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Magical Dining at Reunion Resort

7593 Gathering Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34747
(407-662-1000)
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Due to the disruption from the Hurricane, Visit Orlando has extended it's month long food celebration an extra week to October 7th, so now we have more time to hit up some  great spots to eat at great prices.

One such spot is Reunion Resort. Both restaurants on the property, Eleven and Forte are participating in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month that started August 23rd and is now going on through October 7th with Prix fixe menus available in both for $35.

They have put together a spectacular selection of food with full size portions and amazing flavor, and for $20.00 extra, Forte and Eleven are offering a wine pairing for each course. The selections are sophisticated, and may surprise wine enthusiasts with wines from different regions and grapes.

Reunion Resort is also a recent winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The AAA Four Diamond-rated resort has earned this prestigious award for the Master Wine List, which contains 94 wines, at its signature restaurant Eleven. The award is given to those restaurants whose wine lists excel in offering interesting selections that complement their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine enthusiasts.

The offerings at Eleven are a Filet Mignon Egg Roll, Iceberg Wedge Salad or an incredible Lobster Bisque for appetizer. Entree selections include NY Strip with mashed potatoes, Airline Chicken and Pan Seared Grouper. Dessert is your choice of Vanilla Flan, or Chocolate Cake.

At Forte, the appetizers start with Crispy Calamari, Roasted Italian Sausage or Endive Salad. Entree Choices consist of a Delmonico Cast Iron with gnocchi bolognese, Red Snapper Pappardelle and Shrimp Scampi, or Airline Chicken Saltimbocca. For dessert you have a choice of Tiramisu or a Trio of Miniature Gelato Cones.

I recently had the opportunity to sample a few dishes from both restaurants at the resort, along with the wine pairing. Not only was it delicious and well prepared, but when you think of the food you are going to get here for $35.00, it’s kind of a steal, especially at such a nice resort as Reunion Resort is.

Endive Salad is at Forte with blue cheese, candied walnuts, and mustard dressing, you can pair this with Una, Gruner Veltliner, 2017 from Austria.

The Lobster Bisque was amazing with butter poached lobster, green onion crème fraîche, and you can enjoy this even more with O:TU Merlot Rosé, Awatere Valley, New Zealand served at Eleven for an appetizer.

Airline Chicken Saltimbocca will be a main course option at Forte with a Marsala Sauce and you can pair this with Ceres Composition, Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand.

Prime NY Strip with mashed potatoes, asparagus and peppercorn sauce is available at Eleven with a wonderful peppercorn cream sauce, pair this with a Katherine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, California 2016.

Pan Seared Grouper is also available at Eleven with roasted tomato grits, broccoli slaw, and a citrus cream sauce. This pairs perfectly with Groth, Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley.

Red Snapper Pappardelle and Shrimp Scampi will be offered at Forte with pappardelle pasta in a white wine butter sauce, and is excellently paired with Pazo de Senorans, Alberino, Spain 2016.

Tiramisu is available at Forte, and Vanilla Flan pictured on the right is available as a desseert option at Eleven for Magical Dining Month.

You will not be dissapointed at Reunion Resort with these excellent options for Magical Dining Month, and trust me, the $20.00 extra for the wine pairing is money well spent, with such extensive and amazing wines.

Reunion Resort features 360 resort-style accommodations ranging from luxury multi room villas to private three- to 13-bedroom vacation homes, as well as 25,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Widely recognized as a top golf destination, Reunion is the only location in the world featuring three signature championship golf courses designed by golfing legends Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson.

Amenities at the resort include seven casual and fine dining venues, including an award winning roof top steakhouse, elegant indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, six hydro-grid clay tennis courts, a full-service boutique spa, 10 community pools, fitness center and a five-acre waterpark. For more information, visit ReunionResort.com, and to book dining reservations visit www.reunionresort.com/dining.

