By mid-July, you’re more likely to find us enjoying lemonade (or a crisp pilsner) in a lawn chair than digging weeds in the vegetable garden, but to each your own. Orlando summers can be tough on both gardeners and crops, but if you must, we’ve got some advice in the Summer issue of Edible Orlando. Maybe think guava, like those beauties at the top of the page, or the Chinese long bean.
Of course, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Central Florida food culture without breaking a sweat. Edible Orlando writer John Graham puts together a list each week of five hot tips for food and fun around Orlando. (“Hot” is just a figure of speech.) Here’s a look at what’s ahead Saturday to Friday.
Ice Cream, Edible Ed
National Ice Cream Day is always the third Sunday in July, which is this Sunday. To celebrate, Salt & Straw at Disney Springs (and other locations) is debuting the first-ever ice cream perfume. Salt & Straw is famous for unusual ice cream flavors including goat cheese marionberry habanero and strawberry honey balsamic with black pepper. Ever notice cold ice cream doesn’t have much of a smell? In a collaboration with Imaginary Authors, Salt & Straw is releasing three scents that are both wearable and edible – A Cloud of Cocoa, A Swoon of Citrus, and A Plume of Blossoms. Bottles of the perfume go for $65, but an in-shop spritz on your double-fold vanilla is just fifty cents.
On Monday, Jason Wolfe from Tornatore’s Ristorante in College Park will be the latest chef at Edible Education Experience’s Chef Night. Starting at 6 p.m., Chef Wolfe will take diners through a four-course meal including pork belly with onion and apple butter barbecue sauce, stuffed and fried squash blossoms, braised beef short ribs, and strawberry shortcake. Tickets are $100 a person and 21 or older. Meats for the meal are donated by David Kolesnik of Bush Brothers Provision Company in West Palm Beach.
Champagne? Wednesday and Thursday night at the Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Lake Mary – and Thursday night at the Ruth’s Chris on Sand Lake Rd. – you can check out the latest in a series of nationwide TasteMaker Dinners. This one pairs a five-course meal with four wines from Champagne Taittinger. The dinner and wines are $130 per person. The menu, available online, includes shrimp ceviche, seared king salmon, serrano ham and squash fritto, filet steak frites, and a fresh fruit dessert course. Other TasteMaker Dinners later this year include DAOU Vineyards in September and Caymus Vineyards in October. Reservations can be made online. Ruth’s Chris Steak House has more than 150 locations internationally with the headquarters right here in Winter Park.
Each month, Reyes Mezcaleria puts together a special one-night chef’s dinner. This Thursday, Chef Wendy Lopez and team are building a menu inspired by Mexican street food and craft beers. (“Antojitos” literally translates as “little cravings.”) Tickets are around $120 a person with tax and tip included. These “En la Mesa” (“At the Table”) dinners usually sell out. Congratulations to Chef Wendy who, last month, moved up from executive chef to chef-partner.
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