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Aloma Bowl: An old favorite becomes new again

My family and I moved to Winter Park from Maitland in 1997. Any local will know this move is not terribly far. The edges of these small towns like Winter Park, Maitland and Casselberry all tend to blend together, even for longtime residents.

In my neighborhood, there are just things you do like grab a Philly Cheesesteak at Cappy’s, catch a live show at The Copper Rocket or Fairbanks Inn (RIP) or meet up with some friends at Aloma Bowl for Cosmic Bowling. These are places I still love going to. They’ve been around so long they’re as close to historic local monuments as one can get.

Aloma Bowl media preview

It’s a Grand ReoPINing!

Most bowling alleys have a somewhat retro, art decco look. When I walked into the revamped Aloma Bowl, it reflected a modern style and flavor while still maintaining the spirit of a traditional bowling alley. The seating in the bowling pits (32 lanes) were very modern and curvy, a great balance of kitschy aesthetic and comfort. I didn’t bowl this time but I will assuredly come back to bowl. The Redemption Arcade, the Brooklyn South Bar and Grill and lounge area immediately caught my eye, as did the new large screen TVs throughout. Over $500,000 was put into this reopening, and it certainly shows.

Brooklyn South Bar has twelve beers on tap and over twenty bottled options, domestic and import. They also have several craft selections as well as fully stocked liquor bar with nightly drink specials including $7 Domestic Pitchers during Happy Hour and $4 selected wells and calls. The first drink I tried from Brooklyn South Bar, named the Aloma Blue, was very similar to the first ever drink I had at Aloma Bowl years ago, which was a Blue Hawaii. It had lemonade, lime, vodka and blue Curaçao… it was very blue and even more tasty. I also tried their version of Sex on the Beach which was on par with others I’ve tried.

On the grill side, I tried the mini cheeseburger sliders, which were great. Each had cheddar cheese, grilled onions, pickle chips and thousand island dressing. The buffalo wings, I tried mild, hot and parmesan garlic, were also good. What I really liked was Brooklyn South’s Veggie Pizza! It was topped caramelized onions, mushrooms and peppers. Their pizza crust had a great flavor – it was like having a breadstick after you’ve finished. Brooklyn South’s Dips & Tortilla Chips were all really good. The Spicy Queso was delicious! The nacho cheese was chunky and incorporated, my best guess, a buffalo sauce flavor and maybe even some bleu cheese. (Menu online)

Cheeseburger Sliders and Spicy Queso

Cheeseburger Sliders and Spicy Queso

All told, the food was a lot better than I remember. Actual restaurant quality food as opposed to typical bar or bowling alley food, which one may eat simply because it’s there. I would definitely go back and have dinner at Brooklyn South Bar and Grill, even if I weren’t bowling.

Aloma Bowl’s game room, The Redemption Arcade, got a massive upgrade. Before they had maybe six arcade games – I used to love playing Sbobet88! Gone are the days of tokens. Now Aloma Bowl has a new refillable playcard system and a dozen or more games, including a really cool Batman game and a few games of chance that will keep the kids busy if mom and dad want to bowl for awhile.

Aloma Bowl logo

Aloma Bowl is inviting the public to their own ReoPINing celebration tomorrow, Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th with buy one, get one free deals on bowling games, shoes and appetizers in Brooklyn South Bar and Grill!

Aloma Bowl

2530 Aloma Avenue

Winter Park, FL 32792

(407) 671-8675

http://www.alomabowlingcenters.com

Hours of Operation

Sunday – Thursday      9am to 12am

Friday – Saturday        9am to 2am

The Bistro on Park Avenue – Winter Park’s Hidden Gem

Being a relative newbie to Florida I love exploring and finding new restaurants and destinations throughout the state, and especially Central Florida. Winter Park was one of the first areas that we found shortly after our arrival in Florida and we’ve enjoyed the restaurants and shops on a regular basis.

That’s why I was surprised to find The Bistro on Park Avenue nestled back in a series of walkways that felt like a little slice of Europe. Walking back along the winding pathway that led to the restaurant, the juices were already flowing in anticipation…..sigh. And what I found did not disappoint.

The Bistro on Park Avenue, Winter Park

The dining room is simply gorgeous and has to be one of the more romantic dining rooms in the area.

The Bistro on Park Avenue, Winter Park

They have a very well rounded menu with a mixture of low country and European items like Shrimp and Grits, Wienerschnitzel and Crepes.  They also have a wonderful selection of appetizers, sandwiches and salads. You’ll find something for every appetite on the menu.   I went with one of the nightly specials Gluten Free Shepard’s Pie with Gruyere mashed potatoes and bacon, that Guest Chef Bob Aungst had prepared for the evening.

The Bistro at Park Avenue, Winter Park

I always love to see the chef visiting tables, it’s a nice personal touch that shows you that your patronage is appreciated. One of the owners, Erika Boesch, was also in the dining room making rounds chatting with her guests.  They get bonus points for very good and personalized service at the Bistro.

The Bistro at Park Avenue, Winter Park

My advice when dining at the Bistro on Park Avenue is to always save room for dessert, or maybe two.  All desserts are made in house by Erika and are gluten free with some dairy free options as well. I can personally verify the deliciousness having tried two desserts the night I was there. Pictured above is Key Lime Pie.  It was tart, sweet and oh so creamy. Served with whipped cream, a delightful lime drizzle and homemade vanilla ice cream.

The Bistro at Park Avenue, Winter Park

My second dessert was a Raspberry Breakfast Cake with a Raspberry pulled sugar garnish and homemade vanilla ice cream.  It was good night to be Chef Dennis not only for the good food, but for the good company and the fact that Lisa was very happy with the choice of restaurants for dinner.

The Bistro on Park Avenue is located at 348 North Park Avenue (in the Hidden Garden) in Winter Park.  It offers a variety of dining and entertaining possibilities with three dining rooms including the Atrium, The Chefs Table, Up stairs for private functions, a full bar, and  when weather permits outdoor dining in the Hidden Garden Courtyard.  They offer a happy hour each day from 5 – 7 extended till 10 on Thursdays and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.  

 

Bastille Day Bash

By Kelly Green
Aka SeaWorld Mommy

Oui oui! C’est fantastique! Audubon Park Garden District’s 7th annual Bastille Day Bash is this Saturday, July 11, 2015 and will feature all things magnifique. (It’ll kind of be like being in Paris, but without the traffic jams.)

Starting off the day is a crepe breakfast (savory or sweet crepes, $20 adults, $15 kids) by East End Market’s chef-in-residence Jessica Tantalo from 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m. to the sounds of the Gypsy Swing Trio.

Bring your beret for a free open-to-the-public French-themed street fair where you’ll enjoy the pop-up Rouge Rouge vintage market with seven unique vendors from 4–7 p.m. at Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour, 2810 Corrine Drive, Orlando.

From 4:30-7 p.m. enjoy the Fourth Annual Artisan Cheese and French Wine Pairing by East End’s ever fabulous La Femme du Fromage ($30; $25 APGD members; ticket required; $45 day of IF available), Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1603 Winter Park Road, Orlando 32803. Chef Tonda will showcase five select wines, paired with five artisanal handmade cheeses, finished with a sweet treat.

