Thursday, September 16, 2010

Orlando Magical Dining Month


ORLANDO, Fla. – This September, Orlando residents can savor and save at more than 60 restaurants during the 5th annual Orlando Magical Dining Month. This culinary celebration, presented by the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (Orlando/Orange County CVB), features more than 60 of the best Orlando-area restaurants offering three-course dinners for $30, with $1 from every meal benefiting a local charity.

From Sept. 1 – 30, 2010, locals and visitors alike can indulge in Orlando’s haute cuisine for this exceptional value at some of the destination’s most popular restaurants, including The Ravenous Pig, Norman’s, Todd English's bluezoo and Emeril's Tchoup Chop.

“With Orlando growing as a culinary community, Orlando Magical Dining Month is a natural fit for the destination,” said Gary C. Sain, president and CEO of the Orlando/Orange County CVB. “The program showcases some of the finest cuisine at Orlando’s top restaurants at a great value only available during the month of September. Both local and visiting diners will discover that Orlando features an array of distinctive restaurants that cater to every palate.”

Orlando Magical Dining Month restaurants offer a diverse assortment of atmospheres and cuisines including:

• The Ravenous Pig – In the tradition of London “Gastropubs,” the Pig offers not only traditional pub fare, but also a seasonally driven menu, as it changes frequently depending product availability and chef inspiration.

• Norman’s – Chef and cookbook author Norman Van Aken presents sophisticated cuisine inspired by the flavors of Latin America, the Caribbean and the southern United States in a luxurious dining room with marble floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and views of The Ritz-Carlton Orlando’s championship golf course.

• Todd English's bluezoo – Celebrity Chef Todd English combines fresh seafood with coastal cuisines from all over the world at bluezoo, which has been named one of Orlando’s top three restaurants by “Orlando Magazine.”

• Emeril's Tchoup Chop – The TV chef’s legendary energy translates into this unique and exotic journey through the Pacific Seas with bold flavors of Asian and Polynesian influences, a perfect complement for Loews Royal Pacific Resort.

Among the more than 60 participants, other restaurants include: The Capital Grille, Charley's Steak House, Chatham's Place Restaurant, CRAVE, HUE Restaurant, Luma on Park, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, The Palm, Primo by Melissa Kelly and Roy's. More information about Orlando Magical Dining Month, including participating restaurants, menus and reservations, is available at

“We love to feature the foods that make Florida one of the most exciting places to cook in the world,” said Chef Norman Van Aken of Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando. “Orlando Magical Dining Month has provided our culinary team with a fantastic opportunity to showcase our distinctive dining experience to more guests than ever.”

This year’s charitable beneficiary of Orlando Magical Dining Month is the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Central Florida, an organization that provides arts and cultural awareness and access to residents and visitors in the Central Florida region. For more information about the Arts & Cultural Alliance, visit

This year’s official radio station of Orlando Magical Dining Month is MIX 105.1 FM. Listeners can tune in to The Morning MIX with host Scott McKenzie to hear about his own Magical Dining experiences as well as have the chance to win dining giveaways throughout the month of September. For more information about MIX 105.1 FM, visit


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