Fun Food Events for Sept 10-16: Wine O’Clock, Taqueria Tuesday and More

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Your range can be as important to a successful meal as the ingredients and the recipes. In the latest issue of Edible Orlando, we check out two local family businesses, Southeast Steel and Aggressive Appliances, who have been outfitting Central Florida kitchens (and saving your rib roasts and cookies) for generations.

Edible Orlando writer John Graham has been cooking up this week’s look at food and fun ahead. If you want to get out of the kitchen for a bit, here’s five events worth checking out in the next week, Saturday to Friday.

Wine Time, Virginia Drive Live, Marialina

Swirlery, the wine shop and tasting room on Michigan St, celebrates its seventh anniversary on Saturday, 2 – 11 p.m. Owner Melissa McAvoy has been a certified sommelier since 2014 and is currently an Advanced Sommelier. The event’s grand tasting will be 2 – 4 p.m. where you can sample more than thirty wines for $25. From 6 – 11 p.m., DJ Andrez and DJ Funkbaby will spin with Anna’s Empanadas from Chef Joemar.

Also on Saturday night, Mills 50 and Ivanhoe Village Main Street are hosting Virginia Drive Live!, 5 – 9 p.m. It’s a night of roaming the neighborhood for food trucks, live music, and vendors. It’s free to walk around, although a $5 wristband at Ten10 Brewing and The Yard at Ivanhoe gets you discounts around the event. Food trucks will cluster at The Barefoot Spa and Parisian Cleaners. Scheduled trucks include Arepa Pela, Parlor Kitchen, Nonni’s Minis, SwedeDish, Alchemy: A Food Lab, Schnitz and Giggles, and more. You’ll find the live entertainment at Ten10 Brewing, Luna Mosaic Arts, The Barefoot Spa and Echoes of Retro. Check out Ten10 Brewing and dozens of other amazing local folks making great food and drink in the Edible Orlando Artisan Guide.

Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Chef Carlos Gabriel is cooking up the latest edition of his pop-up dinner series, Marialina, at Edible Education Experience. “Marialina” is a mash-up of his grandmothers Mariana and Paulina, inspiration for his kitchen career and interest in his Puerto Rican roots. The five-course meal is $95 per person. Planned menu items include a gazpacho with avocado, coconut and cod as well as elevated versions of beans and rice, fried pork belly, and pollo al ajillo (garlic chicken).   

Taqueria Tuesday, Oktoberfest (already!)

Sure, there’s Taco Tuesday, but how about Taqueria Tuesday?  Every Tuesday in September, the Black Rooster Taquerias in both Mills 50 and the Hourglass District will donate five percent of your order to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. BTW, check out those Black Rooster beauties at the top of the page. September is Hunger Action Month, a national campaign to inspire action and raise awareness of hunger in America. During Hunger Action Month, Second Harvest is asking people to donate thirty non-perishable food items, one for each day in the month. Needed items include canned fruit and vegetables, canned tuna, rice, pasta, peanut butter, and nutritional drinks (Ensure, Boost).

We’re now in the season where you’ll see Oktoberfest celebrations popping up every week or two. ICON Park on I-Drive is staging its first Oktoberfest starting this Friday and going Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 2. Seasonal beer flights of four are $16 or a 32-ounce glass stein (you keep) for $22. German food sold on The Lawn include bratwurst with sauerkraut, chicken schnitzel, pretzels with beer cheese, and apple strudel. Local Bavarian music duo Stammtischler will perform during the festival and parking is free.

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