Restaurants serving Easter Sunday specials

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Easter Eggs

Our Holiday Dining list has an array of restaurants that will be open and serving on Easter Sunday, April 4. You’ll find a range of options, from a brunch with a lamb-carving station and fresh raw bar at the Unreserved Food Bazaar and a Sunday dinner at Sear + Sea Woodfire Grill, both at the JW Marriott Bonnet Creek to the perennially popular brunch buffet at Tap Room at Dubsdread.

And if you’re still not ready to dine on site, you’ll find options for full dinners you can preorder for pickup to take home and enjoy.

The list is updated as new information comes in, so be sure to check back often.

Swan and Dolphin offering a spring Food & Wine Classic April 17

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Spring Food and Wine Classic

The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin will offer a springtime version of its fall Food & Wine Classic, Sat., April 17, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The event will feature 12 food booths and more than 50 beverage options. Among the themed stations will be the Beer Garden; Chinatown; Frida’s Kitchen; and the Pig & Poke, a luau experience. And there will be a dessert station with the resort’s executive pastry chef, Laurent Branlard, a world pastry champion.

And of course there will be samples from the many Swan and Dolphin restaurants, including Shula’s Steak House, Todd English’s bluezoo, Kimonos and Il Mulino.

In addition, attendees will get a taste of a signature dish from the soon-to-open Swan Reserve, a boutique hotel expansion to the complex.

This is an outdoor event and distancing protocols will be observed. To wit, only a limited number of tickets will be available. (Fifty remain as of this writing.)

General admission is $125 and unlike last fall’s Classic, the spring festival does not require that you book a room. However, room packages are available starting at $400, which includes two tickets, so I’d jump on that. For just $150 more you can have an extra cocktail or glass of wine and know that you only have to operate the elevator to get to your room.

Click here to book Food & Wine Classic tickets, and for room reservations, call 800-227-1500.

Newsy Nuggets: Recycled spaces, a revolutionary idea

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Recycling is good, right? A number of local restaurant spaces vacated by previous tenants will be recycled to house new concepts.

Not long ago, Orlando Meats moved out of its original space on Virginia Drive and took up residency at Ravaudage in Winter Park. (No, it’s still called Orlando Meats, and it’s a lot closer to O’do than Orlando Sanford Airport.) The former space, which is next door to Santiago’s Bodega, will become the home of Ramen Revolution. The new restaurant is being developed by Jason Dugan, who also owns Santiago's Bodega. I’m not sure what a ramen revolution is but it sounds like it could be messy. A barebones web page for the new concept says only that it will open in 2021, so they’ve given themselves some wiggle room.

Newsy Nuggets: Lombardi's loses chefs, Ramsay to I-Drive and other stuff

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It was quite an acquisition and a move to upgrade its cafe offerings when Lombardi’s, the Winter Park seafood monger, announced in September that it had hired Austin Boyd to revamp its onsite prepared food selections and Yoshi Pintar to oversee a new sushi bar.

Now, both have left, Pintar to a new position with a hotel and Boyd to Seito Sushi Sand Lake, according to Mike Lombardi. “Both partings were amicable and I wish both of them nothing but the best as dining increases as the Covid crisis minimizes.”

Lombardi said his Fairbanks Avenue fish market will continue to offer sushi and he’ll implement a new menu soon.

Boyd had found his way to Lombardi’s when the Good Salt Restaurant Group, whose portfolio includes Seito Sushi Baldwin Park, was restructured and his position was eliminated. Seito Sushi Sand Lake is not listed as one of Good Salt’s restaurants on its website. So his moving there is, what, just an awkward coincidence?