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Historically, Father’s Day isn’t as big of a dining-out holiday as Mother’s Day. Or Arbor Day, for that matter. I suppose it’s because – also historically but stereotypically, as well – moms do the cooking in the family. So taking her out to brunch or dinner on Mother’s Day is meant to give her a day out of the kitchen.

Well, dads do a lot of cooking, too. And even if your dad isn’t that much of a cook, you can still treat the old man to a nice dinner.

(By the way, I never once in my life referred to my father as my old man. I always thought it was a derogatory term and if I called him that he’d smack me. Even now – he’s 93 – I still can’t do it. So happy Father’s Day, Dad!)

At the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando, Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen is offering a special a la carte Father’s Day brunch with such things as steak & eggs, birria tacos, smashed brunch burgers and brioche French toast. If your dad is a beer connoisseur, he’ll enjoy the selections from the onsite brewery. Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen is at 4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando. Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 407-393-4755 for reservations.

Mia’s Italian Kitchen is offering its Bottomless Brunch (be sure to tell your dad that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to wear pants). In addition, Mia’s will offer Sierra Nevada Little Things Hazy IPA for $4. Mia’s is at 8717 International Drive, Orlando. Brunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reserve online or call 407-601-7130.

There’s a lot going on at the Promenade at Sunset Walk. At Rock & Brews, dads receive a free commemorative glass Both Yeoman’s Cask & Lion and Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza are offering fathers a $10 bounceback (a coupon to be used on a future visit). GameTime has a barbecue rib plate for $9.99 and a Skrewball Whiskey “New” Fashioned for $6.99. Then finish off at River Street Sweets and get a free candy apple with the purchase of same or buy a pound of praalines or loggerheads and get a half-pound free. Promenade at Sunset Walk is at 3251 Margaritaville Blvd., Kissimmee. Visit the website for dining details.


FWsummer cooler

Summer doesn’t officially begin until next week, but it’s already summer-hot, so we may as well say it’s here.

Which is just fine because First Watch’s summer menu specials are also available now. And as I do every three months, I headed to First Watch to have a sample, humming a little Vivaldi along the way.

I started by sipping the Watermelon Wake-up, a cool and refreshing drink that also had pineapple and lime juice and a fragrant sprig of mint.


SwanSpring concourse

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin has announced the dates for the return of its Food & Wine Classic. The popular event will run Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29 and 30, along the waterfront and causeway connecting the two hotels. As in the past, the event will feature food samples from the resort’s many restaurants, including the estimable Shula’s Steak House, Todd English’s bluezoo and Kimonos sushi bar, and wine, beers and spirits as well.

Tickets are on sale now at FoodandWineClassic.com and include overnight packages. However, unlike last fall’s event, participation will not be exclusive to hotel guests. Guest favorite themed areas, including the Beer Garden, Bubble Lounge (with sparkling wines), China Town, and the Pig & the Poke, will be back, though it’s unclear if the seminars that were offered in previous years will return.


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(Sung to the tune of “Liza with a Z”)

It’s Grato with a G not Prato with a P ‘cause Prato with a P goes prah not grah...

There’s bound to be confusion for people strolling along Park Avenue starting at Aloma Avenue and heading north past Morse Boulevard. “Didn’t we just see this restaurant a few blocks ago?” Besides the similar name, both are Italian. But comparability must end there.


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The law firm representing the building owner and landlord at 290 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, previously the address of Luma on Park, released a statement in response to a lawsuit the popular restaurant filed last month against the landlord.

As detailed in an article published last week, Luma on Park’s owners filed the suit against William T. Battaglia and Foundry Commercial alleging, “...Battaglia’s improper attempt to use Luma...as [an] unsuspecting pawn in his diabolical plan to inflict financial pain and suffering upon his family members, with whom he is tied through a multitude of family companies and trusts...”