There's no place like STK for the holidays

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Here’s the good thing about STK Steakhouse – well, there are many good things about the upscale Disney Springs restaurant that opened in 2016. But at this time of year the really great thing is that you don’t have to be concerned about whether you’re on the naughty or nice list – you’ll be just fine here either way.

STK, of course, is the high-end steakhouse with popular locations in New York, Chicago and Las Vegas. The Orlando location is sumptuous and spacious and it’s one of the few that touts a rooftop venue. In my review shortly after STK opened, I noted how impressive the food was, and not just the steaks, which as the name would lead you to expect are a particular forte. The kitchen does equally well with seafood – scallops and octopus were especially memorable – as well as the various side dishes that complete a steakhouse experience.

Field to Feast raises record amount Kids Cafe project

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The eighth annual Field to Feast took place earlier this month on the grounds of Long & Scott Farms in Zellwood. The event, sponsored by Edible Orlando in conjunction with Walt Disney World Resort, has become one of the calendar’s must-do food and wine events.

In fact, according to Edible’s Pam Brandon, F2F attracted 200 guests this year, double the number that attended the first one. The proceeds from ticket sales and a cash raffle raised a record $42,000 for the Kids Café Program of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

The walkabout event featured an array of Disney World culineers cooking under a large pavilion surrounded by the farm fields. A live band played, and the foods were enhanced by wine pairings selected by master sommelier George Miliotes of Wine Bar George in Disney Springs (and the new Terminal C at MCO).

Some highlights included:

Give the gift of a fine meal

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So gifting season has finally arrived. For those hard-to-please people on your list, the ones who annoyingly buy things for themselves instead of giving you hints, consider a gift certificate to a restaurant – everyone appreciates a nice meal out.

And it’s also a way to support local businesses.

If you need a recommendation, just take a look at the banners at the top and down the sides of this page. Only restaurants that meet our quality requirements may advertise on SJO, so you know they’re already highly recommended. Any of them would be happy to sell you a gift certificate.

FusionFest is Nov. 26 and 27

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If Thanksgiving is this week and [checks calendar] yep, there it is, on Thursday (weird, pretty sure it was on Thursday last year, too), that means that FusionFest is this weekend.

FusionFest, the multicultural celebration, is in its fifth year and will once again take over Orlando’s Front Yard, the plaza between city hall and the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. It will feature musical performances, dancing, cultural heritage displays and, most notable for our purposes here, an international food court of restaurants and food trucks representing a variety of cuisines.

The event is on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 27, from noon to 6 p.m. It’s free to attend, with food and beverages available for purchase.

FusionFest is a project of the Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs office, which also sponsors the monthly Diversitastic! Dining Experiences throughout the year.

Find out more at the FusionFest website.