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All 4 Rivers Smokehouses are Open on Sunday, Sept. 8 to Benefit Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts in the Bahamas

1869 W State Rd 434, 
Longwood, FL 32750
(All Locations)
(844) 474-8377
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Breaking from its “closed on Sunday” policy, all 4 Rivers Smokehouses in Florida (except downtown Orlando) and The COOP will open on Sept. 8 to benefit relief efforts in the Bahamas, after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the island nation. 

Contributions from Sunday will be donated to World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. 

Each 4 Rivers Smokehouse will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer its regular dine-in, to-go and online menus. The COOP will serve its award-winning Southern cuisine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer breakfast all day this Sunday.

“As Floridians, we know all too well the destruction hurricanes can cause and it saddens us to see the devastation caused in the Bahamas by Dorian,” said John Rivers, 4 Rivers Founder/CEO. “Community is the core of our brand, so the entire 4R family is proud to contribute to relief efforts in the Bahamas by raising funds on Sept. 8 at our 4 Rivers Smokehouses and The COOP.”

The 4 Rivers Smokehouse and The COOP openings on Sept. 8 mark the first time 4R Restaurant Group venues will open statewide on a Sunday in the name of charity. 

On several previous occasions individual Smokehouses have opened on a Sunday to raise charitable funds, including after the Pulse Nightclub massacre in 2016; to support the families of slain Kissimmee Police Department Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Richard "Sam" Howard in 2017; and following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl. In 2018.

The COOP located at 610 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789

For more information visit: www.4rsmokehouse.com.

Established in Winter Park, Fla. in 2009, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is a family-owned “Barbecue Ministry” specializing in 30-day aged Smoked Angus Brisket and “Homestyle Sides,” as well as bold twists of flavor and ingredient combinations with “Signature Stackers” and “From the Farm” offerings. At the helm is Founder/CEO John Rivers, who strives to support the local community through exceptional products, steadfast customer service and uncompromised integrity.

4 Rivers Smokehouse currently has 14 operating locations spanning Florida and Georgia. In addition to online ordering, the Smokehouse also has a catering food truck that can be spotted around Central Florida with locations listed on @4RiversCatering Instagram handle.

Also part of the 4R family is The COOP, a neighborhood restaurant in Winter Park celebrating the homestyle fare of the South; 4R Cantina Barbacoa at Disney Springs; two 4 Rivers walkup venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports; as well as eateries at Camping World Stadium, Spectrum Stadium and Doak Campbell Stadium.

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Teak Neighborhood Grill Serves Up $5 Burgers in September For the Inaugural “Burger World Tour”


901 S Orlando Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 335-4835

(All Locations)
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Enjoy a Different One of Teak’s Most Popular, Unique and Delicious, Award Winning Burgers Every Day in September for Only $5

No one serves up burgers better than Teak Neighborhood Grill, and now, the home of Central Florida’s best burgers is offering their top-rated, tasty burgers at a discounted price.

For the entire month of September, Teak is introducing their “Burger World Tour” and featuring a different burger every day for only $5. From Teak’s popular “Drunken Monk” and “Cronie Burger” to their mouthwatering “OMG Burger” and “Waffle Burger”, all the burger favorites off of Teak’s ever-evolving main menu and Underground Menu are showcased in their Burger World Tour this month.




“Teak’s Burger World Tour gives everyone a chance to experience all of our amazing, one-of-a-kind burgers they’ve always wanted to try, even some from our special Underground Menu, at a heck of a bargain,” says Owner Jon Proechel. “This is our big thank you to all of our loyal supporters and fans, and we hope to make many news ones. We are excited to see everyone at Teak Orlando and Maitland this month to take advantage of this very cool program, which we hope to make an annual Teak tradition.”


Experience Teak’s Burger World Tour this month at Teak Orlando located at 6400 Time Square Avenue, Orlando, FL 32835 and at Teak Maitland located at 901 South Orange Avenue, Maitland, FL, 32751. For more information, visit www.teakorlando.com.

Teak Neighborhood Grill has been serving up award-winning cuisine and a comfortable dining atmosphere since April of 2010.

