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Unreserved beef cheek ragout

If you read my recent review of Unreserved, the multi-faceted restaurant at the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek, you know that chef Peter Kunstek is cooking up some good food there.

One of his more popular dishes is the Beef Cheek Ragout with Gnocchi and he shares the recipe in this edition of Compliments of the Chef. Actually, he shares three recipes: the braised beef cheeks, the potato gnocchi and putting it all together. The latter is shown in the video below.

This is a good full day project, or you can make the beef cheeks ahead of time and use premade gnocchi (Kunstek says that’s fine) and assemble the ragout in just a few minutes.

Watch the video then give the recipes a try.

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Unreserved beef cheek ragout

If you read my recent review of Unreserved, the multi-faceted restaurant at the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek, you know that chef Peter Kunstek is cooking up some good food there.

One of his more popular dishes is the Beef Cheek Ragout with Gnocchi and he shares the recipe in this edition of Compliments of the Chef. Actually, he shares three recipes: the braised beef cheeks, the potato gnocchi and putting it all together. The latter is shown in the video below.

This is a good full day project, or you can make the beef cheeks ahead of time and use premade gnocchi (Kunstek says that’s fine) and assemble the ragout in just a few minutes.

Watch the video then give the recipes a try.

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Russells dining room

Updated to include the list of wines; see menu below.

Our next Supper Club – and the last for 2022 – will be a special gastronomic dinner at Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe in celebration of the restaurant’s second anniversary.

The five-course dinner with pairings will be curated by chef/partner Emmanuel Clement, who has put together a very special menu that goes above and beyond Russell’s regular fine menu. “We want to make this extraordinary,” said co-owner Philippe Villain, “and Emmanuel has put together some really fine dishes.” See the menu below (I personally can’t wait for the sweetbread and truffles).

We’ll gather on Thursday, Nov. 3, with a reception, including a welcome cocktail, at 6:30 and dinner at 7 p.m. Russell’s is setting aside the entire lower lakeview dining room just for us.

Cost of the dinner is $175 per person (the price includes tax and gratuity). Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant at 407-601-3508. Tell them you want to reserve a spot for Scott Joseph’s Supper Club.

As always, Scott Joseph’s Supper Club does not require membership. The only requirement is that you appreciate fine food and wine. And single diners are always welcome to join us.

Here’s the menu:

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Johnjohns ext

SoDo seems to be becoming Orlando’s pizza district. It was already home to Brick & Fire and Cornerstone on the eastern edge of the district. In the last year or so we’ve seen the opening of Buttercrust, Frenchy’s Wood-Fired and SoDough Square, which opened just a few months ago.

If you stood in front of SoDough you could throw a ball of mozzarella down Michigan Street and hit the newest pie maker, John & John’s.

The Johns of the name are Markaj and Cavallini (only they know which is the first John and which is the second). They are also the owners of Cavo’s Bar & Kitchen in Thornton Park. John & John’s – subtitled A Pizza Shop – took over the space that was formerly Mediterranean Blue.

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The Waldorf Astoria and Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek have some fun food events coming up beginning with the second annual Epicurious Progressive Dinner Tour, a four-hour moveable feast that will take participants through seven restaurant stops between the two properties.

The Epicurious Progressive Dinner Tour will be available Fridays and Saturdays beginning Oct. 14 and running through Nov. 12. Tickets are $245 plus tax and gratuity. There is a limit to 15 participants per night.

The tour will step off at 6 p.m. and will feature eight specialty dishes, six beverage pairings, two desserts and an interactive mixology session. The restaurants visited will include La Luce, Zeta Asia, Vibe Kitchen Food Truck, and the estimable Bull & Bear.

Reservations are required and can be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 407-597-3712.

Also, the hotels are offering special room rates for Epicurious Progressive Dinner Tour-ers beginning at $149 at the Signia by Hilton and $249 at the Waldorf Astoria. Get a room!