Want to meet the Queen of France and of Navarre? From 6 – 9 p.m. the Street Fair continues with food trucks, crêpes, wine, baguette fencing ( En garde!) and a Marie Antoinette photo booth. #FrenchQueenSelfie? Join in on the fun on Winter Park Road outside Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1603 Winter Park Road, Orlando 32803.

Sadly the French-themed Dinner Party Project is sold out. Quel Dommage!

But…

You can still head on over to Bikes Beans & Bordeaux at 7:30 (no cover!). Actually, you can hang out there all day if you like: the Tour de France will be live in the morning. They’ll have Mimosas, French beer (Kronenburg), French treats all day.

There won’t be a bridge with Locks of Love, BUT if you’d like to decorate something (in a way that doesn’t destroy a structure with weight) , enter the FREE Bastille Day Decorated Bicycle contest. Bling it, flower it, encrust it with “locks” and then ride it to the street celebration outside Emmanuel Episcopal Church. They’ll be judged and prizes will be handed out around 8 p.m.

To purchase tasting or dinner tickets and for more information, visit the Audobon Park Gardens website or their Facebook page.

Orlando – Please Don’t Redefine Us

Lately I’ve been reading numerous articles by extremely passionate Orlando-area citizens, who declare their love for the City Beautiful. They write about the thriving literary community, the bursting tech industry, the outstanding colleges and universities, and even the highly touted food and art scene.

And in nearly every article, each well-meaning writer relates angry disgust that media outlets from across the nation are just now discovering that Orlando isn’t a “cultural wasteland” after all. And as a by-product of that anger, every writer then wants to redefine who we are or wants to describe Orlando as having a rebirth. (As if all our greatness had disappeared until just recently!)

Perhaps this common theme of needing to redefine what Orlando is comes from the fact that most of these writers start their articles by explaining they moved to Central Florida “several years ago” for school or work or to retire. And like many, they didn’t expect to fall in love with the City and were thrilled to see how much it had to offer in the aforementioned literary, arts, food, tech et al. (How ironic they now take exception to the fact that outsiders don’t also know this.) These writers say, “You don’t know the real Orlando. We’re not just Disney.”

While I certainly appreciate these eager citizens wanting to tout how wonderful our area is, I find myself bristling at the term “redefining” because feels like we weren’t good enough before these people arrived in Central Florida and decided to give us a new definition.

You see, I was born and raised here, just like my mother was, and just like my grandmother was back in the 1800s. There are a number of us here, actually, native Central Floridians that have always known what Orlando is and don’t need new arrivals to suddenly tell us what we are and what we have.

We’ve Always Had a Literary Scene

Yes, even before Jack Kerouac.

Back in 1926 Rollins College began the Animated Magazine. Since paper and printing supplies were still in somewhat short supply due to the fairly recent first World War, then-college President Hamilton Holt decided that the articles should be read aloud on stage instead of printed. This turned into an annual event that used to draw thousands. In the crowd sat dignitaries from around the world, including Secretaries of State and even former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

Animated Magazine - Rollins College

Animated Magazine – Rollins College

The Animated Magazine lives on today, under the tutelage of editors like U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and has helped bring about the annual Winter with the Writers, which is where I got to see Maya Angelou when she visited back in 2007.

With the Orlando Public Library opening in 1923, and the Zora Neale Hurston Festival operating for nearly 30 years now, this is just further evidence the literary scene is not having a rebirth but has quietly been here all along.

We’ve Always Had an Art Scene

One of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious art festivals happens right here at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. The Orlando Museum of Art was established in 1924, the Maitland Art Center in 1937, and we’ve had the Crealde School of Art and Jamali for over 40 years now. Add in the Polasek Museum and the world’s largest collection of Tiffany glass at the Morse Museum, and we’re doing just fine.

Albin Polasek

Albin Polasek

Famed actor Buddy Epsen’s father started the Central Florida Ballet Company in 1945. “I dared not start a ballet company here in Orlando because the idea seemed hopeless,” Epsen was quoted as saying. “Now there are several companies throughout Florida.” Epsen’s company was later taken over by Edith Royal, whose “Ballet Royal” supplied generations of dancers to the great stages of the world.

And even earlier, Ruth Pounds started a dance school in 1935, which taught both my mother and then me how to dance, sit, curtsy, and all the etiquette required of a cultured young adult.

The area has always had beautiful architecture thanks to those like Gamble Rogers, II, who helped create the beauty that attracted leading artists, business tycoons, and top politicians to settle in the area.

When President Dwight Eisenhower dedicated the opening of the basement radio station at Rollins College (still one of the longest-running basement radios in the country), we made indie radio hip long before we made boy bands hip in the 1990s.

We’ve Always Had a Tech Scene

Lockheed Martin opened its doors in 1956. (My mother worked there afternoons in high school!) Shortly thereafter, the Kennedy Space Center was built nearby to oversee the Apollo missions. We watched those missions, and later those of the Space Shuttle, right from our backyards – and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get much cooler than that!

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Thankfully this tech industry also had a need for engineers; thus UCF was founded in 1963 and has grown into one of the largest universities in the nation. Add in the innovations of Walt Disney in the 70s, and then Full Sail University in the 80s, and yep, we’ve always had a tech scene.

We’ve Always Had a Food Scene

Food trucks did not make the food hip in this city.

We’ve always had great food, ranging from Dixie Crossroads and La Cantina to Le Cordon Bleu and Gary’s Duck Inn. From the 94th Aero Squadron, which served incredible food since World War I, to Ronnie’s Diner which opened in 1956, Orlando always had talked-about food. The fact that the establishments serving that food is changing, doesn’t mean there weren’t great restaurants before the new ones arrived.

Ronnie's Diner

Ronnie’s Diner

With T.G. Lee Dairy and the many orange groves, we’ve always been farm-to-table. And when you add in Publix (founded in 1930), we were doing just fine long before this so-called rebirth.

We’re Growing, Not Rebirthing

Yes, it is an exciting time to be in Orlando. We are growing in many different, wonderful ways. Newcomers are bringing great assets, and companies are setting up roots and investing here. With strong leadership we will continue to flourish.

And while I admire the zeal these newcomers use to tell the rest of the world how great Orlando is, please don’t act like this is a new development in Orlando’s history. Don’t call it a rebirth or try to redefine it.

We are who we are, and always have been.

We don’t want to be New York, San Francisco, or even Austin. We want to be who and what we already are. We’re orange groves and Disney. We’re tech and and old-fashioned books. We’re art and great food.

But, we’re not the best thing since sliced bread… we were cool long before that hit the world back in 1930!

This guest post was written by Bess Auer, fourth generation Floridian and the first editor of the Central Florida Top 5. You can connect with her on Twitter at @Bess_Auer.

Good Morning Winter Park: UCF Downtown Update

Good people of Winter Park, have you ever attended a “Good Morning Winter Park” gathering?

In case you weren’t aware, Good Morning Winter Park is a free, open to the public monthly gathering which includes a complimentary continental breakfast. This gathering is held on the second Friday of each month (upcoming schedule below). Chamber members, residents and community leaders discuss important, timely topics with rotating guest speakers to gain new community perspectives on community issues.

This month’s topic is all about the new UCF Downtown expansion! Learn more about it and hear from key leaders of the University of Central Florida about the current process of program decisions, next steps and their timeline.

