Christmas Dinner and Other Fun Food Events for Dec 24-30


Here are some quick tips for fun food events around Orlando this week, including Christmas dinner, cooking camps, and more.

Coffee solves two big holiday problems – finding a gift with some local flavor and working up the energy to go buy all those presents and get them wrapped and ready. Check out the current issue of Edible Orlando for our guide to seven great specialty coffee shops around Central Florida.

You might think that food culture in Orlando would hit a lull between Christmas and New Year’s Day, but everyone’s still got to eat, right? Edible Orlando writer John Graham has found the five best fun food events around town in the week ahead, Saturday to Friday.

Christmas Dinner, Meet Krampus

If you don’t do a lot of home cooking, maybe the best gift you can give yourself is going out to eat on Dec. 24 or 25. A lot of Central Florida restaurants will be open at least part of the time on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and some of the spots keeping the doors open might surprise you. Check out our list of Christmas restaurants on and do it fast! Most places will require you to make a reservation.

Now through January 8 at Krush Brau Park in Kissimmee, you can meet Krampus and sample his favorite food and drink. Krampus is the European mythical monster who punishes bad children at Christmas. Adventurous visitors must work their way through a laser swamp and bone cave to reach Krampus’ throne. Along the way, you drink four shots, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. For example, “The Naughty List” is made with cotton candy juice and Sprite, but rum can be added for the over-21 crowd. Tickets are $5 for the alcohol-free experience or $25 with booze. Krush Brau Park also has a Krampus food menu for before or after your trek. Maybe try the slaughter fries (with sliced bratwurst and sauerkraut and beer cheese) or the elf skin sandwich (chicken doner kabab).

Tasty Trio, Cooking Camp, Free Cupcakes

On Thursday at 7 p.m., Quantum Leap Winery is teaching a class they call “Best of Wine, Cheese & Chocolate.” You’ll be pairing five Quantum Leap wines with five gourmet cheeses from La Femme du Fromage and five sweets from Peterbrooke Chocolatier in Winter Park. The class is led by The Tasty Trio: Jill Ramsier from Quantum Leap, Tonda Corrente of La Femme du Fromage, and Lisa Wilk from Orlando Uncorked. Tickets are $60 per person and the class lasts about two hours.

Here’s a gift for children and parents alike – a three-day cooking class for kids that gets them out of the house for a bit during holiday break. Publix Aprons Cooking School has camps starting Monday at both the Orlando and Winter Park locations. The morning class is for ages 8-10, covering Italian, Asian and Mexican cooking. The afternoon class is for ages 11 and 12, going over home-cooked fast food such as burgers and milkshakes, chicken crunch wraps, and tacos. The night class is for teens 13-17, teaching the air fryer, immersion circulator, and grill. All three classes are $135 for the three days.

Not just this Wednesday, but every Wednesday, The Naked Cupcake in Lake Nona is giving them away. The deal is that you buy something – anything – in the store and you get a coupon for a free cupcake the next time you visit. In case you were wondering, they’re called “naked” cupcakes because they’re good enough to eat without frosting and you can choose which toppings you want.

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