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Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House and Culinary Garden breaking ground in College Park

OJA Kitchen Garden

The Orlando Junior Academy is partnering with Florida Hospital for Children and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to break ground on a Kitchen House and Culinary Garden as part of their Edible Education Experience.

The Kitchen House and Culinary Garden will be located at 28 E King St across from the Orlando Junior Academy in College Park [GMap].

The new innovative space will give students the opportunity to learn about the source of their food. Students will also have a hand in growing and preparing that food. The goal is to inspire them to live a healthier and more enjoyable lifestyle.

The facility won’t just be for Orlando Junior Academy students, it will also be open for other schools to enjoy and take field trips and for community events.

The environmentally sustainable 3,000 sf, $700,000 project includes a kitchen classroom space for OJA’s Nutritional Science Lab. They will have four cooking stations where chef-instructors will teach nutrition and scientific concepts through the preparation of local fresh food.

Celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse, Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant in College Park and Sarah Cahill, raw food advocate, have lent their time and talent to the Kitchen House. HuntonBrady Architects, Midtown Architecture Studio, TLC Engineering, Allan & Conrad, Poulos & Bennett, Brasfield & Gorrie and Davis & Associates have all also agreed to donate their services.

Here are some architectural renderings, the site plan and floor plans for the project provided Midtown Architecture Studio and Hunton Brady Architects: Continue Reading →

New Year’s Day Citrus Bowl game now the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl


Florida Citrus Sports announced they signed a multi-year deal with Buffalo Wild Wings to present the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.

The 2015 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl airs on ABC on New Year’s Day at 1:00 p.m. in the newly reconstructed Orlando Citrus Bowl stadium.

The game will be with a top non-College Football Playoff teams from the Big Ten (or Atlantic Coast) conference and a top non-CFP Southeastern Conference team.

Part of the sponsorship will include an interactive game-day Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl promotion for people watching the game at any Buffalo Wild Wings.

The game was previously sponsored by Capital One and was called the Capital One Bowl.

This is the first time in twelve years that “Citrus” will be back in the name.

Here’s the complete announcement: Continue Reading →

Photo Tour: World of Beer opens in Downtown Orlando

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The long-awaited World of Beer in Downtown Orlando (Website | Facebook) is now open.

We’ve been telling you about the bar/restaurant opening for over a year.

The World of Beer is located at 431 E Central Blvd in the Post Parkside building [GMap].

About a year ago they added a patio that goes into Lake Eola park and faces the lake.

They have also completely renovated the space inside.

In addition to a long beer list, the bar also serves pub style food including appetizers, flatbreads, soups and salads and sandwiches.

They are also offering valet service on the cul-de-sac on Osceola Ave for $5 on weekdays and $10 on the weekend.

World of Beer in Downtown Orlando is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Here’s a look inside and at the food menu and the current beer list: Continue Reading →

Burlington Coat Factory opens at Colonial Marketplace


Burlington Coat Factory (Website | Facebook) is now open at the Colonial Marketplace at 2933 E Colonial Drive [GMap].

We told you back in June that the Burlington would go into the space that was formerly Office Max and AC Moore.

The new store will is over 60,000 square feet.

The store hours for the Burlington Coat Factory on East Colonial are Sunday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm.

SunRail now available on Google Maps Transit

SunRail Google Maps

After months of waiting, SunRail map and route information is now available on Google Maps (Website).

You can input a starting point and a destination and click on the public transit icon to get directions via both SunRail and Lynx.

Lynx bus route information has been on Google Maps for sometime now, but the addition of SunRail allows for you to easily plan your route using both services. Since SunRail and Lynx provide free transfers this new tool should be helpful for many riders.

Top ten things you need to know this week for October 20, 2014

Here’s our rundown of the top ten things you need to know this week in Downtown Orlando area news.

