Second Annual Orlando Chili Cook-off is Saturday

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Orlando_Chili_Cook-offYou don't always find a lot of hot stuff in Baldwin Park, but the laid-back community will be smoking' on Saturday when the second annual Orlando Chili Cook-off takes over Blue Jacket Park, not to be confused with Blue Blazer Park.

The promoters of the cook-off are expecting it to be even bigger than last year, which was pretty big. It's a full day-long event with bands, activities for the kids and chili. Lots and lots of chili. And your admission fee gets you a taste of all the competitors' chilies. And let me tell you, they can be pretty varied. Some of the participants are just people who like to make chili. Some are die-hard competitors vying for the prize in a Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) sanctioned competition. There's also a vegetarian category and one for restaurants. There should be about 64 participants in all. That's a lot of chili to taste!

Admission to the cook-off is $7 if ordered online or $10 at the gate. Beer and wine, as well as sodas and water, will also be available for sale, though why anyone would want to drink anything but beer with chili is beyond me.
Proceeds go to support Special Olympics Florida. Last year the event raised over $15,000.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Orlando Chili Cook-off Web site. You'll also find a map to Blue Jacket Park.


Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud Signed on for Jetport Food & Wine in April

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The date has been set for this year’s Jetport Food & Wine Party, and two celebrity chefs have been confirmed so far.

Chef Thomas Keller of the French Laundry in Napa Valley and Per Se in New York will participate in this year's Jetport Food & Wine Party.
Thomas Keller (French Laundry, Per Se) and Daniel Boulud (Daniel, DB Bistro) will  be cooking at the extravagant, over-the-top and infinitely enjoyable event, Saturday, April 9. The Jetport has in the last couple of years become one of the top events for foodies and winies.

The JFWF is held in a hangar and the Kissimmee Airport, and besides the food and wine samples inside, the event features an exotic car show and private jet displays. There also is the occasional fly-by of stunt pilots. Oh, and acrobats and performance artists on a big stage. You’re going to want to attend. Proceeds benefit Bocuse d’Or USA. Jerome Bocuse will serve as host.

Details are still being firmed up, and I’m told some other big names may be added to the roster. But save the date and watch for the announcement that tickets are on sale. More to come.


K Restaurant Presents Friday Night Flights Party

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K restaurant is having a wine tasting on the porch this Friday, Feb. 25, from 6-8 p.m., focusing on blended wines, which, I'll admit, are my favorites. And a bargain, too: six wines -- three whites and three reds -- for $15. Plus "lite bites." I have no idea what the lite bites might be, but if they're coming out of Kevin Fonzo's kitchen they have to be good. (And probably worth the $15 all by their own selves.)

This sounds like a good event, in fact, it's so good I've already reserved my space on the porch. Hope to see you there. Click below to see more details.

Wholesome Tummies Hosts Free Screening of School Lunch Documentary

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The issue of what kids eat has been front and center ever since Michelle Obama made childhood obesity her cause. What they eat during school lunches is worthy of review.

Wholesome Tummies, a local company founded to promote healthful lunches, will host a screening of the documentary “Lunch Line” tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Orlando Public Library. The film tracks the behind-the-scenes details of school lunch and childhood hunger from key moments in history.

A panel discussion will follow the screening. Panel participants include Sara Brady, CEO/President of Sara Brady Public Relations, Inc.; Samantha Gotlib, Co-founder of Wholesome Tummies; Linda Daniels, Food Service Director of Seminole County Public Schools; Jennifer Dolcater-Ketchersid of Florida Hospital for Children and the Healthy 100 Kids program; and Dr. Lloyd Werk, Chief of the Division of Consultative Pediatrics at Nemours Children's Hospital.

Wholesome Tummies samples will be served following the screening.

The screening is free. The film and discussion will be from 10 a.m. to noon at Orange County Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, in the third floor Albertson Room. Parking is available in the garage across the street for $2 per hour.