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Mar 6, 2008 01:39 PM

Orlando Area Wine dinners

I'm attending a JIKO dinner ($130) tonight and a Capriccio dinner tomorrow night ($75, the first friday of every month). What are some other Orlando area places that offer great regular wine dinners?

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    1. Nearly every restaurant in Orlando has a wine dinner. Off the top of my head, I can name Journey's, K, Kres, Dux, Porterhouse (in the airport Marriott),

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      1. re: rudykins

        I thought K food a litle poor for the money.

      2. Check out the Calendar section in each Friday's Orlando Sentinel for upcoming wine dinners. There are a number of interesting possibilities in today's (March 7) issue.

        1. Herbert,

          My post got pulled for listing specific events....stuff is coming up so check with or the venues I've got below.

          Let us know how Jiko and Capriccio was last week.


          Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, Winter Park
          they have a series with ABC. Should be on the ABC site, one is next week and they are nice events.


          Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has a 7 course dinner coming up, very nice.

          Journeys Wine Pairing Dinners
          (four to six course dinners


          Located in the Longwood Village shopping center on State Road 434 near Interstate 4.

          Capriccio Grill in the Peabody, Monthly wine pairing dinner

 (click on the wine pairing schedule link


          Hemisphere's restaurant
          Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
          9300 Airport Blvd.
          Orlando, Florida 32827

          Sign up for their newsletter through the Hyatt site, last dinner was 2/15/2008 I've attended and they are nicely done.
          Portofino Bay Hotel Winemaker Dinner Series
          Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, A Loews Hotel
          5601 Universal Blvd.
          Orlando, FL 32819
          Portofino Bay Hotel

          They are held sporadically. Very nice dinners, reception held prior to the dinner. I've attended and it was very nice. Call number above to get on mailing list.

          Luma has special wine dinners in the cellar, you can sign up for their mailing list to be notified. I believe they were shooting for once a quarter, I just received an email from them...but I think the dinner was this past week.

          I've attended 2 wine maker dinners in the cellar and they are nicely done.

          They have also added a Prix Fixe Menu, Sunday - Tuesday

          Funky Monkey held a wine dinner last month, in their dinner write up they said they would be hosting them regularly.

          K Restaurant often has wine dinners, but there are non listed on their site.

          Graze is going to be hosting wine dinners

          Fifi's has had wine dinners and has a bunch of wine themed specials going on depending on the day of the week.

          Several places (Some listed above) are now offering Prix Fixe menus with wine pairings


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          1. re: winechic

            Winechic YOU ROCK........ that is exactly the type info i was looking for. Both Capriccio (I actually won two bottles of wine with the raffle, a first!!!!) and the Jiko wine dinners were excellent. I have heard that the dinners at Hemisphere's are excellent and supposedly they do a special 4th of July event that is spectacular with a orchestra of some type. It's been awhile but K's dinners used to be very good. Funky Monkey got off to a shakey start with their initial dinner but I hear that their subsequent dinner was very good and they are supposedly going to do a drag dinner (I heard raves about the first ones) once a month.


            1. re: herbert1


              Please be sure to let us know how they are, the Sonoma one at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress looked pretty nice. Since I don't eat meat, I don't attend many dinners. (Though the chefs are very accomodating when I do attend!)

              Hemisphere's dinners are wonderful and you don't hear much about them. Seems to be one of those "best kept secrets" that I might have just ruined. Worth a try, even for regular dinner. I had a wonderful Sea Bass with Miso broth that they are known for. Top notch, nice price. I love the Miso crusted black cod at Nobu and this dish has a nod in that direction.


              1. re: herbert1

                Just found out about Paris Bistro's Wine dinners. There is one later this month, they are held two times per month and VERY REASONABLE in price. ( I had to clarify that were weren't talking about a Prix Fixe without wine.) Wine dinners are usually 5-7 courses, some are held with wine makers. Very nice rustic French cuisine. On a side note, we recently enjoyed dinner there. For Apps Hubby and I enjoyed: Frog Legs, Mussels and Escargot. For dinner the Veal was a nice choice, as was the Duck with option of Cherry or Peach. Hubby opted for Cherry sauce which was wonderful. The desserts are great if you have room. Everything we had from start to finish was wonderful!

                Wine list is currently petite, but is expanding very soon. Wine dinners do offer food and wine not on the menu. Call for dates or to have details emailed to you. Website will be coming soon.

                Paris Bistro
                3586 Aloma Ave.
                Winter Park, FL 32792

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