Tapa Toro serves bottomless brunch, a build-your-own-pizza concept comes to Celebration, and more Orlando food news


The Filipino Kamayan Feast at Kadence Orlando - PHOTO VIA KADENCE ORLANDO/FACEBOOK
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  • The Filipino Kamayan Feast at Kadence Orlando

NEWS: Tapa Toro is now serving a bottomless brunch Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All-you-can-eat paella goes for $25. Bottomless mimosas and sangria can be had for $16 more ... MX Taco has expanded their menu to include more gringo-friendly items like nachos, rice bowls and quesadillas. Ground beef, chorizo and pulled chicken tacos using flour tortillas are also offered. Also, MX Taco will launch their own lager called Cerveza Local in early March.

John Tesar, four-time James Beard Award semifinalist for “Best Southwest Chef,” Top Chef Season 10 contestant, and "The Most Hated Chef in Dallas"is coming to Orlando. Tesar, the badass chef of the much-lauded modern steakhouse Knife, will open Knife & Spoon in the old Norman's space inside the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. Expect a menu of handmade pastas, steak and seafood. Tesar is targeting a March/April opening ... Look for MX Tacoto open in the Gourmet Market at Magic Place food hall next summer at 5500 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway near Celebration … The Pizza Press, a build-your-own-pizza concept in Celebration, is under new ownership and will celebrate a "grand reopening" Friday-Sunday, Dec. 13-15. Various specials, giveaways and menu sampling will be offered in addition to live entertainment ... F&D Woodfired Italian Kitchenwill open next spring in the old Bayridge Sushi location in Longwood.

  • An exclusive look at Knife & Spoon's new logo, cortesy of John Tesar

Manny's Chophouse in Altamonte Springs has closed. Rumor is it'll be rebranded as Galería, just like the old Manny's Chophouse in Baldwin Park.

EVENTS: The RomMold Wine & Food Fest takes place Dec. 14-15 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds featuring food, wine, beer and music from Romania (Rom) and Moldova (Mold). The event goes from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday ...

The 5th Annual Filipino Kamayan Feast takes place Sunday, Jan. 12, at Kadence in Audubon Park. Expect banana leaves topped with mountains of Filipino food. Cost is $75 ...

Also on Jan. 12, local PBS affiliate WUCF will hold a special screening of Season 2 of Marcus Samuelsson's No Passport Required at 6:30 p.m. at the Orlando Public Library. A panel discussion on immigrant food culture in Orlando will follow with Ricky Ly of Tastychomps.com, chef Bruno Fonseca of the Foreigner Experience and yours truly. Food tastings will be provided by Cress Restaurant, the Foreigner Experience, Mecatos Bakery, Nile Ethiopian, Paris Banh Mi and Sticky Rice. Register at wucf.org/culture.

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