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Chefs ready to celebrate Mom

More than 75 million diners will be making reservations for Mother's Day dinner, according to the National Restaurant Association. Central Florida has many options for celebrating on May 11 with family and friends. Here is just a sampling of local restaurant specials. Prices do not include tax and gratuity:

Cafe Gauguin, Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando; 407-996-8560; rosencentre.com: Brunch features unlimited sparkling wine and mimosas, chef stations, fresh seafood, sushi and desserts; $41.95 adults, $16.95 children ages 4-12; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Café Osceola, Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando; 407-996-6338; rosenshinglecreek.com: Unlimited champagne, dessert extravaganza plus more than 44 savory dishes; $64.95 adults, $29.95 children ages 4-12 (25 percent discount for Florida residents and hotel guests); 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Columbia, 649 Front St., Celebration; 407-566-1505; columbiarestaurant.com: Regular menu plus specials such as mahi mahi grilled with shrimp and caper saffron sauce ($22.95), beef medallions topped with sherry béarnaise (29.95) and mango mousse cake ($7.95); 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Fogo de Chão, 8282 International Drive, Orlando; 407-370-0711; fogodechao.com: Brazilian steakhouse featuring a prix fixe menu showcasing 16 cuts of meat, an assortment of salads and desserts; $48.50, salad bar only $24.50; 11:30-9 p.m.

Forte, Reunion Resort, 7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee; 407-396-3184; reunionresort.com: Brunch includes free mimosas for moms and breakfast favorites with an Italian flair such as biscotti-crusted French toast and eggs Benedict with crispy pancetta; $45.95 adults, $16.95 children 4-12; 10:30 a.m-2 p.m.

Hemingway's, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, 1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando; 407-239-3854; grandcypress.hyatt.com: The menu will include the restaurant's signature island-inspired selections along with blue corn strawberry pancakes, Kobe tenderloin, hibachi sea bass and assorted salads, cheeses, handcrafted desserts and free-flowing champagne; $69 adults, $34.50 children ages 4-12; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

La Hacienda and Nicker's restaurants, Mission Inn Resort & Club, 10400 County Road 48, Howey-In-The-Hills; 1-800-874-9053, 352-324-3930; missioninnresort.com: Buffets will include salads, soups, antipasto, seafood bar, traditional breakfast fare, carving stations, desserts, sparkling wine and live music; $38.99 adults, $19.99 children ages 5-12; 11 a.m.- 5:45 p.m.

Ocean Prime, 7339 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando; 407-781-4880: Full dinner menu all day and an a la carte brunch menu that includes blood orange mimosas, quiche, blueberry French toast with cream cheese, braised short rib with marble potatoes, jumbo lump crab cakes with poached eggs, and blackened salmon salad; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (brunch served until 3 p.m.)

Park Avenue Ballroom, The Alfond Inn at Rollins College, 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park; 407-645-6675; thealfondinn.com: Brunch will include antipasto and salad stations, carved prime rib and cedar plank salmon, paella, crepes and desserts; $69 adults, $24 children ages 5-12; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rosen Plaza Hotel, grand ballroom, 9700 International Drive, Orlando; 407-996-0256: Buffet will include more than 39 dishes including fresh seafood and decadent desserts. Adult guests also receive a free glass of wine; $36.95 adults, $16.95 children ages 4-10; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Texas de Brazil, 5259 International Drive, Orlando; 407-355-0355; texasdebrazil.com: Regular Brazilian churrascaria offerings plus all moms receive a $25 gift certificate for their next visit; regular dinner $46.99, light dinner $24.99; 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

hmcpherson@tribune.com

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