Save the Date: Next Supper Club Wednesday, October 26

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Update: We've finalized the location! Supper Club will meet at the Rusty Spoon in downtown Orlando. Chef Kathleen Blake is still tweaking the menu, but so far it sounds delicious. And I can now tell you the featured winery will be Marques de Caceres. We're talking some good wine! Stay tuned for the final details: cost and the ticket sale launch.

Tickets sales now open. Cost is $55 per person -- that includes tax and gratuity! Click here to go to the SJO Events page

Just had a very exciting lunch going over the details for the next Scott Joseph's Supper Club. Still a couple of things to hammer out, but I can tell you this much now: it will be Wed., Oct. 26; it will be in downtown Orlando; it will be a food and wine pairing dinner featuring a European winery representative (who will be in town for some other food and wine festival apparently taking place out by the attractions, Epcot, I think it is); and it is going to be a lot of fun. I'll have more details soon, but I wanted to let you know to save the date. Approximately 50 tickets will be available, and, of course, newsletter recipients will have first crack.


Harp and Celt an Odd Choice for Dyer and Obama?

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One of the more reposted photos of President Barack Obama's visit to Orlando yesterday includes the president and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer lifting a glass of ale -- along with some irritatingly unidentified others -- at downtown's Harp & Celt. Seems an odd choice, especially if Dyer's team was part of the venue selection.

The pub is owned by the brother of the man who was just a thorn in the side of Dyer during a contentious election.

Ken Mulvaney, you may remember, challenged Dyer for the office of mayor in the 2004 election. Then, when Dyer won, Mulvaney, a Republican, sued to have the election results overturned on the basis of mishandled absentee ballots. Mulvaney's brother Jim owns Harp & Celt.

Now, Jim Mulvaney is not his brother, but it's curious that of all the watering holes in downtown Orlando, this is the one the president and mayor ended up in. Is this the first time the mayor has been in the pub/restaurant? Did he suggest an alternative venue to the president's advance team? Or did he say, I wonder what that Ken Mulvaney guy is up to these days and what he'll think of the guys I'm hanging out with.


Disney Resorts Get in on Food and Wine Festival Frenzy

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Note: Due to inclement weather (that means it's raining like hell) Saturday's Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic has been moved indoors to the Swan Ballroom.

The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels will once again offer its Food & Wine Classic weekend to take advantage of all the foodies and winies attending the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival next door. And this year, Waldorf Astoria Orlando is hoping to get some of the festival overflow with its inaugural Food & Wine Weekends.

The second annual Swan & Dolphin event will take place mainly on the causeway between the two hotels Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, with indoor beverage seminars from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and tasting stations featuring samples from the hotels’ numerous restaurants from 5:30 to 9.

Celebrity chef Todd English is scheduled to put in a rare appearance both evenings previewing his new cookbook, "Cooking In Everyday English: The A, B, Cs of Great Flavor At Home," which does not go on sale to the general public until Oct. 11. The book will be available for sale ($29.95) and English will autograph copies both evenings from 5:30-8:30.

Antonio's on Sand Lake Road Closes After 10 Years; Efes Turkish Also Shuttered

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After 10 years on Sand Lake Road’s Restaurant Row, Antonio’s has closed. Owner Greg Gentile says he closed the restaurant two-weeks ago when his lease expired.

Antonio’s Sand Lake was a third location for the Antonio’s brand, which includes the flagship restaurant and deli, Antonio’s La Fiamma, in Maitland and Cafe d’Antonio in Celebration. Gentile said when he first opened on Sand Lake, the restaurant was very popular with both locals and visitors, drawing big crowds of conventioneers, sometimes doing $80,000 to $90,000 in just three days. Most restaurants would be happy to do that much in a month. “That’s not happening anymore,” he said. With the strained economy, the convention business is not as lucrative these days. Plus, he said, the proliferation of restaurants along Sand Lake Road has increased the competition, especially since the opening of the Dellagio complex.