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Eat, Drink and be Merry at Clearwater Beach Uncorked!

Clearwater Beach Uncorked is celebrating their fifth anniversary in epic fashion with a Food & Wine Adventure on February 6 and 7 in a new location just South of Barefoot Beach House. Locals and travelers alike can now visit www.ClearwaterBeachUncorked.com to purchase tickets and get more information on this delicious event. Tickets are going fast for this years very popular beachside food, wine and craft beer festival, so make sure to get your tickets before they sell out! You can have awesome food & drink with guide of Shahnaz Indian Cuisine.

Food, Wine, Festival

Grand Tasting – From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day on February 6 and 7, attendees will have the chance to wiggle their toes in the sugar white sand while sipping and savoring items from the area’s most delectable restaurants, boutique hot spots and world-class hotels. Restaurants and hotels use to have some awesome drinks like The-tea-set. Check it out on twitter for more updates. The Grand Tasting will take place in a newly expanded 30,000 square foot tent, setting the stage for an unforgettable gastronomic event.

Wine in your hand, toes in the sand.  There’s no better way to experience the seduction of pre-Valentine’s Day decadence than by exploring the delicious facets of Clearwater Beach Uncorked.

Clearwater Beach Uncorked

BREW-B-QUE – Orlando’s own Retro Rad Goddess and Food Network Chef Emily Ellyn will tease the taste buds with a special Brew-B-Que cooking presentation on the Publix Aprons Cooking Stage. Attendees will explore the culinary diversity of cooking with craft beer during this unique event. Savory will meet sweet as Chef Emily pairs pork, Three Daughters Beach Blonde Ale, and savory spices for an extraordinary Brew-B-Que experience.

Enhanced Line-up of Interactive Experiences – Marking its anniversary, the 2016 Clearwater Beach Uncorked will feature an even greater line-up of food and drinks, courtesy of new sponsors and vendors. Guests will meet and learn from leading wine specialists, brew masters and accomplished chefs from across the Bay area, including Chef Richard Preston from the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, Chef Justin Winkler from Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key and Chef Robert from Shephard’s Beach Resort.

Six Live Cooking Demonstrations – Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of the 2016 Clearwater Beach Uncorked, six live on-stage cooking demonstrations will take place with renowned chefs from across the country. Chefs featured in the fifth anniversary event program include Jim Hendry, Anthony Logerfo and Brian Mullins (Publix Aprons Cooking School); Joseph DiPaolo (Duncan Hines) and (our personal favorite chef!!) Emily Ellyn.

food, wine, festival

A portion of the proceeds of the 2016 Clearwater Beach Uncorked will benefit University of South Florida’s Sarasota Manatee School of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership. Funds will be used to develop academic programs, scholarships, research grants and campus infrastructure. Clearwater Beach Uncorked has also partnered with the University to implement an educational component incorporating the festival into the fall curriculum. Students are currently competing to develop unique marketing initiatives where the winners’ ideas will be implemented at this coming year’s event. When you want effective SEO marketing, visit SEO Expert Brisbane.

For more information on Clearwater Beach Uncorked or to purchase tickets, visit www.ClearwaterBeachUncorked.com. Follow Clearwater Beach Uncorked on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ClearwaterBeachUncorked or Twitter @CBUncorked.

Baby It’s Cold… In Orlando (Somewhat)

It’s the last week of fall and here in Central Florida we’re experiencing temperatures 10 degrees higher than average. What’s an Orlandoan to do when they’d like a taste of a Winter Wonderland? Here are my top five:

1) Ice Skating
I remember skating on a pond outside our house in Michigan as a child. It was a tiny little thing, and you couldn’t really get up enough speed to do even an arabesque, much less any kind of twirls. Luckily we have rinks here in Orlando like RDV Sportsplex that has public skating hours, and in Kissimmee there’s  The Ice Factory where they also have open skating AND you can skate with Santa this Friday night (December 18, 2015)! Light Up UCF has an outdoor (albeit warm) rink plus lots of other holiday activities including a film festival and light show. Other synthetic ice rinks include and I-Drive 360  and the Orlando Science Center both warm yet (pardon the pun) COOL!

