Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fogo de Chao for the Holidays? Heck yea!

Just in time for the holidays, Fogo de Chão is set to extend its popular Brazilian Brunch offering to Saturdays beginning Nov. 26 nationwide. Also this week, the internationally-renowned Brazilian steakhouse unveils new seasonal menu offerings for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Festive additions to the Market Table as well as custom cocktails are sure to delight guests with tastes that perfectly complement the holiday season.

The Brazilian Brunch menu includes Fogo’s famous full churrasco experience, which features a variety of fire-roasted meats like filet mignon, Brazilian picanha and lamb chops, plus Brazilian takes on American classics. These classics include a Pão de Queijo Egg Bake, Braised Beef Rib Hash and a beverage bar that features Caipirinhas, Passion Fruit Mimosas and a Brazilian-spiced Bloody Mary sure to satisfy any brunch lover’s cravings.

“There’s no better time than the holidays for friends and family to celebrate together,” said Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão. “By extending our Brazilian Brunch to Saturdays and adding delicious seasonal flavors to our holiday menus, Fogo is offering truly unmatched and very special holiday dining experiences.”

With all Fogo de Chão locations open throughout the holidays, diners can escape to an inviting atmosphere with enticing menu additions. On Thanksgiving Day, these additions include:

·         Roasted Turkey Breast – Tender roasted turkey carved to perfection by Fogo’s Gaucho chefs.
·         Turkey Au Jus – A twist on roasted turkey au jus made with sautéed diced carrots and celery.
·         Cranberry Relish – Traditional holiday flavors made from fresh Granny Smith apples, oranges and cranberries add just the right balance of tart and sweetness to any plate.
·         Brazilian Sausage and Apple Dressing – Flavorful sausage is seasoned with Brazilian flare, then marinated in a sweet apple dressing made from fresh green apples.
·         Sweet Potato Casserole – This cooler-weather favorite combines a savory combination of butter, cinnamon and nutmeg, topped with toasted mini marshmallows (available throughout the season).

For guests looking to dine on Christmas or New Year’s, whether Eve or Day, Fogo is adding a Seasonal Beef Roast to its menu. Seasoned and cooked to perfection, this new roast complements Fogo’s variety of fire-roasted meats.

Group and private dining options – perfect for holiday parties – are also available at all Fogo de Chão locations nationwide. For large groups (and available by preorder only), Fogo is also introducing a special chilled seafood tower this holiday season with split cold-water lobster tails, full lobster claws, jumbo shrimp, sweet snow crab cluster, snow crab claws and green lipped mussels served with a Malagueta cocktail sauce, fresh lemon and drawn butter.

Brazilian Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time (hours may vary by location). Fogo de Chão holiday hours are as follows:

·         Christmas Eve    11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
·         Christmas Day   12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
·         New Year’s Eve 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
·         New Year’s Day 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For more information or to make reservations, please visit http://www.fogo.com.

Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized for more than 36 years in fire-roasting high-quality meats utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. Fogo offers guests a wide variety of simply seasoned meats that are carefully fire-roasted to expose their natural flavors. The company was founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and expanded into the U.S. in 1997. There are currently 44 locations throughout Brazil, the United States, and Mexico, including locations in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Mexico City.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Kona Grill is now open in Winter Park

Winter Park has another dining option today and the options just keep getting better and better. Kona Grill, now open, offers a modern, American take on Pacific rim dishes, including a complete sushi bar and several signature drinks.

Located in the new Lakeside Crossing shopping center across from Hillstone and near the recently opened Bulla and Chuy's. This is the first Kona Grill in Central Florida, and the fourth in the state.

I stopped in for a media preview Saturday, and I loved all the dishes I sampled, but the standout was surely the miso-sake sea bass. There's a nice patio out front, but it was rather loud with the traffic whizzing by on 17-92. I'm looking forward to returning to sample more offerings.

Kona Grill Winter Park
110 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789

Friday, October 21, 2016

Been to Back Yard Burgers lately? They're celebrating the fall season with a new turkey burger and other goodies

It’s fall and time to talk turkey! Tennessee-based, Back Yard Burgers, has launched their latest limited time offer (LTO), the Autumn Turkey Burger. The burger is a third pound, all-white meat turkey – made with Jenny-O ground turkey – topped with herbed mayo, tangy orange cranberry sauce and white cheddar cheese, served on a toasted wheat bun. This seasonal LTO will be available through November 20.

Back Yard Burgers is also offering an Autumn-themed Pecan Cobbler, featuring the same flaky, buttery crust found in the regular cobbler but with a seasonal twist. This LTO, also ending November 20, is perfect for bringing to family reunions, holiday parties or Thanksgiving dinner. Also this fall is the Turtle Milkshake, creamy blend of chocolate, buttery caramel, pecans, ice cream and fresh milk.

