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Mr. Puffs is Opening in The Florida Mall

8001 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809
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Grab your sweet tooth and get ready because the amazing dessert bar Mr. Puffs is opening in The Florida Mall this March.

With 18 locations in Canada, this will be their first USA location.

Mr. Puffs is a Montreal based company created in 2004 serving Hot and Fresh Puffs also called Loukoumades. Mr. Puffs is the first company serving this dessert in North America.

The Puffs' batter is all-natural, lactose, peanut, and egg-free. Puffs are always served Hot and Fresh, and glazed on order with delicious glazes such as Sugar Cinnamon, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Hazelnut, and Maple Syrup just to name a few.


Puffs are traditional Greek donut holes (a.k.a. Loukoumades), dating back 2800 years ago to ancient Greece. They were served to Olympians and referred to as honey tokens because of the traditional honey and cinnamon toppings.

And if you're not in the mood for Puffs, don't worry, this dessert bar will also offer ice cream cones dipped in rich chocolate, milkshakes, specialty coffees (hot and cold) and much more.


This will be a great destination to satisfy all of your dessert cravings and will keep you coming back over and over. Puffs and various coffee drinks and milkshakes can be ordered separately or as combos that offer six puffs and your choice of beverage.
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Norman Van Aken Announces New Restaurant Row Location

7924 Via Dellagio Way, 
Orlando, FL 32819
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Chef Norman Van Aken and partners Tom and Kim Wood announced that they are re-opening their flagship restaurant on Sand Lake’s famed Restaurant Row in the iconic Dellagio Town Center.

Plans for a unique renovation of the 7,500 square foot space formerly occupied by Bravo!, Cucina Italiana, revealed in first quarter 2020, will show a complete reimagining of the anchor space at the corner of Sand Lake Road and Della. Including a bold new look for 1,750 square feet of outdoor event space.

The grand opening for NORMAN’S is targeted for late summer 2020. NORMAN’S will feature a contemporary menu that will be announced in late Spring but is reported to include some of Chef Van Aken’s signature dishes as well as some of the legendary Chef’s newest inspirations. The company is continuing to employ Yusuf Yildiz as general manager of the new restaurant and Laura Fletcher as private event manager.

In August of 2019 Chef Norman Van Aken, Florida’s sole chef recipient of The James Beard “Who’s Who in America” Award, celebrated the 16th anniversary of the flagship restaurant, NORMAN’S at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes. He said this about the decision to move to Dellagio:

“As we enter the next part of our journey - we are activating a space that is almost twice as large as our old space. This is in alignment with our goal of creating more world-class events in Orlando. Restaurant Row’s proximity to the Orange County Convention center allows us to better serve the estimated 1.4 million expected convention-goers in 2020. Dellagio is the perfect fit for our expanding vision of food and service to the community and to travelers.”

NORMAN’S features Chef and decorated Cookbook Author Norman Van Aken and his culinary team. Chef Van Aken’s internationally acclaimed “New World Cuisine” is an exciting, healthful and delicious fusion of Florida with the power of Latin, Caribbean and Asian roots.

“NORMAN’S will be an anchoring presence for Dellagio. We are working closely with the team at Norman’s on the stunning, genre-defining renovation taking place. We are excited about the prestige that this award-winning brand and iconic personality bring to the Dellagio collective footprint and Restaurant Row.” Joe LeBas, President, Managing Director and Founder, Concorde Group Holdings, LLC

Dellagio – The Heart of Sand Lake - located in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando just minutes from Central Florida’s world-class theme parks and the Orange County Convention Center. Dellagio is home to some of Orlando’s favorite award-winning restaurants, a full line up of wellness and beauty destinations and a host of professional service brands. Over 30 brands make up the Dellagio family. www.dellagiooralndo.com
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ICEBAR Orlando Offers Up A New Food Menu Inside The Fire Lounge

8967 International Dr. 
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 426-7555

Not only do guests of I-Drive’s iconic ICEBAR Orlando get to experience the coolest night in town, now they can also heat up inside the Fire Lounge and enjoy a delicious new selection of starters, sliders and flatbreads. 

ICEBAR Orlando’s menu features hearty appetizers and tapa-style dishes, like the new Shrimp Skewers, Fig and Goat Cheese Flatbread, Chimichurri Steak Flatbread, Bahn mi Taco, Cheese Steak Sliders, Shrimp Bruschetta and many more.


