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New 4 Rivers locations, a new juice bar in Thornton Park, free pizza at Blaze and more in this week's foodie news



Barbecue from 4 Rivers Smokehouse will be served in the premium Carl Black and Gold Cabana section of UCF's Bright House Stadium; their City Hall smokerie is slated to open later this year; and 4 Rivers gathers still more national accolades with its inclusion at No. 5 in St. Louis native Johnny Fugitt's new book, The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America.

Orlando-based startup BlurtBox allows diners to file complaints via direct message to restaurant managers in real time, thereby doing away with negative online reviews. Think of it as the Anti-Yelp. Nar Mediterranean Grill, Graffiti Junktion and Domino's are clients.

Menus for the 6th annual Food & Wine Classic at Disney's Swan & Dolphin Resort Oct. 30-31 have been released. We're looking forward to sampling the soft-shell crab roll, mascarpone chestnut ravioli, weiner schnitzel and Southern-fried chicken with polenta and gravy.


Look for Juice'd, a smoothie and juice bar, to move into the old Qarma Crepes space in Thornton Park ... Vero Beach's LOVJuice opens soon on the ground floor of the 55 West condo building on Church Street ... Blaze Pizza opens Thursday, Sept. 3, across from the UCF campus, and celebrates the next day by giving away free pizzas from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Friday ... Rimini, Italy-based Amarena Old Fashioned Gelato opens their first location in the U.S. this November at the Oviedo Mall ... Park Station 212, specializing in "urban organic foods" and prime steaks, has opened on Park Avenue in Winter Park.


Wondermade, the Sanford marshmallow shop, holds a workshop 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. Cut and decorate your own sweet treats for $15 ... The Dinner Party Project celebrates its 100th dinner as well as its one-year anniversary Saturday, Sept. 12, with cocktails, wine and a five-course meal (suggested donation: $75-$100 per person). More at ... The highly cheesy O-Town MacDown event is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at Osceola Heritage Park ... The Waldorf Astoria rides the coattails of Epcot's Food & Wine Festival with Food & Wine Weekends Sept. 25 to Nov. 15, featuring special menus and wine pairings at its dining venues, including Bull & Bear and La Luce.

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