Denise's Corner

Four Seasons Resort Orlando Welcomes Cleveland & Heath for March 6th, 2015 Guest Chef Dinner

Hi everyone!

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando recently announced six special dinner events – at least one each month through June. This week, on March 6th, guests chefs Jenny Cleveland and Ed Heath – who is a 2015 James Beard Award nominee – will tantalize taste buds with PB&G Chef Gerald Sombright at a dinner that will include six courses and a cocktails & hors d’oeuvres reception. The guests chefs are from from Cleveland-Heath restaurant of Edwardsville, Illinois. The cost is just $75.00 – that includes tax and gratuity – and a beer or wine pairing can be added for a nominal charge.

It is hard to believe the Four Seasons Resort Orlando opened just seven months ago! We have been fortunate to have been invited to media events that included dining at Capa restaurant, which is a one-of-a-kind experience with tremendous rooftop views of Walt Disney World. But we’ve also enjoyed dining on our own, with our most popular Four Seasons Resort Orlando dining article being about the Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and his Pals. There really is something for everyone, from gelato at Lickety-Split to the Porterhouse for Two at Capa.  But the events over the next few months bring dining at the resort to a new level.

This week’s dinner event is located at PB&G, which stands for Pool Bar & Grill. Tucked in between the adult pool and family pool with views of lush wetlands, PB&G offers southern cooking with a twist. We’ve dined here a few times, including during Super Bowl Sunday. It will be a lovely setting for this event.

After the cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, 6 courses will be presented. Here is the menu with optional pairings. Beer or wine can be added, $25.00 for the beer or $35.00 for the wine pairing. Cigar City is a very popular local Tampa brewery – we’ve attended a media event for them and toured the brewery. I am not as familiar with Funky Buddha, but they are also pretty local (Boca Raton). The Funky Buddha More Moro Blood Orange IPA gets a very high rating from Beer Advocate (91 out of 100), and appears to be a seasonal product, and Funky Buddha Last Snow Coconut Coffee Porter rates even higher. For $25.00, there are 6 top line beers paired. The wines also are all very well regarded.


Avocado Toast, Gravlax, Capers, Red Onion, Citrus

Wine: Jolivet Sancerre Loire, France

Beer: Funky Buddha More Moro Blood Orange IPA


Pho, Waygu Beef, Aromatics, Sweet Onion, Smoked Oxtail Consumme

Wine: Schlumberger ‘Les Princes Abbés’ Alsace, France

Beer: Cigar City Puppy’s Breath Porter


Pork Belly, Watermelon, Pickled Jalapeno, Mint, Vietnamese Vinaigrette

Wine: Kracher Gruner Veltliner Austria

Beer: Funky Buddha Hop Gun IPA


Beef Tongue Green Bean Casserole

Wine: Argyle Pinot Noir Willamette, Oregon

Beer: Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale

Goat Chiva Cubana, Black Beans, Mint, Radish, Red Onions

Wine: Rioja Alta ‘Vina Araña’ Rioja, Spain

Beer: Cigar City Evander Belgian White Ale


Tart Cherry Pie a la Mode

Wine: Heitz ‘Ink Grade’ Port Napa, California

Beer: Funky Buddha Last Snow Coconut Coffee Porter


This is a great way to get acquainted with Central Florida’s only Five Diamond Award resort and to enjoy a lovely event in the process. Reservations are required for all dining events. Call 407-313-6161 for more information and to purchase tickets.

We look forward to joining the Four Seasons Resort Orlando this Friday!

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando is located at 10100 Dream Tree Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.

Here are the other announced events, from the Four Seasons Resort Orlando press release:


March 23, 2015 – Gin-spiration

Four Seasons Resort Orlando has teamed up with local distiller St. Augustine Gin to create an evening of creative cocktails and cuisine.  Enjoy a four-course dinner by Capa Chef Tim Dacey along with libations by Mixologist Anna Mitchell McElroy.

  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Location: Capa
  • Price:  USD 95 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity

April 18, 2015 – Farmers & Fizz

Join Chef Gerald Sombright of PB&G and Sommelier Jill Davis for a four-course farm-to-table experience featuring Lake Meadow Naturals and wines from the Champagne portfolio of Terry Theise, author of Reading Between the Vines.

  • Time:  6:00 pm
  • Location: PB&G
  • Price: USD 145 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity 

May 2015 – Rajat Parr Wine Dinner (date to be announced shortly)

Capa is pleased to welcome Rajat Parr, world renowned sommelier, author of Secrets of the Sommeliers and winemaker of Domaine de la Côte and Sandhi Wines, for a five-course dinner by Chef Tim Dacey with wines from Parr’s own projects.  Parr is a 2015 James Beard Award nominee on behalf of the Mina Group for Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional.

  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Location: Capa
  • Price: USD 195 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity 

June 25, 2015 – Markham Wine Dinner

Join Bryan DelBondio, President of Markham Wines, for a four-course pairing dinner led by Executive Sous Chef Sam Faggetti.

  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Location: Plancha
  • Price: USD 125 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity