Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Maddey's Craft and Cru Pop Up Dinner

Last Friday May 22nd, Chef Jason Schofield organized a pop up dinner at the East End Market to showcase his cooking skills and to help raise awareness for his upcoming restaurant endeavour Maddey's Craft & Cru which he will be opening in Orlando.

It was a 5 course dinner and there were a dozen attendees.  Cocktails were hand prepared by a bartender from the Courtesy.  Here are the ingredients:

1 - Dolin Blanc, Toro dry vermouth, lemon, simple syrup, raspberries, champagne, mint
2 - Gin, lemon, Falernum, yellow chartreuse, peach bitters
3 - Averna, vanilla bean syrup, lemon, Carpano Antica, fino sherry, strawberries
4 -Cynar, Ancho Reyes, Cardamaro, Burlesque bitters, lemon bitters, Fernet rinse

The meal began with a Sliced beef tongue, brioche pudding, pinot noir apple cider reduction. My first time trying tongue. I was worried some of the other attendees wouldn't try it but I was wrong they all ate it.

The second course was Salad - Goat cheese ricotta, Kale, honey’d almonds, organic tomato, Berkshire hog slices, charred lemon. This was a really creative dish and I will say I've never had anything like it. It had a great unique flavor.

Next up was the pasta course -  Tomato pasta with whey broth & ricotta. Chef said he was inspired by a type of pasta called Fazzoletti which means handkerchief. I wasn't sure what to make of it by the description or what whey broth was but this was really fantastic and creative.

Truffled purple yam short rib, glazed onion, tongue lardoons. The Short rib was the perfect tenderness and just the right portion. Very good!


Final Course was Dessert
Caramel bourbon Float with Olde Hearth peanut butter sandwich

Chef Jason is hosting another Pop Up dinner this time in Tampa on June 20th. I will post details when they come available or reach out to him directly at

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Chef Eddie's opens second location

Chef Eddie's Soulful Southern cooking has opened a second location in Orlando. It's located at 595 Church Street just west of I-4.

Check out the Menu:


Open Seven (7) Days A Week
Sunday -Thursday  8am -10 PM      and    
Friday & Saturday  8am – 11 PM

595 West Church Street Orlando, FL 32805
TEL: 407.826.1731

Osprey Tavern - Baldwin Park

Osprey Tavern opened in mid March of 2015. The neighborhood it's located in Baldwin Park has been needing a good restaurant for a while now. There were a few good restaurants years ago but now not any worth mentioning except the Sushi place across the street.

I finally had a chance to try The Osprey Tavern this weekend and had a great meal. We tried many of the menu items and were mostly impressed.

The decor is very nice, although the name implies gastropub, it's much more of a almost fine dining restaurant.

The menu seems somewhat limited since they are still in their soft opening phase, according to the staff they will be adding a few more entrees and more menu items once they transition out of the soft opening phase. They also have a new executive chef taking over in a few months, more details here:

We started with the Charcuterie platter which was impressive looking and had a lot of great flavors with meats, mustards, jellies and pickled vegetables. The duck prosciutto was a little too salty but otherwise everything was excellent.

Charcuterie Platter - Duck prosciutto, rabbit rillette, soppressata, chorizo verde, head cheese, octopus conserva, cheese spread, pickled vegetables

I had a few bites of this, wasn't really my thing, didn't have any flavor that stood out but if tartare is your thing I'm sure you'll like this
Wagyu Tartare $14 - Raw finely ground Wagyu beef, red currants, chive oil, egg yolk, boquerones crisp

The Tagliatelle pasta dish had mild flavors, I assume they make the pasta in house but it doesn't mention it on the menu, although it was visually pleasing nothing really grabbed me flavor wise but it was still an enjoyable dish.

Tagliatelle $14 - Tagliatelle noodles, squash, peas, bacon, beemster gouda, brown butter

The marble potatoes had a great mixture of colors, purple potatoes and standard ones, they were about the size of new potatoes. This dish had a fantastic smokey flavor but were a little too salty. I really enjoyed them regardless of the salt. The smoked mayo gave the dish a fantastic tang. I would love it if they would make this in a larger size for sharing with the table. 

