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Acclaimed pastry chef Alon Gontowski has joined the award-winning culinary team at Orlando's Rosen Centre

9840 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 996-9840
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With more than two decades of experience at AAA Four and Five Diamond hotels, acclaimed pastry chef Alon Gontowski has joined the award-winning culinary team at Orlando's Rosen Centre.

He will be enhancing the many delicious indulgences available for special events, groups and Everglades Restaurant guests at the International Drive luxury hotel.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Cherry Hill, N.J., Chef Alon has dazzled diners across the United States, with stints in the kitchens of Connecticut's Mohegan Sun, Las Vegas' JW Marriott, Harrah's, Desert Inn and The Rio, and most recently at Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Along his career path, he developed menu selections for more than two dozen restaurants, among them Todd English's Tuscany and Michael Jordan's Steak House.

His accomplishments also include a silver medal in the American Culinary Federation's pastry competition and a Guinness World Record as part of the team that created the world's largest wedding cake. However, taking the top prize on Food Network's "Sweet Genius" TV competition lifted his rising star to new heights.

At Rosen Centre, Chef Alon joins an award-winning banquet and catering staff recognized for excellence in food and beverage at one of Orlando's premier meetings properties.

"We're excited for the opportunity to showcase the talents Chef Alon with all of the Rosen Centre team members," Michael Rumplik, Executive Chef, Rosen Centre. "As we continue to expand our talents, guests will enjoy many sweet memories."

Exceptional service and attention to detail are the hallmarks of a Rosen Centre event, from casual coffee breaks to fully themed, lavishly decorated functions. Led by culinary masters with experience at some of the world's finest venues, the banquet and catering staff creates dishes of incredible quality and unparalleled flavor, presented in stunning ballrooms, elegant meeting rooms and a tropical, poolside oasis.
  

Chef Alon also will bring his wizardry in sugar and chocolate to the menu of Rosen Centre's award-winning Everglades Restaurant, where guests experience the flavors of Florida crafted from locally source seafood, meats and produce.

Describing his techniques as old school with a touch of the contemporary, Chef Alon says that while he loves "the controlled chaos of the kitchen," the greatest reward is knowing when he's delighted a guest with a sweet memory they'll treasure long after.

"The greatest joy of my profession comes from catering to our guests' expectations," he said. "There's nothing like the pride of seeing their reactions to our desserts."

Rosen Centre is located at 9840 International Drive in south Orlando. For more information, including special packages for overnight stays, upscale dining, catered group events, expansive meeting facilities and more, visit RosenCentre.com or call (800) 204-7234.

Sophisticated and stunning, the 24-story Rosen Centre hotel is conveniently located amidst Orlando's famous International Drive attractions and features upscale leisure amenities, an exclusive VIP concierge lounge and 1,334 newly refreshed, contemporary guest rooms.

On-site offerings like The Spa at Rosen Centre, sparkling pool, fitness center and nine dining options make Rosen Centre an inspired choice. The popular Harry's Poolside Bar & Grill is the only full restaurant along International Drive with both indoor and outdoor options that let guests enjoy the warm Florida sunshine, cool breezes and serene palm tree-lined views.

Devotion and enthusiasm to the guest experience, coupled with an amazing venue, are the benchmark of Rosen Centre in Orlando. Winner of a 2017 Stella Award, the Rosen Centre staff embodies a commitment to unparalleled service that can only be described as the Rosen Difference. Its unheard-of employee longevity creates an experienced and knowledgeable foundation to deliver the smoothest, most flawless events possible. 
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Half Shells + Half Pints Happy Hour at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company

1300 Alden Rd.
Orlando, FL 32803
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Chef Bob Aungst teams up with Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company & Lombardi’s Seafood for Cold Smoked Oysters and Beer Flights

You can join them for a unique, one-of-a-kind happy hour at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company on Thursday, June 6th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Ticket holders will enjoy raw oysters, fresh from Lombardi’s Seafood, and cold smoked by Chef Bob for a sensational new flavor profile. They will be paired with four of Ivanhoe Park’s favorite brews, and two of the four will also be cold smoked.

