Taste at I-Drive 360 is April 2

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Taste at i drive

The annual Taste event benefitting Esophageal Cancer at Florida Hospital is moving to I-Drive 360 this year. And tickets include a ride on the Coca-Cola Eye. Don’t worry, it doesn’t spin around that fast so you don’t have to be concerned about what you eat before you get on.

And there should be plenty to eat. There will be food from eight restaurants, including our friends at Tapa Toro. See below for a full list.

Taste at I-Drive 360 will be Sunday, April 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $45 for adults, $25 for kids and $35 for first responders and are available at this link. (And first responder doesn’t have anything to do with how fast you click that link, so don’t even think about it.) Parking is complimentary. I-Drive 360 is at 8445 International Drive, Orlando.

The fundraiser is spearheaded by Pam Sain, who lost her father to the disease. Esophageal cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States. Acid reflux can lead to pre-cancerous Barrett’s esophagus which can be effectively treated to prevent esophageal cancer. The earlier the diagnosis and onset of treatment, the greater chance you will have of beating this disease.

So come out, help raise money for a good cause, eat some good food and go for a spin on the Eye. It’ll be fun.

2017 Participating Restaurants:

Brewpub Moving into Former Cafe Annie Space

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OCB logoThe space that was recently vacated by Cafe Annie, the longtime purveyor of downtown's best falafel sandwich, will become the home of Orange County Brewers. In addition to brewing a variety of ales, lagers and stouts, OCB will offer food via a  kitchen called Orlando Pizza & Wing Co. There will also be a full liquor bar.

Amanda Roberts will serve as OCB's brauen herrin. Her husband, Jeremy Roberts, and Travis Barr, both of  of TDBARR Construction, are the owners. They are designing the space, which will feature exposed brick and dark woods, group seating at long communal tables, and patios in the front and back.

They are aiming for a May opening.

2017 Foodster Award for Best Breakfast: Shakers American Cafe

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Best Breakfast plaque

Shakers American Cafe is the winner of the 2017 Best Breakfast Foodster Award. The readers of Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide chose Se7en Bites Bake Shop for second place and Winter Park’s Briarpatch for third.

In casting her vote, Lucy Minnie Schnauzer (probably not her real name; just guessing) wrote “Shakers American Cafe always has fresh, creatively plated breakfast entrees. The new owners make it a friendlier place to go.”

Chris Huff wrote, “Seven Bites! The whole menu is fantastic.”

Shakers, the small diner on Edgewater Drive in College Park, is named for the myriad salt and pepper shakers that decorate the space. “We love College Park,” said Terry Granda, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Greg, who also serves as the chef. The Grandas bought the restaurant three years ago because, said Terry, it reminded her of the sort of neighborhood restaurant she grew up with in the sixties and seventies. “It’s a unique little place.”

Shakers opened in 1993 in a space that at one time was a Carolina BBQ. The address is 1308 Edgewater Drive, Orlando.

Se7en Bites Bake Shop is somewhat newer, and its current location, 617 Primrose Drive, Orlando, even more recent.

Briarpatch, 252 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, is another old-timer, dating back to 1980.

The Foodsters are an ongoing program to recognize and celebrate culinary excellence in Central Florida. The Foodsters are open to any restaurant with three or fewer locations -- no chains.

Visit the Foodster page to vote in other categories.