Marble Potatoes $5 - mixture of purple and standard new potatoes with smoked mayo, manchego, pickled fresno peppers

Sweetbreads are one of my very favorite meats. I've eaten them dozens of times in Argentinean restaurants usually prepared with roasted garlic.  These Beer Battered Sweetbreads were pretty decent but I'd prefer to see them prepared without being fried. If prepared correctly they can be extraordinary. The coleslaw looking item on the side was supposedly green mango though the menu does not mention it. It was an odd pairing but I did like the unique mild flavor.

Beer Battered Sweetbreads $7 - sauce gribiche
Though the menu didn't mention dessert we asked and were given a dessert menu which had Ice Cream, Panna Cotta, Peach Cobbler. Would be nice if they had a few dessert wines on that menu to pair with them.

This ice cream sundae was excellent, the ice cream was flavored with cardamom, it was surprisingly fantastic.  The flavor of the ice cream cardamom was spectacular

Ice Cream Sundae

I didn't get the full description of this dessert but it had a coffee or espresso flavored ice cream and little chocolate cakes.

Overall I'd certainly visit here again, The steak is the most expensive thing on the menu at $38 but most of the other dishes are fairly priced for a fine dining restaurant. Many of the dishes are on the smaller size. They also have pizzas and lots of unique cocktails.

Their website is still under construction:


Osprey Tavern on Urbanspoon

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Florida Film Festival 2015 opening night party 4/10/2015

The Opening Night party for the Florida Film Festival at Enzian in Maitland to include many local restaurants.  Come celebrate & sample food & cocktails from your favorite local spots. Participating restaurants & bars include Brio Tuscan Grille, Eden Bar, K Restaurant Wine Bar, Swine & Sons, Soco Thornton Park, Rogue Pub, Tito's, Terrapin Beer Co., & more!

it's on Friday April 10th, 2015

more details:

Monday, March 23, 2015

Swine & Sons Opening Friday, April 3

Swine & Sons Opening Friday, April 3

 Swine & Sons Provisions will officially open to the public on Friday, April 3!

The newest addition to the Swine Family will incorporate Cask & Larder’s sophisticated southern cuisine and The Ravenous Pig’s innovative flare for modern fine dining, while introducing a novel takeout concept to Central Florida.

Swine & Sons is located immediately west of Cask & Larder at 595 West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park. The shop will specialize in takeout charcuterie, made-to-order butcher sandwiches, seasonally inspired homemade ice cream, signature spices and rubs, scratch-made biscuits.
Daily lunch offerings will include innovative twists on classic favorites, including a ribeye hotdog and pimento grilled cheese.

Open Tuesday thru Sunday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Swine & Sons will also prepare daily to-go dinner specials. A weekly “Blue Pig Special” menu will be updated on Swine & Sons’ website every Monday and will feature new signature dishes as well as popular items from Cask & Larder and The Ravenous Pig including buttermilk fried chicken and smoked brisket. To-go dinners will be accompanied by a variety of scratch-made sides such as bacon candied collard greens and marinated tomatoes.

Swine & Sons will sell 32-ounce crowlers of beers sourced from Cask & Larder’s acclaimed brewery, available to-go or for guests to enjoy in the store. Popular beer varieties including Cask & Larder’s Red Drum, Lone Palm Gold and Olde Southern Wit will be offered, along with Swine Family Wine.

Signature Swine & Sons Sandwiches: 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Outpost Neighborhood Kitchen

The Outpost Neighborhood Kitchen is now open in College Park. Menu includes wings w/ Funky Buddha sauce & more!

2603 Edgewater Dr
Orlando, Florida
(407) 930-6282
 11:00am - 10:00pm
Price Range: $$

Market on South

Market on South street coming soon to to the The Milk District  Humble Bumble Kombucha, ValhallaBakery & DixieDharma.

"Fiiiiiiiine vegan vittles by @dixie_dharma, sweet treats by @valhallabakery, and fizzy beverages by @humblebumblekombucha all in one spot! Plus a bar. And coffee. And a market space. And pretty much everything else the milk district needs. See ya soon!"
From their Instagram Account

2603 East South Street, Orlando, Fl 32803  Google Maps

more info:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Artegon Marketplace new kiosks

Four food kiosks are scheduled to open this month in Artegon Marketplace in the former Festival Bay mall on International drive.