Good Morning Winter Park Logo

When: Friday, April 10th, 2015 at 7:45am (networking), 8:15am (program)

Where: Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 Lyman Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Topic: UCF Downtown Update

Scheduled Speakers include:

  • Paul Lartonoix, Assistant Vice Provost, UCF
  • Fred Kittinger, Senior Associate VP of University Relations & Director of State and Local Gov’t Affairs, UCF
  • Mike Kilbride: UCF

2015 Upcoming Program Dates:

  • May 8
  • June 12
  • July 10
  • August 14
  • September 11
  • October 9
  • November 13
  • December 11

Top 5 Fun Places to Hunt Easter Eggs

Something about bunnies and grass make the park seem like the right place for an Easter Egg hunt, but that hippity, hoppity Easter Bunny likes to mix it up sometimes, just like the rest of us. Skip the traditional park hunt and get the kids out somewhere new to hunt down those brightly colored plastic shells filled with sugary treats and prizes. If you’re a grown-up avoiding small humans dressed in pastels, you can hunt your own shells filled with cash and prizes at our #3 pick. Here are five non-park places across Central Florida where the bunny left eggs for you.

1. Green Meadows Farm (April 2-5)

In addition to the rush of filling their baskets with eggs of the plastic variety, the kids can also spend time with the animals who make eggs of the real variety! Pet baby animals, visit Whiskers the Easter Bunny and enjoy live entertainment. Green Meadows Farm touts this as Orlando’s favorite egg hunt. 

2. Fairwinds Credit Union Hippity Hop Adventure at the Central Florida Zoo (April 4 & 5)

Not only can you hunt your egg-y prizes, but you can hop along the Adventure Trail to find clues from the Easter Bunny to win candy, prizes and surprises. Prepare for cuteness overload as kids receive free bunny tails to wear. Crafts, a bounce house, live entertainment and the Easter Bunny are also promised. Check the zoo website for details. 

3. Third Annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt at The Hammered Lamb (April 5)

Just because you’re all grown up and the Easter Bunny forgot to stop by your house doesn’t mean you can’t join in the fun. In fact, it means you get to enjoy brunch and Bloody Marys while searching for a golden egg hiding $100! Being grown up no longer sounds so bad. Egg Hunt at 2pm, Egg Toss and live music at 3pm. Maybe save the Bloody Marys for after the hunt so you can focus. 

4. Artegon Marketplace (April 4)

Bonus for guardians of small human egg hunters – you can shop in an air-conditioned building while the little ones hunt! Hunt for Easter eggs scattered throughout the artisan village and in surrounding stores, some containing prizes from Artegon merchants. Visit the Easter Bunny, get an Easter balloon animal and make a custom flipbook (1-4 p.m., free while supplies last). If you register to win, you might score an Artegon Easter basket filled with merchant prizes. 

5. WonderWorks 2nd Annual Upside-Down Easter Egg Hunt (April 4)

Turn Easter on its head and hunt down those eggs hidden throughout the WonderWorks exhibits. The building being upside down is not the only surprise – expect prizes, candy and more, but you’ll have to get up early to get these eggs.

If you’re a traditionalist and prefer your Easter with both plastic and real grass, check out the City of Winter Park 61st Annual Easter Egg Hunt or the Sanford Easter Eggstravaganza both on Saturday, April 4, 2015. 

You’re advised to bring your own baskets and to check each event website for details including ages and hunt times.

Happy hunting! 

Swine & Sons Opens April 3 in Winter Park

If you like food even a little bit and live near Orlando, you’re likely aware of the popular restaurant, The Ravenous Pig and its sister concept around the corner, Cask & Larder. It’s arguable that The Ravenous Pig set the stage for the surge of foodie-friendly locations popping up around Central Florida since they opened in 2007. Chef owners James and Julie Petrakis found further success in Cask & Larder a few years later, and now, the James Beard-nominated husband/wife team is bringing a new takeout concept to Central Florida.

The Swine & Sons website promises “the store will specialize in takeout charcuterie, butcher sandwiches, seasonally inspired homemade ice creams, signature spices and rubs, scratch-made biscuits, daily pastry offerings and more. Swine & Sons will also offer growlers of beer sourced from Cask & Larder’s Brewery. Favorites from The Brewery, including the Red Drum, IPA and Wit varietals will be available, along with a handpicked selection of boutique wines.”

The new takeout location is adjacent to Cask & Larder at 595 West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park and is promised as a riff off of both Cask & Larder’s elevated southern cuisine and The Ravenous Pig’s innovative, modern dining.

Our mouths are already watering thinking about lunch menu items like the ribeye hotdog or pimento grilled cheese. You’ll also be able to pick up dinner to go – a weekly “Blue Pig Special” menu will be updated weekly on Swine & Sons’ website and feature new dishes as well as popular items from Cask & Larder and The Ravenous Pig including buttermilk fried chicken and smoked brisket.

Shall we start a line outside the building now?

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(Photo from Swine & Sons email announcement)

To wash down your meal, pick up a 32-ounce growler of beer from Cask & Larder’s acclaimed brewery and either take it home or kick back and enjoy it right there in the store. Popular beer varieties including Cask & Larder’s Red Drum, Lone Palm Gold and Olde Southern Wit will be offered, along with Swine Family Wine.

The Petrakis team has seemingly given the people of Central Florida what they wanted, maybe before they even knew they wanted it. They have a knack for assembling exciting menus featuring seasonal, local food and serving it up in a place where we want to spend time with friends, so we’re expecting more of the same in this new concept. Thanks to One Stop Service LLC, Phoenix water damange restoration company for sponsoring to make this a nice memorable event for everyone.

Will there be a line out the door? We’d bet on it. And we’ll gladly wait in it.

Florida Film Festival 2015 Community Events Announced

FFF 2015

Can you believe it’s been 24 years since the Florida Film Festival debuted at Enzian Theater in Maitland?? The theater itself celebrates it’s 30 year anniversary this year, with plans (now public) to expand to three screens and add up to 130 seats!

Much has changed for the fest and its home over the years. Florida Film Festival has since become an Oscar®-qualifying festival, which brings even more current, independent and international cinema to Central Florida. Enzian has a remodeled theater with more seating options. With the addition of Eden Bar at Florida Film Festival 2007, tasty additions to both the theater and bar menus and comfortable new outdoor furniture, it’s no wonder the Fest goes into the wee hours of the morning! Back in 2011, Central Florida Top 5 even hosted the first ever Florida Film Festival tweetup!

Through ten days of 170 films and first-class events, film lovers mingle with filmmakers and celebrities over hand-crafted cocktails and a delicious menu at Eden Bar and inside the theater… and we can’t wait!

This week Enzian announced a list of community events taking place at the 24th Annual Florida Film Festival (April 10-19, 2015), in Maitland and Winter Park, Florida, with Primary Sponsor Full Sail University and Primary Public Partners Orange County Government and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

The full program announcement happens this Wednesday and will take place during an invite only Film Lineup Luau at Enzian Theater. Central Florida Top 5 will be there, learning about this year’s film selections, live tweeting the deets about this year’s visiting guests and more! We will also be around during the ten days of fest, so if you see any of our contributors (new or seasoned) walking around, please say hello!

ProTip: Individual tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, March 21st. 