Winner of numerous awards and recognitions, including Best Burger, Top 10 Burger Joint and a Must Do in Central Florida, plus featured on the Cooking Channel’s “Late Night Eats”, Teak features over 30 hand-crafted burgers (including Teak’s password-only Underground Menu), delicious sandwiches, salads, starters and desserts on its ever-evolving menu, created by Executive Chef Ricky Demers, with over 60 craft beers and signature cocktails.

Teak prides itself on using fresh, local and organic ingredients in every savory dish, while providing a relaxing and enjoyable environment that guests return to time and time again. Entertainment seekers can dine inside or out and enjoy Teak’s large covered patios, numerous HD TVs and 140” projector screens. 


Teak is open for lunch, dinner, happy hour, Saturday and Sunday brunch, and Teak Orlando serves a full menu daily until 2am. 

Teak Neighborhood Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Magical Dining at American Kitchen

1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-3080
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For only $35, Chef Venoy Rogers has prepared a well-balanced menu of classic American dishes with a twist, and the addition of Gluten-free, Vegan and Vegetarian options for Magical Dining Month.

Appetizer choices are Tempura Avocado with a tomato-chipotle jam, cilantro-lime and crème fraiche, the AK Wedge with baby iceberg lettuce, charred scallion blue cheese dressing, house bacon, heirloom tomato, red onion(this is a gluten free dish), Tuscan Kale Flatbread with smoked exotic mushroom, pickled onion asiago and garlic-thyme infused honey.


Main Course selections include Beet Root Ravioli with house-made beet and ricotta raviolis, local goat cheese, toasted pine nut, beet soil and citrus.

A Dry Aged Certified Angus Beef, Petite NY Strip with three potato gratin and steakhouse mushrooms.

Truffle Chicken Alfredo with house made mushroom-truffle fettuccine, black truffle Alfredo sauce.

 A vegan option of Cauliflower Curry with whole roasted cauliflower, braised greens, toasted cashews, and house made cilantro.

If you wish to forgo dessert here, you can get an appetizer and may choose another dinner entree of American Barbacoa Style Certified Angus Beef Shank Tacos served with warm local tortillas, radish, salsa verde, house pickled onions, cotija cheese and cilantro. You can add enhancements of Summer Black Truffles for $6.




The Dessert offerings are an Apple Pie in a Jar with sea salt caramel, tart Granny Smith apples, and cinnamon crumb, or the A.K. S'Mores with dark chocolate cremeux.


Overall, some really good options from Chef Venoy and his staff at American Kitchen, and well worth the $35.00 deal for Magical Dining.

Guests visiting AK can access the self-parking lot for free.

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Zoetic Sushi

210 S Park Ave.
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 461-2954

Chef Chuck Cobb has taken the traditional art of Edomae Sushi and brought it to downtown Sanford, not only elevating the already growing scene in the area, but also adding another Omakase spot to Central Florida.

What is really unique about this private chef’s tasting is that it is located in the ZL Home’s modern high end showroom right in the heart of historic Downtown Sanford.

This Japanese style dates back over 200 years. The Edo Sushi Style grew up on the streets of Tokyo as a necessity. Since the sushi was prepared and sold on the streets at a time long before refrigeration, Street food vendors cured the fish with salt, vinegar and soy sauce.

Chef Cobb hand picks the freshest fish imported weekly from Tokyo Japan, and fresh fish suppliers locally. After thoroughly inspecting the fish he begins the process of aging the fish to bring out the umami of the fish.

Varieties of fish like Spanish Mackerel, Golden Eye Snapper, Sweet Bafun Uni from Hokkaido, Cold Water Scallops, Hairy Crab, Spiked Crab and Cuttlefish are used in the Omakase Presentation. 

Chef Cobb also uses the finest ingredients he can find to round out the presentation with items like Tamaki Gold rice, and Akazu Vinegar, which is vinegar made from the run off of Sake-Lee and then fermented and aged.


Kegani or hairy crab and Heikeigani a spiked crab.

