The Japanese dining experience known as omakase, wherein diners, not presented a menu, turn themselves over to the whim of the chef, is not new to Orlando. It has been an option at sushi restaurants for many years. (This concept isn’t exclusive to sushi restaurants, either – think a degustation or chef’s tasting menu, such as that at Victoria & Albert’s chef’s table.)
What is relatively new to the area is the omakase-only restaurant, offering an exclusive and intimate dining experience. Well, intimate in the sense that you’re among fewer than a dozen customers seated next to each other at a sushi counter but all having the same culinary adventure.
I’m probably one of only a few people who went through college and grad school in the 1970s without ever smoking pot. I’ll probably be invited to be a keynote speaker someday.
It’s not like I was vice adverse. My dorm room had plenty of illicitness within. Just not pot.
So a lot of the insider-jokes and terminology on the menu at Chēba Hut, a marijuana-themed sandwich shop, might be lost on me. (Most, but not all – some of the potheads on my floor were my best friends, so I experienced it secondhand, so to speak.)
One of Walt Disney World Resort’s top-tier restaurants, Flying Fish, will reopen Thursday, Jan. 27, at the BoardWalk. Tim Majoras will resume his role as the seafooder’s chef. Another signature dining restaurant, Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, will return Feb. 17. And Turf Club Bar and Grill, a casual dining restaurant at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, will reopens Feb. 3.
The Ultimate Garden Party; Wine Quest dates; a fiery chili event; a sad Kissimmee closing; and National Irish Coffee Day.
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.
SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival, which it claims is Orlando’s largest theme park food festival – which must be true because they couldn’t say that otherwise, could they? – will kick off (launch? wash ashore?) on Feb. 4 and run every Thursday through Sunday through May 8.