If watching ice skating gives you a shiver, SeaWorld Orlando’s Winter Wonderland on Ice is a show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza. Though far from making one think of ice, “Hot Chocolate” is my favorite production number. Check it out! (♫ Oh We Got It! ♫) Best of all, all #SeaWorldChristmas events are included with admission.

2) Ice Bars
Ice Bar on International Drive is one “hot” spot (pun intended) where you can “taste the cold” along with your drink! Visit during happy hour every Sunday through Thursday from 7–9p for discounted admission (drinks extra).

At Minus5 Ice Bar at Pointe Orlando everything is made of 100% ice including the bar, tables, benches, walls and even the glasses guests drink from. Check their calendar for events and specials.

Though both bars are marketed to the tourists, locals can have a night of cold fun if to just imagine what it would be like to live in a cold clime, or to remember the days when they “used to” live up north.

Another option is On The Block, a “pop up” VIP ice bar inside ICE! at Gaylord Palms (read more about ICE! below). This add-on experience is for guests 21 and over.

3) Frozen Treats
Can’t get TO the snow? How about a snow… cone?! Or ice cream? Orlando is home to great restaurants and shops with delicious frozen treats. Vivoli Gelateria in Disney Springs offers a variety of Italian frozen creations including seasonal flavors. Also at Disney Springs, Downtown Snow Company (near Fulton’s Crab House and across from Portobello), offers shaved ice and a multitude of festive flavors. Thinking French instead? Check out L’artisan des Glaces at Epcot’s France Pavilion. Kona Ice serves up shaved ice at multiple locations and you can’t go wrong with a Concrete from Shake Shack (not very “holiday”, but I LOVE the Key Lime!) or Freddy’s Frozen Custard (they have a Pumpkin Pie one seasonally that’s OH so good).

Want to make a frozen drink at home that tastes like the holidays? Emily Ellyn created some of my all-time favorites. (Her Eggnog Martini is my go-to holiday drink with spirit!)

4) Snow and Ice IN Florida
You’d be hard pressed to find anywhere in Florida colder than ICE! at Gaylord Palms. It’s a chilly 9 degrees inside! Enjoy ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas carved out of over two million pounds of ice. After your chilly stroll through a true Winter Wonderland, add to the fun with Alpine Rush! Who knew you could snow sled in the Sunshine State?! My son has been down the slides at least 50 times (conservatively). This is by far my favorite Florida cold spot, though remember to bring your touch-pad gloves for the walk-through if you intend to take pictures or Instagram your #CAGP15 trip. My phone froze up before I made it to the last room, the Nativity.

ProTip: Keep your phone or camera as close to your body as you can between shots and by all means wear closed-toed shoes. (I did not during one of my walk-throughs this year and I found myself doing a Prancer imitation as I went from room to room.) ICE! featuring ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas runs through January 3, 2016. Season passes are available, too, so you can enjoy the Frozen Fabulousness over and over. It’ll be like you live in snow country. But without the tire chains.

This Friday (Dec. 18), guests age 21 and older can visit Gaylord Palms Resort to zoom down the Alpine Rush Snow Tubing hills and jaunt through the 9-degree ICE! attraction wearing only a bikini or board shorts (shorts and a T-shirt can also be worn)! Their one-night-only Polar Bear Plunge 2015 is $50 plus tax and processing fees and include access to Alpine Rush Snow Tubing and ICE!, appetizers and two drink tickets to be redeemed during the event. A portion of all ticket proceeds from the Polar Bear Plunge will be donated to Special Olympics Florida.