“Our turkey burgers and fresh-baked cobbler have been guest favorites for years,” said David McDougall, CEO of Back Yard Burgers. “But we are excited to offer these delicious, seasonal options to bring a Fall ‘feel’ and Thanksgiving spirit to our better-than-ever menu.”

The better-burger chain first introduced turkey burgers in 2011. The Classic, Turkey Club and Wild Turkey burgers have attracted guests who seek alternatives to a beef burger.

There's one Central Florida location for Back Yard Burgers in Altamonte.

Back Yard Burgers
290 S State Rd 434
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
(407) 862-0660

Yes! Cows 'n Cabs is back this weekend in Winter Park

One of my favorite events of the year, Central Florida’s annual Cows ‘n Cabs, is set to return for its sixth year on Saturday, October 22 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Hosted by ABC Fine Wine & Spirits’ David Larue and 4 Rivers Smokehouse founder John Rivers, the event will be benefitting the Community Food and Outreach Center and Elevate Orlando. It will be returning to 150 North New York Avenue in Winter Park’s West Meadow and will feature more than 25 of Central Florida’s top restaurants. 

Prices include general admission tickets at $110 with VIP packages starting at $140 for early admission.

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit their website at www.cowsncabs.com. You must be 21 and older to attend.

Courtesy cowsncabs.com



Set to open this fall, Hemisphere will set the standard for airport dining at Orlando International's Hyatt Regency

Neo-contemporary world cuisine lands in the Orlando culinary scene when the newly re-imagined Hemisphere restaurant set to open this fall on the ninth floor of Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.

Known for its epic sunrise to sunset views of the airport runway, the new Hemisphere features a $3 million re-design of the 3,000 square-foot restaurant and seats 164 guests. The stylish environment offers light wood finishes and flexible seating to accommodate groups, as well as, small parties and single diners in its signature setting. Custom wine cuvees and lounge-style seating highlight the center of Hemisphere’s unique layout.

“Hemisphere was created for travelers and locals in search of an unforgettable experience filled with dynamic views, thoughtful service, and memorable food and drinks,” noted Mark Bastis, general manager, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.

“We have embraced the unmatched, panoramic views of one of the most active international airports as the focal point of Hemisphere. Guests are transported into a world of travel-rich sights, sounds and tastes. With a floor-to-ceiling glass wall facing the airport runway, guests will view planes etching through the starlit sky and rockets launching into space. Guests satisfy their inner curiosity with air and space travel among an upscale dining atmosphere,” continued Bastis.  

Paper Planes – Local Art Installation

Following a local artist search, Damon Dewitt was hand-selected to craft the signature entryway art installation at the re-imagined Hemisphere restaurant. Paper Planes is physically and metaphorically light and reflective evoking a nostalgic flight experience and embracing the sense of wonder and travel from a simpler time.  The art installation is showcased in the new entry of Hemisphere and follows the curvature of the signature spiral staircase to the Upper Deck.  The handcrafted “paper” airplanes float on 15 rows of vertical, stainless steel wiring for a sleek yet simple display.

Food & Beverage

Led by Executive Chef Jeffery Powell, Hemisphere’s culinary team has designed a menu that infuses robust international flavors and seasonal local ingredients. Dinner highlights include Moroccan-inspired, dukka-crusted Lamb Chops, Grilled Gulf Prawns and a Wagyu Grass-Fed Beef Burger.

The Hemisphere beverage menu complements the world kitchen concept with a carefully curated collection of wines and cocktails from each hemisphere. The wine cuvees are filled with 16 wine varietals from different regions around the globe. Wine Flights rotate daily and guests may simply select a direction to travel:
· Up North – A selection of wines from the northern hemisphere
· Down South – A selection of wines from the southern hemisphere

Guests will enjoy thoughtful arrangements for an easy and grand sense of arrival into Orlando with direct access into the OIA valet motor court and a brief elevator ride to the ninth floor and into Hemisphere. Complimentary valet parking is available for all Hemisphere guests. Monthly wine dinners and seasonal brunches will be announced soon.

About Hemisphere

Hemisphere offers an active, upbeat environment that engages guests’ senses.  Seasonal menus feature hand-crafted dishes that infuse fresh, local ingredients with modern world flavors.  Hemisphere is located on the ninth floor of the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport with convenient access to downtown Orlando, the Interstate 4 business and tourism corridor, as well as the neighboring Lake Nona community. Hemisphere will be open for breakfast, dinner and special events.