  1. Project DTO looks at concepts for a new Lake Eola amphitheater. The two concepts show a new amphitheater with grass seating. To make room an expand the park, a small portion of the lake is shown being filled in. They also include a beach without swimming.
  2. Orange commissioners back legal battle in favor of gay marriage. The commissioners voted 5-2 to join the friend of the court brief in support of same-sex marriage. Orlando has already signed onto the brief.
  3. RusTeak Restaurant and Wine Bar opens in College Park. The new polished causal gastropub is in the former O-Town Pizza and Wings space. Be sure to checkout our Photo Tour.
  4. The GLBT Community Center in Mills 50 plans upgrades. The upgrades are being made possible by a grand from the City of Orlando and matching funds from donors.
  5. Mamak Asian Street Food opens in Mills 50. The new southeast Asian restaurant serves traditional Asian street food from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia.
  6. Orlando City celebrates breaking ground on Lions’ new stadium. The new stadium broke ground and should be ready for the 2016 season.
  7. Winn-Dixie on Colonial Drive to close. The grocery store will close sometime before November. No word yet on what will replace the Winn-Dixie.
  8. Theatre Downtown to leave Ivanhoe Village location. Florida Hospital has notified the theater that they will need to leave that location. The theater has provided no information on where they are headed.
  9. OLV at Sodo in Downtown South Closes. While Sodo is quickly filling up with another new restaurant and new retail, OLV closed without much warning.
  10. The Orlando Weekly stops by Pho K5. They say the priority is the victuals, not the visuals.

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Event Picks: Booktoberfest, Bands & Brews, Music on Mills and Vampire’s Ball

Here’s a look at some of the top events taking place this weekend. Visit the complete events calendar by clicking on “Events” in our main menu.

Friday, October 17, 2014


October 17 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Orlando Public Library,

101 E. Central Blvd.
This is an exclusive beer sampling event where you will have the rare opportunity to taste a selection of beers by America’s Oldest Brewery, some of which are not available in Florida.   Selections will include Lord Chesterfield Ale, brewed only in Pottsville, PA since 1829 and the much sought-after, limited-quantity beer, Yuenglin Oktoberfest.F ind out more »

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Theatre Downtown to leave Ivanhoe Village location

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We’ve known for some time that Florida Hospital had plans to use the space on the corner of Orange Ave and Princeton St as a key component of the Health Village community. The hospital has now notified the Theatre Downtown that they will need to move out of the space at 2113 N Orange Ave [GMap].

In a Facebook post, the theater noted that they will be there until the end of the year and will continue the remainder of their season there.

No details were provided in the post on where they plan to head but they did note that “Theatre Downtown is and will continue to be an invaluable cultural resource for the Central Florida Community.”

We’ll be sharing more details if they find a new location and on the hospital’s plans for that space soon.

Here’s their entire post: Continue Reading →

Soccer Stadium to break ground today

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We’ve been telling you about the new soccer stadium that is going to be built for the Orlando City Soccer club.

Today, the community is invited to participate in the groundbreaking.

The groundbreaking event will start at Church Street station at 5:30 p.m. At around 6:15 p.m everyone will march to the site of the future stadium on the northwest corner of Church Street and Parramore Avenue for the official groundbreaking ceremony.

After the formal dig, fans can participate in the groundbreaking and receive a clear miniature Orlando City commemorative paint can which they can use to scoop up and take home purple sand from the ceremony. They’re brining in 24 tons of purple sand to make sure there is enough.

A post-event street party will take place at Church Street Station.

You can read more about the plans for the stadium here and learn about it’s location here.

Event Pick: Music on Mills this Saturday

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Sponsored: The Mills 50 district is hosting a one day benefit music festival featuring bands at five venues along Mills Avenue plus an art & vendor market, food trucks, shopping and more this Saturday.

Music on Mills will feature over 40 bands playing in five venues. There will also be an art/vendor market, food trucks and restaurant specials.

The event starts a 3:00 p.m. on Saturday with music at Wally’s, Will’s Pub and St. Matthews Tavern and the market located in the parking lot between Track Shack and Will’s Pub. Music at BART starts at 5:30 pm. and at 7:00 p.m. for the Peacock Room.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance at or at any of the venues on the day of the event. (Advance tickets must be picked up at Will’s Pub on day of the event).

Your wristband also gets you discounts at Hawkers, Mills Brew Pub, Giraffas and The Strand.

Music on Mills is a fundraiser for Mills 50 and proceeds will be used to fund continuing public art and safety projects in the district.

Here’s a look at the full schedule of venues and bands:
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