An event called Pigs & Pinot is alluring on its own, but when you add the information that the pig will be cooked by Kathleen Blake of Rusty Spoon and the pinots will be curated by the wonder woman of wine, Linda K. Sullivan, it causes one to perk up the pig ears a bit.

The event is Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 at Rusty Spoon, 55 W. Church St., Orlando. Tickets are $85 per person all inclusive. Call the restaurant at 407-401-8811 to reserve your spot.


JJ Rotator.001Flog favorite JJ's Grille is celebrating its first anniversary Thursday with some specials at the Curry Ford Road restaurant.

All day Thursday, Sept. 24, guests can get a free side of guacamole, hummus, pico de gallo, or J-Bouli, as well as a free regular-sized soda or tea.

Owner Julio Paredes added, "We'll also be giving away prizes throughout the day, anything from our sweet JJ's Grille tank tops to our customized shaker bottles and even gift certificates."

And the first year has been such a success that Paredes plans to open a second location, in Altamonte Springs, before the end of the year. It's nice to see people embrace good, honest food served with genuine hospitality.

JJ's Grille is at 2950 Curry Ford Road (in the Winn-Dixie plaza at Crystal Lake Road), Orlando. It's open for lunch and dinner daily. The phone number is 407-802-2947.

Diva lasagna stew

For our lazy lovers of lasagna, the divas have devised a little trick. We’ve combined all the creamy, gooey, messiness of this diva of all casseroles into one-pot wonder stew.

Okay, so you'll have to boil the pasta separately, but you get the gist. It's easier – and maybe even a bit healthier. Bravo!


Fresh Made Kitchen, a breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant in Windermere, has closed. In case you missed it, this was my review from May.

A post of the restaurant's Facebook page says: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Fresh Made Kitchen is closed effective on September 17.2015.

"We are thankful for the support and patronage that all our guests have shown us during our time in Windermere. There are no words that clearly express the love and gratitude we feel for our staff that worked so hard to keep the vision alive." It concluded with the possibility of opening in another location, but gave no specifics.


Shakes logoAs you may have read — perhaps here on the Flog, for instance — Highball & Harvest, the Southern inspired restaurant at Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando, has a new chef, Nathan Hardin. That means it’s time for Scott to go back and do a refreshed review. You can go along and help.

“Dinner with Scott Joseph” will be one of the silent auction items at Sunday’s gala for the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF. The successful bidder and a guest will join Scott for a multi course dinner and will contribute comments and critiques that Scott will use in the review. The dinner is being donated by H&H, but they invite you to be frank with your critique.

The gala is Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center at Loch Haven Park. It starts at 5 p.m., and you’re going to want to get thereHighballHarvestLogo NoBackground 194x127 early and find the auction item. You’ll also want to keep a close eye on the bids as the evening progresses — when this item has been offered in the past there have been bidding wars.

Tickets to the event are $150, $200 and $250 and can be purchased by calling 407-447-1700 ext. 1. The gala will include food a walk-about food and beverage tasting with goodies provided by:

  • Arthur's Catering
  • Barnie's Coffee Kitchen
  • Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ
  • Hawkers Asian Street Fare
  • Hillstone Restaurant Group
  • Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Catering & Events
  • Peterbrooke Chocolatier
  • P is for Pie
  • Rosen Centre Hotel
  • Rosen Shingle Creek
  • Seasons 52
  • Winter Park Distilling Company

There will also be performances by cast members of Spamalot, the season opener at Shakes, including Davis Gaines, Dee Roscioli and Michael Hunsaker. And music from the UCF Jazz Chambers Group featuring Jeff Rupert, one of the area’s best jazz musicians.