Fun Food Events for Dec 3-9: Halal Food Fest


Here are some quick tips for fun food events around Orlando this week, including Halal Food Fest, Truffle Dinner and more.

While it’s chilly up north, it’s just the beginning of peak farming season in Florida. Strawberries are ripening, so check with your local you-pick patch. One Florida fruit some folks overlook is the persimmon. They look a bit like a tomato and the flavor compares to both a peach and a pumpkin. We’re reaching the last weeks of persimmon season, so learn more about the Florida superfood in the latest print edition of Edible Orlando.

As we dive into the holiday season, you might get distracted and miss some of the food fun events that pop up around Orlando. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Edible Orlando writer John Graham is always on the hunt for what’s happening around Central Florida.  Here’s five of the best events coming up, Saturday to Friday.

Starting Sourdough, Halal Food Fest

The bread from Nomad Bakehouse in Delaney Park is so popular, they’re now teaching you how to make and bake your own. Saturday and Sunday, it’s a two-day introduction to sourdough baking with stone-milled flours. It’s all very hands on. You’ll learn how to cultivate a sourdough starter, mill your own flour, shape dough, and bake several different loaves. On day two, you’ll also help make lunch for the class with dips, veggies and salads from local produce as well as cookies and fruit cake. The two-day class is $375 and if you can’t make it this week, Nomad Bakehouse will teach the class other weekends too.

Saturday is also Orlando’s first Halal Food Fest, 1 – 11 p.m., at the Islamic Center of Orlando. “Halal” is food, usually meat, prepared according to Muslim dietary laws. Not only will you find traditional fare from The Halal Guys, the critically acclaimed NY fave with local outposts in Lake Mary and Orlando, but also birria tacos, Nashville hot chicken and Jeremiah’s Italian Ice. Halal Food Fest is organized by the ICO Youth.

Red Meat, Red Wine, White Truffles

South Florida’s Red Meat Lover’s Club is teaming up with Corona Cigar Co. on Sand Lake Rd. for a Thursday night celebration of beef, brown liquor and cigars, 7 -10 p.m. The night highlights Central Florida’s grass-fed FSG Beef, Wyoming Whiskey, and Drew Estate Cigars. The menu includes “slabs of FSG Beef served meat mountain-style,” tallow-dripped smashed potatoes, and croissant bread pudding with Wyoming Bourbon sauce. The base price for the dinner is $195 plus fees but bumps up $100 if you add a A5 Japanese Wagyu steak.

Have you ever driven to Orlando International Airport for a good meal and headed back home after

The private dining room at Hemisphere.

dessert? Hemisphere restaurant sits on the ninth floor of Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport with panoramic views of planes coming and going. Every three months, Hemisphere holds a wine dinner. Friday at 6:30 p.m., the Winter Wine Dinner  features Napa Valley’s Beaulieu Vineyard including the highly rated Georges de la Tour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The five-course menu includes Venetian duck ragout with pappardelle and roasted beef tenderloin with field mushrooms and chestnuts. You can get a reservation by emailing Valet parking is complimentary, and no, you don’t have to go through a TSA screening.

In Italy, they have just a few more weeks in white truffle season. Unlike black truffles, the white variety of the famous fungus only grows in the wild and has a more subtle flavor. Friday at 6 p.m., Ravello at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando is celebrating the Alba white truffle with a five-course truffle dinner. The menu includes turbot (flatfish) with cauliflower, buffalo mozzarella and white truffle as well as glazed foie gras and chicken breast with potatoes and white truffle. Dessert? Cream gelato with extra virgin olive oil and white truffle. Each course is paired with a wine from Piedmont, the same region as the truffles. The dinner is $275 per person before tax and tip. Call 407-313-6161 to save a seat.

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