Spring is here. It’s raining outside right now (March showers bring April...that doesn’t sound right). It has finally warmed up to a temperature resembling Florida. And Daylight Savings Time returns this weekend -- don’t forget to set an alarm so you can watch all your atomic clocks reset at 2 a.m. Or is it 3 a.m.? I forget.
Anyway, it’s spring, and that means grilling outdoors. It means doing some other things outdoors, too, but for now let’s keep our minds on grilling, shall we?
I love throwing things on the grill. I like to cook a nice juicy steak, of course, but I’ve also done a prime rib and a stuffed turkey on the trusted Weber. Sometimes I use a gas grill, but I prefer the heat of charcoal. That’s just me.
But I’m no expert by any means. And I can always use some advice. That’s why I’ve invited chefs who have a particular skill with the grill to be part of my Grilling Garden cooking stage at the Central Florida Home & Garden Show. The show is March 19-21 at the Orange County Convention Center, and I’ll have chefs each day doing demonstrations and giving tastes and recipes.
On Friday, at noon, Tim Keating, executive chef at Flying Fish Cafe will whip up some gazpacho and cook some of the fish he’s known for at the popular Disney’s BoardWalk restaurant. Then at 2:30 Dan Drayer, executive chef for Talk of the Town restaurants (Charley’s Steakhouse, FishBones, MoonFish, Vito’s Chophouse) will be cooking some halibut and talking about the best way to cook a big hunk of meat.
At 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, John Rivers, owner of the wildly popular Four Rivers Smokehouse in Winter Park is going to cook up a smoked brisket pizza -- yes, on the grill. And at 4 p.m. award-winning pastry chef Laurent Branlard will do a demonstration. What can a pastry chef cook on a grill? The best damn ‘smores you’ll ever taste.
On Saturday, the big event is the Homeowners for Haiti fundraiser to build homes for the earthquake devastated country. From 6-9 p.m., I’ll have some of the top chefs from Rosen Hotels’ restaurants, including Michael McMullen, Michael Rumplick and David Ramirez, another award-winning pastry chef. Click here for more details about that separately ticketed event.
Tickets for the other days (Saturday, too, if you don’t want to attend the Homeowners for Haiti event) are regularly $10 each, or $7 if purchased online. But I’ve arranged an even better deal for readers of ScottJosephOrlando.com. Click here, and where it says “Promotional Code” type SJO to get the reduced rate.
I’ll look forward to seeing you at the show, and be sure to stop by my booth and say hello. I plan to have a special drawing for a prize dinner. More details about that later.