Fun Food Events for June 25-July 1


A portmanteau word is when you mash two existing words together, combining the definitions to make something new. A couple food-based examples are hangry (“hungry” and “angry”) and frappuccino (“frappé” and “cappuccino”). Glamping is a portmanteau of “glamour camping” — roughing it in luxury. Check out the print edition of Edible Orlando for classy camping around Florida.

If you’re not off in the woods with your pup tent and room service, you’re going to be looking for some food fun in the week ahead. Writer John Graham has gone over the options and picked five of the best around Orlando and Central Florida, Saturday to Friday.

Charcuterie Class, Pub Lunch

Saturday, noon – 2 p.m., Tornatore’s Ristorante in College Park will celebrate Pride Month with a special version of its level one charcuterie class. (That’s a Tornatore’s charcuterie board up there at the top of the page!) A $100 ticket gets you bottomless mimosas and wine, appetizers, and desserts during class. Plus, you’ll leave with an engraved board, a take-home charcuterie kit, and a discount at Tornatore’s Italian market. All students are welcome. All profits go to Orlando’s Zebra Coalition, providing services to LGBTQ+ youth and young adults, ages 13 – 24. The class is led by instructor/sommelier Denny Tornatore and cheese connoisseur/sommelier Maria Mancia.

On Sunday, Sideward Brewing Co. is teaming up with popular vegan spot Winter Park Biscuit Co. for a collab pub lunch and beer release, noon- 6 p.m. The new beer is Sideward’s Pub Feed ESB (Extra Special Bitter). This beer style balances sweet malt and bitter hops in a way that, for example, a hops bomb of an IPA doesn’t. Winter Park Biscuit Co. will be cooking up menu items including (all vegan) shepherd’s pie, mushy peas, and a pub burger. Sideward’s kitchen will have some non-vegan specials including a butter chicken burrito and scotch eggs Benedict.

Pizza Party, Summer Dips, Ice Cream

Pizza Bruno turns six years old on July 2, which is actually next week, but chef/owner Bruno Zacchini also has a few birthday specials leading up to the day. Wednesday, it’s $1 beers and $1 wings (dine-in only) until they sell out. Thursday is “buy one, get one free” margaritas all night (dine-in only). Friday, the first 25 tables get free garlic knots (you guessed it – dine-in only). On Saturday, July 2, Pizza Bruno will have a parking lot birthday party, 7 – 10 p.m., with food, raffles and local vendors, presented by Orlando House Party. Birthday cake cannoli will be on special all weekend. All ages welcome.

The Good Foods brand is on a national “Dip into Summer” tour to promote its plant-based dips and guacamoles. Thursday night, the tour pulls into Promenade at Sunset Walk in Kissimmee, 5 – 10 p.m. Good Foods will hand out prizes and swag and samples of products such as its almond-based queso style dip. At night’s end, $5,000 (and any unused product) will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

July 1, conveniently a Saturday for 2022, is National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day – bringing some cooling cleverness just as we hit the summer months. You want some Orlando examples? Kilwins in Winter Park and Celebration dishes up all-American two berry pie with both strawberry and blueberry swirls. Wondermade in Sanford has maple bacon. Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream with locations all over Central Florida does a Mexican chocolate with allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Greenery Creamery has a vegan cookie butter ice cream with a splash of whiskey and Charlie’s Bakery & Creamery dishes “Elvis” – banana ice cream with peanut butter, marshmallow, and honey.

If you prefer your imaginative flavors on a stick, La Palette does guava with dulce de leche. Pop Parlour, in downtown Orlando and at UCF, has espresso cheesecake. Farmers Market favorite Peak Season Pops does passion orange hibiscus. All those purveyors of cooling delight are also part of Edible Orlando’s Artisan Guide. That’s where you can find out about Central Florida folks are making delicious food and drink in small batches with quality ingredients.

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