Fun Food Events for Jan 7-13

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Here are some quick tips for fun food events around Orlando this week, including a seafood festival, cooking classes and more.

The new issue of Edible Orlando is on it’s way and you’ll still find it for free in all usual restaurants, bars, coffee shops and markets … but why wait? The Winter digital edition is out right now with new recipes, profiles, and advice on what’s out there to eat and drink around Central Florida. Chef Kevin Fonzo of Edible Education Experience teaches us all how to make a killer pizza at home, just like the one at the top of the page.

So many wonderful opportunities for food fun around Orlando each week that you just might need some help keeping track of it all. Edible Orlando writer John Graham is on a quest each week for what’s new and what’s about to break. Here’s the top five from Saturday to Friday.

The Get Hook’d Seafood Festival is back in downtown Sanford on Saturday. That’s good news whether you prefer catching bass and crappie or snacking on shrimp and sushi. If you want to compete for the $10,000 in fishing tournament prizes, you must attend a meeting on Friday night before the Saturday morning competition on Lake Monroe. The rest of us can just show up, noon – 6 p.m., and eat. Centered around Historic Downtown Sanford, the festival includes both food trucks and local restaurants (such as Celery City Craft) as well an outdoor stage, vendors and kids’ zones. At 8 p.m., The Supervillains play for free at The West End Trading Co.

The Dolly Llama, a waffle and ice cream chain from Los Angeles, celebrates the grand opening of its first Central Florida location on Saturday. In Winter Garden Village, the first 100 people in the store, starting at noon, get a swag bag with other giveaways throughout the day. Franchisees Sabina and Amit Maini live in Winter Garden and were first fascinated by The Dolly Llama on a visit to Los Angeles’ Chinatown. The Dolly Llama’s menu focuses on ice cream and toppings served on either a Belgian Liège waffle or a Hong Kong-style bubble waffle. Yes, there are milkshakes too.

Inside The Hall on the Yard at Ivanhoe Village, The Chef and I Orlando features menu items such as duck and waffles or cereal milk cheesecake. (Executive Chef Chris Rains and CEO Erica Rains are the married “Chef and I” in the restaurant’s name.) Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., the couple are hosting a $100 Founders Dinner. They promise an intimate evening of stories and food, inspired by their own family dinners as children. Chef de Cuisine Michael Morrison will be in the kitchen. The Rains come to Orlando from Nashville after first starting The Chef and I as a catering company in 2008 and opening their first restaurant there in 2012.

Chopped superfood salad with raspberry acai dressing topped with hemp chia and flax seeds

Some food tastes good. Some food is good for you. Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., The Center for Health & Wellbeing in Winter Park hosts a program about food that’s both. “Food as Medicine: Cooking to Prevent Cancer” is led by both a registered dietician and an AdventHealth oncologist. Recipes covered will be barbecue tofu and chickpea sandwiches, superfood slaw (on the left), and a mocktail. If you want to attend the class in person, it’s $30, but you can also register to watch for free in a Zoom meeting. Either way, you get a recipe booklet.

Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Edible Education Experience is teaching “New Year’s Harvest & Seasonal Cooking,” a seed-to-table cooking class designed for homeschool students, ages 8 – 12. For $60, kids learn what fruits and vegetables come from Florida gardens this time of year and basic culinary techniques for getting them on the dinner table. If families can’t afford the class, EEE offers partial and full scholarships.

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