FFF 2015 ticket annnoucement

This year’s community events include:

OUTDOOR FILMS:
All outdoor films are free and open to the public and take place at Enzian Theater, unless otherwise stated.

Monday Night Pitcher Show, featuring (500) DAYS OF SUMMER

Sponsored by Orlando Date Night Guide

Monday, April 13th

Food & drink specials start at 6PM
Film from 8–9:35PM at Eden Bar

Who doesn’t love a good date? Cozy up on a blanket on the lawn for a free screening of (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, an offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists and the young man who falls for her.

Popcorn Flicks in Central Park: GIRL HAPPY

Tuesday, April 14th

8–9:40PM at Central Park, Winter Park
251 Park Avenue South, Winter Park, FL 32789

Presenting Sponsor: Full Sail University

Co-sponsored by: City of Winter Park & iHeartMedia

Don’t miss this opportunity to groove under the stars for this special 50thanniversary screening of GIRL HAPPY! Come watch Elvis Presley on the big screen in this killer 1960s flick as he takes to the beaches of Fort Lauderdale during spring break.

 

Wednesday Night Pitcher Show, featuring DONNIE DARKO

Wednesday, April 15th

Food & drink specials start at 6PM
Film from 8–10PM at Eden Bar

Enzian’s audience was asked to help select this Pitcher Show by answering a question: “What film do you find the most interesting?” And the winner is …drumroll… DONNIE DARKO, the mind-bending cinematic adventure of a troubled suburban teenager who survives a freak accident only to be plagued by doomsday visions guided by a monstrous rabbit called Frank.

Bring a blanket and hang out on the lawn for this free screening. Eden Bar will be serving up your favorite cocktails, so stay after to discuss “interesting” films with fellow cinefiles. Make sure to check out some of the other terrific responses, which will be published in the FFF15 special edition program guide.

Thursday Night Pitcher Show, featuring AMELIE

Thursday, April 16th

Food & drink specials start at 6PM
Film begins at 8PM at Eden Bar

2015 marks Enzian’s 30th Anniversary! Celebrate the occasion with other Enzian fans by enjoying AMELIE for free on the lawn at Eden Bar. This magical romantic comedy from visionary French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is the third of five of his astonishing works that have played at Enzian.

 

For the cinephiles and filmmakers out there:

FESTIVAL DISCUSSIONS:
All discussions are free and open to the public and take place at Enzian Theater, unless otherwise stated.

 

Film In Florida

Wednesday, April 15, 11AM-12:30PM at Enzian

Presenting Sponsor: Orlando Film Commission

Co-sponsored by Tampa Hillsborough Film & Digital Media Commission and our friends at Women in Film & Television Florida

 

From white sandy beaches to brick paved main streets by the Vancouver, BC team, Florida is America’s backlot. The Film in Florida panel is your Everything You Need to Know Guidefor filming in Florida, from locations, to incentives, and everything in between. Learn more about how Florida has the 3rd largest talent pool in the US and how Florida can make the most out of your budget. Florida is more than just a great place to visit with your family… It’s the set of your next film. Sheena Fowler, Director, Film & Digital Media at Orlando Film Commission will moderate, and filmmakers Jason Kupfer and Tighe Arnold (“Invaders”) and Sheri Kebbel (“Dan Behind His Eyes”) will be among those participating.

 

After the FILM IN FLORIDA discussion, head out to Eden Bar for a mix-and-mingle with industry professionals and fellow filmmakers. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Florida Film Mixer

Wednesday, April 15, 12:30–1:30PM at Eden Bar

 

After the Film in Florida discussion, head out to Eden Bar for a mix and mingle with industry professionals and fellow filmmakers.

 

Making Meaning: Films that Change the World

Thursday, April 16, 11AM-12:30PM at Enzian

Sponsored by FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY

Films have a huge impact on our world. They not only impact how we see ourselves, but they can affect the political and cultural landscape. Ultimately, a thoughtfully expressed film can create activism and engender compassion for some of the big issues facing the world. When looking for sprinkler system inver grove heights mn, visit wagnersod.com for more information.

This panel will discuss the many ways that films impact society for better and sometimes worst. Should films simply be about entertaining, or is there a larger responsibility at hand? Are documentary films more accessible than in the past, and what new distribution models allow niche projects to reach a wider audience? What are the issues and opportunities filmmakers encounter when they join forces with organizations? Filmmakers who’ve delved into broad-reaching topics such as gay marriage, Asperger’s syndrome, poverty, citizen’s rights, the environment, and freedom will participate in the discussion. Maylen Dominguez, Program Director of the Film Production Master in Fine Arts at Full Sail University will moderate.

Across the Pond: American Screenwriters, British Madmen

Friday, April 17, 11AM-12:30PM at Enzian

 

What happens when two writers who happen to teach at the University of Central Florida—one in the film department and one in the English department—end up writing films for two of the most brilliant, visionary, and over-the-top (some might say “crazy”) directors in British film history? Find out as American screenwriters Barry Sandler and Pat Rushin share their experiences working with Ken Russell (The DevilsTommyAltered States) and Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy GrailTime BanditsBrazil) on the films Crimes of Passion(1984) and The Zero Theorem (2013). Both of these iconoclastic English filmmakers are known for their unpredictability, excess, and wild imaginations, and Barry and Pat will unfold the layers of creative collaboration that went into producing such a provocative sexual thriller with Russell and a playfully cerebral work of science fiction with Gilliam, so people who are into sexual material and services like Escorts in Bradford, will definitely enjoy these movies. Moderated by Stephen Schlow, UCF Associate Instructor of the School of Visual Arts and Design, Film Division.

 

Filmmaker Forum

Friday, April 17, 2–3:30PM at Regal Winter Park Village

Sponsored by WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

 

The Florida Film Festival hosts some of the most talented new independent filmmakers every year and always sets aside one day just to pick their brains. This lively and dynamic exchange of ideas and know-how inevitably defines a high point in the festival—peppered with tales of triumph, challenge, and creative methods. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime airing of artistic laundry by the filmmakers who get the job done. FFF selections committee member and Rollins College Professor Denise Cummings, Chair of the Department of Critical Media and Cultural Studies, will moderate.

 

For those who love a great party (we do!):

FESTIVAL PARTIES:

All parties take place at Enzian Theater, unless otherwise stated.

 

Opening Night Party

8PM–2AM at Enzian and Eden Bar

8–9PM: Eden’s Cocktail Hour

9–11PM: Food will be served

Drinks will be available all night

 

Film & Party ticket price $110

Film ONLY ticket price $25

Party ONLY ticket price $95

 

Celebrate opening night and sample food and cocktails from your favorite local spots.

Participating restaurants and bars include Brio Tuscan Grille, K Restaurant, Swine & Sons, Soco Thornton Park, Tito’s Vodka, Brown Distributing, Rogue Pub, Terrapin, and more!

Locally Fresh!

Saturday, April 11, 11AM–12:30PM at Enzian

Sponsored by Edible Orlando

Tickets are $12 each

 

Don’t miss this delicious afternoon of local eats and a sneak peek into the world of farming, featuring Lake Meadow Natural Farms, Palmetto Creek Farms, Olde Hearth Bread Co., and East End Market. Tastes and live cooking demonstrations are included in ticket price.