The menu is available seven days a week from open to close in the Fire Lounge located inside of Icebar. The menu changes with different seasons, so guests will likely experience something different each time they visit. Icebar also caters events for thousands of people throughout the year.
 

As guests savor the new menu items inside Fire Lounge, they’ll also delight in a plethora of signature, flaming, dry ice and other cool cocktails, DJ entertainment and state-of-the-art sound and lighting, for the hottest dancing and nightlife on International Drive. Once ready to take the plunge inside the world’s largest permanent ice bar, more premium drinks await, frozen works of art ice sculptures and priceless memories.

“Before, after or while our guests enjoy their night, we invite them to grab a bite,” says Icebar owner Thom Kerr. “While we have offered a food menu since 2015, we wanted to give everyone an even bigger variety of popular and tasty dishes. We are very excited to present all of our new menu items and provide guests a complete, one-of-a-kind evening from start to finish.”


For more information, visit https://ICEBAROrlando.com/ or call 407-426-7555.

Open since October 2008, ICEBAR Orlando houses the largest permanent ice bar in the world with over 70 tons of hand-carved ice. First to open in the USA, upon arriving, guests enter through the 3,000 square-foot Fire Lounge hot with DJs nightly and dancing.

Then, they are suited for the 1.200 square-foot winter wonderland ICEBAR with thermal coats and gloves. Photographers are available to take complimentary pictures while guests enjoy the fabulously frozen ice sculptures and sip one of ICEBAR Orlando’s many delicious cocktails chilled perfectly and served in a custom carved ice glass.

VIP and Bottle Service are available. Guests 21+ are welcome at all times while guests 8-20 years of age are welcome between 5pm-9pm. Hours of operation are Sunday-Wednesday 5pm-12am, Thursday 5pm-1am, Friday and Saturday 5pm-2am.
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Café D’Avignon, Expands with All-New Orlando Location

3260 Margaritaville Blvd.
Kissimmee, FL, 34747
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Café D’Avignon, a local NYC bakery and café best known for its artisanal, always-fresh, handmade breads and pastries, opens its doors for Orlando locals and tourists Wednesday January 22nd.

Café D’Avignon was established in 2012 at the historic Plaza Hotel. It was created by the same team behind Pain D’Avignon, an artisanal bread bakery that has been supplying Michelin starred restaurants and top hotels from New York to Boston for the last 25 years.

Café D’Avignon operates five retail stores throughout New York City, and will be opening five new locations in Orlando, Fla. beginning early 2020.The first new store is located in the heart of Kissimmee at Central Florida’s most sought-after entertainment complex,Margaritaville’s Sunset Walk.

This location is the first Café D’Avignon store outside of New York City. “The Café D’Avignon brand is the perfect complement to the serene resort lifestyle of Margaritaville Resort Orlando,” said Alex Nikitin, a partner of Café D’Avignon Orlando. Committed to quality, the bakery uses top of the line, carefully selected and sourced ingredients to ensure the finest and boldest flavors possible with guaranteed freshness.


Guests can indulge in a range of signature sweet and savory items including quiches, scones,tartines, croissants, breakfast sandwiches, cookies, and more. The menu mixes authentic French dishes like Croque Monsieur and Quiche Lorraine with American classics like a Turkey Club and Avocado Toast.


The cafe’s bold stand-out crossovers, such as the Baklava Croissant and Croissant Bread Pudding, demonstrate Café D’Avignon’s expertise for innovation and delicious precision.

The Orlando cafe also offers the best smoked salmon from one of NYC’s oldest, and highly revered, gourmet shops, Russ & Daughters. These high-end breakfast and lunch offerings are made fresh out of the oven on-site daily. Additionally, Café D’Avignon crafts classic espresso-based drinks using premium Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

The menu features a range of specialty lattes, iced coffees and teas. By offering Stumptown coffee blends, café guests will sip the highest quality coffee that has been sourced and roasted to perfection for outstanding flavor.

The Orlando location invites guests to enjoy menu favorites in a modern, comfortable venue that is furnished with plentiful seating, custom marble work and state-of-the-art equipment.

Located at 3260 Margaritaville Blvd. in Kissimmee, the new cafe is right in the middle of the vibrant and entertaining Sunset Walk, overlooking the stage at Sunset Square.

Café D’Avignon is open everyday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit www.cafedavignon.com for updates and more information about Florida’s newest bakery.
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The Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Fest returns for 2020

Grand Tasting Village
13th Street & Ocean Dr.
Miami Beach, FL.
(866) 271-8540
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Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Fest returns for 2020. Presented by Capital One with an impressive lineup of events.

