Merry, Merry, Happy

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Merry Christmas from the team at Scott Joseph's Orlando Restaurant Guide. We hope you have plans to spend the day and share a meal with people you really like, or even family. If you're not cooking or haven't been invited to someone else's home, here are some restaurants that will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Chef Lineup Taking Shape for Inaugural Wine Event

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A new batch of chefs has been announced for the inaugural Orlando Wine Festival and Auction, and the lineup is starting to look pretty impressive.

The event will be March 15-17 and is sponsored the Orlando Magic to benefit the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. Most of the events will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando. The weekend will feature wine dinners in private homes; a grand tasting of wine and food prepared by local and nationally recognized chefs; an auction; and a dinner hosted by a celebrity chef. The weekend will culminate with the Magic's home game on Sunday evening.

Previously announced chefs include: Current Top Chef champion Joseph Flamm, Spiaggia, Chicago; Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia and Terralina at Disney Springs; Justin Plank, Terralina; Scott Hunnel, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; James and Julie Petrakis, Ravenous Pig; and Steven Richard, Paddlefish.

Newly announced chefs are:

Holiday Dining

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We’re counting down the days to the New Year, and just in the span of about 10 days there will be three special dining opportunities: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

As usual the elves at Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide have been compiling lists of restaurants that will be serving on each of those three days.

You’ll find listings for Christmas Eve specials here. We’re not listing all of the restaurants that are open Dec. 24, just those that are offering special dinners.

Christmas Day is a tougher ticket. If you plan on dining out on the 25th, you’d best head over to the Christmas Day Dining page and make your selection — and a reservation — right away.

As with Christmas Eve, the New Year’s Eve list is also for restaurants that are offering special dining on the 31st. There are lots of festive options on the New Year’s Eve Dining pages.

As always, keep in mind that the staffs of the restaurants are working on these days so that you’ll have a place to dine with your friends and families. Most of them are giving up the same to serve you, so be extra nice.

Final Dexter's Location Sold

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The last of the four Dexter’s restaurants has been sold.

Hospitality Investment Partners, which may or may not call itself HIP, has acquired the Lake Mary Dexter’s from John Hoffmeister, who was a partner with founder Dexter Richardson in the restaurants. When we told you about the sales of the other restaurants in this article last month, Hoffmeister was vague about whether he would keep or sell the Lake Mary location. “I’m possibly selling everything but not 100 percent sure,” he said at the time. He said that if he did sell to a party that has shown interest, he would likely stay on as the general manager to run things. “I expect to be here another five to 10 years,” he said.