Orlando Dining

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.

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!

Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons of KISS to Open Second Orlando Area Rock & Brews Location at Lee Vista on April 24th, 2017

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The second Orlando area Rock & Brews is opening on April 24th, 2017 in the Lee Vista Promenade near the Orlando International Airport. Just over two years ago, we covered the opening of the Oviedo location and were told at that time that expansion was planned. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons plan to attend a charity event at the restaurant in August. Read the press release below for more information!

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons open Oveido Rock & Brews in 2015, photo by Denise Preskitt

MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIF. (April 4, 2017) -- Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS will open their second Rock & Brews restaurant location of their popular franchise in the Orlando, Florida area. Located at 6897 South Semoran Blvd. in Orlando, the family-friendly restaurant will open to the public on April 24th. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will visit their newest Orlando location for a charity event slated to take place in August.

Developed in partnership with franchise partners Scott Paul & Kris Maronpot of R&B Florida, LLC, the 6,500-square foot restaurant will offer the brand's signature quality American comfort food with a California twist and two full bars stocked with the largest selection of international and craft beers in the area.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Oviedo, 2015.

The rock-inspired environment will feature live music on weekend nights; multiple flat screen televisions showing rock & roll music videos and sporting events; rock artwork and a Great Wall of Rock which includes artwork of iconic rock & roll legends. Al fresco dining is available and guests can entertain themselves with a variety of games including bean bag toss and giant Jenga. Dogs are welcome on the patio area, which spans 3,500 square feet.

Paul Stanley talks Rock & Brews, veterans in 2015

 "With the opening of the new restaurant, we look forward to serving and getting to know all our new guests and becoming a part of the community," said Scott Paul, R&B Florida franchise partner. "In partnership with Gene and Paul, we are excited to bring to the area a high-quality entertainment and dining experience for rockers of all ages."

For information about Rock & Brews, visit www.rockandbrews.com.  

About Rock & Brews

Rock & Brews is a one-of-a-kind, rock-inspired restaurant and entertainment concept designed to engage people of all ages with quality comfort food and local favorites, a broad selection of craft and international beers, and an energized environment that is reminiscent of being at a family-friendly music event. The brand was founded by rock icons Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, along with partners, restaurateur Michael Zislis and concert industry veterans Dave and Dell Furano. Each location boasts a backstage environment showcasing a "Great Wall of Rock," iconic rock art, concert trusses and lighting and multiple flat screens sharing some of the greatest rock concert moments of all time. Most offer a play area for kids and many are dog friendly. For more information, please visit www.rockandbrews.com.

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Sugar Factory Orlando Opens at I-Drive 360 with Sweet Treats and Expansive Menu (Photos, Video, Review)

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The long awaited Sugar Factory Orlando at I-Drive 360 is now officially open! We were invited to a tasting before the restaurant opened (we had also been expecting to visit during a trial period, but that didn't work out, so the review part is limited). I expect this to be an extremely popular location - especially for celebrations. Reservations can be made on the Sugar Factory Orlando website - and I would encourage making a reservation ahead of time. The menu is huge - I didn't see it in person, but the food portion alone spans about 10 pages online. Add to that all the drinks and desserts, and it is a lot to read through.

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