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How much would you pay for a multi-course dinner prepared by Norman Van Aken, Emeril Lagasse, Charlie Trotter, Dean Fearing and Jeremiah Tower? $200? $500? Try $1,000 for this black-tie event celebrating the 10th anniversary of Van Aken’s Ritz-Carlton restaurant, Norman’s. Price includes wine, autographed cookbook and a one-night stay at the Ritz. The event is Aug. 24, so you have time to save up. Call 407-393-4343 to RSVP.

The Posh Nosh food truck makes its debut at the Food Truck & Cinema Family Night May 4 from 4-8 p.m. at the All Saints Lutheran Church in South Orlando. The truck offers gourmet sandwiches and “quizzical cuisine,” whatever that may be. Also there: Korean BBQ Taco Box, Feed Your Face, C&S Brisket Bus, Bem Bom, Yum Yum Cupcake Truck and the Ice Cream Social Club. Screening at 6 p.m. is Rise of the Guardians. Cost is $1,000 per person. Oh no wait, it’s free.

Another day, another Brazilian restaurant opens on I-Drive – or rather, will open. Giraffas, a fast-casual steak-and-burger joint, is set to open May 3 in a strip mall adjacent to the Fun Spot Action Park.

The Winter Garden Harvest Festival on May 4 features a farm-to-table dinner from 7-9 p.m. with Rob Gioia and Edwin Martinez (of Al Fresco), Kevin Tarter (Chef’s Table) and Jamie McFadden (Cuisiniers) preparing dishes from locally sourced ingredients. The $75 ticket includes wine, spring cocktails and handcrafted beers. Visit for more.

Also on May 4, House Blend Café holds its annual crawfish boil from 10 a.m. until they run out of mudbugs. The Ocoee café is also looking for volunteers to help build an aquaponics farm. Visit for more.

Through May 13, on “Mangia Mondays,” Italio will donate 100 percent of profits to the Community Food and Outreach Center … Look for fast-casual chain The Flame Broiler The Rice Bowl King (yes, that’s the name) to open in the former Touch Orlando space on Church Street … Hash House A Go Go, specializing in “twisted farm food,” is now open on I-Drive … Sea Dog Brewing Co., Shipyard Brew Pub’s sister pub, has opened on Palm Parkway … Truffles Grill has closed in Winter Park Village; no word yet on who’ll take over the space.

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