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Orlando Celebrates Culinary Offerings during Magical Dining Month

In a city known for its theme parks, Orlando visitors can enjoy a month-long culinary thrill ride at top Central Florida restaurants. This September, the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (Orlando CVB) and event partner, SYSCO Central Florida, will hold the 3rd Annual “Orlando Magical Dining Month” to showcase Central Florida’s ever-expanding dining universe.

From Sept. 1 – 30, 2008, more than 50 participating restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinners for $19 or $29 (excluding beverage, tax and gratuity), allowing locals and visitors alike to enjoy exceptional values at some of Orlando’s most popular restaurants.
“The dining scene has greatly evolved in Orlando and now is the #2 destination experience for Orlando visitors, just behind theme park attractions,”* said Gary C. Sain, president and CEO of the Orlando CVB. “There are a wide array of offerings at Orlando restaurants from celebrity chef-studded eateries and award-winning establishments to uniquely themed environments and a variety of international cuisine and trendy dining experiences. Orlando Magical Dining Month provides an opportunity to try all of these exceptional culinary experiences for a great value.”
Orlando Magical Dining Month restaurants offer a wide variety of environments and cuisines including:
Emeril’s Tchoup Chop – One of the world’s most celebrated chefs, Emeril Lagasse, blends flavors of Asian and Polynesian cuisine incorporated with his signature bold “kick” of spice in an exotic Pacific Seas environment.
Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant – First introduced in Honolulu by James Beard-award winner, Chef Roy Yamaguchi, Roy’s has become well-known throughout the world for its Hawaiian Fusion cuisine, featuring the freshest local ingredients, European sauces and bold Asian spices with a focus on seafood.
Graze Restaurant – Familiar American classics take on global tastes at this hot new restaurant, located in trendy Thornton Park. The modern bistro features whole and half orders of such favorites as sea scallops, elk rack, filet mignon, Maine lobster and braised buffalo short ribs.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room –This 1930s supper club-style restaurant features more than 25 types of seafood and shellfish flown in daily from around the world.
“Orlando Magical Dining Month has introduced us to some of our best and most devoted guests,” said Chef Nicholas Shust of Emeril’s Tchoup Chop. “The program gives both locals and those who dine with us while they are visiting Orlando a complete taste of our menu. It’s a remarkable tool for hospitality and turning first time diners into loyal friends.”
The wide range of participants include $29 restaurants such as: Emeril’s Restaurant Orlando, BICE Ristorante, The Boheme, Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe, Jeffery’s Restaurant, Park Plaza Gardens and Fleming’s Steakhouse and Wine Bar and $19 restaurants such as: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Taverna Opa, Fifi’s, NASCAR Sports Grille and B.B. King’s Blues Club & Restaurant. More information about Orlando Magical Dining Month and participating establishments is available online at orlandomagicaldining.com.
Orlando Magical Dining Month kicks off three months of special events and offers as part of Orlando’s “Endless Summer” campaign running August 15 – November 15.
Information courtesy of Orlando CVB
Image courtesy of The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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