OPENINGS: Fuddruckers, once the darling of better-burger aficionados, has opened their third location near the corner of Colonial Drive and Bennett Road in Colonialtown ... I-CE-NY, serving smashed and rolled ice cream, has opened in Baldwin Park ... Clean Juice, a chain of organic juice and smoothie bars, has opened in Winter Park Village. Look for another to open at the end of the month on City Plaza Way in Oviedo ... Peppino's Organic Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria will serve Neapolitan-style pies with Sicilian flavorings when it opens in the Hourglass District sometime after Thanksgiving ... Also in the Hourglass District, look for the aptly named Hourglass Brewery to open their second location next to Peppino's ... Metro Diner will open another area restaurant Dec. 12 on University Boulevard near UCF.
EVENTS: Luma on Park hosts a wine dinner Wednesday, Nov. 29, featuring a five-course meal prepared by chef Brandon McGlamery and wines by Opus One. Cost is $300 ... The seventh annual Cupcake Challenge, in support of Dress for Success Greater Orlando, goes from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Winter Park Civic Center; yours truly will be a judge. Tickets are $22 for adults, $12 for children ... Second Harvest Food Bank's Chef's Night Series concludes for the year Dec. 7 as Trina Gregory-Propst of Se7en Bites whips up a five-course breakfast for dinner. Cost is $50 ... On Dec. 9, the third annual James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour rolls into Ravello at the Four Seasons Resort featuring such top chefs as Paula DaSilva of Burlock Coast in Fort Lauderdale; Dean Max, chef/owner of DJM Restaurants (which operates seven restaurants in the U.S. and Caribbean); James Boyce of Cotton Row in Huntsville, Alabama; the Rusty Spoon's Kathleen Blake; as well as executive chef Fabrizio Schenardi and executive pastry chef Rabii Saber of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando. Cost for the six-course dinner with wine pairings is $235.
NEWS: In further news concerning the most unnecessary food competition of the year, Orlando's Signature Dish – or rather, Orlando's Signature Honey Based Dessert – will be announced Dec. 7 by tourism board Visit Orlando.