Wednesday, November 17, 2010

This Week in Sensational Seminole County

First off, I have to say what a great event the Oviedo Day in the Country was. I just wish I hadn't had such a big breakfast at Hollywood Bistro (review coming soon) because I could barely handle all the great eats on offer (the crafts were pretty awesome too).

What's up for this week, Seminole?

Cristiano's Wine Bar is having their bi-weekly wine tasting, 7pm-9pm, featuring wines to pair with holiday dinners. The cost is $20 and includes tons of wine and the appetizer buffet (I bet there will be some tasty meatballs on there. Oh yeah baby).

Unfortunately, I will not be attending Cristiano's wine tasting this week because I'm going to an All Grills and More BBQ class. But don't go getting all excited about joining me there since the class filled up ages ago and there's a LONG waiting list. There might still be space left for their Holiday class on December 8th though. Give Pete a call at 407-366-7301 to find out. If there's no space left in that one, try again for the January class. These events are worth every penny (normal classes are $35, the Thanksgiving and Holiday classes are $45). They include the BBQ instruction by Oviedo's own competitive BBQ national title holder Kevin Bevington of, more BBQ than a person should really be allowed to eat, draft beer, wine and a BBQ'ed dessert made by Kevin's wife Clara, a champion of BBQ'ed Apple Pies in her own right (my favorite dessert of hers remains the unintentionally but fantastically smoked peach cobbler. It was so good that I've started experimenting with my own smokey cobblers on the BBQ. When I get the recipe down, I'll let you know).

While I'm talking about All Grills, I should mention that their BBQ competition is on January 15th (guess where I'll be that day???). Sign up sheets are at the store. If you're not going to compete, mark this date on your calendar anyway because it's sure to be a fun and tasty event!

Cristiano's is showing the Miami Dolphin game this Thursday. And here's a Save the Date for Cristiano's: They're having their Two Year Anniversary Party on Sunday Nov. 28. What a great way to wind up the Thanksgiving Weekend! The party's from 2-6pm and the cost is $10. This includes a buffet, Prosecco (you know this is what sold me, right?) and live entertainment on the patio.

In Altamonte Springs at the Eddie Rose Amphitheater 5:30-8:30pm design professionals from the National Kitchen and Bath Association will be speaking about the latest trends and new products on the market. A great place to go if you're thinking of adding a new touch to your kitchen in the near future. This is a free event.

School is in, Beer School that is, at The Sanford Wine Company. In addition to all the info from master brewer Steve DellaSala there will be live entertainment as well. The cost is $20 per person and the event begins at 8pm.

Roget's wine tasting is from 5-8pm (also on Saturday from 1-5pm). As usual, I'll give you the low down on the wines as soon as I hear about them.

The Sanford Wine Company in Historic Downtown Sanford is having live Rock and Blues nights this Friday and Saturday featuring Jay Crossier beginning at 8pm. Shipyard Summer Ale is on special for $3. What a great deal on a great beer!

The Vineyard Wine Company in Lake Mary is hosting their Holiday Gems Cellar Tasting beginning at 7pm. This is a complimentary tasting that includes appetizers but you need to rsvp to  They'll also have some acoustic music playing on Friday so stay after the tasting and have even more fun.

The Ashley Locheed Quartet is performing at the Edie Rose Amphitheater in Altamonte Springs from 7-9pm. Bring a lawnchair or blanket, some snacks and a bevvie (I wonder how well Bubbly Pomegranate would travel in a thermos?) to enjoy the tunes. This is a free event.

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Deck the Halls Holiday Gift Market this weekend at the Maitland Civic Center, Saturday from 10am-6pm, Sunday 9am-5pm. This is not strictly a food and beverage event but The Vineyard Wine Company will be there giving out samples so do head to their booth!

The Lake Mary Farmer's Market is held on Saturdays from 9am-1:30pm at the Lake Mary City Hall.

Sanford's Farmer's Market is from 9am-2pm in the historic downtown area.

Savor it Seminole!

If you know of a food and/or beverage event in Seminole County please email me with the details at

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