Christner's Prime Steak and Lobster (729 Lee Road in Orlando, FL) hosted last night's Sips and Sides social gathering, and I enjoyed it very much. The event, which brought together a number of our community's food enthusiasts and bloggers as well as business professionals, was impressively put together and attended by many interesting people, including Rashmi Primlani of The Primlani Kitchen and Julius Mayo of Droolius.com.
The restaurant offered samples of several of its appetizers/sides in addition to select complimentary cocktails. I loved the crab cakes (pictured below, with a spinach dip); if I return for a meal here in the future, I definitely will consider ordering those. The crab meat was delicious and tender. These are among the best crab cakes I've recently tried and I highly recommend them. The spinach dip also was very tasty. Sautéed mushrooms also were offered, but I passed on those as I don't really like mushrooms very much. I'm sure they would have appealed to those who do enjoy them, though, and I did hear from one attendee that they were very good.
The complimentary cocktails contained liquors provided by the Winter Park Distilling Company. I tried one Manhattan (below, left) and two of the Moscow Mule drinks (below, right), which, respectively, featured the distillery's whiskey and vodka. All of them were excellent. The bartender did a great job.
Overall, it was a great event and I'm glad I was able to attend. Everyone with whom I conversed was pleasant and friendly. I hope to go to more events like this in the future.