The City of Winter Haven is holding Snow Central. Play in 70 tons of snow and go down 3 lanes of the Snow Slide,  meet Santa and more, all for free, Thurs. Dec. 17 from 6–9pm.

5) Fake It ‘Till You Make It
While there are no places to build snowmen (though you can sing along to the family frozenDisney Frozen soundtrack…), you can close your eyes and imagine the attraction industry’s soap-bubble concoction or tissue paper cutouts are snow. Theme parks have snow nightly now through the end of the year (Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld all have Florida-friendly “snow” nightly; check park maps for details), and it’s “Now Snowing” at Celebration Florida, too!

I only lived in Michigan for a couple of years. The rest of the time I lived in my birth place of Central Florida. It did snow here one year when I was a kid. I hadn’t seen snow prior to then and it seemed other-worldly. I think we managed to scoop up enough for a single snowball, but in that moment it was winter here in Orlando. There are no forecasts for flurries this year, but I can “feel” winter just a little more though fun frozen activities and treats all around town.

#CFLT5Day and Launching a New Central Florida Top 5

The time is NOW. The steps have been stepped. SunRail has left the station.

After nearly a year of hard work in front of and behind the scenes, a new Central Florida Top 5 is here! What do you think? A big thank you to the team at CT Social​, for the fresh new look on desktop and mobile!

New Top 5

Fun Spot America on International Drive hosted us for a ‘huuuuge‘ launch party over the weekend with nearly all of our new team of writers, some of our readers, a few very special guests and we even met a few new fans! Our readers enjoyed 20% off of wristbands for mentioning us and using the hashtag #CFLT5Day! Thank you Fun Spot!

Special guests stopped by including our longtime friend Emily Ellyn, Central Florida’s own Retro Rad Chef and Food Network Star and David Hummer, Director of Marketing at Fun Spot America. Virtual well wishes were sent by many including our founder and Central Florida native Bess Auer, the Queen of Versailles herself Jackie Siegel and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs who surprised us with our own day – literally! Mayor Jacobs proclaimed Saturday, May 16th, 2015 “Central Florida Top 5 Day” in Orange County, noting our over six years of service to the community and longevity for years to come. Thank you so much Emily, David, Jackie and Mayor Jacobs!

So what’s new exactly? A BUNCH! Here are our Top 5 awesome new things about CentralFloridaTop5.com:

  • A beautiful new website and mobile site! How do we look? Let us know in the comments by signing into social media!

Top 5 Comments


  • Easier way to submit events to our calendar (Don’t forget the pictures!)

Top 5 Submit


  • The debut of our newsletter (Coming SOON!)
  • More opportunity for YOU to get involved! Whether you have a small business in need of a boost via paid ad space or a great event in need of eyes, we can help! Feel free to email us anytime at info[at]centralfloridatop5.com.

And last but certainly NOT least…

  • Our new team of writers spanning six (with more on the way) Central Florida counties! We attempted to broadcast a live Google Hangout on Air on Saturday, to introduce all of them to you, but sadly broke the internet. (Click the link for video of what did happen!) You will be seeing and hearing from each of them very soon…
Top 5 Team

Our new Central Florida Top 5 Team at Fun Spot: Allen, Jen V, Kari, Kate, Jay, Carolyn, Greg, Kelly, Emily, Lisa, Mark, Rich, JenLee, Bun (Not pictured: Brian, Jen L, David, Nando, Dani, Mike, Cody)

Look for more great posts, local information, reviews, interviews through +Google Glass, pretty pictures, video​ and some fun partnerships in the year ahead!

To our loyal readers, THANK YOU for bearing with us through the growing pains. We appreciate YOU!

Retro Rad Chef Emily Ellyn hosts Cutthroat Kitchen Viewing Party

Emily Cutthroat Kitchen Viewing Party

Parking is FREE. Admission is FREE.

We love Tin Roof Orlando, and…

Who DOESN’T love Chef Emily Ellyn?!

