Fun Food Ideas April 2-8: Healthy Cooking Classes


The weather’s getting nice again in Central Florida, and folks are taking their dogs to cafes and patios. You might have noticed the doggie menu trend: Everything from a free pup cup or puppuccino to full-on menu items. One of our favorites are the $4 house-made ice cream treats (peanut butter, banana, honey and yogurt) at Houndstooth Kitchen and Eatery in Maitland. A percentage of the price goes to the Humane Society. Of course, Houndstooth’s people food is pretty good too – like the lemon thyme turkey panini with a side of carrot ginger soup in the photo up top. Check out Houndstooth and dozens of other amazing local folks making great food and drink in the Edible Orlando Artisan Guide.

You come here every week because you know there’s always something delicious going on in Central Florida, and Edible Orlando is on top of it. Writer John Graham has tracked down five bits of food fun in the seven days ahead.

Cooking Classes, Wine Wars

This week’s first event is gonna sell out, even though it’s actually free, so get on it! OREO cookies turn 110 this year and on Saturday, the Publix Aprons Cooking Schools in Dr. Phillips and Winter Park are offering free open house classes on desserts made with OREOs. That could include red wine cookie brownies, lemon cookie pudding, berry and cream squares, or OREO Birthday Party-flavor truffles. Click here for Dr. Phillips or Winter Park calendars and then go to April 2 to register for your spot. Attendees also get recipe booklets and other swag.

Wine Wars is back Saturday, 5 – 9 p.m., at The Veranda at Thornton Park. Teams (1-3 people) each bring three bottles of the same wine. For Saturday, it’s Cabernet and cab blends. Everyone samples the wines, chats with the other teams, listens to the DJ, and maybe eats at the food vendors. You vote on your phone for your favorite and least favorite. The winner gets one bottle from every team to take home. Well, except for the least favorite, who just gets their bottle back. Tickets are around $40 whether you’re on a wine team or will be a “non-drinker.” Part of the money collected at Wine Wars Orlando goes to A Gift for Teaching.

Katie Farmand

Healthy Cooking Classes

Wednesday, Edible Orlando Editor Katie Farmand will kick off a three-part series of classes at Winter Park’s Center for Health & Wellbeing. That first class, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., is “Cooking with Miso.” The Asian fermented, salty soybean paste is high in protein and probiotics. Katie will be demonstrating miso Caesar dressing, miso pasta, and miso mushrooms and green beans. Tickets are $25. Yes, you get to sample all the dishes and go home with the recipes. On May 4, Katie will be sharing Cinco de Mayo recipes a day early, and on June 8, she’ll focus on “Five-Ingredient Meals.”

Wednesday afternoon, 1-2 p.m., Executive Chef Edwin Cabrera from AdventHealth’s Center for Nutritional Excellence will teach a free class on making butternut squash soup with roasted beet, kale and pepper salad. This will be at AdventHealth Partin Settlement Health Park in Kissimmee, and the recipe is both healthy and diabetic friendly. Attendees can also tour the Health Park. If you can’t make it Wednesday, Chef Cabrera will also teach the same recipe at the Clermont Health Park on April 27.

BTW, have you checked out our Healthy Helpings video series, in partnership with AdventHealth and hosted by Edible Orlando‘s Katie Farmand? Learn how to make roasted beet salad with scratch vinaigrette, Florida snapper Veracruz, and a roasted sweet potato and golden sauerkraut veggie bowl.

Save the Date: Science of Wine

Orlando Science Center’s Science of Wine, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Let’s close out the week with an event coming up later this month. You need to buy now if you want to save some cash! On April 23, 7 – 10 p.m., Orlando Science Center will celebrate The Science of Wine. Tickets are $125, but if you buy before April 10, the early bird price is $110. Not just a chance to sample 150+ wines, you can also painlessly learn a little something about wine, and pair wine with food samples from local restaurants including 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Black Rooster Taqueria, Hungry Pants, Yak & Yeti and more.

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