“I can’t wait for this event - the cold smoking really kicks things up a notch and makes the oysters and beer an experience like none you’ve had before. We’re all really excited to work together to bring you the best from three local brands.” - Chef Bob


“The smoke in the beers is really nice. It gives it a complexity they don’t usually have. It’s there in the beginning and then fades away, allowing the beer’s flavors to come into their own.” - Aaron Anderson, Head Brewer at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company


Five Reasons You Need to Attend Half Shells + Half Pints:

5. It's on a Thursday... Seriously, what could be better than this on a Thirsty Thursday?

4. Support Local... Ivanhoe Park is local, Lombardi's is local and Chef Bob is local.

3. Cold-Smoked Oysters and Cold-Smoked BEER! If you've never had smoked beer (... and you know you haven't!) then you need to give it a try.

2. It's the Inaugural event! On Friday everyone will be talking about how awesome it was and you can share your first-hand knowledge.

1. There’s a VIP Package and it’s off the hook! A rare opportunity to spend time with Aaron Anderson, the Head Brewer, Mike Lombardi, owner of Lombardi's Seafood (...and the most knowledge source about oysters and all things that breathe air underwater) and Chef Bob Aungst, who will do live cold smoking demonstrations.

All tickets are presale only and can be purchased online through Eventbrite. The general admission ticket guarantees you’ll get in the door, and gets you six cold smoked oysters and a beer flight. 

Diehard beer and oyster fans will want to grab one of the limited VIP packages which includes a commemorative gift, access to the VIP restricted area, and a meet and greet with Chef Bob, Head Brewer, Aaron, and Oyster Monger, Mike Lombardi.

Tickets: https://half-shells-half-pints.eventbrite.com

General Admission: $20

VIP: $50

The brewery will be open for regular hours during the event. Guests without tickets will be welcome, capacity permitting.


About the Hosts:

Chef Bob Aungst handcrafts culinary experiences for lovers of food and spirits. He's based in Central Florida, and travels worldwide to serve celebrities, political leaders, professional athletes, VIPs, and luxury brands at large and small scale events.

Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company is an independent craft brewery and tasting room located in the historic Ivanhoe District of Orlando, Florida. Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company celebrates the spirit and pioneering ways of early 20th century Lake Ivanhoe founder George I. Russell. Later named Joyland, an amusement and recreational park located on the shores of Lake Ivanhoe.
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STK

1580 East Buena Vista Drive.
Disney Springs
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 917-7440
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STK, as they like to say...Is not your daddy's steakhouse. 

Each location has a unique design concept that artfully blends the modern steakhouse and a chic lounge into one, offering a dynamic, fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. 

STK distinguishes itself by emphasizing the social experience and taking a vibe-driven approach to fine dining. Every venue has a DJ to create an infectious, high-energy atmosphere and the sleek environment is designed to encourage guests to interact and mingle.

Ultimately, STK aims to define the modern dining experience complete with incredible food, world-class service and the perfect ambiance.

Outside of the restaurant can be a little deceiving from what is actually inside. The brick exterior looks more like an old train depot, but once you step inside, it’s all chic and glamour.

On the lower level once you enter, there is a bar and seating area with a very Miami club feel to it, complete with a live DJ and it can get very noisy.

If you venture upstairs, you will find indoor and outdoor seating with excellent views of Disney Springs in a more relaxed setting, and an added bonus with the Landing’s only rooftop dining spot.

Of course steaks are the thing here...everything from Porterhouse, NY Strips, Filets and Ribeyes, but they also have a decent selection of other entrees, sides and apps. 

I was recently invited to check out some classic STK items and a few new items as well, as the restaurant gets ready for summer.

First, we must discuss the bread...this is hands down one of the best breads I’ve had at any steakhouse, and possibly at any restaurant. We have fresh baked doughy pull apart bread covered in Blue Cheese Butter served with a Chive Oil dipping sauce and it is immensely satisfying to eat.

We definitely needed some good libations to wash all the bread down with, so we started with a Cucumber Stiletto made with Ketel One Vodka and a simple Old Fashioned with Basil Hayden’s.