The Festival Returns to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. February 19th to the 23rd, 2020 to Miami Beach, Florida, Widely recognized as one of America’s favorite gourmet gatherings on the beach, the 19 th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF ) returns for 2020 to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE.

The recently unveiled line-up includes more than 100 events spanning Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, with 100% of the net proceeds benefiting the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University. Since its inception, the Festival has raised more than $30 million to support the education of the future leaders of the hospitality industry.



“We are pleased to unveil the robust line-up of events that make up our 2020 Festival program,” noted Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as senior vice president of communications and corporate social responsibility for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits. “Once again, fans have a diverse collection of more than 100 events showcasing esteemed culinary talent from around the world and premier wine and spirits selections to choose from.”

The Festival’s signature fan-favorite tastings nestled on the sands of Miami Beach return to showcase the cuisine from some of America’s most talented chefs and lifestyle personalities.

This includes iconic events like: Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Grand Tasting Tents, Publix Culinary Demonstrations sponsored by Sub-Zero Group Southeast (Saturday, February 22 and Sunday,February 23).

Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company hosted by Giada De Laurentiis and Dario Cecchini (Thursday, February 20).

Heineken Burger Bash presented by Schweid and Sons hosted by Rachael Ray (Friday, February 21).

Beachside BBQ hosted by Guy Fieri (Saturday, February 22).




BACARDI’s Beach Carnival hosted by Andrew Zimmern (Sunday, February 23)


On Saturday, February 22, the Festival’s host hotel Loews Miami Beach will once again serve as the setting for the annual Tribute Dinner presented by Capital One, part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series.

This year, Master of Ceremonies Andrew Zimmern will oversee an evening paying homage to the outstanding accomplishments of the culinary community’s beloved Chef Marcus Samuelsson and beverage industry’s revered leader Jim Clerkin. Samuelsson is a highly-acclaimed chef and international restaurateur with over 30 restaurant locations spanning the United States, England, Sweden, Norway, and Bermuda, bestselling cookbook author, and popular culinary television personality.

Clerkin currently serves as president and CEO of Moët Hennessy North America and will transition to a new role as president of Moët Hennessy strategic development,

In addition to several popular events returning for the 19 th annual edition of SOBEWFF, a variety of new events will make their debut as part of the 2020 line-up. 

This includes:

Chef Mash-up presented by HoneySpot App hosted by The Naughty Fork (Thursday, February 20).

Gospel and Falafel hosted by Zak the Baker (Thursday, February 20).

SLICED: A Genuine Pizza Party hosted by Michael Schwartz (Friday, February 21).

Sips and Dips hosted by Adam Richman (Saturday, February 22).

Nu Deco Ensemble Concert featuring Special Performance by Rev Run
and Late-Night Bites by Politan Row Miami (Saturday, February 22).

The diverse weekend of culinary and beverage celebrations will also include the Festival’s featured wine seminars, themed walk-around tastings, more than 30 intimate dinners featuring world-renowned chefs and celebrated winemakers, a more expanded selection of hands-on master classes and family-friendly options.

Also the CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series presented by My Fort Lauderdale Beach, select events in Palm Beach County – including dinners hosted by acclaimed Chef Mauro Colagreco and lifestyle icon Martha Stewart –and more.

SAVE THE DATE: Capital One cardholders will enjoy exclusive presale access to tickets for all SOBEWFF events. Only Capital One cardholders can purchase tickets to the following exclusive events:

Dinner hosted by Anne Burrell and Scott Conant (Thursday, February 20)

Dinner hosted by Ashley Christensen and Mike Lata (Friday, February 21)

Dinner hosted by Bobby Flay and Tommaso De Simone (Friday, February 21)

Pie-Making Master Class hosted by Pink Pie (Saturday, February 22)



The complete line-up of events for the 19 th annual Festival is available online at sobewff.org. Ticket sales have already opened to the general public. Stay up to date all year long by following along with the #SOBEWFF hashtag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About the Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival presented by Capital One:

EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. All proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality and 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, SOBEWF has raised more than $30 million for the School. In September 2018, BizBash named the Festival the #1 Food and Restaurant Industry event in the United States for the sixth year in a row.

Visit sobewff.org or call 877-762-3933. For more information about Florida International University visit fiu.edu, for the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
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