Jiko - The Cooking Place is among the restaurants that will be participating in this year's Chef's Gala. I was asked if I'd like to sample the dish that Jiko's chef, Edward T. Mendoza, would be offering at the April 14 event, so I said sure, why not? I hadn't been to Jiko in a long time, it would be nice to see what's going on there these days.
Good things, it turns out. Let me put it this way: As soon as the bus drops you off at the World Showplace at the beginning of Heart of Florida's Chef's Gala, head directly to the station, or cooking place, if you will, where Mendoza and his team will be serving their Isitambu.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to attend a beer pairing dinner at the American Kitchen restaurant in the B Resort & Spa at Lake Buena Vista. I accepted, because there isn't anything about the phrase "beer pairing dinner" that I don't like. But I was also anxious to see what's been going on culinarily at American Kitchen since some changes had been made from my last visit. I liked everything I ate and sipped.
The dinner was a collaboration between the resort's executive chef, Venoy Rogers III and John Cheek of Orlando Brewing.
I'd say we should pop the Champagne but I think something a little stronger might be in order.
Governor Rick Scott has signed House Bill 1447 into law, enacting changes to the Special Food Service license to allow smaller restaurants within a delineated downtown dining district to serve full liquor.
We have a convergence of three holidays coming up. Passover begins Friday, March 30 and then, on Sunday, April 1, it’s both Easter and April Fool’s Day. So many reasons to go brunching. Well, Passover really requires a seder, and April Fool’s Day has never been associated with brunch, but work with me here.
While there are many good brunches happening throughout the year, many more options will be available on Sunday. I’ve got a bunch of them listed under our Holiday Dining menu so wander on over and find someplace to celebrate whatever you want to celebrate. Make it a special day.
To Richard Perry, winner of last week's drawing. Richard won a $50 gift certificate to Pharmacy. Friday's drawing is for a $50 gift card to Big Fin Seafood Kitchen. If you're on this mailing list, you're entered to win. If not, text SJO to 66866 and you will be!
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