 

Locally Fresh! Farmers Market

Saturday, April 11, NOON–2:30PM on the lawn at Eden Bar 

FREE and open to the public

After the Locally Fresh! event, head right out to the lawn at Eden Bar for a farmers market. Guests will get a chance to talk to the famers and other local vendors as well as purchase goods to take home and enjoy.

Whole Foods Market Tasting

Saturday, April 11, 5:30PM – 7:30PM at Enzian and Eden Bar

Sponsored by Whole Foods Market

 

FREE and open to the public

 

Sample a delightful spread of natural and organic tastes from Whole Foods Market.  These appetizers are complimentary for festival attendees.

Sunday Brunch Buffet

Sunday, April 12, 11AM–2PM at Eden Bar

Price: $13.99

 

Enjoy brunch with friends and compare notes on all things Florida Film Festival!  This mouth-watering brunch prepared by Enzian’s chef is sure to leave a good taste in your mouth! No ticket necessary.

 

Festival Block Party

Sunday, April 12, 3–5PM at Regal Winter Park Village

Sponsored by Winter Park Village

510 North Orlando Avenue

Winter Park, FL 32789

 

FREE for Festival ticket and pass holders

 

Look for the Winter Park Village fountain located across from the Regal cinema for a Block Party celebration of the Florida Film Festival. Festival ticket and pass holders will receive free drinks and appetizers from select Winter Park Village restaurants and also enjoy live entertainment by renowned electronic violinist Jarred Burnett. Space is limited so plan to arrive early.

 

Awards Bash

Saturday, April 18

5–6PM Awards Ceremony at Enzian

6–8:30PM Dinner Buffet and cash bar at Eden Bar

7–10PM Live music with The Legendary JC’s and cash bar at Eden Bar

 

Ticket price: $45 in advance, $50 day of event

 

Have you picked your favorite films of the Festival? At the annual Awards Ceremony, you’ll be among the first to find out if they’ve won! Don’t miss this exciting and fun opportunity to hang out with filmmakers as the big winners are announced. Dinner is included in the ticket price and will be served after the Awards Ceremony.

 

Sunday Brunch Buffet

Sunday, April 19, 11AM–2PM at Eden Bar

Price: $13.99

This is a perfect time to enjoy brunch with friends and compare notes on all things Florida Film Festival! This mouth-watering brunch prepared by Enzian’s own chef is sure to leave a good taste in your mouth! No ticket necessary.

 

 

 

Winter Park Playhouse’s 2015-2016 Musicals Series!

Hear ye! Hear ye! Yon Winter Park Playhouse haseth announcements of great import…ance!

(So… maybe my Olde English is a little rusty. Ok, a lot rusty.)

One of Central Florida’s professional musical theatres, Winter Park Playhouse, announces their 2015-2016 season of productions including a summer show this year! General on sale for the public starts on April 15th. Individual tickets and series subscriptions for newbies will be available and are affordable.

Want to see a matinee of all five shows this season? They can do that! Matinees for the full series begin at $135 per person. Seniors may purchase evening five show series for $165, adults $175. You can add the summer show on too for a few bucks more.

This has to be the most affordable, accessible, theatre in the area. The bonus is that they produce all professional musicals. What a rare treat to be able to have theatre like this in our backyard!” confirms Debra Hendrickson, Vice President of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.

The Winter Park Playhouse Series:

Winter Park Playhouse is a 501 C (3) Non-Profit Charitable Organization

Winter Park Playhouse is a 501 C (3) Non-Profit Charitable Organization

SUMMER SHOW

Dames At Sea – July 24 – August 22 ,2015

Book and Lyrics by George Haimson & Robin Miller/ Music by Jim Wise

Before 42nd street , the best tap dancing show was the show that made Bernadette Peters a star, Dames At Sea! It’s the story of a sweet “hometown” girl who’s come to make it big on Broadway, and the “hometown” boy who’s a sailor trying to become a songwriter!

 

5 SHOW SERIES

The Marvelous Wonderettes – September 11 – October 10, 2015

Written and Created by Roger Bean

This smash Off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! Featuring class ’50s and ’60s hit songs including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “It’s My Party,” and over 20 other classic hits! 

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings – November 13 – 22 and December 3 – 19, 2015

By Stuart Ross

Vocal & Music Arrangements by James Raitt, Brad Ellis, Raymond Berg and David Snyder

A “heaven sent” holiday treat, this musical comedy offers the best of Forever Plaid tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top! The legendary Plaids are back on earth but aren’t sure why, until a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they’re needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. 

I Left My Heart: A Salute To The Music Of Tony Bennett – January 22 – February 27,  2016

Created by David Grapes & Todd Olson

Arrangements by Vince di Mura

Central Florida Premiere! This new musical revue features three fabulous tenors paying tribute to the man Sinatra called “the greatest singer in the world.” Take an unforgettable walk down memory lane with a thrilling score of 40 standards all recorded by Bennett, including “Stranger In Paradise,” “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “Rags To Riches,” and his best known hit, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.”

I Love My Wife – March 18 – 19 and March 31 – April 23, 2016

Books and lyrics by Michael Stewart

Music Composed and Arranged by Cy Coleman

This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comedy is a delightful marriage of music, laughs and all around fun! Set in suburban Trenton, New Jersey during the sexual revolution of the 1970’s, two married couples contemplate adding some spice to their lives but only manage to get their toes wet! 

The Fantasticks – May 13 – 22 & June 2 – 11, 2016

Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones

Music by Harvey Schmidt

This funny, romantic Off-Broadway musical, which ran for over 50 years in Manhattan, is about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a love that grows with each season. Written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, the gorgeous score includes the well-loved songs “Try to Remember,” “They Were You,” and “Soon Its Gonna Rain.”

28th Annual Festival of Trees at Orlando Museum of Art

by: @jenvargas

Tis the Treeson! Or, as Orlando Museum of Art’s Council of 101 would say, Tis the Season… for Festival of Trees! For an in-depth look, check out my Google Story below…

As our own Lisa Wilk teased last month in her write-up of Top 5 Fancy Pants Events, one of Central Florida’s favorites, the 28th Annual Festival of Trees has arrived at Orlando Museum of Art. This year’s event features designer decorated trees of all shapes, sizes and colors as well as wall-to-wall wreaths, live entertainment, holiday vignettes, a very swanky holiday boutique (Lilly Pulitzer, Sam Flax, etc), a Festival Cafe, Toyland Town activity area and Children’s Shop and more gingerbread house real estate than you can shake a wooden spoon at! All have been created by local designers, businesses and pastry chefs and THE SMELLS will have you craving hot cocoa or egg nog or just about anything else tasty. Just LOOK at this chocolate resort by Chef Rabii of Four Seasons Orlando

Along with the exciting collection of holiday displays, gifts and more, guests are invited to attend these special events throughout the Festival:

Tuesday, November 18 10am - 5pm 
FESTIVAL SALUTES SENIORS
$9 Senior Admission/$10 General Admission - Celebrating Seniors

Wednesday, November 19 6:30 - 8:30pm
REINDEER ROMP CHILDREN'S PARTY
$12 All Ages - Family Fun, Santa, Children's Entertainment

NEW THIS YEAR! RUDOLPH'S VIP PASS
$25 All Ages 5:30pm PRIORITY ENTRY 
VIP Pass will allow for a full hour of enjoying Reindeer Romp privately before the doors open 
at 6:30pm for Reindeer Romp General Admission

General Admission: November 15-23, 2014
10am - 5pm Daily/$10 Adult $6 Child (ages 3-11)

Tickets are now available for purchase by calling 407-896-4231, Ext. 254, visiting www.omart.org/programs/festival-trees or at the Orlando Museum of Art. Your ticket purchase also includes admission to current Orlando Museum of Art exhibitions including Lamar Peterson: Suburbia Sublime and David Rathman: Stand By Your Accidents. (Don’t forget to stop by the membership desk to check out the discounts on OMA Memberships!)

