Newsy Nuggets: Wine 4 Oysters for Restaurant Row, it's a pizza, and gearing up for Michelin 2023

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The Restaurant Row/Dr. Phillips location of Wine 4 Oysters, the Alafaya Trail raw bar, is coming along nicely, according to owner Tatiana Golenkova. The new place is in Bay Hill Plaza on Turkey Lake Road and will feature 10 craft beers on tap, sake, and of course wine. And oysters. Also, a full liquor license may soon be obtained. That would be put well to use at the 35 foot long bar. Golenkova says everything is ready to go, just waiting on final inspections. In other words, an opening date can’t be predicted yet.

Brunch with Blais Feb. 26 makes Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress destination again

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Remember when the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress was THE Sunday brunch destination? That’s when there was still a La Coquina, and the various brunch stations were set up in the kitchen rather than around the dining room.

On Sunday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Four Flamingos: A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen will host Brunch with Blais, and it sounds as though there will be some vestiges of the old La Coquina brunches put into play.

The setup will include a buffet, carving stations, a noshing table and a raw and chilled seafood station, some of which will be set up in the kitchen, I’m told (though the Four Flamingos kitchen is somewhat smaller than La Coquina’s; I’m still anxious to see how it’s done.)

The menu will feature:

Some Valentine's specials to consider

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What are you doing Valentine’s Day? I’m spending it in Cozumel (don’t hate me). But if I were staying here, I might take advantage of one of these specials from our good friends.

illume, JW Marriott Bonnet Creek, available February 11 - 14, 6 pm - 10 pm
Take in the incomparable sunset views and the nightly fireworks display at the adjacent Walt Disney World resort. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters served over ice (you know about oysters, right?) with signature condiments and artistic, handcrafted Valentine’s cocktails.

Sear + Sea Woodfire Grill, JW Marriott Bonnet Creek, available February 11 - 14, 6 pm - 10 pm
Bubbles & Caviar Dinner: A romantic three-course dinner for two at Sear + Sea beginning with a welcome glass of Taittinger Champagne. Reservations are required: 407-919-6300. $200 per couple.

March dinner will feature Redbreast Single Pot Still pairings at The Whiskey

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Yes, it’s still February and Valentine’s Day is just passed but it’s time to start thinking ahead, people. Before you know it, St. Patrick’s Day will be standing over us wielding a big ol’ shillelagh.

The Whiskey, the Sand Lake Road restaurant and bar, can not only help you with your early St. Patrick’s Day plans but also help you get the jump of the actual events with its Luck of the Irish St. Patrick’s Day kickoff dinner.

The event will be Monday, March 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Restaurant Row venue. Tickets are $95 per person and seating is limited to 56 guests. Purchase tickets here

The evening will feature a four-course dinner with pairings from Redbreast Single Pot Still’s catalog of Irish whiskeys. Attendees will also receive a Redbreast Glencairn glass & hat. The Whiskey folks are also promising chances to win other prizes.

More fun than you can shake a stick at.