Photo credit: Emily Ellyn Productions

Photo credit: Emily Ellyn Productions

WHAT: Cutthroat Kitchen Viewing Party with Emily Ellyn

WHERE: Tin Roof Orlando at I-Drive 360 (8371 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819)

WHEN: Sunday, February 15th, 9pm

HOW MUCH: FREE admission and parking!

About Emily Ellyn: Chef and culinary educator Emily Ellyn is the Home Economics teacher you’ve always wanted!  She single handedly started the Retro Rad cooking movement and encourages everyone to dig through their mother’s recipe box, dust off their pressure cookers, and take the old and make it new.  She takes the retro, remixes it, and makes it RAD. 

There’s no doubt that kitchen countertops and cabinetry make a huge statement for a home (for designs, visit www.kitchenistic.com). Kitchen countertops and cabinets that are outdated or old and scratched up bring down the aesthetic appeal of your home. Upgrading them can give you that final touch that’s needed to create a fabulous new interior design. Cabinet Refacing company in St. Louis are always ready to deliver good quality cabinets. You can contact Seattle countertops specialists located at 22445 76th Avenue S, Kent. There you’ll find the latest in premium countertop surfaces, including quartz showroom, Solid Surface, and Laminate. If уоu hаvе еvеr spent аnу tіmе looking аt photos оf kitchen backsplash tile murals іn magazines оr online, thеn уоu know hоw a change ѕuсh аѕ thіѕ саn completely transform thе aesthetics оf thе room. If you are looking for the best murale design in your kitchen, do visit.

Kіtсhеn rеmоdеlіng іѕ among thе mоѕt рорulаr оf remodeling рrоjесtѕ еасh уеаr, аѕ kіtсhеnѕ have become thе сеntеr оf асtіvіtу in thе restaurants, hоmе.

With her quirky persona and trademark cat-eye glasses, you’ll find this Retro Rad Diva cooking up fun and inspiring audiences at food events around the world; all while developing her culinary TV career and finishing her Ph.D. in Food Service Education.  Emily also donates her time helping non-profit organizations including Florida Hospital and Give Kids The World, writes for “edible” and “BAR” magazines, and lectures at the University of Central Florida. Through it all, she’s gained a loyal cult following. You’ve seen her on Food Network’s “Food Network Star,” “Cupcake Wars” and morning news shows across the country; as well as a cameo cartoon appearance on the “Simpsons!”

Emily grew up harvesting food and raising animals on a farm in rural Ohio.  Eager to dive into the culinary field, she worked in Cleveland’s top restaurants and started her own catering company while still in high school.  Upon leaving Ohio, Emily graduated with a degree in Restaurant Management from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York.  There, she worked as a teaching assistant until moving to Paris to attend graduate school at Academie Internationale de Management.  Emily then went on to earn two master’s degrees in Hospitality Management; one in Paris and one from UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality and Management in Orlando.

Between appearances, Emily stays busy prepping her first cookbook.  Look for Emily’s return appearance on Food Network in the Spring of 2015!

About Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen: Cooking skills aren’t enough to win in Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen.  In this competition series chefs must also be crafty, clever and willing to sabotage their opponents. Hosted by Alton Brown as the kitchen’s cunning provocateur, this game features a briefcase of cash, four competitors, three rounds of cooking and auctions where chefs bid on items to help themselves or hinder their opponents.

O-Town MacDown, Mac-and-Cheese Competition, to Benefit Give Kids The World

Family-fun, unique and cheesy event August 23 to benefit Give Kids The World!

Yes, a mac-and-cheese cook-off!

