October is here, which means no one can complain “It’s too early!” if you’re really jonesing for that first pumpkin spice latte of the season. The next seven days (Oct. 2-8) will also bring us so much more than cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. “Edible Orlando” looks into the future and sees tacos, curries, a mug of Oktoberfest lager, elegant steak and seafood and more. Did we mention tacos? John Graham has the lowdown.
Oct. 2-8 Fun Food Ideas
Wine and cookies? That’s what Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux Café has cooking (baking?) on Saturday. In fact, they’re doing it twice – 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. A $30 ticket gets you five different treats from Orlando’s Heartsong Cookies paired with vintages from Chile’s Santa Ema Winery.
A couple local Oktoberfest celebrations this week. On Saturday, Redlight Redlight is taking over the parking lot out front and putting up a tent. From 2 – 10 p.m., expect live music, German food, a best-dressed contest, and, oh yes, beer. Lederhosen and masks encouraged. Park over at Audubon Park School.
This next Oktoberfest overlaps into next week, but we’re still going to include it! Avalon Park is hosting celebrating Saturday, Oct. 9, but there’s also a Beer Garden Preview on Friday, Oct. 8. Both are 5 – 10 p.m. The gemütlichkeit (“good times”) will include Alpine dancing, live music and food vendors.
Celebrating National Taco Day
Taco Monday? Well, National Taco Day is always Oct. 4 and this year, that falls at the start of the week. We could probably fill the whole page with local taquerias and national chains offering up different tacos deals, so call your favorite if we missed them. At Chuy’s, you can add a crispy or soft ground beef taco to any entrée for a dollar. A better deal for the brave is to dress up like a taco, post a photo with #ChuysTacoDay, and head in for a free, dine-in entrée.
If you go to the Taco Bell website, you can give a free taco (a $2 e-gift card) to someone else, but they have to either order online or use the app to get it. That’s how they get ya!
Did you know bartaco has a secret seasonal taco (pictured above)? You usually have to search #bartacosecret on social media, but shhh…. Starting Monday, it’s roasted brussels sprouts with honey chipotle glaze on a bed of spicy curry carrot puree.
Just like tacos have taken over America, curries are often “the thing” in Great Britain and Ireland. After all, they’re both filling, not too expensive, (often) spicy, and go great with beer. Wednesday, Harp & Celt Irish Pub is staging another Curry Night with Chef Paul from popular pop-up The Viceroy Chipshop’s Curry Club. You’ve got to call Harp & Celt by Monday to reserve your pub dinner and pay your $22. The menu choices include butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, lamb dopiaza, railway chili chicken, and more. Entrees can be made vegetarian and all dinners include Bombay potatoes, samosa, onion bhaji, pilau rice and naan. Call (407) 481-2928 to hold a plate.
One-Year Anniversary for Knife & Spoon
Thursday will mark one year since Knife & Spoon debuted, the steak and seafood restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes. To celebrate, Knife & Spoon chefs John Tesar, Gerald Sombright and Stephane Cheramy have curated a special evening. A cocktail reception with live music transitions to five courses with wine pairings. Guest chefs include Alex Seidel (“Food & Wine” Best New Chef in 2010) and Casey Thompson (“Fan Favorite” on “Top Chef” season three. The evening is $295 per person with valet parking. Proceeds go to Parramore Kidz Zone. Call (407) 393-4333 for reservations.
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