*VIP Passes must be pre-purchased/Limited to 100 Guests. Rudolph’s VIP Pass will allow for a full hour of enjoying Reindeer Romp privately. Guests will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and enjoy the evening’s festivities before the doors open at 6:30pm for Reindeer Romp general admission.

About the Council of 101 The Council of 101 was founded in 1965 to further the cultural development and appreciation of the visual arts in Central Florida. Today, this outstanding group of volunteers consists of Active, Associate, Honorary, Provisional and Sustaining members who comprise an organization of nearly 300 women. These dedicated members devote countless volunteer hours, boundless energy and strong personal skills to annual fund-raising projects that provide significant financial support to the Orlando Museum of Art. In addition to cash donations, the Council of 101 purchases, through the Corporate Lease Program, Museum-quality prints created by contemporary American artists and gifts them to the Orlando Museum of Art. Prints from this collection may be leased by local businesses through the program administered by the Council of 101. The Council of 101, since its inception, has contributed in excess of $6 million towards art, exhibits, facility renovation and Museum expansion programs. For more information about the Council of 101, please call 407-896-4231 x254.

The Orlando Museum of Art The Orlando Museum of Art is located in Orlando’s Historic Loch Haven Park at 2416 North Mills Ave., Orlando, Fla. From I-4 take the Princeton Street exit 85. Drive east on Princeton Street, and at the corner of Princeton and Mills (US Highway 17 / 92), turn left. Go one block to east Rollins Street and turn left. The entrance is the first driveway on the left. For further information please call 407-896-4231, Ext. 254 or visit www.omart.org/programs/festival-trees. On-site parking during the Festival of Trees $5, Off-site parking visit the website. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Orlando Museum of Art is a Blue Star Museum supported by the Museum’s Board of Trustees, the Ambassadors, Council of 101, Friends of American Art, Acquisition Trust, earned income, contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and is sponsored in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on the Arts and Culture. The National Endowment provides additional support for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Top 5| Fancy Pants Events In Central Florida

By Lisa Wilk

Living in Central Florida gives residents plenty of opportunity to keep outings casual…but we also like to get dressed up for a night on the town and enjoy the finer things. A bonus: fancier events usually benefit worthwhile local charities and local arts- and not always with a hefty price tag. Here are five great ways to delve deeper and explore great Central Florida events in the next month.

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Cows n Cabs 10.25.2014
Don your best Cowboy and Cowgirl attire and celebrate the creations of local chefs enjoyed with wine, craft beer & spirits, live music and more in the heart of Winter Park. Proceeds benefit the Community Food & Outreach Center and Elevate Orlando. Tickets are available for purchase online.

 

Park avenue fashion week 2014

Park Ave Fashion Week 10.25-11.1.2014
Put your most fashionable foot forward as you support the Foundation for Foster Children. Runway Show tickets are available for purchase online for both VIP and general admission tickets.

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Food and Wine Weekends at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Now thru 11.9.2014
Explore your inner foodie with a full Wine Pairing dinner at La Luce by Donna Scala, at Bull & Bear or dive into customizeable Sushi and Sake pairings at Zeta Bar & Sushi Lounge. Be sure to plan a return trip, to indulge in delectable chocolate and Champagne pairings at the Bar du Chocolat and Champagne Tasting at Peacock Alley. (Prices vary)

 

Festival of Trees 2014

Orlando Museum of Arts: Festival of Trees
The 28th Annual Festival of Trees runs from November 15-23rd and kicks off with the black tie gala, on Friday, November 14th. Whether you are dressed to the nines at the gala or prefer strolling the displays at your leisure through the week, this festive Orlando tradition is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

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32nd annual Margarita Ball 11.22.2014
Get ready for the holiday season, admission to this black tie affair is one or more unwrapped toys or gift cards, (the amount of $35 and up is suggested) per couple, along with an invitation from a 2014 director. Guests donations will help spread cheer throughout the holiday season, to those less fortunate in the Central Florida area.

Free Flu Shots in Central Florida!

Centra Care Flu Fighters

Flu Season is upon us again, and for the 12th year in a row, Centra Care, Florida Hospital Urgent Care and Get Healthy Florida are making sure you and your family are protected. This year, Centra Care is offering six different opportunities to get your flu shot, fast and free!

Everyone 6-months and older can get a free flu shot at any one of the scheduled Fast & Free Flu Shot clinics. Because last year’s flu season impacted younger adults in particular, Centra Care physicians want to remind Central Floridians that the single best protection against the flu is the flu shot, even for healthy children and adults. And since the flu virus changes every year, you need a new vaccination each year.

 

2014 Fast & Free Flu Shot Event Schedule:

Wednesday, October 8thNoon – 5PM

Centra Care at Winter Garden Village

3005 Daniels Rd., Winter Garden, FL 34787

Monday, October 13th:

Noon – 5PM

Colonial Town Centra Care

630 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando, FL 32803

Wednesday, October 15th

Noon – 5PM

University Centra Care

11550 University Blvd., Orlando, FL 32817

Tuesday, October 28thNoon – 5PM

Port Orange Centra Care

1208 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange, FL 32127

 

Monday, November 17th

Noon – 5PM

Hunter’s Creek Centra Care

3293 Greenwald Way N., Kissimmee, FL 34741

 

Wednesday, November 19th

Noon – 5PM

Sanford Centra Care

4451 West 1st St., Sanford, FL 32771

(No reservations. First come, first served, while supplies last.)

 

Who Should Be Vaccinated?

The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone, especially those who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications. Including:

 

o    Pregnant women

o    Children younger than 5, but especially younger than 2 years old

o    People 50 years of age and older

o    People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions

o    People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

o    People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:

-Health care workers

-Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these infants are too young to be vaccinated)

 

For those unable to attend one of the Fast & Free Flu Shot events, Centra Care offers convenient, $25 shots, 7-days a week at their 26 Florida urgent care centers; open late and weekends. Walk in anytime, or visit www.centracare.org to schedule an online No Wait Reservation.

PUBLIC CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: 407-833-9201

 

Winter Park Wine & Dine 2014 Details

We are calling this a “Top 5” worthy event!

Look at this great line up for this year!

