Rona recommends restaurants, experiences and destinations. Here are the latest events, news items and discoveries.
Orlando -- On April 19, 2017, Gatorland broke ground on what will become an off-road adventure.
National -- This summer, Capital Grille restaurants will pair signature menu items with California and Oregon wines rated 90 or higher.
Orlando -- This summer, the Orlando Philharmonic will uplift audiences with five Sounds of Summer series components.
Orlando -- On Thursday and Friday evenings this summer, Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster will offer a three-course dinner for $87 to $103.
Orlando -- Now that Publix and Amazon have gotten into the make-your-dinner-with-our-recipes-and-ingredients game, a local restaurant chain is joining the fray. Tijuana Flats will deliver Hardly Homemade meal kits via UberEATS.
Orlando -- They call it Aloha Hour at Roy's, the Restaurant Row Hawaiian-ish dinnerhouse. Whatever the name, the happy hour is enticing: Bar Bites for $6 to $14.50 plus discounted adult beverages.
Orlando -- Chef Isabella Morgia di Vicari of The Meatball Stoppe is revving up a monthly Cook, Wine and Dine series.
Winter Park -- Get two chefs' dinners for the price of one at Ravenous Rooster, a collaboration even with chefs of the local Ravenous Pig and Chef Ferrell Alvarez of Tampa's Rooster & the Till.
Orlando -- See the August 21 eclipse with other sky geeks at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, which is having a pop-up viewing event on its front lawn.
Orlando -- Paddlefish looks like a steamboat, and now the seafood restaurant is hosting a four-course wine dinner up on the open-air rooftop deck.
Orlando – Hot nightclub Mango's Tropical Cafe will host 11 concerts on Friday nights this summer.
Orlando -- More than 100 restaurants wiil be part of Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month, selling three-course dinners for $35 and donating part of the proceeds to charity.
Orlando -- Festive Greek restaurant Taverna Opa is turning 10 and will celebrate with "daily deals, giveaways and Greek entertainment" over a 10-day period.
Orlando -- In Southwest Orlando, A Healthier Taste of the J -- which is free to all, i.e. no admission charge -- will provide samples of meat-free dishes from several local restaurants and caterers.
Orlando -- Master sommelier George Miliotes, who created the original wine programs for Disney's California Grill and Darden's Seasons 52, will open a namesake enterprise, Wine Bar George, in fall 2017.
Lake Buena Vista -- Levy Restaurants is revamping its Disney Springs restaurant that was long called Portobello. The new name will be Terralina Crafted Italian.
Orlando -- Bakers and would-be pastry chefs, put October 13 to 15, 2017, in your calendars. The Americas Cake Fair will be at the Orange County Convention Center.
Winter Park -- Tickets for the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park's fall-through-spring shows are on sale now.
Orlando -- For the eighth year in a row, the Swan-Dolphin hotel, located on Disney World property, will host the two-day Food & Wine Classic this fall.
Lake Buena Vista -- Learn about Italian wines from a Master Sommelier at this year's Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic, a two-day food-and-wine fest.
Kissimmee -- Cirque du Soleil performances, a musically enhanced six-story Christmas tree, and a Build-a-Bear scavenger hunt will be among the components of this year's ICE! winter wonderland attraction.
Orlando -- Opera Orlando is offering three subsciption packages, and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at all the main-stage productions.
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