Bullet Point Buffet: Tacos for a cause and a better burger

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Pulse foundationMX logo

  • MX Taco will donate the day’s profits on June 12 to the One Pulse Foundation in commemoration of the anniversary of the massacre. It’s a nice thing to do.

American Kitchen Burger

  • Central Florida is well represented in this year’s Blended Burger Project, which challenges restaurants to create a burger that uses chopped mushrooms with beef. The Mushroom Council is a sponsor of the event. The goal is a more healthful and sustainable burger. American Kitchen Bar & Grill has submitted an entry called La Vaca Trufa (the truffle cow), with house-ground angus beef and Kissimmee River Mushrooms (pictured). The Ravenous Pig’s entry is the Duxelle Burger, with shiitake duxelles blended with short rib and brisket. Other’s from the area include: Cedar’s Cafe, Melbourne; Bearded Chef Food Truck, Palm Bay; Coasters Taphouse, Cocoa Beach; Darci's Bacon Blues, Cape Canaveral; Ember & Oak, Melbourne; The Nomad Cafe, Melbourne; North by South Bistro, Satellite Beach; Playalinda Brewing Company - Brix Project, Titusville; Pompano Grill, Cocoa Beach; and The Snug Pub and Eatery, Cocoa. All the restaurants are featuring their blended burgers on their menus. You can vote for your favorite at the Blended Burger Project website through July 31. The 25 restaurants receiving the most votes will advance to the finals to be judged by a “panel of experts,” who will evaluate the burgers based on culinary creativity, best flavor profile and presentation, though it is not apparent if the judges will actually taste the burgers. Did I mention the competition is co-sponsored by the James Beard Foundation?

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  • Soco restaurant in downtown’s Thornton Park is hosting a collaborative dinner with Sagamore Spirit Master Distiller on Tuesday, June 25. Pre-dinner drinks (whiskey based, of course) will be served at 6:30 p.m. A five-course dinner by chef/partner Greg Richie will follow. Cost is $95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reserve your spot by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pointe due for a sharpening

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Pointe link

Pointe Orlando, the dining and entertainment complex on International Drive, will undergo a $32 million 12-month redevelopment project beginning this fall.

A major part of the redo is to include a 100-foot passageway called The Link (shown at top just under Taverna Opa), which will provide a covered walkway from Blue Martini’s valet entrance on International Drive to Main Event Entertainment.

An escalator will be added for easier access to second-level businesses, such as Taverna Opa and Regal Cinemas.

Bullet Point Buffet: Food Halls, Markets and the Milky Way

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Milky Way

  • Orlando’s Milk District is inviting you to travel the Milky Way in a sort of do-it-yourself pub stroll on Friday, June 14, from 6 to 10 p.m. Participants will start at the Orlando Elks Lodge, not usually known as a bar stop, to pick up a glass, a wristband and a map. Then off you go for samples at a dozen or so food and beverage businesses. Tickets are $10. More info here.
  • Food halls are all the rage, apparently. There’s one planned for the former Great Southern Box Company building in College Park, and another destined for the Fort Gatlin shopping center south of downtown. It’s farther south than SoDo, so...SoSoDo?

Bullet Point Buffet: Big nights out

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  • Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant and The Boathouse at Disney Springs have been named to OpenTable’s list of the top 100 restaurants in America for a Big Night Out. According to Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s chief dining officer, a title I want to hold, "The list spotlights the restaurants that have all the ingredients for the perfect big night out -- upbeat energy, innovative cocktails, robust wine lists, and, of course, outstanding food.” Pretty much sums up Raglan Road; I may have visited the Boathouse on an off night.
  • Our friend Jamie McFadden of Cuisiniers Catering will be one of the dancing participants at Sweet Dreams: Dancing for TRANSitional Housing, sponsored by Bliss Cares. The event, on July 13, will raise funds and awareness for people in the transgender community, many of whom are homeless. The event will pair 11 amateur dancers with professionals who will compete for trophies. You can get ticket information here. You can also pledge to support McFadden at that link, too.
  • The Travel Channel cited Teak Neighborhood Grill as its Florida selection in its 50 States of Burgers feature.
  • SeaWorld is offering free beer beginning Saturday, May 25, through Sept. 2. Just go to Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio Bar between 10:30 a.m. and an hour before whenever the park closes and you can claim one complimentary beer per day. Sorry, kids, must be 21 to participate.
  • Tank Brewing Co. of Miami has signed on as the craft beer sponsor for Icon Park. Icon Park is what they’re calling the International Drive attraction with the big Ferris Wheel. It used to be called the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye. Just the Eye before that, I think. As far as I know there is no plan to rename it Tank Eye. But I wouldn’t disapprove.