Photo Gallery: Menu Tasting for Orlando Science Center's Neanderthal Ball



Stonewood Grill menu items for OSC's Neanderthal Ball
  • Stonewood Grill menu items for OSC's Neanderthal Ball

We're less than a week away from Orlando Science Center's Neanderthal Ball, The Loch Haven institution's annual high-brow/low-forehead celebration of caveman couture is being presented on Nov 5, with sponsorship by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

I've attended the event in past years, and the main attraction -- aside from seeing Orlando's fanciest folks in animal print formalwear --  has usually been the fine food. This year's event is looking to raise the bar event higher, thanks to a new partnership with Stonewood Grill.

If you know about the "paleolithic diet" you might expect a stone age soiree to serve nothing but wild game and uncultivated greens. Thankfully, menu designer Lee Karlins has allowed some processed flour and dairy products (along with plenty of alcohol) in the the door, as I discovered at a private preview tasting party held earlier this month at Stonewood's Heathrow restaurant.

Below, you'll find a photo gallery of the goodies that will be served to guests this Saturday night, followed by complete event details direct from OSC. Tickets aren't cheap, but proceeds support the center's youth programs. And if you're anything like me you may consume your money's worth in lamb chops alone.

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Step Into The Past to Support the Future

The Neanderthal Ball at the Orlando Science Center

Presented by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 7:00-11:00 p.m.

Orlando, FL – October 4, 2011 - Party like a caveman at the Orlando Science Center's Annual Neanderthal Ball on Saturday, November 5. From 7 to 11 p.m., participate in a “diamond dig” for an authentic diamond, examine real fossils, or witness the latest in “caveman couture” with guests encouraged to dress in animal prints or go full “caveman” or “cavewoman” with themed apparel. It’s a night of prehistoric fun in the dinosaur exhibit to benefit programs for youth at the Orlando Science Center.

Not only is this ball filled with fun activities for you to enjoy, it is an upscale dining experience. Exquisite gourmet food from Stonewood Grill as well as Olive Garden’s fine wines and Orlando Brewing Company’s artisan beers. Still not satisfied, this year Absolut vodka is featuring a martini bar to move our theme into the Ice Age in a themed area within the Science Center’s astronomy exhibit.

The Neanderthal Ball is presented by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children with additional sponsorship provided by M&I – a part of BMO Financial Group, SAIC,The Women’s Center of Orlando and American Airlines. The event serves as the Science Center’s biggest friend-raiser of the year and attracted over 600 guests last year. Guests will rock out with themed entertainment and music, bid on the incredible silent auction items, indulge in the delectable food and wine choices, and witness the spectacular view from the terrace overlooking the City Beautiful.

Dust off your club and drag your date to the Neanderthal Ball. The cost of the event is $125 per person for individual tickets and sponsorships are available from $1,500 to $5,000. All sponsorships include tickets to the Neanderthal Ball and various levels of promotional opportunities. Proceeds to benefit the Orlando Science Center, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Neanderthal Ball provides critical funds to provide operating support for educational programs and opportunities for youth, regardless of their ability to pay, to experience the fun and discovery of the Orlando Science Center.

We look forward to seeing you at the coolest event this side of the Ice Age! For more information on Neanderthal Ball, please call 407.514.2233 or visit Tickets are available for purchase online.

Also sponsored by: Bright House Networks, Disney,  Finfrock DMC, Harriett Lake, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Macy’s, Seay Business Solutions, LLC,, Starwood Vacation Ownership, Universal Orlando, WFTV Channel 9, EDI of Central Florida, Information Technology Data Solutions Inc., Osceola School Board, KPMG, LLP, Lockheed Martin, North Highland, Progress Energy, Tupperware Brands Corp, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Siemens Energy, Inc., Sundance Marketing Solutions, Hancock Bank, Productivity Apex, Carpe Diem and Fifth Third Bank.

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