Orlando’s Taste of the Nation

Last week got to attend the ever fabulous Orlando’s Taste of the Nation. If you have never been to this event you’re really missing out! It is a foodie’s wonderland with culinary delights from the best restaurants in Orlando. 44 awesome restaurants from around Orlando came together to cook up signature dishes for an amazing cause to benefit Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. There was a record number of attendees of 3,00o this year and nearly $300,000 was raised!!! How awesome is that?!?

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So many food and beverage choices to graze upon at your leisure!  Each table inside the event was represented by the chefs from each restaurant. One of the best parts of this event is the interaction with the chefs. I love chatting up with them about their dish and what new and upcoming at their restaurants.

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Let me take you through some pictures of the dishes we tasted…

 

shortrib

 

This is the braised short rib with plantain puree from the culinary team from Universal Orlando. They had such a fun and interactive set-up this year. A Dinosaur and intricately carved pineapple heads and melon carvings as well. The whole staff was really friendly and their food was splendid!

 

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 Gaylord Palms had some tasty dishes from their MOOR and Old Hickory Steakhouse restaurants. Pork Belly with watermelon slaw and Grilled Peaches. Not mention the refreshing libation they had of Bourbon with honey and lime. Cheers to that!

 

porkbelly

 

peaches

 

cocktail

 

 Disney’s Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge Resort had it on point with their dessert. Yuzu hen egg custard with hibiscus, sorrel and lingonberry. Such a pretty presentation and all the flavors worked so well together.

 

custard

 

 Loved the Orlando World Marriott’s display this year. Such a cool and fun concept. The Rock n Roll Cafe had some yummy desserts!

 

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Crooked Can Brewing Company was a big hit again this year. Every one of their beers is awesome!

 

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The event’s popular Instant Wine Cellar game awarded more than 150 bottles of wine valued at more than $2,500 to the person who purchased the winning key that opened the locked wine door.

The Giving Tree, sponsored by Edible Orlando, returned for the second year rewarding 100 lucky participants with a taste of Orlando’s most popular dining and drinking establishments. For a $50 donation, each participant walked away with a gift certificate ranging from $25 to $300 in value.

 

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I really hope this post makes you want to come out and join us for next year’s event. All of this glorious food is included in your ticket to the event and the best part is all the proceeds go to an amazing cause to end childhood hunger. I can’t wait to go again next year and I really hope I see you in 2017! For more information  http://ce.strength.org/orlando