Greek Flame Taverna Moving?

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Flogger Les pointed out in the Forum today that Greek Flame Taverna, the popular Winter Park Greekery, was closed and had no notice of relocating on its front door. A peek at its Web site, however, shows that its address is the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips in the Sand Lake Road Restaurant Row region. No one is answering the phones other than a recording that doesn't give any details. The Web site shows pictures of the old location but the address of the new. Anybody have details? Let us know here or in the Forum. (I must say, not great marketing sense not to leave a forwarding message on your old place!)

Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation a Huge -- Really Huge -- Success

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Share Our Strength put on another terrific Taste of the Nation event Saturday. Sadly, it was the 21st annual.

I say sadly because the event’s purpose is to raise awareness and money to put an end to childhood hunger in the U.S. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have had more than a couple of these events. But there you go.

This year, the grand affair took place at Orlando World Center Marriott. I sure hope they gave Share Our Strength a good deal on the space, because they almost certainly made a hefty profit on the parking alone. Rates were $22 for valet and $8 for the privilege of parking in the hotel’s garage. There was no alternative. The resort is pretty remote and there is no other place to park and walk.

Taste of the Nation Takes Off Saturday Night

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Share Our Strength’s annual fundraiser, Taste of the Nation, is tomorrow, Saturday, June 5, at Marriott World Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. for those who purchase VIP tickets; 6:45 p.m. for the masses. VIP tickets are $150; general admission is $100. One hundred percent goes toward the cause. Visit the Web site to purchase tickets.

Taste of the Nation brings the area’s best culinary talent together to raise money -- and awareness -- for the nation’s hungry. The funds go toward ending childhood hunger.

This is a terrific event and there’s always a lot of good talent. Click on the image above to see a video I put together at last year’s Taste of the Nation. And here’s a list of some of the restaurants that will be participating this year:

McDonald's Recalls Shrek Glasses containing McCadmium

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A drinking glass tied into the latest Shrek movie has been found to contain cadmium. (The toxic metal is in the paint on the outside of the glass and has nothing to do with the McShakes or other drinks that might be served in them.) According to a report by the AP, the glasses, being sold at McDonald's for $2 each, have cadmium in the dyes of the painted design. Cadmium, which can be used to create yellows and reds, can be toxic with longterm exposure. The voluntary recall was initiated with the fear that children could get some of the dyes on their hands and put their hands in their mouths.

McDonald's will post information on its Web site about refunds for the glasses, but says consumers should stop using them immediately, "Out of an abundance of caution."

By the way, can't blame this one on cheap Chinese production: the glasses were made in the U.S.