Fun Food Ideas for Feb 12-18


Last week, we mentioned the quick chef Q&As you can find at Well, not every food creator you should know in Central Florida is a full-on classically trained chef. Farmers, brewers, self-taught bakers, and coffee roasters all fall under what we’re calling “artisans.” Check out more Q&A’s as well as our Artisan Guide to find your neighbors who are making some delicious stuff.

Did you realize that both Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day are coming up in the week ahead? Just don’t mix up the chicken wings and the chocolate-covered strawberries … unless you’ve got that kind of sweetheart! We’ve got the local lowdown for Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Monday. Plus, there’s plenty of other food fun ahead in Orlando. Edible Orlando writer John Graham chases down what’s hot and happening in Central Florida and picks five biggies for the next week, Saturday to Friday.

Alton Brown and Super Bowl Sunday

Alton Brown

TV cook and host/creator of “Good Eats,” Alton Brown says his current touring stage show is his last. “Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats” pulls into the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets start as low as $39.50, but the $189.50 VIP package includes soundcheck and an intimate Q&A. Follow Alton on social media to see where he eats while in Orlando this time. In 2017, he hit both Beefy King and Foxtail Coffee – and left an alligator paper towel dispenser in a downtown planter.

Super Bowl LVI is being played in Los Angeles, but it’s not hard to find local watch parties around Orlando. Miller’s Ale House locations are selling reserved Sunday seating at $25 per person with the cash credited back to your gameday check. To get in on this, walk into your favorite Miller’s Ale House location and talk to a manager.

A charitable choice for Super Bowl Sunday would be the Super Soul Party at Exploria Stadium, starting at noon. In 2017, web personality Meir Kay invited six homeless people in New York City to watch the game with him. Now, that simple idea has expanded to dozens of cities each year – including, for the first time, Orlando. Super Soul Parties often include free food, haircuts, clothing drives, and simple camaraderie. There’s still time to volunteer.

Bengal’s Burger

Teak Neighborhood Grill will be serving up two specialty donut burgers on Sunday. The “Bengal” is fried chicken, bacon, hot honey sauce, American cheese and fried onions between orange and black glazed and frosted donuts. The “LA Rams” donut burger is a grilled beef patty, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and a hash browns patty between blue and white frosted and glazed donuts.

Valentine’s Day Dining

Valentine’s Day on a Monday? If we must. Edible Orlando has already posted a solid guide to Orlando Valentine’s Day dining. Now, we have a sneak peek of some of the special menu items available on both Sunday and Monday at Primo at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes: Seafood Risotto with Bay Scallops, Preserved Lemon, Roasted Tomatoes, Fried Fennel; Bone-In Tenderloin with Green Onion Creamed Kale, Hasselback Potato, Truffle Beef Jus, Beer Battered Onion Rings; Seared Golden Tile Fish with Shrimp Bisque Butter Sauce, Roasted Tokyo Turnips, Grilled Turnip Greens, Watermelon Radish Relish; and an Almond-phyllo Napoleon with creme brûlée custard, raspberry, limoncello sorbetto.

Scott’s Country Market, at Long & Scott Farms in Mount Dora, reopens for the season on Thursday. In addition to jarred jams, jellies, and sauces, Scott’s carries fresh seasonal produce from Long & Scott as well as other Central Florida growers. It’s not Zellwood sweet corn season yet (check back in late April), but we’d expect to see cabbage, kale, collard greens, beets and onions. Winter hours are Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

4 Rivers Smokehouse

Mac Attack

4 Rivers Smokehouse locations just started two new customizable bowls called the “Inflation Menu.” The barbacoa bowl is black beans and rice, lettuce, cilantro lime crème fraiche, guasacaca (avocado salsa), cilantro onion salsa, queso fresco, and lime juice. That’s $7.99 with $2 more for pork, chicken or roasted vegetables. Adding brisket is $4.50. The other bowl is the buffalo mac attack: french fries and either chicken or cauliflower in Buffalo sauce, macaroni and cheese, jalapeños, queso fresco, and cilantro with a side of ranch or blue cheese dressing for $9.99.

You can read an interview with 4 Rivers Smokehouse founder John Rivers in the latest issue of Edible Orlando magazine. Rivers talks about how his barbecue restaurants have allowed him to also develop the College Park urban farm and educational facility, 4Roots Farm.

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