Monster Mash will benefit restaurant recovery

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The Restaurant & Allied Partnership of Central Florida (RAPCF) will host Monster Mash Masquerade on Thursday, Oct. 28, to benefit restaurant recovery. The event, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Dr. Phillips House at Lake Lucerne in downtown Orlando, will feature 30 food, wine, beer and cocktail experiences in an outdoor setting.

Tickets are $100 per person with a portion of the proceeds going to the participating restaurant partners, including flog favorite Stefano’s Trattoria. The fee includes entrance to Up in Smoke Cigar & Whiskey Experience on the venue’s rooftop patio and Elevate Below Wine Experience in the cellar. The wine tasting, conducted by Swirlery Wine Bar, will be limited to 10 tasters at a time.

RAPCF is a nonprofit organization founded during the pandemic because, according to its website, “Central Florida restaurants needed a place to get information on how to navigate this new business environment.”

Tickets must be purchased in advance. You can do that at the RACPF website where you can also get a list of other participants.

Ill-named burgerie slated for Central Florida

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Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews, a concept out of Fargo, North Dakota, is set to open Nov. 15 in a former Shoney’s on West Irlo Bronson Highway in Kissimmee.

Yes, it’s called Sickies, presumably because Retches was already taken. No, apparently the name came about because a group of friends would get together in a garage to work on motorcycles and cars and would all call in sick to work.

Have I ever mentioned how hard it is to name a restaurant?

Grande Lakes hosts Curated Experiences Nov. 5-7

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The fall version of Grande Lakes Orlando’s Curated Experiences will be Nov. 5 through 7 in and around the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Orlando. It will be a weekend of food, wine, cocktails, exotic cars, fine watches and jewels, demonstrations, workshops and activities. A high point will be a four-course dinner Saturday night with celebrity chefs John Tesar (Knife & Spoon), Art Smith (Homecoming) and Bradley Kilgore (Alter Miami) with Maggie Kruse, winemaker for Jordan in Sonoma County, followed by a concert featuring Sister Hazel.

I attended the inaugural Curated Experiences weekend in February and found so much going on that it took two articles to relate it all. You can read Part One here and Part Two here.

Mexican restaurant slated to open in former Mexican restaurant space

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Catrinas, which self describes as a Mexican Fusion restaurant, is set to open in the former Garibaldi Mexican Restaurant space at 925 N. Semoran Boulevard. There is no apostrophe in the name, so we’ll assume there is more than one Catrina involved.

As to what the Mexican cuisine is fused with, we’ll have to wait until it opens “in a few weeks” – no menu has been posted on its website. Although you might be able to get a pretaste when Catrinas – all of them? – serve at the Calle Orange Festival in downtown Orlando Sunday.