Magical Dining Month
Four Seasons Orlando is participating for the second year in a row in VISIT ORLANDO’s Magical Dining Month, offered through Oct. 2, 2016.  The resort’s Italian restaurant, Ravello, will offer a pre-fixe three-course menu for $33 per person.  The menu includes:

FPO_ORL_757Appetizer choice: Carpaccio- Piemonte beef, cured mushrooms, pickled radish, watercress; Artichoke Tarte with mortadella/local green salad; or Cesar Salad with hearts of romaine, parmesan, anchovies and focaccia crouton.
Entrée choice: Braised Short Rib with local heirloom carrots, soft polenta, caciocavallo cheese; Pan Seared Local Redfish with crushed olive oil potatoes, broccolini, key lime basil infusion; or Herb Grilled Chicken with EVOO and herb-crushed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, natural jus.
Dessert choice:  Florida Strawberry Crostada with limoncello crema, mango-passion sorbetto; or Hazelnut Budino with salted caramel, chocolate crisp.

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Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival

The renowned Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival presented by CHASE is back for its 21st year.  Four Seasons Resort Orlando will be participating for the third year in a row, at the popular culinary demonstrations and Party For the Senses event.  The festival opens September 14 and runs through November 14, and will feature more than 30 global marketplaces for sipping and noshing throughout the park. Several Four Seasons chefs are participating in the culinary demonstrations, including:

October 14, 2016 at noon: Pastry Chef Peter Whitley will demonstrate an Oreo-crusted peanut butter pie with candied peanuts and chocolate whipped cream.
October 15, 2016 at noon: Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi will demonstrate seared ahi tuna with his signature Fabrizio Rub, and eggplant caponata.
October 29, 2016:  Schenardi will present at Party of the Senses, serving pan seared sea scallops, key lime basil dressing, warm farrotto and wild mushrooms.

James Beard House
For the second year in a row, Four Seasons has created a spectacular line up of James Beard Award-wining guest chefs to come together and create a multi-course dinner event.  Orlando Weekly dining critic Faiyaz Kara referenced last year’s dinner as the “highlight of the 2015 culinary calendar.”  It’s time to save the date of December 10, 2016, for an unforgettable evening.

James BeardConfirmed chefs to date include: Edward Lee (returning from last year) of 610 Magnolia, Top Chef; Gerard Craft (also returning from last year), a 2015 James Beard winner for Best Chef, Midwest, of Niche Food Group in St. Louis, MO; John Currence, 2009 winner -Best Chef, South, from City Grocery in Oxford, Miss.; Justin Devillier, 2016 winner-Best Chef of the South, of La Petite Grocery, New Orleans, LA, and Top Chef; and Kevin Nashan, multiple-time James Beard Award finalist, chef/owner of Sidney Street Café & The Peacemaker in St. Louis, MO. In addition, James Tidwell, master sommelier from Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, will present the wine pairings.  Further details about the event will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition to the special on-site dinner, the team at Four Seasons Resort Orlando was invited to cook at the James Beard Foundation House in New York.  Chef Schenardi is scheduled to present a dinner for James Beard Foundation members and guests on November 12, 2016.

Chefs are invited by the James Beard Foundation director of house programming based on multiple criteria, including national reputation; demonstrated excellence; submission of complete event proposal including the event’s menu, and professional expertise.  It is a true testament to the resort’s culinary prowess to be invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House.

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