GO #MakeSomedayHappen at these Orlando Events & Outings
Celebrate life with great food, wine and friends at these fun events and outings in and around Orlando. Don’t put off your fun life to someday. GO now! GO Epicurista!
1. GO Be a Hunger Hero!
Haven’t you always wanted to be a super hero? September is Hunger Action Month. Now is your chance to be a Hunger Hero and have a good time for a good cause at two fun events hosted by Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida:
- ^ Get your friends together for the Feeding Hope Happy Hour on Wednesday September 10th, from 6p-9p at the Second Harvest Food Bank warehouse. Enjoy drinks, appetizers, a live DJ, raffle prizes for only $5 per person in advance and $7 at the door. Ticket includes one free drink and appetizers. Plus, you will get a chance to meet special guest, MasterChef Season 5 contestant, Francis Biondi.
^ On Saturday September 13th, join the “retro-rad” celebrity chef and Food Network personality, Emily Ellyn at the Orlando Story Club Food Glorious Food Storyteller event. Enjoy food, drinks and stories about food! Everyone is invited to put their name in the hat and tell their story. Ten participants will be selected and prizes are awarded for the best story. Tickets are $15 for admission. Food and drinks available for purchase from Catering For Good Initiative.
For more Hunger Action Month events click here. GO Be A Hunger Hero!
2. GO On An Italian Journey!
I love how meals have the ability to transport us to far-away lands. On Wednesday September 10th, Mitchell’s Fish Market is taking us on a trip from Winter Park to the Italian coast with their “Italy Uncorked” four-course wine dinner. Join me on this Italian road trip! We will share our love of vino and seafood over delightful conversation. The menu features Trio of Crostini with olive tapenade, fresh tomato and lobster paired with La Marca Prosecco (my favorite), Butternut Squash Tortellaci with Maine lobster paired with Da Vinci Pinot Grigio, Pan Roasted Sea Bass paired with Brancaia “Tre” Red Blend and to finish what is sure to be an amazing dinner, Almond Cake paired with Italian Espresso Martini with New Amsterdam Vodka. All this for only $49.99 per person plus tax and gratuities. Space is limited. Call 407-339-3474 or click here for reservations. GO on an Italian Journey!
3. GO Find The Best Burger!
Looking for the best burger in O-Town? On Saturday September 13, local family owned burger joint extraordinaire, Johnny’s Fillin’ Station presents Burgers in the Garden at Leu Gardens, the First Annual Burger Bash. Local chefs will battle it out for the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Awards. Live music, craft beers, cocktails and the best burger recipes in town are all for the taking. Tickets must be purchased in advance and include all the burger samples you want, 2 Yuengling beers, fry bar and dessert for $40 or VIP tickets for $100. What are you waiting for? GO Find the Best Burger!
4. GO Be A Sandwich Fanatic!
If you love sandwiches and you love food trucks, then you are in luck! On Sunday September 14th, Deli Fresh Threads hosts their monthly #SandwichEatUp at the Orlando Food Truck Bazaar in Fashion Square Mall. It’s a great way to meet fellow sandwich enthusiasts and share in some good eats. If you’ve never been to a Food Truck Bazaar – the nation’s original food truck tour – organizer Mark Baratelli of TheDailyCity.com sets the scene like this: “Imagine a parking lot full of food trucks filled with delicious gourmet & ethnic foods, BBQ and desserts. Then imagine that parking lot moving to a different city around Orlando every night.” It’s truly a traveling food truck show! Bring your chairs (and tables if you wish) and be ready to have a great time, rain or shine. The event is from 6p-9p. Go be a Sandwich Fanatic!
5. GO Get Your Head Dressed!
On Saturday September 20, get all dressed up for Orlando´s most outrageous black tie event held at the Orlando Hilton. The Orlando Headdress Ball, in its 25th year, is an all-out Las Vegas style show and production to benefit Hope & Help Center of Central Florida. A who´s who extravaganza filled with lively entertainment, sumptuous food, libations and visual masterpieces, the likes of which you have never seen before. In addition to the dinner, awards and live auction, there is an exciting show and Headdress exhibition. The entertainment is always sure to wow and delight guests. Event is almost sold out, so purchase tickets now and GO Get Your Head Dressed!
6. GO Eat With Your Hands!
On Monday September 22nd, Kappo at East End Market and MasterChef Season 5 contestant Francis Biondi are presenting an exciting event that is sure to leave you licking your fingers! KAMAYAN, a hand-to-mouth Filipino feast! No plates, no silverware, just lots of great food and cocktails. A Kamayan is a traditional Filipino way of communal eating with your bare hands. This casual family style dinner will take you on a Filipino journey sampling traditional delicacies from vegetarian, to pork, meats and whole fish spread atop mounds of steamed rice and banana leaves. Craft cocktails and beer pairings are included as well for $75 per person. Get your tickets and GO Eat With Your Hands!
7. GO For The Foodie Trifecta: Cheese, Wine & Chocolate!
If you asked me the proverbial question “what would you take to a deserted island?”, my answer would be: “Wine, Cheese & Chocolate!” On Friday September 26th, you won’t need to go to those extremes to enjoy Wine, Cheese and Chocolate, perfectly paired. GO to Quantum Leap Winery at 7pm and indulge in four unique and tasty pairings of Quantum Leap Winery wines, La Femme du Fromage cheeses and Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park chocolate confections. This fun tasting event is hosted by my favorite “cheese lady” – La Femme du Fromage – Tonda Corrente Nazario; Jill Ramsier, co-owner of Orlando’s first and only winery, Quantum Leap; and Lisa Wilk, founder of Orlando Uncorked, local wine educator extraordinaire, food writer and blogger. They are like the Foodie Wonder Women League – I just coined that name – and I want to join in on their fun! How about you? Details are being finalized, so save the date and stay tuned. I know you won’t want to miss it! GO for the Foodie Trifecta -Cheese, Wine & Chocolate!
8. GO Brunch & Learn!
What’s not to love about brunch, biscuits & gravy? On Sunday September 28th, East End Market hosts Brunch & Learn – a beautiful, classic southern brunch! Starting at 12pm, enjoy fresh hot coffee, “barmosas” (bourbon and OJ), biscuits, gravy, wonderfully fluffy eggs and smoky crisp bacon. While you’re munching away, you’ll learn a thing or two about cooking eggs and get a favorite biscuit recipe to take with you. $55 per person. Tickets required. GO Brunch & Learn!
9. GO Crazy for Cupcakes!
The cupcake craze is here to stay and I’m perfectly ok with that! On Sunday September 28th, Dress for Success of Greater Orlando presents the 5th Annual Cupcake Challenge: Dessert Before Dinner at the beautiful Winter Park Civic Center. Local bakeries will compete for bragging rights as the best cupcake in Orlando. You get to sample cupcakes, vote on your favorites, bid on silent auction item and raffle prizes. Bring the whole family to this fun event from 2p-4:30p. $20 per adult ($25 at the door) and $10 per child. Get your tickets and GO Crazy for Cupcakes!
My mission is to #MakeSomedayHappen one delicious bite, sip & trip at a time! I hope to inspire you to do the same with your family and friends. Don’t put off your fun to someday. Enjoy today, someday may never come”
For more fun Orlando events and outings ideas check out these events included in previous Top 9 GO Lists:
^ Magical Dining, The Spanish Wine Festival, The Trip To Italy, Wine Down, Couples Cooking Class and more.
^ Pantry to Plate Chef Challenge on Thursday September 18
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