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Jazz Fest Unites the College Park Community

College Park Main Street
648 Dartmouth Street
Orlando FL. 32804
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College Park Main Street will host the 18th annual College Park JazzFest on Saturday November 9th, 2019 from 5-11pm.

The community’s flagship street festival along Edgewater Drive will feature 12 bands on three stages performing jazz, rock, R&B and more.


College Park JazzFest will feature a vibrant street party atmosphere with diverse food trucks, vendors, and the local shops and restaurants open on Edgewater Drive between Smith Street and Clayton Street.

Jazz Fest is a unique annual tradition in College Park – many longtime attendees will go so far as to bring entire living room sets out to the main festival area on Edgewater Drive from their homes. 

Visitors can expect three stages playing mainstream pop, jazz, and soft rock along a larger event footprint than ever before. Bands featured at College Park Jazz Fest 2019 include Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble (a Dr. Phillips Center Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band), Ramona the Band, The Lawbreakers, and many more.  

Click Here for Tickets. $10.00 in advance, $12.00 day of, Children under 12 are FREE

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Eddie V's


7488 W Sand Lake Rd.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 355-3011
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We recently went to Eddie V’s for Magical Dining, and of course it was excellent. It was a great way to taste, sip and savor menu classics at a discounted price.

I was actually impressed by Eddie V’s charismatic vibe that draws you in and holds you close, invites you to be seen, or sit back and just savor. This is definitely a top notch establishment for the Darden Restaurant brand.

They serve up some of the finest seafood and steaks with world class wine and service, along with live jazz in the V lounge. Fish arrive daily from pristine waters around the world including Swordfish from Block Island, Scallops from George Banks, and YellowFin Tuna from the Caribbean. USDA Prime steaks are hand cut and specially aged for more than 28 days to ensure peak flavor.

From making fresh tortillas by hand daily for lobster tacos to including a full half-pound of Jumbo Lump crab meat in their crab cakes, Eddie V’s strives to go above and beyond in every step of preparation, and they did not disappoint on our visit.


I started with the Crab and Corn Chowder that featured generous portions of Lump Crab, Smoked Bacon and Sweet Corn that all blended well together.

Our other starter was the Organic Greens Salad with baby heirloom tomatoes, julienne carrots and apple-cider vinaigrette.

We absolutely had to grab a side of the Truffled Mac and Cheese here as well, and it did not disappoint, some of the better truffle mac and cheese dishes that I have had.

Always sucker for great Sea Bass, hands down, the one served up at Eddie V’s is all time top 3 that we have ever had. Our server told us that it is a big hit and one of the most popular menu items. The Chilean Sea Bass is steamed Hong Kong Style served in a light soy broth that just dissolves in your mouth.

The 22oz USDA Prime Bone In Ribeye was a $20.00 upgrade over the regular Magical Dining Menu, but it was money well spent. This steak was cooked perfectly and it was delicious. This was served with white truffle mashed potatoes also, and they were equally good.

Butterscotch Panna Cotta was a great dessert to finish the evening with salted caramel, walnuts, pralines and biscotti. We also had the Fresh Fruit Sorbet with a homemade cookie.

A most impressive Wine Collection.

Eddie V’s can be found across the country. While each location is unique in its setting, artwork and décor, they all share an unmistakable elegance. Seafood and great Steaks are what they are known for, but the real specialty here is excellence.

Eddie V's Prime Seafood Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Grande Lakes Orlando to host the third annual Homestead Harvest

4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, FL 32837

In an ongoing quest to promote sustainable farming and food production systems in the Florida region, Grande Lakes Orlando will host the third annual Homestead Harvest event at its own Whisper Creek Farm on Friday, October 25th from 6 to 9 p.m.

The evening will benefit Free Mulch Incorporated by Frog Song Organics, a sustainable agriculture program.

Participants are invited along on a very special journey as they wander through Whisper Creek Farm and come upon food stations from some of the region’s most celebrated chefs — each tasting perfectly paired with beer, cocktails, and wine by participating beverage suppliers including Tito's Vodka, Breakthru Beverage and Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits. The event will also have a complementary sound track of live music.


Beginning at 6 p.m., Homestead Harvest at Whisper Creek Farm will feature a line-up of Florida’s most talented chefs including Elek Kovacs, The Osprey Tavern; Brandon McGlamery, Luke’s Kitchen & Bar; Kevin Fonzo, The Kevin Fonzo Foundation; Yann Chupin, The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota; Eric Martinez, Orlando World Center Marriott; John Janucik, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center; Franck Riffaud, The Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Bonnet Creek and Stephane Cheramy, The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes.

This event is a collaborative effort to bring awareness to Free Mulch Incorporated, a For Purpose organization housed within the Frog Song Organics Farm. Its mission is to grow farmers by creating a farm incubator model, which provides a structured path for aspiring and beginning farmers to learn hands-on production skills and business skills to enable them to create viable business plans and thereby launch their own farm businesses.

“For two years now, Homestead Harvest has been extremely successful in both raising awareness and funds to support sustainable agriculture,” notes Director of Public Relations, Alissa Perez. “Sustainability was the inspiration for this event, and our participating chefs believe diners should consume responsibly-sourced local ingredients whenever possible.

Every year our chefs raise the bar on the dishes served and our attendees can look forward to some truly amazing flavors come October 25th in an absolutely stunning setting at Whisper Creek Farm.”


Tickets for the event begin at $110 for general admission. Early bird pricing is $95 if purchased by October 7, 2019. For ticket prices, bookings and information please visit: www.HomesteadHarvestatWCF.com. 



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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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