What does America’s favorite pasta dish and Give Kids The World (GKTW), one of Central Florida’s greatest children’s charities, have in common? They are both going to be part of the inaugural O-Town MacDown Presented by SeaWorld at the Orange County Convention Center on Saturday, August 23 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.!OTownMacDown

Do you love mac-n-cheese? Does your mac-n-cheese have a secret ingredient that sets it above the rest? Join GKTW for O-Town  MacDown and enjoy an unbe-CHEESE-able afternoon of fun and food the whole family will enjoy! Gather the family and come stuff your face with mac-and-cheese and help determine the Mac-and-Cheese Kings and Queens of Central Florida, all to benefit kids with life-threatening illnesses.

The winners of the professional and restaurant competitions at O-Town MacDown will have the opportunity to face off on stage in front of their colleagues at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, to be held two weeks later in Orlando, Florida. Both winners will compete at the Show’s Food Trends Experience Culinary Demonstration Theater for the title of Best Mac ‘n Cheese in Orange County. They also will be featured on the Show’s website leading up to the event and promoted heavily at the show.

The unique and family-fun O-Town MacDown will include cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, a performance by Tony Brent from the Outta Control Dinner Show, appearances by the SeaWorld “Groove Chefs” and unlimited mac-n-cheese. Kids can have a blast in the Kid’s Zone including bounce houses, face painting and macaroni arts and crafts.

Tickets are going fast, get yours online now at $10 for adults and $5 for children (tickets higher at the door). It’s going to be a GOUDA time, so don’t miss it! Visitwww.OTownMacDown.org for tickets and registration information.

GiveKidsTheWorldGive Kids The World Village is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 127,000 families from all 50 states and 75 countries. Visit www.gktw.org for more information on GKTW and its mission.


Professional Furnace Installation: A More Reliable and Safe Choice

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Heating Contractors – Why Arе Thеу thе Bеttеr Choice?

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Rosen Hotels & Resorts Celebrates the True Meaning of the Holidays

Local Residents and Hotel Guests Invited to Enjoy Free Performances, Innovative Holiday Workshops and Seasonal Dining Events at Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek! 

While parties, feasts, decorations, and carols are all a welcome part of the holiday season, the associates at Rosen Hotels & Resorts recognize that friends and family are what make the season bright.  Friends and families reuniting to share memories and create new ones are at the heart of the holiday celebrations at the company’s three award-winning leisure and convention hotels.  Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek will play host to a variety of traditional and innovative holiday events showcasing local visual and performing arts groups, as well as a host of holiday buffets and teas, hands-on activities such as chocolate making, holiday tree decorating, craft cocktail making, cookie decorating, and much more. While there is a charge for dining and other selected activities, many of events at each of the hotels are offered at no charge and are open to anyone in the community who cares to share in the spirit of the season. 

For a complete listing of all of the holiday events at Rosen Shingle Creek, Rosen Centre and Rosen Plaza, please refer to the information below.   Special room rates also will be available at the hotels on select dates.  Please call each hotel for more details.

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ROSEN PLAZA   www.rosenplaza.com

9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL  32819  For more information, please call 407-996-9700.

 Holiday Performances and Santa Visit

Fridays, (Dec. 7, 14 and 21), 6-10 p.m.

From 6-7 p.m., enjoy Santa sightings, holiday carolers and holiday cheer, to the tunes of holiday jazz performed by the “Solid State Jazz Trio.”  The trio will perform from 7-10 p.m.

 “A Classical Holiday” Entertainment Saturdays (Dec.  8, 15 and 22), 6-7 p.m.

The hotel presents “A Classical Holiday” with presentations from local artists who will share classical harp and violin selections, accompanied by holiday carolers.

 Santa’s Cookie Stop: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2:30-4 p.m.

It’s all about Santa! Visit Santa’s Workshop, put in a gift request with the big man and his number one elf, get a photo taken, sing along with Christmas carols and enjoy holiday cookies and punch.  Santa’s Cookie Stop is located in the hotel’s lobby next to the holiday tree.

Breakfast with Santa and Gift Event

Saturday, Dec. 22, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

$15 per adult; $10 per child age 4-12; children under 4 free with paying adult.  Price includes tax and gratuity.

