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Right at Home – Emeril’s Florida!

Emeril's FloridaIf you enjoy traveling around the state of Florida and checking out fantastic dinner spots, a relatively new show can give you this experience without leaving the comfort of your own home. The hit TV show is called “Emeril’s Florida,” and in the next few weeks, it will include several episodes featuring restaurants in Orlando and the Space Coast.

Airing next week, Emeril’s Florida will travel to the Space Coast and visit three restaurants – the Cocoa Villiage Cafe Margaux,” “The Fat Snook located in Cocoa Beach and finally Cafe Coconut Cove in Melbourne. With these restaurants just a short drive away, you may be persuaded to check them out for yourself. A cooking show wouldn’t be complete without a cooking segment, and this episode will include a dish prepared by Emeril featuring fresh, local seafood – Florida Lobster with Pappardelle. Yum!

Tune in:
January 18 at 2:30 p.m.
January 19 at 9:30 a.m.
January 22 at 10:30 a.m.

The first week of February, Emeril’s Florida will be right here in Orlando, Florida! The restaurants featured within this episode include Four Season Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World, Scratch restaurant in Winter Park, and East End Market  a food hub located at 3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, where farmers and food artisans have staked out a little piece of food heaven, including a 7-seat Japanese eatery that is one of the hardest places to get a reservation in all of Orlando. The cooking lesson for this episode features Potato and Florida Lobster Croquette.

Tune in:
February 01, 2015 2:30 p.m.
February 02, 2015 9:30 a.m.
February 05, 2015 10:30 a.m.

Too bad Emeril won’t be dropping by the Kissimmee dinner show at Capone’s. Mama Capone could give him a tour of the kitchen where all of the fresh pasta and homemade dishes are prepared each night! The wise guys could really show him an entertaining show which runs every night for a little over two hours.

These stay-at-home dinner shows last 30 minutes and air on the Cooking Channel and the Food Network. Not a bad way to visit the state’s top restaurants, resorts and events. After all, Emeril Lagasse can be a pretty good personal travel guide.

However, after watching the show on television, you might be a little hungry. After all, it’s hard to see all of that delicious food and not be able to eat any of it! Bring your appetite to Capone’s Dinner & Show. The buffet will fill you up and the show will keep you entertained. You will have to leave your home, but your travels will be worth it!

Orlando Shows – Quacky Final Performances

Writing about the final performance of the anniversary show at Capone’s Dinner & Show got me thinking about another final performance. This “show” is one that has been a fun thing to do in Orlando and has fascinated hundreds of people twice a day since November 1986. The ducks at the Peabody Orlando hotel will perform for the last time this coming Monday, September 30, 2013.

Peabody Ducks

The tradition of the Peabody ducks parading from their penthouse to the luxurious Orlando hotel’s fountain for a swim every day at 11:00 a.m., then back to the $100,000 Royal Duck Palace at 5:00 p.m. has mesmerized guests and visitors for 27 years. Back when the Orlando hotel was built, there wasn’t a lot to do in the I-Drive area as there is now. However, tourists flocked (pun intended) to see the ducks each day. The performances also helped the Orange County Convention Center extend their focus to include concerts, circuses and other special events in Orlando.

So how did this tradition begin? Well, it started in Memphis, where the first Peabody hotel was built in the late 1920s or early 30s. Seems the hotel manager, Frank Schutt, and his friend, Chip Barwick, had been out hunting ducks (and staying warm in the duck blind with an adult beverage or two) and upon their return, they placed their decoys in the Peabody’s fountain. Without any other pressing news in Memphis, it created a lot of attention, and the Peabody got a lot of publicity for this stunt. Frank figured if decoys could get them this much attention, just think what real ducks would do! So he met with a local farmer and brought in ducks, treated them with the same attentive service and fine furnishings as his guests, and the rest is history.

Peabody Orlando was purchased by Hyatt Hotels Corp for $717 million, and they have no desire to keep the ducks on the roof, or in the fountain. It is believed that most of the current staff at the hotel will stay on as employees of Hyatt. The ducks will retire to an undisclosed farm and live out their days in less luxury than they’ve ever known. In the past, all ducks after 5 years of service are retired to a farm to then be release into the wild. Knowing how many animals are schedule-conditioned, it kind of makes you wonder what the ducks will think or do when 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. rolls around…

If you are in the I-Drive area in the next few days and want something fun to do (you might even make a special trip), go see the ducks perform one last time. Listen to John Philip Sousa’s King Cotton March and watch the ducks exit the elevator and step up into the fountain, or exit the fountain and march back to the elevator. Then say “goodbye” and purchase a discounted duck souvenir from the Orlando gift shop. Traditions are hard to come by these days, and Orlando will certainly miss the Peabody ducks.

