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Wine Bar George Set To Open at Disney Springs in Early 2018


C:\Users\lmklec1\Desktop\MISC\G\new logo.pngDisney Springs
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.
For more information about Clearwater Beach Uncorked, or to Purchase Tickets visit:

Follow Clearwater Beach Uncorked on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ClearwaterBeachUncorked or Twitter @CBUncorked.






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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

9150 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
407-351-5074

Back in August, I shared with you the news of the all new Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House that opened up on I-Drive in Orlando, you can see more of it Here if you need a refresher.

Although I did sample all kinds of wonderful appetizers, I didn't really get to sample the good stuff...steak. So I was delighted to return for another preview of what turned out to be a meat lover's dream come true.

As I mentioned in my first blog post, the Del Frisco’s brand was born more than 20 years ago, and embodies the rich tradition of the classic American steakhouse, with impeccable chef-driven cuisine, an extensive award-winning wine list and unparalleled hospitality.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House features a sizable, diverse wine list of more than 1,200 labels, to include a number of notable verticals from both old and new world producers. With two floors that include two bars, four private dining rooms and a picturesque patio, Del Frisco’s Orlando boasts over 400 seats. I'm sure you appreciate that information, but lets get right to all this wonderful food.


To help wash down all of the flavors, we were treated to Del Frisco’s Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranch Chardonnay. The cocktail of the evening was The VIP, which is Del Frisco’s signature cocktail made with clementine vodka infused in a full pineapple for 14 days.

The Shellfish Plateau features chilled Alaskan king crab legs, iced jumbo shrimp, fresh oysters on the half shell, chilled crab claws & traditional garnishes.

The Petite Crab Cakes were nice chunks of crab meat and Cajun lobster sauce sitting on top of a delicious basil brioche.

A wonderful twist on Pork Belly was the Thick Cut Bacon Au Poivre with Bourbon Molasses Glaze. This was loaded with flavor and had plenty of savory with an equal amount of sweet.

I love a good lamb cooked properly, and the the Lamb Lollipop’s with a pomegranate mint glaze were pretty amazing.

The Tuna Tartare featured strikingly fresh tuna, crisp wonton and wasabi cream with micro cilantro.

Filet Mignon may be a common steak to order, but rest assured, Del Frisco’s will make sure your filet is extraordinary.

The Prime Strip Steak had a wonderful seasoning on it and melted in your mouth.

Ribeye is one of my favorites, next to a good strip steak, and the Prime Rib Eye Steak I tasted at Del Frisco’s was heavenly. 

Here is some more beautiful steak footage to make you drool.

Some of the evenings desserts included a Lemon Cake with lemon buttercream icing and lemon glaze, Chocolate Souffle Cake with a warm molten center chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream, and raspberry sauce and a Butter Cake with butter pecan ice cream, fresh whipped cream & caramel sauce. All of which were delicious.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is open for Dinner from Monday through Saturday from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sunday from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Lunch is served Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency


9801 International Drive
Orlando, FL. 32819
(407) 345-4570


Some of you may remember the former Peabody Hotel and the famous marching ducks. One of the restaurants inside of this establishment was an Italian restaurant by the name of Napa. 

Gone are the days of the ducks, and the Peabody itself for that matter, as Hyatt purchased the property a few years ago and turned it into The Hyatt Grand Regency. Napa stuck around for a while after that, but now the restaurant has transitioned into Urban Tide, which offers diners a modern twist on local Florida seafood favorites.

The concept of Urban Tide is to accentuate the chic coastal cuisine and the freshest seafood from Florida’s bountiful coast. Seasonal favorites are celebrated and elevated with bold flavors served in a stylish setting. With dark wood furnishings and modern decor, Urban Tide offers diners a quiet, understated elegance highlighted by picturesque views of the grotto pool.

Chef Jared Gross brings Florida’s local seafood flavors to life with his modern twist on coastal favorites. Highlights from the new menu include a selection of starters such as a ceviche with citrus marinated Florida sea bass and serrano spiked rock shrimp and grouper cheeks with shishito peppers. Seafood selections include gulf grouper, sea bass and whole red snapper, which can be prepared blackened, grilled, or sauteed. All seafood dishes are served with a trio of house made sauces. Other favorites include grilled domestic lamb rack with tomato farro risotto and baby zucchini as well as a classic Cioppino.

Whether dining for lunch or dinner, guests will find a classic or current take on favorite handcrafted cocktails, or they may select from a distinctive collection of craft beers and fine wines. When it comes to wines and cocktails, you can rest assured that Hyatt Regency has put just as much thought into libations as they have the food. The people at Hyatt have teamed up with a few very distinctive wine makers from various regions across the globe, to make sure they are bringing their guests the very best selection and pairings possible.