* U Roll Express, customers can create their own sushi roll by choosing from a variety of high-quality, sushi-grade ingredients, toppings, and delicious sauces and flavorings. 

*The Belgian Waffles kiosk sells authentic Liege or Brussels-style waffles with several sweet topping options.

*Le Petit Café French kiosk, serving traditional hot and cold espressos, teas and coffees, frappes, croissants and other pastries, and gourmet sandwiches.

*Yogen Früz kiosk will purvey delicious and nutritious frozen desserts.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Florida Film Festival 2015 in Orlando April 10th-19th

Did you know the Florida Film Festival held at Enzian in Maitland(a suburb of Orlando) has many food related parties and events? here is a list of them. We will be adding details about food related movies as they become available.

April 10th-19th

pics from past Festivals:


All parties take place at Enzian Theater, unless otherwise stated.

Opening Night Party

8PM–2AM at Enzian and Eden Bar

8–9PM: Eden’s Cocktail Hour

9–11PM: Food will be served

Drinks will be available all night

Film & Party ticket price $110

Film ONLY ticket price $25

Party ONLY ticket price $95

Celebrate opening night and sample food and cocktails from your favorite local spots.

Participating restaurants and bars include Brio Tuscan Grille, K Restaurant, Swine & Sons, Soco Thornton Park, Tito’s Vodka, Brown Distributing, Rogue Pub, Terrapin, and more!


Locally Fresh!

Sponsored by Edible Orlando

Saturday, April 11, 11AM–12:30PM at Enzian

Tickets are $12 each

Don’t miss this delicious afternoon of local eats and a sneak peek into the world of farming, featuring Lake Meadow Natural Farms, Palmetto Creek Farms, Olde Hearth Bread Co., and East End Market. Tastes and live cooking demonstrations are included in ticket price.

Locally Fresh! Farmers Market

Saturday, April 11, NOON–2:30PM on the lawn at Eden Bar

FREE and open to the public

After the Locally Fresh! event, head right out to the lawn at Eden Bar for a farmers market. Guests will get a chance to talk to the famers and other local vendors as well as purchase goods to take home and enjoy.


Whole Foods Market Tasting

Sponsored by Whole Foods Market

Saturday, April 11, 5:30PM – 7:30PM at Enzian and Eden Bar

FREE and open to the public

Sample a delightful spread of natural and organic tastes from Whole Foods Market.  These appetizers are complimentary for festival attendees.


Sunday Brunch Buffet

Sunday, April 12, 11AM–2PM at Eden Bar

Price: $13.99

Enjoy brunch with friends and compare notes on all things Florida Film Festival!  This mouth-watering brunch prepared by Enzian’s chef is sure to leave a good taste in your mouth! No ticket necessary.


Festival Block Party

Sponsored by Winter Park Village

Sunday, April 12, 3–5PM at Regal Winter Park Village

510 North Orlando Avenue

Winter Park, FL 32789

FREE for Festival ticket and pass holders

Look for the Winter Park Village fountain located across from the Regal cinema for a Block Party celebration of the Florida Film Festival. Festival ticket and pass holders will receive free drinks and appetizers from select Winter Park Village restaurants and also enjoy live entertainment by renowned electronic violinist Jarred Burnett. Space is limited so plan to arrive early.


Awards Bash

Saturday, April 18

5–6PM Awards Ceremony at Enzian

6–8:30PM Dinner Buffet and cash bar at Eden Bar

7–10PM Live music with The Legendary JC’s and cash bar at Eden Bar

Ticket price: $45 in advance, $50 day of event

Have you picked your favorite films of the Festival? At the annual Awards Ceremony, you’ll be among the first to find out if they’ve won! Don’t miss this exciting and fun opportunity to hang out with filmmakers as the big winners are announced. Dinner is included in the ticket price and will be served after the Awards Ceremony.


