Ready, Set, Dial: Tickets for Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival Events Go On Sale Tuesday

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Updated to include Offical Guide and Map

Tickets to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival events that require advance reservations go on sale Tuesday, July 20, at 7 a.m. sharp E.S.T. Veterans of Festivals past know from experience that many of the most popular events will be sold out by 7:05 a.m. Included in the events that require advance booking are three new functions: Disney’s Dessert Discovery (3D), a Party for the Senses-like occasion dedicated to sweets and cordials; Grand Marnier Tasting and Interactive Experience that will guests to “taste, shake and indulge like the French”; and First Bites, an opening reception with tastes of foods from the International Marketplace kiosks, wine seminars, culinary demonstrations and more that takes place Sept. 30, the night before the Festival opens to the public. The 3D and Grand Marnier events are $45 plus tax each; First Bites is $195+. All events held at Epcot also require admission to the theme park. The festival phone number is 407-939-3378 (407-WDW-FEST).

Here are some other ticketed events:

Tekkies are Also Restaurant Goers

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If you're reading this on a computer, the following may be of interest to you. If you're reading it on a computer while dining in a restauant, it won't be a surprise. Technomic, a restaurant consulting company, has found a correlation between restaurant-goers and technology. If you're a restaurant owner and wondering whether you should offer wi-fi services, you should pay attention. But take this with the proverbial grain of salt: this study about the latest technology is based on a model developed in the 1960s! Here's the press release:

Exclusive: Blue Smoke Burger Bar Closes

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Blue Smoke Burger Bar, the redo of the Black Olive restaurant in downtown Orlando’s Plaza complex, has closed. The concept, which opened only the first week in June, was an attempt to revitalize the business. The Black Olive was a fine dining Italian restaurant with an upscale and modernish interior that featured a large bas relief of Bacchus that dominated one wall and a glass-walled wine room. The cuisine, under the direction of the talented Dan Kernan, was a mix of the traditional and creative.

But whether it was the recession or just the location, which was around the corner from Orange Avenue, out of view of the main thoroughfare, Black Olive failed to form a following. Blue Smoke Burger Bar was an apparent attempt to casualize the concept and attract more crowds seeking less expensive and more approachable fare. Although I didn’t get a chance to try the food, I did stop in shortly after the reopening and reported some problems in my first-look report. Difficult to say whether it was those issues, the location, which obviously hadn’t change, or something else. But word is that the owners do not plan to try another concept there.

New Bananas Diner Now Hiring; Job Fair Wednesday

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This from Eddie Nickell, co-owner of Funky Monkey and the anticipated Bananas Diner:

Bananas is having a job fair this Wednesday at 11am-4pm hiring many positions, interviewing at the Funky Monkey Mills Ave. Bring a resume and a smile and talk with our recruiters hiring servers, host, hostess, bussrs. grill cooks, managers, cashiers, dish