Join us at Café Matisse where Santa and one of his hard-working elves host a breakfast and gift event. After breakfast with Santa, children can select their gift for wrapping (wrapping station, paper provided). Adult supervision is required.  One gift is included with purchase of each child or adult lunch buffet. Space is limited; reservations recommended.  Stay over on December 21, 2012 for just $79 plus tax and receive Breakfast with Santa included in the price of the room.

Dining and Caricatures at Jack’s Place, Rosen Plaza

On-going Fridays and Saturdays (Now thru Saturday, Dec. 22), 6-9 p.m.

Dine under the stars at Jack’s Place this holiday season and receive a complimentary holiday caricature with the purchase of dinner for two. Jack’s Place is named after Harris Rosen’s father Jack, who worked as a safety engineer at the Waldorf Astoria NY starting in 1932.  As a side vocation, Jack sketched thousands of caricatures of celebrities and VIPs visiting the hotel and who autographed their drawings, a selection of which are now adorning the walls at Jack’s Place at Rosen Plaza.  Cost of each caricature without dinner is $10 per person including tax. Reservations are suggested. 



9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL  32819 For more information or to reserve your space at a paid holiday event, please call 407-996-9840. 

 Holiday Lobby Entertainment and Culinary Events

Fridays (Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14), 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Get into the spirit of the season with roving carolers who will perform standard holiday favorites while gathering ‘round the hotel’s holiday tree gracing the Grand Lobby. 

 Then, stay to learn tips and tricks from the pros to impress your guests this holiday season at our hands-on tasting events conducted by our experienced team of award-winning chefs and beverage professionals.  This is the perfect activity for anyone hosting parties this season or just looking for a fun Friday night with friends.  Attend one or attend all sessions.  Guests will have the opportunity to watch the professional demonstrations and then make their own, tasting everything along the way.  Take home gifts, recipes and tips are included and an extra special holiday gift will be provided to guests that attend all three sessions.  Cost is $25 plus tax per adult. Space is limited; reservations recommended.

 Wine & Food Pairings and Wine Gift Giving Tips: Friday, Dec. 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$25 plus tax per adult.

Learn insider tips for food and wine pairings and how to pick the perfect bottle of wine for a gift from our wine expert all while enjoying five wine and nibbles combinations that will make your holiday party sparkle.  If this wasn’t enough, you can get your holiday shopping done as wines will be available for sale with holiday packaging to take home.  This is true multi-tasking at its best!  Five wine with tasting bites included.

 Sweet Sensations: Holiday Desserts & Dessert Cocktails  : Friday, Dec. 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$25 plus tax per adult.

Learn how to craft beautiful and delicious miniature desserts including our unique Fruit Sushi created and taught by our Pastry Chef.  Dessert wouldn’t be the same without a sweet concoction presented by our resident mixologist.  Two cocktails and desserts included.

Holiday Lobby Entertainment and Santa; Holiday Dining Experiences — International Buffet and Free Holiday Movie or Everglades and Cool Jazz

Saturdays (Dec. 1, 8 and 15), 5:30-11 p.m
From 5:30-6:30 p.m., join guests in the Grand Lobby where roving carolers and a visit from Santa await to spark holiday cheer. From 8-11 p.m., jam to the sounds of the band Chill Switch who will perform live holiday favorites and jazz in the Lobby Lounge. In addition, enjoy one of two of our holiday dining offerings and our holiday gift to you of free holiday entertainment:

International Holiday Dinner with Santa & Holiday Movie Under the Stars

5:30-8 p.m.

$23.95 per adult; $10.95 per child ages 4-12; under 4 free with a paying adult.  Price does not include tax and gratuity.