Sunday Brunch Buffet

Sunday, April 19, 11AM–2PM at Eden Bar

Price: $13.99

This is a perfect time to enjoy brunch with friends and compare notes on all things Florida Film Festival! This mouth-watering brunch prepared by Enzian’s own chef is sure to leave a good taste in your mouth! No ticket necessary.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Crimson Tavern

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a lamb nose to tail diner hosted by the Crimson Tavern. The Crimson Tavern is inside the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside.  The dinner was served outside in the Chef’s Garden overlooking the lake.

Preceding the dinner we had appetizers and cocktails inside the Crimson Tavern.  The appetizer was chickpea fritters.  These fritters were nicely done and not dry unlike other chickpea fritters I have had.

The other appetizer was smoked trout mousse.  The mousse was mild and not overly fishy with a slight smokey flavor.  Both of these may be offered as appetizer specials.

We then went outside to the Chef’s garden.

The theme of the dinner was Everything Lamb. The first course was head cheese with a carrot top pistou and had Blis 9 and puffed faro.  The head cheese had a pleasant mild flavor and the texture of a pate. This was paired with a Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale.  The hops were a nice contrast to the rich texture of the head cheese.

The second course was a simmered lamb meatball with a pomorola and basil. The meat was ground leg of lamb and the tomatoes were from Apopka. There wasn’t any gaminess with the lamb meatball.

The third course was a lamb tongue on hydroponic arugula with a green apple vinaigrette and house made bacon. This was paired with St. Supéry unoaked chardonnay.  The tongue was thinly sliced and very tender.  The tongue didn’t have a strong lamb taste, it was very mild.  The tartness of the green apples went well with the smokiness of the bacon. There was a good balance of flavors in this dish.

The fourth course was a crispy lamb belly with handmade ramen and local Kissimmee river oyster mushrooms and a pullet egg.   It was a very delicate broth.  The egg was well seasoned.  A lot of places don’t season the egg in ramen.

The fifth course was saddle and loin pieces with charred artichoke, arbequina olive, cannellini beans in a bone au jus.  The Chef roasted the length of the lamb.  The lamb stock was created by reduceing the lamb bones with olives, cinnamon, mushrooms, and star anise.  You could really taste the olives in the au jus.  This was paired with a Parducci True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah.  This was my favorite pairing. I loved this wine. Lamb and petite sirah is a classic pairing.

The dessert course was a strawberry gelato with a cardamom shortbread cookie.  The gelato was hand spun using a Florida strawberry preserve.  Along with the gelato and cookie there was a salad of Florida strawberries that were macerated with sugar and mixed with house grown basil.

 After dinner Executive Chef Tony Hull took us on a tour of the raised garden beds.  They use what they grow in the garden in the restaurant.

This is a really unique spot for a special occasion dinner with a lovely setting and an emphasis on local food.
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

2015 Orlando Chili Cookoff

The Orlando Chili Cookoff is always a tasty fun good time. It's happening again March 7th, 2015
Noon at Festival Park near the Milk District, (corner of Livingston and Maguire). I suggest getting there early, many of the chilis run out after the first few hours.

    Tasty chili samples – From Over 80 Different Chili Booths!
  • Live music all day
  • Sponsor promotional give-aways
  • Raffle items
  • A MASSIVE Kids Zone
  • The World Chili Eating Challeng
  • Capture memories in the Paparazzi Zone

        Tito’s Vodka Drinks — $7
        Ice Cold Craft Beer — $7
        Ice Cold Miller Lite — $5
        Rex-Goliath Wine — $4

purchase tickets here:

Check out the bands that will be playing:

Beebs and Her Money Makers

Room 2

Greg Warren Band


Downtown Food & Wine Fest 2015

Downtown Food & Wine Fest is coming up soon. the two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, domestic and international wines, and live entertainment.

check out some pics and info from last years event over at Taste, Cook, Sip.

Date / Time: 
Saturday, February 21, 2015 (noon to 9 p.m.) 
Sunday, February 22, 2015 (noon to 7 p.m.) 

Downtown Orlando at Lake Eola along Robinson Street 

Admission is $15 per person, per day with advance online purchase.   
Admission at the door is $20 per person, per day.
Admission for children under age 12 is free.    