After you watch the ducks, uphold another tradition and make a reservation at Capone’s Dinner & Show. This dinner theater is just down the road from the Peabody Orlando on Highway 192. If it’s Monday, Wednesday or Friday, you’ll be able to see another show that will soom be retiring. “Marvel Strikes Back” is a production that has only been performed for a little over a year, in celebration of Capone’s 20th anniversary. This Orlando dinner show has been a tradition for many guests who return again and again for many celebrations, or for a fun thing to do. So if you haven’t seen this particular show with its new story line, you still have a few more opportunities. After October 11, the cast will perform the original sequel, “Bugs Creates Chaos” every night while preparing for the holiday show which opens on Thanksgiving Day.

Whether it’s the ducks at the Peabody or some quacky characters at Capone’s, or both, check out these traditions while you can. If you want to keep these Orlando shows around, let your duck calls be heard! There is an online petition at Change.org that many people are signing in support of the ducks, and as always, you can leave your comments about Capone’s Dinner & Show right here on Al’s Blog. Don’t ruffle too many feathers, or your comments may not be posted!

2011 Orlando Cabaret Festival

Mad Cow Theatre in downtown Orlando will be hosting the 9th Annual Orlando Cabaret Festival. The festival will run from April 29th thru May 15th this year.  Forty shows will be featured over 17 days, bringing you the best of Jazz, Pop, and Broadway.

The festival is scheduled so that you are able to see all three shows scheduled on most evenings.  And, there is a Festival Pass so you can see a combination of shows at the best rate.  A great aspect of this event is that they offer Lunchtime Cabaret, lunchtime shows so that people working downtown can get a nice break from the office and enjoy a great show.  You can bring your own lunch, or purchase a boxed lunch at the theatre.  The lunch shows last about 45 minutes so you’ll have time to get back to work.  See website for additional details, reservations, and lunch options.  There is also the option of dinner and a show, which includes a prix fixe dinner or lite bites from the casual upscale lounge, Kres Chop House.

This year, three world-class headliners that represent the next generation of brilliant cabaret singers will be performing: Jesse Nager, Tony DeSare and Will and Anthony Nunziata. Check website for full details and performance information.

Taste of Winter Park

Wednesday, April 20 the Winter Park Farmers’ Market will be the place to be – if you’d like to have a taste of Winter Park. This quaint small city within Orlando is celebrated for its sense of place and history as well as it’s fine restaurant and dining options. There is a lot to do among the small, winding brick streets and canopy of old oak trees. Why not have a taste?

The 26th Annual Taste of Winter Park is presented by CenturyLink and will be held April 20 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Admission is $40 (unless you are a Winter Park Chamber of Commerce member) and can be purchased in advance through Pay Pal (www.winterpark.org), or purchased at the door. Tickets will NOT be mailed. All reservations will be available for pick up at Will Call the night of the event. Tickets cannot be returned, refunded or exchanged. This event is held rain or shine. The Market is located at 200 W. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 with parking just north of it in the public parking areas.

This event is described as an epicurean indulgence featuring mouthwatering selections from popular Winter Park dining destinations, as well as new eateries destined to become your favorite. Everyone is encouraged to enjoy an evening sampling food and drink from 40 local participants. There will also be live entertainment by Johnny Mag Sax. A nice variety for an evening dinner and show. Enjoy the taste!

Johnny Mag SaxParticipating Winter Park restaurants/vendors who will feature mouthwatering selections include:

  • 4 Rivers Smokehouse
  • Bailey’s Coffee Service, Inc.
  • Barnie’s Coffee & Tea
  • Boathouse Restaurant
  • Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
  • Brio Tuscan Grille
  • Change Your Water Now
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Eden Bar
  • Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
  • Gurtzberry
  • Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
  • John & Shirley’s Catering
  • Kilwin’s Chocolate & Ice Cream
  • Luma on Park
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
  • Mi Tomatina, Paella Bar
  • Mitchell’s Fish Market
  • Nelore Steakhouse
  • Olde Hearth Bread Co.
  • Olive Garden
  • Orchid Thai Cuisine
  • Orlando Ale House Winter Park
  • Orlando Brewing Partners, Inc.
  • P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
  • Panera Bread
  • Peterbrooke Chocolatier
  • Publix Supermarkets
  • Schakolad Chocolate Factory
  • Schenck Company
  • Shipyard Emporium
  • Shula’s Steakhouse
  • Sprinkles Cakes
  • The Ravenous Pig
  • Tolla’s Italian Deli & Café
  • Tropical Smoothie Café
  • Wayne Densch, Inc.
  • Winter Park Fish Company