| Feb 27, 2015
Central Florida is once again in the national culinary spotlight. Five local chefs are contenders in the annual James Beard Foundation awards.
Among the 20 semifinalists in the Best Chef South category are Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon, Orlando;...
| Feb 19, 2015
Congrats to Orlando's own fab retro-rad Emily Ellyn, who won last weekend's episode of "Cutthroat Kitchen" on the Food Network. The "Whatchoo Taco'ing About, Alton?" show will be repeated at 11 p.m. Feb. 26 and 2 a.m. Feb. 27. You can check out guest...
| Jan 23, 2015
Next week in Calendar we reveal the winners of the 17th annual Foodie Awards, which honors the best in Central Florida dining. This week I am a bit overwhelmed with guilt that there just can't be a category for everyone who deserves one.
| Dec 23, 2014
| 9:00 PM
From comfort food to wonderful showcases of Asian fare and immersions into Basque cookery, our dining choices expanded in a variety of ways in 2014.
In addition, local chefs, farmers, seafood purveyors and food artisans organized to promote Florida...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 8:17 AM
Congratulations, you made it to Christmas Day. Enjoy your time with loved ones and all the festivities you have planned, but don't lose that holiday momentum. The season of celebration is still in full throttle. Kwanzaa feasts, New Year's Eve parties,...
| Jan 2, 2015
There's an explosion of flavor going on Orlando's Curry Ford Road.
It came to my attention last June with the opening of Southern Moon Smokehouse & Brewery, a fabulous barbecue spinoff of the Fork in the Road food truck.
In September nearby JJ's...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 7:44 AM
Central Florida restaurants have sweet deals for Valentine's Day. Reservations are filling up fast for the Feb. 14 celebration. Here is a sampling of local specials (not all prices include tax and gratuity):
American Gymkhana, 7559 W. Sand Lake Road,...
| Dec 11, 2014
Goggles on, boys and girls. The test-kitchen food processor is wobbling like a Tilt-A-Whirl at the county fair. Before the holiday tidbits go wild, let's dish:
Let there be light. Hanukkah celebrations begin at sundown Tuesday and adding a sense of...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 5:45 AM
You don't have to be a movie buff to enjoy — and even learn from — the "Gone With the Wind: Reel to Real" exhibit currently at the Orange County Regional History Center.
The display puts visitors in two distinct mind-sets, one in the Civil...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 5:41 AM
A singer who had one of the biggest hits of all time, a hit 1970s television show and a long-running theater show in Branson, Mo., will perform a special show in a downtown Allentown restaurant, the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce says.
| Dec 16, 2014
| 2:47 PM
On a holiday, dinner out can be the best gift of all. Local hotels and resorts are always good bets for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining, and many restaurants are planning lavish menus as well. Here is a sampling of what's on the menu Dec. 24 and...