Fun Food Events for July 30-Aug 5

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From the “plant-curious” mushroom “bacon” BLT at Hungry Pants (up top) to the old-school roast beef sandwiches at Beefy King to the Filipino casual fine dining of the upcoming Kaya, we here at Edible Orlando love to see the success of local family-run restaurants. You can check out a bunch in the latest print issue of Edible Orlando, “Families + Food.”

Each week in this column, writer John Graham searches the local food scene for five fun events. That might be a restaurant opening, a local festival, a cooking class, or just a really good deal. Here’s what’s ahead, Saturday through to Friday.

Treats and Tastings

O-Town West is the new development, kinda between Walt Disney World and SeaWorld, with the big White Castle and Portillo’s. Saturday and Sunday, the new Jeremiah’s Italian Ice right in the middle will celebrate its grand opening with the whole menu of frozen treats at half-price. Saturday from 1-5 p.m., Jeremiah’s will also have a visit from the fire department (in a good way), a balloon artist, live DJ, and “special art” from neighboring tattoo studio Fine Ink. One person who checks their Jeremiah’s J-List Rewards app while visiting will get a year of free icy treats.

On Tuesday, BACÁN (pictured below), the newly Michelin-recommended restaurant at Lake Nona Wave Hotel, will highlight Ventisquero Wine Estates in its wine makers dinner series. The welcome reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. You’ll enjoy a five-course tasting menu matched with Ventisquero wines. The night’s pairings include Peruvian duck nigiri with Heru pinot noir, pastel de jaiba (Chilean crab casserole) featuring king crab with Tara chardonnay, and ribeye cap with Vertice carménère/syrah. The dinner is $200 per person plus tax and service. The evening also includes live entertainment through the night. The best way to reserve a spot is to e-mail [email protected].

Cooking Class, IPA Day, NSB Seafood

Mesa de Cocina (“The Kitchen Table”) is a series of free cooking classes, a partnership between The Bros in Convo Initiative and QLatinx, to teach gay and queer home cooks of color to make healthy meals on a limited budget. Wednesday night’s class, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., will cover coconut sauce, peanut sauce and salsa at 5 Loaves Kitchen in Winter Springs. Students also get a free cookbook and ingredients to make recipes at home. The series of classes is funded by the Start Small Initiative, created by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. You can find previous Mesa de Cocina recipes on YouTube.

The first Thursday in August is National IPA Day, a tribute to those hoppy India pale ales. The newest IPA in Central Florida must be Urban Canopy from Windermere Brewing Company – because WBC is also the newest microbrewery around. Urban Canopy is a west coast-inspired IPA brewed with very fruit-forward hops (Azacca, Strata, Zappa) and an ABV of 7%. The taproom and beer garden are lake house-themed which fits with Windermere’s town motto of “Among the Lakes.” Windermere Brewing is right next to a downtown tradition, Dixie Cream Café.

Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach is closed to traffic Thursday night, 5 – 9 p.m., for the 15th annual New Smyrna Beach Shrimp & Seafood Festival. There’s no admission fee and local restaurants will be selling sample size servings of seafood for around $5-8 and competing in categories of shrimp, shellfish, fish, and specialty seafood. Winners are “Best of the Beach.” The family night out will also have craft vendors and live entertainment.

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