Fun Food Ideas: Dec 11-17

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Why peppermint and Christmas? Is it the candy canes? Maybe it’s that cool breeze on your tongue. Or perhaps it’s that Santa always drops toothpaste and mouthwash in your stocking. If you’d like to whip up (literally!) some holiday spirit this season, try the White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse in the latest print issue of Edible Orlando. You can even top it by crushing the “broken” candy canes that seem to always get eaten before making it on the Christmas tree.

Each week, Edible Orlando writer John Graham picks five foodie “best bets” around Orlando for the next seven days, Saturday through Friday. Events are definitely taking a Christmas-y turn as December 25 approaches. Get out there and enjoy what Central Florida has to offer.

Shopping, Noshing, Crafting

Shopping and eating at the same time? You know us too well, Hourglass District! Saturday, noon – 5 p.m., The Hourglass Collective Holiday Market is mixing your need for stocking stuffers with your need for lunch. This is all focused around Hourglass Social House, the food hall-ish space that holds Tamale Co., Leguminati, Le Ky Patisserie, and others. Expect more than 40 vendors, both foodie and giftie, along with live music and carolers.

Every month, the Edible Education Experience holds a “how-to” event with an expert, light bites, and an art or craft to take home. Monday, 6-8 p.m., Lyndsey Boekenkamp (Secret Garden Guru) will show how to dye fabric with backyard plants and pantry staples. You’ll go home with a one-of-a-kind silk scarf and a bud vase arrangement. Chef Megan Wilhelm (The Farmacy) will handle those chefy snacks inspired by the on-site culinary garden. Tickets are $70 and the event is 18+.

Gingerbread Houses, Pasteles, Beer Dinner

Pour Choice Taphouse is the new beer bar in the Mills 50 neighborhood. What’s unique is you pour your own beer from 50 taps and settle up at the end of the night. On Tuesday, Pour Choice is hosting a gingerbread house decorating contest. Solo builders pay $20 for construction materials. Couples (or platonic teams of two) pay $35. The chosen winner will get a prize pack and ornament at the end of the night. The “house party” starts at 7 p.m.

Pasteles are a Christmas tradition in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and beyond. They’re similar to tamales, but with green banana or plantain as the base for the dough instead of corn. Wednesday at 6 p.m., the Orange County Library System will host a free virtual pasteles cooking class on Instagram. Yamira Lee Johnson from Breaking Bread with Mira will teach. Registration is suggested.

Yamira Lee Johnson

À La Cart Orlando is teaming up with Asheville’s Wicked Weed Brewing for its last beer dinner of 2021. Wicked Weed will pair beers with courses served by food trucks currently at À La Cart. The menu is still coming together, but beers will include a Watermelon Dragon Fruit Burst slushie, Pernicious IPA, and Chocolate Covered Black Angel (a barrel-aged dark sour ale with chocolate and cherries). Tickets are $55, which includes tax and tip.

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