, Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Victory Casino Cruises, Cocoa Beach Hotel & Lodging Association, Lowe’s and the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are $55 per person, per day for general admission and $75 per person, per day for VIP access.

Guests who purchase a VIP ticket will enjoy one hour early admission to the Grand Tasting Village, where they will find extra seating for relaxation and mingling while sipping and savoring Moët & Chandon bubbly in the VIP Chalet.

For more information on Cocoa Beach Uncorked or to purchase tickets, visit CocoaBeachUncorked.com. Follow Cocoa Beach Uncorked on Facebook,Twitter or Instagram.
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Flemings Prime Steakhouse

933 N Orlando Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 699-9463

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In today's day and age, the term “Chain Restaurant” often gets a few noses turned up at even the mention of the words. I say that because as a food blogger, I can tell you...just because a restaurant has more than one location or several for that matter, does not mean that they can not stand above the competition. 

Fleming’s was founded in 1998 by restaurateurs Paul Fleming and Bill Allen in Newport Beach, California. The vision was to create a unique steakhouse experience with an emphasis on generous hospitality, an inviting atmosphere and the very finest aged USDA Prime beef. As time went on the Fleming’s brand became successful and eventually wound up as part of Bloomin' Brands, one of the world's largest casual dining companies, which also owns and operates Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill and Bonefish Grill.

At Fleming's, a steak is never just a steak. They have a very meticulous process of selection, preparation and service that ensures it reaches your table at its very best. They obsess over every detail so that you'll savor every bite. Fleming’s prizes itself with a selection of the finest USDA Prime beef, available both wet and dry aged and broiled at 1,600 degrees or iron crusted.

In addition to inspired service and expertly prepared Prime Steak, Fleming's has an exceptional selection of wines for guests to explore. The Fleming's 100 is the restaurant's award winning collection of 100 wines by the glass. The collection is thoughtfully curated by director of wine, Maeve Pesquera. Each year, top-rated wines from around the world and exclusive, limited-allocation boutique wines are selected during an extensive 12-month tasting process. Unique local wine selections are also available at each Fleming's location.


If wine is not your thing, they have some fabulous cocktails available as well.
The Spring Fling is pictured on the left and a classic Mai Tai to the right.


We were greeted by the chef with a wonderful appetizer of gulf shrimp and cheese grits.

My dining companion and I decide to split the Spring Tomato Bisque with artisanal garlic croutons and parmesan frico. The soup was part of a “Taste Of The Season” menu and was delicious.

Once I saw the Genuine Kona crusted Prime Rib Eye, I had to order it. At 16 ounces, it was more than I could eat in one sitting, but a steak this flavorful deserves two separate days to eat it. The Rib Eye itself was cooked to perfection at my requested medium and the Kona rub was magical.

My dining companion chose the Filet “Oscar” paired with a jumbo lump blue crab cake and béarnaise sauce, as featured on the Taste Of The Season menu. The filet was like butter and just melted in your mouth, and the crab cake was excellent as well.

We chose the Warm Apple Crisp with cinnamon crème for our dessert. It was a lovely treat for two to share.

Any time is a good time to stop into your local Fleming’s for some wonderful prime cuts of steak. However, they usually offer seasonal specials throughout the year on a “Taste Of The Season menu with special food pairings and custom cocktails.

Running until June 18th is the Rare & Bold: A Pairing Experience –
Diners can experience the perfect pairing of steak and wine and discover the distinct flavors between steak cuts and aging processes when precisely paired with different types of wines. This four-course, culinary experience will feature Fleming’s classics and thoughtful wine pairings starting at $95 per person, two person minimum.

If you have a case of the Mondays… and who doesn't ? Fleming’s has something that will turn your frown upside down with Prime Monday’s. 
Guests can enjoy a three course meal with their choice of the Craftsman Ribeye, Pork Chop or Sea Bass accompanied by Truffle Mash and Spicy Thai Green Beans. Each entree comes with choice of salad or soup and a dessert. To complete the experience, guests can pick two glasses of wine from a pre-selected menu for $20 or two glasses of wine from a more premium pre-selected menu for $30. Available now for $49.95 each Monday.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Clearwater Beach Uncorked 2016

301 S. Gulfview Blvd.
(On The Beach) 
Clearwater FL. 33767
Clearwater Beach Uncorked 2016 is almost here. If you have been missing out on this wonderful event, make plans to attend this year, as this is hands down one of the best food and wine fests in Florida.
 
Clearwater Beach Uncorked is a two day food, wine and craft beer festival that draws thousands of attendees to Florida's award winning Clearwater Beach. Located 23 miles West of Tampa, foodies, wine enthusiasts and craft beer aficionados can wiggle their toes in the sugar white sand, while enjoying all that the 30,000 square foot Grand Tasting Tent has to offer. Clearwater Beach Uncorked has been dubbed the hippest, most exciting two-day food, wine, and craft beer festival on Florida’s West Coast. The event welcomes thousands of attendees each February to Florida’s award winning Clearwater Beach.
 
The 30,000 sq. ft. Grand Tasting Tent will feature a vast array of mouthwatering taste experiences for discerning palettes. A percentage of ticket sales will benefit the University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee School of Hospitality and Technology.
 