Food and beverage tickets are available at the Fest for $2 each; food and beverage offerings range from one to four tickets.

The Ultimate Fest Experience ticket is $100 per person, per day and includes VIP parking, general admission, Wine Tasters Club, $20 in food and beverage tickets, access to the private stage side pavilion with premium wine selections, access to private restrooms and a commemorative gift.  A limited number of VIP tickets are available with advance online purchase. 

Lifehouse Saturday
Loverboy Sunday

buy tickets here:

last years winners:

2014 Foodie Award (based on one food item for taste, unique flavor and culinary excellence)
Smiling Bison - Pretzel Bread Pudding

2014 Best Overall Menu (based on overall menu creativity, depth of offerings, and quality)
Kasa Tapas & Raw Bar

2014 Best of Show (based on fun factor, overall energy, and crowd vibe)
Siro at Orlando World Center Marriott – winner in 2013 and 2014

Participating Restaurants:

  • Willow  tree 2 Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe' is proud to serve the freshest expertly prepared German Food in Central Florida. To check out more from their menu visit their website here. 2015 Menu: -Beinen Stich (Bee Sting Cake) -Cajun Wurst -Ocktoberfest...
  • Cooper hawk 3 Cooper's Hawk Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants offers handcrafted wine and modern casual dining.  Each dish is created with our handcrafted wines in mind.  We’ve developed a menu with upscale appetizers, entrées, and desserts for today’s sophisticated..
  • old hickory steakhouse Old Hickory Steakhouse Enjoy one of the finest restaurants in Kissimmee. Indulge in fine wines as you savor tender, juicy premium All Natural Black Angus seared-to-perfection or artisanal cheeses from our Maitre d'Fromage. To make a reservation or learn more about Old... 

