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The Ultimate Garden Party; Wine Quest dates; a fiery chili event; a sad Kissimmee closing; and National Irish Coffee Day.

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Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is doing something new this year with a fundraiser called the Ultimate Garden Party, which makes me wonder what a subultimate garden party would be.

The subtitle for the event is Escape to Elegance, which makes me wonder why they think that a) I need to escape and b) why they think I’m not currently surrounded in elegance. I’m not saying I am, I’m just wondering how they know.

Anyway, the event will be at the presumably ultra elegant Loews Sapphire Falls Resort on Saturday, May 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $150 per person with one hundred percent of the proceeds going to support the organizations efforts to fight hunger in the community.

What can you expect at an Ultimate Garden Party? Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, entertainment. According to a press release, “dapper attire is encouraged.” I’ll have to dig out my dappers and get them to the dry cleaner.

More information and ticket-purchasing at the Second Harvest website.

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Epcotarts22 entrance

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is running now through Feb. 21 at Walt Disney World. The event highlights the visual arts, performing arts, and of course the culinary arts.

I’d like to think that the culinears who devised the menu of dishes that would be featured this year were considering the literary arts, too. Perhaps they were thinking of Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden,” in which he wrote he wanted to “suck out all the marrow of life” and that that’s why at the Gourmet Landscapes kiosk you’ll find roasted bone marrow.

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Charlies ext

There are big changes afoot at Charlie’s Bakery, beginning with its name. Henceforth, the Curry Ford West business shall be known as Charlie’s Bakery & Creamery.

The Creamery part of the name reflects the new product line of house-made ice creams, which are set to start scooping sometime next week. (Maybe it will warm back up by then and ice cream will sound more attractive.)

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OzAsian counter

I came across Oz Asian in Lake Mary recently, a small quick-serve restaurant with a pan Asian menu. It’s an assemblage concept, so you’re asked to choose your protein (chicken, beef, shrimp, tofu or vegetables); a base (white rice, brown rice, pasta noodles, vermicelli or soba noodles); a sauce (sweet & sour), sweet oyster, Thai curry, garlic, teriyaki or soy and ginger); vegetables to add in (broccoli, onion, cabbage, bean sprouts, mushrooms, peppers, jalapeños, scallions, corn, carrots, celery, pineapple, tomatoes and snap peas); and any extras at extra cost: (fried egg, scrambled egg, or more chicken, tofu, beef or shrimp).

Very close by is a Fresh Market grocery store where you can buy most of those items and just put them together yourself, but don’t get me started on assemblage restaurants. Or maybe it’s too late for that.

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97 of the Top 100 Restaurants are somewhere other than Central Florida, new New York-based franchise moves it, beleaguered Thai restaurant reopens, and viva la French dressing.

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Three local restaurants made it on to OpenTable’s list of the Top 100 Restaurants in America for 2021: Bites & Bubbles, the Mills 50 contemporary American that recently relocated to Mills Park; Eddie V’s, the upscale Restaurant Row seafooder from Darden; and The Boathouse at Disney Springs. The restaurant reservationist compiles its list by analyzing more than 10.5 million reviews submitted by diners who booked tables through the website – I assume this is done algorithmically and not the job of some poor intern. the Peruvian cuisine Llama Restaurant in St. Augustine also made the list. Congratulations on the recognition.