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Expected restaurants and local businesses include:

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar
4 Rivers Smokehouse
The COOP- “Southern Restaurant”.
Wine on the Way
Sushi Pop.
Mellow Mushroom Winter Park
Shake Shack.
Houndstooth Sauce Co.
K Wine Bar.
Funky Monkey Wine Company.
P is for Pie
Brio Tuscan Grille
Lombardi’s Seafood.
Yogurtland
Pi Hole PIzza
Bungalow 23
Lineage Coffee Roasting
Houndtooth Sauce Company.
Sweet By Holly Cupcakes
Whole Foods Market Winter Park
Rex Goliath
The Basement
Sassafras Sweet Shoppe
John & Shirley’s Catering
O’TownSpas.com
Orange Theory Fitness
Dunkin Donuts
Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream.
PRP Wine
Pr’s Taco Palace
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice.
Rogue Pub Orlando
Bartcade
And more!

Presenting Sponsor – Keller Williams Winter Park

Platinum Sponsors – Mercedes-Benz of Orlando, & Maxmedia Outdoor Advertising, Movement Mortgage, & Sihle Insurance. If want some premium insurance services, then visit uk motor trader insurance.

Silver Sponsor – The Closing Agent.

 

Tickets available @ http://www.winterparkannual.com/event/winter-park-wine-dine-2014/

Share on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/events/674690065937740/

Review | Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month at Hamilton’s Kitchen

by @JenVargas

I had the privilege of attending one of  Visit Orlando‘s media previews for #MagicalDining Month (Sep 1-30) at Hamilton’s Kitchen at The Alfond Inn. For you, dear readers, I do the tough stuff.  Game face on. Wine glass at the ready. Phone for pretty pictures… it’s ALL for all of you out there in and/or on The Internetsland.

It was my first experience and I had a great time! Excellent service from the staff at Hamilton’s Kitchen and great company capped off a lovely evening fit for foodies of every level of expertise. Check out my Google Story below:

The #MagicalDining Month Menu includes:

Choice of two appetizers:
SLOW ROASTED PUMPKIN SOUP
Caramelized pumpkin, almond foam, pumpkin seed oil

FALL BEET SALAD
Local honey glazed beets, house made ricotta, orange segments, fresh mint

Choice of three entrèes:
PAN SEARED SALMON
Three bean cassoule, basil crust, citrus beurre blanc

“ALFOND INN” SPICED RUB COULOTTE STEAK
Creamy parsnip-potato puree, sweet corn asparagus ragout, Barolo sauce

WILD MUSHROOM RAVIOLI
Basil sauce, local cherry tomato confit, shaved parmesan

Choice of three desserts:
“HAMILTON’S” KEY LIME CHEESE CAKE
Key lime sauce angalise

CHOCOLATE DELIGHT
Caramel & raspberry coulis

GRANDMA’S BREAD & BUTTER PUDDING
Heavens to Betsy berry compote, vanilla ice cream

If you’re in the Winter Park area, take a walk down New England Avenue and visit! Locals may want to take advantage of The Alfond Inn’s “Magical Dining Stay and Dine” program too. For $249.00 per night plus tax, you and a guest will enjoy one night in a Classic Guest Room, and dinner for two at Hamilton’s Kitchen (Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Menu only). Gratuities not included. Please visit the website or call and mention the “Magical Dining Package” to book your reservation. Stay includes 2 tickets to the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and 2 tickets to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Art plus a Romantic turndown.

For reservations and more information go to: http://www.thealfondinn.com.

Menus and Special Events calendar: http://www.thealfondinn.com/dining/hamiltons_kitchen/

 

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month 2014 (NOW!)

More than 75 restaurants are serving up savings this Month PLUS portion of proceeds to benefit the Foundation for Foster Children!

More details HERE

 

 

Burger lovers rejoice! Shake Shack comes to Central Florida!

by @JenVargas (with a huge shoutout to Michelle over at City Surfing Orlando!)

New Yorkers know Shake Shack. Jimmy Fallon and Spiderman villain Dane Dehaan LOVE Shake Shack. Jon Stewart, of course, is aware of the hamburger establishment known as Shake Shack. Even Kathie Lee and Hoda are crushing on Shake Shack! What took us so long?!

You may be asking yourself one of two or three questions;

1) Why DIDN’T Central Florida have a Shake Shack sooner?

2) What the heck is a “Shake Shack” and why should I care about shakes or shacks, together or separately?

and, because I really want to know;

3) Is crack Shake Shack’s secret ingredient?

ANSWERS:

1) We don’t know what took Shake Shack so long. Clearly Central Florida is one of the most popular vacation destinations IN THE WORLD, so naturally one might assume we were a given.

2) A little Shake Shack history, quoted directly from their mothership home page: “Shake Shack sprouted from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan created by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) to support the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s first art installation. The cart was quite the success, with Shack Fans lined up daily for three summers.
In 2004, USHG won the bid to open a permanent kiosk in the Park: Shake Shack was born. This modern day “roadside” burger stand serves up the most delicious burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes, beer, wine and more. An instant neighborhood fixture, Shake Shack welcomed people from all over the city, country and world who gathered together to enjoy fresh, simple, high-quality versions of the classics in a majestic setting. The rest, as they say, is burger history.”

3) Sources at Winter Park’s Shake Shack location could neither confirm nor deny said speculation of crack as an ingredient. Interesting to note, said sources also could not confirm nor deny the existence of Shake Shack’s Super Secret Menu locally. Hmmm… will continue to investigate both and keep you guys posted.

Top 5 COOL things about Shake Shack:
1) The C-Line. If you are only craving desserty type goodness, this line’s for you. Bypass the hungry Shakersby, get your custard and split.
2) The view off the back porch of Lake Killarney. Just trust us. Even if it’s hot and gross, dine on the back porch at sunset. It’s just… WOW. (There’s a ping pong table too!)
3) Community Love! They certainly don’t have to however, The Shack regularly donates %5 of sales from their Winter Wonderland Concrete (a dense custard with optional mix-ins) to Central Florida’s own BASE (Believe, Achieve, Support, Educate) Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation, which provides support for children and families living with cancer. Shake Shack’s Stand For Something Good blog is also awesome.
4) NO hormones or antibiotics. EVER. SS only serves 100% all-natural Angus beef.
5) CRINKLE. FRIES. With cheese… cheddar and American. My mouth runneth over!!

For people, check out GIFN‘s Orlando Shack Media Preview GIFs!

For food, heck out my Google Story below for a few visuals…


Canine Companions for Independence Graduation Ceremony to be held in Winter Park (Open to pubic!)

Graduation ceremonies for the Southeast Regional Center of Canine Companions for Independence are emotional and inspiring events where people with disabilities receive their new highly trained assistance dogs. The dogs, which are provided free of charge, have been in training for more than two years and know 40 commands to help with tasks that will enable people to lead a more independent life. Graduations follow an intensive two-week “team training” course where the recipients have learned all of the dog’s commands and how to care for the dog, for more dog info visit here www.mrsdoggie.com. In addition, the ceremonies include a puppy matriculation, an event where puppies are turned in by their volunteer puppy raisers to begin their professional training. The ceremonies are free and open to the public

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Friday, August 15, 2014 at  1199 Clay Avenue Winter Park, FL 32792 United States

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. It is the largest non-profit organization in the world that provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities. The Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence serves Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi. For more information about CCI call 1-800-572-BARK, or visit www.cci.org

Preservation Capen named winner of Florida Trust for Historic Preservation’s Organizational Achievement Award

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation has recognized Preservation Capen, the landmark project to save, move, and restore the historic 1885 Capen-Showalter House, with an Organizational Achievement Award. This award recognizes exceptional examples of projects and individuals in communities across Florida. The Florida Trust received a record number of nominations for its 2014 Preservation Awards program. Award recipients were recognized at the Preservation Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 16, in conjunction with the 2014 annual conference, “Minarets to Mid-Century Modern: Preservation in Tampa Bay.”