The restaurants at the Hyatt Regency will feature various “Chef’s Table” events throughout the year, where the the head chef and a selected winemaker or a selected beer brewer will collaborate to create an evening of food and fine wine, or food and fine beer pairings at Urban Tide and Fiorenzo “Chef’s Table” dinner events. Fiorenzo is the Italian steakhouse on the property that combines the charm of an authentic Italian restaurant with a refined selection of steaks, chops and seafood.

I recently had the opportunity to attend a “Chefs Table” event and enjoy an extraordinary evening of delicious foods from Chef Jared Gross and some great wine from Argentina with Juan Pablo Gonzalez, who is a representative for Pascual Toso wines.

When in the mid 1880s Pascual Toso set out towards Argentina from his home town, Canale D’Alba, in Piamonte, Italy, he could not have imagined that he would become the founder of a winery, which is today one of the oldest and most prestigious wineries in Argentina.

The Toso brand benefits of a real success not just in the national market, but also worldwide. The Bodega has gained years of experience in exporting to international markets, and the wines are available in more than 30 markets including the United Kingdom, USA, Japan, Europe, Russia, Korea, Canada and Latin America.

The most important part of Toso wines is the passion for the wines and the quality they try to achieve. Since 1890, Bodegas y Viñedos Pascual Toso has become one of the most exciting and promising Argentine wineries and remains faithful to its principles: Tradition, Authenticity, Innovation.


Our evening was started with a reception that featured a Florida Grouper Ceviche with serrano peppers and a calamari ring, as well as a glass or two of Toso Brut Sparkling Chardonnay. I was impressed with the ceviche and the spiciness of it, but I was falling in love with the Champagne like sparkling chardonnay.
 
Seafood is certainly an international food, but biscuits are a pretty southern thing, so why not pair them together with Red Spruce Farms Cheddar Biscuits served with a burnt onion jam and a pimento spread.


The Diver Scallop with brown butter and lobster risotto was our first course, and it was a delectable dish made with fennel, chives and blood orange. 


That delectable diver scallop came paired with a soft and very aromatic Toso Chardonnay from 2012. It has an extremely pleasant aroma and was quite enjoyable.


The Linguica Sausage Croquettes were a rather interesting second course, and they were quite tasty. They are made with braised rabbit gribeche, which is a mayonnaise style cold egg sauce, and walnut rye crumbs. This was served along with a wonderful Toso Malbec Reserve 2012. The Malbec Reserve is one of the top wines from Toso because it is easy on the palate and is a serious Malbec at a good value.


Our third course was a Bison Filet with Wild Mushroom Cannelloni in a smoked tomato butter sauce. This was a rather heavy portion of food, but delicious nonetheless. Although the food was good, It took a backseat to the Toso Pedregal 2010 that was served up alongside.


The Toso Pedregal 2010 is made with 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is aged for 18 months in oak with the Cabernet Sauvignon being aged in American oak barrels, and the Malbec being aged in French oak. After that, the wine is aged 10 months in bottles before release. All of this makes for a mesmerizing flavor of beautiful black fruit with blackberry, boysenberry and accents of licorice. One sip, and you will see why the Pedregal is of notable pedigree and a very special wine indeed.


Our fourth and final course of the evening was a Chocolate Hazelnut Tart with burnt honey ice cream and spring berries. A very elegant dessert with the outstanding flavor of the burnt honey ice cream. Our dessert came with Toso Altah Syrah 2010. This is a wine with an intense nose of dark fruit, blackberry, blackcurrant, dark chocolate, vanilla and oak spices, and it was a perfect wine to end the evening on.

The next Chef’s Table event will be held at Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse on Saturday May 23rd. Chef de Cuisine Will Walters will be heading up his first Chef’s Table dinner featuring steakhouse favorites served with ice cold selections from New Belgium Brewing. Limited seats are available and you can call 407-345-4570 for reservations.

Also on the calendar for May is Summer Sensation, Live on the Garden Terrace. Guest will get an opportunity to feel the sensation as country singer-songwriter and national recording artist Josh Thompson takes the stage with JT Hodges and Nikki Lane to kick off summer in unforgettable fashion on Sunday, May 24. Live on the Garden Terrace, the hotels first ever concert celebration pairs the hottest summer music sensations with cool breezes, ice cold brews and handcrafted cocktails. Summer Sensation tickets are available without hotel accommodations via EventBrite.

General Admission is $45 and VIP Admission is $75. All ticket holders receive free self-parking and 20% off food at the signature restaurants.

Hyatt Regency Orlando offers guests the very best of both worlds from business travel to tourism. Located on I-Drive in the Convention District, they offer an upscale vacation resort with an unrivaled radius to top attractions for corporate travel or theme park adventures. No matter what brings you to Central Florida, this is a wonderful place to treat yourself to some rest and rejuvenation. From state of the art spa and salon services to award winning culinary expertise, you will be immersed in indulgence.

The hotel is connected to the Orange County Convention Center, and is only minutes from the magical Disney theme parks. They also offer 315,000 square feet of flexible meeting space to host events, from business conferences to elegant weddings with style and sophistication.

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