Two chefs we featured in BITE 2015 – Capa's Tim Dacey and Marc Kusche of Hamilton's Kitchen – team up at 6:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 13) for a four-course dinner with wine pairings at the Alfond Inn. Cost is $75.
Dacey will be at it again Monday, May 18, with sommelier, vineyard proprietor and James Beard Award winner Rajat Parr. The duo pairs up for a five-course meal with wine pairings from Parr's Domaine de la Côte and Sandhi wineries. Cost is $195.
Over at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Harambe Market opens later this month offering park-goers African-inspired "street market" food. Expect curry- flavored corndogs, spice-rubbed ribs and skewered chicken flatbread sandwiches. South African wines, beers and beverages will also be offered.
Blue Martini will move into Pointe Orlando sometime this month, while Canadian outfit Earls Kitchen + Bar – promising from-scratch, "area-specific" creations – will open in Blue Martini's Millenia space in early 2016 ... Another Canadian resto, Paramount Fine Foods, opens its Middle Eastern fast-casual concept this week at I-Drive 360 ... In College Park, Armando's Cucina Italiana & Pizzeria is slated to open on Edgewater Drive at the end of August, while PR's Taco Palace promises a late-June opening ... Also, College Park's Grounding Roots juice bar is coming to Winter Park's tony Park Avenue, with a space in the Park Plaza Gardens Hotel ... Look for the third outpost of Santiago's Bodega to open in Altamonte Springs later this summer near the I-4/State Road 434 junction ... Southern Smoked Fish & Ribs has opened in the old Italian Beefstro building on Colonial Drive.
As part of American Craft Beer Week, Orlando Brewing and the Bias Palate present a five-course beer pairing dinner 6 p.m. Friday, May 15, at Orlando Brewing; cost is $50 ... Soco's Spring Beer Dinner is May 20: Chef Greg Richie pairs a five-course meal with Goose Island beers; cost is $75 ... The 23rd annual United Way Chef's Gala, one of the marquee culinary events of the year, is Saturday, May 16. Tix are $275 per person, or $500 per couple.