John C. Hitt, president of the University of Central Florida, praised the project in a letter to the Florida Trust, writing “I applaud this effort to conserve our architectural heritage in Florida, and I am privileged to support three of our finest local non-profits for this nomination.” Hitt also called the movement to save the house a “remarkable story of public participation in historic preservation.”

In the summer of 2013, the Capen-Showalter House was endangered by new construction. In an unprecedented partnership, three separate Winter Park non-profit cultural and arts organizations forged ahead with a project that few thought would succeed: moving the 200-ton historic home, which was cut into two pieces, across Lake Osceola to a vacant site at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, before January 1, 2014. The move sought both to save the house and to provide the museum with much-needed space for exhibits and events. With the support of more than 400 donors, and with the help of a team of 13 subcontractors, the house was floated to its new location by the end-of-the-year deadline. Innovative thinking by the Boards of Trustees of the three collaborating organizations proved to be the key element of this preservation “win.” Each organization joined with an unqualified commitment to save the building from demolition.CapenHouse

This honor is shared between the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, the Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, and the Winter Park History Museum. Leaders of the three organizations, Debbie Komanski, executive director of the Polasek Museum, Betsy Rogers Owens, executive director of Casa Feliz, Susan Skolfield, executive director of the Winter Park History Museum, and Christine Madrid French, project director of Preservation Capen, were recognized during the 36th annual awards ceremony, held at the historic Tampa Theater in downtown Tampa, Florida.

The next phase for the Capen-Showalter House involves restoration and renovation. Over the next five months, the Polasek Museum (with the help of the Preservation Capen team) is working to re-connect the two halves of the building to create a lively, interesting, historic place for the community to enjoy. When restored, the Capen-Showalter House on the Polasek Museum grounds will invest in glass partitions for your office in Sydney, architecture, and nature, and Winter Park will welcome a sparkling addition to its tradition of culture and heritage. A celebratory opening is planned for November 2014 on the grounds of the Polasek Museum to welcome the community to a building they helped to save.

About Preservation Capen: The Capen House was built in 1885 by one of Winter Park’s earliest residents, James Seymour Capen, and later owned by the Showalter family, leaders in Florida’s aviation community. When the house was threatened with demolition, three organizations formed a cooperative effort to save it. In December 2013, the 4,000-square-foot house was cut in two and floated across Lake Osceola to its new home at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. This landmark effort is supported by key leaders in the community, including Thaddeus Seymour (president emeritus of Rollins College and co-chair of Preservation Capen), Lawson Lamar (former Sheriff of Orange County and State Attorney for Orange and Osceola counties, also a co-chair), all of Winter Park’s past mayors (Allen Trovillion, Daniel Hunter, David Johnston, Gary Brewer, Joseph Terranova, Roland “Terry” Hotard, Kenneth “Kip” Marchman and David Strong) who have served over the last fifty years, the Friends of Casa Feliz and the Winter Park Historical Association.  The Polasek Museum plans to maintain the Victorian house as a public asset and make the site available for educational programs, art exhibitions, and community gatherings. This is Winter Park’s most ambitious historic preservation project since the moving of another historic home, Casa Feliz, in 2001, to its current location on Park Avenue.

About the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardenshttp://www.polasek.org/

Founded in 1961, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is home to an art collection created by award-winning, internationally recognized, Czech-born American sculptor Albin Polasek. The Museum’s primary exhibit is American representational sculpture, with over 200 works by Polasek. The Museum also exhibits contemporary art in all mediums in its gallery space. Guided tours of the historic Polasek residence and chapel are hallmarks of this museum, as well as its breathtaking sculpture garden located on Lake Osceola.  The Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of only 30 members of the National Trust’s Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios.

July 4th Watermelon 5k Run/Walk on Park Avenue in Winter Park

Runners & walkers will go the extra mile to honor military personnel and their families 23rd Annual Hunter Vision

Runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts of all ages can have summertime fun by participating in the Hunter Vision Watermelon 5k, Friday, July 4 on Park Avenue in Downtown Winter

Park. The 3.1-mile run/walk begins at 7:00 a.m. It’s an All-American-style celebration featuring a shady course, entertainment, free kids’ run and the crowd favorite, the Watermelon Eating Contest.

Participants can show support for local military personnel in two ways:Watermellon5k

1) Food Drive. Contribute a non-perishable food items for distribution through the Orlando VA Medical Center’s Veterans in Need Program.

2) Team Challenge competition.  Runners and walkers form teams of any kind: corporate, running club, ROTC, church group, etc.  All teams receive recognition and the largest team will have a

$500 donation made on their behalf to a local 501© (3) organization that supports military service.

All 5k registrants who are active, retired or reservist military service personnel and/or military family members will receive special recognition by a unique bib number and will be entered into a prize drawing to win a Military

Appreciation Staycation!  Staycation elements include a two night stay at Rosen Centre, two tickets to SeaWorld & Aquatica and a $75 Darden restaurant gift card. The randomly chosen winner will be announced after the race.

Proceeds benefit the Track Shack Foundation, a 501 ©(3) organization established to promote health and fitness with an emphasis on youth athletics.

Registration required. For more information or to register run to http://trackshack.com/events-detail.php?id=114

Krispy Kreme’s Flower Doughnuts Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Say Happy Mother’s Day with Bouquet of Springtime from Krispy Kreme!

Brian shared with a few of his blogger friends some of these sweet delights!KrispyKremeMothersDay

Springtime Flower Doughnut – An eye-catching and tasty flower-shaped doughnut with a sweet yellow icing and a chocolate outline. Tell her you ‘love her’ with a dozen today.

Available May 5 through May 11 only at participating Krispy Kreme US and Canadian locations.

Locally : Winter Park

https://www.facebook.com/KrispyKremeWinterParkFL

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2nd Annual Winter Park Canine Memorials

July 26th, this one-of-kind event brings together animal lovers from near and far to celebrate the bond between human and “man’s best friend.” 

Perhaps the most impressive element of the evening is the lantern floating ceremony, where attendees inscribe personal messages to their companions on water lanterns before watching them float on to join hundreds of others. In addition to this beautiful and very emotional ceremony, WPCM 2014 will include animal-friendly vendors, speakers, animal rescue groups, and live music and entertainment. 

FloatingLantern

Saturday, July 26, 2014 • 7pm-10pm

Harbor Park • 4990 New Broad St.
Orlando, FL 32814

Join us on this special evening and dedicate a lantern to
a canine companion you have loved and lost.

Music, guest speakers, and activities will be followed by
a glittering procession of lantern-holders to Fleet Peeples Dog Park.

And as dusk falls, watch your lantern join the hundreds of glowing memorials illuminating the waters of Lake Baldwin.

RESERVE YOUR LANTERN TODAY (absentee lanterns floated by volunteers, will be available as well). Our goal is to have 500 lanterns on the water honoring the memories of our beloved furbabies. https://wpcm2014.eventbrite.com/

More details and FAQ 

www.floatinglanternmemorials.com