From 5:30p.m. – 6:30pm, join us in the Grand Lobby where roving carolers will delight with songs of the season, then have dinner with the jolly one himself during Dinner with Santa in Café Gauguin.  Family fun             to be had as young and old enjoy our International Holiday Dinner buffet featuring our award-winning Herb Crusted Prime Rib, stations of holiday favorites from around the world and an extensive selection of holiday cakes and pies and ice cream sundae bar for dessert.  Restaurant reservations recommended.

Wine Pairing Dinner and Evening of Live Jazz  5:30-11 p.m.

$45 plus tax and gratuity per adult.

For the grown–ups, enjoy a three course prix-fix gourmet menu expertly paired with wines selected by our sommelier at the award-winning Everglades.  After dinner, enjoy reserved seating in our Lobby Lounge, an after dinner cocktail and sweet bites all included in dinner price while jamming to the sounds of the band Chill Switch who will perform live holiday favorites and jazz from 8:00p.m. -11:00pm.  Cost of three-course wine pairing menu is $45 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations recommended.

Lunch With Santa and Holiday Cake Pop Decorating

Saturdays, (Dec. 1 and 8), 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

$15.95 per adult; $9.95 per child age 4-12; under 4 free with a paying adult.  Price does not include tax and gratuity.

Enjoy a bountiful buffet lunch with Santa at the hotel’s Café Gauguin, get your picture with Santa and then decorate cake pops with our Pastry Chef to the tunes of favorite holiday songs.  Santa and cake pop decorating included at no charge in the regular price of each lunch buffet.  Adult supervision required. Cost is $15.95 plus tax and gratuity for adults; $9.95 plus tax and gratuity per child age 4-12; children under 3 are free with a paying adult. Space is limited; reservations recommended.



9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL  32819 For more information or to reserve your place at a paid holiday event, please call 407-996-9939.

Lobby Nutcracker Dance Performances

Fridays (Dec. 7, and 14), 6-9:30 p.m.

Greet Santa as he makes his appearance from the North Pole, then stay for selections from The Nutcracker Ballet performed by the Elizabeth Parsons School of Dance and Windermere Ballet Community Theatre. Santa and caroling will begin at 6 p.m., followed by ballet performances. After the ballet performances, join holiday revelers at the hotel’s Osceola Winter Path located outside on the lower lobby to enjoy with holiday karaoke. A cash bar and snacks will be available for sale from 7:30 -9:30 p.m.

 Visit from Santa and Holiday Dance Performances

Saturdays (Dec.8, and 15), 6-9:30 p.m.


Enjoy a visit from Santa and holiday caroling and then tap your toes as Miriam and Val’s School of Dance and The Sanford Pops Dance Troop present a variety of ballet, tap and contemporary holiday dances. Santa and caroling will begin at 6 p.m followed by the Sanford Pops.  After the ballet performances, join holiday revelers in the hotel’s scenic Rose Garden for holiday karaoke. A cash bar and snacks will be available for sale 7:30 -9:30 p.m.

Shingle Creek Winter Wonderland Stroll

Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Free (other than Shingle Creek Express Train — $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 12 – 4, under 4 is free.  Price does not include tax)

Join us for Rosen Shingle Creek’s newest tradition, the Shingle Creek Winter Wonderland Stroll.  Stroll among the hotel’s pristinely manicured grounds now magically transformed into a winter wonderland complete with gently falling show (at 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30pm), holiday carolers and a beautifully lit 25-foot Christmas tree and tree lighting by Santa Claus. Enjoy storytelling and winter characters such as the Sugarplum Fairy, Snowflake girls, Santa and his elves, available for photos.  Or take a ride on the Shingle Creek Express Train with our very own conductor. Those who want to truly revel in the spirit of the season can grab the microphone for holiday karaoke near me. The event is free and open to the public. Cash dining carts and cash bar will be available for sale 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Snow falls nightly 7:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  Santa tree lighting at 7:00 p.m.

Nutcracker and Sugar Plum Fairy Afternoon Tea

Sunday, Dec. 2, 1:30- 3:30 p.m.

