Fun Food Ideas for Feb 5-11

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Chefs work for years to perfect their omelets or omakase sushi, but it’s nice to know a culinary master can sometimes enjoy a Big Mac or Corn Nuts too. Edible Orlando often talks to local chefs and posts fun, quick Q&A interviews. We talk about the Orlando food scene and their kitchen influences, but sometimes, chefs also open up about childhood favorites and even junk food. What local chef loves a McDonald’s sundae? It’s in the archive.

Chefs, cooks, bakers, and artisans are out there, doing the work to make our week nourishing and delicious. Edible Orlando writer John Graham chases down leads on the food-focused fun around Central Florida and picks five of the best each week. Up this week? The Beerlympics and the Florida State Fair!

New Brunch and Beerlympics

Vines Grille & Wine Bar has been on Sand Lake Rd. for almost 20 years now. Starting Saturday, Feb. 5 they’ll be opening earlier on Saturday and Sunday for brunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. On the menu, we spotted pinch-me sticky bread with banana liqueur butterscotch sauce – and put its picture up there at the top. Other new brunch items include osso buco hash, country-fried chicken Benedict, and the croque goddamn madame. Bottomless mimosas are available as a bottle of sparkling wine with your choice of orange, pineapple, cranberry or blood orange juice. Vines also just started opening for lunch at 11:30 a.m., Monday-Friday.

The real Winter Olympics start in Beijing on Friday, Feb. 4, but one day later on Saturday, RockPit Brewing in the SoDo District will stage the one-day Beerlympics, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Teams of four sign up to compete in keg roll relay, stein holding, crazy straw chug relay, 26.2 meter relay (with mug), and team hammerschlagen (pounding nails into a stump). Some events will be held a few doors over at South Orlando Crossfit. Money raised from t-shirt sales will go to United Against Poverty Orlando.

Crave

By the way, if you’re a fan of Orlando’s booming brewery and beer scene, make sure to check out the new issue of Edible Orlando for the scoop on Redlight Redlight and the restaurant that will be opening inside the beer bar early this summer.

The first Florida location of the hot dog and barbecue chain Crave is now open in SoDo. Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m., Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will be there for the grand opening and ribbon cutting. For the occasion, Crave will have the mayor create a Dyer Double Decker sandwich on the spot and add it to the menu for a limited time. Crave is also known for its beer wall with self-service taps. You show your ID and buy a wristband that allows the flow of beer, cider, and wine.

The Florida State Fair and Donut Dogs

The Florida State Fair starts Thursday, Feb. 10, in Tampa. Each year, food vendors try to top the crazy concoctions from last year. The 2022 menu includes poutine sundaes, loaded fried pickle nachos, funnel cake tacos, bacon caramel apples, donut dogs, “Big Mack” pizza, and the Hog Trof (a baked potato topped with pulled pork, baked beans, cheese, and coleslaw). The Florida State Fair runs until Feb. 21. We hear they have rides and animals and concerts too.

Donut dogs are classic fair fare.

Royal-T Tapas officially opens locally in March, selling tapas such as drunken shrimp and plantains three ways from a VW bus (aka Kombi). On Friday, Feb 11. the van is doing a test run – a tapas test trial, if you will – at Celebration Gardens in Winter Park, 4-8 p.m. A $25 ticket gets you admission, a goodie bag, live music, local vendors, photo ops, a raffle ticket, and discounts on those tapas.

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