Tuna Tartare is served with fresh tuna, haas avocados, soy honey emulsion and taro chips. We enjoyed this appetizer and the presentation, but it was a tad salty.

The Lil BRG's are so dang cute....but they taste even better because they are made with wagyu beef on a sesame seed bun and topped with caramelized onions, tomatoes and special sauce. These sliders, the house bread and a cocktail or three at STK is all you really need for a good time.

If you want some heat on your tongue, the, Hibachi Chicken will get you fired up. This is served with kale, Brussels sprouts and apple kimchi, butternut squash and a very hot and sweet mixture of gochujang honey.

The 160z. Sirloin was cooked to a perfect medium and was juicy and full of flavor. The Steak at STK really stands by itself, but they offer a variety of sauces, like this one, the Bold Sauce. Other offerings include, Horseradish, Au poivre, Bernaise, Chimichurri and Red Wine.

We sampled a variety of sides that included Asparagus, Jalapeno Cheddar Grits, Sweet Corn Pudding and the Mac & Cheese you see pictured here. The mac & cheese at STK is very rich and very cheesy, it was quite good, but we only lasted a few bites because the cheese mixture was a bit overpowering.

Chilean Sea Bass was exceptional also, with a miso passion fruit glaze, fried baby bok choy, pickled Fresno chili and cilantro.

Dessert was nothing short of awesome, and was way more than we could handle. We were treated to three of the most popular items: Bag-O-Donuts with dulce-de leche filling, Warm Baked Cookie and Chocolate Cake with Cotton Candy, all served with vanilla ice cream.

Scenes from the bar and the bar dining area.

STK is certainly not your daddy’s steakhouse, but I'm sure your daddy, or mommy would approve of the food here. The service and food is top notch, and it is at a higher price point, but that is to be expected for a higher quality steakhouse.

It does get loud inside, and I mean LOUD...where you literally have to shout across the table to each other, but after a few cocktails, some food, and vibing to the music, you get used to it.

STK is open from 11:30 am to 11:00 pm Monday to Wednesday, Thursday to Saturday they are open from 11:30 am to 2:00 am, and from 11 to 11 on Sunday.



STK Orlando Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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A Savory Celebration for Mom's at Reunion Resort.


Traditions at Reunion Resort & Golf Club
7593 Gathering Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34747
407-396-3150

Thank mom this Mother’s Day with a savory celebration at Reunion Resort and its signature restaurant, Traditions at Nicklaus Clubhouse.

Treat her to a delectable buffet featuring an Omelet Station, Prime Rib of Beef Carving Station, Chef’s seasonal creations, a bounty of decadent desserts and a Mimosa and Bellini Bar on Sunday May 12th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.


The Food and Drink menu includes the following:

Mimosa and Bellini Bar with hand crafted with seasonal fruit and Juices, Smoked Salmon with Garniture, Imported and Domestic Cheese Board with Dried Fruits, Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Pesto and Balsamic Reduction, Chilled Shrimp with Lemons and Cocktail Sauce, Fresh Baked Muffns and Pastries, Tossed Traditions Caesar Salad.

The Chef’s Creations portion of the menu will feature Herb Roasted Salmon with a Lemon Dill, Crème Fraiche, Glazed Carrots, Roasted Asparagus, Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, Chicken, Fresh made to order Omelets with assorted seasonal ingredients.

There will also be a Carving Station with Herb Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Horseradish Sauce and Parker House Rolls


Desserts include Chocolate Ganache Cake, Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake,
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Petite Fours, Assorted Shooters of
White Chocolate and Caramel Bread Pudding.

Pricing: Adults $49, Children $29 (complimentary for children ages 3 and under). Reservations are required and can be made online at ReunionResort.com/mothers-day or by calling 407-396-3150.

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 rooftop steakhouse, elegant indoor and outdoor meeting space, six hydro-grid clay tennis courts, a full-service boutique spa, 10 community pools, fitness center and a five-acre waterpark. For more information on Reunion Resort, visit ReunionResort.com.
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