Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Celebrating Eighth Year October 27th - 28th, 2017

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin will hold its 8th annual Food & Wine Classic in just over two weeks, from October 27th - 28th, 2017. I posted the press release below from today, this is my favorite food and wine event of the season! And for the first time, last year we had the opportunity to be part of a seminar (our schedule hadn't allowed for it before) and it was fantastic! There was so much information and so many wines in that class to try. Friday and Saturday evenings have different food samples (Shula's is the same, but most everything else is different). You can find menus on the official website - including the Beer Garden, which is an additional upcharge but offers a nice variety of food and beer choices in addition to the regular food, beer and wine!

All photos were provided by the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.

Experience New Tastes in Italy During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2017

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Yesterday was the official kickoff of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival - it is earlier than ever this year! We were invited to try some of the new food and drink items in the Italy pavilion. There is not only a Festival kiosk, but new items within the pavilion at the Via Napoli Pizza Window and drinks at the Donkey Cart. Here is a look at items we tried.

Jiko Review for Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month 2017: Special $35 3-Course Menus Available Through October 1st, 2017 at Over 100 Orlando Area Restaurants

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Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month begins on August 25th, 2017 and runs through October 1st. This is the first time that Walt Disney World owned restaurants (and not just participants) have been involved. I was invited to preview the fantastic menu that Jiko at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is serving! Magical Dining Month includes prix fixe menus with 3 courses for $35.00. To be able to order an appetizer, entree and dessert at Jiko in particular is an incredible opportunity that shouldn't be missed. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a gorgeous resort, my first time visiting was actually before the resort opened to the public (as a Cast Member on a test stay). The restaurants at the resort are all excellent, but Jiko is a Signature Dining location and is the only Signature restaurant at Walt Disney World offering a Magical Dining Month menu.

$1.00 of every meal also goes to charity. This year's recipients are the Freedom Ride and Base Camp Children's Cancer Foundation. With this being Visit Orlando's 12th year for Magical Dining Month and over 100 restaurants participating, hopefully this will be the best donation year ever.

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons from KISS Honor Veterans at Rock & Brews Oviedo and Host Second Event at New Orlando Location (Photos, Video)

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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from KISS were back at their Oviedo Rock & Brews restaurant location last week to honor veterans. Not only did they spend a couple of hours at the restaurant for media interviews and greeting invited veterans, but they also went to the newer Orlando location at Lee Vista (near Orlando International Airport) for a private event that was a fundraiser for The Orlando Fisher House. Paul told me that they have opened every restaurant so far, though their busy schedules delayed them to Orlando (the Lee Vista location opened a few months back).

Here is a look at the day, mostly from Oviedo but we also went to Orlando for a shorter stop later in the day.


Taste! Central Florida 2017 to Offer Local Tastes to Benefit Local Community on August 19th at the Orlando World Center Marriott

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Taste! Central Florida will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 from 6:45 p.m.-10:00 p.m. This yearly event was formerly called Taste of the Nation, but it is back with a new name AND a new local focus with all proceeds going to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. 40+ restaurants and 20+ beverage vendors will be participating in the event, not only from Walt Disney World property (including STK, Raglan Road, Paddlefish and Satu'li Canteen), Universal Studios and SeaWorld, but many other local restaurants and beverage companies. I am delighted to be an ambassador for the event this year. Taste! Central Florida tickets cost $150.00 and allow for an evening of tasting portions along with fine wines, craft beers and cocktails. Check out also the Golden Ticket Game in case you plan to dine at any of the restaurants on the list. You may win two tickets to the event!

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