Hijiki Seaweed Salad made with Hijiki seaweed with lotus root, ginger sesame oil, red and green peppers. You will never want any other seaweed salad after this.

A tasty one bite serving of Hokkaido scallop with uni and ikura(salmon roe).

This presentation of miniature sardines, hairy crab, quail eggs, and gold flakes was pretty unique, even if you are not a fan of some of these ingredients, when mixed together it was spectacular.

Shin-Ika (Cuttlefish)

Suzuki (Japanese Seabass)

Sliced Giant Pacific Octopus with micro greens in a sake based citrus tea.

Hamachi (Japanese Amberjack)

A cut of Bluefin Akami Tuna and a cut of Chutoro Medium Fatty Tuna.

To end our evening, Chef Cobb put together a fabulous dessert made with shaved ice, coconut ginger and turmeric yogurt with fresh dragon fruit and mint.


We were really impressed with Zoetic Sushi and Chef Cobb, everything was fresh, fragrant and a real delight to the palate, and of course we were thoroughly entertained. The setting inside of of the ZL Homes building also makes this Omakase experience feel very unique.

If you would like to book a seat, and yes you must book ahead, your options are the following:

Thursday: 9 Course Nigiri Sushi Chefs Choice Tasting with either a 6:00 pm tasting or 9:00 pm.

Friday: 15 Course Omakase Sushi Tasting with seatings at 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm

Saturday: 15 Course Omakase Style Sushi Experience with seatings at 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm.

Sunday: 9 Course Nigiri Sushi Chefs Choice Tasting with either a 6:00 pm tasting or 8:00 pm.

You click here to book: Zoetic Sushi
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Rosen Hotels in Orlando Gives the Gift of Affordable Travel

8442 Palm Pkwy,
Golden Oak, FL 32836
(Other Locations Available)
(407) 996-7300
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The holiday gifts arrive early this year at Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando, where the company is offering a special package for guests to enjoy incredible savings on stays now through early 2020.

Starting now, guests can book the "Christmas in July" package that features a four- night stay for just $250 including tax. The package can be booked as a stay or as a gift certificate to surprise family and friends.

The "Christmas in July" package is available at five family-friendly Rosen Hotels including Rosen Inn International, Rosen Inn, closest to Universal, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, a Rosen Hotel and Midpointe Hotel by Rosen Hotels & Resorts.

Ideally located within minutes of Orlando's world-famous theme parks, dining and more, the hotels make perfect holiday headquarters for doing some early gift shopping at the many expansive outlet malls just minutes away.

   
After a day at the pool, Rosen Inn International's contemporary Topsy Turvey Lounge is a great place to spend a relaxing evening.

In addition to an incredible $250 tax inclusive rate for four nights, the "Christmas in July" package includes:

:Deluxe guestroom for four nights, inclusive of tax.

:25% discount in select restaurants including buffet style restaurants, Shogun at Rosen Inn, closest to Universal, and Cafe Gauguin at Rosen Centre for Midpointe Hotel guests.

:Family-friendly amenities, found throughout most hotelsincluding mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, outdoor swimming pools, children's playground and video game rooms, to name a few. Check websites for details.

:Flat screen HDTV with free Disney® channel and premium movie channels.

:Complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Orlando's theme parks and shopping. (See specific hotel schedule. Reservations required.)

:Always free onsite parking.

:Always free Wifi in guestrooms and public areas.

:24-hour onsite uniformed security.

:Never a resort fee!

To book, visit OrlandoHotels4Less.com/christmasinjuly or call 877-224-5377. The package is available for travel now through February 2020 and must be booked or pre-purchased by August 30, 2019.


Blackout dates apply; based on availability. Cannot be combined with any other promotions or offers. Not valid for groups including during city-wide convention dates or during special events or holidays.

Stay at a Rosen Hotel and Feel the Love.... Florida's largest independent hotelier, Harris Rosen, instills in his loyal staff an unrivaled commitment to service extended to each and every guest.

For more about Rosen Hotels & Resorts, visit RosenHotels.com or call 877-224-5377.
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Salata Coming to Winter Park...