Fabulous food from the area’s noteworthy restaurants, wines from across the globe, and national and regionally produced artisan craft beers help to create a weekend long epicurean experience. Wine specialists, brew masters and chefs from across the Bay area will add an exciting dimension of gastronomic intrigue.

VIP ticket holders will have access to the all-new exclusive VIP tent which features a variety of reserve wines, bubbly and tasty bites, in addition to entry into the Grand Tasting Tent. This year, VIPs are invited to attend the first-ever VIP Beach Brunch, which includes mimosas, muffins, and more!
Here are just a few of some of the Chef Biographies of the chefs attending this years event and doing live demonstrations both days:
 
Jim Hendry-Publix Aprons Cooking School

Before joining the Aprons program in 2002, James spent a number of years honing his culinary skills at some of southwest Florida’s most acclaimed restaurants. As the resident chef of Aprons Sarasota location, he has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s finest chefs and winemakers and continues to pass along his own passion for food to all of his students, both young and old.
 
Anthony LogerfoPublix Aprons Cooking School 
Anthony LoGerfo joined Aprons Cooking School in October 2010. Coming from an Italian background, food and family have always been a big part of his life. In 1991, Anthony graduated from the French Culinary studying under the world-renowned Master Chef, Jaques Pepin, where he learned the most important lessons about traditional French cuisine. After three short years with Publix, Anthony has been promoted to Resident Chef. Still sharing his passion for food, culinary knowledge, and expertise so that you too can learn to have fun in the kitchen.
 
Emily EllynFood Network Star and Cutthroat Kitchen Winner

Emily Ellyn is best known as the Retro Rad Chef from Food Network; appearing on Food Network Star,Cupcake Wars and most recently as the winner of Cutthroat Kitchen.She’s also a culinary educator and food writer, who writes for edible and BAR magazines and lectures at the University of Central Florida. When she’s not busy writing or finishing her PhD. in Food Service Education, you’ll find Emily in her trademark cat-eyed glasses, cooking up fun at food and spirits events around the world.
 
Joseph DiPaoloDuncan Hines

Chef DiPaolo and his team, have full research and development responsibility for some of America’s most loved grocery brands including Duncan Hines cake mixes and frostings, Comstock-Wilderness fruit and pie fillings,Vlasic pickles and Mrs. Butterworth’s and Log Cabin syrups. Chef DiPaolo holds a Baking and Pastry Degree from the Culinary Institute of America and is a member of the Retail Bakers Association.



Ticket Pricing & Inclusions – Tickets are priced at $65 per person, per day for general admission and $95 per person, per day for VIP.
 
New VIP Experiences – Guests who purchase a VIP ticket will enjoy a new VIP Beach Brunch taking place from noon to 1 p.m. each day before the main event opens its doors. Brunch includes muffins, munchies, mimosas and more. A VIP ticket also includes access to a VIP tent on the beach throughout the day, with an exclusive set-up of reserve wines, bubbles and light bites.

Grand Tasting – From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day on February 6 and 7, attendees will have the chance to wiggle their toes in the sugar white sand while sipping and savoring items from the area’s most delectable restaurants, boutique hot spots and world-class hotels. The Grand Tasting will take place in a newly expanded 30,000 square foot tent, setting the stage for an unforgettable gastronomic event.

BREW-B-QUE – Food Network Chef Emily Ellyn will tease the taste buds with a special Brew-B-Que cooking presentation on the Publix Aprons Cooking Stage. Attendees will explore the culinary diversity of cooking with craft beer during this unique event. Savory will meet sweet as Chef Emily pairs pork, Three Daughters Beach Blonde Ale and savory spices for an extraordinary Brew-B-Que experience.

Enhanced Line-up of Interactive Experiences – Marking its anniversary, the 2016 Clearwater Beach Uncorked will feature an even greater line-up of food and drinks, courtesy of new sponsors and vendors. Guests will meet and learn from leading wine specialists, brew masters and accomplished chefs from across the Bay area, including Chef Richard Preston from the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, Chef Robert from Shephard’s Beach Resort and Chef Justin Winkler from Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key.

Six Live Cooking Demonstrations – Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of the 2016 Clearwater Beach Uncorked, six live on-stage cooking demonstrations will take place with renowned chefs from across the country. Chefs featured in the fifth anniversary event program include Jim Hendry, Anthony Logerfo and Brian Mullins (Publix Aprons Cooking School); Joseph DiPaolo (Duncan Hines) and Emily Ellyn.
 
Backed by a distinguished roster of presenting sponsors, Clearwater Beach Uncorked attributes much of its success to its presenting partners, including Bright House, Publix Super Markets, City of Clearwater, and Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa. Clearwater Beach Uncorked is also supported by Transamerica, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Visit Florida and Great Florida Events.
 
A portion of the proceeds of the 2016 Clearwater Beach Uncorked will benefit University of South Florida’s Sarasota Manatee School of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership. Funds will be used to develop academic programs, scholarships, research grants and campus infrastructure. Clearwater Beach Uncorked has also partnered with the University to implement an educational component incorporating the festival into the fall curriculum. Students are currently competing to develop unique marketing initiatives where the winners’ ideas will be implemented at this coming year’s event.
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