  • christners_web Christner's Del Frisco's "Christner’s Del Frisco’s Prime Steak & Lobster is one of Orlando’s oldest steakhouses. A fine dining experience, Carole and David Christner have built a restaurant that provides meticulous service in an intimate and relaxed setting.  All steaks...
  • kobe Kobe Japanese Steakhouse Kobe Japanese Steakhouse specializes in Teppanyaki or Hibachi cooking. Guests to Kobe are entertained by a personal chef as he prepares succulent steak, chicken, and seafood dishes according to the ancient Hibachi style of food preparation. Kobe...
  • marlow_logo Marlow's Tavern Marlow's Tavern offers American tavern fare with an upscale twist. Featuring a diverse menu with fresh, high-quality, seasonal ingredients, ice cold craft and local beer, and handcrafted cocktails; Marlow’s has the feel of a neighborhood restaurant....
  • copper canyon Copper Canyon Grill There's nothing timid about our chicken... or our meatloaf... or our hand cut hickory grilled sizzling steaks, line caught Ahi tuna or cornbread baked in a skillet and fired up by fresh jalapeno and Serrano peppers. This is full flavored American...
  • Jeremiahs Jeremiah's Italian Ice Jeremiah's Italian Ice is proud to be a part of the 2015 Downtown Food & Wine Festival! To learn more about Jeremiah's visit their website or Click Here 2015 Menu: -Snack Size Ice -Small Size Ice Flavors: Mango, Cookies & Cream, Scoop...
  • sushihouse Sushi House SUSHI House provides a world class dining experience in a warm, romantic setting. Famous for the freshest sushi, Sushi House also has a great modern and traditional menu, an incredible new Japanese Fusion Sushi, delicious Beef, Chicken, & Shrimp...
  • Hard Rock Hard Rock Cafe Hard Rock Cafe is proud to be a part of the Downtown Food & Wine Fest. To check out more about the Hard Rock Cafe:  click here   2015 Menu: -Legendary Cubano Buger -Legendary Mac and Cheese -Legendary Combo ( Burger & Ma...
  • Hawkers Hawkers Prominent on the streets of Asia, Hawkers are street vendors who depend on locally grown ingredients to create dishes sold from mobile carts and stands. The most successful recipes, typically passed from one generation to the next, bring flocks of...
  • Primo Primo Restaurant Orlando At The JW Marriott Grande Lakes Primo Restaurant at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes is proud to be a part of the Downtown Food & Wine Fest. 2015 Menu: -Primo Meatball Subs with (build your own toppings) served on a house made bun -Wild Boar and Porcini Pate with Whisper Creek...
  • Shari Shari Sushi Lounge Located at 621 East Central Bld in Orlando, Shari Sushi is a great place to enjoy fresh sushi. We invite you to experience a sampling of Shari's delicious creations at the 2015 Downtown Food & Wine Fest! Shari Sushi is proud to be a part of...
  • siro Siro Urban Italian Kitchen Siro Urban Italian Kitchen at the Orlando Marriott World Center celebrates the authenticity of rustic Italian cuisine, shared among friends in a casual, upbeat and inviting setting.  Siro is proud to be a part of the 2015 Downtown Food & Wine...
  • sKY CANDY Sky Candy Gourmet Cotton Candy Sky Candy specializes in retro, classic, and adventurous varieties of gourmet cotton candy. Using organic Florida sugar we mix in ingredients like toasted coconut and citrus zest to create flavors that are bursting with personality. Only 110 calories...  
  • peachvalley Peach Valley Cafe Experience the Freshness isn’t a marketing slogan. It’s a standard of quality and level of service created by our staff. It applies to every piece of the Peach Valley pie. Our breakfast and lunch offerings are homemade, using the best and freshest...
  • Sweetbyhollylogo Sweet By Holly Gourmet cupcakes baked with love daily! For SWEET News, "Like" Us on Facebook or check out our website! 2015 Menu  - Mini Cupcakes - Classic Cupcakes
  • smiling bison The Smiling Bison The Smiling Bison is proud to be a part of the 2015 Downtown Food & Wine Fest! 2015 Menu  - Roast Beef w/ Spicy Horseradish  Mustard - House Smoked Kielbasa & Grits - Peanut Butter Pretzel Bread Pudding -Chorizo  or Veggie Taco...
  • tr FIRE GRILL TR Fire Grill With a unique twist to the Tony Roma’s that you knew before, we’ve added a little fuel to the fire and ignited an even bigger flame! This flame is fueled by handcrafted cocktails and a new, chef-inspired menu! Join us at Fire Grill and enjoy comfort...
  • The Knife The Knife The Knife is much more than a traditional "all-you-can-eat" restaurant. What sets us apart from the rest not is only the quality of our Argentine-style cuts of meat, charcoal-grilled in the traditional way, allowing each customer to unlimited choices...
  • Wildside WildSide BBQ Bar & Grille From our famous pulled pork sandwiches, to our lip-smacking baby back ribs, we slow smoke our BBQ daily with a dry-rub seasoning and top it off with our famous secret BBQ sauce. We also have an extensive menu that includes our signature salads, fresh...
  • Fish on Fire Fish On Fire “Fish on Fire” is a gathering place for friends, family and visitors. The atmosphere is akin to the Caribbean. We offer Daily Specials, weekly LIVE MUSIC performances and reel Southern hospitality. Whether you grab a seat on our pet friendly patio or...
  • Tibbys-web Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen Tibby’s is not just about what you see but how it makes you feel. It’s about expressing personality & character through food, music, art and heritage. It is not the New Orleans you may have visited; it is the New Orleans that locals call...
  • pub The Pub A true British Pub experience complete with brilliant food, drink and genuine hospitality. We are best known for our signature Fish-n-Chips but guests can also nosh on shareable dishes, build their own burgers or savor some classic comfort food. An...
  • The porch 2 The Porch 2015 Menu: -Flower Sprouts: Fresh brussel sprouts and cauliflower dusted with seasoned flour, flash fried and tossed with a pancetta vinaigrette -Turkey Speeder: House ground mini turkey burger topped with pepper jack cheese and pico de...
  • Mortons Fixed 2 Morton's Steakhouse Morton's Steakhouse is proud to be a part of the Downtown Food & Wine Fest. To check out more of what Morton's Steakhouse has to offer, visit their website. 2015 Menu: -Mini Sirloin Burger on a Silver Dollar Bun -Ahi Tuna Crisps