480 N. Orlando Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 622-1213
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Central Florida will soon have a new healthy dining destination. Houston-based Salata will celebrate the official grand opening of its second location in the Orlando area on September 12th in Winter Park.

Located at 480 N. Orlando Avenue, the new Salata will offer guests fully customizable, built-to-order salads and wraps, soups, organic teas and lemonades. All fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins will be chopped daily in-house.


With five salad bases, more than 50 toppings, and 10 house-made, gluten-free dressings, guests can create meals exactly how they want with no restrictions. The Winter Park Salata is the 87th location for the company nationwide. It will be operated by franchise group Crisp Salads, LLC.

“We look forward to bringing the Salata experience to more Central Floridians with the opening of the second location in the area,” said Nabeel Ansari, CEO of Crisp Salads, LLC. “Salata is the perfect place for anyone to fuel their day, no matter their lifestyles.”

The 5,400 square-foot restaurant will have seating for 110 inside with a patio space that seats 32. It will be managed by Lauren McQuaid who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. The Winter Park Salata will employ 25.

Salata will celebrate the grand opening on September 12th by partnering with and supporting several community organizations and independent businesses. 20 percent of grand opening day sales will benefit Rollins College Wellness Center. Guests will be able to enjoy a build-your-own succulent bar, a flights and bites station with samples of dressings and toppings, and a DJ.

Guests will also have the opportunity to receive giveaways, including custom Salata Winter Park t-shirts designed by Alli K for the first 100 guests and a $200 value gift basket for the first paying guest.

The Winter Park Salata will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. 


About Salata:

Founded in 2005, Houston-based Salata is a built-to-order salad kitchen that is ranked among the fastest-growing small chains in the U.S. by Restaurant Business. Salata has more than 85 corporate-owned and franchise locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, Southern California and Louisiana, and plans to open in multiple new markets. For more information, visit salata.com or facebook.com/salatasalads.

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House of Blues is launching Bayou Brunch

1490 E Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: (407) 934-2583
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House of Blues Orlando’s Bayou Brunch Transforms Traditional Brunch Into Epic Dining Experience with live music performances by Brown Bag Brass Band.

Answering the prayers of music lovers and foodies everywhere, House of Blues Orlando, known for its live concerts featuring top music acts, unique entertainment and mouthwatering menu offerings, is launching Bayou Brunch, a new weekend brunch event that is guaranteed to rock your taste buds and your soul!

Beginning August 3rd, every Saturday and Sunday, House of Blues Restaurant & Bar will take Southern hospitality to a whole new level.

The new Bayou Brunch will feature delicious Southern-inspired menu items, like Biscuits and Gravy, freshly made Omelets, Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee and more, as well as bottomless brunch beverages and a Build Your Old Fashioned Bar.

Additionally, for all those that crave a little more bite to their brunch, the Orlando location will turn up the dining experience a few notches with live music from Brown Bag Brass Band, who will entertain guests with Dixieland, Jazz and Brass band selections.

Cost: Buffet is $33 for adults (10+) and $15 for children (3-9), Children under 3 are free

Regular Restaurant & Bar menu available at 11:30 AM, Alcohol, Tax and Gratuity not included

Featured Menu Items:
Salads: Southern Salad, Caesar Salad, Fresh Fruit, Peel and Eat Shrimp

Breakfast: Omelet Station, Scrambled Eggs, Candied Bacon, Andouille Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, Chicken & Waffles

Lunch: Chicken Tacos, Pork Tacos, Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee, Jalapeno and Cheese Cornbread, Carving Station with Ham and Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Seasonal Vegetables

Desserts: Bourbon Bread Pudding, Assorted Desserts

Drink Specials:
Build Your Old Fashioned with bourbon, bitters, and garnish bars ($12 each)

Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s ($15)

Happy Hour pricing on select beer, house wine, and well cocktails

*All menu items subject to change without notice.

For more information, please call House of Blues Orlando at 407-934-2583 or visit http://www.houseofblues.com/orlando.
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