$20 plus tax for guests age 4 and older; under 4 is free with paying adult.

Enjoy a traditional English-style tea service with a deluxe assortment of sandwiches, imported teas, lemonade and fabulous desserts along with a visit from the Sugar Plum Fairy. The stunning costumed character will pose for photos, sign autographs and mingle with guests from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Each child will receive a complimentary tea hat, and each guest will receive a complimentary photo and novelty holiday frame by which to remember the special day. Space is limited; reservations recommended.

Holiday Entertaining and Tree Fluffing Retro Rad Style hosted by Emily Ellyn

Saturday, Dec. 8, 5-6:15 p.m.   $25 plus tax per adult.  Back to the 1960’s we go for a “Mad Men” holiday! Have fun making retro holiday hors d’oeuvre and cocktail recipes with Emily Ellyn, previously featured on the 2012 Food Network Star. Guests will enjoy holiday cooking demonstrations, food and cocktail making and sampling, a photo with Chef Emily and will go home with recipe cards. Space is limited; reservations recommended.

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Holiday Tap ‘n Tea Social

Saturday, Dec. 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

$20 plus tax for guests age 4 and older; under 4 is free with paying adult.

Put on your glitz and glam for Rosen Shingle Creek’s first annual Holiday Tap ‘n Tea Social.  Mix and mingle with girlfriends of all ages while enjoying tasty treats from the hotel’s award-winning culinary team and lively tap performances featuring the Sanford Pops. Your afternoon will be captured in a photo to take home as a gift. Space is limited; reservations recommended.

 Holiday Chocolate Making Workshop

Saturday, Dec. 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

$25 plus tax per person (for all participants).

Chocolate lovers young and young-at-heart will enjoy an afternoon with “Orlando’s Willy Wonka” Executive Pastry Chef David Ramirez. Guests will enjoy sampling treats, as well as creating their own chocolate-themed gifts they can bring home after the workshop.  The event is open to the entire family. Space is limited; reservations recommended.


Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, Christmas Day, Rosen Hotels & Resorts will offer a choice of three delicious holiday buffets:

 Rosen Plaza/Grand Ballroom

9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL  32819

Holiday Buffet with Wine

Buffet Hours:  11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Price: Adults $34.95 plus tax and gratuity; children ages 5 – 10; $15.95 plus tax and gratuity; children 4 and under, one free child with each paying adult; Visit the website for a coupon for $5 off each adult.

Reservations:  407-996- 0256


Rosen Centre/Cafe Gauguin

9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL  32819

Champagne and Mimosa Holiday Buffet

Buffet Hours:  11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Price: Adults $39.95 plus tax and gratuity; children ages 4 – 12 $16.95 plus tax and gratuity; children under 4 are free

Reservations:  407-996-2385


 Rosen Shingle Creek/Café Osceola

9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL  32819

Champagne Holiday Buffet

Buffet Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Price: Adults $64.95 plus tax and gratuity; children ages 4 – 11 $24.95 plus tax and gratuity; children under 4 are free; 25 percent off adults if Florida resident or hotel guest

Reservations: 407-996-FOOD (3663)

For parties of 10 or more, please call 407-996-9770.


 For more information about holiday events at Rosen Hotels & Resorts, visit www.rosenhotels.com/holidays.

Emily Ellyn’s 2013 Calendar

Buy Emily Ellyn’s 2013 calendar TODAY!  Limited edition signed pre-sale calendars to purchase!!!

We have been fans of Emily from when she was on Star(more details), supporting local charities to being on  local TV teaching us to save $(see this)!

She is super busy doing all sorts of travel, classes and demonstrations at huge festivals!

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A full year of food, fun and fashion personally autographed by the Retro Rad Diva.

This is Emily’s very first product offering and will be limited to only 250 copies.

Makes a perfect gift!   –  7″ x 7″

Design by Emily S. Brown

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