Jack in the Park, an “outside the ballroom” fundraising event benefitting Special Olympics Florida, will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center in Winter Park. I am honored to serve as the honorary chair and emcee of the event.
The Jack in the event’s name refers to blackjack. You were thinking it had to do with Jack Daniel’s, weren’t you? But no, a 21 card tournament is a big focus of the festivities. But there will be so much more, including a silent auction, raffles, entertainment, and, best of all, food from some really terrific restaurants.
Some of the restaurants that are scheduled to be serving include Flog favorite Tap Room at Dubsdread, Carmel Kitchen Wine Bar, Portobello, the Osprey Tavern, blu on the avenue, White Wolf Cafe, Scratch, BB King’s Blues Club, newcomers Lafayette’s and Itta Bena, and a bunch more.
There will also be an open bar, and looky here: it will feature Jack Daniel’s, so you got your wish after all.
Tickets for the event are $125, which includes the blackjack tournament, food and open bar. All proceeds go to benefit Special Olympics. For tickets and more information, visit the Jack in the Park webpage.
I think every party should have a pre-party, don’t you? Luckily, so do the people at Jack in the Park. So they’ve called on the folks at Talk of the Town Restaurant Group (Charley’s Steak House, Vito’s Chop House, FishBones et. al.) and they’re going to haul their big portable fire pit to Field’s BMW in Winter Park. They’ll be making Sliced Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Fondue and Atlantic Cedar Plank Salmon along with a salad and dessert. I’m told there will be drinks, too. The Field’s folks will be showing off all the new car models. Just be sure not to get any of the gorgonzola sauce on the upholstery.
The pre-party is this Thursday, Sept. 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. And get this: tickets are only $35. tenderloin, salmon, drinks — you do the math.
Purchase your tickets to the pre-party at the Jack in the Park Pre Party web page.